It was rad to be a kid in the 80s! Take a trip down memory lane with some books, movies, and music from the 1980s.


Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

“Ramona’s job is to be nice to fussy Mrs. Kemp, who watches her while her mother works.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook, Audiobook CD, eAudiobook, Large Print


Superfudge by Judy Blume

“Sometimes life in the Hatcher household is enough to make twelve-year-old Peter think about running away. His worst problem is still his younger brother, Fudge, who hasn’t changed a bit since his crazy capers in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. If you ask Peter, Fudge is just an older — and bigger — pain. Then Peter learns that his mom is going to have a baby and the whole family is moving to Princeton for a year. It will be bad enough starting sixth grade in a strange place and going to the same school as Fudge. But Peter can imagine something even worse. How will he ever survive if the new baby is a carbon copy of Fudge?.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook, eAudiobook


 Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club) by Ann M. Martin

“Follows the adventures of Kristy and the other members of the Baby-sitters Club as they deal with crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who do not always tell the truth.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook


Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar

“More humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, where students learn to tango, face the cafeteria’s dreaded Mushroom Surprise, and study a hobo during show and tell. Sequel to “Sideways Stories from Wayside School.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook, Audiobook CD, eAudiobook


Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

“In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook, eAudiobook


Stand by Me

“This film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up takes place in a small Oregon town as four boys set out on a two-day search for a missing teenager’s body, a search that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Format: DVD


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“Ferris Bueller has played hooky a number of times. But this time he has the entire school and more believing he is on the verge of death. On this special day off, Ferris invites his friend Cameron and girlfriend Sloane to join him in his day of fun. Ferris talks Cameron into borrowing his father’s precious Ferrari for the day’s transportation. All the while, Principal Ed Rooney is determined to prove Ferris is faking his illness. Jeanie is Ferris’s agitated sister who also wants to catch Ferris in his lie. Ferris enjoys his day with his friends, until they notice that the mileage of the Ferrari reads too many miles, sending Cameron to suffer his own blow out.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Format: Blu-Ray


Back to the Future

“When teenager Marty McFly is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown, he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future, and leave him trapped in the past.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Format: DVD


Heathers

Beautiful, popular, and ruthless, the Heathers are the picture-perfect queens of the social scene at Westerburg High that everyone wants to be. And that includes Veronica, or so she thought, until she meets JD. He’s the new bad boy in class with some extreme ideas about how to get even with the school bullies and the mean girls. But is he prom date material or a dangerous psychopath?” – Provided by Publisher

Available Format: Digital Hoopla


Madonna by Madonna

Madonna is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on July 27, 1983 by Sire Records. After having established herself as a singer in downtown New York City, Madonna was signed by Sire president Seymour Stein, due to the club success of her debut single, “Everybody” (1982).”  – Wikipedia

Available Format: CD


Purple Rain by Prince & the Revolution

Purple Rain is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released on June 25, 1984, by Warner Bros. Records. The soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name, it is the first album where his band the Revolution is billed. Purple Rain was musically denser than Prince’s previous albums, emphasizing full band performances, and multiple layers of guitars, keyboards, electronic synthesizer effects, drum machines, and other instruments.” – Wikipedia

Available Format: Digital Hoopla


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook, Audiobook CD, eAudiobook


Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook, eAudiobook


Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

“In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook, eAudiobook


Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

“When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook, eAudiobook


Wait till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

“Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.” – Provided by Publisher

Available Formats: Book, eBook


 

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