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A beautiful place on Yonge Street
Trembath, Don, 1963-
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Publication Information:
Victoria, B.C. : Orca Book Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
190 pages : portrait ; 18 cm
Reading Level:
760 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 7.0 27525.

Reading Counts RC High School 4.5 9 Quiz: 17960 Guided reading level: NR.
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Harper Winslow is in love. Sunny Taylor is tall and thin, with ""the smoothest and whitest skin"" Harper has ever seen. Her eyes are deep and dark; her voice is a little high and sweet. She enjoys drawing and taking long, brisk walks. Sunny and Harper go for picnics and to the movies, where they make-out (or try to) in the balcony. They joke and talk and hang out together whenever they can. For the moment at least, life is full of smiles and love. But hovering above, like a thundercloud on a hot summer day, is a question that Sunny must deal with. Her aunt has offered her the opportunity to attend art school in Toronto and live with her in her "beautiful place on Yonge Street." Will Sunny head to the big city or stay home? And will Harper survive his first brush with the vagaries of love?

Author Notes

Don Trembath was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and attended the University of Alberta.

Trembath was a writing instructor at the Prospects Literary Association in Edmonton and was a regular columnist for the Edmonton Journal. He has also contributed to Canadian Living and Your Baby.

His series features a 16 year old outcast included in Harper Winslow, The Tuesday Cafe, which was nominated for a Best Books for Young Adults Award, and A Fly Named Alfred, which was nominated for the American Library Association's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-10. Harper Winslow of The Tuesday Cafe (1996) and A Fly Named Alfred (1997) is back. This time the budding Edmonton, Canada, writer has a life-changing experience at a summer writing camp--" one of those week-long retreat deals. Mom and Dad sent me on it." He meets and falls in love with Sunny Taylor. Can he hold onto her and settle into the blissful relationship he craves with the delightful, complicated girl? We experience his angst and inner-voice soul-searching as we are treated to his nonstop, intense wit and commentary. Sunny's family is refreshingly close and down to earth compared to the affluent, somewhat frenetic Winslows. OK, maybe the Taylors are a little too good to believe and too easy to be with, but they draw Harper into another world and give him a strong sense of community and friendship. First love is never easy, and Sunny doesn't smooth the way for her smitten admirer. His groping attempts at sexual initiation are put on hold. A death in her family affects both teens deeply, and then she has a chance to study at an art school in Toronto for a year, filling Harper with further dread. Trembath brings all the insecurity and loss to a fine conclusion, giving our hero and his love a chance to grow immeasurably. Readers will be anxious for another installment of this charming love story. --Anne O'Malley

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-In this third installment about Harper Winslow, the 16-year-old aspiring writer experiences the ups and downs of first love. The story opens with Harper at a writing camp, where he meets Mickey Taylor and his sister Sunny. The Taylor family is open and free in comparison to Harper's parents, who are driven professionals with little or no time for their son, but who demand perfection from him. As Harper becomes more attached to Sunny and her family, his parents become resentful of his growing independence and detachment from them. Meanwhile, Sunny is trying to decide whether she should remain in Edmonton or move to Toronto to live with her aunt and attend art school. As things settle down with his parents, Harper must put his powerful feelings for Sunny into perspective and help her make the choice that's right for her. While the supporting characters are well realized, there is not a lot of action here. However, the situations are realistically portrayed and Harper's experiences with first love are described with humor and poignancy.-Lucinda Lockwood, Thomas Haney Secondary School, Maple Ridge, BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.