Monthly Archives: September 2012

Robin Kane #1: The Mystery of the Blue Pelican By Eileen Hill

Background: From the 1950s through the 1970s Whitman published a huge number of these squat, dust jacketless hardcovers, separately targeting boys and girls. Some of these were based on TV shows, some were based on celebrities having imaginary adventures and … Continue reading

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Tiger Beat Presents: Teenage Love Stories By Sharon Lee and Liz Dagucon

This is one of those books that is so much more crazy than the cover would indicate. In this case, when I paid 20 cents for it in an upstate New York thrift store, I did not realize how literally … Continue reading

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Swept Away #2: Woodstock Magic By Eileen Goudge

You know what I love? A YA romance series with a gimmick. You know what else I love? Terrible depictions of the 1960s: the 1999 NBC miniseries “The 60’s”, in which one family experiences every political and cultural event of … Continue reading

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Sassy: May, 1993

Confession time: I was a regular reader of Seventeen, the virtual Gray Lady of teen rags. I also had a subscription to YM, for the sole reason that it included two personality quizzes per month to find out if Billy … Continue reading

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Killing Mr. Griffin By Lois Duncan

Is it back to school time already? Well, the important thing is to start the year with a good attitude: Ok, maybe not a good attitude. The important thing is to start the year with a cautionary tale! And nothing … Continue reading

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Checking in with the Imaginary Summer Book Club: Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry, 1981)

(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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