YA Book Central reviews “Cady and the Bear Necklace”

What worked:
The book features modern-day Indians living in Upper Michigan and the importance of preserving their heritage. Cady takes a 20-minute bus ride to attend an Indian school even though a public school is located only minutes from her home. Her father isn’t knowledgeable about their tribe’s history but he thinks it’s important for Cady to learn. Cady is respectful of her Indian past and is open to this learning, an attitude not shared by all young people. She jumps at the chance to interview a friend’s grandmother for a school project, and that’s when the book jumps into the meat of the plot.
The mystery of an old beaded necklace with a bear figure attached consumes Cady’s character. The conflict arises while she’s interviewing John Ray’s grandmother. The woman happily answers all of Cady’s questions until she asks about a photograph that had dropped to the floor. The woman becomes terse and agitated and tells Anna she needs to leave. This severe contrast in moods creates confusion for readers and Cady spends the rest of the book trying to uncover the story behind the necklace. Why won’t anyone talk about it? Readers will learn more about Cady’s family history as well as the tribe’s heritage and customs.
Cady is the main character and the story faces many challenges. Her relationship with her father changes after he remarries and her stepmother seems more like an older sister. Cady loves her baby brother but his presence changes the family dynamics, as he demands constant attention. Also, Cady has feelings for John Ray but she’s not sure how he feels about her. Her principal tells her that finding an eagle’s feather might be a sign from the spirits that she needs to complete a special task or solve a mystery. There are too many clues to be a coincidence and Cady is confused as to why she’s been given the task. The grandmother’s reaction to the photograph and Cady finding a hidden necklace make her determined to understand the history behind it.

What didn’t work as well:
An effective hook in the opening chapters of this short book would help grab readers right away. Sharing Cady’s problems with school, living with a very young stepmother, a new baby brother, and learning about her Indian heritage don’t do it. Once the bear necklace is introduced, the story becomes a mystery and carries the rest of the plot, although the conflict lacks strong emotions and tension.

The Final Verdict:
Trust the power within yourself. The most enjoyable part of the book is the emphasis on Indian heritage and culture. Times are changing and it’s important to honor the history of our ancestors. Resolving the mystery of the necklace feels more like a personal project than an actual conflict, so the story would be improved with more suspense or drama. Overall, I enjoyed the book and recommend it to readers who like Indian storytelling

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Sound Advice

SKU 978-1-61599-676-6
$24.95
How to Help Your Child with SPD, Autism and ADHD from the Inside Out
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UPC: 978-1-61599-676-6
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Author: Robin C. Abbott
Pages: 236
Publication Date: 07/01/2022

When the inner ear's ability to sense sound and movement breaks down during early life, there can be wide-ranging developmental consequences. Sound Advice integrates the personal stories of a pediatric occupational therapist with current science on why some children struggle to learn and adapt. Sound Advice explores these often therapeutically ignored senses as the gateway to the brain. Treating them can help children with SPD, autism and ADHD more easily connect with the world around them. Take "Sound Advice" on:

  • The hidden functions of hearing in paying attention
  • The "background" sensation of the vestibular system
  • How glitches in sensory systems can derail normal development
  • Developmentally-effective therapies and interventions
  • Empowering yourself to support your child's way of learning about the world

"When I began my SPD journey with my daughter, there was almost nothing for parents who knew their child struggled, but had nowhere to turn to for answers. Over the years, after many other parents shared their stories and fabulous resources like Robin's book, the world of SPD isn't a mystery anymore. Including Sound Advice on your SPD reference shelf is a must."
-- Chynna Laird, author of The Sensory Processing Diet: One Mom's Path of Creating Brain, Body and Nutritional Health for Children with SPD

"Why does your child struggle? In her highly informative and readable book, Robin Abbott uses her extensive clinical experience and keen powers of observation to help you look into your child's mind, sense the world the way he or she does, and, with this new understanding, seek out the most effective therapies."
--Susan R. Barry, PhD, author of Fixing My Gaze and Coming to Our Senses, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Neuroscience, Mount Holyoke College

"A book I definitely recommend to all parents and professionals who want to know why sound and the auditory system play such key roles in the development of a child's self-awareness and motor, learning and social skills. Sound Advice is an accessible, engaging and practical book written by someone at the front line of helping kids with an obvious sense of care. A much-needed text at a time when sound-based therapies are becoming more popular while still little understood. A book for your must-read list."
--Paul Madaule, author of When Listening Comes Alive

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