NC Actor and Disabled Veteran Darrell Rackley Publishes Debut Children’s Book

Darrell Rackley, NC actor and disabled Veteran turned author publishes his first children’s book, “The Rack Pack: Darrell’s Adventure” with New Hanover Printing & Publishing. The book is now available for purchase at NC bookstores and online.
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April 30, 2012 - PRLog -- WILMINGTON, NC—Darrell Warren Rackley, a local actor and disabled Veteran turned new author publishes his debut children’s book, “The Rack Pack: Darrell’s Adventure” (New Hanover Printing & Publishing, 2012).

The book “The Rack Pack: Darrell’s Adventure” was inspired by Darrell Rackley’s own childhood memories “playing Army,” as he calls it, with his brothers and neighborhood friends. Rackley reminisces, “We would wear our Dad’s old baggy Army clothes and helmets two sizes too big. We played hard, had fun and went home tired.” After a couple weeks of drafting the story and getting it illustrated, “the Rack Pack” came to life. The book “The Rack Pack: Darrell’s Adventure” hit the shelves early April and is now available for purchase through New Hanover Printing & Publishing’s online bookstore at (ISBN:978-0-9830616-7-0; 11”x 8.5” landscape; saddle-stitched paperback; 26 pages; $15.00). For further details or inquiries, email or visit “The Rack Pack” website at

“The Rack Pack: Darrell’s Adventure” is a fun and adventurous children’s book about neighborhood kids “playing Army.” The kids dress up in their father’s oversized fatigues and protect their fort at the playground in a dirt clod war. “A dirt clod war,” Rackley says, “is just like a snowball fight, only with big clumps of dirt.” The battle really comes to life on the page through the original digitally-drawn cartoons of NC illustrator Aaron Johnson. With Johnson’s vibrant illustrations and Rackley’s entertaining narrative, “The Rack Pack” takes playing Army to a whole new level. While the book is action-packed, carefree and spirited, it is more than just a story about young boys playing in the dirt. “It’s about making friends, working together and accomplishing a goal,” says Rackley. The book carries a meaningful message for young readers (ages 6-12) and touches on themes of camaraderie, bravery, and even combating bullies.

Darrell Rackley was born in Nancy, France and grew up in Georgia and Virginia. As an Army child Rackley lived on a military base where his actual “Rack Pack” grew up. After serving in the U.S. Army, Rackley retired as a disabled Veteran and has since become an actor. Rackley, a proud father and grandfather, resides with his wife in Carolina Beach, NC. “The Rack Pack” is Rackley’s first book in a series he hopes to be made into a movie. To help fund this movie project please visit “The Rack Pack: Darrell’s Adventure” can be purchased online and at Pomegranate Books, Two Sisters Bookery, and Artful Living in Carolina Beach. It is also available for check out at the local library. “The Rack Pack” will be featured at NHCPL’s 2nd Annual Story Extravaganza on Sat., May 12th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Northeast Regional Library. Free admission, gift bags, book signing, and fun for the whole family.

The printer/publisher of the book is New Hanover Printing & Publishing (NHPP) of Wilmington, NC. NHPP strongly supports local accomplished and aspiring authors like Darrell Rackley. Rackley is available for TV/radio/media interviews and select readings and performances. To inquire about an interview or possible appearance, or for info on stocking the book, please contact

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