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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: Fawcett Juniper
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (June 22, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449704165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449704165
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8-- Tyler and his best friend, Lymie, go to the local quarry for a forbidden late night dip, but quickly find themselves swimming with a dead body. Beating a swift retreat, they report their discovery to the sheriff anonymously and suspect that the man, a maintenance worker from school, was murdered. Meanwhile, Tyler has other problems to deal with; he feels like a total failure, certain that he is a magnet for trouble. His father is dead; his mother and brother are movie stars who are away for long periods. But Tyler proves to be resilient if unsure of himself. A popular girl befriends him; with Lymie, they try to puzzle out the mystery of the dead man. While that plot will hold readers until the end, Tyler is the real star of this story. All his good intentions seem to go awry, and he is constantly apologizing for himself. His discovery that "life isn't just good guys fighting bad guys" is an important step towards maturity, and he is a three-dimensional character with whom many middle schoolers will readily identify. This first-time author offers a fast-paced mystery and an excellent coming-of-age story as well. --Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book The Trouble with Lemons by Daniel Hayes is a really good and exciting book! It has a lot of action, and mystery! It is about two friends (Lymie, and Tyler) that find something that they should have never found if it weren't for them sneaking out in the middle of the night. From there on Tyler gets in a lot of trouble with friends, family, schoolmates, and even the principle! What they found I'll leave it up to you to find out! I don't want to spoil the entire book for you! The Trouble with Lemons is now on my top ten list!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on February 19, 2000
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This might sound really immature, but the only reason I read the book was because of the cover illustration! Then I started reading it, and it became my favorite book of all time. The suspense is incredible and makes you want to read it again and again! I read it every chance I get now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2000
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THE TROUBLE WITH LEMONS
The book Trouble With Lemons was about this 12-year old boy named Tyler and his friend Lymie. Tyler's dad had died and his mom is a famous actress. His older brother is an actor working on being famous. His mom is gone most of the time out making movie. He also has a housekeeper named Mrs. Saunders she watches him when his family is out of town. Tyler and Lymie sneak out one night to go to the quarry. They start to go swimming and Tyler bumps into a dead body. They run home to call the police. The police go to the scene to investigate. Will they find out who the murderer is? The only way you will find out is if you read the rest of the book. It is a really great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Hunter on July 5, 2001
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The Trouble with Lemons by Daniel Hayes combines a mystery story with a coming-of-age tale about a kid, Tyler McAllister, who doesn't quite fit in at his new school, not helped by his discovery of a body. The author does an effective job at combining these elements. The true joy in the novel, though, comes in the creation of the lead character and his friend, Lymie, the two oddballs at their school. These two characters will pull the reader through the book and allow any reader to identfy with them and their struggles both at school and in solving the mystery, the flip side of those darned popular Hardy Boys. Everyone has felt the oddball in school and these characters are both outsiders in the system in school and representative of a typical early teenager. A neat trick for the author to pull off. A very good first novel by the author for kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. on February 24, 2002
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It is difficult for me to tell you how much I loved this book! There was a number of reasons why this book turned out to be so good. First of all, it taught me a lot of lessons in different areas. The main character, Tyler, thought he had so many problems in his life, but it just so happens that he had everthing to be happy about. I think this matter relates really well with teenagers that are growing up and searching for who they are.
Also, this book kept me hooked so well! You might suspect this book is boring because it is just about some kid growing up, but of course it is mixed with a mystery which makes you want to keep reading. Hope you choose this book for your next read!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on February 23, 2000
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I give the book The Trouble with Lemons 4 stars. It was a halfway decent book with many surprises. The surprises came suddenly which was great, but afterward there were big lulls and spots where it was hard to stay interested. I loved the character Tyler. He was a kid who thought of himself as a "Lemon." He would trade himself in for a different kid that wouldn't get in so much trouble anytime he had a chance. He figured going to the principal twice a week and using Ms. Weavrly's class as naptime weren't things a good kid would do. Then he and his friend Lymie slipped out of the house out and went swimming in the town quarry. Everything was fine until he bumped into the body. It was BooBoo Anderson the school janitor. What were they to do? This book was very easy to read. I would recommend it to any of my friends. It's great for a kid who needs to pass the time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 20, 2000
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Trouble with Lemons is writen by Daniel Hayes. The setting of the story is in an old town and the time is summer. The protagonist is Tyler and he has asmatha and he is allergic to every thing. Another character is Lymie. He is one of Tylers best frends. The rising action is to find who killed the person in the quarry and how the body got there. The climax is when Tyler overheard Mark and Jack talking about something. I think the author was tring to teach people to think before doing something irresponsible. If you wait to long to tell someone that you did something wrong, the punishment is more severe than turning yourself in right away. I would recommend this book at the age limit of twelve years or older. I picked these ages because you might like mysteries and you might be surprised at who was in the quarry and who killed the person that was floting in the quarry dead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie on February 23, 2000
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I give the book The Trouble with Lemons two stars because it was a slow-paced book. It was kind of boring and didn't have much adventure in it. It told too much detail in too short of a book. When reading, I couldn't stay focused and lost interest in it. I thought the beginning was good, but after they found the body, it slows down and jumps to a different subject. I think it would be a better book if it had more adventure in it and it went deeper into the mystery of who killed the dead body. One of the reasons that I liked this book was that it was easy to read.
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Daniel Hayes lives in the town of Easton in Upstate New York, at the southern end of scenic Washington County. Born April 17, 1952, he attended school in Greenwich, New York, which became the fictional village of Wakefield in his novels. He currently teaches 11th grade English at Troy High School and creative writing for Hudson Valley Community College. His goal, in addition to writing more books (his fifth, My Kind of Crazy, is on the way), is to someday see film versions of his novels. Having fielded a number of queries from various producers over the years, he hopes, eventually, to be able to put Tyler and Lymie and the rest of his cast of characters up on the big screen. Should this happen, due to his considerable acting skills, he feels he should, at the very least, be considered for the role of the dead body in The Trouble with Lemons. He's already working on his ability to float face down.

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