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..."
Used availability for Lucy Frank's Oy, Joy!
October 1999 : USA Hardback
July 2001 : USA Library Binding
July 2001 : USA Paperback
July 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback