Stranger With My Face: Stop Projecting

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'Stranger With My Face', Lois Duncan's 1981 novel in which Laurie Stratton gets every… » 7/11/08 3:40pm 7/11/08 3:40pm

A Gift of Magic: Totally Psyched

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wrinkled look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick rereads 'A Gift Of Magic, Lois Duncan's 1971 story of 11-year-old Nancy Barrett, whose… » 4/25/08 3:40pm 4/25/08 3:40pm

Crazy Kids

Anyone remember Lois Duncan's kids-who-attack-their-teacher YA book Killing Mr. Griffin? Well, imagine the plot of that book come to life with a bunch of 8-year-olds. News sites are buzzing this morning about a posse of (possibly) learning-disabled punks in a 3rd-grade class who, according to the AP, "plotted to attack… » 4/02/08 9:45am 4/02/08 9:45am