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Robin West: Nurse’s Aide By Louise Christopher

The pretty nurse’s aide becomes involved in the strange life of a beautiful debutante… It’s easy to see why nurse books were so popular amongst young, female readers of the 20th century: nurses got to actually do things: live away … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Rebecca By Daphne du Maurier

(Click here for information on the 2015 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As all of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go along. … 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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Ransom By Lois Duncan

Five students kidnapped, four families torn apart. Lois Duncan is best known for her YA thrillers that involve a supernatural twist, such as telepathy or psychic intuition or witchcraft. However, her earliest YA works are straightforward suspense and mystery titles … Continue reading

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The Real Me By Betty Miles

Should delivering papers and playing tennis be for boys only? Background: Author Betty Miles got her start as an editor of the Bank Street Readers, the long-running series of textbooks that was the first to depict racially diverse characters and … Continue reading

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Ruth Fielding at the War Front (#14) By Alice B. Emerson

This week we’re going beyond the usual scope of this space for a look at a girls’ series from what can be considered the “pre-history” of Young Adult literature. Background: The Ruth Fielding stories were published by Cupples & Leon … Continue reading

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Robin Kane #1: The Mystery of the Blue Pelican By Eileen Hill

Background: From the 1950s through the 1970s Whitman published a huge number of these squat, dust jacketless hardcovers, separately targeting boys and girls. Some of these were based on TV shows, some were based on celebrities having imaginary adventures and … Continue reading

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