Junior Miss Benson 1945 (original copyright 1939) This vintage gem first started as a series of short stories featured in the New Yorker back in the 1930s. Our protagonist is a 13 year old girl named Judy Graves. This series
Blood Relatives McBain 1975 Submitter: I was weeding for grubby looking books in the mysteries when I came across this Ed McBain title. The real mystery is what condition the book was in when someone wrote “shelve as is”
Lights, Camera, Cats! Weber 1978 Here’s a children’s chapter book from the dark ages of 1978. That’s forty years, people! No matter how cute the story, few books actually last the test of time. If anyone wants to make the
Face-Off Lunemann 1972 Today’s choice in youth fiction is about a couple of hockey playing twins named Buzz and Chet. They play hockey, and one day they were messing around and Buzz’s skates were “accidentally” tossed over a stone wall
Zoe’s Gift Hayes 1994 It was the cover that had me picking this book up. What is going on? A ghost of a man, a girl looking catatonic and the other girl trying to get her attention. It looks strange.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time Godfrey 1995 (original copyright 1987) I was going through some teen books and stumbled across this cover. I couldn’t figure out from the cover what this book was all about. A
Why Am I Too Young? Young 1985 Yet another familiar trope in the world of teen fiction: the older boy. Our protagonist, Callie, is crushing hard on the new super sexy lifeguard. Callie starts obsessing over the guy. This little
An X-Rated Romance Sunshine 1982 The reason I picked up this book is, of course, the cover. Creepy doesn’t begin to describe the ick factor about the title and cover. Note the sexy teacher’s expression. <shudders> Sara, our teen protagonist,