Beyond the Image: Adolescent Girls, Reading, and Social Reality

  title={Beyond the Image: Adolescent Girls, Reading, and Social Reality},
  author={Angela E. Hubler},
  journal={NWSA Journal},
  pages={84 - 99}
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