Which direction?

Where should Jimmy James go next?

With the first draft of the first Jimmy James book done, I’m thinking about the next book…

The list of possibilities is longer than my arm and my kids arms put together!!

It specifies at the start of the story that there will only be one adventure in a month, so this next book would be some time during February – in Australia.

Speaking with my kids, they came up with the following points to consider:

  • school will have started. Jimmy James would be in grade 5.
  • it will be hot as it is still Summer
  • after school activities will be starting up
  • Football (Aussie Rules) hasn’t started yet

As with the first story, I’m looking for ideas of a modern day activity that can trigger a trip back to the past to learn something.

I’m in the process of sorting through all the ideas so I can start researching… and I thought I’d ask all of you for some ideas.

Please suggest some ideas – both a modern day activity and an historical event. Preferably, the modern day activity would be a run of the mill event, rather than something extraordinary. I look forward to hearing your ideas.

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  1. Valentine’s Day is in February, and some year’s, so is Leap Year.

    Also found this: “National Servicemen added a new word to the Australian language – Nasho. National Service Day, 14 February, marks the day the last Nasho completed his Army obligation.” http://www.nashoaustralia.org.au/history.htm

    And found this: “On 19 February 1942 mainland Australia came under attack for the first time when Japanese forces mounted two air raids on Darwin.” http://naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs195.aspx

    This lists special events in Feb. in Australia: http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/calendar/#Feb2012

    I hope something helps to spark an idea.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Rebecca. I remember thinking when all the commemorations of the Darwin Bombings were happening that it would be a good thing to explore for Jimmy James, especially as so many people don’t know much about it… will also check out the calendar, thanks 🙂

  2. Cricket. Being transported back in time to early cricket games – the first one in Sunbury, or watching Bradman … back to the days when one day cricket didnt exist and it was all test cricket. Lots of stuff there for boys.

  3. Congratulations on finishing your complete draft. Wahoo! What an accomplishment. Good luck with round 2!

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