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Adventures of Jake the Snake:
Case of the Discontented Cow
Author Joyce McK-Hammers
Illustrated by Kristina Sanchez-Mills
ISBN 978-1-947589-27-8
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 66 pages 8.5"x11" on 70# archival white paper; 65 full color illustrations; paperback $18.95
Availability August 2020
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Joyce Hammers
2304 Durban Point Dr
Soddy Daisy, TN 37379
This is a story about a friendly snake who lives on the Mack Farm in Kentucky. Jake gets blamed for most everything that goes wrong on the farm. He is not guilty and only wants to be friends with all the barnyard animals.

Library of Congress Control Number: 2020940998

JUV002090 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Farm Animals

JUV002220 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Reptiles & Amphibians

JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General


Other Books by Joyce McK-Hammers
Remembering … Recalling Wonders of Me, a romantic mystery novella for teens.
Adventures of Jake the Snake: Case of the Missing Eggs

Coming Soon
• Remembering … Recalling Wonders of Me (the rest of the story)
• Adventures of Jake the Snake: Case of the Big Green Monster
• Saga at Clifty Fork – historical novel - characters based on the author’s
ancestors and life during the Great Depression and World War I and II in rural western Kentucky.








About The Author
Merritta Joyce Mck-Hammers, fondly known as, Mrs. Joyce, was born and raised in western Kentucky. She attended Bowling Green College of Commerce, Murray State University, and Austin Peay University. She has an Associate Degree in Business Education.

Mrs. Hammers is author of the children’s books series, The Adventures of Jake the Snake and the romantic mystery novel, Remembering … the Wonders of Me.
Mrs. Hammers has ministered in church children and youth programs for over fifty years. She was a member of Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia, and hosted a Bible study for Hillsong Youth Group at her home in Australia.
She currently enjoys serving as the Student Intercessory Prayer (SIP) leader and singing in the choir at Abba’s House, Hixson, Tennessee. She and her granddaughter, Brianna Crisp, (voice of Jake) present Jake the Snake puppet shows for various events, which include skits and music written by Mrs. Joyce.

Mrs. Hammers began her business career as a legal secretary for various law firms in Kentucky; Washington, D.C.; San Diego, California; and Memphis, Tennessee. She also worked in crime-scene records for the District Attorney’s office in Memphis, Tennessee. She was employed by the State of Tennessee in Nashville, Tennessee, for seventeen years. She worked in all three branches of Tennessee state government. Primary positions included Legislative Liaison for the Supreme Court and the Department of Insurance, Administrative Assistant to the Chairman of the House Education Committee, and Senate and House Judicial Committee, and Comptroller of the Treasury.

In the 1990’s, Mrs. Hammers business career continued in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was Manager of the Domestic Violence Shelter and Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center at Family and Children’s Services of Chattanooga. She was owner of Something Different
Book and Gift Shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is founder and owner of JoyWriter Books and Hammers’ House of Joy located in Hixson, Tennessee.

Mrs. Hammers is a seasoned traveler and has vacationed in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, and Canada. Her domestic travels include most of the United States. Mrs. Hammers lives in Lakesite, Tennessee, with her husband, Lewis. They have four children, fourteen grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

About the Artist

Kristina Sanchez-Mills is a fine artist, sculptor, writer, teacher and illustrator born in Paradisiacal, Costa Rica. She went to Law school at the University of Costa Rica and currently runs her own businesses: Kristina’s Fine Art and art studio Artistic Kreations with Kristina, located in Hixson Tennessee, where she imparts her students with the skill and passion that characterizes her.

In her own words:
“As a fine artist, each original art peace is a bridge by which I find myself able to liberate my soul and spirit from the vast emotion transmitted to me by life. My paintings tend to be a spontaneous response to the inner voice inside me, always striving to capture the essence of humanity, nature and matters of the spirit and Faith. As an illustrator I recur to the child in me, still full of wonder, still believing in
magic and goodness. It is that child that takes over when I am illustrating. Conveying
wonder, emotions, telling stories full of color and beauty.

As a writer, I love to mix both reality with fiction, facts and magic, darkness and
light, pain and joy. I approach each story with a deep sense of reverence; after all, each original story is much like a dream, a vision that would never be revealed the same way again. “

Kristina’s artwork has been exhibited in Costa Rica, Miami, Atlanta, Italy and Spain,
and collectors of her artwork reside across the world. For more information visit kristinasfineart.com or our FB pages: Kristina’s fine art and Artistic Kreations with Kristina.

What Readers are saying
  • I thought that the book was great because it shows the meaning of friendship. I felt sad when Freckles was in the woods by herself at night, in pain, and scared. I felt happy again when Mr.
    Mack and Jake came to help Freckles. – Carly age 10
  • I loved the book and think it’s wonderful for kids. The drawings are amazing. – John, age 10
  • This book has a very good moral, and I think it is cool that the author is making a series. Some of the vocabulary isn’t the easiest for a beginning reader, but if a parent reads it to them, kids would really like it. The illustrations make the story fun to read. – Julia age 12
  • I liked that there was a good snake, and I liked the colors of the milk cows. – Scarlett age 4

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