Tag Archives: 1959

Sal Fisher At Girl Scout Camp By Lillian S. Gardner

Fun – problems – surprises. Sharing them with Sal Fisher is like spending a thrilling summer at camp yourself! “Thrilling”? Well, the thrills are of only the most gentle and reassuring kind, which was not my intention when the week … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up The Imaginary Summer Book Club: The Haunting Of Hill House By Shirley Jackson

(Click here for information on the 2017 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  This month, the September selection, Shirley Jackson’s  The Haunting of Hill House.) Well,  a week after Halloween we finally get to Shirley … Continue reading

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Jean and Johnny By Beverly Cleary

It all starts the night Johnny Chessler asks Jean to dance… Beverly Cleary celebrates her 100th birthday on Tuesday, and so OF COURSE we are looking at another of her early YA titles today! Best known (do I really need … Continue reading

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Jennifer By Zoa Sherburne

That’s why I’ve never asked Griff or any of the other kids to come here- because I’m ashamed of her! Happy New Year! Here’s to another 52 weeks of enigmatic and tricky Scholastic Book Services covers! The Plot:  Over the … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Girls Town (Charles F. Haas, 1959)

While Father Flanagan may have claimed that “there are no bad boys”, its opposite number begs to differ. With a cast led by eternal bad girl Mamie Van Doren, the girls of Girls Town are born to be bad… So … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Imitation of Life, Part II (Douglas Sirk, 1959)

(Click here for information on the 2013 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of women’s Literature. As three of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Imitation of Life, Part I (John Stahl 1934)

(Click here for information on the 2013 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As three of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: A Bucket Of Blood (Roger Corman 1959)

If might be pushing it to say that artistic merit distinguishes Roger Corman’s contributions to the low-budget teenpic of the 1950s; it’s more like technical competence: the actors are believable enough, the boom stays out of the shots, and the … 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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