Newcastle author to sign children’s book March 18

February 29, 2012

By Christina Lords

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Author and Newcastle resident Carolyn Banguero, who was on a heart transplant list one year ago due to declining health, never got the call she needed for a new heart.

She never had to.

“I never did get a transplant and have made a near complete recovery that doctors cannot explain,” Banguero said.

As she went through the recovery process, she thought of the idea for “Paolo’s Adventures: The Tale of A Very Brave Little Kitty” a children’s book that which tells of Banguero’s cat who was rescued from the wilderness last year with his three siblings.

Banguero will be available to sign copies of the book at 5:30 p.m. March 18 at Third Place Books located at 17171 Bothell Way N.E. Suite A 101 in Lake Forest Park.

While the cats were healthy, but Paolo’s chest hadn’t fully developed and his heart and lungs were under stress. The kitten grew short of breath easily and his prospects seemed grim.

“One of the reasons I wrote a book about Paolo’s heart problems and corrective surgery was simply to have something to do while I was being treated,” Banguero said. “I knew his story because I volunteer at the shelter that rescued him and oversaw his medical treatment.”

Paolo’s Adventures, geared toward elementary-school aged children, reveals what happened next and where Paolo is today.

“The happy news is that Paolo’s health outlook is very good and he’s recently celebrated his first birthday,” she said. “He lives in this area and will be coming to some book events with me because the book raises money for the shelter that saved him.”

Banguero loves reading to children, salsa dancing and traveling.

She volunteers at MEOW Cat Rescue in Kirkland, which is where she first learned of Paolo. She is a retired third grade teacher.

A percentage of her book’s proceeds are being donated to MEOW. She lives in Newcastle with her husband, Edgar, her cats Gia and Kensey and her dog, Jana.

Betsy Schairer, who illustrated the book, is a mixed media artist and graduate of Western Washington University. She works at Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, Wash., and has a kitty of her own: a 10-year-old tabby named Puck.

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