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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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About David By Susan Beth Pfeffer

He didn’t think there was any other way… I have not compiled any statistics, but my general impression is that as YA fiction moved out of the 1970s and into the 80s, the subject matter tended less toward shock value … Continue reading

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The Against Taffy Sinclair Club By Betsy Haynes

It was bad enough when snobby Taffy Sinclair was just a pretty face. But now, she’s gone an developed you-know-whats… I read this one as a pre-teen, and remember not being able to relate to it because the protagonists are … Continue reading

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And This Is Laura By Ellen Conford

Is Laura’s talent for seeing into the future a gift or a curse? Like her contemporary, Lois Duncan, Ellen Conford takes a rather casual attitude towards teenagers with psychic powers. Instead of focusing on suspense, however, Conford largely focuses on … 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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Ann Landers Talks to Teen-Agers About Sex

The cover pretty much says it all: this is going to be plain-spoken, straight-talking advice delivered from Ms. Landers with a witty smirk. Background: “Ann Landers” as the world thinks of her was born in 1955, when Esther Lederer took … Continue reading

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The Amboy Dukes By Irving Shulman

Irving Shulman’s novel about delinquent Jewish teenagers in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn was a publishing sensation upon its release in 1947, selling five million copies. It was also widely condemned as “pornographic” and reportedly banned altogether in Canada. Almost … Continue reading

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