Category Archives: Vintage YA Non-Fiction

Your A to Z SUPER Problem Solver By Lucille Warner and Ann Reit

Oh, what is lurking behind that nondescript (but groovy!) cover? The copy on the back promises: What’s bugging you? What’s making your life impossible? Follow the handy checklist of suggestions for each of the A to Z problems, and your … Continue reading

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Ann Landers Talks to Teen-Agers About Sex

The cover pretty much says it all: this is going to be plain-spoken, straight-talking advice delivered from Ms. Landers with a witty smirk. Background: “Ann Landers” as the world thinks of her was born in 1955, when Esther Lederer took … Continue reading

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I Passed as a Teenager By Lyn Tornabene

Before Drew Barrymore did it in Never Been Kissed, before Cameron Crowe did it for-reals for (the book) Fast Times at Ridgemont High, freelance journalist Lyn Tornabene, “cute and 33”, left New York and went undercover as a teenager in a gigantic suburban high … Continue reading

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Better Living Through Girls’ Series Books, Part III: The Baby-Sitters Club Guide to Baby-Sitting

This week I present to you the final installment in our look at non-fiction spin-off of girls’ series books, with a volume based on a series near and dear to the hearts of many of us who were in middle-school … Continue reading

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Better Living Through Girls Series Books, Part II: The Nancy Drew Cookbook- Clues to Good Cooking

This week we will continue looking at the non-fiction spin-offs of popular Girls’ Series, with a tie-in to the most famous Girl Detective of all time. Does it make sense to learn how to cook from Nancy Drew? While  “gourmet … Continue reading

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Better Living Through Girls Series Books, Part I: Cherry Ames’ Book of First Aid and Home Nursing

Eventually, most of the really long-running series would seem to run out of ideas for a new installment in the adventures of the titular plucky girl-heroines and, wanting to keep that cash cow producing delicious green paper milk, would turn … Continue reading

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CHEERLEADING! By Pauline Finberg and Peter Filichia

It is not clear who the target audience is for this slender volume. Is it for high school students preparing for try-outs? Is it for young girls who want to make Playing Cheerleader more factually accurate? Is it for Will … Continue reading

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