The Harmony Arms

Koertge, Ronald

Published by Joy St Books, 1992
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Synopsis: The bizarre residents of Harmony Arms help Gabriel take himself less seriously after he moves into the apartment complex with his recently divorced father.

From School Library Journal: Grade 7-10-- This hilarious look at the frantic, oddball L. A. scene through the eyes of a 14-year-old outsider from Missouri is a gem of quirky characterization and teenage angst. Gabriel's father, hired as a studio's creative consultant to adapt his children's picture book for television, is every teen's nightmare of ``parent as embarrassment.'' The boy is spending the summer with him and his furry hand-puppet creation, Timmy the Otter. At the Harmony Arms, the under-construction condo that the studio has rented for them, the McKays meet the neighbors: a 90-year-old nudist swimmer; a rollerblading, behemoth psychic whose predictions are only slightly off-target; an animal-rights activist actress; and her camcorder-toting daughter, Tess. Tess becomes Gabriel's guide, first to the City of Angels and later, to the uncharted territory of love and sexual attraction. They share mutual anger and confusion over the complicated, embarrassing, unfathomable actions and choices of their parents. Bizarre at first glance, Koertge's adult characters, for all their imperfections and oddities, grow on readers. Their love; wisdom; and solid, if seemingly unconventional, values remind all of us that the only truly perfect people are the ones created for television, not by life. As summer ends, Gabriel has a new perspective on himself and his dad. Although reminiscent of the off-beat Venice Beach world created in Francesca Block's Weetzie Bat (1989) and Witch Baby (1991 , both HarperCollins), Koertge's story is less fairy tale, his characters more fully fleshed out and human. His turns of phrase, language, and timing are rare in YA fiction, where ``funny'' books are in demand, but so hard to find. --Alice Casey Smith, Chappaqua Library, NY
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Title: The Harmony Arms
Publisher: Joy St Books
Publication Date: 1992
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