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Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, Lizzie Skurnick


This collection of essays by Lizzie Skurnick goes over some of girls’ most beloved fiction, ranging from Judy Blume to Madeleine L’Engle, Joan Aiken and Louisa May Alcott to Jean Craighead George and Katherine Patterson. Guest essays from authors like Meg Cabot and Cecily von Ziegesan share stories and memories that revolve around favourite novels and heroines. Most of the books mentioned are older publications (naturally… since these are “teen classics”), but each essay explains how they are still relevant today. Although entries are a bit long and spoiler-filled for anyone wanting basic readers’ advisory, they are great for provoking the urge to go back and reread old favourites, and I have found several books listed that I should have read before but am now definitely planning to read. A similar volume to cover fiction for boys would be a great companion.

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