A Pinch of Powder

by Richard Edward Benoit

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Winner of the Mom's Choice Gold Award

Named a 2017 best book for families! 

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Meet Richard Edward Benoit

Author Richard Edward Benoit lives with his wife in California near the Oregon border. Never far from the sea, he gardens, writes and is enriched by the wonders of science and the spectacular beauty of the natural world. A Pinch of Powder is the first book in the Pulvology series.

Richard studied chemistry and biology in college. He went on to get a doctorate in dental surgery. While working in Guatemala he was captivated by a local story and felt it needed to be recorded. And so began his love of writing.

Richard welcomes your questions and comments. Contact Richard to send him a note.


2017 Mom’s Choice Gold Award

Richard Edward Benoit has received the 2017 Mom’s Choice Gold Award for A Pinch of Powder. Mom’s Choice awards honor excellence in family friendly media. Judged on quality, originality and appeal, as well as educational and entertainment value, this novel was deemed a best book for families.


Interested in having Richard Edward Benoit speak in your school, class, conference, or bookstore? He’s an enthusiastic speaker who loves to discuss books and writing, while inspiring audiences of all ages to pursue their dreams. He’s available for school visits, conferences, bookstore events, Skype visits with classrooms and more. Send Richard a note for more information or to set up a visit.


All it takes is a pinch of powder …

It’s the longest, hottest summer of all time, and siblings Jim and Carrie are being forced to spend it in their dreary new town of Claremont, Ohio. Desperate to escape their boredom, the two kids take a summer job looking after their neighbor’s dogs and quickly realize they’re in for a more exciting summer than they could have possibly imagined.

There’s more to Mrs. Simonson from down the street than meets the eye. She’s a pulvologist — a scientist that makes powders that can dye hair green and make broccoli taste like chocolate. In her laboratory, she dreams of inventing a powder that turns things invisible.

Jim and Carrie’s summer is looking up but trouble arrives when sinister businessmen try to shut down their family bakery. Now it’s up to brother and sister to save the day. However, they’re about to learn that a pinch of powder might cause just as many problems as it solves.

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