Kwirky: The Kid Detective with a Different Perspective

Kwirky9781493598663_p0_v3_s260x420Kwirky: The Kid Detective with a Different Perspective

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.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

16 thoughts on “Kwirky: The Kid Detective with a Different Perspective

  1. Such an important and prevalent topic! I have had to work hard to not judge and to welcome little friends with ADHD into my life for who they are – just as they are. Books like this help!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Yes, it is an important topic because so many kids/adults with ADHD. I know some very creative and talented individuals and it’s important to focus on their abilities.

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  2. I am so for books like this that show the positive side of people with ADHD. I have worked with these kids and they are amazing; so creative and excellent problem solvers. Rather than medicating them, they should be encouraged to use their talents. How wonderful of Russell Kane to write this book.

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