Monthly Archives: September 2014

‘Twixt Twelve and Twenty By Pat Boone

Teen-age can be a confusin’ time, but it can also be a great adventure. Pat Boone was a teen idol who rose to fame recording sanitized cover versions of Rhythm & Blues songs deemed too scary for mainstream radio. The … Continue reading

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Love Comes To Anne By Lucille S. Warner

Originally posted on Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989:
The last Wildfire title that appeared in this space, Recipe for Romance,  was basically a stupid story that was well-written. This one is just a stupid story that is badly written. Whereas that…

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Rhapsody in Orange and Brown: 15 Favorite Classic YA Covers

A few weeks back there was a something of a kerfuffle over Penguin’s 50th Anniversary cover of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was a holder of the minority opinion that the new cover was kind of  great… at least … Continue reading

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Barbara Nichols: Fifth-Grade Teacher By Bernard & Marjorie Palmer

It had seemed to Barbara that she had always wanted to be a teacher… Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message! The Plot: I have been pleasantly surprised by the … Continue reading

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