drug prevention book Sunny's Story

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.

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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Ginger Katz signing autographed copies of her book Sunny’s Story.

Ginger Katz signing autographed copies of her book Sunny’s Story.

Sunny’s Story

Written by Ginger Katz
CEO and Founder, the Courage to Speak® Foundation

If only.

If only our pet could talk – could warn us we’d lose our son to drugs.

This is Sunny’s Story. Although it’s aimed at children, it’s for everyone who loves someone who might become addicted.

Sunny’s Story is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle, and tells of the ups and downs of his life with his young master, from the moment they met at an animal shelter to Sunny’s anguished yelps watching his best friend succumb to drugs. Written by Ginger Katz, a mother who lost her son Ian to a drug overdose, Sunny’s Story helps families talk openly about the dangers of drugs.

The Story

Sunny gets a new home.

“My name is Sunny. I’m a white, brown and black Beagle with short legs and long ears that blow in the wind when I run. I live with Ginger and Larry in a house by the ocean. We are all very sad because once we had the best boy in the world. His name was Ian, and this is the story of how he was taken from us.”

“When I was a puppy I had to go to the animal shelter to find a family…”

Ms. Katz tells her son Ian’s story through the family’s soulful beagle who was Ian’s special friend. Sunny is a perceptive non-human narrator with very human feelings and a gentle buffer that allows young readers the necessary distance needed to deal with this difficult subject. Sunny is a silent observer of the tragedy which led to the founding of the Courage to Speak® Foundation.  Sunny’s Story is meant to be read at the dinner table, in schools, libraries, as part of the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curriculum in every grade and as a stand-alone book to be discussed for elementary, middle and high school students.

Comments from Professionals

“They loved reading about Ian’s life, finding the signs where his life began to go astray, and culminating in how he could have avoided his outcome.”

Ellen Seltzer, (Connecticut) 6th grade teacher


“This book is an important and unique addition to the list of preventive tools so necessary for children in today’s world.”

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Professor of Practice and Associate Dean, Harvard School of Public Health


“Sunny’s Story is a perfect way to introduce the sensitive topic of substance abuse to children in elementary, middle and high school. It engages the students at the onset and keeps their attention throughout.”

Dominick Splendorio, Health Educator


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