Children and their parents attended the Books & Berries evening event at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey, Wayne Unit, where they heard Wayne resident and first-time novelist, Jeffrey J. Antonucci, speak about his book, Deep Within a Blueberry Sky, on March 14.

His presentation included the reading of a short poem from the book as well as a brief description about the little girl, Sarah, who overcame physical challenges as she learned life lessons from her grandfather during their annual summertime adventures and discoveries. After the presentation, he autographed books for parents and their children.

The author is donating a percentage of every book sold at the event and during the coming weeks to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey, Wayne Unit. Books can be purchased to benefit this worthwhile organization by clicking below.

Antonucci’s beautifully illustrated hard-cover novel tells the story of a young girl who spends part of each summer in the country with her grandfather enjoying life in the great outdoors and overcoming challenges along the way that shape her life forever. Deep Within a Blueberry Sky exemplifies the quintessential elements of what the selfless acts of giving and teaching, both profound offerings of love, really signify, and the tremendous good that comes, as a result.

First-time author, Jeffrey J. Antonucci, of Wayne, followed in the footsteps of his father, uncle, and grandfather, all master tradesmen, by working in construction as a bricklayer. It wasn’t until the idea for this story came to Jeff, as he tells it, like a slideshow before his eyes, that he ever even thought of writing, what would become, this novel. Up until that point, Jeff’s writings consisted of small personal pieces and poems for family members and friends.

The book, published by Woodpecker Press, Livingston, New Jersey, is available at the author’s site, as well as at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair. It is also available as an ebook for Kindle on and for Nook on

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