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Laura Lippmann

Starring Lizzie Skurnick as herself: Hopkins grad revives young-adult fiction

Starring Lizzie Skurnick as herself: Hopkins grad revives young-adult fiction

They were novels discussed in whispers during class, passed around among groups of friends and read by flashlight late into the night.

They explored serious topics — race and class, body image, sex, addiction, divorce. And, says author and critic Lizzie Skurnick, these young-adult novels were real literature that didn't get the respect they deserved.

Now Skurnick, a former Baltimore resident who received her master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, is bringing them back

Her imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, has republished four classic young-adult novels since its launch in September. A fifth is slated to hit shelves this month, and...

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