In 2018, there were over 550,000 homeless people in the United States. Of those, about 35% (194,000) were unsheltered or living on the street. Approximately 47,000 of them were under the age of 18 and also unsheltered. Jericho Alley 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, including Dame Emma (a cat who used to be a teacher), Daisy (a rabbit who retired from the postal service), Ms. Anna Leigh (a pot belly pig), Trevor (a German shepherd with a prosthetic leg who is a former marine), Myles (another dog who rides up and down the Alley on a delivery truck), and Nate (a huge St Bernard who lives at the local bakery). After an exhaustive and unproductive search for Sam, Jello 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 where they are soon joined by their friends who also live on Jericho Alley.
Meet the Author
Dr. Lisa Robin Phillips Colodny grew up in the rural countryside of Kentucky surrounded by an eclectic group of family and friends. Her earliest stories were penned with a cousin or family member in mind. Fortunately, she is able to return frequently to her Grandparents’ little white house on the hill in Taylor County. She attended the University of Kentucky and Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, graduated with a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University and later obtained an MBA. She has written approximately 34 publications in the health and science industry and 5 book contributions (also medical); been interviewed for 15 television programs or newspaper articles; and participated in over 50 healthcare related speaking events. In 2014 The Town Time Forgot, an adult fiction story was published, followed in 2015 by an award-winning children’s book, Ms. Abrams Everything Garden. Upcoming releases include a third book in the Place Where Magic Lives series and a new picture book in 2020, Jericho Alley. She resides in Parkland, Florida with her daughter, Samantha, and three dogs, Cooper, Buttercup, and Bentley.