cover image Remember Me to Heral

Remember Me to Heral

Paula Danziger. Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, $13.95 (139pp) ISBN 978-0-385-29610-6

Danziger celebrates New York City in this story of a teenage girl (the only one of her gang spending the summer in the city), her brother Oscar (O. his friends, age 10) and Frank Lee (he's 15, from a Wisconsin farm), who all embark on a six-week-long scavenger hunt devised by their parents. The threesome, nicknamed The Serendipities, are being offered, according to their parents, ""an absolutely, wonderful, marvelous educational experience in which they will search for objects, facts, people, and places.'' If they complete the contract, the grand prize is a trip to England for the two families. With characteristic humor, tart language and quick phrasing, Danziger's teenagers not only share a summer getting to know each other but also explore the riches of a city often perceived as dirty and dangerous. Ages 10-14. (September)