Tunes for a Small Harm...
Barbara Wersba
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Tunes for a Small Harmonica

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A rebellious New York teenager, having fallen in love with her poetry teacher, plans to rescue him from poverty.
Unknown Binding, 178 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Harper & Row
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Elizabeth Smith
I was recommended this book by a friend and absolutely loved it. As far as Young Adult reads go (although this was written before the label YA was coined) this deals with some big themes - identity, friendship, love - and it is still very relevant to today's society. It has a very engaging central character who I really felt for. Highly recommended.
Set in the 1960s in New York City, this is the story of teenaged J.F. McAllister, nonconformist private school girl who so prefers her jeans and sweatshirt that she even wonders if she might be gay. An experimental kiss with her best friend who goes along with it in the name of friendship convinces her that this isn't the case. Soon after, she falls in love with her rather nerdy poetry teacher which gives her life meaning, and a somewhat ridiculous goal of winning his love by raising enough mone...more
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Barbara Wersba was born in Chicago, moved to California, and then to New York City. She attended Bard College, and after graduating returned to Greenwich Village to study acting with Paul Mann. She received an honorary doctorate from Bard. In 1994, Wersba founded The Bookman Press, a small-press publishing company. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York.
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