Tag Archives: Mental Health

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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Love Is Like Peanuts By Betty Bates

“Who says I’m too young for love?” Just as a public service, I feel like I should warn you the metaphor gets extended to the point where you might go into anaphylactic shock. The Plot: 14 year old Marianne Mandic … Continue reading

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Secrets By Nancy J. Hopper

Everyone at Missarthur School thought that Lenore James was a loony, and she encouraged them to think it- most of the time. The (fairly good) pulp cover of this Weekly Reader paperback belies the content: although the YA Thriller plot … Continue reading

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Since That Party By Inger Brattström

When it’s all over, Stella knows that nothing can ever be the same again. Not for Stella. Not for Christopher. And certainly not for Nicholas. Poor Nicholas. Oh, if only the plot could live up to the cover Scholastic slapped … Continue reading

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Sweet Valley High Super Thriller: Murder In Paradise By Francine Pascal

Join Elizabeth and Jessica at the Paradise Spa for the chill of a lifetime! Could you use a respite after a solid month of teen angst titles? I sure could. I don’t plan on pushing into the 1990s often, but … Continue reading

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Just Dial A Number By Edith Maxwell

An Annoying Autobiographical Pause: The summer I was 12 I decided to keep a log of all of the books I read for an entire year, with the goal of reading 100 or more by the following summer. I was … Continue reading

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James Budd #1: The Mystery of the Madman at Cornwall Crag By Dale Carlson

Background: The only reason why I even know about this short-lived series is because in the mid-1980s it was advertised in the back of Golden’s Trixie Belden paperbacks (presumably because both series involve a sidekick named Honey): Meet cool, dashing, … Continue reading

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