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Ellwood House to host DeKalb author’s book launch, signing

DeKalb author Jimmy Ball will host a book-signing event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Carriage House, Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb.

A short program will feature videos, an excerpt reading from his new book, “Digging for Home,” as well as a presentation by TAILS Humane Society and Teacher’s Pet K-9 School of Sycamore. Refreshments will be available, and books can be purchased and signed by the author. 

In “Digging for Home,” life is just one big laugh after another for 12-year-old Benjamin Davies. Little league baseball, endless schemes and pranks and general mischief take up most of his existence. But one middle-of-the-night phone call changes everything. With the walls tumbling down around him, Benny befriends a mutt at the county animal shelter, only to learn that the dog is scheduled to be euthanized. Recruiting his 7-year-old brother, Frank, and his next door neighbor, 13-year-old Tara, Benny hatches a plot to spring the dog and in the process sets off a series of events that ensures that the town of Glidden will never be quite the same again. As the story unfolds, it becomes less and less clear as to who rescued whom. With a surprise ending, readers who love kids, dogs and baseball are sure to enjoy this story.

Jimmy Ball grew up in DeKalb. He enjoyed a 36-year career with the United States Postal Service before retiring in 2007. Married for 36 years, he and his wife, Barb, are empty nesters with two daughters off and married on their own. In addition to writing, retirement includes part-time work at the university bookstore, refereeing high school football and basketball, walking his dog, Digger, and spoiling his grandson.

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