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  • Inside

    the

    book!

    Read about Jonathan

    Friesen pg.9

    Celebrities you may

    know who have

    Tourettespg.6

  • Table of Contents

    TourettesPg. 4-5

    Celebrities

    With tourettesPg. 6

    California..Pg. 7

    About the

    Author.Pg. 9-10

  • OUT N

    OW!!!

    Another novel from Jonathan Friesen.

    The Author of Jerk California!

  • Tourette syndrome is a heredi-

    tary disarray of the nervous

    system, distinguished by a

    changeable appearance of dis-

    carded movements and noises.

    Tourette's once was consid-

    ered a rare and bizarre syn-

    drome, most often associated

    with the exclamation of inde-

    cent words or socially inappro-

    priate and offensive remarks,

    but that symptom is present in

    only a small minority of peo-

    ple with Tourette's. (http://

    www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/

    tourette/detail_tourette.htm)

    According to the National

    Institute of Neurological disor-

    ders and Stroke the cause of

    Tourette syndrome is un-

    known, although some studies

    suggest that the tics in

    Tourette syndrome are caused

    by an increased amount of a

    neurotransmitter called dopa-

    mine. A neurotransmitter is a

    chemical

    found in the brain that helps to

    transmit information from one

    brain cell to another. Other

    studies suggest that the defect

    in Tourette syndrome involves

    another neurotransmitter

    called serotonin, or involves

    other chemicals required for

    normal functioning of the

    brain. The first symptoms usu-

    ally involve involuntary move-

    ments of the face, arms, limbs

    or trunk. These tics are fre-

    quent, repetitive and rapid.

    Although Tourette syndrome

    symptoms are involuntary,

    some people can sometimes

    suppress, camouflage, or oth-

    erwise manage their tics in an

    effort to minimize their impact

    on functioning such as yawn-

    ing after a tic in their mouth.

    Eventually though people with

    Tourette syndrome often re-

    port a substantial build up in

    tension when suppressing their

    tics to the point where they

    feel that the tic must be ex-

    pressed. Other related symp-

    toms are difficulties with read-

    ing, writing, and arithmetic;

    and obsessive-compulsive

    symptoms such as intrusive

    thoughts/worries and repetitive

    behaviours. An example

    would be worries about dirt

    and germs may be associated

    with repetitive hand-washing,

    and concerns about bad things

    happening may be associated

    with ritualistic behaviours

    such as counting, repeating, or

    rearranging. All students with

    Tourette syndrome need a tol-

    erant and compassionate set-

    ting that both encourages them

    to work to their full potential

    and is flexible enough to ac-

    commodate their special

    needs. This setting may in-

    Tourettes

    Syndrome:

    Early symptoms

    Dealing with it

    Support Groups

    Author: Jon Higgins

    Vocal tic severity

  • regular classroom, or even oral

    exams when the child's symp-

    toms interfere with his or her

    ability to write. (http://

    www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/

    tourette/detail_tourette.htm)

    As Tourette syndrome often

    goes undiagnosed, no precise

    number can be given of how

    many have it. Tourette syn-

    drome is listed as a "rare dis-

    ease" by the Office of Rare

    Diseases of the National Insti-

    tutes of Health, some over

    200,000 in the United States

    alone are known to have the

    disorder. "According to cur-

    rent best estimates, Tourette

    Syndrome affects approxi-

    mately 6 of every 1,000

    schoolchildren." (NIH Confer-

    ence, 2006).

    Tourette Syndrome founda-

    tion of Canada states

    Although there is no cure for Tourette syndrome really at

    the moment some actually be-

    come symptom-free or no

    longer need medication for tic

    suppression. There are several groups

    making an effort towards help-

    ing people with Tourette syn-

    drome, including Tourettes Action is a charity working to make life better for people

    with Tourette syndrome.

    Tourettes Action is the UKs leading support and re-search charity for people with

    Tourette syndrome and their

    families. Join them on their

    biggest ever fund raising chal-

    lenge, skydive for free! On

    July 30th with people all over

    the country!!! They need our

    support to support children

    and adults with Tourette Syn-

    drome, provide information to

    teachers, doctors and social

    workers, and promote research

    into therapies and treatments.

    Please contact fundrais-

    [email protected]

    for more information. They

    rely on nothing more than vol-

    untary support where they are

    not supported by the govern-

    ment, a great way you can help

    is by requesting a Tourettes action money box. Also, if in-

    terested you are welcome to

    apply as there are now jobs

    available, thank you. For more

    information please visit http://

    www.tourettes-action.org.uk/

    research/ or call 0845 458

    1252. And they thank every-

    one for your support. There

    are several groups making an

    effort towards helping people

    with Tourette syndrome, in-

    cluding Tourettes Action is a charity working to make life

    better for people with Tourette

    syndrome. Tourettes Action is the UKs leading support and research charity for people

    with Tourette syndrome and

    their families. Join them on

    their biggest ever fund raising

    challenge, skydive for free!

    On July 30th with people all

    over the country!!! They need

    our support to support children

    and adults with Tourette Syn-

    drome, provide information to

    teachers, doctors and social

    workers, and promote research

    into therapies and treatments.

    Please contact fundrais-

    [email protected]

    for more information. They

    rely on nothing more than vol-

    untary support where they are

    not supported by the govern-

    ment, a great way you can help

    is by requesting a Tourettes action money box. Also, if in-

    terested you are welcome to

    apply as there are now jobs

    available, thank you. For more

    information please visit http://

    www.tourettes-action.org.uk/

    research/ or call 0845 458

    1252. And they thank every-

    one for your support.

    Tourettes Action logo

  • Tourettes can affect anyone. There are many other celebrities you may happen to know who have Tourette syndrome: Tim Howard, Howard Hughes, Marc Summers, Dan Ackroyd and

    David Beckham.

    Tim Howard, known as Tim Dawg, managed to become the goal keeper for Manchester

    United of England in spite of having Tourette syndrome. Tim quotes Its just a battle of the will, he just constantly fights what his mind tells his body to do, he has been capable of shut-ting out tourettes.

    Howard Hughes was one of the richest men yet he was ill, and suffered from tourettes.

    Marc Summers suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, everything has to be a certain

    way, and nothing else would work.

    Dan was diagnosed with tourette's and asperger syndromes at an early age, but the symptoms

    seem to have disappeared when he was around 14. When he was a preteen there was no such

    thing as Asperger syndrome in the 1960s.

    David suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and it shows from constant cleanliness

    and perfection of all that is around him. Anything out of order is enough to cause a conflict

    and must be attended to immediately.

    Just because you have Tourette syndrome doesnt mean you cant do or become anything, that definetly is not the case because there are ways of coping with it or things you may love to do

    that you actually can do.

    Celebrities with

    Tourettes

    Author: Jon Higgins

  • Hundreds of amazing sites and One amazing

    California is found on the west side of the United States with the pacific

    ocean on one side, Nevada and Arizona on the other, south of Oregon and to the

    north of Mexico. California is home to about 37 million people and is still growing.

    California is one of the richest and divers parts of the world, and includes some of

    the most endangered ecological communities.

    The capital of California is Sacramento. It is located just north of Califor-

    nia's central valley and has a population of 466,676 and is the sixth largest city in

    California. There were definitely more city`s in the race for the shot at the right for

    capitol suck as Los Angela's, San Francisco, san Jose and even Anaheim.

    Nothing compares to the amazing sites of California, from the breathtaking

    shores to the mountains of Hollywood. Would you want to be anywhere els?

    Author: Patrick Chiasson

    CUSTOM SOLUTIONS

    California The Golden State

  • Some other novels by Jonathan Friesen!

    5 Star Rating!

    $8.99- Kindle Edition - Kindle eBook

    (Mar. 22, 2011) by Jonathan Friesen

  • inspired him to write

    the novel.

    Jonathan Friesen says, If you ask most people

    about their life, they

    dont begin with fifth grade. But that was a

    good year. Illness

    changed that. He re-treated into a shell and

    escaped into words.

    Writing a story sucked

    the pain out of him, at

    least for a while. Thats when he learned to

    feel on paper. Jona-than Friesen didnt think hed be an au-thor, he didnt think hed be much of any-thing, he was simply

    writing to survive. His

    life changed in college.

    Hiss health returned,

    the cloud lifted, and he

    got his teaching li-

    cense. Being a teacher,

    and being with those

    kids healed Jonathan.

    Surrounded by them,

    he relived periods of

    time stolen by child-

    hood sickness. He was

    in his glory. But he

    couldnt escape story-telling. All those years

    expressing himself on

    paper left their

    mark. While his stu-

    dents worked, he wrote

    at his desk. Jerk Califor-

    nia, Friesens first book flowed out of his own

    Jonathan Friesen is a

    YA author, speaker,

    and youth writing

    coach from Mora, Min-

    nesota. His first young

    adult novel Jerk, Cali-

    fornia about a teen

    coming to terms with

    Tourettes Syndrome

    which was released in

    September of 2008 and

    he received the ALA

    Schneider Award . Jona-

    than Friesen loves to

    write for the younger

    crowd and regularly

    contribute to Club-

    house Magazine and

    Clubhouse Jr. When he

    is not writing, speaking

    at schools, or teaching,

    he likes to travel and

    hang out with his fam-

    ily.

    Jonathan Friesen lives

    in northern Minnesota

    on a small farm with

    his wife and three chil-

    dren, and a growing

    number of animals. He

    believes in journneys,

    and his have carried

    him around the globe.

    Jonathans passion is

    coaching gifted young

    writers in the art of

    fiction. His personal

    experiences with

    Tourettes Syndrome

    Jonathan

    Author: Sally Kim

    Introducing Jonathan Friesen, the author

    of the book Jerk, California. His life and career, and some of his quotes.

    Jonathan Friesen

    loves contests. On

    his twitter website,

    he wrote I love contests. I won the

    first one I ever

    entered. I had to

    draw "Cubby," this

    cute little bear

    from the TV guide.

    Yep, I won $25,

    which in 1973

    bought a lot of

    baseball cards. The

    draw Cubby people

    said I had a future

    in the visual arts. I

    don't know about

    that. I do know

    writing has worked

    out pretty well.

    Also Jonathan

    Friesen wrote how

    he feels about

    What could be worse?. Jonathan Friesen wrote,

    What could be

    worse than endur-

    ing a bad soccer

    game . . .Watching

    a good game in

    which your son is

    playing well . .

    .And having him

    play on multiple

    teams . . .And

    watching gas hit

    3.79 while you

    barely clear 25

    mpg . . .And hand-

    ing the gas station

  • I look around at my close

    friends now, years later.

    Im not in contact with

    anyone from high school

    and only one guy from

    college, but my life is

    filled with great friend-

    shipsthe kind everyone

    looks like they have in

    high school but few actu-

    ally do. School ends, the

    wind blows people every

    which way. When that

    wind dies down, there will

    be someone there for you.

    Q: The power of names to define a person is an im-

    portant issue in the book.

    What has been the impor-

    tance of names in your

    own life?

    A: I think a name can

    shape a life. It can also be

    a marker in the road. I

    was born Jonathan, but

    Q: Jacks/Sams story is often heartbreak-

    ing, especially when it

    comes to his difficul-

    ties fitting in at school

    and his lack of mean-

    ingful friendships.

    Sadly, ostracism and

    even bullying is not

    uncommon among

    high school students.

    Do you have any ad-

    vice for teens strug-

    gling with these chal-

    lenges?

    A: High school ends.

    A speaker told us on

    day one of ninth

    grade, These are the

    best days of your life.

    I heard that again

    during my freshman

    year at college. I re-

    member thinking, he

    better be lying, be-

    cause this is more

    nightmare than dream.

    nobody called me that. I

    was Jon, or John-Boy, or

    Jonno, or whatever. I think

    nicknames are great. They

    make a person feel spe-

    cial. But after a disastrous

    college relationship, I

    wanted to put everything

    behind me. Its as if I

    wanted to take a shower

    and wash off everything

    about myself and who Id

    been, including the name

    Id been called: Jon. I re-

    claimed Jonathan. Its my

    true name, my true self,

    and reclaiming it made

    me feel new again.

    Q: Acceptance, both of

    yourself and of others, is

    a major theme in Jerk,

    California. Tell us why

    this was an important

    message for you to con-

    vey in writing this novel.

    A: If youre a hider, like I

    when I was five. Eye

    blinks and shoulder

    jumps. Early on, those

    movements didnt affect me much. My peers didnt make a big deal of them.

    But in junior high, those

    tics (and my dishonesty

    about them) began affect-

    ing relationships. By high

    school, school was a

    lonely place. But again,

    my attitude about TS, and

    not the syndrome itself,

    deserves a fair amount of

    credit for that.

    Q: The romance between

    Naomi and Sam/Jack is

    sometimes sweet, some-

    times frustrating, but

    always very true-to-life.

    Was their romance based

    on any in your own life?

    A: Oh sure. Dating my

    wife was the most irritat-

    ingly wonderful experi-

    Interview

    Q: Your biography men-

    tions that, like Sam/Jack

    from the book JERK, CALI-

    FORNIA, you also have

    Tourette Syndrome. How

    much of Sams/Jacks story is your own? What is

    your personal history with

    the disorder? At what age

    did symptoms first ap-

    pear? How did that affect

    you growing up?

    A: Sams story is com-pletely fictitious, but his

    internal struggle with

    Tourette Syndrome mir-

    rors my own quite closely.

    He is much more honest

    with himself than I wasI had a hard time accepting

    the fact that I couldnt stop my movements.

    Somewhere, I had picked

    up the idea that I should

    be able to stop them. My

    symptoms first appeared

    Q: Sams/Jacks relation-ship with George is touch-

    ing and sincere. George

    came along just when

    Sam most needed some-

    one to believe in him.

    Were there any influential

    people in your own life

    who helped guide you?

    A: My grandma had the

    rare ability to build me up

    and kick me in the rear at

    the very same time. If

    youve never had this type of person in your life, its quite an experience. One

    minute she would tell me

    what she saw in me, how

    proud she was of me.

    Then, bam! Shed let me have it, and point out all

    the areas in which I had

    more growing to do. But I

    listened to her, because I

    knew she loved me and I

    was certain she believed

    in me. She was a powerful

    guide in my life.

    came up with the song. I

    heard it and my jaw

    dropped because they

    nailed itthe mood, the feeling. I was shocked.

    Halloween, Alaska did a

    great job.

    Q: Where do you find

    inspiration for your char-

    acters and stories?

    A: Every story of mine

    contains an element lifted

    from real life. I need to

    understand an aspect of a

    character, or a piece of

    the plot. Once I find that

    interesting detail, my

    imagination takes over. I

    stick that familiar piece

    into a situation or charac-

    ter I know nothing about

    and start asking, what if.

    Intervi

    ew Wit

    h

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