This is the story of three Grade 5 school kids who decide to form a club to solve mysteries after hearing a career day presentation by a city detective. The story is based in Brockville, Ontario, Canada so includes a little local geography and some Canadian history. An older boy in Grade 6 tries to bully them at every turn but is rehabilitated when accepted as a member of the club. Mary, the first President of the club, calls a meeting to get everything organized. The boys quickly learn how to submit motions (mostly by agreeing to Mary's leadership) and understand the reasons for following Robert's Rules for meetings. The story includes a fishing adventure, an introduction to the game of golf and discussions with a retired sea captain about mysteries of the sea. Finally, the young detectives get an assignment requiring investigation and an undercover lemonade stand.
When golfers first hit the green it certainly wasn't well-lawned and well-tended. Players simply waltzed into the wilderness and took whatever sandtraps and water hazards nature could throw at them, thwacking those balls with good grace across the skyline. Today golf is a grand and peaceful sport with a dash of high society about it. But what happened in between? Golf, A Very Peculiar History takes a sideways look at one of this nation's greatest exports, tracing its history from the earliest ball-in-hole games right up to the scandals that rock its current celebrities and tournaments, with a fair few mulligans in between. From its origins as a strictly men-only, exclusive sport, golf has matured a great deal through the ages and has distanced itself from the elitist pursuit it once was, today allowing players from all creeds and sexes. This book takes a look at how these prejudices have (sometimes) been overcome. Just remember, it's not always the caddie's fault...
Hooray! It's Friday Night! That is what Penelope thinks until she learns that all of her friends have something else to do. Alone in the house and with nobody to play with, Penelope mopes around her bedroom when up pops Marguerite, who "claims" to be an excellent French chef. Ignoring her mother's rules, Penelope joins Marguerite in the kitchen and with the ring of a mysterious bell and a sprinkle of magical spices; Penelope's world is flipped upside down! As strange and funny things begin to happen, somewhere along the way the "secret" cooking club is formed. And you know what they say about secrets? Some secrets are big, some secrets are small...and some are just too funny to keep to yourself!