I sincerely hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it. I myself am the son of a career soldier and longtime diplomat. We moved nine times by the time I was eighteen. I intimately know how difficult it is for a child to uproot every couple of years. I will say this with as much honesty and sincerity I can muster, I truly wish I had these types of books to help explain things to me when I was a kid. I can think of nothing more satisfying personally or professionally than knowing that if a child reads this book the distress, fear, and sense of utter helplessness they feel could somehow be meaningfully eased, or even perhaps eliminated altogether.
This book is relevant regardless of a child’s country of origin, or language. As a person who has attended one Department of Defense school (Fort Shafter Elementary in Hawaii), two international schools (The American School of Doha, and The International School of Latvia), one United Nations School (United Nations International School in Hanoi, Vietnam) and several other schools within the continental United States, I can tell you with certainty that moving, especially when changing schools, can be very stressful on everyone in the family. Unfortunately, sometimes children have difficulty expressing how they feel when it comes to the move. Nine Lives Of The Good Kitty was written with those children, and their parents, in mind.