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THE STORY & CHARACTERS
THE ILLUSTRATIONS
DISCUSSION TOPICS RAISED
THE NEWSPAPER SERIAL
THE STORY

Secrets. Struggles. Storms.

As in the first Jimmy Gimmy book, captivating story lines weave around the families, friends and enemies connected to the rival Gimmy Gum and Burkey Beef Jerky companies.

JIMMY still can't blow a bubble, still stinks at sports, and can't shake a dread that his new abilities will fall tragically short. Everyone seems to be keeping things from him, even as he guards secrets of his own. An old friend has become bitter. A new friend is not what he seems.

GRIMPA lays open the past - but not completely. His own secret puts him in great peril, with one unlikely chance for survival.

MARIA is both firm and gentle as she guides Jimmy into new understandings and helps her husband enter an important passage.

TIM makes a big move-into chaos that he must face alone.

TRIZZA leaps at the chance to help Gimmy Gum with her unique abilities - and touches off a nationwide firestorm.

SSASSI chases a secret that may finally spell doom for Trizza-but also for Grimpa!

UNCLE WHIM veils new frustrations and concerns - but the bubbly LULU pokes at them with high spirits.

MURK glories in a new job and new ways to antagonize. He also has secrets, and they drive him both across the net and into the night.

BIG STICK seethes, snarls and schemes with more darkness and ferocity than ever - and swirls Gimmy Gum into its greatest danger yet!

New characters include energetic YU, industrious ZITA, mysterious ARTURO, jovial RENALDO, mischievous POCO, hard-edged NICO and speedy LITTLE BLINK.

This engaging cast brings you fun, drama, action and adventure that includes speeding bicycles, runaway golf carts, soaring skateboards … fainting spells, juice spills, ping-pong thrills … cat attacks, monkeyshines and tickling fish!

Built-in puzzles! The story provides clues to two mysteries for readers to solve! Leah's Motion, and the Secret of La Gran Goma!

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DISCUSSION TOPICS RAISED
PERSONAL TOPICS
  • Mental development and unusual mental ability
  • Jealousy
  • Obsession
  • Nervous breakdown
  • Persistence
  • Premonitions and anxiety
  • Intuition
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia and sleep deprivation
  • Holding a grudge
  • Balancing life and work
  • Keeping secrets
  • Retirement

BUSINESS TOPICS

  • Inventing
  • International trade
  • Leadership retreats
  • Promotional campaigns
  • Press conferences
  • Negative publicity

TOPICS RELATED TO CENTRAL AMERICA

  • History
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Natural medicines
  • Rainforest villages
  • Rubber production
  • Archeological work and artifacts
  • Chewing gum manufacturing and history

MINOR TOPICS

  • Antique automobiles
  • Time capsules
  • Diving for golf balls
  • The Sirens (Greek mythology)
  • Malicious pranks and mischief
  • Flammables and explosions
  • Family traditions
  • Survival techniques
  • The Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • The homing instinct of some animals
  • Emergency systems
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ILLUSTRATIONS

The authors are also the illustrators!
Enjoy the previews below from the newspaper serial.

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

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Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

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Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

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Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

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Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

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Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

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Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

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Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

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Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

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THE NEWSPAPER SERIAL

Jimmy Gimmy and the Tornado Maker ran as a weekly serial in the Altoona Mirror on Thursdays from September 8, 2005, through May 25, 2006.

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