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The best place to live is the ceiling: A novel

Wersba, Barbara

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ISBN 10: 006026408X / ISBN 13: 9780060264086
Published by Harper & Row
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Title: The best place to live is the ceiling: A ...

Publisher: Harper & Row

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A lonely teenager from Queens impulsively flies off to Switzerland on another man's passport and finds his life turning into a James Bond adventure.

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Grade 7-10-- Archie Smith, a self-proclaimed paranoid loser, is obsessed with travel and spends much time at Kennedy Airport gazing and dreaming. Dreams become reality, however, when a man he meets at the airport collapses and is taken away by ambulance, leaving behind his purse containing a passport, $2,000, a plane ticket, and a reservation at a hotel in Zurich. Thus begins an explosion of activity for Archie, as he boards the plane and takes off. There, his rooms are broken into and searched and he is chased or followed all over Switzerland by some gangster types who mean business. Accompanying him is "poor-little-rich-girl," Polo, who sleeps in the streets, steals, and uses typical "street kid" language to shock her wealthy, standoffish father, and with whom Archie falls in love. By adventure's end, Archie has achieved a believable amount of self-confidence and self-esteem, no longer espousing the philosophy of the book's title. That it is written as a diary to Archie's psychiatrist is a device in perfect harmony with this offbeat story. Those who take it all seriously will find several flaws; those who take it as intended--delightfully improbable and hilariously implausible--are in for a high-spirited romp through the Alps with a Woody Allen sound-alike.
- Trev Jones, School Library Journal
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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