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WMTB Faculty Advisor Writes Children’s Book

Donna Klinger

Randy Gray, who has taught journalism and served as faculty advisor to the university’s WMTB FM radio station for more than two decades, has written The Adventures of Brooks and Rip, a youth fiction book for children between the ages of 9 and 14. The 94-page book was illustrated by Ellen Salvatore, a 2020 graduate of the Mount and Frederick-based floral designer.

brooks-and-rip.jpgGray, a Walkersville, Maryland resident, wrote The Adventures of Brooks and Rip from memories of his childhood which was long before the Internet, cell phones and Zoom meetings. The story mentions areas in and around Walkersville. Gray grew up in Baltimore in the 1960s where he idolized sports figures from the Orioles and Colts. The title character in the book, a 12-year-old boy, is named after Orioles’ legend Brooks Robinson. Brooks’ loyal dog Rip is named after the Birds’ “Ironman” Cal Ripken Jr.

The story tells of Brooks, Rip and their friends riding bikes everywhere, building forts in the woods, having snowball battles and playing outside until the street lights came on.

The book is available online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon as well as at the following stores: The Curious Iguana in Frederick, Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Wandering Hare in Gettysburg, Rudolph Girls in Westminster and The Ivy in Baltimore.

Donna Klinger