BOOK CORNER: Doctoroo and team head to Hawaii to solve latest medical mystery

By Marissa Wells

Contribuitng Writer

Doctor Marsha Roo (Doctoroo) and her team — Kirby Koala, Louie Llama and Terence Toad — are traveling to the big island of Hawaii to solve a medical mystery involving red, hot and itchy hula dancers.

The dancers are in danger of missing their performance at a big dance festival. Will the dancers have to skip the festival or will Doctoroo be able to help them in time?

Find out in “Doctoroo & the Case of the Red-Hot Hawaiians,” by Rachel Wellner.

“Doctoroo & the Case of the Red-Hot Hawaiians” is a new book in the Doctor Marsha Roo children’s book series, which follows Doctoroo and her team as they travel around the world solving medical mysteries.

“Doctoroo & the Case of the Red-Hot Hawaiians” was inspired by the author’s life as a medical professional.

“I was first inspired to write the series when I was in medical school, rotating on my pediatrics experience,” Wellner said. “I wanted to find a way to explain to children why they were sick and how I was going to help them get better.”

Inside the book, Wellner presents young readers with information regarding basic health challenges such as healthy eating, the common cold and sunburn.

Young readers also learn about various cultures and new places through Doctoroo and her team’s domestic and international travels.

“The children reading the book are exposed to a landmark of some sort and they learn about a place,” said the author. “I want them to learn at least one cultural competence skill each time they read one of the books in the series.”

“Doctoroo & the Case of the Red-Hot Hawaiians” is intended for children ages 4-8 and their parents and grandparents.

“I hope the Doctoroo series teaches children to be creative and curious,” Wellner said. “I also hope to inspire them to grow up to become doctors, nurses and other medical specialists.”

In addition to being an author, Wellner is a surgeon and working on a bio tech start up. She is based in Venice. For more information about the author, her work, and upcoming book events, visit

“Doctoroo & the Case of the Red-Hot Hawaiians” is available for $11.99 (paperback) and $6.99 (Kindle) on Amazon.