From Publishers Weekly
Tyler McAllister, rambunctious protagonist of The Trouble with Lemons and Eye of the Beholder, returns for further misadventures; PW's starred review found Hayes's novel "perceptive, funny and, above all, believable." Ages 12-up.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8-Eighth graders Tyler and Lymie, who appeared in Hayes's The Trouble with Lemons (1991) and Eye of the Beholder (1992, both Godine), try out for the high school wrestling team, which needs competitors in the lower weight divisions. In the meantime, Tyler, who provides the first-person narrative, falls hopelessly in love with his young science teacher. After drumming up the courage to invite her to his house for Thanksgiving dinner, he's crushed when she unexpectedly arrives with a date-his wrestling coach. He's also facing the stress of his first meet, which is coming up quickly. Lymie, Tyler's affable sidekick, provides constant comic relief throughout the story. Hayes adeptly portrays the concerns and insecurities of adolescent boys and also brings out the humor in their self-perceived darkest moments. The dialogue rings true to the age group, and Tyler's feelings, which range from euphoria to depression, are thoughtfully drawn. Here's hoping that we haven't seen the last of these boys.Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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