for Children and Parents
Bryce and the Blood Ninjas
Story by Erec-Michael Weber
Illustrations by Alvin Harvey II
When evil robots make Bryce's legs hurt, his worried parents drive him to the hospital. There, Doctor Happy sticks him with needles and tells him he has to stay for 10 days!
Bryce's father explains to him that some of the needles are filled with fierce Ninjas, who will use their swords and nunchuks to kill the bad robots.
Bryce can feel the battle raging inside him. But before very long the Ninjas are winning. Bryce feels good again. He can go to school, play hard, tease his baby brother and roughhouse like any other four-year-old goofball.
Bryce knows there might still be some robots hiding in his blood, though. So for a while Doctor Happy will have to send in more tough Ninjas to help Bryce fight until every last robot is dead.
Words from the Author
Bryce and the Blood Ninjas was the brainchild of a father in uncharted territory, trying to process my son's recent diagnosis with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Bryce was only 4 at the time, and we were facing a - best case – three-year treatment plan with IV chemo, regular spinal taps, surgical implantation of an access port into his chest, and a lot of pills to swallow every single night. I wanted to explain that to him in a way that would convey the gravity of the situation but not erode his fun-loving, up-for-anything, joie de vivre!
I made this story up in the hospital and, after we got settled into our new routine and adjusted to the circumstances, I decided this story could be a real inspiration to other families, whether or not they were facing a similar situation.
So began my foray into the wild world of publishing. I sought out an old friend for the illustrations. Alvin Harvey II and I met in 1991 at Berkeley High School. He was always drawing, and I knew this project would be more fun and meaningful if a real friend worked with me rather than an artist for hire. This was a complicated decision however as Alvin suffers from a degenerative neurological condition that made his work, while technically brilliant (in my estimation) a lot slower than others may have been. He even, at one point tried to convince me to find someone else for the project because he felt bad at how much time he was taking. I couldn't be happier that I didn't take him up on that offer! We had an awesome shared vision, and we are both so proud of the result!
Bryce and the Blood Ninjas Reviews
“Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book!!! I loved it.... I will pass this on to our child life folks. Just lovely.”
-- Raymond Barfield MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy;
Director, Pediatric Quality of Life Program, and Theology,
Medicine, and Culture
Duke University, Durham, NC
“No child ever wants to take yucky medicine or talk about a serious illness, so how do you explain this in terms they can relate to? You bring in the Blood Ninjas! Erec Weber did just this in his book Bryce and the Blood Ninjas. A book written to share how he explained Bryce's diagnoses to him and to help others in similar situations explain a complex disease in terms their child and siblings can relate to. Adding in delightful and humorous illustrations by Alvin Harvey II also gives a little uplift to a serious topic. Buy the book today… A portion of proceeds goes to help our families!”--Keaton Raphael Memorial, Roseville, CA
A Special Note
Please enjoy the story of Bryce and the Blood Ninjas with your child, their siblings, and their classmates. All will find the tale informative and reassuring. Children of all ages will relate to the challenges Bryce faces; and adults will appreciate the simple way that complex medical issues are explained for the children in their own families. The delightful illustrations add a humorous lift to a serious topic.
I hope you enjoy this story as much as the children in our hospital have.
Kent Jolly, MD
Paperback: 8.5 X 11, 36 pages.
Publication date: December 15, 2013
List Price: $15.00
Exclusive: Special copies autographed by Bryce and the author (sorry, no Blood Ninjas -- they're busy) are now available.