Thursday, 19 February 2015

Dropout - Martin Yoseloff

"The haunting novel of a girl adrift...and a generation in torment..."a reading experience not to be missed."-New York Times



LANCER BOOKS 73-770
NEW YORK, USA
FIRST PRINTING 1968
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY E. P. DUTTON AS "THE GIRL IN THE SPIKE-HEELED SHOES' 1949

"ABSORBING"
-Miami Herald

"Tenderness, understanding and the poetry of simple lives are the keynotes of this novel."
- Oklahoma City Oklahomen

"Martin Yoseloff, with a delicate perceptiveness of the shades of virtue and evil, here takes the old pattern of a small town girl 'with no mother to guide her' falling into questionable associations, keeping poor company, hunting up temptations as if she had not been tempted enough. Nut Mr. Yoseloff alters the old pattern-decidedly for the good."
- Pasadena Star News

"This could be a dull and lustful tale, bur Mr. Yoseloff fills it with so much compassion, and writesnwith such skill, tht one cannot help being fascinated. It has many of the qualities of Stephen Crane's Maggie."
-American Mercury

YOU WILL NEVER FORGET MAYBELLE REARDON!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Subba Culture Fanzine



A new or newish fanzine called "Subba Culture" and if you like the kind of books featured in Juvenile jungle, then this will definitely be of interest to you. Full of street stylish fun, fashion, music, film, books and other similar toned stuff. Three issues out already and it is limited to 200 numbered copies per issue, be quick before they go, I wasn't quick enough for issue 1 and I missed out...so if anyone has one, I need a copy! 
If you want a copy, check the link on Juvenile Jungle for Subba Culture, they do mail order and if you don't want a copy, check out the site anyway, it's great!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Come Back On Monday - Sheila Solomon Klass

"A white teacher, a problem student, a week of crisis in a Harlem school"


ABELARD SCHUMAN  
NEW YORK, USA
FIRST PRINTING 1960

This is the story of a week of crisis in a school situated in one of New York's seething slums - the "pit" of Harlem.
Deborah Lieb, a dedicated and devoted teacher, is on the staff of Henry D. Thoreau Girls' Junior High, a school to which incompetent teachers are exiled, in which administrators and much of the staff apathetically serve out their sentences while awaiting transfers, a school where "come back on Monday" is a favorite teachers' dodge to get rid of problem students - most of them Negroes and Puerto Ricans reflecting the fears and angers and tensions of a depressed community.
The crisis arises when Deborah Lieb is accused by a reporter for a Negro tabloid of being anti-Negro. caught by the cyclopean forces let loose by this accusation - the Negro "hate" sheet relentlessly pursuing its racial enemies, and the white school administrators eager to secure advancement by "keeping the lid on" their problem school - Deborah finds her job threatened, her own values and self-assurance weakened. During this same week, she must deal with the problem of Barbara Jones, one of her brightest Negro students and a potential delinquent, haunted by the memory of the drunken bum who violated her in a tenement basement when she was twelve years old. Deborah must also cope with the pettiness and back-biting of some of her colleagues - the old maids, the Negro toadies, the narrow minded disciplinarians who are far more concerned about keeping order i the hallways than about a miscarriage in the classroom.
By skillful use of parallel narration, the author holds the mounting suspense of Deborah's story before us, while introducing an amazing gallery of characters. Teachers, principals, students - all are unforgettably etched for the reader.
Yet if this novel were nothing more than photographic realism, it would fall short of its purpose. For the theme of this book is implicit in its title; there must be time and love for hapless youngsters such as the ones that Deborah and the few responsible teachers befriend. It is this sense of compassion which illumines this engrossing and exciting novel. It is a genuine cry from the heart.

Monday, 16 February 2015

The Jungle - Nelson Algren

"A great novel of lawless youth" 

"A book of the hour...close to the raw"

-New York Times




AVON BOOKS T-185
NEW YORK, USA
NO DATE c1950's
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK AS BY THE VANGUARD PRESS AS 'SOMEBODY IN BOOTS' 1935

"A powerful and disturbing book, which does not shrink from the harsh facts of violence, rape and human wretchedness."
-New York Sun

"Frank and brutal...violence and transcient, narcotic beauty"
-Washington, D.C., Post

The forthright story of Cass McKay : 
his father, a devil by his own admission-
his brother, an unmanly drunken wreck-
his sister, a gentle girl enslaved by hunger-

-and of that small, restless section of our youth of both sexes, which - in the absence of proper parental supervivision - rides the rods that lead to degradation and delinquency.

"This book should be read, reread and studied."
-Washington, D.C., Post

"Sizzling from the griddle of experience"
-New York Times

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Satchmo : My Life in New Orleans - Louis Armstrong

"The Colourful Vice-Ridden Days Of New Orleans"


ACE BOOKS 146
LONDON, UK
FIRST PRINTING 1957
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY PETER DAVIES FEBRUARY 1955

New Orleans - with its savage, joyous struggles for existence; its vigorous, warm personalities, its brutalities, its poignancy. New Orleans, the cradle of jazz and of all-time king of jazz - Louis Armstrong. This is a one-man success story with a difference, for Armstrong came up the hard way, and Satchmo gives us here the whole incredible, vital tingling Armstrong history from the slums of his childhood through reformatory to the time he left his fabulous Mississippi city and headed out trumpeting for Chicago and the world.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Knuckle Girls - Richard Allen


NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY 3651
LONDON, UK
PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
FIRST PRINTING DECEMBER 1977

'That's it, folks. Roll up and see the infamous Ina Murray. Get your tickets here, missus. Watch her give 'em knuckle. If you're very good and applaud loudly she'll even smash a glass in some bloke's face. That's terrific. It's the greatest. Ina rules, okay!'

Ina Murray has become a problem. Beaten by her father, she has learned to hate; humiliated at school, she has learned to 'fight for her rights'; brutalised at an approved school, she has learned to terrorise and maim. Now, at eighteen, Ina faces a charge of malicious wounding, even 'intent to kill'. And only now do social workers and probation officers attempt to discover what brought Ina to that vicious combat of bicycle chain and copper wire amid a circle of cheering supporters.

'Girls used only to resort to psychological bullying...Now they're moving in gangs and using bicycle chains, knives and clubs. In fact they're beginning to behave in a way once only associated with the roughest of boys.'
-HENRY CLOVER, PRESS OFFICER OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS

Friday, 13 February 2015

The Warriors - Sol Yurick

"The most powerful novel of the world of  teen-age gangs since 'The Amboy Dukes'

"A brutal and terrifying book, a deeply significant work of art" - The Cleveland Plain Dealer


PYRAMID BOOKS X-1466
NEW YORK, USA
FIRST PRINTING AUGUST 1966
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY HOLT, RINEHART AND WINSTON AUGUST 1965
COVER ART BY HARRY SCHAARE

WAR IN THE STREETS
The night of July 4th. In the Bronx, a city-wide convention of gang leaders moves to organize New York's teen-age gangs into an army of 100,000 strong. But mistrust leads to insult and insult into open warfare, and soon the police move in. Suddenly, six members of "the Family" - the Coney Island Dominators - are alone on enemy terrain, hunted down and terrified for their lives. Their desperate flight back to the safety of Brooklyn becomes a journey filled with violence, a modern Odyssey gone terribly wrong, an adventure into every imaginable crime against mind and body...

"Stunning"
-New York Herald Tribune

Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Man With The Golden Arm - Nelson Algren

"The classic modern novel of drug addiction on which the sensational Frank Sinatra film was based"


ACE BOOKS H414
LONDON, UK
FIRST ACE BOOKS EDITION 1961
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY NEVILLE ARMSTRONG 1959

the Man with the Golden Arm

Carl Sandburg says of Nelson Algren

"Great qualities of insight into people, a heart of pity, a gift of cadence and song, and often when you near heartbreak he throws in comic relief. The interwoven police, politicians, gamblers and thieves, fixers and hustlers, the jargons of the night-clubs and prisons, these are here in The Man with the Golden Arm. Algren makes his living grotesques so terribly human that their faces, voices, shames, follies and deaths, can linger in your mind with a strange midnight dignity. I join with Ernest Hemingway in hoping that Algren lives on, holds to his standards, and writes a long shelf of books."

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Violent Gang - Lewis Yablonsky


PELICAN BOOKS A802
MIDDLESEX, UK
FIRST PRINTING 1967
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY COLLIER-MACMILLAN 1962
COVER PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARKER

When in June 1957 a fifteen-year-old polio victim was beaten to death by the Egyptian Kings gang in a New York park, a new kind of 'killing for kicks' violence had burst upon the American scene. The author of this book entered the world of two New York gangs, the Dragons and the Balkans, to discover the youths' real motives, hidden from the police, from other social workers, and even from themselves. His investigations reveal that the violent-gang member is a displaced person, unable for various social and psychological reasons to associate with others, within a gang or outside it. The gang itself emerges as a loose grouping, more a vehicle for its members' fantasies and desires for status than a well-oiled criminal machine. Traditional methods of gang control, which have accepted the power of the gang on its members' own valuation and attempted to divert it to more worthwhile ends, may be merely aggravating the problem. Professor Yablonsky himself suggests some totally new methods of control, based upon the revolutionary Synanon experiments in group control.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Girl In The Spike-Heeled Shoes - Martin Yoseloff

"All The Boys Had Maybelle's Number"


POPULAR LIBRARY 573
TORONTO, CANADA
FIRST PRINTING APRIL 1954
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY E.P. DUTTON JULY 1949

SHE'D SHOW THEM!

When Maybelle Reardon came to Kenyon High that morning the boys looked at her queerly and the other girls ignored her completely. She knew that Dennis Morrisey had told.

But what had happened in her room yesterday had been Dennis' fault. How could they blame her? All right, she decided angrily. The next time it would be her own fault. She'd give this town something to really talk about!

"The author avoids bawdiness in a story that is essentially sexy and comes up with a tale that moves his readers to compassion for his fictional heroine."
- Atlanta CONSTITUTION

Monday, 9 February 2015

God's Junkie - Sonny Arguinzoni with Jorunn Oftedal Ricketts


"THE MIRACLE STORY OF GOD'S JUNKIE AND THE ADDICTS CHURCH"


LOGOS BOOKS L-314
NEW JERSEY, USA
LOGOS PRINTING 1971
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY JIM HOWARD

'An exciting true story!' - Nicky CRUZ "Run Baby Run"

'Those who have read my books will want to read this one' - DAVID WILKERSON "THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE"

"Sonny Arguinzoni is doing great work for God...It is time the story was told...You will not put this book down until you have read it completely...This is a story of God's power in action."

- DAVID WILKERSON, author "THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE"

Part of Sonny's story was in Run Baby Run...now you can read the exciting account of God's Junkie...there is hope for the one involved in drugs, sex, rebellion...miracles do happen and Sonny Arguinzoni and his addicts church see them every day.

- NICKY CRUZ, author "RUN BABY RUN"

Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Butchers - Leonard Bishop

"They Lived And Loved By The Law Of The Streets"


POPULAR LIBRARY SP11
NEW YORK, USA
FIRST PRINTING OCTOBER 1957
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY THE DIAL PRESS JULY 1956
COVER ART BY HOOKS

"TIMELY...POWERFUL...TRUE!"
-Dallas TIMES-HERALD

The frank, realistic story of a teen-age gutter-scrapper, who learned all he knew about life in the sordid streets and tenements of New York's Lower East Side.

It is also the story of three girls - a downtown floozie, an uptown fancy girl, and one decent woman - for whom he slugged his way out of the slums and broke the deadly hold of the Syndicate that owned him, body and soul.

"FURIOUSLY ALIVE"-New York HERALD TRIBUNE
"POWERFULLY, RELENTLESSLY WRITTEN"-Chicago SUN-TIMES
"TOUGH AND TENDER"-Washington POST & TIMES HERALD
"PASSION AND COMPASSION"-Bridgeport POST

Friday, 6 February 2015

The Blood Circus - Thomas K. Fitzpatrick

"First came 'Hell's Angels' - now on the sex and terror trail 'The Beasts'



NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY NEL 2611
LONDON, UK
3RD PRINTING NOVEMBER 1972

They're mean, vicious, sadistic. Sex and motorcycles are their scene.
They are THE BEASTS - a motorcycle gang to rival HELL'S ANGELS.
They've got the people in California living in terror, so the law decides to plant a man amongst them - but even he isn't prepared for the mind-blowing plans that their psychopathic leader devises...

Thursday, 5 February 2015

How Rough Can It Get? - Joe Weiss

"A startling story of modern youth"


AVON BOOKS 582
NEW YORK, USA
NO DATE
SPECIALLY REVISED AND EDITED FOR AVON BOOKS

here is a picture
of present day New York City which
is overwhelming in its force and originality.

It is the story of a group of young men
and the hungers and frustrations that drive 
them from girl to girl, from job to job -
and which turns the city into a battleground
of human frailty, with no holds barred.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Black Boy - Richard Wright

"A Scorching Story Of A Negro Adolescent In A Hostile World"


ACE BOOKS H269
LONDON, UK
FIRST ACE BOOKS EDITION 1959
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY VICTOR GOLLANCZ 1945

A picture of suffering, squalor, and injustices: Richard Wright's account of his childhood makes painful but absorbing reading.
-Peter Quennell: DAILY MAIL

It is a distressingly truthful account of the life of a Negro boy...One of the few books I've read that I know I shall never forget.
-NEW STATESMAN

This is a grim book - it's bound to be, because it gives you the human aspect of a terrifying problem.
-B.B.C. BROADCAST

The best review of Black Boy would be in two words: 'Read it.' A record of loneliness, bewilderment and poverty.
-TIME AND TIDE

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Only Lovers Left Alive - Dave Wallis


PAN BOOKS X464
LONDON, UK
FIRST PAN EDITION 1966
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY ANTHONY BLOND 1964

Smashing, looting, killing, loving-
the teenagers take over all Britain

'a shattering sensational novel...a real original'
DAILY EXPRESS

The adults have committed suicide with Easyway pills, and the teenagers have taken over. Free to smash, loot and love as they like, the gangs roar through the streets on their expendable 
brand-new motorcycles in search of disappearing stocks of lipstick, petrol and food. Free of adult control the youngsters commit every sin but hypocrisy...until they meet the future.

'Grim and often macabre, this contemporary fantasy has a vigorous fertility of invention, rattling pace and dialogue that crackles with vitality'
BIRMINGHAM POST

'arresting and terrifying'
NEW YORK WORLD-TELEGRAM

Monday, 2 February 2015

Boot Boys - Richard Allen

"By the author of 'Skinhead' and 'Suedehead'"


NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY 450 01697 8
LONDON, UK
6TH PRINNTING APRIL 1975

First there was 'SKINHEAD'
Then came 'SUEDEHEAD'
Now there are 'BOOT BOYS'

Tom grinned, bringing his fist down with a chopping motion on the back of the United fan's neck. He felt the blow jar his muscles. He kicked as the man slumped.

Then the boots went in - hard. Muffled moans lost themselves in the frantic chanting from the terraces.

"Boot Boys! Boot Boys!"

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Must I Die? - Francine Wenzell

"A gutter-girl she became a gangster's moll...and then a tycoon's toy..."


DIGIT BOOKS D293
LONDON, UK
FIRST WORLD PUBLICATION 1959

MUST I DIE

This is the tough story of Toni, a young girl who was born in the slums of New York's waterfront strip. She becomes involved in a smuggling racket...and eventually a kidnapping.

But Toni has he big moments too...when a millionaire takes her up and shows her the town. It doesn't last though and, in the end, Justice exacts its price for wrong-doing...