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I Never Asked You To Understand Me By Barthe DeClements

Stacy didn’t look like a reject, and I didn’t think I did either. We were just having too hard a time… I have reviewed a number of Barthe DeClements’s books over the past few years, starting with the not-quite-Lost Classic … Continue reading

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Going To Camp Part 2: I Want To Go Home! By Gordon Korman

Rudy Miller hates Camp Algonkian Island so much he’ll do anything to escape…. Background: Canadian writer Gordon Korman retains a cultish appeal among a certain segment of Middle Readers, in part because (as stated in the Scholastic Book Services biographical … Continue reading

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It’s Not What You Expect By Norma Klein

Suddenly, summer becomes a time of self-discovery… Norma Klein is best known for her controversy-courting YA novels of the 1970s; in books like Angel Face and Love is One of the Choices, the teenaged protagonists deal regularly with drugs, sex, … Continue reading

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It Could Happen to Anyone By Margaret Maze Craig

To be a senior and to be going steady with Andy Decker was to have all of life’s finest at one and the same time… Uhhhhhhhh…. come on, fictional teenagers! I know that you truly believe platitudes such as “love is a … Continue reading

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I Love You, Stupid! By Harry Mazer

It’s hard to be the world’s greatest lover when you think you’re the world’s only virgin… The Plot: High school senior Marcus Rosenbloom is a mess: an aspiring writer who can’t get it together to complete his creative writing seminar … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Halloween Edition, Featuring A Giant Monster-Head Nightclub

In celebration of Halloween, today we are looking at two movies featuring go-go dancers performing inside of Giant Steam-Breathing Monster Heads, a standard nightclub fixture of the 1960s… Ok, actually these movies were both filmed in the same nightclub,  The … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Imitation of Life, Part II (Douglas Sirk, 1959)

(Click here for information on the 2013 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of women’s Literature. As three of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Imitation of Life, Part I (John Stahl 1934)

(Click here for information on the 2013 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As three of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go … Continue reading

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If I Should Die Before I Wake By Lurlene McDaniel

Blog News: The impromptu celebration of Retro Pride month in June garnered a few mentions across the internet. I want to belatedly thank and welcome new readers from both the art and culture site (and world’s most popular independently-owned lesbian … Continue reading

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I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip. By John Donovan

Background: In 1968, Harper & Row editor Ursula Nordstrom was looking for a follow-up to Louise Fitzhugh’s now-classic Harriet the Spy, when she received John Donovan’s proposal for a book for young readers dealing with what he euphemistically termed “buddy-love … Continue reading

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