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Catherine Hapka


Catherine Hapka

Catherine Hapka has written more than 100 books for children and adults. She’s written for series as a ghostwriter and has also authored original titles. She lives in Pennsylvania. 

Books by Catherine Hapka

by Catherine Hapka - Children's, Children's 10+, Fiction, Friendship, Performing Arts, Sports

When news breaks that there's going to be a kids' version of the show National Ninja Champion, friends Izzy, Ty, Kevin and Mackenzie find themselves drawn to the obstacle course at Fit Kidz Gym, where the tryouts are being held. Before they know it, they've become a team --- training together and helping one another overcome all kinds of obstacles as they compete for the title of Junior Ninja Champion. With lots of heart and edge-of-your-seat excitement, JUNIOR NINJA CHAMPION packs in the action of the competition along with all the ups and downs on the journey to making it.

by Catherine Hapka - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship
Lily's best friends have abandoned her for sleep-away camp. Worse, she's stuck with a long summer reading list her parents insist she finish when all she really wants to do is hang out at the aquarium so she can learn everything she'll need to know to become a marine biologist someday. So when Lily discovers a dolphin in a nearby canal, she's torn. She knows she shouldn't be spending all her time watching over the sweet, playful creature. But if the dolphin can't find the way back to its pod in the bay, it could be in serious trouble. Lily can't help feeling that saving the dolphin might just be her destiny...
by Catherine Hapka and Rutherford Montgomery - Animals , Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Sports

Snowman, an Amish plow horse, was bound for the meat market when Harry deLeyer, a Long Island riding instructor, spotted him at auction. At first, Snowman was just a horse that children rode during lessons, but then deLeyer began training Snowman as a show jumper. Less than two years out of the plow fields, Snowman won the 1958 horse show jumping Triple Crown: the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman’s Association Champion and Champion of Madison Square Garden’s Diamond Jubilee.

by Catherine Hapka - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship
Nina’s friend Leah has been acting oddly lately. The two of them attend the same small private school, and Leah also takes lessons at the barn where Nina keeps Breezy. But suddenly Leah seems to have lost interest in riding, and her behavior is oddly erratic. When Nina tries to find out what’s wrong, Leah pulls away. At the same time, Nina becomes worried about Breezy, and discovers someone is sneaking in at night to ride him without permission! 
by Catherine Hapka - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

Haley has been focused on one goal with her pony Wings: entering an upcoming competition in the fall and winning. She’s so busy trying to make that happen that her grades drop and her family is worried. And then, when the big day finally arrives, Haley falls off Wings and is eliminated! It’s the worst thing she can imagine after all her hard work and sacrifice. Can she get back on her horse and regain her self-confidence?

by Catherine Hapka - Animals , Children's 8-12, Family Life, Friendship

When Annie spots a dolphin trapped in fishing line in the cove near her house, she rushes to free him. Everyone cheers when she returns to shore, but only Annie knows that she and the dolphin have forged a special bond. He's become her friend --- and keeps returning to the cove to visit and play!

by Catherine Hapka - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

Brooke’s parents force Brooke to share Foxy with her little brothers and Brooke is none too happy. The twins riding Foxy so much lately is making the pony backslide in her training and act up a bit,  and Foxy throws her off for the first time ever!

by Catherine Hapka - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

It’s almost Maddie’s birthday, and while snooping around for her hidden gifts (a family tradition), she stumbles across something that makes her think her mother is getting transferred again by the Air Force --- this time overseas!

by Catherine Hapka - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Futuristic

Nina Peralt’s boarding and lesson barn will be putting on a horse show this fall, and she can’t wait to show off how well she and her pony, Breezy, have been doing lately! Unfortunately, once the show starts, everything goes wrong for Nina in the most embarrassing ways possible. New Orleans is always a little spooky around Halloween, but this year Nina slowly becomes convinced she’s being haunted by the ghost of an angry ancestor.

by Catherine Hapka - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

For months, Haley Duncan has been saving up to ride with her pony Wings in a clinic with a world-famous event rider. On top of that, she wants to make sure Wings is as fit and ready as he can be, which means extra trot sets before school and training and cleaning tack all weekend. But when Haley’s overscheduled existence and exhaustion causes an accident, she may have to say good-bye to her dreams.

by Catherine Hapka - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

Brooke Rhodes is excited to go to sleepaway riding camp for two weeks with her Chincoteague pony, Foxy. However, camp doesn’t turn out to be quite as fun as Brooke expected. The other girls all know each other already, and they don’t seem interested in bringing a newbie into their group. Then Brooke overhears that this might be the last summer for the camp. Will everyone work together to save the camp, or will this summer be their last hurrah?

by Catherine Hapka

Madison “Maddie” Martinez loves her weekly riding lessons, and she loves working with her favorite horse, Cloudy, every time. So she is shocked when she finds out Cloudy’s former owners might want to buy her back! Maddie desperately concocts various plans to stop the sale: maybe she can raise money to buy Cloudy herself, or what if she can make the potential buyers lose interest? Maddie’s online Pony Post friends—Brooke Rhodes, Hayley Duncan, Nina Peralt, who all share a love of Chincoteague ponies—can tell something is up, but at first Maddie is afraid to tell them what’s happening. If she loses her only connection to Chincoteague, will they even want to be friends with her anymore?