Tag Archives: Reader Request

Emily’s Runaway Imagination By Beverly Cleary

When Emily gets an idea, nothing can stop her! Today Beverly Cleary celebrates her 103rd (!!!) birthday, and in tribute we are again looking at one of her early works.  She is best known (do I really need to say … Continue reading

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Crash Club By Henry Gregor Felsen

His answer to Outlaw’s bid for power was a new kind of hot rod club- he called it CRASH CLUB! Background: Henry Felsen began his career writing military adventure stories for juvenile readers during World War II, but earned his … Continue reading

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This Place Has No Atmosphere By Paula Danziger

In the year 2057, zits and cliques are still around, but people live in malls, take classes in ESP, and get detention from robots! Paula Danziger is best remembered for The Cat Ate My Gym Suit, a bright and funny book about … Continue reading

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Amy Moves In By Marilyn Sachs

“They’re laughing at me, those stupid girls. I hate them!” Amy decides. I often point out how a good YA historical never fails to address the disease and death that lurk around every corner in the 19th century… but even … Continue reading

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Dawn Of Love #2: Wild Prairie Sky By Cheri Michaels

How could she fall in love… with a young man as wild as a mountain lion and as free as the prairie wind? I’m a big fan of Scholastic’s Sunfire series- in which orphaned teenage girls have to choose between … Continue reading

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To All My Fans, With Love, From Sylvie By Ellen Conford

For Sylvie, movies weren’t just stories. They were a way out. A few years ago I reviewed Conford’s And This Is Laura, and recalled it as pleasant, but largely unremarkable. So I was surprised to find Sylvie a much more sophisticated piece of work, … Continue reading

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Kiss Me, Creep By Marian Woodruff

Is Richie really a creep- or is he someone Joy can love? So, this seems as a good a time as any to talk about how this blog got its start: in the summer of 2011, I acquired a large … Continue reading

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Seventeen & In-Between By Barthe DeClements

At seventeen, things aren’t so simple anymore… I got a number of requests for the final book in DeClements’s series featuring Elsie Edwards, as she evolves from gross 5th grade pariah to a beautiful but emotionally scarred high school student … Continue reading

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My Darling, My Hamburger By Paul Zindel

Senior year isn’t the end of high school- it’s the beginning of Life! This week’s reader request comes from literally my oldest friend, who sent me an Instragam  screen shot with the caption HAVE YOU SEEN THIS???? (LOL OF COURSE!!!!) … Continue reading

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Give And Take By Tricia Springstubb

New loves… old friends… Does growing up mean choosing between them? This is a recent reader-request, but also a book that I’ve picked up probably 20 times in the past two years, before rejecting it and throwing it back on … Continue reading

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