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Posted by Lizzie on 02/02/08

One of my favorite parts of doing Fine Lines on Jezebel is a new trend with commenters: ISO’s for long-lost plotlines of out-of-print books. (I was ESPECIALLY happy that Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp came up; I had totally forgotten about that one.) Here are some of the best queries below:

I don’t know that book, but it reminds me of this other book my sister owned, that I can’t remember the title of. It was about two friends (girls) and I think babysitting was involved. One of them had lost a baby brother, I think, possibly because he drowned. The other also had a baby brother, but he suddenly died. While the friend was babysitting him. I think. Anyway, in the end the baby brother turned out not to be dead. Some lady had poisoned him with poison from the fugu fish, and he’d been declared dead and been buried, and then the woman (or a man) had dug him up and sold him to a rich couple. And the friends figured this out and were poisoned in their turn (I think) but they survived and all ended well. Oh, and one of the friends was blonde and the other Asian. (Again, I *think*)

To make a long story short, does anyone know which book I’m talking about?

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I love this feature. Since I need some help identifying three books I read as a kid, I hoping some you well-read jezzies can help: all were late 80′s, two were mysteries, there was one where the little girl is talking to the ghost of girl and is trying to ruin her life, I remember there being a lake involved… The second one was part of a series and in it the young girl is going to attend a wedding but the bride kept getting woks as gifts, and she starts a correspondence relationship with some old guy…. The last one is a mystery about a girl and she ends up working with her crippled double first cousin who goes to live with her and her brother(?) and they hook up, which I recall creeped me out cause it was like her kissing her brother (gross!). Anyway, if anyone remembers these books, thanks for the help!

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Does anyone remember a book about a girl who lives in a trailer park but tries to hide the fact that she’s poor from her rich, popular friends? she’s also abused by the father of one of her friends, i think. the only other detail i remember is that she buys a pair of guess jeans at a thrift store and she wears them all the time since they’re the only “nice” clothes she has. i read it in the early 90s.

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Does anyone remember the name of the book that is about the little girl who is at school while her father is away at war. When her father is “killed” she has to move into the attic with the other maid girl. But the rich, exotic man (with a monkey) across the alley fills her room up with food and treats? And in the end her father isn’t actually dead? I can’t remember the title of this book (which is kind of a classic), and it is killing me.

The last one, as a commenter pointed out, is, of course, A Little Princess. The monkey could throw anyone off. You can read all the posts here or the latest, Are You In The House Alone? here.

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Non-print-based technologies

Posted by Lizzie on 12/29/07

Just a note to let you know that the Fine Lines column at Jezebel has been proceeding apace, moving on with Little House in the Big Woods, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and All-of-a-Kind Family. If you wish, you can also hear me reading some light verse included in Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks of the Wild Web, out from Vintage soon–now?–on Morning Edition here. It aired Christmas morning, which might or might not be good for the Jews.

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It’s organic!

Posted by Lizzie on 12/08/07

smallish_grounding.jpgMy latest YA look-back on Jezebel, Julian F. Thompson’s The Grounding of Group Six, is up. You can read the entire series–all two, so far!–here. I am happy to take recommendations in the form of hi-res cover scans any day of the week.

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Briefly coming up for air to tell you

Posted by Lizzie on 12/03/07

smallish_summeroffear2.jpg… that the kindly ladies at Jezebel have allowed me to begin post a column, Fine Lines, on the love of my life, YA literature. Yes, it is literature, mofos. It will have all the best books in the world. Please check it out–obvs you should be reading Jezebel anyway.

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