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Friday Fiction

Every Friday we feature a fiction title that showcases librarian/library themes, pulp fiction, old or odd titles. These aren’t necessarily awful!

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Trekker Friday Fiction

Star Trek: The Truth Machine
Cerf
1977

I found this while browsing a collection looking for something for a patron, and just got so excited. (I think the kid I was helping thought I was having some kind of “episode.”) I had to get my hands on this book! I am a fan of the original series and all the others. I also have an Enterprise pizza cutter, a Klingon dictionary, and a book of poetry by Mr. Spock.

This book reads like an episode, and the pictures do look like the characters.  However, I am not sure that I am the target market for the juvenile fiction section of a library. (I know a hundred adults that would get a kick out of this in a heartbeat.) Note the illustration where Mr. Spock breaks out PENCIL AND PAPER to draw up some plans!

Is juvenile fiction the best place for this? It would be a slam dunk for a book sale or an adult looking to re-live a few childhood moments. Modern kids? Probably not.

Live long and prosper,

Mary

UPDATE: It was announced today around 1pm EST that Leonard Nimoy passed away. Condolences to all who are feeling the loss. RIP Mr. Spock.

More Vintage Fiction:

Cherry Ames

Susan Brown, Camp Counselor

The Lovliest Librarian

“One Black, One White, One Blonde”

Trouble after school

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Friday Fiction – Angela and Diabola

Angela and Diabola
Banks
1997

Submitter: The juvenile fiction collection at my library hasn’t been weeded in ages, but I do wonder about the person who decided to add a barcode to this book and then later update it with an RFID tag. It hasn’t circulated in at least ten years, the spine is about ready to fall apart, and the cover is dated. It’s time to send Angela and Diabola to the big recycling bin in the sky and let other, more current books take their place.

Holly: As noted under the title, this is the author of The Indian In the Cupboard. Does that make it sacred? No, it does not. It makes it worth consideration for replacement. This copy is in too bad of shape to warrant any more attention or shelf space. I’d weed it on condition and lack of interest by Submitter’s patrons. I’m surprised it hasn’t circulated in that long, actually! I kind of like the cover, too. Goes to show you – what works in one library is a waste of space in another. Do what works for you, everyone!

More Juvenile Fiction:

Are You My Dad?

The Town is On Fire

Paul Zindel

The Man Who Loved Clowns

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Love on the Computer!

 

Programmed for Love
Crane
1985

A couple of people sent me this book after seeing it around the web. What is not to like? Cosby sweater? check. Edgy technology? check. A secret admirer? check. Clearly we have all the ingredients for a kick-ass teen romance right out of the mid 1980s time capsule.

Katie has a secret computer pen pal called STX1150 (band reference? Greek mythology reference? Virgin Islands Airport reference?) Of course, they write each other very cool letters back and forth. Naturally there is also a real life boy called Bobby that is super interesting too. What will Katie do?

Mary

 

More Teen Love Matches:

Taffy Sinclair and Romance Machine Disaster

Teen Furries

Summer Lovin

The Day the Senior Class Got Married

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