Emville Confidentialby 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 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.
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, FLCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"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..."
"Where am I in all that?"
"I'm not sure yet, but it ain't lookin' good..."
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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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