1st in a series: Jimmy Crikey is endowed with a bright red mop of unruly hair, big blue eyes, a small snub nose, pointed ears and enormous feet. Ridiculed by the neighbourhood children he runs away to search for acceptance.
He rescues the town of Roombelow from the curse of Witch Matilda’s sleeping spell and is adopted by Mr McDonald, the Mayor. He grows in confidence and Matilda and Gemma, the tiny lady who lives at the bottom of the well, become Jimmy’s close friends.
Roombelow is saved from floods when Jimmy awakens the sleeping Weatherman. When the well in Roombelow dries up. Jimmy and Gemma find Olsen the giant eel who has plugged the flow from the spring that fills the well. They return Olsen to the sea and restore the well’s source.
Jimmy returns to the upper world for magic mushrooms and visits Aunt Ethel. She explains that Jimmy is an orphan from the starworld of Attalia and hidden in the forest is a starship that could return him to Attalia. Jimmy chooses to stay.
After outwitting threatening trolls Jimmy’s return journey is delayed to help a boy who has lost his dog down a hole. Jimmy helps and ends up in the cliff-side caves of the tiny Diamonites who are Gemma look-a-likes in a world midway between Roombelow and the upper word.
Then Jimmy decides to return to his birthplace – star world Attalia. The starship’s progress is aided by XRU, the onboard computer. His ship’s defence systems are breached during a skirmish with the forces of Kursh, from the planet Ock. Forced to abandon the crippled starship Jimmy frees XRU before ejecting in a life support capsule. The Attalian Rescue Mission plucks Jimmy to safety and he is befriended by its Commander, Zaru. On Attalia, Alpha insists that Jimmy be his guest in the Presidential apartments when they discover that there are no surviving members of his family.
Jimmy persuades the Attalian council to launch an attack against the gathering Ock forces and there follows an interplanetary battle. They thwart the Ock onslaught but realise that it is only a temporary setback to the ambitions of Kursh to rule over Attalia.
Jimmy devises a strategy to save the situation and, assisted by Zaru and XRU, he destroys the warp that links Attalia to Ock. The kingdom of Kursh is marooned forever in nether-space and once peace is assured Jimmy decides to return to his family of friends in Roombelow.
Targeted Age Group: MG to early teens