Author’s fourth book continues to engage young readers with innocence, magic and adventure

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Betty Davis, author of the “Worldly Adventures of Nicholaas” children’s book series, has done it again, publishing her fourth book in the series.

In the first edition, she introduced young readers to a friendly and inquisitive young man as he and his parents traveled from the U.S. to Holland. Along the way, he had magical adventures traveling back in time, met new friends and learned a bit about life and about himself.

In the next two books of the series, Nicholaas traveled to Spain with his friend Pieter and met other new friends on a trip to England. In both books, he had additional magical experiences and learned more life lessons. Now, in “The Worldly Adventures of Nicholaas in Arizona: Lost Cities,” Davis’s winning format of travel, adventure, magic and stories with a moral continues.

The seven-chapter, 45-page book starts and ends on baseball diamonds – in Chapter 1, “A New Beginning,” the baseball game is between young boys, including Nicholaas and Pieter, on a small baseball diamond where balls are lost over the fence. In the final chapter, “Courage,” it’s a semi-pro baseball diamond in Regensburg, Germany, where Pieter is working on his skills in hopes of moving to the big leagues.

In between, Nicholaas and Pieter cross the Arizona countryside on their bicycles until the spiral down into a mysterious hole arriving in 1976 when Chicago Cub Rick Monday comes to the rescue when protestors try to burn the American flag.

A magical arrowhead gives them to the power to return to their own time and seems to allow them to travel through additional spiraling holes. In these other visits through time travel, they meet Native American Cochise and learn about his challenges and how, through courage, he rose above them.

Courage is the predominant message from the book – the courage to stand and fight, as well as the courage to make peace.

Once again, Davis has broken free from the tendency among many authors to shy away from innocence when writing for young readers. At the same time, however, she weaves an interesting tale that, in the end, provides a valuable lesson, or two.

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