Wednesday, January 03, 2007
It Didn't All Start with Ponyboy
While conventional wisdom has it that the young adult novel was born in the late sixties with books such as The Outsiders and The Pigman, let's have a reflective pause for Mary Stolz, who died last month at the age of 86. Although most remembered now for the middle-grade novels A Dog on Barkham Street and The Bully of Barkham Street, from the 1950s on Stolz was writing novels such as Pray Love, Remember, and Who Wants Music on Monday? for and about smart teens with complicated lives. Brava.