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Duffy Barkley is not a Dog: Tales of Uhrlin Book One Paperback – August 23, 2010

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From the Author

I have been blessed with the time to be able to write, while also having a job that allows me to be around school  kids and spend a lot of time talking with them about what they are interested in and reading the books that they like as part of my work.


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.

About the Author

I am a creative, wonderful, wacky woman; teacher, writer, mom, wife and daughter. I love children, travel, camping and hiking and I am addicted to reading and writing. I am a storyteller and a friend. Many people in my family have been adopted and I work with special needs children. I have lived in a home with 12 parrots and two greyhounds and 2 cats. I have written stories and drawn pictures all my life in an attempt to preserve some of the beauty I have always been surrounded by. I love to look for the beauty in this world and having grown up by Yellowstone, lived in China and In Custer State Park, then in the Pacific Coast Redwoods, that has been easy.
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Product Details

  • Series: Tales of Uhrlin
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452836779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452836775
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,437,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By betty l. dravis VINE VOICE on January 18, 2012
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This heart-warming, bittersweet story is about a nine-year-old boy named Duffy Barkley who is physically challenged by cerebral palsy. He's cruelly taunted by classroom bullies, playing on his name, calling him a dog...and much worse.

The poor, sweet little boy courageously stands up to his tormenters, all the while putting on a brave front. The saving grace in Duffy's life are his parents--who love him and work hard to keep him as comfortable as possible--and his little sister Izzy.

Duffy and Izzy adore each other, but when something happens to place her in a coma, his parents reluctantly send him to live with a mysterious aunt until Izzy is out of danger.

When Duffy accidentally falls into a fantasy world while searching through the aunt's attic, strange new adventures await him. He meets the most fascinating, bizarre creatures imaginable...but this author brings them alive by her skillful use of descriptive words and believable dialogue.

Why is Duffy hailed as a hero in this bizarre land? Why is he sent on a quest that will save the people? How does he overcome his doubts to learn all that's needed to succeed? And what help does he receive from a magical white tiger and other unusual friends?

But most important, why are Duffy's parents forced to send him to his aunt in the first place? Does he ever return home? And what will he find when he gets there? How is his sister faring? One thing for sure: if Duffy returns from his alternate reality, he'll be a much wiser boy. It will be interesting to see how he uses his newly acquired skills in his real world.

All those questions and more are answered in this enchanting, coming-of-age book by author Dixie Goode...in a most delightful way.
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This is a wonderful book for any age. Duffy and the reader both discover that your weaknesses can become your strengths, and love is always the answer, even when it seems there is no answer. I strongly recommend it. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed it so much, I bought the sequel Duffy Barkley: Seek Well (Tales of Uhrlin) which I am reading now.
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What a wonderful first book! Ms. Goode creates a refreshing and intriguing story with a most unlikely hero: a young boy with cerebral palsy. Duffy is a positive, hopeful character who learns to overcome his own doubts and physical shortcomings to save the world in the alternate reality into which he has 'fallen' while on a visit to a mysterious aunt after his sister is gravely injured in a school shooting.

Readers will be delighted by echos of other literary traditions as well as deeply moved by the themes/problems the author presents that face our young people in schools today, such as bullying and violence. Her skillful weaving of events in Duffy's 'real' world and the mirrors of these events in the 'alternate' world also keeps the reader grounded and interested to see what happens next.

For me, the best parts of the book occured Duffy treated the villain with grace and compassion, rather than utilizing a punitive, judgmental tone. Though Duffy is still a child in our world, he develops and demonstrates maturity, wisdom, and humility in the alternate world and he chooses to bring those characteristics back with him to change his 'real' world as well.

Highly recommended!
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Ok guys....in case you haven't read it yet....read "Duffy Barkley Is Not A Dog! " Yes, I think it was billed for kids and I can see teens reading it, but it kept me entertained and looking forward to each time I could turn on my kindle!
Thanks Dixie for a great read!
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I thoroughly enjoyed Duffy Barkley is not a Dog. Duffy Barkley is a boy with cerebral palsy who faces daily challenges physically amd emotionally. He is a warm-hearted amd compassionate boy who is bullied by other children, but takes it all in stride as he copes with the trials and tribulations of his disibility. He escapes into a world of fantasy and Ms. Goode does a wonderful job providing the reader with imagery with her masterful and eloquent words. Duffy Barkley is a loveable character and I felt a connection with his thoughts and emotioms. It is a sensitive story filled with real life conflicts. This is a fantastic book for all ages. We can all learn from Duffy Barkley. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Well-done, Dixie Goode!! Loved it!
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