Sunny’s Story - How to Save a Young Life from Drugs

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Sunny’s Story - How to Save a Young Life from Drugs

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

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If only.

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

Sunny's Story is a compelling story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, and teachers written by Norwalk resident, Virginia “Ginger” Katz.

Sunny’s Story tells of joyful times and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost. It is narrated through the eyes, ears, and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. It is the ups and downs of life with his young master, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter, and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster.

Ginger 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 heartwarming, but tragic story that will make readers, young and old, think twice about choices being made every day. The book is for both young and old, and the story of love, compassion, caring, and understanding is universal.

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

“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…”


“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 [...] [misuse] to children in elementary, middle, and high school. It engages the students at the onset and keeps their attention throughout.” Dominick Splendorio, Health Educator

Please call 203-831-9700 or email for more information about where to purchase this story.