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Written for librarians, lecturers, and researchers, this can be the second one five-year complement to the authors' Dictionary of yank kid's Fiction, 1960-1984 (Greenwood, 1986). Its 567 entries conceal 189 award-winning kid's books via 136 authors released from 1990 to 1994. incorporated are concise serious reports of novels, biographical profiles of authors, and outlines of memorable characters. An appendix lists books by means of the awards they've got received, and an intensive index permits entire entry to the wealth of fabric contained inside of this reference work.Included are alphabetically prepared entries for these works that critics have singled out to obtain awards or have put on quotation lists through the 5 years coated by means of the quantity. The reference additionally includes biographical entries for best authors of kid's fiction, with entries targeting how the author's existence pertains to kid's literature and to specific works during this dictionary. the amount presents a listing of awards, besides an appendix classifying person works by means of the awards they've got gained. an intensive index presents complete entry to the wealth of data during this ebook.

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BLOOMFIELD (Phoenix Rising Or How to Survive Your Life*), Richard Bloomfield, boyfriend of Helen Castle and friend of Jessie Castle. Although she thinks he is not good-looking, chiefly because he is always sneering, and is a ‘‘jerk,’’ Helen believes she is in love with Bloomfield. When he wants to have sex with her, she refuses, however, telling him that she is simply not ready. She is hurt when he dumps her after Bambi* Sue Bordtz tells him that she has cancer. Later she forgives him, realizing that he is just afraid, and longs to go to the school graduation party with him, getting a new dress for the occasion, and is almost ready to invite him when he invites her.

Zack knows that the tattoo that she is reputed to have and that marks her as a witch is really the peace symbol, that it was removed when she had a mastectomy, and that he, Zack, has the same tattoo. Bernadette was a car mechanic before she went to work for Zack. She was unable to continue in that line of work after her operation. Although Chloe matures credibly as a result of her experiences in the story, Bernadette is the more interesting character, both comic and pathetic. BERNICE (The Star Fisher*), Joan Lee’s classmate, who is also an outcast in the community.

Gradually other outsider youth and townspeople become involved. The family concocts a scheme to use what they know best—their acting abilities— and, later, their talents at filmmaking. Buffie starts out by relating as a class assignment a story that is presented as actual history but is really fiction. She tells the class that since the former owners of the mall property came to horrible ends, the mall is cursed. The Babcocks then sneak into the mall during a Rat meeting and in a hilarious, dramatic scene reenact the sordid tale, thoroughly THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS 23 frightening the gang, who flee in panic.

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