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Down A Dark Hall By Lois Duncan

Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students? Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message epic wish-fulfillment fantasy  slightly anachronistic feminist career romance Eh, whatever, let’s just do another Lois Duncan… … Continue reading

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Camilla By Madeleine L’Engle

Her life is filled with confusion. Will it ever make sense? In the 5+ years of this blog’s existence, this has to rate as the most difficult and frustrating book I’ve had to write about. Not because it isn’t good … 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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Prank By Kathryn Lasky

How can the words of the past give Birdie hope for the future? Well, this another one where the cover-copy barely matches the actual content of the book: it’s sold to readers as being about a high school student who … Continue reading

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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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