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I’m searching for the title/author/copies of a multi-volume series about a Jewish family in the jewelry business in Eastern Europe – though I vaguely recall that the series might have started with a middle eastern trader – maybe. The series ended with WWII – I think. Maybe in Vienna? I feel like I read these in the 1980s – in paperback. So they were probably published earlier than that. I liked the series so much – but now I can’t remember anything more about them.
I read this book probably in the early 1970s. This is what I remember: a boy lives in an apartment building, something’s weird with one of the neighbors, there’s a brownie that he eats, just a few bites at a time, I think, he notices strange things happening to him, and ultimately, he eats enough brownie and turns into a cat and sneaks into the neighbor’s apartment through an open window ledge.
I am trying to locate a book from the 1960s or before about a cat with a wooden leg. It was very important to me because I grew up with a walking disability so the book meant great deal to me.
Someone threw it away, unfortunately, after my husband just died suddenly!
Could you possibly help me locate a copy or at least the name?
I would be eternally grateful!
Very bright coloured picture book. Blocky figures of workers going to a job site and using every piece of heavy equipment imaginable. They carry lunch boxes, break for lunch and leave at the end of the day. Plain language. My boys (b. 1986 and b. 1989) loved it!
I read a book in the 90s….around 1990-1992 probably. It was checked out from the library so I don’t know how old it was. It was fiction.
The plot was of a wealthy white family, possibly English or British. They owned a number of slaves and the slaves revolted, killing everyone in the family except for a young girl 8-14 years old probably). I think they stabbed the family to death. The slaves took her to live with them and I remember her working outside to grow food and talking about how she would take off her shirt and let her skin get tan, which her mother would have hated. She loved the freedom of living with them. It seems like it was set in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
I am looking for a children’s book that was a favorite of mine at my grandma’s house growing up. I’ve been searching for years trying to find what the name of this book was, with no luck. Despite it being fairies, and involving colours, it’s not Andrew Lang. This is what I remember of it:
It was a hardbound book, blue or green cover, with embossed printing. So probably published prior to 1950s
The story revolved around a little girl who wasn’t very nice, so she is visited by a fairy who’s name is similar to “tintinnabulum” (I remember that very distinctly). This fairy caused a word to appear on the girl’s forehead (possibly the word KIND) that only the girl and the fairies could see; if the girl acted kindly, the word would fade with each kind act, for each unkind act it would grow darker.
The girl was then put in a hall with seven doors, one for each color of the rainbow- she needed to travel through each fairy realm, do deeds that would remove the word on her forehead, and find the door back to the hall. Each of the realms had something to do with the color of the door (Like, the light blue door’s realm was in the sky, and the dark blue was under water).
Eventually she goes through all the doors, the word is gone, and she gets to go back home.
For the life of me I cannot remember the title of the book or the author. It was from the late 80’s or early 90s and was a mystery with teenaged characters. There was a girl sent to spend the summer with her aunt and a selfish cousin. I think a few years pass after the cousin’s death and there is a reunion and all of these odd things start happening. It was on a lake and had a French name like Fond du Lac or Chance du Lac. It might have been on the Wisconsin/Canada border. There was a romance element to it and the heroine was meant to feel like she could trust no one.
I remember almost nothing about this book except the cover and the fact that I loved it. The cover was blue, with a picture of a glass mountain on it, and a couple of little witches on broomsticks flying around it. I read it in the early 1970’s when I took it out of the library and it was probably aimed at 10 – 12 year olds. I realize this is not a lot to go on! But thank you for any help anyone can offer.
Kids book from 1970s/1980s. Kids solve a mystery based on hidden clues they find – at their grandparents house maybe? I forget where the first clue was or how it started. The second clue (maybe?) is found in a loose stone of a stone fence. Then there’s something about kids being chased by geese trying to get gooseberries. The last clue is found tucked in an Indian Headdress socket where feather would fit in. Thank you! Been searching for years.
Child’s book from the 1950s. A 9×12 book with a cover in seafoam green. Realistic illustrations of children in soft pastel-like style. Stories about a family, perhaps called The Bumpsies. We think in one story, they have a picnic in the attic.