Tag Archives: Runaway

Steffie Can’t Come Out To Play By Fran Arrick

To meet a man like Favor on her very first day in New York City… Runaway teen stories if this era can be numbingly repetitive- when 14 year old Stephanie Rudd explains that’s she ditching her terrible family and terrible … Continue reading

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Dear Lola, Or How To Build Your Own Family By Judie Angell

Can they cover their tracks without uncovering the truth? This one might get the honor of having the weirdest marriage between premise and tone: five minors in various states of having been orphaned or abandoned escape from their temporary group … Continue reading

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Secrets Of The Shopping Mall By Richard Peck

Paradise Park takes them in- in more ways than one. Hiding out at the library too academic? Richard Peck takes a tip from George Romero and suggests an alternative! The Plot: Scrappy 8th graders Teresa and Barnie attract the unwanted … Continue reading

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The Lonely Trip Back By Florrie Fisher

If you’ve ever wondered what life on the needle is like, ask a white, middle-class, middle-aged lady named Florrie Fisher- she’ll tell you more than you’re prepared to know! Florrie Fisher’s The Lonely Trip Back graphically details a case of … Continue reading

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The Runaway’s Diary By Marilyn Harris

Fifteen, almost sixteen, and on the road- to where? Oh, the contradiction of the “Based on a True Story!” story. This book opens with the standard “The characters and situations in this book are wholly fictional… and are not intended … Continue reading

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Slake’s Limbo By Felice Holman

To his family and teachers he was a nuisance; to his peers he was a target. The Plot: So. That was weird. Sometimes that is the only reaction I have when I get to the end of one of these. Kids … Continue reading

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Debbie By John Benton

An exciting new habit carried an unexpected price tag! Contemporary YA fiction dealing with social problems (delinquency, prostitution, drugs, etc.) kind of wusses out when it comes to depicting the lurid details. There is a reason why the patently fake … Continue reading

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