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Winner of the prestigious IPPY award, “The Lonely Parrot” is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book inspired by the true-life events of JoJo, a Moustached Parakeet. JoJo was a very happy parrot who lived with Sammy, his best friend. But after a while, Sammy grew up, and JoJo became very lonely and sometimes naughty. JoJo desperately wanted a new best friend. But, most of all, he just wanted to be loved.

This is a touching story about the joys of owning and loving a parrot, as well as the responsibilities that go along with it. Author Lisa Kelley, the real JoJo’s “Momma,” is thrilled to be sharing his story with young and old alike. And Charles Akins, an amazing artist from South Carolina, has created beautiful illustrations that children will love. Want to meet the real JoJo? Visit his website at or “Like” him on Facebook at

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