Russell Kane, Author
Sarah Beth Ryder, Illustrator
CreateSpace, Fiction, Oct. 31, 2013
Suitable for Ages: 7-11
Themes: ADHD, Differences, Abilities, Kid detective
Book Jacket Synopsis: Fifth grader Daniel Kwirk is known around Duckworth Elementary School as “Kwirky” because he thinks and acts differently than most kids his age. His Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) causes him to be a bit clumsy, not pay attention and have way too much energy for certain occasions. But Daniel has so much more to offer than what people give him credit. He is intelligent, perceptive and always wants to do the right thing. These attributes help Daniel, with the help of his younger sister Hayley, find clues to discover the theft of valuable gold and silver coins at the local Civil War exhibit and help police track down the culprits. Daniel’s unconventional approach to everyday life proves to be extremely useful as only someone with Daniel’s unique perspective could have cracked this case.
Why I like this book: Russell Kane’s delivers a very positive message about ADHD to his young readers. His book is a fun and quick read. The characters are relatable. The plot is easy to follow. Kane names his character Daniel Kwirk, thus allowing him to use “quirkiness” as a theme that shows Daniel’s strength rather than his inability. Daniel is able to see beyond the obvious facts and demonstrates his talents to his friends, classmates and entire community. This is a book of celebration of differences and abilities. Sarah Beth Ryder’s illustrations are cartoons that are fun and add to the story. Readers will cheer for Daniel!
Resources: The author has a “Discussion Questions” at the end of the book for parents and teachers to use in the classroom.