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THERE'S NO SURF IN CLEVELAND by Stephanie Jona Buehler


by Stephanie Jona Buehler

Pub Date: April 20th, 1993
ISBN: 0-395-62162-3
Publisher: Clarion Books

Plain-vanilla, middle-American Philip (10) and his divorced mother have lived in L.A. for six months, but Philip still hasn't adjusted—he hates the Mexican food, the smog, his mother's boyfriend Josh, and especially the earthquakes. Bitterly disappointed when a long-awaited trip back to Ohio is canceled, he grudgingly agrees to accompany his mother and Josh on a drive up the coast. Gradually learning to enjoy new experiences—and Josh's company—Philip begins to come to terms with some of the changes in his life. A good first effort—the school scenes ring especially true (the author teaches in L.A.)—that sympathetically captures the ``culture shock'' of relocation and the stubborn misery of the interregnum between loss of the familiar and acceptance of the new, as well as relationships (with a friend, pets, concerned adults) that can ease the transition. (Fiction. 8-11)