Oh my god, three posts. It must be your lucky day.
I was perusing the internets today and saw a bit on Jezebel that was about Lois Lowry, the children's author. She wrote lots of books that I read back in the day. By "the day", I mean the 1980's. I was one of those weirdo kids that would hole up in their room with books or Barbies or both (in my case) and I read ALOT during elementary school and junior high. Lois Lowry wrote these books about a girl named Anastasia Krupnik and she seemed so weird and cool when I was a kid and she had these funky adventures and I wanted to be her and live in a tower and I learned the word "debacle" from her and I wanted to live in Cambridge although I didn't know where that was at the time. When I read the thing on Jezebel, I started trying to remember all the names of the books I read back then. One was about a girl whose sister took some "angel dust" and tried to jump out of the window or something. Anyway, it introduced me to the term "angel dust" at a ripe young age and I vividly remember the part of the book when her sister takes the drugs and freaks out but I CANNOT remember the name of the book. I think the word "thirteen" is in the title but google was not helpful. I also had a book about a girl and her mom gets cancer or something and she dies and they describe her mother dying IN DETAIL. I can't remember that title either but thanks for giving me cancer-paranoia. DAMMIT! I would totally go back and re-read them. I also LOVED the Ramona Quimby books and I even remember the part in one of them where the mom forgets to turn on the crock-pot and their dinner is ruined and they end up going to get burgers and fries and it turned out to be a lovely family time. (I have no idea why I remember that but I do and yet I am unable to remember birthdays. Huh.) I found my old copy of "A Wrinkle In Time" in a box during the Great Renovation of 2007 and re-read it. It still holds up but I don't recall picking up on the HEAVY christian tone to the book. Oblivious 11 year old I was. Anyway, this is all rambling but if anyone has heard of these books and knows the names, let me know. I love reminiscing! Don't get me started on Judy Blume!