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Book Launch: March 16, 2021

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Peacebunny Island:
The Extraordinary Journey of a Boy and His Comfort Rabbits, and How They’re Teaching Us about Hope and Kindness


by Caleb B Smith   

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Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
ISBN-10 : 149645247X
ISBN-13 : 978-1496452474

Language: English. 

Reading Level: 7th grade +

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
    (16 pages of 
     color photos)


Publishers' Weekly:  (Reviewed December 14, 2020) 

  "Endearing, inspirational life story in this charming debut..."   

Smith, now 16, eloquently describes how the animals brought peace to those who were suffering... introduces readers to an irresistible cadre of rabbits on his path to establishing Peacebunny Island, the bunny oasis on an island in the  Upper Mississippi River where his work continues.


"The author’s enthusiasm is infectious, and the teenager shows wisdom beyond his years: 'If you worry too much about what might happen in the future, you might miss out on what’s happening right in front of you.'  

Readers of self-help will appreciate these lessons in kindness, compassion, and ingenuity." 


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~Susy Flory
, Author
New York Times bestseller: 

"There are big dreams on every page of this unique and joyful story, written in the touching and inspirational voice of an unstoppable young man who cares deeply about others and offers himself, his bunnies, and now his island, as an oasis brimming with hope, hops, and heart."


~Dr. Anthony J. Salvatore

Retired Public School Administrator
Newtown, CT Public Schools

"Caleb's skill at describing his experience after the tragedy at Sandy Hook is such a beautiful tribute to the gift of presence that was provided to the Newtown community and especially to me.  Our emotional response to the story tells us that he captured the essence through his observations and reflections.  The clarity of language, precise word choice and heart-felt honesty come shining through!"


~ Jennifer Marshall Bleakley,
Author of JOEY and Pawverbs

"Caleb Smith writes with the optimism and authenticity of the young man he is, and with the hard-earned wisdom and insight of the old soul that lies within. If you find yourself in need of comfort—or of a reminder of the good that still exists in this world—the precious bunnies of Peacebunny Island stand ready to hop into your heart and fill your soul with peace."

~Dave Burchett, Author
Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace

"Peacebunny Island is a heartwarming story that will encourage your soul. Enjoy the improbable tale of a young boy parlaying his love for rescued rabbits to make a real difference. I loved the sweet reminder of how God used the childlike faith of Caleb Smith to accomplish His purpose."

~Caleb's Great Grandma,
101 Years Young

"Well, why wouldn't someone want to read a book about young boys  trekking in houseboats and exploring river islands with your bunny Huckleberry, or about the comfort your rabbits bring??  I've already heard the stories of your adventures but this, this is quite wonderful.  Just too bad there weren't any pirates."

~Sarah Atkinson,
Tyndale Momentum Publishing

“The odyssey of a remarkable young man committed to doing what he can to make the world more compassionate toward animals and to each other.”

A true story of a boy who is changing the world through kindness... one bunny at a time.

Meet Caleb Smith: a young man who, at age 8, decided to follow his dream to train endangered and rescued rabbits to become therapy animals.


Today, 16-year-old Caleb is an entrepreneur who owns and operates a private 22-acre Mississippi River sanctuary called Peacebunny Island.


The deal is simple: he saves the rabbits, and they help save us. Driven by an unbreakable desire to spread kindness and compassion, Caleb’s adventures include:

  • Founding a program of therapy rabbits who visit with veterans, senior citizens, families with special needs, and much more

  • Embarking on a quest along the Mississippi River to develop the site that would become Peacebunny Island

  • Overcoming challenges and obstacles along the way, while never giving up

  • Becoming an advocate for animal rescue, comfort animal training, and endangered species preservation

  • Inspiring hope and possibility in the next generation of young people.

Readers who love animal stories like We Bought a Zoo, Watership Down, and Marley & Me will treasure Peacebunny Island—an unforgettable journey of determination and faith destined to touch hearts around the world."

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     What to read next?

"In this book you'll get to get to know my special neighbor Markus who lives across the street even better, because this book is in his own voice.

The Bachmans share transparently what it's like facing  extensive and evolving medical conditions, and you'll see the ripple effects of faith and  hope it has on their family and community... that spilled over to my life too.

You'll be blessed and reminded of what's important, just like I am every time I fling open the front door."


-- Caleb Smith

Embracing ReMARKable,

by Deb and Markus Bachman

October 2020.

Available on Amazon


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~September Vaudrey, author Colors of Goodbye

"Caleb is a relatable hero whose youthful wisdom actually applies to anyone with an entrepreneur spirit.  I read this book in two days simply because it is a delight and I could not stop. If your soul, like mine, could stand a good dousing of sheer joy, read this book. And if you need a little inspiration to follow your own dreams, pandemic and beyond, look no further. You’ve arrived."

~Matt Mikalatos, author
The Sunlit Lands 

"Deeply moving, inspiring, and profoundly hopeful, the story of Peacebunny Island is an inspiring reminder that we can all make the world better for the people (and animals) around us. Highly recommended."


~Dandi Daley Mackall,
Author over 500 books, including Winnie the Horse Gentler Series and The One Year Devotions for Animal Lovers.

"In Peacebunny Island, Caleb Smith walks us through his journey of fulfilling his dream with business savvy and prayer. Readers of his book will be inspired to persevere, trusting God’s guidance along the way. We can all make a difference and show kindness and compassion. I love animals and have written many books about God’s creatures. But from now on, I’ll have more appreciation and affection for the bunnies, especially those on Peacebunny Island."



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I hope my story inspires others to keep following their dreams...


        - Caleb Smith.

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