Can we have a 'Does Anyone Recognise this Book' thread?

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deleted203 Mon 22-Oct-12 18:46:28

I know lots of us have vague memories (particularly me, as I get older) of much loved children's books we can't remember the title of. Thought we could post and see if anyone else can help.

I am desperate to know the name of a book I read in probably late 70s aged about 11-ish, that I only remember faintly.

There was a girl who went to stay with her aunt/godmother who was a witch and so were the rest of the village women, I think. I can't remember much about it except that her aunt upset the others (who I think were bad witches) and they were more or less trapped in their house being beseiged by the bad witches. There might have been ravens/crows involved. It would have been set in England.

Ring any bells anyone?

DeWe Mon 22-Oct-12 19:49:59

The only crows I remember were from Noggin the Nog <unhelpful>

Could it be a Diane Wynne Jones? I'm not sure when she started writing, but it doesn't sound too far away form her style.

One I'd like to trace is a book we were read at school:
It's about 2 girls, one must be a run away or something because she lives in a disused house. They get interested in a local baby they think is being abused. Then the non-run away girl is playing with the baby and notices huge bruises all over his back, and takes him to hide with the other girl. After they've had him for some time they see a discription of the "missing" baby-which includes large bruise like birthmarks on his back and realise he's not been abused. (why they didn't notice he still had the "bruises" is beyond me) At that stage we came to the end of the school year and didn't get the rest of the book. grin
Any suggestions?

shockers Mon 22-Oct-12 19:53:39

Was the girl called Arabella?

sarimillie Mon 22-Oct-12 20:07:18

Can't place those books, sorry, but I'd love help with a book for young children in which the main character was a squirrel - Mr something or other - think he lived in Hyde Park. The word quizzical appears in it - first time I'd come across it. Not much to go on, but I'd love it if someone could identify it!

DeWe Mon 22-Oct-12 21:07:14

Shockers was that to me or OP?

She could have been Arabella, but I don't remember any name particularly.

I've got two more books I'd like to identify too.

One was in a set of 6 books, which I think were translated from something like Swiss. I think the main character was called Anna and the books were all called "Anna and XXX".
She was an orphan who looked after a poor man's children. She at some point in the books (didn't have them all in the library) got discovered to be the local rich man's granddaughter (or something) and taken to live with them.
She then discovers the poor children have been boarded out round the village to cruel homes and takes them to live with her. I think at some point the poor man dies and she finds him. And there's a lady/girl in a wheelchair at the rich house who is usurped by Anna, so is horrid to her. Eventually though she saves Anna's life by getting in the way of a charging bull (?) and is killed herself, hence is redeemed. grin

The other is a very very long shot because I got terrified (I was easily terrified so may well not have been that bad)very early in and stopped reading and sent it back to the library. Whereupon my dsis told me it was a really good adventure and I regretted it.
It's about a child (can't even remember whether it was boy or girl) who is kidnapped and the chap who's got them is really cruel, keeps hitting them if they don't obey. I gave up when he took (I think) his belt to them. I have a vague memory of him insisting they pretended to be parent and child at one point, but that may not be that book. Always wondered how they got away (Assuming they did).
I'd guess it was published in 70s or earlier, but I don't know.
It's not "On the Edge" by Gillian Cross. I've had that suggested before and it isn't but is quite similar.

Any suggestions.

BonzoDooDah Mon 22-Oct-12 22:04:30

If you're really desperate to find a book and know this level of detail I'd suggest you got to Abe - Booksleuth - make a thread title with a detail from the book as they get loads of "help find this book" titles which make refinding your thread a bit difficult. The people there are brilliant and can find your book the same day sometimes - it's like a hobby for some. I found my childhood memory book "Fly Away Peter" that way. I was thrilled!

SummerRain Mon 22-Oct-12 22:52:10

God, I've read all of these and can't name any of them blush

I read one when I was ten that I've always wondered about... It was set in a post nuclear apocalypse world and was part of a series but I only read one as the library didn't have the others. There were only kids left (or mostly kids?) and they were developing special skills like telepathy and telekinesis. Can't remember much more other than it being quite dark

BonzoDooDah Mon 22-Oct-12 23:11:57

DeWe - I vaugely remember the Baby story - but I don't know if it was an episode in Grange Hill or similar - or a short story. It seems very familiar <<wracks brain>>

MooncupGoddess Mon 22-Oct-12 23:22:28

Oh I loved the Anna books! Didn't she grow up in a very poor family with a violent father? And she was amazing at cooking, housekeeping and childcare despite being about eight when the series began.

deleted203 Mon 22-Oct-12 23:35:44

grin....lots of us here with vague memories I see!

Mine's not a Diana Wynne Jones, unfortunately, because I've got all those. I've tried BookSleuth in the past without joy sad.

SummerRain I think yours might be 'Children of the Dust' by Louise Lawrence.

I don't know the Anna books at all, I'm afraid. (or the squirrel in Hyde Park)

TheDeathAndGlories Mon 22-Oct-12 23:36:42

Was there a dog in the baby book?
Two girls and a secret or something like that?

TheDeathAndGlories Mon 22-Oct-12 23:39:21

Three girls grin

deleted203 Mon 22-Oct-12 23:52:12

If it is 'Three Girls and a Secret' it's on Amazon for 1p! (plus postage) grin

SummerRain Mon 22-Oct-12 23:52:21

Ooo, thanks sowornout... I half thought id imagined it!

TheDeathAndGlories Mon 22-Oct-12 23:57:34

I don't remember any bruises in it though its years since I read it. I'm sure there was an Alsatian called Ajax though and an old man

Princesspond Tue 23-Oct-12 00:12:45

DeWe it's 'Una and grubstreet' by Prudence Andrew I think. I loved that book when I was younger. Una is being brought up by her father who has a new girl friend so is feeling ignored and thinking the baby of a neighbour is being hit, she kidnaps him (?her)and tries to look after him herself in an empty house with the help of her friend, who was a boy I think?

Sarahplane Tue 23-Oct-12 00:29:18

I'm looking for a book about a teacher who was an alien. Set in Britain. Not my teacher is an alien by Bruce colville which is all I can find when I google it. My primary school teacher wrote it, and read us a chapter a week as he was writing it, but I'm sure I remember coming across it either as a book or tv series later on.

Sarahplane Tue 23-Oct-12 00:38:10

Sorry posted too soon. It was written in the mid 90s if anyone can help. This is a great thread.

Ponders Tue 23-Oct-12 00:38:54

summerRain, there is a John Wyndham about telepathic kids post-apocalypse - the Chrysalids? I don't think it would be a 10-year-old read though

It was on the radio recently, I haven't read it for years & had forgotten about it

SorrelForbes Tue 23-Oct-12 00:42:39

Oh my, Una and Grubstreet. I'd forgotten all about that book. I thought the description sounded familiar!

Ponders Tue 23-Oct-12 00:43:01

The Chrysalids - it's a good read

Chocky has some mind stuff in it too but is a less harsh story

TheDeathAndGlories Tue 23-Oct-12 00:45:29

My search is for a book about a boy (Charlie?) who went on holiday with his family on a double decker bus. The bus was painted all weirdly and wonderfully
(Not Joan Aiken)

HanSolo Tue 23-Oct-12 00:59:55

soworn- it's not Lizie Dripping by Helen Cresswell is it? No-one believed her about the witch...

Ooh good idea for a thread though I dont know any of the ones above.

Mine is an from.mid eighties, which came with a cassette, which played the story too and music. It had a patchwork farm on the cover, and im almost certain it was about a dream. I remember it had purple sky.

DeWe Tue 23-Oct-12 09:09:23

Thank you for Una and Grubstreet anyway. Unfortunately the only copy I can find is going for £107 sad, but I've found one by the same author called "Una and the Heaven Baby" which was only £5, so I've ordered that.

And having searched I've found a previous thread aboiut it
If only I'd been on mn then I wouldn't have had to ask smile

DeWe Tue 23-Oct-12 09:12:51

Having looked at the views I think it might be the same book under a different title.

The boy and a double decker bus sounds familiar. I can even picture the cover. It was next to the Nobby Clark Cub Scout books in the library. <unhelpful>

EmpressOfTheSevenScreams Tue 23-Oct-12 09:18:51

If it's not the same book, Amazon have it in paperback for £15+postage.

DeWe was your book Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson? The plot sounds the same - he's kidnapped by an uncle and escapes from him. It 's a good adventure story!

DeWe Tue 23-Oct-12 10:05:37

Fire I don't think so, because I know we had that at home and the one I remember was definitely a library book.

It's probably nothing like as violent as I remember. Certainly when I watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks as an adult that was the case. grin

StellaNova Tue 23-Oct-12 10:23:31

Children of the Dust gave me nightmares from the age of 11 to, er, now.

Book Sleuth is great but it has never been able to help me find my lost book. I only ever read an extract because it was on a comprehension exercise at primary school, and all I can remember is: boy, girl, go down "tunnel" of rhodedendrons in park or country house garden, find pool, there is an altar stone and a knife, when they throw the knife into the pond it hisses.

I always wanted to read the rest of the book. People have said Alan Garner before, maybe The Moon of Gomrath or The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, but while it is very, very similar and when reading it I kept expecting to find that scene, it isn't there.

KeithLeMonde Tue 23-Oct-12 12:00:09

Does this ring any bells with anyone?

Girl befriends strange boy from school. Boy lives in isolated place with his mother and baby sibling, abject rural poverty. I think someone from the family is deaf, or has a disability of some kind. He takes her to show her a place where he says a spaceship has landed - he claims he is from another planet and not actually part of his family.

The boy and girl become some kind of lovers (can't remember whether they actually sleep together or just share a kiss or what). She takes photos of his family for an exhibition. He is angry because he thinks she's exposed them to public ridicule.

I don't think it was an English book, because of the big woods and the descriptions of rural poverty. Assumed it was american or canadian, but it could have been australian, or a translation or anything really.

KeithLeMonde Tue 23-Oct-12 12:02:46

Oh, and I think the boy was called Adam.

KeithLeMonde Tue 23-Oct-12 12:07:46

How bizarre, typing that brought it back to me that the title contained the name Adam. Put it into Amazon and drilled down to teen fiction, and I found it! Have been trying to find the book for years. Thank you MN grin

Idontknowhowtohelpher Tue 23-Oct-12 12:11:29

No, sorry. It was younger. A big square hardback, paper pages, bright pink colours.

Idontknowhowtohelpher Tue 23-Oct-12 12:36:39

That's ok. I want to buy Marianne Dreams for dd2 now - but I think it will be too scary! I'll have to wait a few years...

BonzoDooDah Tue 23-Oct-12 13:02:42

StellaNova is yours Borrobil ? I distinctly remember the tunnel of hedges up a hill and magic ...

StellaNova Tue 23-Oct-12 13:04:33

Ooh, it may be, that hasn't been suggested before! I will check it out!

shrinkingnora Tue 23-Oct-12 13:14:53

DeWe - I think your kidnap one may be Eighteen Desperate Hours by Roderic Jeffries. I can't find any online descriptions but I think it's at my parent's house and I'm going there later so will have a look!

gottasmile Tue 23-Oct-12 13:16:31

I've been trying to think of the title of my favourite library book for years and years.

Here goes (fingers crossed)...

It's about a boy who was going around painting things (houses maybe?).

After a few days whatever he painted turned lovely and multi-coloured.

The King asked him to paint his castle but got angry when he saw it was a horrid brown colour. He was going to chop the boy's head off, when ta-da! It suddenly turned into a lovely multi-coloured castle!

Does this sound familiar to anyone??? Thanks if you can help!

jeee Tue 23-Oct-12 13:21:46

DeWe, could the kidnapping book be "The Boy Next Door" by Enid Blyton?

BonzoDooDah Tue 23-Oct-12 13:32:31

Alright while we're on this mine is:

Merlin is being kept locked up in cave or cell by some odd man who has him hooked on heroin or something so he does his dirty work with magic.
Read it in the 80s (teenager)
It sounds like Robert Westall (I read a lot of his) but I haven't been able to find the story. It might have been a short story in an anthology ...

jeee Tue 23-Oct-12 13:35:56

Bonzo - your book is Peter Dickinson's "The Weathermonger". It's part of a trilogy called "The Changes".

shrinkingnora Tue 23-Oct-12 13:37:32

DeWe, I'm wrong I think. Sorry!

MorrisZapp Tue 23-Oct-12 13:40:15

Doing this the wrong way round, but does anybody remember the Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris? It was a book and a telly prog. About a foundling baby? Perhaps with posh/ poor mix up. Victorian setting.

There was a boy/ man with LDs who kept saying 'where you going now?'. I think.

shrinkingnora Tue 23-Oct-12 13:56:32

Remember it well. Also at my parents' house!

RubberNeckNibbler Tue 23-Oct-12 14:06:35

Oooh you geniuses may be able to help with mine:

A girl and companions she meets (maybe a love interest somewhere) travel to strange lands by somehow using strange patterns based on set theory - like mandelbrot sets. Sounds wierd but I was transfixed as a child. Think there was more than one book.

jeee Tue 23-Oct-12 14:15:30

RubberNeckNibbler - could be "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle?

DeWe Tue 23-Oct-12 17:55:28

Morris The man with LD who said "Where you going now?" was the Machine Gunners by Robert Westall. Also a BBC drama. It was John who said it, who was dragged into it to do the building of their machine gun defense.

BonzoDooDah Tue 23-Oct-12 19:29:45

Jeee- thanks - the blurb doesn't sound familiar at all but I'll look out the books from the library and have a read.

cutegorilla Tue 23-Oct-12 20:32:40

SummerRain I think your book is The Chrysalids by John Wyndham.

steppemum Tue 23-Oct-12 23:54:08

anyone know a book about a girl called cassandra? It was read out loud ot us at school and I remember she lived in a castle? and had a bath in a tin bath in front of the fire

wanted to call my daughter cassandra for years

MooncupGoddess Tue 23-Oct-12 23:57:39

Steppemum - that is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Lovely book.

steppemum Wed 24-Oct-12 00:10:02

That sounds right!

will order it from library

madamehooch Wed 24-Oct-12 08:43:30

Have posted this a few times but going to give it one last bash!

I'm looking for a teen book from the eighties. I'm pretty sure the girl was called Julie. She fancied an older boy called Steve but I think a boy called Chris fancied her. She bought lots of things off 'club' books. She invited Steve for dinner and cooked him fish and chips but it caught fire so she went to the fish and chip shop and asked them to cook fish in breadcrumbs instead of batter so he would think she cooked it!

Needless to say, I'm not even going to attempt to justify that this is great literature. I just NEED to know what it's called so I can put myself out of my miserysmile

comixminx Wed 24-Oct-12 09:16:03

summerrain, there were lots of books that included the sort of theme you mention, cos its a trope I'm very fond of and read lots of! It could be The Chrysalids or Children of the Dust, as have been suggested, but I remember reading a library book that was similar but had a number of linked stories set initially after a nuclear holocaust but then going on to star exploration and beyond, as the powers that earth people has grew and grew. I think it might have been called Worlds Apart but I might be mixing it up with something else; it might also have been called something with Tree in the title.

RubberNeckNibbler Wed 24-Oct-12 09:53:43

jeee thanks for that suggestion, it sounds intriguingly (amazingly even) similar but having read the chapter summaries I don't think it's the story I'm looking for. However I will track down a copy to have a read in case there was a lot more to the story that I'd forgotten (entirely possible!). Thanks!

DeWe Wed 24-Oct-12 13:43:47

I've located the Anna books. Translated from Swedish.
Anna of Bloom Farm
Anna Keeps her promise
Anna Wins through
Anna of the Manor house
Anna solves the Mystery
Anna All Alone

by Martha Sandwall-Bergstro&#776;m

Not doing badly.

The other one definitely isn't Enid Blyton, much more violent than her grin. Have looked at the other and I don't think it is right, although the review I read was very scathing about the quality of the book writing ("best thing about this book is it's short"!) so I haven't necessarily had the best view of it.

vesela Thu 25-Oct-12 09:08:22

Definitely remember The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris as a TV programme - it was excellent. It had a funny theme tune with alternating pictures, didn't it? And I liked one of the boys smile I'm not sure if I read the book or not.

Googling the details helped me to find my lost book. All I could remember was that the opening scene featured two children playing on the side of a mountain, and an eagle that (as I wrongly remembered) carried one of them off. In fact, the eagle brought something, and the book was The Toymaker's Daughter by Ursula Moray Williams.

AGhoulfromtheCrypt Thu 25-Oct-12 09:18:08

Does anyone remember a series of books about some children in Liverpool? They lived in an area where a lot of the houses were boarded up, and one of them had really red hair. I read them in the 80s, not sure when they were set. They might have been called the (whatever street it was) Street Kids or something. For some reason I keep thinking of Hope Street but it's not that.

sununu Thu 25-Oct-12 09:21:04

sarahplane - could the book with the alien teacher be Boom by Mark Haddon?

vesela Thu 25-Oct-12 09:35:20

GoldPlated - there's been a thread on the patchwork farm book before. I thought I found it, but the thread was in Chat and has disappeared now. (There was a shorter thread in Children's Books but that's not where I posted).

Aghoul were yours the 'Tommy Mac' books by Magaret Stuart Barry?

vesela Thu 25-Oct-12 09:46:56

AGhoulfromtheCrypt - A Pair of Jesus Boots, by Sylvia Sherry? Set in Liverpool and the main character (Rocky O'Rourke) has red hair.

AGhoulfromtheCrypt Thu 25-Oct-12 10:14:32

I don't think it's either of those. sad Thank you though!

It was definitely a series, and the name of the street was part of the name of the books. The kids were pre-teen rather than teen, they were all poor and a bit rough-and-ready - the older ones looked after the younger ones, and I think maybe some were Protestant and some Catholic.

I'll keep googling!

vesela Thu 25-Oct-12 10:21:38

Eve Garnett's The Family from One End Street? But it wasn't set in Liverpool.

A really long shot here before I resort to Booksleuth.

A book my dad read to me in the late 70s. I remember being scared.

It was a long story, and had pictures, one picture was a dragon roaring/breathing flames standing on top of a hill. The children in the book somehow ended up in some caves.

Not much info I know, sorry.

AGhoulfromtheCrypt Thu 25-Oct-12 10:33:04

I think I remember The Family from One End Street - was there an incident when someone boil-washed (or ironed) an item of clothing and it shrank?

I've actually managed to track them down (thanks to Abebooks) - the Wood Street series by Mabel Esther Allan. Brilliant!

TunipTheVegemal Thu 25-Oct-12 10:34:18

Yes there was, AGhoul. Lily Rose was trying to be helpful and she shrank a rich lady's petticoat but fortunately she was a kind rich lady and didn't mind.

AGhoulfromtheCrypt Thu 25-Oct-12 10:38:32

What a nice kind rich lady. And silly Lily Rose!

SummerRain Thu 25-Oct-12 10:47:16

Ponders.... I wasn't the average 10 year old, I started on the adult section at eleven so my 10 year old reads were the teenage section. Chrysalids sounds very familiar... I've definitely read children of the dust too but don't think it's the one I'm thinking of.

Comix... I'll check out worlds apart too thanks. I'm almost certain it wad on of a series so sounds likely.

I was an apocalyptic sci fi nut too so it's hard to narrow it down ad they all sound familiar!

Ponders Thu 25-Oct-12 14:16:54

SummerRain, looking at the amazon reviews I see several do recommend it for Y6/7 upwards so maybe it wasn't as strong & scary as I thought. I must read it again.

Did you ever come across Davy? (there are alternative editions, I just picked this one for the reviews)

As with the Chrysalids it's many years since I read it - I had a Penguin edition from when they had a sci-fi section, probably early 70s - so I don't remember too many details but I think it would be your sort of thing too smile

TicketToHull Thu 25-Oct-12 14:23:35

The Family From One End Street was one of the books I was going to ask about! Thanks vesela grin

I also thought I'd try to push my luck and see if anyone can help with a book I've been trying to remember for about 10 years now. It was about a girl who ended up with a black cat and a broomstick, and it transpired that (by putting the broomstick in a cupboard? Memory's a bit hazy) the cat could talk to her. His name began with a C I think.

There was also a sequel, and I think the author's first name was Barbra scared that I've included too much false information that's going to put people off the trail Anyone have the faintest idea of what it might've been called?

Ponders Thu 25-Oct-12 14:25:54

must have been this one though in my head the coloured illustration was different

all their sci-fi back to 1935 is illustrated on this page - you might find some new friends!

Ponders Thu 25-Oct-12 14:26:12

Carbonel, Ticket smile

TunipTheVegemal Thu 25-Oct-12 14:26:21

Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh?

Ponders Thu 25-Oct-12 14:29:12

I loved him, he was a sardonic old sod, just how you'd imagine a snarky black witch's cat would be. That book introduced me to widdershins grin

There was a trilogy according to amazon - Carbonel, Carbonel & Calidor, & The Kingdom of Carbonel (don't know if that's the correct order)

TicketToHull Thu 25-Oct-12 14:31:27

YES! That's it! Thank you so much, I've honestly been searching for years <<strikes off Ask Jeeves and adds Ask Mumsnet>>

Rather strangely, I'd been hankering after a carbonara after my last post and was about to look up the recipe for it. Unconscious mind at work? or greedy belly

Ponders Thu 25-Oct-12 14:33:18

witchcraft, probably, Ticket wink

madamehooch Fri 26-Oct-12 11:26:55

Can anyone shed any light on mine?

Isthisme Fri 26-Oct-12 11:37:12

RubberNeckNibbler - was yours perhaps Rebecca & Rebecca's world by Terry Nation?

deleted203 Sun 28-Oct-12 20:17:25

What a great thread this is! (Mine's definitely not Lizzie Dripping, btw sad). Really glad lots of folks are leaping for joy at finding 'their' books though. The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris was a Leon Garfield book, for anyone who's interested. And I would agree with 'Carbonel'. I've got the whole lot of those.

JellyMould Sun 28-Oct-12 20:32:23

Yours isn't mist over Pendle is it, sowornout? That's what sprang to mind.

WorkInProgress Sun 28-Oct-12 20:52:15

Aghoul, Is your book was one of a series by John Rowe Townsend about Gumbles Yard ?

deleted203 Sun 28-Oct-12 21:50:58

Hi Jelly. I don't think mine is 'Mist over Pendle' after a quick Google. That seems to be a novelisation of the 1612 Pendle witchcraft trials. This was definitely a modern day book. I'm sure at one point they discovered the phone wasn't working and they couldn't call for help.

VBisme Sun 28-Oct-12 22:40:42

I remember a book about a brother and sister who were sharing a room and they well asleep and both had a dream, and hers had sheep and his had dragons (I think), and the hillsides they were on (in the dream) had blue and red flowers on.
When they woke up they noticed that the green bedclothes had blue and red flowers on (or something).

Trying to find a book but cannot for the life of me remember what it is called!! There were two school friends, one was called Tori, and I think they did spells and things... not much help, sorry. But would love to find the book again!

puffylovett Sun 28-Oct-12 23:18:36

Ooh great thread! Anybody know this one? I think there were more than one book -

Protestant Irish boy meets catholic Irish girl, big love affair and they eventually run away together and have a baby, living in a bedsit I think? It's about their relationship struggles.

Another one - German? Boy meets girl and has to go off to war, set in a mountainous region somewhere, very sad!

Not much detail I appreciate but if anyone remembers them I'd love to rerrad them - the storylines have stayed with me over the years.

comixminx Sun 28-Oct-12 23:22:01

Puffylovett, the Protestant / catholic saga is the Kevin and Sadie books by Joan Lindgard. Think actually the boy was catholic and the girl Protestant rather than the other way round. Not sure about the German one though.

KittyBump Sun 28-Oct-12 23:27:31

I've read the whole thread and not recognised any - sorry! So not sure if anyone can help with mine; it's a book I got from my school library in the early 90s and was maybe set in America, there was a girl (possibly teenage) living with her mum they moved around all the time and eventually it turns out the girl was actually snatched as a baby and they have been on the run. I remember she finds out she was snatched from the garden outside her house - any ideas?

steppemum Sun 28-Oct-12 23:37:10

rubberneck - I have rebecca and rebeccas world, didn't recognise it from your posts, but now someone has suggested it it does sound like it fits. The cities in it were very loght and airy and made of glass (I think, may be false memory!)

PrincessSymbian Sun 28-Oct-12 23:45:21

There was a book before Rebecca's World? What happened in it? Is it worth tracking down?
And yes the city is made of glass but that's not a good thing.
Mine was a book about two little Chinese dolls, one is called miss happiness and the other is miss flower. Dies anyone remember that one?

PrincessSymbian Sun 28-Oct-12 23:47:24

Oh and in my memory Worlds Apart was about an eleven year old girl who runs off to find her estranged father.
Dies anyone remember s book about a boy and a girl who run away together to live in Alton Towers?

crappypatty Mon 29-Oct-12 00:02:08

you lot have far superior memories than mine, Once you have named the books I am going oh yeah.

The book I need to find is actually a big book of puzzles, riddles, pictures. It was a hardback, the paper cover was missing, the cover was orange. It was a really thick book.

I have searched before but without characters or a story line. I have never found a better puzzle book.

CaseyShraeger Mon 29-Oct-12 00:09:52

PrincessSymbian... Sticking my neck out here with an off-the-wall suggestion grin but possibly Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden?

CaseyShraeger Mon 29-Oct-12 00:11:38

VBisme - Ninety-nine Dragons by Barbara Sleigh

PurpleGentian Mon 29-Oct-12 00:16:24

PrincessSymbian - is the doll one this one? (Dolls are Japanese though.)

Rumer Godden - Miss Happiness and Miss Flower

CaseyShraeger Mon 29-Oct-12 00:18:07

SummerRain, I have a feeling I've read your book - not The Chrysalids or Children of the Dust - but I can't for the life of me remember what it's called. So you can take some consolation from the fact that it's now going to be bugging two of us...

PurpleGentian Mon 29-Oct-12 00:19:55

PrincessSymbian - the Alton Towers book sounds like Helen Cresswell - The Watchers

CaseyShraeger Mon 29-Oct-12 00:23:31

SummerRain - Aha! By searching my Amazon back-orders, I have concluded that the book I'm thinking of is Shade's Children, by Garth Nix. The telepathy/telekinesis theme isn't obvious from the blurb, IIRC, but I think it's pretty important to the plot. And it's an only-children-left dystopia.

louisianablue2000 Mon 29-Oct-12 00:30:21

What about a series of three books with a magical theme? They were about a tree, a river and a mountain. I remember some people lived in the roots of the tree.

TerrorNotSoFrightened Mon 29-Oct-12 00:42:13

The book I'm trying to remember, I read when I was around 10.
It was set in Liverpool during WW2, there was a family called Costigan and there was a bad priest in it.

I can't remember if I finished the book or not as I can't remember much more than that.

CaseyShraeger Mon 29-Oct-12 00:42:55

The Tree That Sat Down, The Stream That Stood Still, and The Mountain Of Magic, by Beverley Nichols. Sadly out of print (and beware, the most readily-available second-hand editions (Lions) are abridged versions rather than the full-length originals).

I'm place marking because this thread is really interesting and I'm waiting for the book I can help someone with.

PrincessSymbian Mon 29-Oct-12 11:03:15

Yay, fab. Though slightly embaressing about the title on the dolls one.
Ok your next challenge are two books, not related but both involve telekinetic powers.
One was about a brother and sister who develop telekinetic powers and it had an ant farm in, that's pretty much all I remember.
The other was about a girl who gets bitten by a rabbit which I'd infected with an organism from out of space which is all that remains if a species that became so technology dependent that they wiped out their physical forms and capabilities.

Isthisme Mon 29-Oct-12 12:57:30

Oh, I would LOVE to read Rebecca's World again,my DD would love it too I'm sure.
I remember it being a bit like a sci-fi Alice in Wonderland?
I see they are priced around £30!! on ebay, I will have to have a look in some of the second hand bookshops.

PrincessSymbian Mon 29-Oct-12 13:04:45

I found my copy of Rebecca's world in a second hand bookshop. I had never read it before but it was a great read even as a first time thing as an adult. Recently read it to my six year old dd who also enjoyed it.

shriekingnora Mon 29-Oct-12 13:06:30

PrincessSymbian - your second one could be The Power of Stars by Louise Lawrence

PrincessSymbian Mon 29-Oct-12 13:22:00

Nora, that is the one and looking on her website, she has lots of great books that I will now have to read!

shriekingnora Mon 29-Oct-12 13:29:54

Hooray, I got one right!

deleted203 Mon 29-Oct-12 20:30:30

TerrorNotSo Is your book 'The Bells of Scotland Road' by Ruth Hamilton? It's a bit Catherine Cookson-y but it is set in Liverpool in the 30s/WW2 and features a family called Costigan if that's any help?

DeWe Tue 06-Nov-12 11:34:58

I've got "Una and the Heaven baby" now. I think it's the US version of "Una and Grubstreet".

It's funny, it's definitely the book I was thinking of, because I recognised the cover. And a lot of it I was thinking "oh yes"-I could even hear it being read in my teacher's voice at times.

BUT there's a couple of things that are totally wrong. One is that I remember them surviving for ages. One of the children staying with the baby and the other going home for supplies-in Una it only lasts just over 24 hours.

Also I remember clearly a particular scene. The baby and the girl who stayed were both ill. I think very ill-pneumonia or similar. They's both recovering and the baby is recovering first (having been ill first and nursed through most of the illness by the resident girl), and the girl is weak but basically okay. The text said the other child "received the first smile since the illness which <resident child> really deserved."

I'm wondering if I read a similar book at about the same time and they got mixed up in my mind together. The scene in the one scene that was most clear in my mind, so I don't think it's made up entirely.

So I've ordered the "Three girls and a secret" to see if that scene's in there. Any wonder why we've too many books?

TerrorNotSoFrightened Sun 11-Nov-12 16:46:55

OP yes, that's the one smile
I might order it for the nostalgia factor.

DeWe Sun 11-Nov-12 20:45:50

That scene was in the other book. How strange. Maybe the teacher read us both books. I didn't remember much about the rest of the story. Anyway I'm very satisfied to find them (both).

Thanks to all who suggested them.

StrawWars Sun 11-Nov-12 20:52:41

Anyone know of a picture book about ghosts featuring a recurring line "In a minute! said little spook to tiny spook", or something similar.

It was a bit of a catchphrase growing up and I'd love to find it for the DC but I can't find it anywhere.

gemma4d Sun 11-Nov-12 21:04:59

Mine is fairly tenuous.... a book I read when I was in my teens and didn't really understand at the time, but I've never forgotten about it ....

I think it was called something like "the summer before", or the summer after, and it was about a girl who had been through an event (a death?) and ended up in a pysch ward, I think, and the book was following her putting her life together but without really telling you what had happened to get her in the state she was in. One of those drip-feed books.

I spent half an hour amazon-ing but came up with nothing.

IceBergJam Sun 11-Nov-12 21:15:09

This is a really old book I read at least 25 years ago at my Nanas house.

The main character was called Feather and I think she was a feather or as light as a feather. Thats it. I think it was sad and I think it ended with her blowing away in the wind.

Clawdy Sun 11-Nov-12 22:32:05

Children's picture book about a little boy on a farm who loves the old carthorse and likes to think the horse is magic and can fly. At the very end the horse dies and the boy sees him at last flying,up and away into the sky. It's not Ludo and the Star Horse. And it was around our school library about 1970! Nobody remembers it sad

steppemum Sun 11-Nov-12 23:34:52

strawwars - it sounds a bit like funny bones? one big sleleton, one little skeleton and a dog skeleton - it begins 'in a dark dark town there was a dark dark street, in the dark dark street there was a dark dark house etc'

DeWe Mon 12-Nov-12 09:20:42

IceBergJam could it be "The Light Princess" by George MacDonald(?). The princess is "blessed" in true Sleeping Beauty style at her baptism with being "Light in all things".
Can't remember much about the story though, except her holding a stone to stop being blown away, but I don't think it had a sad ending.

shriekingnora Mon 12-Nov-12 12:26:07

Strawwars - yours is one of the Little Spook books by Inger Sandberg

cleanandclothed Mon 12-Nov-12 12:35:37

Anyone know one about a dustcart that was used to pull a very important person? Can't remember much more than that.

cleanandclothed Mon 12-Nov-12 12:37:28

Ooh and a time slip one about a girl at school who ends up watching Elizabeth being taken to the tower?

UnrequitedSkink Mon 12-Nov-12 18:09:19

KittyBump I think the book you're thinking of is 'Where it stops nobody knows' by Amy Ehrlich?

StrawWars Mon 12-Nov-12 22:22:10

Thank you! Yes, it is one of the Inger Sandberg series. thanks

I don't know any of the books on here sad but I am looking for a childhood favourite of mine. It was a picture book about a ragdoll who gets left behind on a trip to the beach and tries to find her way home, but gets into all kinds of scrapes before someone picks her up, takes her home and makes her better again. I think she gets reunited with her owner at the end. Would love to find it to read to my little one!

DeWe Tue 13-Nov-12 09:16:43

Is it Galldora?

She's a rag doll that has lots of adventures. My favourite was when she's left outside and a bird builds a nest in her arms. But I'm sure she gets left at the seaside at some point.

I think it was originally Children's Hour/Listen with Mother stories. The stories have individual chapters, some of which relate to each other, but all can be stories on their own.

There were a couple of books. The one I have is "The Galldora Omnibus". They're by Modwena Sedgwick.

Thanks DeWe, it's not that one as it was definitely just one book, but I will have a look at those ones!

thewhistler Fri 16-Nov-12 21:28:58

What I love about the Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris is that the baby turns out to be Heathcliff in the last sentence.

splishsplosh Mon 19-Nov-12 21:26:30

Does anyone know a book about a girl trapped in a castle by an enchanter.
A boy finds a magic mirror and is able to visit her through it - there are several other magical items to find before she can be rescued - an emerald which is hidden in a forest, a rose i think...
There is a magical cat in it too - called Mantari or something like that...

splishsplosh Mon 19-Nov-12 21:29:37

and another one - i think there are 3 children - they come across a witch living in the woods. they each get a wish at some point i think - 1 boy chooses amazing strength which he has for 1 day, and he manages to catch a thief somewhere because of it. Wich might be called meg? but that might be completely wrong...

splishsplosh Mon 19-Nov-12 22:11:37

cleanandclothed - could your time slip one be A traveller in time by alison uttley?

mignonette Mon 19-Nov-12 22:24:13

I'm after a Scandinavian kids book about a little Swedish girl and her friends. There was lots of amazing (to me aged 9) descriptions of the cakes they ate.

It isn't Mrs Pepperpot or Pippi. I've had no luck I used to borrow it every week at my local library.

I also adored the yellow fairy book and also the orange and other colours.

I found Rumer Godden's 'The Diddakoi' last week which is such a wonderful book and am now trying to find a copy of a Joan Aitken short story collection. One of the stories was about a little girl who was neglected and there was a ?shop with a collection of weird and esoteric things and an old man running it (?). It isn't one of the more usual Aitken books-not 'Nightbirds in Nantucket'.

RosieMBanks Mon 19-Nov-12 22:43:25

splishsplosh - It is 'The Winter of Enchantment' by Victoria Walker. The sequel is 'The House Called Hadlows'. They were out of print for ages, and second-hand copies were scarce and very expensive, but they have been republished by Fidra. Wonderful books!

timtam23 Mon 19-Nov-12 22:45:17

splishsplosh could yours be The Winter of Enchantment by Victoria Walker?

timtam23 Mon 19-Nov-12 22:45:47

crossposted RosieM!

AnnaBegins Mon 19-Nov-12 23:08:29

I need two finding!

1 - A book about a girl called Katie (I think) who is from the victorian era or so, and finds herself in modern (ish) America, in a barn belonging to a family with a girl about her age. They believe her weird story because she can accurately draw from memory her house, which they find a picture of in a book. She has a doll made to look like her, which she swaps with the American girl's raggedy ann doll, and they find a painting in a book of her and her family with the raggedy ann doll. There's an amusing bit where she looks in the fridge and is a bit worried about hot dogs! When they are trying to help her get home, and are in the barn, she can't go home until Joe, the dad who originally found her, walks into the barn, and I think the last line is, "It was the sunlight, and Joe".

2 - This is a real long shot. I read this in the school library aged 10, and I don't think it was meant for my age group! A girl lives with her mum, Bridie, and her Irish grandad lives in a caravan. He buys a horse, a racehorse colt I think, and they stable it in a railway tunnel by blocking the tunnel with straw bales. Then the local rich brothers from the big house, Dennis and Sam, find the horse (think it is on their land) but they help the girl to keep it and train it. Sam is in love with the girl, but she ends up with Dennis (or was it Derek?), there's a scene where she's sitting at Dennis' feet with him stroking her hair and Sam looking on awkwardly, before they go to bed together (I know, I was 10, I was shocked!) It ends with Dennis taking the horse to America to show jump with it, and the girl crying because she doesn't want them to leave (I always thought he was a bit abusive, taking over her horse then taking it away!) I read this book so many times, then the library had a sale and got rid of it.


DeWe Tue 20-Nov-12 09:48:46

Mignonette could yours be The Bullerby Children, also by Astrid Lindgren?

It's about 6 children and a younger one living close together, and the stories are told through one of the girls (Lisa, I think).
They do sort of "normal" things but they seem special because of the way they're told, I think. I liked them much better than her other more famous ones about Pippin.

I remember Lisa and her best friends deciding to run away like their grandad did, and oversleeping, and another where they find 6d on the way home from school and buy some condensed milk to eat.

Joan Aiken did have one group of short stories I think called "A small pinch of weather" I know dd1 got it out from the library at one point. I don't kno if she did any others.

mignonette Tue 20-Nov-12 10:56:26


Thank you (thanks). That is the Joan Aitken book I'm sure. Not sure about the Bullerby Children but will have a look. Have a strong feeling that when I see the title, I'll instantly know...

elkiedee Tue 20-Nov-12 13:02:20

Could the Scandinavian cake eaters have been from a book by Edith Unnerstad?

There are several Joan Aiken short story collections - All But a Few, A Small Pinch of Weather and The Harp of Fishbones were published by Puffin, I can't remember which collection your story is in but I'm sure I've read it (I'd guess All But a Few). A couple of years ago I acquired The Faithless Lollybird, the Winter Sleepwalkers and a couple more, also a collection of stories about Mark and Harriet whose lives were always being interrupted by bizarre magical stuff - it's nice to have the Armitage stories together but I do prefer the original books as the recent reprinted collection doesn't have the illustrations.

mignonette Tue 20-Nov-12 14:31:05

I've just ordered the Joan Aitken anthologies mentioned by yourself and others elkie. Edith Unnerstad has a ring to it so am excitedly going to look into that.

Have had a wonderful time reading this thread and being reminded of books i had forgotten. I found old copies of 'Curdie and the Princess', 'Harold and the Purple crayon', 'The Phantom Tollbooth' and 'The Painted Garden' recently on my secondhand bookstore ferreting and am on the look out for American 'Dick & Jane' and British 'Janet & John' books now.

mignonette Tue 20-Nov-12 14:33:21

Don't think it is Edith Unnerstad. My memories are of books aimed at the age 9+ with little or no illustration bar frontispieces to chapters/stories and different cover art.

But thank you. I'll keep on asking and looking.

RosieMBanks Tue 20-Nov-12 18:54:34

Mignonette - I think Elkie may be right that 'All But a Few' is the collection you are looking for. I have 'The Rocking Donkey' which is one of the 'All But a Few' stories in a collection called 'Shadows and Moonshine'.
A lonely little girl called Esmeralda lives with her neglectful wicked stepmother Mrs Mitching, and one day finds a shabby old rocking donkey at a jumble sale....does that sound familiar?
This link might be useful
This is an interesting thread!

RosieMBanks Tue 20-Nov-12 19:15:34

Yes, it's 'All But a Few' - just found it on the shelves. In 'More Than You Bargained For' a little girl called Ermine goes shopping near the British Museum 'where there are all sorts of odd small shops selling secondhand books and antiques'. There are descriptions of various objects....looks like the one!
Ages since I read Joan Aiken - thank you for the reminder!

mignonette Wed 21-Nov-12 10:04:57

That's it! Oh my, I am so happy. I have ordered a copy thanks to all your help. I was transported by any story about neglected little girls as a child and especially that one because it was so intelligently written.

Thank you thanks

Elefant1 Tue 27-Nov-12 22:52:11

WednesdayNext yours is Jenny's adventure by Jean Gilder, I loved that book but had totally forgotten about it.
(is your name from the Jasper Fforde books, great books but very confusing)

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