Trouble with Lemons

Daniel Hayes, Author David R. Godine Publisher $16.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-87923-825-4
Things are tough enough for eighth-grader Tyler McAllister before he bumps into a dead body while swimming in the quarry. Tyler is trying to understand why he is allergic to almost everything in the world, how he could have saved his parents' marriage and why his father had to die in a plane crash. Trying to cope with a move from L.A. to upstate New York, the boy sorely misses his mother and brother who are away filming movies. Tyler is suddenly thrust into the midst of a murder case, the resolution of which seems to depend upon him. As the investigation grows increasingly confusing and overwhelming, Tyler's previous dilemmas gradually become lucid and surmountable. (Hayes beautifully draws a contrast between these two facets of Tyler's life.) Tyler gains new perspectives, discovering friendship, love and self-respect as he works through his problems. Tyler's unique, deftly drawn character highlights this carefully crafted, powerful story. As a mystery it is intriguing, but as a novel about introspection and self-acceptance, it is irresistible. Ages 11-up. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
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Mass Market Paperbound - 192 pages - 978-0-449-70416-5
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