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Children's Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

Emville Confidential

by (author) Don Trembath

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
Mysteries & Detective Stories, Friendship, Love & Romance
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price

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When a new client presents herself at their backyard detective agency, Baron and his best friend, Myles, are suddenly at odds.

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. Could a new case and this new client be Baron's dreams come true? 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.

About 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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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books

Excerpt: Emville Confidential (by (author) Don Trembath)

"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..."

Editorial Reviews

"Quick paced dilemmas within the story keep the reader going...Recommended."

CM Magazine

"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."

Quill & Quire

"An engaging combination of humor and fledgling romance for middle schoolers."


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