Oy, Joy! by DK

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Love blossoms on Thanksgiving eve in New York City, under the benevolent gaze of the Bullwinkle balloon. "Don't get your shorts in a knot!" protests Uncle Max (imagine George Burns minus the cigar). "I just told him you were smart and witty and a pleasure to behold." Joy is a boyfriend-less high-school freshman and her great-uncle an unwilling, unwanted addition to the household while he recovers from a stroke. Her best friend, Maple, has just met weird Wade and is deliriously happy, but Joy is alone (or as alone as it gets, bunked in with her younger brother, his drum set, and his mice, and forced to baby-sit Uncle Max and his equally high-maintenance dog, Sarge). Alone, that is, until Uncle Max, who's used to making things happen, decides to take a hand -- a heavy hand -- in finding Joy a match. And then screening any likely contenders. A tense situation produces a hilarious and ultimately touching comedy of ill tempers and good intentions. More matches than one are eventually made, and there's a happy ending for all, extending beyond the apartment to school, to the streets of New York, all the way to Florida -- "Fine," opines Uncle Max, "if you like spongy bagels..."
 

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Lucy Frank is the author of five novels for young people: "Just Ask Iris; Oy, Joy!; Will You Be My Brussels Sprout?; I Am an Artichoke;" and "The Annoyance Bureau."She splits her time between New York City and upstate New York, where she and her husband have raised one son, three cats, and four ducks. Read more about Lucy and her books at www.lucyfrank.com.
 
Published September 15, 1999 by DK CHILDREN. 288 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Not only does the level of domestic tension rise rapidly after her mother’s Uncle Max, recovering from a stroke, moves into the cramped Cooper apartment, but Joy suddenly finds herself on the outs with her best friend Maple, who has become joined at the hip to amateur musician Wade.

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Pithy observations from a 14-year-old narrator and full-blooded characters make this latest from Frank (Will You Be My Brussels Sprout?) a laugh-out-loud tale of teen angst. New Yorker Joy is having o

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New Yorker Joy is having one disappointing freshman year: her best friend ditches her for a boyfriend, the class nerd has a crush on her and when her mother's uncle (weakened by a stroke) moves in with the family, she must room with her 11-year-old brother Nathan and ""watch"" her Uncle Max after...

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