Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
- Reading age: 8 to 12
Charlie, Jeffrey and Sidney are all in the seventh grade and all are spending too much time in the principal's office. Charlie talks nonstop, Jeffrey is too frightened to talk at all and Sidney would much rather let his fists hold up his end of the conversation. One day all three end up before Mr. Duncan, or Frog Face, as they call him behind his back. Finally realizing that detention is not solving the continued problems, Mr. Duncan decides that what these troublemakers need is some discipline and order, and consigns them to a series of lessons in karate run by his son Willie. What begins as a penance slowly becomes bearable and then a pleasure for the three boys, as they all begin to learn something about themselves and how to get along with others.
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.
- Short-listed, Silver Birch nominee
- Commended, CCBC Our Choice starred selection
- Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee