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The first person Kenyon meets the summer his parents move to Cape Cod is Razzle, who runs the Swap Shop at the town dump and becomes the model for a series of his photographs.


"Ellen Wittlinger's novel about one boy's Cape Cod summer provides valuable insight into topics that teens endlessly struggle with--the nature of friendship, the difference between infatuation and love, and inner versus outer beauty. All in all, it's a razzle-dazzle of an effort that shines with sincerity and truth. (Ages 12 to 15)" --Jennifer Hubert, Amazon.com

"...smart, vibrant Kenyon and Razzle are startling originals, and it's the details that Wittlinger gets right--the banter, Kenyon's inner dialogues, and small moments (the sudden awkwardness of bare feet, for example) that create a profound sense of the characters' physical and emotional vulnerability that readers won't forget." --Gillian Engberg, Booklist

"Nice guy falls for not-so-nice girl, not realizing that the real thing (the nice girl) is right in front of him. The story is as old as Hollywood, but Wittlinger breathes life into it with her vivid Cape Cod setting and distinct personalities." --Horn Book


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Junior Library Guild selection, 2001
A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, 2002
Boston Author's Club Children's Book Award, 2002
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list, 2002
Children's Literature Choice list, 2002
Patterson Prize for Books for Young People, 2002
Bank St. College of Education, "Best Children's Books of the Year," 2002
Nominated: Rhode Island Teen Book Award, 2002
Finalist: Heartland Award for Excellence in YA Literature, 2003
Nominated: Iowa High School Book Award, 2003-04
Finalist: South Carolina Book Award, 2003-04
Tayshasa High School Reading List, 2003-04
South Dakota Young Adult Reading List, 2003-04
Nominated: Missouri Gateway Teen Reader's Award, 2003-04
Finalist: California Young Reader's Medal, 2004
Nominated: Eliot Rosewater (Indiana) Award, 2004-05
Nominated: Volunteer State (Tennessee) Book Award, 2004-05
YALSA Popular Paperbacks list, 2005

Publishing Information

Simon and Schuster, 2001

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