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Wrapping Up The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? By Henry Farrell

(Click here for information on the 2019 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  For the titles that have filmed adaptations, we will also be looking at the movies as we go along. This week, … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: A Long Fatal Love Chase By Louisa May Alcott

(Click here for information on the 2019 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  This week, the August selection, Louisa May Alcott’s postumously-published A Long Fatal Love Chase.)  Like her most famous literary creation, Little … Continue reading

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Finding A Dead Body In The Woods Part 1: Dreamland Lake By Richard Peck

Only when it’s too late do Brian and Flip realize that their search for the truth will change their friendship forever… It’s a short novel about finding a dead body in the woods! It features a group of middle-school boys … Continue reading

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Summer Theme Part 2: “Finding A Dead Body In The Woods”

Last month we celebrated the traditions of going to Summer Camp, with color wars, demerits, escape attempts, romances, square dancing, Owl Walks, driving your counselors to nervous breakdowns… This month we celebrate another summertime tradition of YA fiction: coming of … Continue reading

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Baby-Sitting Is A Dangerous Job By Willo Davis Roberts

I could have never predicted what would happen next… Background: Willo Davis Roberts was one of the more prolific writers toiling away in the YA/Middle Reader vineyards of the 1970s and 80s, authoring YA Romances (3 titles in the Sunfire series), social-problem books … Continue reading

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Letter Perfect By Charles P. Crawford

“What a perfect crime!” So, how old would you say the kids on the cover are? 10? 11? Well apparently they are high school upperclassmen, and some particularly nasty ones at that. The Plot: …is a pretty pulpy knock-off of … Continue reading

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The Christmas Killer By Patricia Windsor

She’s dreaming of a dead Christmas… I didn’t think much of Patricia Windor’s Seventeen short story about a teenage girl deciding not to pursue an affair with an older man, but Christmas-themed YAs are getting to be slim pickings… The Plot: …So … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up The Imaginary Summer Book Club: The Haunting Of Hill House By Shirley Jackson

(Click here for information on the 2017 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  This month, the September selection, Shirley Jackson’s  The Haunting of Hill House.) Well,  a week after Halloween we finally get to Shirley … Continue reading

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Down A Dark Hall By Lois Duncan

Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students? 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 Eh, whatever, let’s just do another Lois Duncan… … Continue reading

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Summer of Fear By Lois Duncan

Rachel’s not jealous of her cousin. But she is afraid. Like many readers, I was saddened to hear about the sudden death of Lois Duncan last week, at the age of 82. Best known for her YA thrillers, she was … Continue reading

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