CAMANCHE — A Camanche High School graduate will celebrate the publication of her latest book at Camanche Days.

Jodie Toohey, a 1992 graduate and now a Davenport resident, has published “Taming the Twisted.” A launch party will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at Camanche Days. She be located near the arts and crafts tent providing free refreshments, offering a prize giveaway, answering questions and signing and selling her books.

She also will donate $1 from every book sold to Camanche Days to give to the charity of its choice and the Camanche Alumni Challenge to give to the, a suicide-prevention organization. At 3 and 4 p.m., she also will give a short presentations about how “Taming the Twisted” was created and reading a sample. The event is free and appropriate for all ages.

“Taming the Twisted” tells the story of the fictional 17-year old Abigail Sinkey who finds herself entangled in abandonment, her parents death, a murder, scandal, and romance after a tornado destroys her town of Camanche, Iowa, on June 3, 1860, a real-life event.

“Since my story takes place in Camanche in a setting involving an event that altered the town forever, I thought launching it here was only appropriate,” Toohey said. “And what better way to celebrate it than when Camanche is celebrating itself with Camanche Days? I also wanted to give back to the community that had so much impact on me, so that’s why I had always planned to give $1 from each book sale, including all of my books, back to the Camanche Days organizers. But then I just heard about the Camanche Alumni Challenge and, since I have a personal connection, I decided to give a dollar from each sale to it, too.”

“Taming the Twisted” is Toohey’s fifth published book. For more information, visit

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