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memories of the ’80s – Hey Al by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Richard Egielski

For picture book fans in the late 1930s, this award-winning book made an impression with the vivid storytelling in Hey, Al by Arthur Yorinks and illustrated by Richard Egielski. The story by Yorinks focuses on a man named Al, and … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Castle by David Macaulay

In the late 1970s, a picture book was given the Caldecott Honor, and created a world within walls in┬áCastle by David Macaulay. The author’s premise was to reveal how a Welsh castle was built during the late 12th century. The … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

Bestselling author Judy Blume continued to publish popular books with the release of Tiger Eyes. The young adult novel focuses on Davey Wexler, which as the book opens, has attended her Father’s funeral. Adam Wexler has died after being shot … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

In the early 1970s, author Judy Blume kicked off a series that would become a favourite for decades with the novel Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. The book introduces two characters: brothers Peter and Farley Hatcher, the latter who … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

In the late 1980s, Indian author Salman Rushdie, who had established his literary career after the publication of┬áthree novels, published his most controversial book The Satanic Verses. Rushdie based the book on a disputed Islamic tradition that verses were to … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The first novel published by Toni Morrison, this tale of children dealing with racism, incest and violence is one that has become noted as one of the top 10 most frequently challenged books. The Bluest Eye focused on three little … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – The Cider House Rules by John Irving

The mid 1980s was a fertile writing time for author John Irving, who published his sixth novel The Cider House Rules. Set in the 1930s and 1940s America, the story centers around Homer and his relationship with Wilbur. Homer is … Continue reading

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