The Bachelors (Black Belt Series, 3)

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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.

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Jeffrey moved back to the front door and grabbed the biggest suitcase. "Ouch," he said, straining his back. "What do you have in here?"

Charlie smiled. He was no longer upset. "Videos," he said, lifting his eyebrows. "XXX. And magazines that’ll make your head spin."

Jeffrey dropped the suitcase. "What?"


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Grade 4-6-Jeffrey, Charlie, and Sidney, all 12, return in a third adventure. When Jeffrey's mother leaves to care for his hospitalized grandmother, Jeffrey and his grandfather are on their own for five days, and the boy's two friends join them. The bachelors' adventures begin when Charlie brings over videos that his father calls "hot," and Sidney arrives with a tale about being chased. The fast-paced, humorous story continues as the principal confronts the boys for skipping school after his secretary reports that she spotted them at a pizza place. The videos turn out to be classic black-and-white films, and Jeffrey's grandfather lets the trio toast Grandma's expected homecoming with an inch of beer each as everything ends happily. Although pornography-viewing, alcohol-drinking bachelors are stereotypes that perhaps don't need to be perpetuated for this age group, overall the distinctly portrayed characters and their funny predicaments will entertain readers.
Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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