From the Author
Since I also love to write books at the middle school level and higher, and my novels are fantasy novels that interest several kids in any class I am teaching, this has given me a lot of feedback and stimulated new story lines to develop.
I only hope both Duffy Barkley Novels bring other people some of the joy that they have already given to me.
I became a special Ed teacher, after being raised with a younger brother, who has down's syndrome. I also had been bullied a lot as a student myself and the experiences I have had as a teacher and family member of a special needs kid, and as a victim of bullies, are both a large part of the framework of these novels. But my Duffy, a boy who has Cerebral Palsy, and is bullied, is not handicapped or willing to be a victim. He won't accept the word, "No."
One of the most pleasurable parts of writing, Duffy Barkley is not a Dog was the interaction with my sons and nieces and nephews and students as I wrote and rewrote the book. I wrote it with the enthusiastic feedback from a lot of people and I want to make sure they know how grateful I am that they also, loved the boy who won't take "no" for an answer.