Children’s Books by Lindsay Zarse


Signed children’s books


The Magic of


Topsail Island

by Lindsay McAllister Zarse

Riley doesn’t want to go on her family’s vacation to Topsail Island. It would ruin her summer. But her parents insist. Besides, Topsail is a magical place, they say. But Riley doesn’t believe them.

She doesn’t, that is, until a friendly sea turtle arrives … and a magical trip begins.

LINDSAY McALLISTER ZARSE has authored a wonderful new book about a young girl, her family’s vacation — and a world opened for her by Beasley, a giant sea turtle with extra-special talents.

Illustrated with 18 enchanting drawings by artist Brian Martin (, The Magic of Topsail is sure to be a hit with child and parent alike.

  • “Lindsay Zarse skillfully intertwines factual information about sea turtles with an adorable fantasy in this enchanting book. A great summer read for the young and young at heart.”

–Mary Maden, author of A Sea Turtle Story

  • “The beauty and magic of Topsail Island is now captured on the pages of a new childrens book.”

-The Jacksonville Daily News

  • “Within three pages, [my son Joseph] was enthralled. Mr. Asks-Constant-Questions was silent, leaning against me with bated breath, until I read the first chapter. Originally thinking to read one chapter, I couldn’t resist reading the first four. … From a parental viewpoint, I appreciated the educational spin. … The characters were fun, the dialogue quick and, although I thought that some of the phrases would be above Joseph’s head, he was able to follow along perfectly well. I would say as a read-aloud book, this one is geared toward children from ages 4-7. As a read-on-their-own, ages 8-10. The illustrations were done by Brian Martin and were a tremendous addition to the book. Overall, Joseph and I gave this book a big “A” for Approved.

–Mandy Dawson, California web reviewer,

  • “Lindsay Zarse creates a childhood wonderland tlhrough a trip to the beach. Her creative imagery and adventure will delight children big and small — and the lucky adults who read to them.”

–Kate Hall, CEO,, Author, Richmond Rocks


author, The Magic of Topsail IslandWhen not at her family’s Topsail Island beach home, Lindsay Zarse lives outside Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and daughter. After graduating from Old Dominion University, Lindsay received a Master’s Degree in Education from Penn State University. She is a high school teacher in Chesterfield County, Virginia.


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