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. Volume IX Number 9 . . . . January 3, 2003
The third book in “The Black Belt Series” finds the main character, Jeffrey, having to spend a week with his grandpa while his mother accompanies his grandma to the city for heart surgery. In an attempt to keep Jeffery out of trouble, his mother encourages Jeffery to invite two friends, Sydney and Charlie, to stay with him during her absence. During that time, Jeffery is forced to contend with Charlie’s habit of storytelling and with Sydney’s tendency to solve problems with his fists. Through realistic yet comical situations, the three boys become closer friends.
Trembath’s carefully crafted language is central to the success of this novel. The language used by his characters is extremely realistic, and Trembath has made no attempt to sanitize the language or the grim reality of his characters’ lives. Although the situational humour offsets the darker moments in the book, it does not belittle the underlying issues the boys each face.
Although part of a series, this work can easily stand on its own. The Bachelors is an excellent book, particularly for reluctant male readers.
Christina Neigel is the Instruction Librarian for the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC.
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