Jack Russell Terriers Featured in New Jim Duffy Children’s Book

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The new Jack Russell book, “The Adventures of Emmy & Endy and Alfie Duffy, Too!” Second Edition, recites the further adventures of the author’s fun-loving Jack Russell terriers. A portion of the proceeds of this children’s book about animals will help support literacy.

James E. Duffy, former president of the ABC Television Network and co-founder of Project Literacy US, has released the second edition of his children’s book about Jack Russell dogs, “The Adventures of Emmy & Endy and Alfie Duffy, Too!”.

    Building on the escapades of his globetrotting, high-spirited Jack Russell terriers, the second edition picks up where the first edition left off, incorporating additional stories of Alfie’s experiences, Duffy said. Written in verse with colorful illustrations by Bobbie Marsh of Sarasota, the book chronicles the fearless and fun-loving Jack Russells’ frolics evoking laughter, some chills and a few tears as they raise havoc in airplanes, confront would-be burglars, ride farm tractors and offer wry doggy commentary on their owner’s life. New adventures include Alfie’s friendship with a wayward peacock, his move to Florida, and his interactions with the Sunshine State’s fauna, including tropical birds and one large, overly attentive alligator.

    “The first edition was so well received with some very positive reviews and great feedback from parents about how much they and their children enjoyed my puppies that it spurred me to add more tales about Alfie,” Duffy said. Duffy is the keynote speaker at the Literacy Council of Sarasota’s annual Author’s Luncheon fundraiser being held Friday, Feb. 17. A portion of the proceeds from the book are being donated to the Literacy Council of Sarasota to support literacy. He will speak about “A Commitment for a More Literate America—The Foundation of Our Nation’s Future.”

     “I’ve always believed ‘The Adventures of Emmy & Endy and Alfie Duffy, Too!’ can be enjoyed by both children and adults, which makes it a perfect book to read together,” Duffy said. “Instilling a love of reading in children is fundamental to their future success in life and our success as a nation. That is why I have been such a proponent of literacy initiatives.” A portion of the proceeds from the Jack Russell book, about $2 each, will be donated to the Literacy Council of Sarasota through Aug. 15, and book sales also will be used to support additional charitable organizations in the future, he said.

    Duffy, who spent 15 years as president of the ABC Television Network, traveled extensively with Emmy and Endy and, over the 18 and 16 years respectively that they spent with him, wrote poems about their escapades. When the dogs fell ill and died within three weeks of each other, Duffy pulled together the poems for the first edition, adding a touching and life-affirming account in verse of his sadness at their passing and the joy of, after a time, welcoming a new Jack Russell terrier, Alfie, into his life.

    “The Adventures of Emmy & Endy and Alfie Duffy, Too!” is available at http://www.AdventuresOfEmmyAndEndy.com and http://www.Facebook.com/AlfieDuffyFanClub.

About the Author:
    James E. Duffy joined the American Broadcasting Company in Chicago in 1949. For the next 46 years, Duffy worked in nearly every broadcast sector in television and radio, including an unprecedented 15 years as president of the ABC Television Network from which he retired in 1995. He also cofounded the renowned Project Literacy US (PLUS) with the Public Broadcasting Service in 1985 and was its spokesperson for 10 years. Duffy was recognized with the broadcast industry’s highest honor, the National Association of Broadcaster’s Distinguished Service Award. He also received the National Literacy Coalition’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Duffy is author of the nonfiction book “The Wind in the Trees” and the children’s tale, “The Adventures of Emmy & Endy and Alfie Duffy, Too!”

2012 * ISBN 978-1-936343-14-0 * $15.95 * Paperback Original * 33 pages

Published by The Peppertree Press

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