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Jericho Alley

Coming in 2019

In 2015, there were approximately 500,000 homeless people in the United States. Approximately one quarter of them were children. My hope is to provide a venue for parents to discuss the growing epidemic with their children.

I hope my picture book, Jericho Alley, is able to introduce the topic in a sensitive, yet honest way. It is intended for younger readers and has a word count of about 1200 words.

It is the story of a kind-hearted dog, Jello, who lives on Jericho Alley with his human friend Sam. It’s a typical day on the streets in and around the alley, except the temperature is expected to drop dramatically. Sam has several opportunities to take shelter from the storm but refuses to leave Jello alone, since the shelter does not allow pets.

As the storm gets closer, Jello checks the usual places for Sam. Several other colorful homeless characters are introduced during his search.

After an exhaustive and unproductive search, he observes Peyton, (a little girl with diabetes) become ill. Jello runs to her Father and brings him back to help. Once his daughter has recovered, he returns to Jello and offers him shelter for the night, but Jello refuses to leave Sam. Anxiously Peyton’s father and Jello finally find Sam in Jericho Alley and offer them both a warm place for the night a place they learn to call home.