A quiet girl with Tourette syndrome dares to be a heroic friend and becomes her own best superhero.

After many years of publishing nonfiction and two award-winning novels, Zetty and A River for Gemma, Debra Whiting Alexander has co-authored a children’s book with her granddaughter, Eliza Kelley. After Kelley was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at the age of eight, they were inspired to write a story that all children could relate to. ELIZA JANE FINDS HER HERO shines a light on the challenges for children living with a medical condition many people don’t understand. 

ELIZA JANE FINDS HER HERO takes a journey with a young girl who wishes to be brave. But Eliza Jane is stronger than she thinks. And full of surprises!  She may be a quiet girl with Tourette syndrome, but with the help of her beloved Chihuahua, she dares to be a heroic friend and becomes her own best superhero. Come along for a ride in ELIZA JANE FINDS HER HERO, and discover how even one spark of kindness can change everything.

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“Beautifully written, gorgeously illustrated, utterly unique…” Ellen Notbohm, International best-selling author of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew                   

“Thought-provoking wisdom and insights abound in this tale…” D. Donovan, Sr Editor, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS

“…beautiful portrayal of Tourette’s…informative and action-packed…” Grace Braun for READER VIEWS

“Eliza Jane won my heart! An inspirational story for both young and old…” Melissa Lind, LCSW, Clinical Director of Direction Service Counseling Center, Eugene, OR.

“…a poignant and uplifting tale…a compelling read…” LITERARY TITAN

ELIZA KELLEY is an active fourth grader. This is her first published book. DEBRA WHITING ALEXANDER holds a PhD in psychology, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, former professor, and former executive director of two non-profit counseling agencies in Eugene, OR. She is currently a writer and independent contractor with Ocean Mist Counseling and Wellness. 


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