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Sandy Claws Slay

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When the residents of recently downtrodden and always sodden Surfland, Oregon, gather for the annual Christmas festival, every kid in town shows up, many waiting for the only gift they’ll get this season. It’s been a rough year in town—and it’s about to get rougher. The gifts have disappeared, the tree tilts at a dangerous angle, and as a restaurant full of diners with crab mallets gets angrier and angrier, Sandy Claws, the town mascot, fears he’s about to get whacked.
Once again, the town counts on Jackson Poe to save the sleigh. Volunteering to get the gifts, he ends up alone in the dark with a gorgeous supermodel. Trapped on the side of the road with her and a dog whose behind is perpetually at half-staff, Poe and Christmas are running out of time.
In Jackson Poe’s first family-friendly adventure, the message is sweeter, but the humor and mystery are still killer: How can a truckload of toilets save the town from a Sandy Claws Slay?

“I giggled my way from on end of this short book all the way to the other. ... Love it.”
—Ionia Martin, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer, on Parrot Eyes Lost

“Oregon’s answer to Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry.”
—Sheldon McArthur, North by Northwest Books

“Move over Carl Hiassen, Tim Dorsey, Steve Berry and all the other Florida humor satire writers. A new voice and a very accomplished one I predict will be around for a long time, Howe does for the Oregon Coast what Hiaasen and the others have done for Florida.”
—Sheldon McArthur, North by Northwest Books, on Beach Slapped

“A non-stop laugh you cannot put down.”
—Sheldon McArthur, North by Northwest Books, on The Beach is Back

Barton Grover Howe is an award-winning writer, humor columnist, stand-up comedian and performer who has spends his days finding the humor in life or making it up—sometimes both. When he’s not writing, or joking, he teaches high school, which inspires some of his best jokes. He lives in a small town on the Oregon coast within shouting distance of Surfland with his incredibly patient wife and exasperatingly adorable daughter.

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