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I’m looking for a book I read in the 1970s as a child. I don’t remember much about it except for two things: there was an alligator or crocodile in it, and elsewhere in the story someone was flipping peas up with a spoon (maybe a knife?) and catching them as a diversion to some sort of caper. Help!
A picture book that I read in my childhood (early to mid 1990s) from a book that could have been written in 1960s to early 1990s. The main characters (2 to 3 sisters as I remember) fed wildlife (birds and also a few deer, there might have been squirrels as well) apples and nuts and seed in the snow outside of their house. I believe the sky was darkened as if it were night. The setting was fairly Germanic or Nordic. The house where the characters lived was either a log cabin or a Tudor style home. I believe a few of the animals looked in through a window in the house prior to getting their food. Outside the home there were a few evergreen trees. Set before Industrial Revolution.
I cannot remember for sure if this was a Christmas story or if it was only winter, but I lean towards believing the inside of the house was decked with garlands. I am pretty sure it is in English, but it could be in German as well.
Looking for a picture book, early 1940’s, about a Chinese doll floating down a river, perhaps Yangtze. Definitely not The Story of Ping. Black/white illustrations, red cover.
I’m looking for a book I used to borrow from the library in the 80s (book may be older) about a mole that gets dug up when the earthshifters come in to prepare the land for building. It was a hardback with a picture of a mole looking out of a molehill. Dark colours. Browns and blacks. Thank you.
Young man is swindled out of his salvaged shipwrecked rubies (or sapphires or emeralds) by a beautiful girl with irregularly-cut hair and a love of diving inspired by reading Red Rackhams Treasure as a child. She is afraid of one thing, dying alone. They have a passionate affair, but she swindles him. He eventually retrieves his treasure from her, but finds her dying, he closes the door and leaves her to her worst nightmare:dying alone.
This book was written about the early 1990s by a chap writing for his PhD in geology in the university of Copenhagen. A debut novel. A bloke.
I can’t remember his name, name of the book. He stole my line about the Tintin thing. I must have met him at a conference and was asked about diving. I did lots of diving for geological samples and I was indeed inspired by Tintin books.
please help me re-find it. My copy was pinched off a ship I was working on.
The book I’d like to find is religious, written for a child preparing for First Communion (Roman Catholic). In the story the child lives in a garden and welcomes a visitor to the garden. I believe that the book is hardback, wine-colored cover, about 10″ – 12″ tall. It may have been published in Cincinnati, but this is just a guess. I read it between 1952 and 1954. This is a tough one, but I’d love to find it. BTW do you know anyone who identifies music from just a few notes?
Looking for a book I read in the 1950s or early 1960s. As I recall, it was about a teen or a couple teens who recovered a Caterpillar D2 bulldozer from a lake or pond, got it running, and used it for various projects. Could have been a Scholastic book club book. Was hardbound. One of the few non-classic books I remember reading as a youngster.
This book was about identical twin boys, one of whom was thought to have drowned as a baby. His brother, however was convinced his brother was still alive, and the book was about his search for him, which was eventually successful. His brother had been snatched by a distraught mother; her own boy had just drowned, and it was this child who was wrongly identified as the lost twin. I had thought the author of this book was James Hilton, but if it was (and I am quite probably wrong about that) I cannot identify the title.
Strangers wake up on desert island. Each has a trunk with personal belongings. One has cigarettes in his. Have no memory of what happened before or why/how they had a trunk. Had to learn to live together successfully. Vaguely recall it was some sort of experiment, maybe alien. Published in 60s/70s?
I’m looking for a 60’s era American elementary school level (age range estimate: 7 – 12) hard back novelette about a tribe of proto-human nomads that were still using trees for both transport and dwelling.
I don’t recall much else, except that we follow a young male tribe member as he grows, learns, and takes on responsibilities.
Fuzzy memory suggests the young male’s name is the title of the book.
Something like Aab, Aag,Oog, Oob…maybe.
Ancient memory suggests that it was a good read, so I imagine you’ll have little difficulty finding it.