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Emville Confidential
     

Emville Confidential

by Don Trembath
 

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Baron dreams of being like his favorite hard-boiled detectives: tough, sexy and in control. In reality he's anything but, as his older sister, Kitty, never fails to point out. When a new client presents herself at their backyard detective agency, Baron and his best friend, Myles, are suddenly at odds. Will Wilson, new in town and lonely, choose Baron or Myles -- or

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Baron dreams of being like his favorite hard-boiled detectives: tough, sexy and in control. In reality he's anything but, as his older sister, Kitty, never fails to point out. When a new client presents herself at their backyard detective agency, Baron and his best friend, Myles, are suddenly at odds. Will Wilson, new in town and lonely, choose Baron or Myles -- or neither? What happened to her sister's blue whale? And her sister? But the biggest mystery of all is whether Baron will ever tell Wilson how he feels.

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Children's Literature - Ashlee Smith
Twelve-year-old Baron Colfax has epilepsy but has always dreamed of being a slick, sexy detective; in the real world, he is anything but. He and his partner Myles Monahan run their own local detective agency from Baron's backyard. Despite the slowness of business, adventure always keeps them occupied. Then a new girl in town, Rebecca Alyson Amanda Stephanie Wilson—Wilson for short—shows up and asks to be a member of the agency. After much consideration and discussion, Baron and Myles accept Wilson into their agency. However, Wilson has a secret about her "sister" that she is not quite ready to tell the boys. They, on the other hand, have their own secret: each has a crush on Wilson. Will Wilson's secrecy get the boys to try to solve her mystery? Will Baron and Myles' teenage crushes put the agency and their friendship in jeopardy? Don Trembath takes readers on a fun and entertaining adventure about dreams and young love with these three characters. He uses many of the elements of mystery novels such as suspense, drama, and colorful characters, along with witty tidbits, to make the novel a compelling read for children. His well-developed characters will entice readers into the story and hold them until the end. Reviewer: Ashlee Smith
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- Seventh-grader Baron Colfax dreams of becoming a tough, gritty detective. For practice, he and his friend-partner, Myles Monahan, run C & M Detective Agency (later renamed the Blue Whale Detective Agency), solving crimes for their classmates. When Rebecca Wilson shows up asking the duo to find her sister's lost whale, Myles is suspicious. Something in her story just doesn't add up. Wilson's subsequent apprenticeship with the agency triggers a series of misunderstandings that threatens to destroy it. Ultimately, all three junior detectives must come clean to one another in order to save their friendship. While a detective agency is an interesting backdrop for friendship and first love, Trembath's unrealistic teens aren't engaging enough to keep the pages turning. The plot is burdened by daydream sequences that worked for Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes characters, but are simply disruptive to the story line here. Several subplots aren't developed either: Baron has epilepsy; Wilson has a dead sister; neither contributes to either character's development. The cover art suggests a much darker tale; teens will be disappointed.-H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL

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CM Magazine
"Quick paced dilemmas within the story keep the reader going...Recommended."
Quill & Quire
"Trembath deftly manages to introduce ideas about gender equality, the grieving process, and a courageous acceptance of health problems without becoming didactic or losing his appeal to a pre-teen readership."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554694662
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
198
Lexile:
HL580L (what's this?)
File size:
817 KB
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Read an Excerpt

"What I do is weed out the real from the unreal, the fairy queens from the princesses, the sad people from the attention-grabbers."

"Where am I in all that?"

"I'm not sure yet, but it ain't lookin' good..."

Meet the Author

Don Trembath was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied at the University of Alberta and has written for weekly and daily newspapers, local and national magazines, and a host of trade publications. 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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