Remember Me to Harold Square

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

When Frank spends the summer with Kendra and her family in their New York City apartment, a friendship develops as the two teenagers set off on a scavenger hunt exploring the city's museums, restaurants, and other landmarks.

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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: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 958,493
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Courtesy of MotherDaughterBookClub.com

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    The Book Remember Me to Harold Square by Paula Danziger is about

    The Book Remember Me to Harold Square by Paula Danziger is about a girl named Kayla Kaye and for the summer a boy named Frank was going to stay with the Kaye Family. When Kayla met Frank for the first time she was shy and not sure how the summer was going to be. She thought all of her friends were going to have a better summer then her. It turns out that the parents have planned a scavenger hunt all around the big apple. Kayla, Frank and Oscar went all around the city trying new foods, meeting new people, seeing new things. It shows you that there is so much to do in the New York City that they have never seen when Kayla has lived there her whole life. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the City. I thought it was slow at the beginning, but it gets good once they find out about the Scavenger Hunt. When they start the Scavenger Hunt the book gets really good because there is adventure and mystery in this book which keeps the reader hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Do you want to go on a scavenger hunt with Kendra, Frank, and Os

    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.



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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    You have to read this!!!!!!

    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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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    the best!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2006

    LOVE IT!!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    Loved it

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    I luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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)!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    amazing

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    I Just Couldn't Put it Down!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    Couldn't Put It Down!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    I loved this book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2002

    Remember Me to Harold Square

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2002

    Remember Me to Harold Square

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2002

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    I love this book. I think that Paula Danziger did a great job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2002

    Review

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Great Book!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2000

    Great

    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'!

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    Posted August 10, 2010

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