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The Bachelors

by (author) Don Trembath

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2002
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
Recommended Reading age
8 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2002
    List Price

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Out of print

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Charlie has a bag full of videos he lifted from his dadís closet. Sidneyís on the run from two guys in a pick-up truck. Grandpa Anderson wants to eat something other than potatoes. And Jeffrey just wants a little peace and quiet. These are the Bachelors. Three boys and a grumpy grandfather living together for five days while Jeffreyís mother takes his grandma to the hospital. Throw in a few unexpected--and uninvited--visitors and the kids from karate class have another adventure on their hands. They also have a job to do. Grandpa Anderson might be old and a wee bit crusty, but heís also lonely, scared and not exactly a picture of health himself. It is their job to take care of him, and, with a style that is uniquely their own, they do. The Bachelors continues the story of the three small-town misfits introduced in Frog Face and the Three Boys and One Missing Finger. After learning how to cope with conflict and then young love, Charlie, Sidney and Jeffrey are now learning about self-sufficiency and responsibility.

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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  • Short-listed, Red Cedar nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice

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