Monthly Archives: June 2015

Vacation!

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No Coins, Please By Gordon Korman

How much trouble can six 11-year -old campers cause on a tour across the U.S.A.? Background: Canadian writer Gordon Korman retains a cultish appeal among a certain segment of Middle Readers, in part because (as stated in the Scholastic Book Services … Continue reading

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Upchuck Summer By Joel L. Schwartz

What promised to be Richie’s best summer ever is turning into one giant disaster thanks to A-Number-One Nerd, Chuck. So, the basic questions I start with when writing these pieces is “How does this story reflect the time in which … Continue reading

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Ten-Boy Summer By Janet Quin-Harkin

If Jill wins the contest, she’ll lose Craig forever… The number of different authors means that Bantam’s Sweet Dreams romances vary in quality; in this case the author keeps the focus on the wildly divergent personalities of the heroines and … Continue reading

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A Billion For Boris By Mary Rodgers

Enclosed please find a detailed account of a most unusual experience recently undergone by me, my brother and a friend of mine who lives upstairs in our apartment building… Background: Broadway composer Mary Rodgers (daughter of composer Richard, mother of composer … Continue reading

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