First graders get a surprise Helix book!!!!

An awesome teacher sent me 16 drawings of Helix that her first graders made for me.  They each wrote me a personal letter telling me how much they loved Helix gets His Wheels, and that they couldn’t wait for the second book Helix Rolls Into a Sleepover.  So guess what? I sent them each their […]

Helix 7/31/2019-1/16/2020

I am heartbroken to announce that Helix passed away on January 16th, 2020 from respiratory issues. That morning he went through his normal routine, a soak for five minutes, his favorite orange wheels were put on, and he was offered some food. For the first time, he didn’t get excited. Instead he rolled into his […]

Helix Rolls into a Sleepover. The second book in the Helix series.

Here is a sneak peek at the cover and back of Helix Rolls into a Sleeepover.  When Edward invites Helix to his house for a sleepover, Helix is very excited. But when Helix arrives at Edward’s house, he realizes his home is not wheelchair accessible. Helix is disappointed until his mom suggests inviting Edward over […]

Tortstork, theTurtleRoom, HelixWheelsFoundation and Donations…OH MY!!

Tortstork and theTheTurtleRoom ran a 72 hour Helix Thon.  For every book sold off Tortstork.com, Tortstork would donate $5 to theTurtleRoom.  24 books were sold in the 72 hour “Helix Thon,” and $120 was donated to tTR.  Helix Gets His Wheels is a great book to help children become interested in tortoises.  The last few […]

Helix Gets His Wheels Children’s Book pre-sale launch!

Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome. Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Children – Picture Book book “Helix” by Randal Betz Jr., currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/154399119X. “Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite Helix Gets His Wheels is a children’s social issues picture book written by Randal Betz, Jr. and illustrated by Claudio […]

Moroccan Tortoises are hatching!!!

Lots of people easily mistaken a Moroccan tortoise as a Moroccan greek tortoise.  Its pretty simple to realize why.  The scientific name is Testudo greaca marokkensis.  The funny thing is, they aren’t even from Greece, they are native to Northern Africa.  They are distinctly different than Greek tortoises.  The babies are super unique looking as […]

Helix Gets His Wheels children’s book.

Helix has a children’s book! How exciting is that?  The pre-sale for this book will be in the beginning of November.  I am waiting on an Amazon link before I launch the exact date.  If you’re interested in getting a signed copy, please email me tortstork@tortstork.com. Here are two reviews that have already come in.. […]

Helix Fan Art

Helix has touched so many hearts across the world, from Unite states, Brazil, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Panama, Mexico, Africa, Russian, Japan, Canada, Australia, Ireland and Scotland.  Im sure there are some places I’ve missed. Helix’s Story is inspiring to children and adults.  I opened up the opportunity for people to draw Helix in their own […]

Meet Helix; The twisted deformed tortoise

Helix hatched on July 31st, 2019.  it was pretty deformed to the point where i thought i was going to have to euthanize it.  Though as the days passed, Helix was making “strides.”  He was scooting all over the incubator. I moved Helix to a growing container, like i do with all other hatchlings, and […]