I'll be honest, I was not expecting to be moved by this book. Battle language around cancer and serious illness tends to really irk me (people who die from an illness don't "lose a battle"), but Stocker uses it here in a sincere and effective way to tell a story that children (and adults) who've undergone grueling live-saving treatment can see themselves in. Warrior balances being uplifting without sugarcoating what our main character goes through. A well-done picture book that shows we don't have to face hard things alone.— From Beth's Picks
One young warrior, Maria, prepares herself--again--to battle through a dangerous land in order to reach the bell on the mountain, ring it, and rid her kingdom of beasts. The brave girl faces Serpent Sea, Fear Forest, and Monster Mountain with courage--and help from a few friends. Will she reach the bell this time? At the end of the day's disappointing quest, Maria returns to her hospital bed feeling beat. But her team reminds her of exactly who she is, a warrior. An allegory telling the courageous story of the millions of children battling cancers and chronic diseases--battling their own monsters every day.