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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.

Sunny notices a change

Ian starts smoking

Sunny meets Ian

Ginger takes a stand

Ian makes a decision

Sunny climbs the stairs that tragic night

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