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November 26, 2010

Remember* this entire recitative about the Gift of Magic cover I could never find, no matter how often I scoured used book tables on Sixth Avenue, so much so that I actually thought it was possible I was going crazy?


My best friend had it in her room the entire past year, having no knowledge of my search, meaning to give it to me.


A Gift of Magic


BEHOLD the true cover of A Gift of Magic! Which Lois actually HAD NEVER SEEN! Which was a psychic bond between me and my BFF! And which is being reissued, incidentally, imminently!


* you obviously completely do not have to remember

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November 20, 2010

I am in the most recent Bookforum, writing on the wonderful world of Lois Duncan reissues. Killing Mr. Griffin — yes — makes an appearance. It looks like you can get a free issue, um, here? I have enormous issues with the covers — there is a NOOSE on the cover of Killing Mr. Griffin, which obvi makes no sense — but the updates ARE FASCINATING. (Cell phones! Crystal necklaces!)


If you have any great scans of Duncan covers, send and we'll post. First to comment gets free copies of all the reissues in my possession!

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Published on November 20, 2010 15:44 • 104 views

October 17, 2010

They have cast the movie version of Tiger Eyes and are filming!


Still wondering about how they'll handle cell phone thing.


Also, I met with Judy and we had a wonderful interview earlier this year. I'll be posting it soon.

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Published on October 17, 2010 08:14 • 88 views

July 13, 2010

The requests are coming thick and fast, all with HELP! I feel so guilty! Please help these people!

Remember, if you have a plotfinder, you can friend me on FB, where the solvation is more rapido.

From Lori:

perhaps not your typical young adult novel??? historical novel set in ancient Eygpt, in the reign of Queen Hatshepset, the main character is one of the Queen's slaves. I recall that grave-robbing is a crime you will get killed for, and there's something about a young nobleman who the main...

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July 12, 2010

UPDATE: Solved by Jennifer G: The Year of Senior Insanity, by Sonya Levitin (who I also loved for “Journey to America,” a book I couldn’t remember for ages).


Plotfinder from Jenn. C.


The book is about a teenage girl who is class…Kewpie Doll? The uniform/costume involves a fluffy sweater, which she shrinks at one point by putting it in the dryer.


Her parents are away & boyfriend comes over to devirginize her — brings a bottle of Blue Nun, which they open, & then get busy on her waterbed — but the corkscrew punctures the bed.


Help?

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Plotfinder from Jenn. C.


The book is about a teenage girl who is class…Kewpie Doll? The uniform/costume involves a fluffy sweater, which she shrinks at one point by putting it in the dryer.


Her parents are away & boyfriend comes over to devirginize her — brings a bottle of Blue Nun, which they open, & then get busy on her waterbed — but the corkscrew punctures the bed.


Help?

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Published on July 12, 2010 10:36 • 85 views

I don’t believe in God, but I do believe in used book vendors. Once or twice every few years, when I’m wondering if I’m on the wrong path in my life, I wander over to their tables and ask them (the tables, not the vendors) for a sign.


The last time I did this, right as I wandered into the vastly fiscally unremunerative but intellectually and philosophically satisfying life of a funny ha-ha cultural critic, I found the edition of “The Arabian Nights” for which I’d written flap copy in my first week as an editorial assistant in my first real-life big corporate job.


This seemed SIGN-like but I was not entirely certain how to read it. (Remember how you didn’t follow this whole life path? Well played?)


THIS time, however, I received the oddest but most remarkable sign:


The Trouble With Thirteen!


There is no reason for anyone who is not crazy and the compiler of some weird “Fine Lines” concordance to know this, but this is the book that, for years, has been my UR-PLOTFINDER, the title of which however often I am reminded I can never retain. (I can only ever remember blue and orange dresses, and you call Avenue of the Americas Sixth Avenue, not Avenue of the Americas.)


Again, I don’t know what it means, but it seems promising career-wise and in any case was not a remaindered copy of my own book.


I had also been vastly itchy over yet another article of the “Blah, blah, and in summation, PEOPLE WITH CHILDREN LEAD FULLER, REALER, HAPPIER LIVES THAN YOU. Despite the urine” variety. PEOPLE OF BABBLE. It is not a competition and STOP MAKING IT ONE. (Though if it is, just fyi, this is all true and we win, especially as we can get on board at any time, ha ha ha!)


Anyway, the table also bore the following intimations:


Penny Candy!



Please Don't Eat the Daisies!


As the table must have known, Jean Kerr is my favorite writer of what I consider the golden age of parenting literature! Actually, I consider almost anything but our current age the golden age of parenting literature! I do love that Sandra Tsing Loh, though. Basically I want a few weary drinks and a funny story, and I’m happy. Thank you table.


The table bore no further signs for me but did have the hilarity of the following:


CAMPUS NYMPH


TEENAGE GIRLS IN TROUBLE!


A REPORT: SEX LIFE OF THE AMERICAN PROSTITUTE!


And also


So You Know I'm Not a Perv


…for which I had been searching. Check out that tagline.


Having a boyfriend is not the answer!


I see now it’s a very choose your poison display, isn’t it?


I also picked up copies of Cakes and Ale, Wait Till Helen Comes, Klute, Karen, Socks, Catherine, Called Birdy, The Man Who Loved Children, The Glimpses of the Moon, and first edition hardcovers of The Stepford Wives, A Kiss Before Dying, and Fear of Flying. I’m taking the position these augur nothing.


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Published on July 12, 2010 06:52 • 40 views

I don't believe in God, but I do believe in used book vendors. Once or twice every few years, when I'm wondering if I'm on the wrong path in my life, I wander over to their tables and ask them (the tables, not the vendors) for a sign.

The last time I did this, right as I wandered into the vastly fiscally unremunerative but intellectually and philosophically satisfying life of a funny ha-ha cultural critic, I found the edition of "The Arabian Nights" for which I'd written flap copy in my first ...

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July 11, 2010

UPDATE: 10 MORE I MEAN. Taking position here my vast critical capacities have exercised eminent domain over math part of brain. I really did once do physics!


Forgot this one too


Just to show you the font of taxonomies of ’70s and ’80s YA lit is without limit, 45 MORE options from readers (5 from me; I’m not WITHOUT USE)  for my recent AWL Listicle Without Commentary: The 45 Greatest Teen Titles You Have Never Heard of From the Era When They All Mentioned “I,” “Me,” “You” or Some Other Key Person That Are Not ‘Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret’



A Horse Named Peaceable
A Star For The Latecomer
About David
After You, My Dear Alphonse
Anything For A Friend
Came Back to Show You I could Fly
Catherine, Called Birdy
Class Pictures
Deliver Us from Evie


Find A Stranger, Say Good-bye
Goodbye, Paperdoll
Hangin’ Out with Cici
I Heard the Owl Call My Name
I Know What You Did Last Summer
I Left My Sneakers In Dimension X
Karen
Kathleen, Please Come Home!
Killing Mr. Griffin
Lisa Bright and Dark
Maniac Mcgee
Meet The Austins
Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones
Over The Hill at 14
P.S. I Love You
People Might Hear You
Representing Superdoll
Run, Shelly, Run!
Second Star To The Right
Staring Peter and Leigh
Steffie Can’t Come Out To Play
Summer of My First Love
Summer of my German Solider
Taking Terri Mueller
The Alfred G. Graebner High School Handbook of Rules and Regulations
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
The Face On The Milk Carton
The Great Gilly Hopkins
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore
The Luckiest Girl
The Queen of the What-Ifs
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
They Never Came Home
Too Bad About the Haynes Girl
Up in Seth’s Room
Wait Till Helen Comes

Best excellent title addition (it has to not be on this list OR Awl list) gets free as-yet-undetermined vintage YA book, in mail, from me, or copy of Shelf Discovery, whichever winner wants.

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Published on July 11, 2010 08:18 • 47 views

Just to show you the font of taxonomies of '70s and '80s YA lit is without limit, 45 MORE options from readers (5 from me; I'm not WITHOUT USE)  for my recent AWL Listicle Without Commentary: The 45 Greatest Teen Titles You Have Never Heard of From the Era When They All Mentioned "I," "Me," "You" or Some Other Key Person That Are Not 'Are You There God? It's Me Margaret'

A Horse Named PeaceableA Star For The LatecomerAbout DavidAfter You, My Dear AlphonseAnything For...
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