A curio in that it bore more likeness to a thematic series that a character driven series. Loyal readers urged returning characters from Dorothy Francis who had a hit with Vonnie in Special Girl and even series with-in a series – Nicole Hart’s Hart mysteries , Becky Stewart’s ( a.k.a Stuart Buchan’s) Kellogg and Carey mysteries , Elaine Harpers 18 Blossom Valley books which took one character Janine through highschool romance to marriage , pregnancy , and child. Fat Glenda Turns Fourteen – 1991 Fifteen Series- Peppy shortlived series put out by Signet Vista in the mid-80’s. The stories were the usual blend of romance and light drama and the packaging was nice albeit the fuzzy soft focus close up shots were a tad unusual, all in all bad timing hampered this series more than anything. First Love From Silhouette never just focused on romance but rather on a character’s adaption to a new environment , situation or boy , a situation usually already crackling with adventure and mystery. It will be a surprise which one arrives for those members who ordered.
After creating a likable , relatable character with Glenda Waite , overweight but struggling to lose it , Lila got so many letters from fans wanting to hear more about Glenda’s diets and success, she created three more books. Being unencumbered by linking the stories the authors had the freedom to be fresh and find their own tone. The series didn’t last long the just the average of short lived series – under six books. Above all the stories are believable and the characters are not just goody-goodies but battle real emotions. Elizabeth Gail and the Strange Birthday Party 1980 7. Which meant it was not necessarily bad – probably just didn’t catch on. It also has one of the cutest family pets ever – a spunky goose called Goosey Poosy. Elizabeth Gail and the Mystery at the Johnson Farm 1978 2. Fast Forward – 1989 The Fabulous Five This series was put out by Bantam Skylark as a evolution from an ongoing successful series of non-numbered books at the time, dubbed the Taffy Books , about the same group of girls only one year older. One story featured a popularity driven girl seeking to score mythical Duran Duran tickets, another girl spending the week at her ultra rich friends house for a week to see how the other half lives , a class clown trying to cope with her parents divorce, a girl who discovers her assigned ‘big sis’ might by only using her , to best friends threatned when boys enter the mix to a girl mortified that her social climbing might have plummeted when she is banished to the nerdish West Wing with the creepy computer whiz’s. Somebody like Jeremy Vaughn – Bea Alexander – 1983 45. Summer of my Independence – Rose Bayner – 1985 126. A Patch of Black Satin – Jeanne Cheyney – 1985 128. Even as First Love was being turned into Keepsake , a few books were reprinted and two new Blossom Valley books were put out. The stories were such a hit they were released with ( instead of the First Love From Silhouette arch ) a Blossom Valley Book arch. Steamy subjects like snorting cocaine while shoplifting are coupled with cliffhangers at the end of the books like the possibility of Megan’s suicide which turns out to be a false alarm , Linda’s bad boy’s d.u.i. Her band members are – Dee Dee the drummer , George on keyboards, bass player Sly and Josh on guitar. The books shifted focus after the first book to focus on a more svelte but emotionally damaged Elsie while book four could be called a side-quel offering a backwards look at a tough girl named Helen, not in Elsie’s class, who battles dyslexia. Sunny little series captures the surf n’ turf atmosphere of the 80’s in California with surfer dudes , pink zinc , and silk screened muscle shirts. ) Laura Mc Call – the beautiful calculating and spoiled leader who has her eye on Randy , Karen ‘Funny’ Hawthorne – a kind , self-proclaimed bubblehead , Tammy Lucero – gossip queen and Melissa Mc Connell – Perfectionist. a teacher who purposely dresses like Dracula and has students dissecting cow eye balls ? , and Arlene who doesn’t have friends but rather manipulates the people around her with poisonous sweetness and or blackmail. With a hunky manager named Harrison Hughes – who’s got his eye on Lexi, the stories revolve around; romances between the band mates and newcomers , trying to finance the band , battling egos as hot singers try to wedge their way into the limelight and of course their attempts to hit the big time. Starstruck – 1985 Elizabeth Gail Released by Tyndale in the late 70’s and written by Hilda Stahl this is a charming series about a feisty foster girl – Elizabeth Gail who has finally found a loving family. Lets not forget – Keith Masterson , Tony Calcaterra , Jon Smith , Shane Arrington , Scott Daly , Garrett Boldt , Kim Baxter , Marcie Bee , Dekeisha Adams , Kaci Davis , Colby Graham , Curtis Trowbridge , Jon Smith , Lisa Snow , Sara Sawyer , Gloria Drexler , Mandy Mc Dermot , Taffy Sinclair , Alexis Duvall , Whitney Larkin , Ritchie Corrierro , Bill Soliday , Mona Vaughn , Matt Zeboski, Clarence Marshall, Joel Murphy , Daphne Alexandrou , Shawnie Pendergast whew! Abernathy , Miss Wolfe , Miss Dickinson and of course Mr. The writing was vibrant and memorable , the plots lively and exciting. a hangout called Bumpers furnished with battered carnival rides ?