80’S BOOKS A-Z GUIDE

Here are the links to my NON-SERIES A-Z GUIDE of authors with cover pics of their books.

A AUTHORS
B AUTHORS
C AUTHORS
D AUTHORS
E AUTHORS
F AUTHORS

Here are the Links to my 80’s SERIES A-Z GUIDE
The A – D PAGE – Abracadabra to Diana Winthrop Mysteries
The D-K PAGE – Dream Girls to Kobie books
The L-S PAGE – Linda books to Susan Slade mysteries
The S-Z PAGE – Sweet Dreams to Zodiac Club

Here are the links to the ULTIMATE PAGES – Which contain book descriptions and covers!
FIRST LOVE FROM SILHOUETTE ULTIMATE PAGE
CROSSWINDS KEEPSAKE ULTIMATE PAGE
CROSSWINDS ULTIMATE PAGE
WISHING STAR ULTIMATE PAGE
WILDFIRE ULTIMATE PAGE

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83 Responses to 80’S BOOKS A-Z GUIDE

  1. Jody Kihara says:

    The link for the L-S page doesn’t seem to be working…

  2. KJ says:

    Great resource here — thank you for doing this! I’m trying to track down a book from ages and ages ago, and my memory of it is fuzzy at best. I thought I’d ask you since you seem to be familiar with this genre. I’m pretty sure it was a teen romance book, with a guy and two girls on the cover (the old three-way triangle plot, if I recall). I remember something about peanut butter and jelly, but not sure if that was the title, the series or what. I remember the book cover to be mostly white, the art or photos in color. I really liked this book, and would like to reread it, but have no clue what it is. Any ideas? Cheers, KJ.

    • peacharino says:

      Hi , I’m going to take a guess and say All out of Grape Jelly by Susan Blake from the Fifteen series – here’s a link on my website. I don’t have that particular cover. It’s a hard series to find. But if the style jogs your memory it might help. If it doesn’t let me know and I’ll keep looking!

  3. KJ says:

    That seems so familiar, but then I don’t know if that’s just because I read others in the Fifteen series, or if they all start to look alike after awhile! šŸ™‚ I tried a Google search for that book (images and websites) and nothing. Found a few shops that supposedly sell it, but they want $150 for it! It’s certainly not THAT important. Mainly I’m just curious to see the cover art, because I’m pretty sure I’d know whether or not it was the right one if I could see that. I found one user’s review of the book, but it wasn’t ringing strong bells, so I’m not sure — then again, I don’t know if I’d recall what the story was about, exactly! It says it was published in 1986, and that would be about the right timing. Hmm. Ack. šŸ™‚

  4. KJ says:

    P.S. I was finding references to that book with an author citation of Susan Wittig — is that the same person?

    • peacharino says:

      To be honest I have no idea – these ya writers had pseudonyms for their pseudonyms! Sometimes though, I think the sellers mess up when they type in a books information. 150 dollars for a 80’s teen paperback – I swear some of these sellers are nuts! You could try asking Sweethearts romances ( they’re in my blog roll ) – they sell books, I don’t know if they have any of Fifteen but it couldn’t hurt to ask. They’ve always been very friendly to me. Plus you could try asking the seller for a picture , hinting that since they want so much money you want to see the goods up front!

  5. KJ says:

    Oh, good ideas there! Thank you, I will do that. šŸ™‚

  6. KJ says:

    Ah, interesting, just had to share this website. It looks like Susan Wittig and Susan Blake are the same person, and that she actually wrote under a lot of pseudonyms.

    http://www.mysterypartners.com/Books.html

  7. Carmel says:

    Hi KJ & thanks Peachy for the lovely recommendation. I’ve had a bit of a rough time lately & it made the chin wobble a bit. šŸ™‚
    I haven’t found any of the Fifteen series here in my part of Australia. It is possible that it was never released here as it was such a short series. A lot of the 80s series were never released here, even ones with long runs like Canby Hall & Junior High. We have quite a protective book industry here & it’s possible releases were delayed so that local publishers could decide what they wanted to do or for local teen romance series to have a better chance of succeeding.
    There is an eBay US seller I have purchased from in the past. He has lots of 80s series books, many not listed, and just may have some of this series. Off to check, back soon….. Nope, he doesn’t have any. I can give you his user ID if you just want to check his listings now & then.
    I hope you find your book KJ.

    PS: Susan Blake & Susan Wittig are the same person. Here’s a list of books written by Susan & Bill Albert using those names and many others.
    http://www.mysterypartners.com/Books.html

  8. Delilah says:

    I know it is a shot in the dark but by any chance do you remember a book with a girl in a blue blouse with a typewriter on the cover. I believe it was from the 80’s teen romance era but I cannot find it. She was in love with her friend or vice versa and she worked for the paper in her high school. I remember a scene in the book where she gets mad and her car gets a flat and its raining. If you could help I would really appreciate it šŸ™‚

    • peacharino says:

      You could mean Dear Lovey Hart, I am Desperate by Ellen Conford – I haven’t read it in ages but I could dig out my copy and let you know for sure – there are several covers heres a LINK so you can check them out ,maybe they’ll jog your memory.

  9. Ingrid says:

    Hi everyone. I am desperately looking for a book I read in middle school between 1990-1993 but I believe it was an 80’s book and I believe it was a teenage book as I checked it out from my school library. It was about a girl who somehow wake up in the past in the home of her ancestors and she ends up falling in love with her older brother. Not really her older brother but he is in that time. I remember that when she goes back to present time she finds a wedding portrait of the guy she fell in love with, who was an ancestor of hers and in the portrait he is looking at her. I can’t remember the title of the book for the life of me; it was something like “Remember the Time” or “Remembering When”…soemthing along those lines. If this sounds familiar to anyone please advise! I remember that the cover was a brownish color and I believe it showed her profile. Help! Thank You!

    • peacharino says:

      Hi , here’s my two guesses – one is a Handful of Time by Kit Pearson here’s a LINK so you can see the cover , it’s about time travel but I’m not sure how much it is about romance. I think I have a copy so I might be able to dig it out and see. Don’t be fooled by Paperback swaps date the book is early 90’s or late 80’s. Here’s the second guess – I don’t know if this is a kids book but it’s called The Remembering Heart by Juanita Tyree Osborne , here’s a LINK so you can check out the cover. Unfortunately there is no write up for this book but it popped up when I typed in teen and time travel. If it’s neither one let me know and I’ll keep looking.

  10. Ingrid says:

    Thank you soo much for looking. Unfortunately It’s not one of those. I would appreciate it immensely if you keep me in mind. Or if you can tell me what website I can use to search….thank you!

    • peacharino says:

      I’ll keep looking , sorry it wasn’t either one! Here’s how I do it – I go to Abe.com and click advanced search – it helps if you can recall a publisher so you can narrow the search or a characters name so that you can fill in each section ( in subject I often put in teen , romance , or YA to avoid adult fiction ) – I keep the publishing dates wide – Like between 1979 – 1994. Sometimes I try each children’s publisher I know – Cliquey Pizza 3 will have a list of them LINK I also try – Book finder , and Paperback Swap – Paperback swap however can go by a solitary search year rather than by Abe which allows you to widen your options by decades. It can be time consuming but the more information you have the easier it can be. Also try googling time travel teen books or teen romances. Sometimes all it takes is one word to narrow the search!

  11. Ingrid says:

    Cool. Thank you so much for the info. šŸ™‚

  12. Sian McEwen says:

    I have a copy of Dreams Can Come True if you would like the details to fill in the about the book section. šŸ™‚

  13. Dawn says:

    Hi! Amazing blog. I couldn’t find a series I was looking for. Does anyone remember a series from the mid to late 80’s about a girl who creates a computer program that can send you back in time and the adventures of her girlfriends going back in time. One of the books had a girl accidentally bring back a boy from the time she visited. Loved it! Anyone remember it?

    • peacharino says:

      Hi, you must have missed your series – It’s called Swept Away and it’s on the S-Z link .Good series too – though I’m not sure what book has the boy coming back! Though maybe one of the titles will jog your memory.

  14. kole says:

    hi! im looking for a book that i cant remember the title of. i remember that it came as a gift for a membership to a book club maybe? it was lavender colored and it had a brunette girl and a blonde boy on the cover. the story was about a girl who tries to bend to be who the guy wants her to be and in the end, realizes it makes her miserable. i actually remember my mom signing me up twice for the club, so i did at one time have two copies of this book!….any ideas? thanks for your time!

  15. Jennifer says:

    I’m sure you get tired of the book search requests, but if you can help me find this one you’ll be my hero for life – I would offer you my first born child, but he’s a teenager, so it’d be more of a threat than an offer, and that isn’t nice. Soooo… on with the search.

    YA/teen romance that I read mid to late 80s. Likely ordered from Weekly Reader or Scholastic as bookstores weren’t plentiful here at that time. What I’m sure of regarding characters and plot:
    Heroine in high school
    Lives with one female
    The female she lives with is how she meets the hero (friend? tutor? friend of boyfriend?)
    Hero named Lance
    They rub each other the wrong way
    She snarkily refers to him as Lancelot
    His name really *is* Lancelot

    What I *think* but am not quite sure of:
    Lance is in college (or at least out of high school)
    The female the heroine lives with is an older sister
    The heroine has a crush on a different guy who may or may not have turned out to be bad news.

    Anyway, I’d really, really appreciate any help with this. I’ve been looking through your lists, and some titles ring bells, but I can’t find any synopses on many of them – Google is failing me here!

    TIA!

    • peacharino says:

      Hi , I don’t get tired of requests they’re a challenge! oh and first borns offerings are not necessary ( especially teenagers! ) -two questions -1. do you think this is a stand alone book? not under a series heading – like Wildfire or Wishing Star? 2. is this a humorous novel or pretty straight up? it’s a little difficult to find a romance in a sea of stand alone 80’s books because most are romances but with a twist – like it’s really about divorse , camp , death , pregnancy etc.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the quick response!

    I’m betting on a stand-alone though I wouldn’t swear to it; even if it were part of a series I didn’t really pay attention to such things back then – if the cover and blurb grabbed me, I’d read it. I’ve started looking through this site and googled a lot of titles which, 1) will take a really long time to finish with the many, many titles you’ve compiled (and which I bless you for – so many books I had forgotten about!) and 2) wasn’t exactly helpful because a lot of the titles have no synopsis out in internet land. I read it about the same time I read “The Yearbook” by Melissa Davis

    It was, IIRC, pretty much a straight-up romance with some humorous lines/situations here and there. If my memory was right in thinking the heroine lived with an older sister then there might be a sublot dealing with why that was the case, but I don’t recall any big Serious Issues being dealt with in it. Of course that could be due to the fact that I cut my YA teeth on Lurlene McDaniel and Isaacsen-Bright (“13 is Too Young to Die”) – after those books almost anything would seem drama-free.

    • peacharino says:

      I’ll check around , the name Lance as Lancelot sounds familiar – but it made me think of I Saw him First by Marjorie Sharmat – and the guys name in that is Seymour. Maybe it’s just cause both names are kinda weird. I know what you mean by trying to find book descriptions – I’ve been compiling some and it has been hard and time consuming! – I’ve nearly got the entire A authors list but it took over two weeks working on it a couple hours a day whew! I’ll be posting them soon.

  17. Tom says:

    Was hoping someone could help me figure out the title of a book.

    It was a sci-fi, involved a human kid, and his “twin” robot brother. If I remember correctly, the robot went awol, kidnapped his brother, and took him to some city/planet full of robots.

    That’s about all I can remember about it.

    Tom

    • peacharino says:

      I’m thinking it could be a book by Alfred Slote – he did a lot with robots- I didn’t list all of them -But here’s a LINK TO WIKIPEDIA LIST if you cross check with Amazon you might find it. My Trip to Alpha 1 sounds kinda like what you described – I don’t know about the Robot Buddy books – I only have two of them.

  18. Jennifer says:

    I am looking for a series from the 80’s. All that I can remember was 2 or 3 girls who were friends and one was named Kitt. Thank You!

  19. Michele says:

    I’m so glad you like the challenges we give you! Here’s another one: a girl who is an accomplished ballet dancer wants to try out for the cheerleading squad, but it costs $80!!! Nobody wants her to quit ballet. The book is filled with actual photographs, like someone had just documented a month or two of their daughter’s life and wrote a book around it.

    I don’t think it was part of a series, because of the amateur photos. Thanks!

  20. I bought a book in ’85 from a school book fair. Honestly cannot remember the cover or the names of the characters. It was about a girl that came to live with her cousin for the summer. The cousin that came to live there was very pretty and well developed,and got all the boys’ attention. The girl was very jealous of the attention. It was a lesson that things aren’t always as they seem. Sorry for being so vague, but that’s what I remember.

    • peacharino says:

      This theme’s been used quite a bit , I do know of one – which I’ve read – a willowisp press book entitled Why Doesn’t she Go Home by Bonnie Towne – it’s a short read! Click HERE for a look at the cover but there is another photo cover out there. The younger cousin had a thing about swimming – the older cousin didn’t know how to swim and started taking lessons. If it’s not the one let me know and I’ll keep looking!

  21. Melissa says:

    Hi, I stumbled across your site by googling 1980’s teen romances & you’ve done an awesome job compiling books! I’m at my wit’s end trying to find one that I read several times in the 80’s. I don’t remember the title nor the author but I think the main character was named Sasha & she was the daughter of a Russian immigrant. She was a dancer (I think) who had a thing for an old family friend named Alexei (I think), who was much older than her. If you could help, that would be awesome!

  22. ruth says:

    You are amazing. Do you have any ideas on a book about a girl who gets a silver skier bracelet charm from a boy? Or a book where the girl enters amateur horse race against odds and wins really I only remember the scene with the big fancy party before the race ends well for her I am sure

    • peacharino says:

      I’ll check around – I’m thinking possibly the Night Skiers by Dorothy Bastien for the one with the silver charm – I have a copy so I’ll skim through it ( I’m at a coffee shop right now. ) The horse race one might be hard – I haven’t read a lot of horse books. Do you remember if it was a typical ‘horse lovers’ book ( by that I mean – lots of talk about horses , horse racing – it’s a genre in itself ) or was it more romance with a horse theme?

  23. Lariella says:

    I’m also looking for a book. I found your blog searching and it is really great. It brought back a lot of memories. I read a book around 1985 or 1986 I think. I don’t remember the name, author or series. The only things I remember is a girl was going to a dance I think. She really wanted these high heeled sandals but her mother thought a pair of pumps would look better. I think she was exposed to teen parties and early kissing games also. I think in the end she went for the pumps her mother wanted.

    • peacharino says:

      Do you know if the girl is young – a middle school or junior high girl – age 11 – 14 or if she’s more a teenager? also if you can remember anything about the cover that would be helpful.

      • RunBarbara says:

        That’s totally “How Do You Lose Those Ninth Grade Blues” by Barthe DeClements. Elsie wants to wear one pair of shoes, but her mother thinks they look tacky and lends her a pair of gray pumps, warning her that she’d better not get a spot on them.

  24. Lariella says:

    The cover may have been blue. I think the cover had the girl (brown hair maybe) either looking at or holding the high-heeled sandal. As far as the age, I want to say maybe middle school age – early tweens or teens. Seemed to be a coming of age story, where the girl realized her mother wasn’t as terrible as she thought. Wish I could remember more. It was passed around a lot and I want to say it was a multi-word title (not just one of two words)

    • peacharino says:

      It’s not familiar – have you checked the cliquey pizza 3 site and browsed the covers? You could also try Loganberry Books Stump the Bookseller – they have oodles of books they’ve found for people.

  25. Toni says:

    Hi! I have come across this site several times but have never left a message. I have been looking for a teen romance book for a few years now and have yet to run across it on any site. It’s a 80’s to very early 90’s and the book cover was white and blue with a boy and girl on a bridge either kissing or looking at each other in the snow. I can remember the girls name being Joey or Joy and she had just moved to this new school with her mom and older brother and starts her freshman year. Older brother would make fun of her dimples and say something about a donkey kicking her in the face. The love interest is her brothers senior friend (can’t remember his name) who eventually goes off to college and comes back at the end where they meet at the bridge for Christmas. I really hope you can help me, this has been nagging me for years.

    • Toni says:

      That’s not her name…grrrr can’t remember!

    • hafwyn says:

      I’ve been trying to find this book too!

    • Misty says:

      Could it possibly be “Winter Dreams, Christmas Love” by Mary Francis Shura? The cover you describe is the exact one I’m looking at (I own the book lol) though some of the details are different. The girl’s name in the book is Ellen, the hero is a friend of her brother, but it’s not a new school other than the fact that the book starts off with her as a freshman and her brother had just graduated the previous year.

      • Ashley says:

        ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! I have been looking for this book for years! I read it as a pre-teen – I’m guessing around 1996 – and every now and then it would pop into my head but my searching was fruitless until now. What makes my memory of this book sweeter is I found it on the bookmobile that would visit our subdivision during the summer. Such a fun time as a child.

  26. Jessie Gray says:

    Hi I LOVE your site! I found so many of the books i grew up with that I spent over 2 hours reading about them on here. Have you thought of adding more books that we grew up on, like the Girl Talk series, Baker’s Dozen series, and a teen series called Lifeline? The Lifeline books had titles such as “I Want to Live”, “Dead Wrong”, ect. I can’t find any of the other tites in this series. I’d like to know more about this series and other titles in it.

    • peacharino says:

      Definitely – time crunches have made me cut back on working ont this site but those are definitely in the works – yes the Lifeline series was I think part or Willowisp press. I’ll check it out. The trouble with them is they did not advertise themselves in their own books – no lists anything. The best I can do is search Abe.com under publishing Willowisp press.

  27. Nancy R says:

    I’m trying to remember the title of a book I read back in the 80’s – I don’t think it was part of a series – about a girl who visits her grandparents every summer with her family and as she begins her freshman (or maybe senior?) year of high school she pretends she met a boyfriend in her Grandmother’s town…however, this causes her to miss out on dating a boy she likes. It seems like it ends at the start of her senior year, but I’m not sure.

  28. Kellie G says:

    Hi. I love your site and promise to look through it all… eventually. In the meantime, could you please do your best to direct me to a book I recall: I read it in the early 90’s, but I’m sure it had been there awhile. You could flip the book and read it from the girl’s perspective, or the guy’s perspective. I think there were other books that were written the same way. The one I remember reading, about 50 times or so, was about a summer romance between the girl and her older brother’s best friend… sorry, that’s as much as I can nail down in my awful memory. The girl’s family was maybe spending the entire summer at vacation destination (beach or lake). If you can direct me to a series with the two perspective flippy writing style, that would help.

    Thanks soooo much. It’s popped into my mind often throughout the years.

    • peacharino says:

      Hi,Kellie. This is a two-by-two romance it’s in the line up if you click the link at the side you can find the write up. I’m not too sure which one of the titles it would be, but I have a few of them and can maybe check the descriptions for you.

  29. Allie says:

    Love your site! I’m looking for a book I read about a girl who was trying to fit in by wearing the latest clothes – which resulted in her mom making an ill fitted mini-skirt in a knock-off pattern. The featured characters were also very much into The Byrds, specifically “Hey Mr. Tambourine Man” was referenced quite a bit.

    I have been trying to hunt it down for years — Thanks in advance!

    • peacharino says:

      These are the ultra-funny Kobie books by Candice F Ransom – click on the side to see a description and a line up of the titles. Thirteen, I think is the one I think you’re thinking off. Kobie is transformed one summer by the song Mr. Tambourine Man and throws a temper tantrum during a shopping spree for a mini skirt poor boy sweater and a lipstick. Her mom caves to making them for her.

  30. desertreading says:

    Does anyone remember a book from early 80s (I think) about a teenage girl who developed a heavy drinking problem, gets into serious trouble, and has to go to rehab? Had problems with her mother? It was a cutting-age book at that time. I’d really appreciate your help.

  31. Lee-Anne says:

    I’m looking for a book, it’s about a girl who’s boyfriend slowly leaves her for another girl named Allison. Seems like the books starts out at prom but I could be wrong. She tries a bunch of things to win him back. Then she takes up bike riding and brings out her old bike which I think she called Annie? I could be wrong on that too. She ends up meeting a guy when she joins a group that goes on bike riding trips?

  32. LJ says:

    Thank you for this site! I see a lot of familiar covers! I am trying to remember the name of a book I read in the 80s– girl has a perfect boyfriend. At some point, she goes on a trip with the boyfriend’s family– maybe to a family cottage? Boyfriend and dad spend all day out fishing or something, when they had promised to be back. Girl can’t stand it, but boyfriend’s mother is used to it, and girl decides that she couldn’t ever get used to it. Does this sound familiar?

  33. Michelle Moore says:

    I was wondering if you knew of of a little girls book, from the 80’s, with little girls with gems or crystals in their hats. The good guys had little pink bats, and their enemy was a witch with a hat that hat five eyes in it, and her bats were purple. I think if tje pink bats touched the water they became bad and turned purple.

  34. Suzzane says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a book I remember skimming through back in the mid-90’s. It’s a children’s book, set in a world where people have robot butlers and the like. The main character is a schoolboy, and his family doesn’t have one (I think his father works at a dump or something) because they’re poor. The dad brings one home one day but it’s a really outdated model, and the boy finds it embarrassing and really doesn’t like it. The boy is a basketball fan and plays on his school’s team, as a waterboy if I remember correctly, and the robot learns basketball in order to make the boy like it and helps the boy win the game. The boy decides he likes the robot after that even though it’s old and whirrly and when his dad asks him if he still wants to get rid of it he says no.

  35. Kira says:

    Hi, I’ve searched for this book so many times but can’t find it. I believe it’s a series (from the ’80s). The protagonist’s name is Kat and she’s at a boarding school. She and all her friends are wealthy, around 17 years old and I think it takes place on the east coast (??), but I can’t remember much else. I hope you can help! Thank you ~ ā™„

  36. betsyhaynes says:

    Hey, Betsy Haynes here. I just came across your site and LOVE IT. I haven’t gotten through your assessment of the Taffy Sinclair series yet, but I’ll be back! Times were certainly different then, weren’t they. I’ve now published 81 juvenile novels and I’m still going strong!

    • peacharino says:

      Thanks Betsy!I haven’t been to this site in a while, I’ve been trying to work on my personal writing. Glad you stopped by! I loved the Taffy Books and The Fabulous Five. I was quite disappointed when the publishers didn’t go ahead with the revamp of the Fab Five.

  37. betsyhaynes says:

    I was disappointed, too! I had most of the first book done when they cancelled the series. Oh, well. Thanks for getting back to me. betsy

  38. Jeannette molina says:

    Hi im looking for a ya horror book from the 80’s or 90’s about a girl who meets another girl on a bus or something and then one girl kills the other girl then she gets rid of her and then she takes over the dead girls identity then on the cover its a girls picture in a locket or something and her eyes have been scratched out revealing the color red if anyone can help me i would be so appreciative i am going bananas trying to remember thanx šŸ™‚ and u can email me at nananpito99@gmail.com

  39. Char Vetsch says:

    Looking for a single book not part of any series that was written by a woman but cant remember the authors name or title of the book. Was a fantasy romance of a princess a white unicorn a knight..a dark horse or unicorn and a dark knight. Really well written kept the reader intrigued and read it in a night couldnt put it down. A kingdom quest. Not the mists of Avalon. Wished I could remember more of it read it in 1984-1987 time..soft cover pocket book with quite a few pages.

  40. Dana says:

    Hi, looking for a book from 80’s. On the back cover it said, Brad and Lisa.Lisa and Brad. The most popular couple at Centerville High. Any ideas what this book is? I’m trying to locate it for my niece

  41. tammie says:

    hello,
    i am trying to find a book from the 80’s about a school dance and the build collapses on top of them. That is all that i remember.

  42. Gina says:

    Hi hi

    I’m looking for an 80’s book, I believe it like a young romance book for like middle schoolers or teenagers.

    It has a very simple cover, it’s of a young boy and girl, the boy with dark hair and the girl with either blond or orange hair sitting at a table. But the thing was, the boy was leaning into the girl with his hand on the table, but the girl was leaning away with a really uncomfortable, uneasy look on her face. They were in a classroom in front of a window I believe with a green field behind. I believe the main color of the book was baby pink. The boy had a REALLY sneaking and cunning look and his face, that’s why I want to read it so much!!!
    Unfortunately when I had the book, I was waaaaaay too young to read it, but I would often look at the cover wondering what’s inside.

    Please and thank you for your help~~~

  43. Andrew diaz says:

    Does anybody remember a show with a green puppet with a football shaped head and I believe the intro music was The Entertainer?

  44. Lucy Bate says:

    Hi. I’m looking for a book I remember from 1984 (?) or thereabouts. It was about a girl who’s father had died several years ago, and she has just graduated highschool as the story starts. Due to her Dad dying, Mom and she had to relocate and revamp their previously rather comfortable lifestyle. An old friend from “before” called, I think, Gretchen, has made contact for the first time in years. I think the friemdship couldn’t survive the changes. Gretchen and her brother Hunter were more than very comfortable, they were just plain rich and I think both the narrator and Gretchen let the friendship lapse and die at the age of 13 or so rather than deal with the now really obvious differences. Gretchen offers the narrator a holiday in the family country estate. The narrator goes to stay with Gretchen, realises that there is something wrong – someone is trying to kill Gretchen – and falls in love with Hunter who of course is a prime suspect. There’s a stepmother / aunt who is just plain weird and I remeber a forest fire. I remeber getting it through Scholastic in New Zealand so Windswept? Wild Fire? The main character has to be 17 or 18. Any help would be much appreciated.

  45. Songthe says:

    You forgot the Girl Talk series in all your cliquey pizza blog entries. :..(

  46. Clare says:

    Hi! I’m trying to find a book I read in the mid 90’s. All I remember about it was that there were two brothers, one was smaller, and lanky and wanted to be more like his brother, (possibly his twin?). He somehow finds or invents a box/room where time is altered. When he’s inside time passes quicker outside. He goes in there to work out and bulk up and he’s as strong as his brother in what seems like a week or something. It’s not much to go on. I think the author is male and wrote other oddball books like this one.
    Thank you!!

  47. Emmie Mayberry says:

    Hey guys,
    So this is a total shot in the dark, I went to middle school and found this book and I cannot remember the name of the book to save my life but I do remember the cover and I believe I remember the synopsis. The cover is a girl and a guy of course and the girl has blonde hair and a blue shirt. The book is about a girl who’s boyfriend dies of cancer or a car accident (I cannot remember which) and she ends up falling for a new guy. Something like that, if you have any guesses please let me know!

  48. liz says:

    oh man, i hope you still check/update here… i can’t for the life of me remember the name of a YA series (no idea how big the series was, i only read two books from it). all i remember is, it was an older sister, younger brother, and they were friends with a friendly older male shopkeeper who had colorblindness. they weren’t mysteries or anything like that, just the usual kid-conflict-then-resolution type thing.

  49. Melissa spencer feehan says:

    Help! Looking for a teen book from the early 80’s. Of course I do not know the title or author. I do not believe it was a series. Typical high school girl, shy. The guy is the most popular guy in school, might be a bit older. It appears he has the popular girl as his girlfriend but they are just friends. The h gets a job as a mother’s helper, then the H ends up doing their yard work. She has a major crush. I remember she keeps mementos in a box. He likes her pink sweater for example so she puts it away. They end up getting to know each other out of school. They both get fired when the mom catches him about to kiss her. Another girl at school gets the job and learns the gossip. I think it ends with him graduating and maybe going off to school. Ring any bells?

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