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How Do You Lose Those Ninth Grade Blues? By Barthe DeClements

Will Elsie be able to accept her (beautiful!) new self? This is the first of two (sadly out-of-print) books following up on the life of Elsie Edwards from Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade, the school fatty with a horrifying mother … Continue reading

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The Secret In Miranda’s Closet By Sheila Greenwald

With her mother an ardent feminist full of good intentions and nonsexist theories, Miranda’s experience with dolls is practically nil. Background: This is one of those titles with a cult following where the plot seems to be widely mis-remembered 40 years … Continue reading

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The Against Taffy Sinclair Club By Betsy Haynes

It was bad enough when snobby Taffy Sinclair was just a pretty face. But now, she’s gone an developed you-know-whats… I read this one as a pre-teen, and remember not being able to relate to it because the protagonists are … 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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The Day The Senior Class Got Married By Gloria D. Miklowitz

It’s never been done before! Background: Dell’s Young Love banner was used on both reissues of classic teen romances and originals of questionable merit, but in general the titles tended towards “breezy” and “fun”. So pity the poor teen who picked … Continue reading

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Don’t Hurt Laurie! By Willo Davis Roberts

Laurie’s been keeping a secret for as long as she can remember, a secret that she’s afraid to tell anyone else… Willo Davis Roberts was one of the more prolific writers toiling away in the YA/Middle Reader vineyards of the … Continue reading

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A Family Failing By Honor Arundel

Helplessly, Joanna watches her parents tear themselves and each other apart… So, that cover: clearly Our Heroine has a lot going on here, including an entire parasitic family (sad emasculated dad, bitchy liberated mom, shiftless hippie brother) growing out of … Continue reading

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