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The Great Computer Dating Caper

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The Great Computer Dating Caper
Bethancourt
1984

Eddie and Jody need to get some cash together so Eddie’s dad can pursue development of his invention. So the boys create a dating service that is geared to the fat, lonely and shy girls. (Jody calls them “dogs”.) The boys themselves are the dates and Eddie starts to think maybe they are taking advantage of some of the girls. They actually are nice and sweet and somewhat vulnerable. One of the dads gets wind of this “service” and busts it publicly as a “teen sex ring”. But it’s all good in the end, since they get enough money together and the girls actually DID get dates as promised. (I guess we can just overlook that “dating a dog” concept.)

Mary

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Fabulous Five!

Fab Five coverKatie’s Dating Tips
Fabulous Five
Haynes
1989

Katie thinks her Mom needs a boyfriend, so she embarks on a subtle campaign to get one of the cool teachers at Wakeman Jr. H.S. to get cozy with her mom. Unfortunately, Mom doesn’t go for her choice of cool Mr. Newkirk, but instead she likes the weird science teacher, Mr. Dracovitch (aka “Dracula”). Mom and Dracula hit it off and Katie is mortified. However, it turns out Dracula isn’t too bad and Mom is happy. Everyone wins. Fabulous Five series was a spinoff from her other Taffy Sinclair series. (We featured a Taffy book here.) I know many of my library cohorts loved Haynes’ books. I doubt that the tweens today want her stuff now. (It probably has Mom smell.) Maybe we could shift her books to the Adult section for those people wanting a sentimental experience.

Enjoy!

Mary

 

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Friday Fiction – Angela and Diabola

Angela and Diabola coverAngela 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!

 

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