Did An Arkansas Dog Really Join The Civil War?

Weary Road is based on a true story. Does that mean Salem was a real dog?

Was Salem a real dog? Absolutely!

While doing research for another book, I accidentally came across Salem’s story and was utterly amazed the tale of him and his regiment had not been told!

This site sums up his story nicely. Go HERE to get a quick description of the Civil War dog from Salem Arkansas. Weary Road will be released in August 2019.

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Feedback Deadline for Weary Road

I’d like to thank all my reading friends who have taken time to read through Weary Road. Please, be aware May 14th is the last day to send your feedback.

This deadline will give me time for final rewrites before sending it to the printer. Email me at JASUB1017@GMAIL.com or Silverinkbooks@windstream.net or Mail to PO Box 547, De Queen, AR 71832

Thanks for your help!

James Babb

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Weary Road Book Trailer

The story of the Thirteenth Illinois Infantry and their Arkansas dog has never been told. Until Now

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Devil’s Backbone Series Wins Sixth Award

The fans of this series deserve a big thanks from me.



I’ve seen readers of all ages fall in love with these books but I never expected the series to win the awards it has. Thanks for the great reviews and support! #ReluctantReaders Rule!

The Devil’s Backbone

The Devil’s Trap

The Devil’s Den

The Devil’s Backbone Series Sale

Contact  SilverInkBooks@Windstream.net

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Author Visits For Schools And How to Approach The Reluctant Reader Creature

When it comes to school visits, I like to do things a little different. If you look at the picture below, which was taken  at Fulbright Junior High in Bentonville, Arkansas, you will notice some things are missing.

A Stage. A Microphone. A Huge Assembly of Students.

While working with small groups, 100 or less, requires me to repeat the same session 3-5 times each author visit, it’s worth the extra effort. I connect with students more effectively in this manner, allowing direct interaction. Kids are much less intimidated by their fellow students in small groups, allowing them to ask questions freely and join discussions. It gives kids the feeling of being included in the process instead of simply watching a show up on the stage.



Thinking back on my memories of being a young reluctant reader, I must warn you about something. There are certain students who require a different approach.

Some reluctant readers are mysterious creatures. Approach carefully, stealthily, or they will dash to the door!

I was one of those.

My only advice would be this. Do not come at them with books in your hands, offering something to read. This is the equivalent of Superman’s kryptonite. They will immediately make a speedy exit or simply push away each book you offer. Instead, pull out your bag of tricks and get your reluctant readers to help you. Kids want to feel important and be treated like adults. Give them that opportunity by asking for their advice. The next time you need to buy a gift for your niece/nephew/child, find one of your reluctant readers and ask what is one of their favorite movies or games for the purpose of choosing a gift for your family member. Use that information to search for a related book and then ask for their advice again, saying you would like to give your friend/family member a book as part of the gift. Since the reluctant reader suggested the movie or game, ask if they would read some of the book and give their opinion on your choice. It sounds like a lot of work but this is how you can help young students discover their specific combination of story requirements that may ultimately get them hooked on reading. At the very least, you have directly involved them in the process of choosing a book and made them feel important.


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James Babb to Speak at the Arkansas EMT Parade of Lights, EMS Week, Hall of Fame Event

Arkansas author James Babb will be speaking at an event in Little Rock, Arkansas. Come to the Capitol building on May 23rd and show your support for an amazing group of professionals!


2018 Parade of Lights EMS Rally Program Agenda

Click the link below to download the Program Agenda

2018 Parade of Lights EMS Rally Program Agenda

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Arkansas Author is First – Two Time Winner of Historical Association’s Susannah DeBlack Award

James Babb’s first novel The Devil’s Backbone won the Arkansas Historical Association’s Susannah DeBlack award in 2015- pictured below.


In April 2018, Babb’s novel titled The Devil’s Den won the same award, making him the first two-time recipient – pictured below.


The Devil’s Den was published by Plum Street in 2017.

Babb writes historical fiction with a steady stream of action and adventure. His first series has drawn special attention from reluctant readers and racked up a total of six awards.

For author school visit information contact James at silverinkbooks @ windstream . net

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Introducing The Readers Are Leaders Scholarship

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James Babb started this Midland High School scholarship to benefit a former reluctant reader who now embraces the reading experience and the ability of a book to expand the student’s knowledge and imagination.

James was a reluctant reader when he attended Midland Schools. In his thirties, he became an author of historical fiction books for reluctant readers. The Readers Are Leaders Scholarship will be awarded to someone who did not give up on reading.

Click the link below for more information and to print the scholarship application.

Midland Scholarship

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Working Like A Dog On The Next Book!


Dogs hold a special place in our hearts. As you can see, our dogs love being in the water!

While researching my other books for reluctant readers (The Devil’s Backbone series) I came across the true story of an amazing dog from Arkansas. In an old book, I found a Civil War soldier’s account of this dog’s life. The story was short but contained just enough information to send me into a researching frenzy. It didn’t take long to realize the soldiers who found the dog had an important story that needed to be told too.

I’ve started writing this tale inspired by a true story and sincerely hope I can produce the quality and realism it deserves.

Wish me luck!

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Foreman School Visit

James visited Foreman recently and was delighted with how excited the students were about his books. It was a school visit that he will not forget. James was invited to eat with a few of the leaders of the reading counts program and enjoyed the meal and discussions.

“Foreman was great to me and I want to thank them for everything.” Lunch with the Author - Foreman

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