Remember Me to Harold Square

Remember Me to Harold Square

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by Paula Danziger
     
 

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This summer could be a disaster. Kendra's parents have invited Frank, a 15-year-old she's never met, to stay with them. And they've planned a goofy scavenger hunt for the kids, including Kendra's bratty younger brother. They have to race all around New York City and visit places like the Empire State Building and the United Nations to find answers. But once they

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This summer could be a disaster. Kendra's parents have invited Frank, a 15-year-old she's never met, to stay with them. And they've planned a goofy scavenger hunt for the kids, including Kendra's bratty younger brother. They have to race all around New York City and visit places like the Empire State Building and the United Nations to find answers. But once they get started, Kendra doesn't mind the scavenger hunt so much, mostly because Frank turns out to be just as interesting as all of the sights.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. K.to 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)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9 Kendra Kaye, 14, is not looking forward to spending the summer in New York City with her bratty little brother, Oscar (O.K.)until her parents announce that a 15-year-old farm boy from Wisconsin is going to live with them for the summer. Both sets of parents scheme up a scavenger hunt for the three kids which forces them to explore all of Manhattan. Frank turns out to be a good-looking guy (with a girlfriend back home), and the three set out to have a good time seeing the sights of New York City. By the end of the summer, Frank's girlfriend dumps him, and his and Kendra's friendship has grown to a very close relationship. Danziger has scored a hit again with her realistic characters, believable dialogue, and smooth style. As in This Place Has No Atmosphere (Delacorte, 1986), she makes good use of puns and seems to have fun in developing her characters. It's refreshing to read a book whose characters develop a special friendship without the subject of sex intervening. Readers will also learn many facts about New York City (through the scavenger hunt); Danziger incorporates these into the story without making it too heavy. An entertaining story. Bonnie L. Raasch, C.B. Vernon Middle School, Marion, Iowa

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698116948
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
766,164
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. It was non-stop for Danziger since then. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books as well as Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?

Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards.

Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.

In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children’s Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

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Remember Me To Harold Square (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remember Me to Harold Square is about a high school boy from Wisconsin who spends six weeks one summer in New York City with friends of his parents, who have a high school daughter and a middle school son. The four parents have devised a six-week-long scavenger hunt for the kids to help them experience the best of the city and stay busy for the entire visit. This book generated lots of great discussion in our Mother Daughter Book Club. We talked about whether it's an advantage for girls to be friends with boys before they start to date them and the difficulties of getting seriously romantically involved with someone when you're still young. None of the daughters are dating yet, or even plan to, (they're 12 so it was a good way to talk about dating issues theoretically). We were also inspired to create our own summer scavenger hunt, and the girls loved it. They had to visit museums, eat new food, go to the park and discover places around the corner they never knew about. It was a great way for them to stay in touch over the summer, and the parents were able to share the shuttling from place to place. It was lots of fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you want to go on a scavenger hunt with Kendra, Frank, and Oscar in Remember Me to Harold Square by Paula Danziger? When you read this book, you will feel like you’re in New York City. Frank spends the summer with Kendra’s family, because he is coming from Wisconsin and spending the summer in the Big Apple. When they go on their scavenger hunt, they go to all of these really cool sights throughout the city. The scavenger hunt is extremely fun, but there is a problem. Frank is Kendra’s age and she has a huge crush on him. Frank has a girlfriend, Mary Alice, and Frank consistently talks about him. Kendra struggles with her crush over Frank. Also, Kendra’s family is very strict, and she finds her family to be very weird. Grab some popcorn and get prepared to watch the drama. I loved this book. It is a great realistic fiction read. You will learn so much about New York City, and how teenage girls get out of their bratty phase in a matter of time. This book is really fun, and I want to try all the great food, go to all the cool sights.
Lolli-Pop More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. Paula Danziger is such a good author. The whole story is just sooo believable and it made me appreciate the beauty of where I'm from. New York city rocks!
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crunchy More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in middle school and loved it. I reread it recently and STILL loved it tens years later. There's a sequel as well...Thames Doesn't Ryhme with James. Not as good as the first but still totally decent.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, i laughed in many parts of it and Kendra and Frank make such a good couple i can't wait to read the sequel
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book,it's so well written and I can feel the drama and romance and it's just a plain must read!!!!Hats off to Paula!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought was a very good book!!! It was boreing in some parts(but that might just be me cuz i really don't like reading) but this book was so good i will want to read it again!!!!(thats a 1st for me)(just to read a book twice)!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i wish i could go on a scavenger hunt now! this book is great it really captures the essence of new york city and i could really relate to it! everyone should read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the best books i've ever read. PAula Danziger added in humor,, excitment and last but not least romance into this novel. I couldnt' put this book down so i finished it in less then a few hours in one day. I really want to read the next book Thame Doesn't Rhyme with James...but i think the local stores dont' have it...i gotta check!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was eleven and lost it when I moved. I loved it, and recently I started remembering it and now all I have to do is go to Barnes & Nobles to find it. Kendra reminded me of me, and how she felt about her brother was the way I felt about my sister when I was younger. I loved the humor and qurikyness of it. It made me like reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book for Christmas when I was 12, and I didn't pick it up until I was 13, but when I did I absolutely loved it! As soon as I finished this one I read the sequel, 'Remember Me to Herald Square' and it was equally as good! Now I am 15 and I still pick it up for a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I think that Paula Danziger did a great job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the main charicters are kendra and oscar kaye,frank lee,mr.and mrs.lee,and mr.and mrs.kaye.the problem was that they needed to do a scavenger hunt so they can go to england. frank was supose to stay the summer over at kendra and oscars house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main charicters are Kendra Kaye(k.k), Oscar Kaye (o.k.),and Frank Lee (f.k.). The problem was they needed to finish a scavenger hunt so they could go to England.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to do a report on this book, and I enjoyed it a lot! I would recommend this to girls, not guys, because the main character, Kendra Kaye, is a girl. If you like adventure stories, or are just looking for a good book, you'll love Remeber Me to Harold Square. Paula Danziger has a way with words!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is told by Kendra Kaye. She does not understand boys and at the end of their New York Scavenger Hunt she falls in love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis book was just great! I love all the Paula Danziger books because they are so much alike sometimes to my life. This book is great for summer and it will make u want to tour New York City right along with em'!