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Hollywood Daughters #3: Encore By Joan Lowery Nixon

Erin Jenkins, teen star, feels closer to her show-biz parents than to her real ones, who don’t approve of her television career… Background: The first volume of the Hollywood Daughters series dealt with former child star Abby “Cookie” Baynes and her … Continue reading

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Margaret (Sunfire Romance #27) By Jane Claypool Miner

Can her worst student teach her the most important lesson of all? 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! Background: Scholastic’s … Continue reading

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Darcy (Sunfire Romance #32) By Mary Francis Shura

The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is the wind of change… Background: Scholastic’s Sunfire series is a cautionary tale about judging a YA Romance by its cover. Lurking behind the overheated cover art and melodramatic taglines are some of the best … Continue reading

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Dirty Dancing #1: Baby, It’s You By N.H. Kleinbaum

Could there ever be a future together for Baby and Johnny? Background:  Does Dirty Dancing NEED any introduction? Well, I like this one, which really highlights the minor characters of Robbie the Evil Waiter, and Neil the Smarmy Schmuck:

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Hollywood Daughters #2: Overnight Sensation By Joan Lowery Nixon

Cassie Martin has grown up as the daughter of superstar comedienne Abby Grant, but she’s never been impressed by the glamour of Hollywood… Background: The first volume of the Hollywood Daughters series dealt with former child star Abby “Cookie” Baynes and … Continue reading

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Call Me Heller, That’s My Name By Stella Pevsner

Don’t dare her to do anything– unless you really mean it- because she’ll do it! This is one of those cases of the 1920s being particularly ill-served by YA historical fiction. Unless it is written by people who actually lived … Continue reading

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Merrie (Sunfire Romance #25) By Vivian Schurfranz

She‘s run away to become a part of history, and to fall in love… Background: Scholastic’s Sunfire series is a cautionary tale about judging a YA Romance by its cover: lurking behind the overheated cover art and melodramatic taglines are … Continue reading

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