NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Spokane 10-year-old who wrote a book about Notre Dame Football had so many people come to his book signing Saturday, organizers had to turn people away.
Jake Keyes signed books at the Notre Dame Book Store in South Bend Saturday morning, before watching the Fighting Irish play a home game against Pittsburg.
Organizers decided to extend Keyes’ two hour book signing by 30 minutes because so many people showed up.
The book is called “The Little Gipper” and it chronicles the history of Notre Dame Football from a child’s perspective.
The book went on sale in the Notre Dame Bookstore this week.
Jake signed his books next to other prominent Notre Dame celebrities turned authors, like former Notre Dame Coach Gerry Faust and current Notre Dame Sports Information Director John Heisler.
Sue Shidler, Assistant Director of the Notre Dame Bookstore, told KREM 2 News that she expects the book to be successful and to “catch on as it goes”. She said she expects it to sell particularly well during youth camp season in the summer.
While at Notre Dame on Thursday Jake’s role as a children’s author earned him a one-on-one meeting with legendary former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh.
Jake is a fifth grader at Cataldo Catholic School and just finished the season as the starting quarterback for the school’s 5th/6th grade football team.
To learn about how Jake came to love Notre Dame, click here.