Rooster

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Rooster Cobb is in trouble-with his school, with his mother, with his girlfriend. He smokes too much and he hates his stepfather. In fact, he might not graduate from high school. But he just doesn't seem to care. That is, until the guidance counselor and the principal come up with a plan to get Rooster through grade twelve-and out of their lives forever.

Don Trembath is the author of the acclaimed Harper Winslow series of teen fiction: The Tuesday Café, A Fly Named Alfred, A ...

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Overview

Rooster Cobb is in trouble-with his school, with his mother, with his girlfriend. He smokes too much and he hates his stepfather. In fact, he might not graduate from high school. But he just doesn't seem to care. That is, until the guidance counselor and the principal come up with a plan to get Rooster through grade twelve-and out of their lives forever.

Don Trembath is the author of the acclaimed Harper Winslow series of teen fiction: The Tuesday Café, A Fly Named Alfred, A Beautiful Place on Yonge Street and The Popsicle Journal, as well as Lefty Carmichael has a Fit and the Black Belt series of juvenile novels: Frog Face and the Three Boys, One Missing Finger, The Bachelor and The Big Show. He lives near Edmonton, Alberta.

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Editorial Reviews

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2006 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list
CM Magazine
"An easy and delightful read, especially for older boys who are not regular readers. Recommended."
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"Trembath has achieved the difficult challenge of writing a book about emotions with considerable potential appeal for boys."
KLIATT
Our first impression of Rooster Cobb, nicknamed for exuberantly waking up his parents in the mornings when he was a child, is provided by his high school English teacher, recently turned guidance counselor. She describes Rooster as a gifted writer with no manners or respect for adults or the system. He is in danger of not graduating, and as a last-ditch effort to get school credit through a service project, he is given an "assignment" to work with a four-member bowling team from Chamber House, a group home for mentally challenged adults. They need coaching to get ready for an upcoming Special Olympics. Rooster is surprised that the team wants to interview him; he simply plans to make a bad impression. To his surprise, he is chosen. He is not committed to this weekly task until one of the team members dies of a heart attack. At this point, this team of unique individuals becomes a teaching tool for this lost young man. Lacking self-confidence and still grieving for his father, Rooster learns to reach out and to trust his own gifts. Though the characters are scantily developed and the story drags a bit in the middle, this is a worthy story about discovering self-confidence. (Underage drinking and language.) KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Orca, 208p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Annette Wells
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Since the death of his father seven years ago, 17-year-old Rooster has developed an anti-authority attitude. The only subject he enjoys is writing. He is given one last chance to earn a diploma when his principal appoints him to mentor the "Strikers," a bowling team made up of four special-needs adults. Their caregiver would like them to qualify for the Special Olympics, but they lack the discipline to succeed. Not only is Rooster hesitant to lead the group, but he is also paired up with the principal's bossy, straight-A daughter, Elma, who challenges everything he does. He gradually earns the group's trust, so the sudden death of a teammate affects him more than he expected. When the bowlers achieve their goal, his job is over. Then he is given an assignment to write about the Strikers, tries his hand at it, and finds satisfaction. This project and revelations about his father's love of reading help Rooster find peace within himself. Now, instead of burying his memories, he has found a way to connect with and honor them. Rooster is a believable young man who is barely going through the motions of life. With spot-on dialogue and riotous arguments among the Strikers, this is a smart story peppered with mature situations.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551432618
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,291,292
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Trembath began writing for keeps when he was 13 years old. He wrote horror stories at night and read them to his little brother as he tried to fall asleep.
"Every morning I'd ask him if he'd had a nightmare and he'd say, 'No. Was I supposed to?' I soon abandoned horror stories and moved on to comedy. I read those stories to him and would ask him in the morning. 'Did you laugh?' One day he said, 'No, but I had a nightmare.'"

Don was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 22, 1963--the third youngest of four boys. In the winter he played hockey and in the summer football, baseball, and soccer. Between games, he went to school. At the age of 14, Don moved with his family to Alberta. He graduated from Paul Kane High School in St. Albert and went to the University of Alberta to study English. He has written for weekly and daily newspapers, local and national magazines, and a host of trade publications.

Don's first book, The Tuesday Cafe, was published in 1996. Since then he has written nine others, with two more, Daydream Believer and Hypnotized published in 2007. Don also teaches writing at MacEwan College in Edmonton, and regularly visit schools and libraries across the country.

Don currently lives in the town of Morinville, Alberta with his wife, Lisa, their three kids, three laid back cats, and their neighbor's big dog.

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