Tommy’s friends, Aiden and Jacob, are more than just brothers, they are a new wave of ninjas. Unlike other ninjas who use their skills to fight, these amazing ninja brothers use their skills to heal and build understanding in their classroom. Their power comes from the magic of two ancient ninja rings that their great-great-grandfather, an explorer, had discovered in his travels and is now passing down to them. The ninja rings give them the ability to understand how a friend with a psychiatric disorder thinks and how to help a mind that works differently adapt to challenges in the classroom, on the playground and at home. Aiden and Jacob apply the magic of the ninja rings to help Aiden’s best friend, Tommy overcome the challenges of ADHD. Jacob uses his ring to figure out why Tommy is prone to be disruptive or inattentive. Then Aiden applies the magic of his ring, empathy, to feel the same emotions that Tommy feels. Together they learn that Tommy’s different way of thinking has strengths, too.
Meet Clara, a five-year-old girl that is super positive and super happy. If something disappoints, she smiles it away. If something is wrong, she does her best to fix it. Clara learns that she has brain cancer. Her treatment requires surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Like any child, she first resists the need for radiation treatment and years of having to take medicine. She asks questions, her way of making sure that this is the best way to fix it. She reluctantly agrees, and although she is afraid, she maintains her positive attitude. Following the radiation treatment, Clara discovers that she has special powers that allow her to connect with animals in extraordinary ways she can tell what they are feeling inside, understand what they are saying and they can understand her.
The special bond between Keira and Papa shines as they join together to solve their first crime -- The Case of the Missing Crown Jewels. Keira is an 8-year old with red hair, hot pink glasses, and dresses like Pippi Longstockings. She is not as confident as her fashion statement suggests. Her dreams of being a heroine are overshadowed by a cloud of fear that percolates within her extraordinary imagination. Her grandfather, Papa, is just the opposite. His dress is conservative, and before he retired he thrived on adventure. He was a spy. When Keira finds a magic hat that gives her astonishing powers, he invites her to join him in his new spy agency. That is when the Keira and Papa Detective Agency is formed. The trust, teasing and mutual affection they have for each other carries them through a stream of disappointments and challenges as they attempt to solve the mystery. For Keira, the adventure is more than just this case. For her, there are two mysteries: The Case of the Missing Crown Jewels, and the mystery of a new culture. Her dialogue with Sir Hazledine, the Secretary to the Queen, provides insight and humor to the latter. Keira has two allies. Her American Doll, Emma and her mischievous dog, Waffles. Implanted in Emma are various crime-detecting devices that Keira invented. Waffles, who constantly goes from one mishap to the next, has a good nose for crime.
My granddaughter Keira, who I wrote this book with, always had a terrific imagination. However, she was cautious and a bit reluctant to let go and embrace her dreams. The motivation for this book was to put into print what ran through her mind. This way, she could see for herself that her fears were exaggerated and that chasing her dreams was well worth the effort. Since this might be a boring subject to some, we decided to wrap her story up in a good mystery with all the trimmings—an exciting location, multiple suspects, a misbehaving canine sidekick, and splash of magic to boot.
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