Palmer Swain, a teenage tour guide in the Thousand Islands, finds his new romantic misadventures complicated by mysterious strangers fighting over possession of a decaying mansion.
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Grade 7-10 Handsome, smooth-talking Palmer Swain, a tour guide in the Thousand Islands, is looking forward to a summer of adventure and romance, especially when the beautiful Liana appears on his tour boat. His plans are complicated by many factors: a persistent stranger grills him with questions about decaying Swain mansion, the ancestral home from which his father was expelled and in which he has never lived; workmen mysteriously appear to repair Swain mansion; feuding aunts involve Palmer and Liana in a series of curious tests; a vindictive tour boat captain plots against Palmer and his guardian. The many seemingly unrelated elements of this plot are smoothly integrated into a satisfying and humorous story. However, it is not so much the plot or characters that make this book enjoyable as it is Silsbee's style. Characterizations and events are slightly but skillfully overblown, creating a framework within which the actions of the characters and the development of suspense are credible. This style is flawlessly consistent throughout; it is never tedious, never slips into slapstick. The pace at which the mystery unfolds is quick and even, leading to a resolution with an unforseen twist. It is refreshing to find light ``non-problem'' fiction for YAs, particularly when it is this well written. Allen Meyer, Vernon Area Public Library District, Prairie View, Ill.
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Silbee takes a farcical view of teenage love in this comedy. Ages 12-up .
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Book Description Bradbury Press, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027827607