Monthly Archives: September 2013

Just Dial A Number By Edith Maxwell

An Annoying Autobiographical Pause: The summer I was 12 I decided to keep a log of all of the books I read for an entire year, with the goal of reading 100 or more by the following summer. I was … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept By Elizabeth Smart

(Click here for information on the 2013 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  This month, the August selection, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept.)  Trying to describe Elizabeth Smart’s 1945 “prose-poem” is … Continue reading

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Terror on the Mountain By Phillip Viereck

I’ve read a lot of Scholastic Book Services titles from the 50s and 60s over the course of this project. On the whole they rate an A for Acceptable: clear storytelling with a beginning, middle and end and a goal-driven … Continue reading

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Famous Last Words (First Love From Silhouette #199) By Becky Stuart

So, this is usually the part where if the book was terrible, I still tell you all how despite the fact that this book was The Worst, I still I love you and how that I was duty-bound to read … Continue reading

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Don’t Care High By Gordon Korman

Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme! Background: Canadian writer Gordon Korman retains a cultish appeal among a certain segment of Middle Readers (the market category that falls between Juvenile and … Continue reading

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