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The fact that many of M. E. Kerr’s young adult novels remain popular and in print for years after they are first published indicates that these novels are not tied to the events of a particular time period or generation but rather address universal feelings and emotions that most young...

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The fact that many of M. E. Kerr’s young adult novels remain popular and in print for years after they are first published indicates that these novels are not tied to the events of a particular time period or generation but rather address universal feelings and emotions that most young adults experience at some time or another. In addition, Kerr’s most commonly used theme of an underdog either struggling to gain social acceptance or learning to live without it, is one that many young adult readers find appealing.

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