Your ESL Story Publishers Ltd.
Bill Jenkins was born in Ottawa in 1932. He attended Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, graduating in 1954 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics.
He worked on the Avro Arrow project in Toronto and then started a 45 year career in computing, working as technical support, programmer, sales representative, manager, consultant to the Federal Government and computer guy at the local hospital.
After retirement, he took the real estate course and sold residential real estate for five years.
Bill is married to Claire, a former high school counsellor. Their three children are Bill, a lawyer in Calgary, Bruce, an electrician in Kingston and June, an ESL teacher in Switzerland.
June started the ESL project with the “Big Idea” of preparing and publishing stories for ESL students. Bill Sr. has helped out by writing a few stories and by setting up “Your ESL Story Publishers Ltd.”, (YESPL), a Canadian company dedicated to publishing stories written by ESL students and written for ESL students.
The volume “The Private Investigators Club A-D” has four short stories that introduce some public school kids and their adventures as private investigators. YESPL uses this volume as a basis for a contest to have ESL students write more stories in the series.
YESPL offers memberships that provide discounts foe ESL schools, teachers, students and volunteers. See the website at YourStoryPublishers.ca or write Bill for more information at Bill@yourstorypublishers.ca.
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The Case of the Greedy Goat
The Case of the Greedy Goat is the seventh story in a series about ten-year-old students in Brockville, Ontario, Canada who have formed a detective club. Their newly appointed leader, Tommy Frayne, receives an invitation to help old Mr. J open his cottage. The members vote to accept the invitation in hopes that they will find a mystery to solve on Scott Island. Adventures and mysteries abound.
The Case of the Forgotten Fort
The Case of the Forgotten Fort is the sixth story in a series about ten-year-old students in Brockville, Ontario, Canada who have formed a detective club. Their leader, Bobby Miller, thinks it is suspicious that the City keeps the old railway tunnel closed and locked. What are they hiding in the tunnel? The young detectives explore and find out. This leads to the discovery of a 240 year old fort.
The Case of the Electrified Envoy
The Case of the Electrified Envoy is the fifth story in a series about ten-year-old students in Brockville, Ontario, Canada who have formed a detective club. In order to get professional experience, they decide to follow a stranger and report on his activities. They choose a newcomer who happens to be a scientist doing research on portals to other worlds and the fifth dimension. Astonishing!
The Case of the Diligent Detectives
The Case of the Diligent Detectives is the fourth story in a series about ten-year-old students in Brockville, Ontario, Canada who have formed a detective club. Bobby is now the President of the club and wants everyone to be more diligent. He wants to explore the mystery of blotches on the grass which may be caused by laser beams from alien spacecraft hovering over Brockville. Can it be true?
The Case of the Cannabis Cat
The Case of the Cannabis Cat is the third story in a series about ten-year-old students in Brockville, Ontario, Canada who have formed a detective club. Tommy discusses legal matters with his parents. The next day a cat with a tiny barrel around its neck is delivered to his home. After dinner, Constable Bidwell arrives and takes everyone to the police station for questioning about illegal drugs.
The Case of the Brainy Birds
The Case of the Brainy Birds is the second story in a series about some ten-year-old students in Brockville, Ontario, Canada who have formed a detective club. They choose a name for the club and then choose the mystery that they plan to solve. Dick points out that the seagulls that hover over the city are gone. Their investigation takes them into danger as an earthquake strikes the area.
The Case of the Ancient American
The Case of the Ancient American is the first story in a series about some ten-year-old students in Brockville, Ontario, Canada who, after hearing a presentation at school about the work of a detective decide to form a club to solve mysteries. The story describes a bully, fishing, golfing, police work, a lemonade stand and bits of history revealed through the stories of an elderly man.
A Bloodstained Hammer
The story is a fictionalized account of a true crime that occurred near Fruitvale in 1959. It explains work on a farm in the Kootenay District of British Columbia and describes the family life of the hog farmer, Kent Townsend, with his wife and three children. Although set over 50 years ago, the story has relevance today as the Federal Government tries to aid or compensate the families of victims.
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