Tim Kehoe

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Tim Kehoe
Born (1970-05-11)May 11, 1970
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died February 27, 2014(2014-02-27) (aged 43)
Occupation Novelist, Inventor
Nationality American
Genre Middle-Grade Fiction
Spouse Sherri Kehoe

Tim Kehoe (May 11, 1970 – February 27, 2014) was an author and toy inventor from St. Paul, Minnesota. He invented numerous toys, and was perhaps best known for inventing non-staining colored bubbles, Zubbles. Zubbles took more than 14 years to develop[1] and incorporated a great deal of research in various fields, including chemistry and the science of dyeing. Kehoe died unexpectedly at the age of 43 in 2014.[2]


Kehoe was the author of the Vincent Shadow series published by Little, Brown and Company. Eleven-year-old Vincent Shadow dreamed of being a toy inventor. He had notebooks full of ideas: bubbles that carried sound, rockets that pop into kites, and a football that would rather bite than be caught. Unfortunately, the secret attic lab where Vincent built his prototypes had seen more disasters than triumphs. But a chance encounter with eccentric toy inventor Howard G. Whiz, and the discovery of long-lost inventions by one of the world s greatest scientists would change Vincent s life forever.

Kehoe also authored the forthcoming middle-grade thriller Furious Jones and the Assassin's Secret. Furious Jones’s dad is a world-famous thriller writer, an all around Hemingway-esque tough-guy. His dad was brutally murdered onstage one week before the release of his latest book. Furious had a front row seat to the killing. Now an orphan, Furious is set to inherit a small fortune and massive trouble. But, after spending time with a secret copy of his dad’s soon-to-be-released book, Furious decides to stop running and start chasing.



  • 2005 Popular Science Grand Prize for Innovation
  • 2006 One of America’s 100 Best by Reader's Digest
  • 2006 'Forty Under 40' winner by the Business Journal
  • 2008 'Pick of the Lists' choices at the Midwest Booksellers Association Fall Trade Show
  • 2011 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee


  1. ^ Powell, Joy (15 March 2014). "Obituary: St. Paul inventor Tim Kehoe created the first colored bubbles". Star Tribune. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

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