Serengeti Friendship

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About the author:

Bruce Deckert began his journalism career at The Post -- The Wethersfield Post, not the New York or Washington versions. He was an editor at from 1999 to 2015.

His first foray into the news industry was as a Star-Ledger paperboy. Since then, Bruce has won a writing award and a design award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Born in Newark, N.J., and raised in Bloomfield and Plainfield, Bruce graduated from Plainfield High and Gordon College. A friend and former teacher encouraged Bruce to consider a fast-track master's program right after college since life can get busy (and ... still no master's).

Growing up, he lived and died with the Yankees and Mets, among other devotions. As an adult -- and still growing, hopefully -- he has tended to fall asleep at the end of late-night Yankee playoff games.

Bruce has spent his married life in Connecticut, and he and his wife (a vocal Red Sox fan) have a son and a daughter (yes, both Sox fans).

Bruce uses his middle name (William) when filling out forms and when writing a Serengeti Friendship story.

From age 5 through college, his home church was Willow -- not mega-Willow Creek in Illinois, but Willow Grove Presbyterian in New Jersey.

P.S. Hoop trivia: Bruce played pickup basketball with someone who coached LeBron James once.

Serengeti Friendship

Soccer Forgiveness

Authored by Bruce William Deckert

Chosen for World Cup Exhibition

Renowned C.S. Lewis scholar, author
and longtime English professor
"Serengeti Friendship is amazing, delightful, and actually quite moving. ... I'd love to see the book break through to an enormous audience."

Featured on morning radio show on
WTIC 1080, Connecticut's news station

Revised Edition: 2017

IN THIS STORY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE OF ALL AGES, the giraffe remembers clearly. The elephant? Not exactly. The cheetah defends his memory -- but the zebra calls him a lying cheetah.

So: 4 friends and teammates + 2 wildly opposing stories = 1 big mess. Oh, there's another friend: a gazelle, caught in the middle.

When a crisis of trust threatens to tear apart the heart of the African Animals, soccer success appears to be a mirage, the least of their concerns. Except for a minor detail -- the Wild Animal World Cup begins soon.

But hope is in the air -- and the sky. Literally.

During the dispute, a high-flying owl soars over the savanna and invites the friends for a visit.

So a trio skips a warm-up match and seeks the owl at his upside-down tree. At the match, the keeper makes an outrageous save -- the first of its kind, according to the ELIONS Sports Bureau.

Meanwhile, at the upside-down tree, can the owl point the way to forgiveness? And help mend the heart of friendship for these teammates on the Serengeti? And save the soccer day ... in time for a World Cup victory?

PLUS: Five (hopefully) helpful appendixes, including a glossary, outtakes, bloopers and makeovers, and Appendix E.

By the way, Appendix E -- which is aimed mainly at the young at heart who are typically called "adults" -- addresses the owl's reference to the "ancient writings." So Appendix E contains some musings (and, quite possibly, brain cramps) on certain ancient writings and their relationship to: the creation/evolution debate, the faith/science fracas, the journalism/history question ... and more!

"Serengeti Friendship is amazing, delightful, and actually quite moving. ... I'd love to see the book break through to an enormous audience. It stands at a polar extreme from everything that comes at young people -- well, all of us, let's face it -- in this chaotic epoch of ours. The sheer, transparent goodness at work in it is immensely refreshing."

Publication Date:
1439240159 / 9781439240151
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Friendship

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