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How do I go about finding this book which may be out of print? The gist of the book is about a young girl who has a few cents. She goes to the corner candy store and purchases 10 candy canes which the shopkeeper puts in a paper bag. She leaves the store and begins home trudging through the snow covered streets, her boots leaving footprints. When she gets home, she discovers her bag had a hole in it and all her candy canes are gone. She retraces her steps and follows the path of her lost candy canes which had fallen one-by-one leaving imprints in the snow.

She discovers that each one has been picked up so she follows the trail of the "thief" only to discover that it leads to an orphange. Standing in the street outside the orphanage, she looks inside the window and sees all the children happily looking at the Christmas tree. On the Christmas tree are her candy canes! I'm not sure how it ends, but I believe she is happy about where her candy canes have ended up.

This book has such good memories for me that I would like to find it again. Please give me some suggestions about how I can go about finding this book. Thank you. I have been unable to find this story published alone, but here's an anthology in which it appears. Thanks for the tip, Barb! Illustrated by Retta Worcester.

Simon and Schuster, A Big Golden Book. One of the stories is "Susie's Christmas Star" in which Susie goes to the store and buys a star and candy canes for her family's tree, but loses them on the way home. The last story in the book was about a little girl named Mary Berry who hated to see the Christmas tree taken down. There was also a story about a penny walk and one about a woman who made edible mittens of yarn colored with candy.

It's in Solved Mysteries. Thanks though. Possibly this one? It definitely contains "Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens" but I don't own a copy, so I can't tell you what else is in the book, except that according to various online sellers, it contains songs, poems including "A Visit From St. Nicholas" , puzzles including a maze and crossword puzzle , a pop-up Christmas tree, stories, jokes and things to do for Christmas.

Lots of pictures in full color and in black and white. The last page contains answers to the puzzles and riddles. Clean, intact copies are expensive, but books with a missing Christmas tree and writing on the pages can be quite cheap. Thank you all so much--I would never have found it without your help. I love this book but it was given away by mistake Over the years friends and family have sent me numerous books, hoping it would be the one I was missing.

The stories I recall are "Granny Glittens and her Amazing Mittens," "The Penney Walk," "A Shoe for Blitzen," "Christmas Through a Knothole," and a story about a young "jester-type of guy who was able to accompany Santa in his sleigh on Christmas Eve - I only remember that he had on leggings and one side was red and the other green or some variety of mixed colors.

I was only about 6 when the book was given to me but I can remember the cover had Santa with a huge bag on his back and the toys were falling out of it. If I recall correctly, the picture carried over onto the back cover. I also think of it as more of an 8" x 10" or more of a larger but not thick book. Oh, and the background of the cover seemed to be a pretty light blue.

The stories were charming and I remember that the cover had like a "film" that covered it -- I had handled the book so much that a piece of the opaque cover was tearing away. The pages were very smooth, I can still feel my hands sweeping over the pages. I lived in Ohio at the time and the person who gave it to me lived there as well, so it wasn't like some item that was only available on the coast. Anyway, I miss it terribly and have long lamented that it got away from me. This is in the Solved Stumpers section. Front cover is light blue, showing Santa putting toys into an overflowing sack.

Toys and elves are on the snow around the sack, and continue onto the back cover. Forty-Three stories and poems, include Mr. Your mention of Granny Glittens rang a bell! Hope this is your answer. The later editions of this book have a cover depicting Santa with an overflowing gift sack as he rides on a sled with some children.

The original edition has a cover with Santa and two angels on his lap. This book is about 8 x 10 size and has the story "Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens" but I don't see in my copy of the book the other stories the seeker mentions. Stories in this book include "Mr.

This sounds like it could be one of the Santa Mouse books by Michael Brown. M 27 and N 9 sound like the same book. Thank you, Thank you, Thank youI would like to know if you have this book to sell me or a way for me to find it. This book was read to me by my Father when I was a child in the 50's 55?? Thanking You in Advavce. It was a poem my grandmother used to recite. Unfortunately, my mother doesn't know the title or the author, but the fact that Grandma recited it to her children, then her grandchildren, puts it back to the s--probably earlier.

Some of Grandma's stories predated Grandma. I'm having the devil's own time finding a story she used to recite--we've figured it originated in a magazine printed before she was born; more on that later. Keyword searches on this not one thing more, stocking, mouse, Santa Claus, etc. Maybe someone can do better with them than I. If this was printed, either by itself or as part of a larger book, I would very much like to know where, and how to get a copy!

If this was made into a children's book, perhaps having the original author will help. The book which is identified as from the "Santa Mouse" series is actually the same poem I sent to solve stumper N9. They should both be listed under that title. Well, it sure helps to have the correct spelling of the author's name! I still didn't find anything to indicate that Santa Claus and the Mouse was a picture book by itself and want to know if it was but there were all sorts of collections of poems, including holiday poems, and of course it could have appeared in someone else's collection of poems.

I also did a search on Google with "Emilie Poulsson" and "Santa Claus" and still couldn't find anything like Santa Claus and the Mouse as a picture book, but did find a story called How Mrs. Does anyone know if this story featured a sugar plum sleigh? It might be the one I'm looking for. I think "How Mrs. It was first published in a womens' magazine, Don't remember any particular mention in it of a sugar plum sleigh.

Recently I was going through a box of books and found a very old one by this author which must have belonged to my grandmother. Sure enough, the poem was in it! I'd never have known to look for it there had I not been informed of the author's name. Barbara Chapman, The Wonderful Mistake, When I read this "memory", I thought I'd read it before.

The orphans decide to make a nativity scene and the fancy doll becomes the beautiful Virgin Mary. It ends with having the mistake be one that "made this Christmas the best for everyone. I am the original poster, and Santa's Footprints is the correct book. You can put this one down as solved! Augusta Huiell Seaman, Sapphire Signet , You may want to check out this book.

The author was an extremely popular writer of children's mysteries nearly years ago. I have never read this particular one, because it's very rare, but the plot you described sounds about like something she would have written. One of the young girls in the story, Corinne Cameron This might be the book you're looking for. I'm not sure of the exact plot, but this sounds like something she might have written. I believe this may be it. The diary is found in a secret compartment and is deciphered by an invalid girl. The diary is destroyed by a housekeeper who is in the place of a mother--thankfully after the whole diary has been deciphered.

The signet is eventually found and delivered to the proper owner by the invalid girl who has regained her health. Roberta Leigh, Sara and Hoppity , The book is Sara and Hoppity , about a "goblin toy" that is brought to Sara's parents' toy shop. Her parents and helper, Miss Julie that's probably who the requestor remembers" repairs for her. It's the mother who paints the plate with Hoppity's picture on it, so Sara will eat her spinach with egg.

What happens is that Sara hates the taste so much that when Hoppity "tells" her to slide the food into the pocket of her apron and tell her parents she ate it Hoppity is a very naughty toy! Sara is found out and punished by being sent to her room, and you never find out whether the leg on the plate is shorter than the other. In the end she sees Hoppity, at whom she has been very angry, standing in the corner, so she knows he feels remorseful and realizes how much she loves him. This story and its sequel, Sara and Hoppity Make New Friends , were my favorite childhood books, and I've never known anyone else who recalled them.

Apparantly there were 6 books and it may interest your requestor to know that there was also a television series that aired in the 60s. My mother and sister remember it fondly. There's more information about both books and tv show at this site. Though not my "Stumper" this has helped me with a childhood memory. I grew up in southern England in the '60s, and have a distinct memory of Sarah and Hoppity being a puppet show on local TV. I actually recall being a bit upset that Sarah was always getting into trouble for things Hoppity had instigated.

Anyway, now I live in Scotland, no one else remembers the show, and I had started to think I had dreamt it, so thank you for confirming that the memory may be correct. Thank you for solving this one for me! It has intruded on my thoughts for years and I couldn't figure out how to find the title. I was able to find 2 other elusive books from my childhood Magic Elizabeth and Candle in her Room simply by searching the solved stumpers. But all I knew for sure with this one was the short leg and painted plate -- not a lot to go on.

The story seems to be a lot different than what I thought I recalled. I'm sure that over the years I have mixed up a number of favorite books, making it even harder to track them down. As a child, I may even have dreamt about the stories, thereby distorting my recollection even more. Thanks to the posted solution I found a website that summarizes all of the books. I have a definite answer for one of the stumpers!! I still have the copy that my Mom gave me as a little girl.

Although it didn't help me keep my room clean! She gave it to me because she liked finding books with a Sarah as the main character. Otfried Preussler, Satanic Mill.


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This very special book is by the popular German author Otfried Preussler, beautifully translated by Anthea Bell. Otto Preussler, Satanic Mill , ?. Poster remembered title OK. Fairly sure I have the author's name spelt correctly - no longer have a copy to check! Story as I remember it spot on, though.

Would suggest The Satanic Mill , by Otfried Preussler , translated by Anthea Bell, published Macmillan , pages "In seventeenth century Germany, a boy named Krabat desperately wants to escape from a school for Black Magic where he is held captive by demonic forces. Krabat must learn enough magic to escape. The miller has made a deal with the devil, and each year one of the apprentices has to be sacrificed by the miller to keep his side of the deal.

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Some of Krabat's friends end up dead. Krabat, however, finds salvation through his love, a singer from the nearby village. She is able to rescue him from certain death and put an end to Satan's reign, even when the miller casts an evil spell, because her love for Krabat is stronger than witchcraft. He is expected to perform several difficult tasks i. Finally he defeats the evil sorcerer when the sorcerer becomes a raven.

Thanks for your help! I haven't read it and I couldn't find much info. Might be worth a look. I have since remembered that the book had a windmill in it S sorceror's apprentice: the impossible tasks are a very common folktale motif. Usually the boy or girl most commonly a girl is helped by animals that he or she helped earlier in the story. I'd guess that the boy was acting as a servant rather than an apprentice - that's the usual arrangement. Otfried Preussler, The Satanic Mill. Suddenly, after all these years, the title came to me! It is The Satanic Mill.

I checked it out at the library and it was the right book. I enjoyed it again! S sorceror's apprentice: if the book had a windmill in it, could it possibly be The Satanic Mill, from the Solved List? Later - I had a look at our library's copy, and it doesn't seem to have the impossible tasks in it, just a lot of shape-changing and the trial is recognising the transformed loved one. Book has been driving me crazy, read it once when I was a freshman in high school - so that would be in the early s. Book was about a sorcerer who had a mill at the edge of a village.

He would take in orphan boys as apprentice. At the end of each year, one of his apprentice must die before a new one could take his place. Book is about an orphan boy who becomes an apprentice. At some time in the book he tries to escape, turning himself into various animals, each time the miller who was following him, turned himself into something stronger. Otfried Preussler.

Abelard-Schuman, London st ed. Set against the colorful background of 17th-Century Germany, the story of Krabat's captive apprenticeship and ultimate victory over the master is an unusual, tension-packed thriller that readers of all ages will find difficult to put down. Author's sixth release, this title received the German State Children's prize for Quite a "dark" book and themes, for a children's story.

Set in Southern Germany during the thirty years war. Murray Tinkelman, jacket illustrator. Translated by Anthea Bell. Otfried Preussler, The Satanic Mill , See Solved Mysteries Page. Unexplained deaths. What is happening at the mill in the fens? Drawn by powers beyond his control, fourteen-year-old Krabat finds himself apprenticed to the dark mill and begins work with the Miller's eleven other journeymen.

But strange things continue to happen at the mill. Time passes at an unnatural pace, and the journeymen have superhuman powers, and can turn themselves into ravens and other creatures. Trapped by an evil power which makes escape impossible, Krabat is forced to submit to the Master of the Mill as he tries to unravel the mill's secrets. The Curse of the Darkling Mill is an eerie tale of sorcery and nightmares, which will keep you guessing right to the end.

One of my favorites! I read this book the late 70's or early 80's. It's about a boy maybe an orphan? In exchange for learning magic they're under the control of the wizard. I think they're crows at night and boys during the day. At the end, inspired by a girl he falls in love with, the boy manages to escape the wizard and I think loses his ability to use magic when he escapes.

I've searched everywhere online and in libraries, and can't find it. The Satanic Mill. I did some research on The Satanic Mill and I'm positive this is the book -- thank you! Somehow, while at Central Park, she ends up traveling back in time to an ancient, tribal civilization. She spents almost a year there trying to find a way home. She brought with her a key, a safety pin, and a knife and these items end up playing a key role in ruining the civilization.

It was an incredible book that I used to read in the s. It had a lot of feminist and naturalist elements to it. I would really like to find it again! I'm almost positve that the title was a date, starting with the name of a month September?

Mazer, Norma Fox, Saturday, the twelfth of October, , copyright. After spending almost a year with cave people from an earlier time, a young girl is transported back to the present greatly changed, both by her experience and by the fact that no one believes her. This was the only book my mother ever censored when I was a kid!

Now I want to find it and read it again. This is defintely it. Great book. This is definitely it. They pool their allowances so that they can each have an adventure on a Saturday. The kids solve a mystery in each book but that's not the main point. The oldest boy plays the piano. The girl also takes off her nail polish with her treasured bottle of perfume in one book. I found lots of titles called A Tangled Web , including one by L.

Montgomery Some details, such as Mona getting a permanent and Rush playing the piano, are right, and the maid's name was Cuffy, which is pretty close. Could be the Melendy books by Elizabeth Enright. F is definitely not L. Montgomery's a Tangled Web. Elizabeth Enright, Melendy family series. Took me a few minutes to put your clues together, but this is definitely it. The children are Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver. They are not mystery books but Spiderweb for Two is about a year-long treasure hunt that the rest of the family puts on for Randy and Oliver.

Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays. The housekeeper is Cuffy, the eldest son, Rush, plays the piano, Mona gets her hair permed and nails painted and removes the polish with perfume. A Tangled Web by Montgomery is about a will and all the members of the family who wish to inherit a certain vase. This sounds like the Melendy family. In The Saturdays, Mona uses her Saturday to get a perm and manicure. In Spiderweb for Two Randy and Oliver get clues to a year long treasure hunt when the older kids are away at school.

Rush plays the piano. Their housekeeper's name is Cuffy.

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Don't think that this is an L. Not the right type, and her list of works doesn't seem to have a series of this type. Mona is the one who gets nail polish off with perfume! Cuffy is the housekeeper. Might these be Enright's books about the Melendy family? Although the children are not detectives, per se, Spiderweb for Two does feature a mystery with the two youngest children, Randy and Oliver. Other details: no mother, the housekeeper's name is Cuffy not Curly , there are 4 then 5!

Rush the oldest boy plays the piano. In the first book, The Saturdays , Mona indulges in a scandalous beauty treatment including haircut although I don't think "Brillo Queen" featured and manicure, and she ends up removing her nail polish with strong perfume. I hope these turn out to be the right books -- they should be great treat to re-discover! I never "lost" Enright's children's books among my favorites , but I've just discovered her adult fiction short stories with very great pleasure, and would highly recommend them, especially to fans of her writing for children.

Four children live in a Victorian house - it has a cupola - I believe there was an illustration of it, might have been on the cover. I think the children live there on their own. Each weekend, one of them is "allowed" to leave the house and have an adventure. They weren't in prison! I think they might have been so poor, there was some "sensible" reason for this situation. It was charmingly told each adventure was engaging. The Melendy children pool their allowance so each one of them, on their Saturday, can plan some special all day outing. The children are not poor but I believe the war is on and they are still rationing.

Their home, with cupola, is described at great length in The Four Story Mistake. You're combining two of the Melendy family books. In The Saturdays , the family is living in New York City and the children pool their allowances so that they can take turns going to the art gallery, the opera and so on. In The Four Story Mistake , they move to a house in the country that has a cupola. This sounds like a combination of both these stories - in The Saturdays , the kids take turns having adventures, and in The Four Story Mistake , they've moved out to the country and the house has a cupola.

Elizabeth Enright?? Is it possible you're remembering parts of two of the books about the Melendy family? In the second book, they move to the country and live in a Victorian house with a four-windowed cupola on the roof. In the first book, the children live in New York, and pool their money so that each child can have an adventure on successive Saturdays eventually they start having their 'adventures' as a group. In the second book, they move to a house with a cupola. I'm looking for a book I read as a child about a family - there's at least a couple of daughters, a father and I don't know if I remember a mom or a grandmother.

Each chapter of the book is a different "episode" in the life of the family She tries to hide her hands during the next meal with the family, but gets caught and becomes more upset when she thinks the polish won't come off. That's all I remember, I apologize, but I'd really like to find this book. I would have been reading it around or so, but I'm not sure how old the book was at the time it seemed a bit antiquated in its reflection of family values, I recall! Thanks so much! This is the first of the Melendy stories.

When they can't afford a vacation outside NYC, the four kids pool their allowances and each does something exciting with all the week's money. Mona gets her hair bobbed and accidentally a red manicure, and the hairdresser tells her a story about running away to the city. The other kids go to an opera, an art gallery, and the circus. Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays , This is definitely the book. The girl with the nail polish is Mona, and she also has her hair cut that day.

Its the first of the Melendy Quartet. The girls name was mona and it was her turn to used the combined weekly allowence of all the kids to do exactly what she wanted - she got a perm and a manicure - and got in big trouble!! Definitely the one. See solved stumpers. In one chapter Mona, the eldest daughter, spends her Saturday money having her hair cut in a grown up style and inadvertently gets a manicure at the same time which causes almost more trouble than having her braids cut off Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays , In this book, four siblings decide to pool their weekly allowances and take turns spending the money on a special Saturday outing.

On her Saturday, teen Mona Melendy takes a trip to a beauty salon where she gets a short and stylish haircut and a manicure with bright nail polish. Her father a widower disapproves and she later removes the nail polish with cologne or perfume. Followed by three sequels. Please see the "S" solved pages for more information.

This is the one about the siblings who pool their allowances so each child can have a Saturday outing on their own. Almost definitely The Satrudays. I believe this is the book you're looking for. This sounds like The Saturdays , the first book in the series about the Melendy family. In it, Mona, the oldest girl, gets her hair cut and her fingernails polished on one of her outings and gets in trouble for it. Enright, Elizabeth, The Saturdays. Solution for nail polish no-nos- Mona, the eldest daughter in the Melendy family, uses her Saturday to get her hair and nails done.

Elizabeth Enright, the saturdays , The other three kids are Randy, Rush, and Oliver. Sounds like it might be this classic. Mona is the girl's name. N60 is The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright. Each of the Melendy children pool their allowance and take turns having a Saturday out alone. Mona goes to the beauty shop, gets her hair cut, and a manicure. Cuffy, the housekeeper, removes the nail polish with perfume. This episode is from the first book about the Melendy Family. The four children pool their allowances so that they each have an adventure in NYC.

Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays, s. This sounds like one of the chapters from The Saturdays , where Mona Melendy spends the siblings Mona, Rush, Randy and Oliver pooled allowance to go to the city for a makeover. Each chapter is one of the kids using the allowance money for something they really want. This sounds like The Saturdays to me I think she gets her hair cut too.

The other kids are Rush, Randy and Oliver. There's a dad, but the mom died, and Cuffy is the housekeeper -- definitely a grandmotherly type. Kids live in a big house in the city and the whole top floor is a play room. They keep clay in the bathroom sink. The first of the Melendy family books. The top floor is The Office, which is the children's playroom, and they have clay in a sink, that needs to be moistened regularly.

That's one of Oliver's jobs I think it's Oliver's.

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Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays , 60s, approximate. This really sounds like The Saturdays , one of the Melendy family books. In this book they all lived in the city, had a huge playroom, and kept clay in the sink, or maybe turtles. There are other Melendy books for after they move out to the country into a huge house, have a huge playroom, etc.

Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays , , copyright. Definitely this first in the 4-book Melendy family series which are still in print. Their upstairs playroom has clay in the sink, a piano, masks and other wonderful stuff. Every Saturday, each child takes a turn going somewhere different in the city with their pooled allowance money. The first of the Melendy books-definitely the one. This is the first of the books about the Melendy Family. This can be none other than this well-loved classic. The details match! You will find lots of other details on the solved pages.

Enright, Elizabeth, The Melendy Family. Sounds like a detail from the Melendy Family series. There were four children children, Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver, who lived in Manhattan with their widowed father. They did have a large playroom on the top floor of a tall, thin brownstone, one which did include the bathtub full of clay, and also a large upright piano, a trapeze, and several pictures on the ceiling formed by leaks.

The children themselves had several adventures exploring the city. Later books dealt with their lives after they moved to the country. Hope this helps. Could this be The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright? Printed originally in , it's a timeless story, and has been reprinted many times including an edition that came out in the 70s If it's the one, in addition to the full-floor play room, you might remember that the four siblings 2 boys, 2 girls each took turns having a "Saturday" adventure with their combined allowance Eldest girl went to the theatre, youngest boy to the circus, etc.

Part of the Melendy family books, before they move to the country. The Office is what they call their playroom. Thank you all so much for solving the mystery. The Saturdays. Henry Holt, , , New hardback with new cover illustration by Tricia Tusa. Henry Holt, , , 20th hardback printing. Ex-library edition with only stamp being on top edges, very small water damage to top corner of pages. PA Pot Named Pete. Thanks for the info. I'll have to ask my friend if these sound familiar to her. Hi again. I have spoken to my friend about this book and she has provided further information.

The pot is definitely called Peep, not Pete. It wasn't a magic pot, it was simply one that was divided into three sections where you could cook three different things unheard of at the time. The father of the family was a travelling salesman who sold the pots and the family all had Norwegian sounding names. The book had a cloth cover. That's about it! Thanks a lot. Father is an inventor and his whistling saucepan, Peep, makes the trip lucrative, exciting and funny. The story is told by eleven year old Lars. Thank you thank you! I just looooove this website Where I remember the book being shelved in the school library could well have been the M's, and the publication date is feasible.

I'd like to have a copy of this one as well. Sounds like Sawdust In His Shoes, the story of a teenage circus equestrian who is placed in an orphanage, but runs away and is taken in by a farm family. He trains one of the plow horses, develops an new act, and eventually rejoins the circus. The boy's father, a lion tamer, gets killed, and he has to go to an orphanage, from which he runs away.

The boy is a solo equestrien and finds the perfect horse for him on the farm. He ends up back in the circus as a headliner. I vaguely remember reading something similar back in the early 80s. I think the title was " Sawdust in his Shoes ", and I thought the author was Edward Fenton , but I couldn't locate it online, so probably not. Maybe this will help jar someone else's memory though.. Well, it's not common, but I did find one: L. London, W.

Chambers, n. Illustrated by A. Talbot Smith. Decorative board with picture of four children sitting on a wall. Spine a little bit cracked. James Hurst, The Scarlet Ibis. I was absolutely haunted by this story It apparently made an impression on my uncle as well so the story must be at least from the 60s , who ended up naming his company after it. This is the story. Its been a staple of high school literature books since at least the s. The brother's name is Doodle.

The short story, one of my persnonal favorites, was in the 9th grade literature book used at Beaumont Junior High, Lexington, KY. The date - school year. Been a while since I read it, but I'm pretty sure this is it. The young brother's name is Doodle. James Hurst, The Scarlet Ibis , Oh, thank you everyone for finding the title of this short story. I read it when I was in 8th or 9th grade and I remember reading it over and over because I was so moved and saddened by the story. This is now one of my favorite websites.

Keep up the great work! Dang, I just solved it myself! Think I'll try to get it on interlibrary loan, just to see if it's as powerful as I remember. I remember that my sixth grade self was really shaken by the raw portrayal of the guilt felt over the death as I remember itperhaps it was just a severe injury of a younger sibling. When a hearse goes by is a line from an Emily Dickinson poem. Lovely imagery! Alvin H. Schwartz did a series of Scary Stories books.

I believe it is the first one which contains the "worms" song, all the words, as well as notes on its origins. W57 The person is right about the Schwartz book as a source for the song. Schwartz also includes a good bibliography at the back, so the person can take a look at that too. I've had this book before.

I believe it's called exactly that: Scat! No mistaking this one -- it's School in the Sky. It's been quite a while but I recall one of the students was a girl named Annie, and they had a cow in the plane with them! I remember being fascinated with the description of strapping in the cow for takeoff! Dear Harriett, I am very happy I found your website!

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My search for a book was solved with the title " School in the Sky ". I can't figure out how to respond within the post so I am writing to you to say "thanks" to whoever solved it. I am very grateful. I made this request on behalf of someone I met at a dinner. We started talking about children's books and she mentioned one about children traveling the world in a glass-bottomed airplane. She said she didn't know the title or author, but had searched everywhere for the book with the little information she had. I found your website later that night and now we have the answer. She will be thrilled.

Thanks for helping people rediscover the books that shaped their worlds when they were young. Finding a book you once loved is like opening a door and stepping into the past for a while. I have two young daughters and can't part with a single book of theirs, because I want that door to their early years to always be close by.

Don't know whether this is the book you're looking for, but the author's name seemed close enough to Armstrong to be worth a shot. I remember the title now that I see it! Is this out of print, and if so can you find an inexpensive copy for me? This might be one of Elisabeth Ogilvie's books She's still writing, but most of her young readers stuff would be vintage 40's or so. Maybe this will help! Masquerade At Sea House. McGraw Hill, Thanks for keeping this request in mind. Yes, you had sent the Ogilvie suggestion before and my mother says she has looked at Ogilvie's books and none of them is it.

Someday, we'll find it! I wonder if this could be the book by Eleanor Mercein Kelly. I don't know anything about her except that she won the O Henry award a couple of times for her short stories, and she was from Kentucky. She wrote from the 's through 's or so, and her stories were set all other the place. She did publish a book called Sea Change, in the early 30's, I think, but I've never read it. Thanks for the tip. My mom swears it's not this one, but I've put in an interlibrary loan request for a copy, just in case. I can't find a used one anywhere. Definitely not it. Worth, Kathryn , Sea change.

Cape, I researched this one thoroughly and the only book with that name that hasn't been eliminated previously is this one. A young woman girl? She has no memory of her name, and so they call her Marina. The Trevelyans have a son named Norman that she ends up falling in love with. In the denouement, she is discovered to be the granddaughter of old friends of the family, with an old locket that she wore when found being the proof.

Her father was the black sheep of the family and was in Australia, sending his daughter back to his parents by ship. I realize that not all of the details are not an exact fit, but it does have the name, the red cover, a publication date early enough to be possible, and an unconventional for the times romance. I check back from time to time, to see if anyone has found my mother's Sea Change.

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Here is a more complete list of books that I have tried. West, Jr. After checking dozens of books with this title, this turned out to be the one! I have it on interlibrary loan and would really like to get a copy for my mother. If anyone can find a less expensive copy, I'd be very grateful.

Library of Congress description: "John dreams he visits the kingdom of the sea horses where he rescues the king's favorite sea horse from the lair of an ancient spider". My mystery was indeed solved! I loved this story and can now get it for my two year old son. Thanks so much. Edmund Cooper, Seahorse in the Sky , , copyright. Could this be it? They find that they can all understand one another despite speakign different languages, and later learn that 2 other groups of people, one from a mediaeval-level civilisation and another from a stone-age civilisation are also there.

I dont recal it being a YA novel - I seem to recall that there is a certain amoubt of sex and violence. Varley, John, Millennium , , copyright. Aliens actually humans from Earths future kidnap airplane passengers and transport them to the future, where warfare and pollution have reduced the population to a mere handful. These airline passengers are needed to re-populate the Earth. The twist is that all these passengers were about to die in a dreadful plane crash. The "snatch teams" from the future can look back in time, see these crashes, or sinking ships, or whatever, arrange for clones to be prepared to substitute for the living people, and then snatch away the otherwise-doomed passengers.

Airplane abducted by aliens. Cooper's Seahorse in the Sky is indeed the one I was thinking of. Holling C. Holling, Seabird , Holling Clancy Holling, Seabird. The bird is carved by a young man on a whaling ship, and is passed down through a few generations of his family, following the changes in ships. Houghton Mifflin, , sixth printing. Nice hardback edition in edgeworn and spine frayed dust jacket. Moody, Ralph. Come On Seabiscuit.

Illustrated by Robert Riger. Houghton Mifflin, Young American Book Club. Regarding SSea Child: Perhaps if the poster uses the keyword "selkie" she might have more success I'm the poster for query S Sea Child. I looked up selkies to no avail, so far. I suddenly remembered that the orphan was named Meave or possibly Maeve. In doing a search on the net I discovered that Maeve is an Irish heroine and it occurs to me that "Da," what the young people called their father in the story, is also an Irish phenomenon.

However, the book is most definitely NOT a folktale; it's set in the future. The book also has to have been written before , because I read it in high school. I hope these scant details will spark a memory in your other readers. I keep thinking of Poul Anderson's The Merman's Children , but that's not a children's book, and has sex and violence as well as fantasy about the last remnants of Faerie being driven out by Christianity.

Maybe Eyas by Crawford Killian. New York: Bantam Books "Through the long centuries of humanity's twilight, the People of Longstrand lived in peace and harmony with nature, under the protection of their goddess from the sea. Then she put her mark upon a raven-haired child who would alter their destiny forever -- Eyas, nestling of the hawk. A fantasy adventure tale of a whale and respect for nature and family. Beautiful illustrations in brush and wash half tones by Diane Goode. Hughe lives all alone, nursing his grief at the loss of wife and family and quietly doing good.

Among his cares is that of wild creatures which have been damaged in the oil-polluted sea, and one day a strange creature indeed comes into his care, a girl from a distant country, speaking an unknown language. He nurses her back to health and eventually marries her. But the valley is tainted by Gwyn the daftie, retarded and malicious. Gwyn decides that the girl is a seal-woman and that she shall bring bad luck to the village. He plays on the superstitious fears of the villagers and builds up hostility towards her. The ugliness mounts and bursts out into arson and violence. One day the man finds a grey seal pup "stranded on the sand bar, crying for its own.

Vowing that he should never return to the sea, the foster-parents bring him up as their son. But when the fisherman is foundering offshore in a terrible storm, the boy rushes to his rescue, plunging back into the wide, enveloping sea. A born naturalist, intuitive and intelligent, Shian could swim long distances with the seals she had thin webs between her fingers and toes and she could talk with, and even tame, wild animals. From early childhood, Shian had been told by her grandparents that she was a sea-child born in a seal-cave and that one day a sea-prince would come and take her back to the kingdom beyond the horizon whence she had come.

Baird, Alison, The Hidden World, darn it! If it weren't for the publication date this would be almost perfect: "Maeve O'Connor is 15, wants to be an actress, is not particularly pretty, and is a perennial outsider at her school near Toronto. To make matters worse her father has just lost his job, her rebellious older brother is driving her parents apart, and to top it all off they have sent her off to rural Newfoundland to spend the summer with her aunt and uncle. Through a talisman she discovers in a bureau -- and her own fey nature -- she begins shifting back and forth between Newfoundland and a parallel universe of Celtic myth, Annwn, which her grandmother had described in a children's novel.

She is befriended by Thomas, an Annwn-born boy of her age and his community, but terror soon grips the land as the evil sea-dwelling Fomori, bent on subjugating Annwn drive forth Thomas' people from their homes. When things are looking bleakest for her friends, she and Thomas mount a bold bid to enlist the aid of the fairy folk. If Maeve's grandmother's book were real, maybe that would be the answer. McKillip , The Changeling Sea, s.

I don't think this is your book, but The Changeling Sea by Patricia Mckillip has a very similar plot, with the genders reversed. Angler's daughter finds a young man on the beach, who looks very much like the son of the ruling family, Prince Kir, who is obsessed with the sea.. Thank goodness we had Bunty, Twinkle, Schoolfriend and Judy….

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I am not allowed pets where I live. Not wishing to be a spoilsport, I had a good, long think. So here goes:. I once had a monkey called Poggy. I was four years old and living with my family on the Mediterranean island of Malta, where my dad was stationed in the navy. I loved Poggy. Poggy was brown and white, with a long tail and red felt feet and paws.

He was very cuddly. But when we returned to live in England, Poggy stayed behind. In readiness for our big move back to England, Poggy was carefully washed, so he would be smart for the journey, and pegged on the washing line to dry. But somehow, with all the turmoil, soggy Poggy was left hanging on the washing-line in the back-garden, next to the well, amidst grapevines in the Mediterranean sunshine. I hope that the family that found Poggy, loved him as much as I did. Or was. My late husband, Rick, taught me to rescue turtles. In Kentucky, over the many years we spent visiting and taking care of his late-mother in the small town, south of Louisville, we frequently encountered turtles ambling across the narrow country lanes.

Rick would stop the car and wait. Road-kill abounded on those winding trails. So did Red-eared Sliders. So-called, because they have a narrow red stripe around their ears. I learned to grab them more towards the back of the shell, because they have longer necks and would, of course, snap at me. Hence the name. Their faces look a bit like E. Some were as big as 75 lbs. Not to be confused with the Eastern River Cooters, who have yellow stripes, too. Here endeth the turtle lesson. I used to know my turtles! Rick was a good teacher. Turtles and snakes were his favorite.

We would go snake hunting, too. But sometimes I would have to handle the smaller ones. He often promised or threatened? Maybe I should think about including some of this herpetological information in my writing. Where do you escape to when it all gets too much? When that sleep that you really, really need alludes you? For those stressed with over-work, with family or money worries or health problems — a respite is definitely needed.

Other than flying away from it all and off to an exotic desert island, what are we ordinary mortals supposed to do? I have discovered my best escape is found between the pages of a book. I guess I have always escaped into the magical world of stories. I have been reading all my life. I had a little rubber stamp that imprinted the logo in my books. Phil remembers my issuing him with a library ticket that I date-stamped to take out books!

Even at that very young age I found an escape into these magical books. I even wrote my own first book, Make Believe Mondays , when I was ten — carefully handwritten, with an orange, pencil- illustrated cover. I wrote it for my brother Phil, I recall! The love of books clearly stayed with me throughout my growing up.

I know I have written before about these books that colored my life. Books have always been a wonderful escape for me. But I think this is true for most of us writers. I know that with my fellow bloggers we often talk about the books that we lose ourselves in. Reading is truly a wonderful way of retreating from the woes that life sometimes presents.

Even if it is a snatched fifteen minutes on a train or bus ride to work, or a quick read on a short coffee-break. And in the middle of the night, instead of tossing and turning and sheep-counting — reach for a book. I just love anything set in the sunny Mediterranean. No rush-hour traffic jams, no screaming police sirens, angry crowds pushing and shoving. Just gentle walks though olive grows, planning delicious simple meals, folk watching the tides come in and go out again under breath-taking sunsets.

Although my all-time favorite remains the childhood classic, Heidi , by Johanna Spyri, about the little girl who goes to live with her grandfather in the Swiss mountains. As a writer, I love to think that someone else might lose themselves in a story that I have created. So the next time that bedroom clock relentlessly blinks am at you, and you find yourself start back at number one with your counting sheep, reach for a book instead — a gentle, charming story. Nothing too violent or thought-provoking.

Just a beautiful, exotic island of words, with a gentle breeze blowing across the pages and the scent of tropical flowers to lull you into that other realm that will take you out of yourself for a while. Sleep then comes more easily when you leave reality behind. To sleep — perchance to dream — of inhabiting the world of your favorite books… written by your favorite authors…. Heat and more. She was a Senior Publicist at Columbia Pictures. What I was trying to do was organize my life. Organize my life better — as I had so much writing to do, as well as a life to live.

I had — still have — several books, short stories and some magazine articles I wanted to write. I actually managed to finish a couple of mystery novels and started another. But this was not enough. I decided I really must get properly organized, so that I can increase my literary output. But hey — this is me. Remember all my notes on little bits of paper? What chance do I have? Some of the versions can be very expensive, I was told.