I would like to take a minute, as we are just one week out from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, to say happy holidays to all. I would also like to thank you for your patience this time of year. During the holidays the store gets very busy and i can sometimes fall a little behind in getting new posts up. What this means is that it may take up to 3 weeks for me to get your post up. I will try as hard as I can to get new posts up each week. Thank you again for your patience.
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I used to read this as a kid so I’m assuming was published pre-1980. At the beginning the setting is of a boy and a man in the wilderness (in a cave?)(set in 1700s-1800s). Either as part of the initial story or as an event that already occurred the man is attacked by 2(?) other men and left to die. The boy makes it out alive to a town and initially recuperates in a feather bed (there was a lengthy description of the bed). He then returns to the house where he lives (step child or orphan?) and after going upstairs hears his mean stepfather(?) talking with the very men that were the attackers. They describe returning to the scene to recover some loot (maybe to finish the job or kill someone else?). The boy escapes to try to beat the men to the destination and provide a warning, cannot remember how it ends.
I used to read this as a kid so I’m assuming was published pre-1980. At the beginning the setting is the American Colonies during the French & Indian War and it describes a Native American messenger running between tribes with a bead belt (belt contains a message in the beadwork).
I don’t remember how it happens but the main character (pre-teen/young teen boy) is captured, goes through the gauntlet of the tribe and is then adopted. One of the scenes I remember is of his new father shaving/plucking his scalp to give him a mohawk.
At the end of the book the American Revolution has started and the boy has linked back up with his family (brother & sister?) and is on raft going down a river. I think they were headed to a fort, there may have been a scene that described the fort occupants melting metal for bullets.
The copy I had may have had a tortoise on the outside cover (no just jacket).
I´m looking for an english Children´s book, which my aunt used to read (in it´s german translation) before 1960. As long as she remembers is the story about an orphan child (female). This girl is sent to her uncle who lives in some kind of castle or gloomy manor house on an island. A janitor, who´s gatehouse lies at the end of a tunnel and wolves seem to play an importend role. A vicious man steals the hearts of the children in the village and turnes them into ravens / crows. The girl contracts a friendship to the son of the janitor and they rescue the children. The story brings in mind A. Lindgrens „Mio my son“ or J, Aiken „The Wolves of Willoughby Chase“ but it´s none of them.
I’m pretty sure this book takes place in England and is about a girl who has magical abilities. She lives in a town with magical residents. The mayor is able to control the weather. She is being pursued by dark forces and the entire town might also be compromised by this danger. She is learning magic from an older wizard. There’s a scene in an underground library. They may have the ability to time travel, but definitely the ability to transport themselves with magic. There’s a scene at an abandoned boardwalk (in Brighton I believe) and a carousel is there as well. I think it was storming at this scene. In the town, the magic is used to whitewash the fences and keep things sparkly white and beautiful. Each house has a footbridge due to a stream running through town and a garden with a whitewashed fence. The girl knows the mayor. She might be an orphan.
My dad read this book in England in the late 40s or early 50s. It’s about a boy who is sick in the summer and he’s hot in bed (possibly in an attic bedroom). His grandmother keeps piling blankets on to him despite his being too hot. He eventually falls asleep, but when he wakes up, he’s not in his bed. He’s in a world that’s covered in a mattress (i.e. the ground is a mattress). He stabs a knife into the ground and feathers come streaming out. He has adventures in this magical place. My dad is the one who was delivering plot points, and that’s all he can remember about the book. Publication will not be later than the late 1950s.
I’m looking from a book that I think would have been published in the 80s, maybe very early 90s (I read it in a school library in 1994)
It’s a first-person narrative about a man who was experimentally frozen in modern times and then woken up in the future (100 years maybe). There’s an ostensibly benign non-elected government in charge now and society is divided into worker-classes. He’s a curiosity when he is un-frozen, so is assigned to the highest class of citizen.
Over the course of the book he begins a relationship with a woman and finds out that (surprise) the luxury lifestyles of the upper class are sustained only by terrible exploitation of the lower. He makes plans to escape the country (or maybe just city) but as they’re fleeing he finds out she’s been replaced by an android version of herself (this is how dissenters to the regime are removed). He knows it’s not her because when he holds her hand he can’t feel the scar on her finger.
The only concrete detail I can remember, beyond the scar on the finger, is at one point he is explaining how voting worked to the woman, and he says that even though people at the time complained about politicians, at least everyone had a part in the political process.
Cat is owned by a brother and sister. They constantly dress him up like baby, even putting him in a stroller. He decides that he’s had enough and he runs away. He goes somewhere cold (maybe Alaska, or somewhere similar). He then goes ice fishing and catches a fish. He has no one to be with. He realizes he misses the kids and goes home to them. At the end up the book he is all dressed up and says something about this not being so bad. It was made around the 90′s. The cat was either a tabby or grey.
Man in modern day is struck by lightning and transported 1000 years back in time to same spot. Survives animal attack but barely. Nursed and mentored by old ancient native american. Man communicates with present day wife through cave writing which is found by archaeologists in present. Archaeologists date writing and find it is authentic but still skeptical as writing is modern English. Man never gets home to present day. Starts new life in past with native american woman. Thank you!
I recall this being a series, but it may be a stand-alone book — in it a boy gets a magic pencil from his uncle that will only allow him to write correct answers even if he tries to write the wrong answer. He is ready for a big test, then his dog chews the pencil. In another chapter his infant brother is supposed to be in a TV commercial, but the boy reads the dictionary while watching him and the baby says big words like “grappling hook.” A childhood favorite I would love to share with my daughter!
I’m looking for a picture book with beautiful, lifelike illustrations. Picture book, but dark and almost adult in nature. There were two in the series.
The first had a small blond girl, with braids over her head, who was the rightful queen of a kingdom ruled by a dark tyrant. At one point she confronts the tyrant by landing on his dinner table, I think. The tyrant might wear a weird mask. He’s dressed all in black. She has friends who wanted to help her get her kingdom back. They set up a system where they would light a fire on the upper level of the castle when it was safe for them all to start their attack. One man was stopped, but is so dedicated to her and the cause, that he lit himself on fire instead and jumped from the roof.
In the sequel, she has a baby (still blond braids roped over her head), and a soldier tries to lead her through the snow to safety. I think they all die, but I’m not sure it’s obvious.