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Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog!  Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course.  It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee.  Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.

Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder.  Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?

304K: A book of the revolutionary war

I read a book in seventh grade in about 1973 about the revolutionary war. I honestly don’t remember if it was fiction or nonfiction. It was not the last of the Mohicans. It was a huge book 500 or 600 pages if not more, huge by my seventh grade standard. My dad had read the book when he was in Jr High school probably about 1940. My dad is passed away and this mystery has plagued me for a couple of years.

When I read the book it was on my seventh grade reading list in history. It was my first introduction to Tories and many things relative to the revolutionary war.

304I: The Little Brown Bunny

The title is something like “ The Little Brown Bunny”. The hardcover was greenish with a brown bunny on it toward the bottom center of front cover. It was from the 1960’s or possibly from the later 1950’s. My mother said it was NOT a Golden Book. The bunny on the front cover was possibly sleeping. The cover was mostly a soft light green. (We think.)

304G: Supper Stew

Anyway, I am trying to locate a book for my mother-in-law.  The book was most likely published before 1980. She would read it to my husband when he was a child and it contained the phrase “supper stew”.  She thinks it was about a mouse or mice and was possibly based on the story about the old woman that lived in a shoe.  For years she has tried to find the book but to no avail.  Unfortunately, this is all the information she can remember and my searches based on the info have come up empty.  Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!  It has been driving her nuts for years and now it is driving me nuts!  Thanks!

304E: Ghosts of Victorian children looking for help from kids through time

Set in England, a single mother has two children older girl and young boy. She is approached by a man (a lawyer) who asks the mom to apply for a job as a caretaker of larger estate. The mom goes to the law office, and sees the man’s picture on the wall, who has been dead for many years, but looks like the current lawyer (blah blah blah the 3rd). Anyways, she gets the job, and the family gets to move in.

In the garden, the two children see ghosts, a boy (maybe George? maybe Samuel? ) and a girl (Sarah) from the past.  Tom was the gardener’s boy Sarah was in love with when she lived. They ask for help as they were murdered (drugged and then the house burned).  The lawyer (the ghost who approached the present day mom) was their uncle who had ignored their pleas that their guardians were going to do them harm.

They make a potion and go back and time and help.  The present day kids don’t know if they did save them , until the present day lawyers visit the mom. Turns out, her young son is the direct heir to the estate!  The ghosts did survive, Sarah married Tom and their decedents were the kids they asked for help! The little boy from the past never approved of the marriage, moved to America, and never had any kids. I believe ‘garden’, ‘ghosts’, or ‘time’ in title.


304D: A girl grows to love her cousins

I read this book in the late 70s/early 80s. It featured a young girl maybe around 10 or 12 years old, only child, who moved with her parents from the city to the country to take care of her younger cousins whose parents were in a car accident (or something like that – maybe one was sick and the other was with them?) They all moved into a big rambling old house that her dad had loved as a kid. The girl wanted to grow up to be a writer so she picked the garret room that had a skylight over her bed. Initially she resented having to move and share her life with her cousins. Over the course of the book she grew to love them. She had a friend whose parents owned a bookstore. She loved the bookstore but her friend wasn’t thrilled with it. At one point in the book, a cat had kittens in the big old house and the bookstore girl fell in love with a fluffy black one she named inky. She wanted to keep it but her parents said no (allergies maybe?) so the main character girl kept it so her friend could come over and play with it whenever she wanted. I think at the end of the book the parents were well again and could take their kids back and the girl was sad that they were splitting up. I think her parents decided to have another baby? I might be making that part up though lol!

Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

304B: Tracks & Trails, nature books in the mail

Sometime between 1970 and 1974 my parents purchased a nature book series for me that was mailed to our house once per month (or perhaps bi-monthly).  It was for kids and contained different themes in each book.  I think there might have been 10 or 12 books in the entire series (but I’m not sure).

I distinctly remember the first book’s title (or theme) was called:  Tracks & Trails.

I’m trying to locate this book series (or at least this first book in the series.

Thank you.