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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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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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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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Emily (Sunfire Romance #11) By Candice F. Ransom

Born to enormous wealth, she longed for something that money couldn’t buy… 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 … 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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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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Karen Simms, Private Secretary By Bernard and Marjorie Palmer

“I wanted to get into business where it’s exciting- where things happen.” In the past, I have been pleasantly surprised by the Palmers’ “Career Books” for the Moody Bible Institute, in that they present fairly progressive tales of young women pursuing … 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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Robin West: Nurse’s Aide By Louise Christopher

The pretty nurse’s aide becomes involved in the strange life of a beautiful debutante… It’s easy to see why nurse books were so popular amongst young, female readers of the 20th century: nurses got to actually do things: live away … Continue reading

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Hollywood Daughters #3: Encore By Joan Lowery Nixon

Erin Jenkins, teen star, feels closer to her show-biz parents than to her real ones, who don’t approve of her television career… Background: The first volume of the Hollywood Daughters series dealt with former child star Abby “Cookie” Baynes and her … Continue reading

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