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Best Books Badge 2015.pngWe teased that there was book business afoot, then we forgot to share the book business. Shame on us. Here’s the press release that Nancy is sending far and wide:

Dear Children’s Librarian:

Kirkus Reviews is a big deal,” Phil Rink, writer and publisher said. “We’re very pleased that they selected Jimi & Isaac 5a: The Brain Injury for their list of the Best Books of 2015.”

Every year the influential literary review company Kirkus singles out a tiny fraction of the books that they review for the prestigious “Best Books” designation. The starred Kirkus Review of Jimi & Isaac 5a: The Brain Injury can be found at https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/phil-rink/jimi-isaac-5a-brain-injury/:

Rink (Jimi & Isaac 4a: Solar Powered, 2011, etc.) paints a visceral, moving portrait of a young boy whose life is thrown into chaos when his father unexpectedly falls from the roof and receives a potentially life-threatening head injury…Highly recommended for both its quality of writing and its superb handling of difficult subject matter.”

Jimi and Isaac Books use a new approach to modern storytelling, but the books will feel familiar to older readers.

“Our books are full of short sentences, short pages, short chapters, and really big ideas,” Rink said. “These were once called ‘Boy’s Books,’ but the industry is now allergic to that category. Jimi & Isaac Books use familiar settings and characters to tell exceptional stories, instead of using mystical settings and characters to tell familiar stories. We give our readers a comfortable place to stand while they create themselves and find their place in the world. Our books read quickly and are about stuff. We meet the kids where they are, then teach and provoke to make them interested and curious. We work hard to be bold.”

So far there are five Jimi & Isaac Books. The first (School Soccer) starts with the early days of middle school and deals with the nature of competition, and the second (Keystone Species) takes the boys on a bizarre trip to the open ocean to save something or other. The third (Mars Mission) and fourth (Solar Power) books deal with science and inventing and engineering and business. The fifth book (The Brain Injury) confronts uncertainty and disaster head-on: Isaac can’t get what he wants. That’s never happened to Isaac before.

Please include Jimi & Isaac Books in your collection.  You can order them from Baker & Taylor and Ingram Publishing.

Jimi & Isaac 5a: The Brain Injury
ISBN-13: 978-1501067594
Middle Reader – Science & Medicine
Ages 12-1
Paperback: 116 pages
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.2
Lots of BIG ideas, not a book for small children

Jimi & Isaac 4a: Solar Powered
ISBN-13: 978-1466488892
Young Reader – Science Adventure
Ages 8 – 13
Paperback: 130 pages
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.6
Lots of BIG ideas, all ages

Jimi & Isaac 3a: The Mars Mission
ISBN-13: 978-1456303198
Young Reader – Science Engineering
Ages 8 – 13
Paperback: 134 pages
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.8
Lots of BIG ideas, all ages

Jimi & Isaac 2a: Keystone Species
ISBN-13: 978-1499137712
Young Reader – Ecology & Boating
Ages 8 – 13
Paperback: 152 pages
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.8
Lots of BIG ideas, all ages

Jimi & Isaac 1a: School Soccer
ISBN-13: 978-1466488892
Young Reader – Soccer & Team Work
Ages 8 – 13
Paperback: 126 pages
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.8
Lots of BIG ideas, all ages

Phil Rink Short Bio:
Phil Rink is a professional Mechanical Engineer, inventor (eleven patents so far), entrepreneur, and science and soccer coach. In addition to the Jimi & Isaac Books, he’s published a book on sailing the Caribbean, several magazine articles, and a few professional papers. He lives with his family on Camano Island, Washington.

Best Regards,

Nancy Rink