Vintage YA Turned Classic

Article by marycatherine

Speaking of things that only get better with age, prolific writer and blogger Lizzie Skurnick has created a new imprint of Ig Publishing for the purpose of repackaging forgotten teen novels from the 1930s-1980s. The explosion of writing for young adults in the last twenty years has created a market and audience for these novels that they didn’t really have when they were originally published. Skurnick’s first selections came out in Fall 2013 and, as of now, we have six of her titles in our YA section. Aside from being great, timeless stories, these books are a fun way for teens to understand a bit of what life was like when Mom and Dad (or even Grandma and Grandpa!) were growing up. Our staff loved reading these selections this winter; we’ve reviewed a few of our favorites below.

Secret Lives Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781939601056
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - April 1st, 2014

Addie lives in a big old New Orleans house with her two elderly aunts, “who think more about dying than living.” A lonely orphan, Addie has always been told that her mother drowned in Honduras after a tidal wave crashed into their house. She has a feeling no one is telling her the whole truth, but she can’t remember anything before her life in New Orleans. With the aid of a new friend, Addie sets out to find out what really happened to her mother.

--Brooke


Me and Fat Glenda Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781939601032
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Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - January 28th, 2014

Despite the less-than-politically correct title, ME AND FAT GLENDA is a funny, warm-hearted 70s throwback perfect for dreamy kids who feel like outsiders. Sara has a loving, supportive family, but her parents are also free-spirited hippies who don't do things like other moms and dads. Their unusual, artistic way of life fits in well enough in the college town where Sara was raised, but when they move to a faraway suburb, Sara's family sticks out like a sore thumb. When Sara meets an odd, loudmouthed neighbor girl who everyone calls Fat Glenda, she befriends her despite her bad reputation. After all, they're both outcasts! But can Sara trust her new confidante?

--Danielle


A Long Day in November Cover Image
By Ernest J. Gaines, Don Bolognese (Illustrator)
$11.95
ISBN: 9781939601025
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - December 3rd, 2013

This novella follows Sunny, a young boy growing up in the “black quarter” of a sugar cane plantation, on a single, eventful day in 1940. Told in his distinct voice, the book explores his parents’ fraught relationship, his limited access to education, his family structure, and much more. At turns heartbreaking, funny, and frustrating, teens will be drawn into Sunny's story and immersed in the challenges and realities of his daily life. His childish narrative voice is a fascinating tool that will add vivid layers to this unique reading experience for teens.

--Mary-Catherine

Check out the rest of the Lizzie Skurnick books on sale at Brazos:


Debutante Hill Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781939601001
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - September 17th, 2013

To All My Fans, with Love, from Sylvie Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781939601018
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Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - October 15th, 2013

Happy Endings Are All Alike Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781939601049
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - February 25th, 2014

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