• Kelly Schrum
Part of the Girls’ History and Culture book series (GHC)


Maureen Daly won first prize with her short story, “Sixteen,” in a Scholastic magazine high school writing contest. In this opening paragraph, Daly identifies her protagonist, a small-town high school student, as a “typical” teenage girl through her knowledge of the latest teen trends in fashion, beauty, music, and movies. The narrator understands her peers as well as the latest news from the New York society pages and Hollywood gossip columns. By 1938, growing awareness of teenage girls as a distinct group allowed Daly’s story of unrequited love and self-awareness to resonate with teenage and adult readers nationally.


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