American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Cross over, Funny Books, multicultural cast, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Spring, YA

YA Gets a 1950s Make-Over: Popular Review

Holy stars did I love this book! Fifteen year old (yes, 15!)¬†Maya Van Wagenen is smart, funny, achingly honest and a total star. In grade 8 she decided to follow the advice of a 1950s style guide, BETTY CORNELL'S TEEN-AGE POPULARITY GUIDE (which is also being republished by Dutton at the same time, GREAT kitschy… Continue reading YA Gets a 1950s Make-Over: Popular Review

Cross over, Historical Fiction, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, YA

True Crime, Real Ghosts, Great Read: Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls Review

"Mary Downing Hahn has written about fictional ghosts in acclaimed books such as The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, The Old Willis Place, and Wait Til Helen Comes. Now, in this compelling young adult novel inspired by a true crime, she writes of real-life ghosts who have haunted her for most of her life." If that… Continue reading True Crime, Real Ghosts, Great Read: Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls Review