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Essays & Analysis (32)

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Critical Essay by Hildagarde Gray [In A Figure of Speech, fine], strong affection based on a mutual need presents a plea for our reconsideration of today's old people. Jenny has felt an unwante... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ann A. Flowers In [Dear Bill, Remember Me? and Other Stories] the heroines are all young girls, each passing through a crisis in search of her own particular freedom. A certain simil... Read more
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Critical Essay by Joyce Milton The best that can be said about The Solid Gold Kid is that the authors have hit on a plot with 14-carat potential. The mass kidnapping of five teenagers, previously stra... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ethel L. Heins [The Solid Gold Kid is] a skillfully written and credibly plotted suspense story with fascinating psychological overtones…. At the mercy of a vicious, sadistic ... Read more
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Critical Essay by Patty Campbell Not since [Maureen Daly's] Seventeenth Summer have the agonies and yearnings of sexual avoidance been presented so vividly as in Up in Seth's Room…... Read more
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Critical Essay by Booklist [In Up in Seth's Room, fifteen year old Finn] feels confident that she wants to remain a virgin despite pressure to "go all the way"…. [It] is no... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews [Up in Seth's Room presents a] cliché situation, with some goopy descriptions of sexual bliss and what might well be seen as a ludicrous solution in thes... Read more
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Critical Essay by Karel Rose [A Figure of Speech is] a tragic novel about the continuing deterioration of a "senior citizen" and the family's plan to move him into an "old ... Read more
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Critical Essay by Jean Fritz [Up in Seth's Room] is strictly for teenagers, although the under-12 Judy Blume crowd will probably sniff it out. The questions we follow relentlessly from beginnin... Read more
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Critical Essay by Laura Geringer [Mrs. Fish, Ape, and Me, the Dump Queen] is told from the point of view of Joyce, orphaned ward of her uncle Ape Man, the town trash collector. Mocked and ostracized b... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ruth M. Stein Dumps seem to be popping up frequently in juvenile literature this year. [The one in Mrs. Fish, Ape, and Me, The Dump Queen] is the Queenship Town Dump, whose smells an... Read more
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Critical Essay by Jill Paton Walsh In "A Figure of Speech" Jenny Pennoyer loves her Grandpa, and finds it tough to get along with the rest of her family. This is hardly surprising, consi... Read more
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Critical Essay by Leonore Gordon Steadfastly maintaining self-respect in spite of their derogation by others, the three protagonists [of Mrs Fish, Ape, and Me, the Dump Queen]—Joyce, "Ol... Read more
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Critical Essay by Karen Ritter Considering all the recent publicity about divorced parents who kidnap their own children, there was certain to be a juvenile novel on the subject sooner or later. And [... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ilene Cooper [In Taking Terri Mueller,] thirteen-year-old Terri and her father, Phil, have an almost idyllic relationship…. Terri has no reason to doubt what her father has to... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide Mazer became interested in writing a novel about children who have been kidnapped after divorce when she learned that about 25,000 children ea... Read more
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Critical Essay by Dick Abrahamson [Taking Terri Mueller] is one of Norma Mazer's best. Terri moves from town to town with her father. Their relationship is one of mutual love and friendship. As... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews If the title [of Summer Girls, Love Boys and Other Short Stories] turns you off, the first story, cast as a series of unsent letters to a boy the girl writer is stuck ... Read more
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Critical Essay by Stephanie Zvirin [Summer Girls, Love Boys and Other Short Stories is a] satisfying collection of nine short stories sandwiched together between two poems reflecting on parent/teen re... Read more
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Critical Essay by C. Nordhielm Wooldridge [The stories in Summer Girls, Love Boys and Other Short Stories] are bound by locale, Greene Street; but with one peripheral exception the characters do not c... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews Jenny and Rob: as Jenny's friend Rhoda points out, their initials are the same as Romeo and Juliet's. Their situation [in When We First Met] is similar t... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ethel R. Twichell A single neighborhood is apparently the setting for [Summer Girls, Love Boys and Other Short Stories, a collection of] nine short stories that are otherwise unrelat... Read more
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Critical Essay by Mary M. Burns [In A Figure of Speech] the euphemisms which cloak the attitudes of the middle-aged and the young toward the elderly are presented as a series of shabby self-deceptions... Read more
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Critical Essay by Publishers Weekly [When We First Met] is plotted on a situation that a less sure hand would reduce to a soap opera. But the award-winning author invests the ordinary people in her st... Read more
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Critical Essay by Gary H. Paterson Credibility of plot is essential [in a realistic novel]. In Norma Fox Mazer's depiction of old age in A Figure of Speech …, Jenny tries to protect her ... Read more
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Critical Essay by Suzanne Freeman It's not hard to see why Norma Fox Mazer has found a place among the most popular writers for young adults these days. At her best, Mazer can cut right to the ... Read more
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Critical Essay by Barbara Wersba Consider for a moment this plot: a 14-year-old girl who lives in a crowded city is by accident swept back into the primeval past. A world of cave men. At first horrifi... Read more
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Critical Essay by Jack Forman To escape [from the anxieties of modern life, Zan, the heroine in Saturday, the Twelfth of October,] fantasizes a world in the Stone Age, complete with a new language and... Read more
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Critical Essay by Tom Heffernan The fine definition of all characters, the plausibility of the situations and the variety of realistic insights into motivation make [A Figure of Speech] almost too goo... Read more
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Critical Essay by Alleen Pace Nilsen, Jane Coy, and Miken Olsen [A] fantasy that makes for exciting reading is Saturday the Twelfth of October. Zan Ford is a fourteen-year-old growing up in today�... Read more
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Critical Essay by Pamela D. Pollack ["Dear Bill, Remember Me?" and Other Stories contains eight] stories that turn on small moments of defiance or determination. Mazer is at her best dis... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews Short story collections at this level are scarce, and when a good one … does appear on a YA list it often seems to have wound up there by default…. [Maze... Read more
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