Sunny’s Story

Sunny's Story

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Sunny's Story, written by Ginger Katz is a drug prevention book for all ages. It is a compelling story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, teachers and more. Sunny’s Story tells of joyful times and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost to drug abuse.

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It is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. The story tells the ups and downs of life with his young master Ian, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter, and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster

Sunny's Story is read at many dinner tables across the country, in schools, libraries, as part of Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curricula for elementary, middle and high school students as well as a standalone book for children of all ages, parents, grandparents, teachers and professionals in the field of treatment and prevention.

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The Courage to Speak® Foundation’s Curriculum for After School Programs is based on the book Sunny’s Story. This innovative after school program targets the 4th through 8th grade. This program is adapted from the scientifically proven Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curriculum for Grades 4-7. After reading Sunny’s Story, students take part in art and creative writing activities that support children in avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

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Targeting children of all ages and parents, Sunny’s Story tells the story of joyful and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost. Sunny’s Story is a compelling read for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and teachers. Through this universal story of love, compassion, caring and understanding, Ms. Katz has brought new life to her message of empowering youth to be drug free. The family dog and narrator, Sunny, is a keen and intelligent observer of damage done by alcohol and other drug use to his master, Ian. He tells a heart-warming, but tragic story that will make readers, young and old, think twice about choices being made every day.

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“Mom, I want to get help.” Ian had decided that he was going to go to rehab the next morning. Those were some of his last spoken words to her. That night, Ian’s dog, Sunny, climbed four flights of stairs to try and wake Ginger, to let her know that something was terribly wrong with Ian. Sunny’s message was undelivered. Ian’s words and promise to get help in the morning rocked Ginger into a deep sleep. It was the best night’s sleep she’d had since first receiving the call that Ian was using heroin. Never did she think Ian would go downstairs and do the drug one more time. He did not have a second chance.

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Through the years, as Ginger recalled that moment over and over, she realized that if Sunny could talk, he would have had a lot to say. Sunny’s undelivered message tugged at Ginger. Sunny had been trying to tell her something important that night- he wanted and needed her help. In 2004, 8 years after Ian’s death, Ginger decided she would write a drug prevention book about Ian’s life and loss from Sunny’s perspective. The family beagle tells the story.

Sunny’s Story has inspired thousands of children all over the country to vow “Not to do drugs.” It is part of The Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Program at every level and is read at dinner tables across the country.

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