Charles Salter

Author Charles Salter in his basement office with shelves filled with books he has written over the years. Staff photo by Bill Greenthe-travel-twins-and-the-lost-secret-of-copy


Written by Charles A. Salter
Outskirts Press
ISBN 9781478770848



Charles A. Salter (New Market, MD)

Author, Kare Kids Adventures Series


Judy McDonough | | (512) 501-4399 ext. 710 | @jemmcd



  • How Military Parents Can Teach Their Kids to be Independent  (And What Civilian Parents Can Learn from Their Approach)
  • Why, When and How Every Parent Should Teach Self-reliance
  • Parenting (or Grandparenting) in the Technology Age: How to foster healthy independence without becoming a ‘helicopter parent’
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Independence in Your Kid
  • Divorce and Other Tough Topics: Balancing honesty and protection with your children
  • The Importance of Positive Role Models and Heroes for Children


Kare Kids Adventures #1: The Secret of Bald Rock Island

Ten-year-old Kelcie’s fisherman father disappeared at sea years ago. Since then, Kelcie has befriended Bald Rock Island’s beloved Mr. Bartleby, a kindly man devoted to the village and its children. Kelcie decides to help Mr. Bartleby solve the island’s two enduring mysteries—what happened to her father, and what the sea creature Mr. Barleby saw that night might be.

Kelcie crosses the island in search of clues and thinks she knows where she can find the ultimate answers.  She resolves to explore the forbidden area of the island, and as she puts the final pieces of the puzzle together, a new storm arises.  Can she solve the mysteries and return to safety before the new storm claims her as the previous one did her father?

Kare Kids Adventures #2: Charlotte and the Mysterious Vanishing Place

One day, nine-year-old Charlotte has two surprises—she notices a patch of the forest slowly vanishing and discovers a lost puppy caught in a bramble bush.  She rescues it and takes it home. Returning to the woods, she notes the sinking area getting wider and deeper. Her parents and the authorities caution her to stay away, but Charlotte worries the sinking will allow other puppies to escape the kennel and get lost, too. When another puppy escapes and becomes trapped in the now enormous sinkhole,  Charlotte can find no one else to help it. As a fierce rainstorm arises, and the fallen tree the pups cling to begins to disappear through the opening at the center of the sinkhole, she realizes it is up to her to save the pups.

Can she rescue the pups and get out herself before the giant sinkhole swallows everything?

Kare Kids Adventures #3: How Three Brothers Saved the Navy

In a Recon game one day, three brothers–Matt, Ryan and Jack–scout out an abandoned airfield. They notice a team of  skydivers and quickly discover these are NOT U.S. military, but rather hostile agents training to land with guns and explosives on a navy aircraft carrier. Their Force Recon Marine play suddenly becomes very real as they struggle to determine the exact target and time of the coming attack, to evade the terrorist gang, and get their intelligence information back to the navy in time to save their father’s aircraft carrier ship located just off the coast.

Captured by the gang, can they use their junior Force Recon Marine skills to escape, get back to headquarters, and devise a plan to defeat the terrible plot without anyone getting seriously hurt?  

Kare Kids Adventures #4: The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings

Twelve year old twins Josh and Hannah travel from the USA to visit their Uncle Olaf in Norway. Olaf runs the Museum of Norse Antiquities in Oslo, and the museum’s greatest treasure-the Viking chieftain Leif Erikson’s fabled Sunstone-is stolen. Hot on the trail of the suspected thief, the twins ride on a dizzyingly high train through the Scandes Mountains to Norway’s largest fjord, a deep waterway which connects directly to the North Sea. While spying on the suspect’s suspicious behavior, the twins are suddenly kidnapped on the train! They elude their captors by breaking free, sneaking across the top of the train as it chugs through a tunnel, and tricking the kidnappers. Then they learn the thief’s true motivation: to use the Sunstone to interpret the coded Undredal Runes so as to re-create the Viking super-warriors known as Berserkers.

Can the twins defeat the plot, return the stolen treasure, and save the world from the secret of Viking Berserkers which has been concealed for a thousand years?



Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Charles A. Salter, Ph.D., S.D. served 28 years in the U.S. Army after seven and a half years as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor at Spring Hill College.  He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (1973) and a Doctor of Science in public health from Harvard University (1989). He was licensed as a psychologist by the state of Massachusetts, as a nutritionist by the state of Maryland, and was a charter member of the Prescribing Psychologists Register.

He has written on family matters for the newspaper syndicate Scripps-Howard, Today’s Family, Life and Health, Woman’s World and more. He is the author of sixteen books, most recently the adult fiction series The Ebay Detective. The Kare Kids Adventures series are his first books in middle grade fiction. Charles currently resides in Maryland.

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