Publishers Weekly

Download PDF Print Page Citation Share Link

Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 129

A honey of a story, laced with humor and tender feelings, [Tunes for a Small Harmonica] boasts characters made truly human by the author's expertise. J. F. (Jacqueline) is a rich 16-year-old, the despair of her soignée mother and a worry to her best friend, Marylou. J. F. dresses like Steve McQueen and chain smokes. Her mother sends her to a shrink and Marylou buys her a harmonica to help her cut down on cigarettes. To her surprise, J. F. becomes expert on the harmonica and falls in love with her poetry teacher, Harold Murth…. The complications which follow are many, merry and a constant string of surprises to say nothing of delight.

Illustration of PDF document

Download Barbara Wersba Study Guide

Subscribe Now

A review of "Tunes for a Small Harmonica," in Publishers Weekly, Vol. 210, No. 2, July 12, 1976, p. 72.

Unlock This Study Guide Now

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-hour free trial
Previous

GEORGESS McHARGUE

Next

Diane Haas