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Movie Madness And/Or Mania: Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (1971)

Back in 2014 I wrote about the 1967 teens-in-trouble classic Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones, in which author Ann Head (the penname for non-YA writer Anne Wales Christensen), tells the story of how two high school seniors cope with … Continue reading

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I Never Asked You To Understand Me By Barthe DeClements

Stacy didn’t look like a reject, and I didn’t think I did either. We were just having too hard a time… I have reviewed a number of Barthe DeClements’s books over the past few years, starting with the not-quite-Lost Classic … Continue reading

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Movie Madness And/Or Mania: My Mother Was Never A Kid [Hangin’ Out With Cici] (1980)

As this site concludes its tenth (!!!) year, we’re going to do a true Throwback Thursday, revisiting the very first title we reviewed, Francine Pascal’s time-traveling mother-daughter epic (and start of the Victoria Martin trilogy) Hangin’ Out With Cici. A … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Endless Love By Scott Spencer

(Click here for information on the 2021 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  This week, the second selection, Endless Love By Scott Spencer)  Starting with a peak behind the blog-curtain: one of the more popular … Continue reading

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The Best Little Girl In The World By Steven Levenkron

The idea came to her with a flash of excitement. Francesca was fat. Francesca was dead. I feel like this is one of those titles that for a couple of decades was as widely-known and widely-read as Are You There … Continue reading

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Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! By M.E. Kerr

Dinky isn’t addicted to heroin, but she does have a big problem… I hadn’t looked at the calendar when I planned this one, so I hope you’re ready for a big Valentine bummer, Constant Readers! Background: “M.E. Kerr” is one of … Continue reading

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The Fourth Grade Wizards By Barthe De Clements

Jack and Marianne are always in trouble. So how can they become fourth grade wizards? Back to school! Appropriately late this year, but with a cast of characters who have been really familiar to me and this blog over the … Continue reading

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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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Dear Mom, You’re Ruining My Life By Jean Van Leeuwen

You always say parents and children should trust each other. Well, I trusted you. This is the most mysterious book I have picked up for this project. While there are certain titles that the back-cover copy gives the potential reader … 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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