Accounting Instructor Publishes Children’s Book

Posted by on May 31, 2012

Mila Malone, Cat Detective is the first of a series of children’s stories written by Mark Hanson, an accounting instructor at Minnesota School of Business in Blaine. The book was created to entertain and educate kids, teaching them lessons that can be applied in everyday life.

Mila Malone, Cat Detective follows the adventure of Mila, to solve the mystery of a kidnapping. The theme is problem solving. The book has a “What would Mila Do?” section that takes the reader through a step-by-step process to identify a solution to any problem. In addition, Mila’s “Quicktionary” on the following page gives definitions of words in the book that the reader may not be familiar with. Each book in the series will have a different educational theme with a mentoring section that highlights the underlying story line, and a “Quicktionary.”

Mark is an educator and business owner. He wrote this first book of the series with his daughters in mind. “I’ve found there are many heroes and role models out there for boys, and not many for girls,” he said. He created Mila with idea that role models that personify trustworthiness, resourcefulness, ethical leadership, and wisdom are important for all children.

Mila Malone, Cat Detective was published in 2011. Mark is in the process of writing his second book, which will have a goal setting theme. The book is available for purchase on Amazon for $8.99. Anyone from the Blaine campus can purchase the book from Mark for $8. If you’re interested in purchasing the book, contact Mark at

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