Monthly Archives: November 2013

Merrie (Sunfire Romance #25) By Vivian Schurfranz

She‘s run away to become a part of history, and to fall in love… Background: Scholastic’s Sunfire series is a cautionary tale about judging a YA Romance by its cover: lurking behind the overheated cover art and melodramatic taglines are … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up The Imaginary Summer Book Club: The Stepford Wives (Bryan Forbes, 1975)

(Click here for information on the 2013 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  As three of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go along. This … Continue reading

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Ruth Fielding at the War Front (#14) By Alice B. Emerson

This week we’re going beyond the usual scope of this space for a look at a girls’ series from what can be considered the “pre-history” of Young Adult literature. Background: The Ruth Fielding stories were published by Cupples & Leon … Continue reading

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: Cookies à la Kookie

77 Sunset Strip was the first of four detective series produced by Warner Brothers for ABC between 1958 and 1960 (The others were Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaiian Eye and Surfside 6) Each featured a (semi-)exotic locale, a cast of faces familiar … Continue reading

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Nothing Ever Happens Here By Carol Beach York

Elizabeth learns what growing up is all about through love… and a summer she will never forget. Background: Carol Beach York is one of those authors that seemed to specialize in YA and Juvenile mass-market paperbacks. In addition to a … Continue reading

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The Girl Scouts at Penguin Pass (#1) By Mildred A. Wirt

Finally! A book that is better than its cover! Background: “Mildred A. Wirt” is one of many pen-names for the highly prolific Mildred Wirt Benson, best known as the original “Carolyn Keene” and author of 23 Nancy Drew Mysteries. She … Continue reading

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