Tag Archives: Coming of Age

Going on Sixteen By Betty Cavanna

Fervently Julie whispered to the mirror, “I hope.” Betty Cavanna was one of the queens of the Malt Shop genre: gentle coming-of-age stories featuring young heroines facing teenage crises and growing up. Published from the 1940s through the 1960s, these … 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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Finding A Dead Body In The Woods Part 1: Dreamland Lake By Richard Peck

Only when it’s too late do Brian and Flip realize that their search for the truth will change their friendship forever… It’s a short novel about finding a dead body in the woods! It features a group of middle-school boys … Continue reading

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Summer Theme Part 2: “Finding A Dead Body In The Woods”

Last month we celebrated the traditions of going to Summer Camp, with color wars, demerits, escape attempts, romances, square dancing, Owl Walks, driving your counselors to nervous breakdowns… This month we celebrate another summertime tradition of YA fiction: coming of … Continue reading

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Going To Camp Part 3: Little Darlings By Sonia Pilcer

The story of two innocent girls in a race not to stay that way! A one-sentence description of the plot (adapted from the screenplay of the notorious 1980 film) belies the sensitivity with which the subject is treated: two girls … Continue reading

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A Place And A Time By Barbara Schoen

Two years in the life of Josie Frost, Everygirl. Not a girl, but not yet a woman… not a short story collection, yet not quite a novel.  10 vignettes cover two year in the life of WASPy Westchester teen Josie … Continue reading

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When The Phone Rang By Harry Mazer

How can they survive as a family when there’s nothing left to keep them together? I see Scholastic’s Point imprint and immediately think “Thriller”, possibly with some supernatural content, but a quick click on that tags shows that it also … Continue reading

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