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Steffie Can’t Come Out To Play By Fran Arrick

To meet a man like Favor on her very first day in New York City… Runaway teen stories if this era can be numbingly repetitive- when 14 year old Stephanie Rudd explains that’s she ditching her terrible family and terrible … Continue reading

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About David By Susan Beth Pfeffer

He didn’t think there was any other way… I have not compiled any statistics, but my general impression is that as YA fiction moved out of the 1970s and into the 80s, the subject matter tended less toward shock value … Continue reading

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Up In Seth’s Room By Norma Fox Mazer

How can she convince him to wait until they are both ready? Norma Mazer (arguably the more famous half of the YA Mazers) output was at its height during the 1970s and 80s, primetime for dealing with sex, drugs, terrible parents … 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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A Wild Heart By Dale Carlson

Jona was pure trouble… A Goodreads review tipped me off as to the reason for this book’s existence: as a “a high-interest, low-reading level title” it was presumably intended for remedial high school literacy programs. Which is why a far-fetched story … Continue reading

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Dear Bill, Remember Me? and Other Stories By Norma Fox Mazer

These stories about eight young women who have grit and humor are unforgettable. YA short story collections are usually a mixed bag, what with spinster school teachers dropping dead at square dances, Barry Cowsill taking you away from All That, … Continue reading

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Veronica Ganz By Marilyn Sachs

“Peter Wedemeyer, Peter Wedemeyer, I’ll get you, Peter Wedemeyer!” So, this is one of those books where you think you know exactly what you’re going to get, then it turns out to be something completely different, and then it still … Continue reading

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