Monthly Archives: January 2013

It Can’t Happen To Me By Arnold Madison

Let’s see, what do we have here. Generic title? Check (what can’t happen to you? Divorcing Parents? Teen pregnancy? Parents making you move away to Live Off The Land? VD? Really, this could be about anything…). Ugly, vanity-press style cover … Continue reading

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When The Bough Breaks By Lois Duncan

Background: Lois Duncan is best known for her YA thrillers, which often involve a supernatural element, such as telepathy or psychic intuition, or witchcraft. However, her work from the late 1960s through the 70s also explicitly addresses how both the … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker (Ted Post, 1979)

New year, new features, part 2! The third Friday of every month will now be devoted to Lost Classic Teenpics. And we’ll start it off right, with a Made-For-TV scare-film about an imaginary hitchhiking epidemic starring the teen cast members … Continue reading

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Seventeenth Summer By Maureen Daly

This week, we’re going to start at the beginning, literally.  First published in 1942 and continuously in print ever since, Maureen Daly’s Seventeenth Summer is widely credited with being the very first work of YA Fiction, the genre that would go on … Continue reading

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Swept Away #8: All Shook Up By Eileen Goudge

Background: When last we met teenaged girl-genius Ashley Calhoun, she sent her best friend Louise “Lou” Greenspan back in time to break up her 16 year old mother’s romance with a no-good hippie, watch The Who at Woodstock for like … Continue reading

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: Seventeen, September 1988

New Year, new features! The first Friday of the month will now be devoted to taking a look at vintage teen magazine and related ephemera. And we’ll start off with A Very Special, election-themed issue of Seventeen:  That is a bold … Continue reading

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