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Flips-ville/Squares-ville By Stan and Jan Berenstain

A Hilarious New Concept in Humor Last week (actually 3 weeks ago because WHAT IS TIME???) we looked at one of the oddball teen-oriented projects of the legendary Charles Schulz, who, despite his success in writing from a child’s point … Continue reading

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Cute Is A Four-Letter Word By Stella Pevsner

You are about to witness… The Year of the Clara! I wasn’t very impressed by Stella Pevsner’s Call Me Heller, That’s My Name, a pretty generic coming of age story about a tomboy becoming a young lady in the roaring … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? By Henry Farrell

(Click here for information on the 2019 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  For the titles that have filmed adaptations, we will also be looking at the movies as we go along. This week, … Continue reading

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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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Trying Harder By Suzanne Zuckerman

If it hadn’t been for Mark, Jenifer would have never been asked out by Cliff Moore, the captain of the football team… Each of the major mass-market teen paperback romance imprints (Sweet Dreams, Wildfire, First Love) carved out their own … 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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Polly French And The Surprising Stranger (#3) By Francine Lewis

Peru! Polly tried to visualize herself helping someone from Peru fit in comfortably at good old slam-bang Whitford High. Rounding out this year’s annual collection of Whitman’s girls series titles is the final* volume in the Polly French series… (*OR … Continue reading

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Twink By John Neufeld

Her family had been warned of the awesome responsibility they were all accepting… her “preppie” step-brother Harry felt sick the first time he saw her. The 1960s and 1970s (and into the ‘80s) saw a new wave of YA Fiction … Continue reading

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Junior Miss By Sally Benson

Judy is every teen-age girl. She personifies the realities and the fantasies of the in-between years, the joys and heartaches of growing up. Background: I was unaware of the pedigree of this book when I went looking for something older (chronologically … Continue reading

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