Trouble with Lemons

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His real name was Tyler McAllister, but he felt like a lemon. He had allergies and nightmares, and was the only unfamous person in his family. But one night he and a friend went swimming at the forbidden quarry, and Tyler found a dead body. Now he's determined to find out who killed the man and why they're now after him....

Tyler and Lymie, eighth grade misfits, discover a dead body in a quarry and work to uncover the mystery behind...

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Overview

His real name was Tyler McAllister, but he felt like a lemon. He had allergies and nightmares, and was the only unfamous person in his family. But one night he and a friend went swimming at the forbidden quarry, and Tyler found a dead body. Now he's determined to find out who killed the man and why they're now after him....

Tyler and Lymie, eighth grade misfits, discover a dead body in a quarry and work to uncover the mystery behind it.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449704165
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 187
  • Sales rank: 166,816
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    take your chances

    this book is boring and confusing. at times i did not get it. don't waste your time buying this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    Interesting murder case

    I would recommend this book to others because it was grabbing and exciting. It was about two eight grade kids doing what they were not supposed to do.They decided to sneek out and go swimming in the quarry, were one of the kids bumped into a dead body.This is the start of a captivating murder case.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    Amazing Mystery

    I think I would give the book The Trouble With Lemons three stars. It is a great book but it has its boring and confusing parts. Though I did like it because it was really sneaky about what was going on in the book. I almost never knew what was going on. Right after I got to the end everything started making sense and pulling itself together. That made it a much better book. I would definitely suggest this book to all readers because of the twist in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Trouble with Lemons

    Imagine, you go with your best friend for a swim in a forbidden quarry, and just as you start to relax, you accidentally hit something, you turn around in the water, and staring you straight in the eyes is a dead body. This is what happened to local eighth grader, Tyler McAllister.I definitely recommend this book. I love how, in the book, Tyler's best friend Lymie Actually suggested that they go swimming in the quarry, but then as soon as Tyler finds the body, Lymie blames Tyler for everything and in the end, doing the opposite of what Lymie said actually helps Tyler to solve the murder. In the book, I also like how in the beginning Chuckie, the gardener, is a character that likes to just keep to himself, but towards the end, he saves Tyler from humiliation, giving up, and from being completely pummeled by the school bully. I like how that ,in the end, one of the murderers is smart enough to actually come out and confess, while the other wants to just keep quite. I also like how one intimidating poster in school, actually persuaded the murderer to come forward. Trouble with Lemons is a really good book and I recommend it to anybody that likes mystery stories. The author keeps you guessing throughout the entire book and I really enjoyed reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    The Trouble With Lemons is a fast-paced mystery anyone will enjoy.

    The Trouble With Lemons is a tremendous story about two high school boys,Tyler McAllister(Lemons) and Lymie, who do not really fit in. Tyler has a lot of problems with his life and on top of it they find a dead body in a quarry. From there on they set off on a mysterious journey to find out who did it. I would definately recommend this book to all high school students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    'entertaining'

    Things are tough enough for eighth-grader Tyler McAllister. Things get very confusing and hard to believe when he bumps into a dead body while swimming in the quarry, a local place where kids go swimming and hang out. Tyler is trying to understand why he¿s allergic to almost everything you could think of. Also how he could have saved his parents' marriage before they got divorced and why his father had to die in a plane crash. He¿s trying to get used with a move to upstate New York, from L.A. He misses his mother and brother who are away filming movies and never spending time with him. Tyler suddenly gets into the middle of a murder case, and the result depends on him. As the investigation grows very, very confusing and overwhelming to him, his previous problems gradually become worse than they had ever been before. Tyler seems to find a way to find new ways of looking at things, finding friendship, love and most of all, self-respect as he works out his problems. Tyler's unique character adds to how the book is narrated and explained on an eighth grade level and it¿s put in a way an eighth grader can relate and understand it. I did like this book because I could relate some of the things he goes through at school but, I thought the mystery was kind of predictable. I recommend this book for ages 12 and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    I recomened it

    I LOVE THIS BOOK IT IS THE BEST BOOOK I EVER READ. I WOULD RECOMMENED THIS BOOK FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADER. MY CLASS LOVED THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2002

    read in seventh grade and enjoyed it

    i liked The Trouble with Lemons. at first look i thought it would have been bad, but boy was i wrong. it was a good book and i recommend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    I recommend it!! : )

    It's not my favorite, but I certainly enjoyed this mystery of two eighth grade boys helping uncover a murder! I read this book for summer reading, and let me say, I don't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Sour Lemon

    The Trouble with lemons was one of the greatest books I've ever read, one day I had to read it for school, I thought it would be stupid but it turned out to be the best, I couldn't put it down. It had action and a ton of suspence, I would totally 100% reccomend it to anybody, don't let the title fool you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    Stupendous!

    This book was marvelous! When you read it, it's easy to connect with Tyler and understand exactly how he feels. Got me through a rough spot. An excellent book for any kid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2001

    Great book for all ages!

    This book is awsome for ya espcially if it's your first time reading a mystery book! It's great to read cause it faces a problem many kids are faced with, death. and it shows it through a kids eyes and his coming of age. this is a great book and everyone can find something in it for them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2001

    Awesome!

    This is an irresistible mystery........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    Excellent!!!

    I loved this book and I even put it down on my wish List for Christmas!!

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