look at the title; Kelly Karate Encounters
the Moon Princess. I think of my granddaughter
who loves to play that she is a princess and
I am a queen. I pre-read a bit, to see how death
and violence are handled. I see that the language
level would be a reach for an 8-year old and
am pleased at the prospect.
I look back at the suggested list for developing
intuition in children, presented in my previous
digest on this webzine, Nurturing
your Childs intuition. Oops,
I think, no mention about reading fiction
here. Yet, upon re-reading that digest
I wonder how I missed the point.
intuition means expanding ones awareness,
honoring intuitive experiences and seeking support
from the universal sources. It means fostering
loving relationships with loved ones by doing
meaningful projects together and by having open
and honest discussions. It means building mutual
respect, trust and acceptance.
As I read Kelly Karate, I see that
those factors were the foundation for the continuing
relationship between Kelly, the books
12-year old heroine, and her recently deceased
grandfather. Her maternal grandfather has raised
Kelly since she was seven. Her physician mom
is in Russia with Doctors of Hope.
Her parents are divorced and her dad, an engineer,
also travels extensively.
Her grandfather was a Grandmaster Karate Champion
and Kelly seems to be following his path. During
the simple funeral held at her grandfathers
farm, Kelly wistfully thinks about the impact
of grandpas death and wonders who will
take care of her. She runs blindly and alone
in her frustration and is met by a blinding
She seeks safety in the storm shelter and is
comforted by a sense of grandpas presence
there. A discovery of an old book and a tumble
down concrete steps lands Kelly on a strange
path. And grandpa is no where to behold; or
book is delightful, aimed at 9 to 12-year olds
but appropriate for some children either younger
or older. I read it aloud to my 8-year old granddaughter.
Yes, there is death, but it is dealt with judiciously.
Yes, there is action, with karate tournaments
and otherworld battles between the good and
bad forces. There is suspense as Kelly battles
for her life in two worlds.
There are also recurring themes about the continuity
of life, of justice prevailing and of God. There
are informative discussions of surgical procedures
and life-threatening injuries. And, there are
the recurrent intuitive episodes that move the
action towards a wonderful conclusion, in both
As the book concludes, I note that it is the
encouragement and wisdom of her loving grandfather
that foster Kellys keen awareness, independence
and ability to trust the universal sources for
wisdom when grandfather is no longer in the
This book is fun to read and not at all preachy
or sentimental. At the same it teaches children,
including those facing difficult situations,
that despite the disharmony they see around
them or in the world, there is a benevolent
universal force that can come to our rescue.
We may also harness this force within ourselves
to rescue others.
On this note, this fiction book, and others
like it may be used as a guide for nurturing
intuition in children. And, if the old book
Kelly found in the storm cellar is correct,
I know there will be others like it.
I wanted to know a bit about Susan Barnes, Kellys
creator, so I posed 3 questions to her. I wanted
to know what motivated her to address death
of a loved one in a childs book.
said her own relationship with a grandfather
who died unexpectedly when she was young made
her want to pass on to other children the message
that death is not final. Her grandfather, a
wise and patient horse trainer, would visit
her in dreams and teach her many things, as
he had done while in this life. His teachings
also helped to inspire the intuitive and transformative
nature of the book.
said: I felt very strongly the need to
impart to kids the idea that death isnt
final, our loved ones dont stop loving
us because the physical body isnt here
the importance of having God in their lives
to get them through troubled times.
then asked Susan how she approached writing
responded that she needed to recognize the shorter
attention span of many of todays readers.
Television had taught them to expect lots of
action but in small bites. By using a dual plot
she was able to deal with multiple issues without
One other thing she refused to sacrifice was
level of language. Younger readers may ask for
help to decipher the meaning of some words and
older readers will need to think.
Susan believes that the dumming down of
America, as well as the drug culture and
senseless violence among youth is reinforced
when the young brain has nothing of substance
introduced to it; then it searches for other
ways to be entertained. She hopes that
the directed energy and moral battles between
good and evil forces can help children to mitigate
some of more negative displays of their pent
asked what role intuition played in Susans
own background and in writing this book.
my childhood and teenage years I attended many
conferences by such people as Harold Sherman,
Jeanne Dixon, Jack Schwartz
Edgar Cayce and the Silva Mind Control method.
I used this knowledge when I sat down to write
I modeled the main character after my daughter
Kelly. It took me eight years to finish. I would
start and stop. Something wasnt right.
I knew it, intuitively. (Finally) I went to
take a short nap. In (my) dream, I saw Kelly
in a different dimension, side by side with
another girl. I reworked the story with a parallel
dimension. I do feel that all of us are fighting
battles on a subconscious level (and) we feel
When Kellys Grandfather dies her world
is crushed because she really has no bond with
her parents. I feel in order to change ones
state, (one) has to change their physiology.
Karate is an ancient sport that combines the
physical with the mental and spiritual aspects
of the whole person. *
Susan writes captivating childrens fiction
by writing about meaningful, topical subjects
in bite size portions that capture the imagination
and strengthen the mental and intuitive muscles.
And, Asia, my granddaughter, cant wait
for the next full course meal.
Editor's note: Susan has written
an essay on using intuition in writing for
this issue of our webazine.
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