Gary Spack publishes new children’s book

by Christine Wolkin

Local author and third grade teacher at Churchville Elementary School, Gary Spack, has published a new book that’s sure to become a story time favorite for children.

“The Cat Burglars” is about two cats who become alarmed when their humans are not concerned about cat burglars stalking their neighborhood.

Phoebe and Boomer decide to take matters into their own paws.

To protect their humans’ valuables, the felines become cat burglars themselves, “stealing” their masters’ jewelry and hiding it until the real cat burglars are caught.

Phoebe and Boomer embark on their daring escapade, despite the presence of the other family pet, a German shepherd puppy named Gus, who thinks he’s a police dog.

Unfortunately, Gus is way too cute, friendly, and naïve to protect the house from any intruders.

Phoebe and Boomer are confident that they have saved the day, until some unfortunate events occur that throw their plan into a tailspin, and end in a way they never, ever imagined.

“I don’t want to give it away to anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but it has some interesting plot twists and a surprise ending,” says Gary.

Like his first book, “The Snack Machine,” “The Cat Burglars” is a picture book best suited for children ages five through 11.

“My students were actually the first ones to read the book. I read it to them before it was officially released to the public. I am very happy (and relieved) to say that they loved it!” says Gary, who lives in Newtown with his wife and their two cats, Pebbles and Bam Bam.

Gary says he writes primarily to motivate and inspire his students. 

“I not only want to encourage reading and writing, but I want my students to love reading and writing, and know that they too can be writers and even authors.  When I sign books for kids I write a little note that says, ‘Read so you can write, write so you can create!’”

Gary is slated to take part in The Northampton Library’s Author Expo on Saturday, October 26th. 

The Cat Burglars will also be featured in the 2019 Council Rock Book Bowl, which promotes and celebrates reading in a self-competitive team format for second to fourth graders. 

“The Snack Machine” was in the 2018 Book Bowl.

“The Cat Burglars” is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and through the publisher, Strategic Book Publishing Rights Company, at

This summer, Gary has written his first draft for a new book. He hopes to begin the publishing process in 2020.

For more information, visit Gary’s author website at

PHOTO CAPS: 1&2. Gary Spack and the cover of his new book