Category Archives: Vintage YA Fiction

Since That Party By Inger Brattström

Originally posted on Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989:
When it’s all over, Stella knows that nothing can ever be the same again. Not for Stella. Not for Christopher. And certainly not for Nicholas. Poor Nicholas. Oh, if only the…

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Tiger Beat Presents: Teenage Love Stories By Sharon Lee and Liz Dagucon

Originally posted on Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989:
This is one of those books that is so much more crazy than the cover would indicate. In this case, when I paid 20 cents for it in an upstate New…

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Polly French And The Surprising Stranger (#3) By Francine Lewis

Peru! Polly tried to visualize herself helping someone from Peru fit in comfortably at good old slam-bang Whitford High. Rounding out this year’s annual collection of Whitman’s girls series titles is the final* volume in the Polly French series… (*OR … Continue reading

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Nurses Three: A Career For Kelly (#1) By Jean Kirby

Shy, sensitive Kelly found herself fighting for everything she had ever believed in… Our annual round-up of Whitman Girls Series chugs right along this week with a favorite author… IN DISGUISE! Background: I’ve noted before the reasons for the enduring … Continue reading

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Ginny Gordon And The Mystery At The Old Barn (#3) By Julie Campbell

“A hillbilly singer with an accordion! Oh no, John. We are ruined.” As fall continues, so do we with a selection of girls’ series published by Whitman in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. This week, we revisit Julie Campbell’s OTHER schoolgirl shamus of Westchester … Continue reading

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Donna Parker Takes A Giant Step (#7) By Marcia Martin

“Senior high!” she whispered. “Can you really believe it? We’ll actually be in tenth grade, going to Summerfield Senior High School!” Back to school! Let’s double down with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message epic wish-fulfillment fantasy  slightly anachronistic feminist career romance Eh, … Continue reading

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Twink By John Neufeld

Her family had been warned of the awesome responsibility they were all accepting… her “preppie” step-brother Harry felt sick the first time he saw her. The 1960s and 1970s (and into the ‘80s) saw a new wave of YA Fiction … Continue reading

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