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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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The Accident By Todd Strasser

Four of his friends are dead. Only Jason survives…. Background: Todd Strasser has been writing YA novels for over 30 years, spanning such topical issues as Angel Dust, school shootings, and abuses at “boot camps” for juvenile delinquents. However, he is … Continue reading

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