Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bird on the Wing By Winifred Madison

Life as a weaver was the last thing Elizabeth expected when she ran away from home Now, anyone well-read in girls’ fiction of the 60’s and 70’s knows that when you run away from home, your choices are “prostitute”, “drug … Continue reading

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Hollywood Daughters #1: Star Baby By Joan Lowery Nixon

The 1930s and 40s are, in my opinion, an underutilized era for historical YA novels, and when it is done, it is usually lazily- a few pop culture signifiers and some retro slang is pretty much all that defines the … Continue reading

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Christopher Cool TEEN Agent #1: X Marks The Spy By Jack Lancer

“Cool. Christopher Cool. TEEN Agent.” “I’m not calling you that.” Following a request for more “Boy Books” after a long run of girl-books, I dug up this Stratemeyer Syndicate/Grosset & Dunlap series from the mid-1960s. And, oh boy, I did … Continue reading

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Checking in with the Imaginary Summer Book Club: It (1927, Clarence Badger)

(Click here for information on the 2012 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As each of the titles for 2012 have a filmed adaptation, this year we will also be looking at each movie … Continue reading

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Better Living Through Girls’ Series Books, Part III: The Baby-Sitters Club Guide to Baby-Sitting

This week I present to you the final installment in our look at non-fiction spin-off of girls’ series books, with a volume based on a series near and dear to the hearts of many of us who were in middle-school … Continue reading

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