Category Archives: Vintage YA Fiction

Nurses Three: Danger Island (#5) By Jean Kirby

If her terrible injuries were to be tended, it was up to strangers – people like Penny – to do what must be done… Continuing our annual fall retrospective of Whitman girls’ series books with the 5th volume in the … Continue reading

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Robin Kane (#4) The Candle Shop Mystery By Eileen Hill

“He can’t do that!” Robin exclaimed. “I’m no lawyer, Mr. Lodato, but this is the United States of America and no one can take anyone’s child away from him like that!” Background: Usually, fall means a look at the “girls’ … Continue reading

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Rod Serling’s Night Gallery

Don’t miss television’s most imaginative show… If it’s summer, it must be time for watching reruns on TV and checking out novelizations of movies and TV shows out of the local library! (What? Isn’t this everyone?) A few summers back … Continue reading

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Love At First Sight (First Love From Silhouette #9) By Elaine Harper

How could nature have produced such virile perfection? Background: I am on the record about how I’ve turned around my opinion on Silhouette’s First Love romances (“AMERICA’S publisher of Contemporary Romance”), at least when it comes to Elaine Harper’s terminally … Continue reading

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Fat Jack By Barbara Cohen

“A person never gets over high school, Judy.” I’ve written before about my general impression of YA fiction moving from topical issues based on shock value in the 1970s (Drugs! Cults! Satan!) and into more internal crises of the characters … Continue reading

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Kathleen (Sunfire Romance #8) By Candice F. Ransom

There were times she wished she’d never come to America… 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 some of the best stories and most … Continue reading

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Christopher Cool TEEN Agent #3: Department of Danger By Jack Lancer

The Department of Danger! There was something about the words that sent a faint chill down Chris’s spine. Background: It is somewhat comforting that (for at least a few more volumes) I know I can always fall back on Jack … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Christmas (Super Seniors #2) By Eileen Goudge

An island reunion of romance, surf and sun! The cover is telling: this book is just as busy and confusing yet generic as the graphic design choices. I had to defer to the folks at Fantastic Fiction over how to … Continue reading

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I Never Asked You To Understand Me By Barthe DeClements

Stacy didn’t look like a reject, and I didn’t think I did either. We were just having too hard a time… I have reviewed a number of Barthe DeClements’s books over the past few years, starting with the not-quite-Lost Classic … Continue reading

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Movie Madness And/Or Mania: My Mother Was Never A Kid [Hangin’ Out With Cici] (1980)

As this site concludes its tenth (!!!) year, we’re going to do a true Throwback Thursday, revisiting the very first title we reviewed, Francine Pascal’s time-traveling mother-daughter epic (and start of the Victoria Martin trilogy) Hangin’ Out With Cici. A … Continue reading

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