Gr 7-10-- Andy Szabo, 14, is happy living and working with his emotional father, Lazlo, at their Hungarian-Cajun restaurant in Greenwich Village. A valued confidant is their partner, Cajun Jack, an ex-con who has apparently sworn off drinking, manslaughter, and impassioned responses. Through it all, Andy remains a typical American boy, naively chasing a dreamy girl, launching cafeteria food fights, and dodging the school bully as best he can. Tension mounts with the arrival of a half-starved dancer named Lorraine. At first her ineptness causes problems only in the restaurant, but when she moves into Lazlo's bedroom and marriage plans are announced, Andy fears major displacement. Being suddenly sent to his grandmother's without explanation worsens his despair. Andy discovers that his father has been threatened by criminals, so he and Lorraine unite to protect the man they both love and thus create the beginnings of a warm family relationship. A host of interesting and funny characters are introduced only to be put aside unused, but the main characters are well-fleshed and easy to identify with. Although some thematic concerns are stated in rather ordinary terms, the well-constructed dialogue, the absolutely hilarious restaurant antics, and the believable portrayal of a family restructuring itself make this an entertaining book.-- Cindy Darling Codell, Belmont Junior High School, Winchester, Ky.