Written by Jimmy Gownley. Illustrated by Jimmy Gownley.
When Amelia and her friends find out that "Ninja Joan" isn’t moving away, they’re all
thrilled... but why doesn’t Joan seem happy? Then, when Kyle invites Amelia to a 6th-
grade dance, they find out the truth — Joan’s father is being sent on a dangerous
deployment with his job as a Captain in the United States Army. Suddenly the young
friends need to help Joan through a very difficult time — knowing she won’t see her
father for a year... and that’s the best case scenario. With introductions by Iraq war
veteran Major Stephen M. Murphy, and his son Taegen Murphy (Age 11), this issue
comes complete with a lesson plan to assist teachers and counselors in using the issue to
help kids in similar situations.