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Daphne’s Book By Mary Downing Hahn

Jessica thinks she’ll be laughed off the face of the earth… Mary Downing Hahn may be best known for her YA suspense novels, especially the deeply creepy, deeply beloved ghost story Wait Till Helen Comes. But sprinkled throughout her bibliography are … Continue reading

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Prank By Kathryn Lasky

How can the words of the past give Birdie hope for the future? Well, this another one where the cover-copy barely matches the actual content of the book: it’s sold to readers as being about a high school student who … Continue reading

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Steffie Can’t Come Out To Play By Fran Arrick

To meet a man like Favor on her very first day in New York City… Runaway teen stories if this era can be numbingly repetitive- when 14 year old Stephanie Rudd explains that’s she ditching her terrible family and terrible … Continue reading

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Too Much In Love By Patty Brisco

Then Holly tells Jeff that she’s going to have a baby… Most of romance writer Patricia Matthews credits under the pen name Patty Brisco appear to be in the Gothic and Mystery genres- this contemporary YA Romance/social problem novel for … Continue reading

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Phoenix Rising By Karen Hesse

You can’t see radiation or smell it or feel it. Could a mask stop it so easily? A few years ago I noted that teen romances with a nuclear power plant meltdown-theme represented a small subset of the genre; I … Continue reading

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Looking On By Betty Miles

There has to more to her life than just looking on… This week’s book strikes me as a sort that isn’t written any more: a coming-of-age story in which not much really happens. In this case the most dramatic thing … Continue reading

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Love Is One Of The Choices By Norma Klein

Maggie and Caroline: Two young women who must suddenly come to terms with their lives… If Norma Klein’s work pushes the envelope farther than her contemporaries when it comes to dealing with social issues, than Love is One of the … Continue reading

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