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Mina By Marie Kiraly

This could not be damnation. But if it was, the fire was far too sweet to resist… As usual October means I will be subjecting friends and family to a schedule of seasonally appropriate movies (I shall forever secretly remain … Continue reading

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Nurses Three: On Call For Trouble (#4) By Jean Kirby

Why is Linda so angry? What can I do to help? Another week in October, another Whitman girls’ series by Jean Kirby, AKA Jinny McDonnell AKA Virginia Bleecher McDonnell. Background: I’ve noted before the reasons for the enduring popularity of Nursing as profession for YA heroines, so it’s … Continue reading

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Zanballer By R.R. Knudson

Originally posted on Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989:
A girl who would rather call the plays than lead the cheers… At the dawn of the Title IX era, fictional girl quarterbacks were briefly all the rage (even Sweet Valley…

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Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! By M.E. Kerr

Dinky isn’t addicted to heroin, but she does have a big problem… I hadn’t looked at the calendar when I planned this one, so I hope you’re ready for a big Valentine bummer, Constant Readers! Background: “M.E. Kerr” is one of … Continue reading

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Nurses Three: A Very Special Girl (#3) By Jean Kirby

She had not expected to find romance on this assignment – but then, almost everything at the Indian Services Hospital had come as a surprise… And we finish off the fall with another Whitman girls’ series by Jean Kirby, AKA Jinny McDonnell AKA Virginia … Continue reading

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Nurses Three: First Assigment (#2) By Jean Kirby

For a nurse, she knew, a first assignment like this one could be the most decisive step in her life… Another week in October, another Whitman girls’ series by Jean Kirby, AKA Jinny McDonnell AKA Virginia Bleecher McDonnell. Background: I’ve … Continue reading

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The Body By Stephen King

I was twelve going on thirteen when I first saw a dead human being… It’s a short novel about finding a dead body in the woods! It features a group of middle-school boys with dysfunctional home lives! It has a … Continue reading

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Going To Camp Part 2: I Want To Go Home! By Gordon Korman

Rudy Miller hates Camp Algonkian Island so much he’ll do anything to escape…. 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 biographical … Continue reading

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It’s Not What You Expect By Norma Klein

Suddenly, summer becomes a time of self-discovery… Norma Klein is best known for her controversy-courting YA novels of the 1970s; in books like Angel Face and Love is One of the Choices, the teenaged protagonists deal regularly with drugs, sex, … 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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