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The Fourth Grade Wizards By Barthe De Clements

Jack and Marianne are always in trouble. So how can they become fourth grade wizards? Back to school! Appropriately late this year, but with a cast of characters who have been really familiar to me and this blog over the … Continue reading

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Flips-ville/Squares-ville By Stan and Jan Berenstain

A Hilarious New Concept in Humor Last week (actually 3 weeks ago because WHAT IS TIME???) we looked at one of the oddball teen-oriented projects of the legendary Charles Schulz, who, despite his success in writing from a child’s point … Continue reading

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Sticks And Stones By Lynn Hall

One word was enough to destroy his life… “Bury your gays” is the trope in fiction which rules that gay characters die (frequently by their own hand) before the end of the story. Especially prevalent until the mid-20th century (when … Continue reading

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Sixteen (Short Stories By Outstanding Writers For Young Adults) Edited By Donald R. Gallo

Their impressions radiate through an emotional prism of hope and hate, love and death, despair and joy… Check out the Murderer’s Row of authors featured in this collection: Joan Aiken, Judie Angell, Robin F. Brancato, Robert Cormier, Diane Duane, Bette … Continue reading

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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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My Name Is Davy I’m An Alcoholic By Anne Snyder

Davy Kimble didn’t have a friend in the world- until he discovered booze and Maxi… Is it the late 1970s? Then it must be time for yet another social-problem novel about the dangers of (checks notes)… DRINKING! But first can … Continue reading

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You Would If You Loved Me By Nora Stirling

She realized that a lot of other girls would give anything to be in her shoes. ANYTHING. And that was the problem… Background: It’s noted that at the time of the publication of the Avon-Flare edition, this title had “Over 725,000 … Continue reading

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Twink By John Neufeld

Her family had been warned of the awesome responsibility they were all accepting… her “preppie” step-brother Harry felt sick the first time he saw her. The 1960s and 1970s (and into the ‘80s) saw a new wave of YA Fiction … Continue reading

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Three Decades of Short Fiction from SEVENTEEN Magazine

Like its older sisters in the field of mass-market women’s magazines (everything from Cosmopolitan to Woman’s Day) Seventeen featured a great deal of short fiction in its pages from its debut in 1944. Some of these were reprinted in anthologies, … Continue reading

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My Sweet Audrina By V.C. Andrews

Now she will come face to face with the dangerous, terrifying secret everyone knows. Everyone except My Sweet Audrina. What the hell did I just read? OK, I’ll back it up here a second. Since this blog’s beginnings, there are … Continue reading

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