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The “James Dean of the 80s”

Matt Dillon Quiz coverThe Matt Dillon Quiz Book
LoBuglio
1982

Are you Matt Dillon’s kind of girl? Well if you want to be, you better brush up on all your Matt Dillon knowledge. This wonderful book is over a hundred pages of awesomeness about Matt. Here are few sample “need to know” facts:

  • History and Gym are his favorite subjects at school
  • Brook Shields is “just a friend”
  • Dillon thought S.E. Hinton was a man
  • Matt loves home cooking
  • Matt hates broccoli

Now everyone can be ready when you are faced with Matt Dillon questions.

Mary

 

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True Colors Shining Through

Cyndi Lauper coverThe Picture Life of Cyndi Lauper
Nicklaus
1985

Submitter: Here is another awesome Juvenile bio book from my local public library. Maybe not awful, but defiantly out of date. How many of the kids today will know who Johnny Carson was? How about knowing who is in [the 5th picture, below]. Cyndi has been up to some amazing things on Broadway lately. This book does not cover any of those achievements. Fun though!

Holly: Oooh, I like Cyndi Lauper! So do a lot of people from my generation (40-ish). I think most public libraries can safely let this particular title go from their juvenile bio sections, though. We’ve said it time after time (after time, after time…) if the books in the juvenile section are older than the audience for which they are intended, they should at least be looked at for weeding potential.

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Love on the Computer!

Programmed for Love coverProgrammed 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

 

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