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Children's Fiction Siblings


by (author) Don Trembath

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2007
Siblings, Humorous Stories, Visionary & Metaphysical
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
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Rufus and his sister Alexa hate each other at the best of times. When Rufus's friend Phil manages to hypnotize Alexa, Rufus is ready to enjoy the power. They begin by ordering Alexa to be kind to her parents and Phil. The plan backfires when Alexa sweetly suggests canceling an expensive family vacation in favor of a week at home playing board games. Then Alexa turns on the charm with Phil and suddenly Rufus has to deal with a lovesick amateur hypnotist. Rufus is certain it can't get any stranger until Alexa, still in her hypnotic state, is kind to the brother she's always hated and Rufus is more confused than he's ever been.

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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Excerpt: Hypnotized (by (author) Don Trembath)

"She's locked in," he says, his eyes wide. "She's hypnotized. I did it. She's down there with this totally serene look on her face. It's unbelievable." I'm not hungry anymore. I bolt downstairs. I have never seen my sister look serene before. I stop in my tracks when I see her. She's sitting on a chair in the middle of our basement. Her back is straight. Her eyes are closed. Her face is passive, relaxed, devoid of all emotion--meaning, in her case, devoid of anger. I see nothing evil about her for the first time in my entire life.

Editorial Reviews

"In the world of the special needs classroom or for lesser able readers, this book would intrigue and encourage the student to continue reading."

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"The engaging plot...will captivate reluctant YA readers."


"Quirky and funny with a nice sibling-rivalry bent...Very enjoyable."

NMRLS Youth Services Book Review

"Hypnotized does its job...A worthwhile addition to any bookshelf."

CM Magazine

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