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Island resident writes children's book

October 4, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Pine Island resident Bob Stone has had a long and storied career that spans photography for national magazines, weddings, special events and now writing. Stone has written his first in a series of children's books entitled "A Touchdown for Ryley".

"I made my first dollar with photography when I was 11 years old and never looked back," Stone said. "I've traveled and shot in many places and have been paid very well for it."

Stone became involved in photography when the photographer for his older brother's homecoming didn't show up.

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"They asked if anyone had pictures and I did," Stone said. "I turned over my film and was paid for it. I thought I could make a living doing photography."

Stone opened California Portraits in Los Angeles, performed standup and wrote Cher's hit "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" in a career that spanned many years.

"My other love is writing," Stone said. "Screenplays are my favorite, and as the basis of my stories is the crazy life that I have lived. I use humor and tenderness to tell a story. My characters are real and the names are changed to protect the innocent."

"A Touchdown for Ryley" was inspired by a TV show Stone was involved in entitled SportsClub.

"I thought a series of children's books about sports with an inspiring message was needed," Stone said.

"'A Touchdown for Ryley' is the first book of the Ryley Series of books dedicated to first level readers to bring sports in story form to their lives," Stone said. "We plan 82 books in all, each book telling the story of Ryley and her friends spotlighting one sport per book."

The series is about Mr. and Mrs Edwards, their 10-year-old son, Ian, and their 8-year-old daughter, Ryley.

"Each book is about Ryley and her friends or family and a particular sport," Stone said. "The first book is about football but future stories will revolve around soccer, rowing and baseball."

"I think the message I want to get out is for kids to leave their computers, iPads and TVs and get out and play," Stone said. "It's a series of books about sports, teamwork, gender roles and aspirations written especially for children. Exercise, good sportsmanship, friendship and doing the right thing is the moral represented in each book."

"A Touchdown for Ryley" is available online at Barnes & Noble,, Taylor and Seale Publishers and Amazon.



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