Tag Archives: Friendship

Barbie and Ken By Cynthia Lawrence and Bette Lou Maybee

How these popular high school classmates solve their dilemmas makes for many hours of entertaining reading! Upon her introduction in 1959, Mattel’s Barbie doll was intended to be something of a blank slate: a glamorous avatar on which girls could … Continue reading

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Love Is One Of The Choices By Norma Klein

Maggie and Caroline: Two young women who must suddenly come to terms with their lives… If Norma Klein’s work pushes the envelope farther than her contemporaries when it comes to dealing with social issues, than Love is One of the … Continue reading

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Too Bad About The Haines Girl By Zoa Sherburne

“I’d rather die than hurt you like this. But I’m going to have a baby!” The other title referenced by Caitlin Flanagan in her Atlantic hit piece on how YA lit has gone to pot, this one follows the same basic structure as Mr. and … Continue reading

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Polly French of Whitford High (#1) By Francine Lewis

Never before in her fourteen lively years had Polly French found herself in a predicament as delicious and ticklish as this one. And in the third and final entry in our annual look at Whitman hardcovers, I give you the … Continue reading

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Donna Parker In Hollywood (#5) By Marcia Martin

“So this is California!” Donna thought. Pools, studios, celebrities, blue skies! And, for a girl on her first trip west, more excitement, more fun than seemed possible. In our second installment of our 2016 Salute To Whitman Hardcovers, we again … 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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Buddies By Barbara Park

How could just one person ruin an entire summer vacation? Summer Camp stories usually are usually either given a paramilitary setting, with demerits and saluting and color wars, or just leave the fictional campers completely unsupervised and let them do, … Continue reading

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