In their biggest adventure yet, Jimi & Isaac need to make everybody get along, or at least keep everyone from fighting with each other. But they don’t know what to do, and the people that think they know what to do are quickly making everything worse. Incredibly, Jimi and Isaac are getting blamed for the incredible spiral of disaster as the kids in their school pick sides and prepare for mayhem! Can they save their school? Can they find the help they need?

Rink has a terrific knack for placing relatable characters in realistic situations and giving them (and readers) food for thought, promoting discussion and problem-solving rather than spoon-feeding answers. A nuanced discussion at the dinner table about the definition of a bully awakens Jimi to the fact that bullying can take many forms and cause both physical and emotional harm…Engaging and thought-proving…with relatable tween characters facing realistic challenges…” -Kirkus Reviews

This is a very quick read, and it will make a great class/school/community read. One possible approach:

Jimi & Isaac 5b: Social Skills
Community Read Project

Read the Book. Do a project.
Consider using high school students to judge middle school projects,
and middle school students to judge elementary school projects.

Contest One: Essay

Write a Five Paragraph Essay on your ideas for getting along with each other (Five paragraph essay instructions available).

Contest Two: Storytelling

Write a one page story about getting along with each other.
Story must have a beginning, a middle, and an ending.

Contest Three: Art

Create a piece of art about getting along with each other.
24” max dimension (24”x24” flat max, or 24”x24”x24” max cube for 3D art)


All Jimi & Isaac Books are free on Kindle to Amazon Prime members.

There are nine Jimi & Isaac Books, so far. Each of the books stands on its own and they can be read in any order. Our hope is that a focused kid will pick up one of our books for the stated subject matter, and then trust Jimi and Isaac enough to follow them into another area of interest. In every book, a problem presents itself and the boys need to learn and work to solve the problem. They fail constantly, struggle to recover, and success is often a less limited failure. The books are short and fast moving so more readers can succeed, but they are not simple books. They’re full of information and intellectual challenges.

For more info or for Community Read support, contact Nancy Rink: [email protected].