Name That Book!

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I occasionally frequently receive comments and e-mails from readers who are looking for a dimly-remembered book. I know this pain! While I have been able to help in a few cases with coming up with a title and author, I want to open up the search to classic YA fans!

The following are descriptions I’ve received from readers that remain mysteries! See something you recognize? Share both ideas and sure-things in the comments!

If you have an unsolved ask that I’ve missed, let me know- I tried to collect everything I’ve received in the last 5 years!

Looking for a long-lost book? You can comment below or email mondomolly@gmail.com!

This list will be updated as the requests are “solved”!

1.“Girl has a horse that she loves, but must leave it to go to the home for unwed mothers. And it dies. Maybe from trying to jump out of a straight stall?” Suggested title: But I Thought You Really Loved Me By Evelyn White Minshull  Sounds like this is not it, keep those suggestions coming! 

2. In reference to Just Friends: “at any point is it revealed that one of the characters has friends that are just in his head? I’ve been trying to think of the title of this book, but now that I see your description, I think I am mixing it up with another book from the 1980s.” Suggestion: Louly by Carol Ryrie Brink

3. We’ve ruled out Ann Landers Talks to Teenagers About Sex and Twixt Twelve and Twenty, and think it’s a male author: “Sometime between 1965 and 1968, my mother gave me a book that clearly explained sex. All text, no illustrations.” Suggested title:  Girls and Sex, by Dr. Wardell B. Pomeroy

4. “I am trying to remember the name of a book that I would love to see you do. Probably published in the late 70’s early 80’s (I read it around 85/86):

It’s about a late teenaged (18/19) boy who lives in Colorado who is dying of cancer. Leukemia I think. The highlights of his life include; whining, going to Trader Vic’s for Tiki Drinks and I seem to recall fishing. He was a real hit with the ladies until the whole, ya know dying thing. But I think there is a loyal girl who stands by him. Blah, blah, blah.” Suggested title: May I Cross Your Golden River? By Paige Dixon or Eric by Doris Lund

5. “This YA novel is about a teenage boy (an only child) who goes to summer camp, and finds out once at camp that his parents, in exchange for external youth, have signed an agreement to sacrifice every child they have together at age 18 at this same camp. The boy had an inkling as to what was going on prior to this, as he found a photo album in his parents’ attic of their past children (although he didn’t know that they were his dead siblings at the time.) The failed sacrifice (he escaped) occurs in some sort of cave, and his parents were there, and they spoke a lot about the last child they sacrificed, a daughter named Meg, with long, curly eyelashes, who didn’t have a clue what was going on until the very end. They also had a cat clock at their house, the ones where the tail swings back and forth.” Only Child By Jesse Osburn, thanks to Lost Classics reader Majenta! 

6.The first book wasn’t so much a continuous story as each chapter was its own little tale but with the same characters (though I think it was still a linear story). I think it took place back in early-to-mid 1900s and it was about a girl who lived in this big old house on a farm with her aunt (or great aunt – maybe grandmother?). I think there was a chapter about a big thunderstorm and ghosts; another was about a pie baking competition. The girl might have been named Emily (or not). Pretty sure this was written in the 80s.” We seemed to have reached consensus that this is Beverly Cleary’s Emily’s Runaway Imagination! 

7. “I don’t remember the title or author but I think it was young adult. It was about a young couple who got married young. The book starts out with both of them telling her parents about getting married. The girl mentioned something about her sweater. I think the couple were hippies and they were living out in the woods. I don’t think she got pregnant until after the marriage. I remember she went to a class at the hospital and made a friend there. The girl had a baby boy they named feather. It is not the first part last. It was published either in the 1970s or 1980s. I think the couple in the book had problems getting along after she had the baby. If anyone can give me any help, I’d greatly appreciate it! I’m thinking I dreamed this book up and am fairly desperate to find it.”  

8. “We read this YA novel as a class assignment in 8th grade (1975) so it was probably a Scholastic publication. Girl has a hobby of raising pet birds (canaries?) and cares for sick birds. She has a glass-enclosed birdcage for this purpose, which is the only detail I really remember. She befriends/dates a “bad boy”. I’m very vague on the plot, but I think he is accused of doing something bad, but is innocent, and she stands by him. In the last scene, at her house, they kiss and she hears a bird singing “or maybe it was my heart”.  The Troublemaker By Robert McKay thanks to reader Sylvia! 

9. “I’m looking for a book, I think a Whitman classic, about a figure skater who used to practice on a pond. Now her family has moved to a city with a big rink, and she is assigned a small patch of ice. Or maybe it’s the other way around.” Suggested title from Lost Classics reader Tracy: The Silver Seven by Rita Ritchie. 

10. “A YA book starring three brothers named Harley, Davidson, and Mott, being raised by their dad after their mom either leaves or dies (if dies, possibly in a motorcycle accident–well, judging by her sons’ names, “she died doing something she loved”. But maybe she just rode off with someone else? I KNOW I’m not making this up. I KNOW those were the three sons’ names. I just don’t remember anything else offhand.” Suggestion: Hey, What’s Wrong with This One? by Maia Wojciechowska

11. “One starring (first-person narration) a girl known as B.J., which stands for–are you ready for this? “Baby Justine.” Suggested Title: The Hocus Pocus Dilemma

12. “Then there’s one set in a girls’ school which I remember only by a chapter starting with the headmistress or just a teacher saying that a guest lecturer “will be with us on Chuesday week.” [“a week from this Tuesday”—in an ultra-twee accent.] Suggestion:  Is That You, Miss Blue? By M.E. Kerr 

Updated 3/25/18: Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes.

13. “It was a YA or an adult book, a memoir, so I tried to be very secretive when I read this one at age 10 or so. (That would’ve been the late 90s, but the book was probably older.) It was in first person, I think, and it was the story of this girl growing up in the late 60s or 70s, and it was mostly about sex. She eventually gets pregnant, goes to college, gives birth, gives the baby up for adoption, and Begins To Move On.

Things I remember vividly: Boys cornering her at a park or in the woods, getting her blouse open, and writing “SLUT” on her breasts in permanent marker.  The main character marking out when she could and couldn’t have sex in a calendar.  One of her friends writing something like “nothing lezzie but I love you” in her yearbook.  Her getting pregnant, wanting no one to know, and taping her stomach down with duct tape (?).  She gives birth, gets to see the baby girl once (even though she’s not supposed to), and mentions how weird and empty her stomach feels just after it. And then, she joins her college campus newspaper, and one of the stories they’re running when she first goes in to ask about joining is called something like “Incest: One Daughter Speaks.” The cover was maybe a buff colour, and I can sort of picture a silhouette of a woman on it, but I don’t know if I’ve got it correct.” Confirmed: Grown-Up Fast By Betsy Israel 

14. “I don’t remember the title or author but I think it was young adult. It was about a young couple who got married young. The book starts out with both of them telling her parents about getting married. The girl mentioned something about her sweater. I think the couple were hippies and they were living out in the woods. I don’t think she got pregnant until after the marriage. I remember she went to a class at the hospital and made a friend there. The girl had a baby boy they named feather. It is not the first part last. It was published either in the 1970s or 1980s. I think the couple in the book had problems getting along after she had the baby. If anyone can give me any help, I’d greatly appreciate it I think the baby was lost at one point or around a lot of people. I’m positive the baby was named feather.”

15. “I read this paperback book in the 1970-71 school year, when I was eleven. A mother was escaping the Nazis with her three children; I don’t remember where the father was. The mother had a carriage for the baby, and I think had to store other supplies such as food and clothes in the carriage too. At one point they were on a train packed with others attempting to escape. In order to fit more people onto the train, a man tried to throw the carriage off, but the baby was still in it, and the mother had to fight to save the baby. (This scene really scared me, which is why I remember it.) At the end the family somehow made it safely to Switzerland, where they were taken in by some relatives. The book was my introduction to the horror of the Holocaust. I think it was written in the first-person by the mother, but whether it was true or fictional, I don’t know.”  Ordeal by Fire by Anne Wahle and Roul Tunley

16. “I’m pretty sure this one’s from the early 2000s. It’s historical fiction set after the Vietnam war. A boy in middle school learns to play chess from a teacher who was a veteran of the war. The boy had a baby sister called Cassie who died, possibly in a car accident? He remembers she had hair like peach fuzz. I can’t remember if the teacher ends up dating his mother or something, maybe that happened? It was one of those quiet, slice-of-life-y novels that I ate up well after I was supposed to be too old for midgrade novels, and I’d like to reread it.”  A Long Way Home by Nancy Price Graff, at last found by the original requestor, Miss Amy! 

17.  “I am pretty sure it was a Whitman hardcover about two sisters traveling to somewhere. The older sister had just started driving and maybe they are driving an old Volkswagon? They end up staying in an old house and there was a painting on the one wall they find out later had holes where the eyes were for spying. The cover was purple-ish with possibly the painting on the front. I can’t remember what the mystery was about. There may have been a grandfather in the story too or some type of older relative.” Update: possibly Spirit Town by Suzanne Roberts, maybe combined with plot elements from another book. 

18. “Does anyone remember a story from a grade-school or junior-high language-arts textbook (that’s where I remember it from) about a young girl who travels the world and ends with her realizing that a comb she thought she lost is on Guam. That’s how it ends, I think: “It’s on Guam.” Does anyone remember reading anything like that? Thanks!”

19.  I’ve got another anthology that I’ve been trying  to track down- it was from the very late 1980s or very early 1990s and was short stories and excerpts from novels, and I want to say that it had a title like “A Child’s Treasury of Humor”. The two pieces I specifically remember are Shirley Jackson’s short story “Charles” and the chapter from Lake Wobegon Days about the Boy Scouts. It was a thick (600+ pages) oversize hardcover. Anybody remember this one?

20. I’m piecemeal tracking down the YA romance books I loved reading and rereading in the ’80s and there’s one whose title I can’t remember–it’s really stumping me! It’s about a girl whose family moves from Arizona to Minnesota, and she has a really hard time adapting to the cold and snow. She’s always complaining about how things are so much more perfect back in sunny, warm AZ, which, needless to say, doesn’t go over very well with her new classmates, who basically tell her to GTF away from them if she hates them and their state so much. I think she had a boyfriend back in AZ who she was pining for as well. Ring any bells for anyone? Suggestion: The Year My PArents Ruined My Life by Martha Freeman

21. My memories of it are pretty vague. The paperback cover featured a red-haired girl in a green dress. I believe it was about a teenager who moved to somewhere very green and mysterious, perhaps with castles…maybe Ireland? And there were always white swans on the lawn. I believe the girl’s name was Phillippa. I got it in a box of my older cousin’s stuff…in the late 1980s, so I believe it was published some time in the mid-eighties. Any help would be appreciated! Suggestion: The Fortunes of Philippa by Angela Brazil

 22. I read this in 1965 and was under the impression it was pretty contemporary.   The story concerns  a young teenage girl whose family spends summers  somewhere on the Atlantic coast. This particular summer they have an older teenage girl board with them and she’s a bit rough around the edges but is kind and wants to improve he self and her circumstances.   She has a buttery soft yellow leather jacket that the younger teen admires.  The older teen gets into some sort of scrape and decides to move on as she believes it to be in everyone’s best interest.  She quietly leaves behind the yellow jacket as a gift to her young friend. I remember the cover depicted ocean, pier, maybe an old house, and a bit of stormy weather. Suggestion: The Sea Gulls Woke Me by Mary Stoltz

23. I’m hoping someone can help out with this one. It probably would have been published sometime in the ’60s, but possibly earlier. It’s about a brother & sister named Mary Jo & James who are accidental stowaways on a ship headed to Germany. They’re caught almost immediately & have to work for their passage – Mary Jo by peeling potatoes & James by shining shoes. The local bad girl – who I think was named Lizzie – was responsible for them being stuck on the ship in the first place. Mary Jo & James have been hanging out with Bad Girl Lizzie because they’ve been temporarily sent to live with a (very unpleasant) neighbor due to their younger sister being sick with something – possibly scarlet fever? – & they will do anything to avoid being in the neighbor’s house. That’s about all I remember except that I think there’s something about one of the sailors from the ship coming to their house for Christmas at the end. The Surprise of Their Lives identified by Lost Classics reader Norma! 

24. I am trying to remember the title and author of a book I read in c. 1986, when I was about 11. It was about a girl who goes to stays with her relative for a period of time. She meets a woman who, it is revealed later in the book, is her recovering alcoholic mother. She befriends an elderly man who has a German Shepherd named MacDuff. MacDuff is swept out to sea when the girl almost drowns, but is later found safe and brought home.  Now Is Not Too Late by Isabelle Holland identified by Lost Classics reader ninyabruja! 

25. I am looking for a “teen romance” from the 80’s…it’s about a girl named Callie who falls for a lifeguard at the local pool named Kurt, who does not reciprocate her feelings. She has a little sister named Tessa and a good guy friend named Rusty, who she ends up realizing her feelings for at the end. I cannot remember the title! The cover shows a girl standing at a lifeguard stand looking up at him. Thanks for any suggestions!  Why Am I Too Young by Alida Young found by Lost Classics reader Laura! 

26. I don’t really have a lot to go on, but when I was in 6th grade (so around `94) I read this scifi book my teacher had and literally all I can remember is they travelled from at least one planet to another, and there was something to do with a green stone and it may or may not have given the heroine special abilities. I’ve been trying to search for it for years, as I believe this may have been one of the catalysts for my interest in the scifi genre.

27. Can’t remember title. YA book from late 1970s or early 1980s. Wren and her sister Francesca meet a girl named Anna Ferris. Anna is a budding singer. Anna has a brother, Travis (I think). Anna meets Tony and gets pregnant. Wren desperately tries to find a place to send Anna over the summer for the pregnancy so that Anna doesn’t lose her future. Wren’s mom is dating someone named Mr. Montcrief. Help! I can’t think of the title, I’ve searched the internet and nothing!  Sycamore Year by Mildred Lee identified by Lost Classics reader Susan. 

28. I’ve been looking for a certain book for years, maybe someone here can help.

It was a young adult novel about two teen girls. They were friends, spending time together before the new school year started. There was an annoying little brother who pestered them constantly.

One of the girls wore glasses, but was getting contact lenses for the first time. She wanted to be prettier for the new school year. They called the makeover “Operation Chrysalis” or “Project Metamorphosis” or something like that. I think I remember them sitting in the backyard discussing their plans, with the brother spying and teasing them.

One of the major plot points involved the girls finding out that one of their distant, elderly relatives had died. The family drove to the relative’s house a few weeks/months later, and found that all of the furniture had been stolen. They eventually found it being sold at an auction, and were able to identify it as theirs by bite marks on one of the chairs.

At some point, the girls found an old diary with a pretty drawing inside. It appeared to be just a pretty pattern, but upon further inspection, the girls noticed it was actually a monogram of someone’s initials. It could have been hidden inside a desk?

At another point, the girls were cooking something with syrup. The little brother made a mess licking the bowl clean. The girls tried to tell him that he needed to use soap to clean it, but he insisted that syrup is made of sugar, which is water soluble and can be easily cleaned by licking it. He licked his finger and touched a napkin to prove he wasn’t sticky, but the napkin stuck.

I read a lot as a kid, so it’s possible I’m combining parts of several books. Most of the books I read were written from 1950-1995, and I would guess this one was written around the 60s. I thought it might have been one of the Trixie Belden books, but I’ve looked through most of them and couldn’t find this story. Suggestion from Lost Classics Reader Kelly L.: The Mystery of the Singing Mermaid By Ann Young

29. I’m trying to remember the title of a book that I read, probably as a tween in the late 70s, early 80s. It was set in the first person, I think, and it was meant to be more funny than dramatic. The main character was maybe 11-13. She was shy, maybe a bit of a social outcast and hated school. It seems to me that her home life wasn’t that great either. I think I remember that she was sent to the AV closet at school to retrieve something and found a place where she could hide and watch TV all day. She did this every day. Nobody seemed to miss her and this went on for quite some time. Eventually she was discovered by a guidance counselor and she agreed to stop trying to escape her problems and stay in class. It might be a Scholastic book, and I have this memory of an orange and pink cover but I don’t remember anything else about it. I’m Canadian so it might have been Canadian and style-wise, I think it was maybe from the mid 70s. It would be great if someone could prove that it isn’t a figment of my imagination.

30. I only read the 1st few chapters of this one; it had been left in the lounge at my local YMCA and wasn’t there the next time I went. A Jewish American girl gets a letter from her German boy cousin describing how he’s being bullied at his school after Hitler comes to power. I think it was published in the late 70s/early 80s.

31. I’m looking for a teen/young adult book that follows a group of girls in Jr. High adventures. Read it in the 80s. The only adventure I clearly remember is a team gymnastics competition where the girls squirt ink on a competitors leotard- that girl and her twin sister had been switching places in their best gymnastics events, so their team always won! (Yes, a huge crime.) Then the ink-stained girl and her twin had to finish the competition with no cheating, and they lost. (Justice prevails.) If anyone can help, I’m desperate to find this one. TY in advance! The Rascals from Haskell’s Gym, by Frank Bonham ID’d by an Anonymous Lost Classics reader! 🙂 

32. This has driven me nuts for decades – I had a gritty YA realistic fiction teen peril kind of  book from the 70s or 80s in which the main character got to know another young woman in her small town who had a bad reputation for being promiscuous and was thus known by the nickname “Everybody’s Evie” or “Everybody’s Evy” (but I am pretty sure this was not the title of the book, nor am I talking about ME Kerr’s Deliver Us From Evie, which is newer and different). If I recall, this was one of those moralizing types of books, like don’t sleep around or the town will cast you out, but I also seem to remember that it might have been a little more progressive than that and the main character got to know Evie/Evy and learned she hadn’t really done the things that earned her this reputation, but rather was just kind of a rebel nonconformist who didn’t give a crap and was therefore being stigmatized and marginalized unfairly. Still, I have the haunting remembrance that the ending wasn’t so happy. Nobody knows what this book is and I am going nuts, please help! Did I dream it?  Lost Classics reader Miss Amy alerts us that this one was solved over at Goodreads: Everybody’s Evy by Rose Blue

33. I’m pretty sure it was written/set in the 80s because I swear I remember the mention of a pork pie hat (which at the time I didn’t know what that was :))
The main character is a high school boy who I think is new to town and makes friends with another boy and maybe a girl (love interest?). The main thing I remember is that they have a young, pretty, female English teacher who is being sexually harassed/threatened by a student in their class. The harassing student is really big and tall and he makes a photocopy/xerox of his hands and leaves it on the teacher’s desk with a misspelled note saying “these hands will be all over you”–the main character and his friends come across the teacher right after she finds the note and she’s really shaken up and upset. I think they come up with some plan to get the harassing student kicked out of school? Though I don’t know why the teacher wouldn’t have just reported him…but anyways.

I think that maybe the main character is also part of the school play (a small part, not a lead role) but I could be wrong. Remembering the Good Times By Richard Peck, identified by sheesh and Majenta.  

34. The book that I have been unsuccessfully searching for is a book of short stories for girls that was published in the mid 1960’s. I recall purchasing it at a school book fair, most likely in junior high. The stories were mostly coming of age stories for teenage girls. One story told of a girl who did not fit in in high school, and she wanted new clothes that she believed would help. I remember she wanted to buy “shoes that look like ballet slippers and a string of pearls. I seem to recall that she also played the piano. Another story was about a girl who felt very unattractive and her dad said something to the effect of she was not a pretty girl but she was going to be a beautiful woman. I have searched for this collection of short stories for many years and have found many collections, but not this particular one. I would be very grateful if you might have any information about this elusive book. Thank you for any suggestions you may have. Partial update from Barbara: the specific story,  “In Tempo” by Sue Moskowit, has been found in another collection, A Matter of Choice, but we’re still on the look out for another short story collection in which it appeared! 

35. Our teacher read us this book in 7th grade (so 1985). A boy wants to ride the family’s riding lawnmower, and dad says no. For some reason, the boy is home alone (the family is away for the day). The boy gets on the lawnmower, falls off, and dies when the mower goes over him. There is a younger brother in the story also. Can’t remember the author or the title. Suggestion: Nobody’s Fault? by Patricia Hermes

36. Ok, I think the title was maybe about sixth or seventh grade, or possibly hairspray. Protag befriends an artsy loner weirdo who introduces her to the concept of third eyes and gets bullied by Xan (maybe Zan) the popular girl. At some point they have to paint sets, and Xan gets paint all over herself, either by accident or on purpose? Can’t quite remember.

37. Looking for a YA book that may have been published in the 60s or 70s. About a girl in college who has to choose summer internships/placements in public service. I think she wanted to go to a settlement house (like Hull House in Chicago) but instead goes to an orphanage and does good work there. So then she is given an opportunity to go to her preferred next placement, but decides to stick with working at the orphanage. Any ideas??

38. I have been searching for a book of short stories for girls from the mid 1960’s. I am guessing that it is a Scholastic book, as I am sure that I bought it at a junior high school book fair. I remember details of 2 stories in particular. I remember a high school girl who wanted new clothes so she would become more popular; she wanted “shoes that look like ballet slippers…and a string of pearls!” Another story was about a girl whose father said that she may not be a pretty girl, but she was going to be a beautiful woman. Do these sound familiar to anyone? Grateful for any help that you have to offer. Thanks so much!  Sometimes Magic Edited by Hallie Burnett, solved by Lost Classics reader Jennifer! 

39. Hello. Pls,I’m looking for a book. Its about a teenage girl who is a candy striper at a hospital. She meets a guy she likes but doesn’t know he’s a celebrity. Suggestion from Lost Classics Reader Julie: Could the Candy Striper book be the one by Lee Wyndham?

40. Sometime in my junior high years (mid 1970’s) I read a book about a girl named Connie whose family had a sudden financial crisis. They moved to the poor side of town to live with Aunt Berta. Connie often returned to her former neighborhood, which was ruled by a stuck up snot named Leora Hyde. The only part I remember is Leora’s father trying to commit suicide in the garage, and Connie found him and pulled him out of the car. Suggestion from Lost Classics Reader reshpeckobiggle: Connie by Anne Alexander

 

41. So, there is a book I’m trying to find. I’m afraid that I don’t have much to go on. All I remember is that it was a thriller plot, and that the protagonist girl was missing one finger. It was something she was embarassed about, and she was a loner at school, not wanting anyone to know unless they were a good friend or family.

At one point during a thunderstorm outside, she looks out her bedroom window and thinks there is somebody spying on her next to a tree.

This book would have probably been printed in the late 80s, possibly 1990 or so. I read it in my elementary school class around ’91.

42. The book I’m looking for is a YA diary-type novel. I think the main character is named Sarah or Sara. She has an older sister named Deirdre (called Didi). I remember the cover is a girl with brown hair wearing I think a white t-shirt. She is sitting in a purple background. I don’t remember much about the plot except she doesn’t get along with her family and there is a line something like, “You can tell what their expectations were, naming her Deirdre, and me, just plain Sarah.” It was definitely from the early to mid 1970sSolved by an Anonymous Lost Classics Reader: Diary of a Frantic Kid Sister by Hila Colman….. there was also a sequel, Nobody has to be a Kid Forever.

43. I am looking for a mystery book I read in the 80’s from the local library.  The book is probably older, maybe 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s.  Children find a scrap of metal.  They find out that years before a woman stole a hurricane lamp or a spirit lamp from a local shop keeper. When she tried to light it she set the building (it might have been a lighthouse) on fire.  Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

44. I am trying to remember a book but can’t find it. All I remember is the plot.

It’s about a girl named Harriet who meets a gambler named Jake who takes her money. She goes on his boat cause she hasn’t got anywhere else to go. She gets stranded on a island where she is forced to marry a rich old man and gives birth to Jake’s baby on the island. She names her Victoria. Jake comes back for her. The old man dies leaving Harriet his fortune. She builds an empire. In the end her and Jake get back together. I think this came out 80s or 90s. This is a 2 part saga.

I hope you can help! It’s driving me nuts!! Suggestion: A Promise of Gold By Joan Druett

45. In 1959 my family moved & I did not to finish a library book I was reading. No title or author so slim clues but here goes: A boy, about 10 or 12, goes to live with his grandfather due to his Dad being made a manager at a soft drink plant (Coca Cola?) in the Philippines. His grandfather lived in desert, seemed like Arizona or possibly New Mexico & I believe it was a trailer a good ways out from town & boy rode bus to school. He had a friend nearby, a girl, & eventually they met an Indian boy who lived close by. They would slip out at night to watch the stars & just hang out together as kids do. One night they caught sight of what they were sure was a UFO landing out in the desert & they planned to head that way & see where it landed. That’s as far as I got! If this rings any bells with anyone, would appreciate a clue. It must have been a mid to late 1950’s book & I believe it was hardback, don’t remember a book cover if it had one. Thank you!

46. I am remembering a book I read in the mid-90s, when I was around 10 years old. It’s about a teenage boy who either lives in or moves to a small town in rural California (I feel like I remember there being a line about “there was a sign on the road out of town where it said Los Angeles 567 miles [or some large amount] and someone had crossed it out and written 1,000,000 and honestly it might as well have been.”) Someone in his community teaches him and the other youths how to “witch for water”, or use a dowsing rod, and nobody is successful except him. He can feel the water through the rod by a sensation in his wrists and arms. Later on, he feels the same sensation without the rod, and discovers that he is essentially a human lie detector. There is a scene where he goes to help a friend’s dad as a border patrol officer on a state line, and helps them to confiscate illegal fruit that can’t enter the state for some reason (a big carton of cherries in one case, and like two apples in another.) The fruit-at-the-border isn’t the main plot thrust, but it’s the part I remember!! Thanks for the help :):)

47. Looking for a fiction book I read in 1971 or 1972 about a teenage girl who gets pregnant. She and the baby’s father try to figure out how they can keep the baby, then decide to give the baby up for adoption. The girl gets through the pregnancy by telling herself it’s not HER baby; she’s having this baby for someone else. Any ideas?

48. So I wish I had more information about this one because it’s been driving me crazy for years. A friend gave it to me when I was probably 8 or 9 (so first half of the 90s), but who knows how old that copy was at the time (definitely second-hand). I remember very few details other than it involved a village near a crescent shaped valley and at the climax of the book everyone went there in the middle of the night and some beings appeared (aliens? fairies?). I feel like maybe there was something about missing children tied in with that (maybe they were what appeared)? I remember how I felt reading it (slightly confused, slightly creeped out) more than I remember the book itself and I wondered if it was a title translated from another language – although I don’t have anything really to pin that on other than I found the people weird and decided they must live somewhere else. I remembered the title as “The Valley of the Crescent Moon” but that doesn’t get any results that seem right. I might be inclined to think I dreamed it if I didn’t remember being annoyed that my friend misspelled my name inside the front cover. Suggestion: Born INto Light By PAul Samuel JAcobs

49. I’m junior high school I read a teen romance mystery novel about a high school couple who were torn apart by a boy and a girl. It was also Halloween and they were all trying to set up a haunted murder scene that took place many years ago. In the end both the bad boy and girl got busted for trying to harm the nice girl. I also think that there was something with a dress that used to belong to the murdered woman from many years ago and was worn by the nice girl. On the cover is a guy and girl holding each other. I would guess that this book came out in either the 80’s to early 90’s. Thanks.

50. I’m dreaming of finding a book I read in elementary school and lent out, but sadly never got back. Young adult, published before 1983 for sure. A boy from a small town was somehow lost, maybe on an island, and was alone for a while, unable to get home. Somehow he got back to his hometown, and on the day he arrived back, there was a town fair. He went up to the girl he had liked when he was younger who happened to be at a kissing booth at the fair, she didn’t recognize him, and he kissed her and said “you taste like strawberries”, and then she recognized him and was happy to see him again after so long.

51. Looking for a book that’s like a kids version of A Simple Plan, where two boys find a briefcase or duffle bag full of money in the woods and start spending it on things like a trip to an amusement park, but eventually a bad guy comes looking for it. Would have read it late elementary school or early middle school in the mid to late nineties. Reader suggestions: The Runaways by Ruth Thompson and Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce. 

52. I am racking my brain for the name of a young adult book (fiction) 1980s-maybe Scholastic-I remember it was about a girl (Jen or Alison?) who meets a new beautiful best friend; Eventually Jen/Alison transforms herself and gets the guy. I remember one of her parents was a surgeon and made some comment like “I am a surgeon not a chef”. Weird what I remember lol. Thanks for your help! The Best Of Friends by Jill Ross Klevin (part of the Wildfire series) solved by Lost Classics reader Sheesh

53. Can anyone track this book down? Set during the Great Depression. Main character is a girl (Meg?) who becomes friends with a new neighbor (possibly Gwendolyn?) who is very snooty because her father has a good job. She has a fancy dollhouse with furniture and a scrapbook of the British princesses (Elizabeth and Margaret) they are both obsessed with. Later in the book, it gets found out her father’s good job was something illegal and he gets arrested, so they have to sell their belongings, are very poor, and leave the town in disgrace. Before leaving, she gives the doll house icebox and scrapbook to her friend, and apologizes for being so snooty.
I read this in the 80s, but it was an old book so could have been published in the 60s or 70s. Suggestion: The Majesty of Grace by June Langton

54. My partner remembers one of his favorite books, as a kid, was about a boy whose parents are grifters… his father sells “miracle cures” and they have to skip town and can’t settle down anywhere. At one point, his parents steal a trailer and the boy can’t take the lifestyle anymore, so he runs away to live with his grandparents. Then, his father invents something that makes him wealthy, and the boy must decide whether to stay with his grandparents or go back to his parents. My partner can’t remember any of the characters’ names, but he thinks the title sounds something like “Outside, Looking In.”Also, the cover had a boy looking out a car window. And my partner read it in 4th grade, he thinks… so probably in 1988-ish. Outside Looking In by James Lincoln Collier submitted by Lost Classics Reader daisyporter

55. Looking for a teen reader book from 70’s
The girl was coming of age, “Freddie” for short for Fredericka. Went on vacation for the Summer to the beach, Mother paints.

56. I’ve been searching for a book i read in the 70’s possibly 80’s. I think the book cover had a hunter and a deer or stag on it. The book starts out with a man walking through or hunting in the woods and he ends up in another world or dimension. He meets a wizard or magician and at the end of the book the wizard turns himself into the deer or stag and sacrifices himself for the hunter in exchange for his help when they were in the other world.

57. I read it in 7th grade lol.its about a girl,I can’t remember if she was a spy or had abilities,but some powerful people find her and she runs.finding out that the guy she likes isn’t who she thought and neither is she.i remeber reading that they stop and play a jukebox at a diner.

58. I am looking for a book I read in the late 80s-early 90s. It was about a 6th grade (I think) class that was terrible. They ran over teachers, subs, etc. until this teacher came in and turned thing da round using magic. Almost like a Mary Poppins or Nanny McPhee situation. I remember crazy situations about spitballs or something similar and snippets of old childhood songs like “row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, throw your teacher overboard…” and “miss Suzy had steam boat, the steamboat went to…hello operator, give me number 9…” please help! Reader Suggestion: Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub By Jamie Gilson.  Update from requestor: the suggested title is, sadly, not the book I am thinking of. Another detail that I seem to remember is that it wasn’t just a sub. I seem to remember that it might have been a husband/wife sub duo???? Maybe….

59. I read a novel in the early 1970s about a white teacher who moves to the inner city to teach at the all Black high school, He is a single dad with a high school age daughter who will attend the high school. It is about the friends she makes, living as the only white people

60. Hoping someone will remember this one! It’s a historical mystery that takes place somewhere in Scotland. The main character’s name is Phoebe, and she goes to visit (or possibly live with) her sheep-farmer relatives in the Highlands. She has twin cousins named (I think) Ronald and Gavin. There’s a mystery about a castle on a nearby mountain where a Very Bad Man called (I think) the Monster of Something-or-Other used to live, and he either stole all the money belonging to everyone in the surrounding village or forced them to give it to him. Everyone is now extremely poor. The castle is either haunted or they think the Monster still lives there… anyway, everyone is terrified of it and stays far away at all times. Phoebe’s cousins have been absolutely forbidden to even mention it, but of course they do. When Phoebe hears the story, naturally all she wants to do is visit the castle and solve the mystery, even though her cousins try their best to talk her out of it. They do end up solving the mystery. I don’t remember all the details, but one part I remember vividly is that they find the Monster’s skeleton sitting on top of a chest containing all the missing money. I believe there’s also a section where Phoebe’s aunt teaches her to use a spinning wheel. The version I had was a paperback, and I read it sometime in the mid-70s. If anyone remembers this, I would love to track it down and reread it. Thanks!

61.  I remember reading this book in the early 2000s. it was about a rich couple, I think the wife wanted to be a singer and perform. there were many mentions of a briefcase if I remember correctly. there was a driver with a town car, I think a rolls Royce or Bentley.

please help! thank you in advance!

62. I came upon your website as I was searching for a teen lit novel I read, probably in the 1980s about a teenager (boy?) who adopts a bat, which changes his life and the perceptions his friends and family have about bats.

63. I remember reading a book in the 70’s. Young girl on a solo adventure through rugged terrain (maybe mountains). At one point in the story she becomes very ill with diphtheria and is helped by a stranger who nurses her through the illness, and somehow even uses a straw like instrument to remove the cob webby coating from the back of the girl’s throat. That’s about all I remember. Any thoughts?  Suggestion: Merlin’s Keep by Madeline Brent

64.I probably read this book in the early 80s and I think it was new. A teen girl living near Gardiner, MT is the main character. Her family has horses, maybe a ranch. Her 16th birthday is coming up, and her older sister Althea (I think) disappeared when she was 16. The main character’s father is suddenly encouraging her relationship with a boy. Her mother is kind of upset about that, because she knows why he’s encouraging it.Turns out that the women in the family are given a choice at 16: to go on with a normal life or join some kind of magical society living deep in the forest. I’ve googled everything I can think of and can’t find this book!

65. I just discovered your website and thought I’d inquire about a book from the ’70’s that has eluded me for many years. It is in the supernatural/mystery pre-teen catagory. The main character is a girl named Dorcas who has a special power that is triggered by her spinning top. She is able to predict things that will happen in the future. There is a gentleman sympathetic to her circumstances ( I believe she is an orphan ) who gives her a scarf  (red?) at one point. The plot involves a nefarious character who, she discovers, is not the upstanding person he appears to be. Near the end, he traps her in a cave where he tells her she has made her own grave, now she can die in it. Naturally, she is rescued by the kindly fellow who gave her the scarf. I thought the title was “The Spinning Top” and that the authors last name started with an “S”, but I have had absolutely no luck in tracking this book down. It was a favorite from my childhood, one I checked out many times from the library. I would appreciate any help in locating this book.

66. The book is about the blitz in London. A boy and a girl meet in the underground tunnels as they take shelter from the bombings during WW2. I think fire is in the title. Suggestion: Fireweed by Jill Paton Walsh

67.There were two stories I read right around 1980, books I checked out from my library, and I’ve never been able to find them in recent years. One or both of these stories may have been in a collection of stories, rather than a full kids’ or YA novel.One was a story about a boy whose family had moved into a house that had a big scary tree in the backyard. Each night the boy saw that the tree’s shadow crept closer and closer to his bedroom window. Finally in the end there was some conflict re a witch, and they chopped the tree down and filled the hole where the stump was with concrete.The other story was about a boy who loved next door to an old man, but it turned out the man was a vampire, and he trapped the boy in his basement, where there were coffins filled with dirt, I think.

68. I was born in 1958 and I remember a book that I read over and over when I was a young teen. I was wondering if you could help me find it.

It was about a girl, I think her name was Amanda, (because I liked the character so much, I always liked that name after). She goes to visit her fiance’s family for the first time, and they live in a big house on the Hudson River. I keep thinking the title is “Anead on the Hudson,” or something similar.

I would love to find that book again. If you know of the book, it think you do, I would really appreciate any help in finding it!

69. I’m looking for a book that I checked out of the junior high school library in the mid-70’s. It looked new. I can’t remember the cover. I remember a scene where a teenage boy, who was the main character, and a teenage girl were running through a castle. The girl had a Scottish accent and she was in love with him. She died, maybe from falling off a ledge. He felt guilty because she had died trying to help him and he hadn’t returned her romantic feelings. He had just considered her to be a friend. I think that he was involved in some political intrigue. He may have come from a different time and place. Please help!

70. Cover -features a blond boy talking to a girl who’s irritated…she has on an early 80’s ruffley blouse and he has on a striped polo type shirt with a collar. She’s listening to the boy talk and is annoyed. Plot: she (maybe her name is Tracy?) is going to be in a speech or drama class taught by a charismatic, well-known teacher and Tracy gets into the class and the popular kids are in there. The blond boy on the cover is Wylie and I think his girlfriend is Andrea…So Tracy gets paired up with Wylie and there’s a love triangle and I think Tracy has a makeover and becomes more attractive? She and Wylie wind up together. They have to come up with skits for the class and they bond over the skits?

71. Sometime in the ’80s, I picked up a book that I am almost certain was a Silhouette Romance novel. But the cover touted that it was part of a “new line” of books that were more “mature” (i.e., more graphic). The characters were definitely post-high school age. All I remember about the plot is that a girl goes to Florida to stay with an older relative (grandmother?) in a brand new development that is still under construction. She meets a handsome young guy, maybe at the pool, and he turns out to be a carpenter working on the development’s construction. She can’t invite him home for some reason so they meet up at night in a gazebo. Their encounters are pretty steamy! The only other detail I remember was artificial orange trees near the gazebo, which seemed an odd, tacky touch for Florida.

72. Looking for a book I read as a teen in the late 90s most likely. Probably published between 80s-99. The cover was a picture of a teenage girl.. dressed kinda funky in converses(?) and a plaid skirt(I think!). So it’s a lighthearted YA romance… the main character is MacKenzie(?) think.. and her best friend is Devon. She is in love with her neighbor… he only sees her as a close friend bc he’s a little older. So she sets out to make him fall in love with her by trying to be like any girl he’s currently seeing.. she gets into a lot of awkward moments. I remember random pieces like she buys a sweater dress and uses socks for bust enhancement.. which fall out when she is with him. Her friend always complains about her thighs. They were both only children and their families are really close. Please help.. searched for ages and no luck. Thanks!

73. I am looking for a book that I would have read probably in the mid to late 1980s.

A teen girl feels like a misfit. She somehow gets a job taking care of animals (snakes, maybe?) for a magician. I think she might have been skipping school to hang out at his house while he was gone? Eventually she ends up becoming his assistant for some big show and learns how to do some impressive trick. I remember the book describing the outfit she wore during the magic show, maybe that it looked like green shimmering scales. At one point she says something about how she can’t reveal the secrets of tricks but that it was pretty uncomfortable being squished into half a box for the “saw a lady in half” trick.

It is definitely NOT the Magician’s Assistant by Anne Patchett.  Tarantulas on the Brain By Marilyn Singer identified by Lost Classics reader KD

74. Hi, I read a book in 2017 that was a summer reading book back in highschool. I don’t remember so much about it but I’ll say what I remember. It was a young adult book.
The book started off with these group of kids in a lighthouse, these teenagers did criminal acts and our main character, male, stole a bike so he was put their as another option of juvenile detention. Between the middle of the book he’s driving a car with this other kid with him, also male, off to a beach where they could make a bonfire and eat the food they’ve stolen. Our main character went to set up the bonfire while his friend went out to look at the ocean, only to turn back to ask what he wished to eat and see the guy gone. Following the footsteps that lead straight into the ocean, he knew his friend died walking into the vast cold sea at night as he had problems with his will to live.

75. I’m looking for a book that I read in the late 80s or early 90s, which I *think* was pretty contemporary.

It was one of a series of books about a group of teens or young adults who solved mysteries. The one bit I remember clearly is that they found an old house with a river landing stage, and an old lady who lived there by herself. At one point, one of the girls finds and tries on a dress that they have seen in an old photograph…something to do with the old lady’s lost first love.
It’s possible that they solve the mystery of why her lover went away? I sold the book shortly after, and I’ve always regretted it.

76. Reaching out and hoping someone might know this one… I’m not sure if it was published in the mid/late 80s or early 90s – I remember reading it when I was 10 or so, and that would’ve been 1995, but it belong to my older sister, who was 15 in 1995 so I think it must’ve been late 80s or first part of the 90s, as she wasn’t reading it around 15. It was a fantasy novel, something about a young girl who goes on a journey (I don’t remember what for!) but I know there was some time where she was riding a horse (or maybe a unicorn), and there’s a scene where she’s crossing a big field, and I’m thinking there might have been a dragon in it somewhere. I actually can sort of see the cover in my head too… it was a metallic sheen – green/tealish and had a girl (and maybe the horse/unicorn) on the cover. I LOVED that book and my searches have led to ZERO results because it’s so very vague.

77. A book about a magic faded purple mailbox with stars on it. I would have read it in 70’s or 80’s.

78. A high school library book I read several times during 1980-1984. I thought it was titled twins. Twin girls, one was dead and a ghost. A tragic accident. A comment towards the end something like, A ghost is just a memory (or soul) that has just not been forgiven. Suggestion: THe Stranger With My Face By Lois Duncan or Twin Spell AKA Double Spell By Janet Lunn

79. About a cowboy that dressed in outlandish outfits and solved mysteries. People underestimated him because of the way he was dressed, but he could hold his own in a fight.

80. The story takes place during World War II. In an elementary school class, the rich girl’s family loses their money and become poor. She was the most popular girl in the class and loses all her friends. The family moves in to a trailer, and another girl whose family was always poor becomes her friend. I thought the author was Constance Greene, but I can’t remember the title. Wild Violets, by Phyllis Greene found by Lost Classics reader Sandra

81. There were (I think) a series of books in the 80’s/90’s about a group of teens (possibly in Australia) who found some technology and set up groups of other teens around the world and would communicate with them. Possibly to solve crimes but not 100% sure. Think it was also a tv series but not sure. Vague I know but any ideas welcome! Suggestion from Lost Classics reader beholdthething: either the Internet Detectives series by Michael Coleman or Cyber.kdz series by Bruce Balan. 

82. Looking for the name of of YA book I read in the 80s. This book was part of a book club that sent me books every month. High school girl who plays basketball and goes on to play at University of North Caroline (I think). Her boyfriend also plays basketball. Not much to go on.

83. I’m looking for a ya novel 1970s/1980s about a teen who wanted a band called the Jersey Turnpike. There was a love story, too. The title had one word, I think.

84. The plot was of a teenage couple who fell in love but their story was complicated by the fact that the boy’s mother had killed the girl’s sister in an automobile accident. I don’t remember everything but I think the mother had maybe been driving after a work holiday party, and it was raining, and the girl was riding her bike and was hit by the car. The young teens who fall in love don’t know about this connection at first, then when they find out it pulls them apart.

That’s all I remember; I don’t remember how the story is resolved. From the early-mid 1980s Solved by the original requestor When We First Met by Norma Fox Mazer.

85. A friend is looking for a book she read in the late 70s/early 80s. Here is what she remembers:

I’m trying to remember the name of a book that I read when I was growing up so it hadn’t been written in like the 70s or early 80s. It was about a girl that grew up in a family they didn’t have a lot of money but they weren’t super poor I think she babysat for somebody and she sometimes pretended that that family was hers and somebody had a miscarriage but I can’t remember if it was a family she babysat for her her own family. And she may not have babysat.  Sugesstion: Claudia By Barabara Wallace 

86. Unpopular girl in high school befriends a beautiful popular girl who sews her own clothes & wears red-stiched cowboy boots. I think the unpopular girl plays the flute and gets a makeover by the beautiful girl. I remember remember them going to the mall to splurge on an orange julius.    The Best of Friends By Jill Ross Kelvin (Wildfire) solved by Lost Classics reader Sheesh

87. I read the first few chapters of this sci-fi book in 1985, when I was 11 or so. I feel like it’s a slightly older book, maybe from the 70s. Maybe older, but I don’t think so. A scientist is building a doorway to another reality in his laboratory. This is in his house and his neighbor is a nurse, a little pushy, crushing on him and always coming over. Well, he gets the doorway working one day when she comes over with a casserole (I remember this specifically) and when they go through the door into this new reality, they eat the casserole on the banks of like, a creek or something, with their hands because they have no utensils. That’s as far as I got before I lost the stupid book and it’s been driving me crazy for years! What was it called!

88. I am looking for the title of a book, I would have read it probably in the mid-to-late 70s, about a girl who was a budding tennis star and she was on the tennis competition circuit, but also coming of age and starting to have regrets or wishes she could be a normal kid. I distinctly remember a part in the book of the girl prepping for a tournament and having steak and eggs for breakfast, because it was high protein to fuel her.  She wore her hair in long pigtails (as I did during that time).  I don’t remember much more. The girl may have been blonde, but I don’t remember that either. Suggestion: When No One Was Looking by Rosemary Wells

89. There is a book that I read in Middle School(97-2000) that has been driving me nut to find. I believe it was published in the 70s but can’t be sure. It was mystery/ghost story. I can remember the plot but not the title or author.

The plot centers around a young girl who lives with her father in this big house with bogs nearby. She finds this really old locket which had belong to a young girl who died many years before and whose spirit uses that locket to lure other young girls into the bogs. What happened to the spirits in her life was that she fell in love with a boy who gave her the locket but her father forbade her from being with the boy and she eventually tried to run away or something but got caught in a bog and died. And so her spirit lingers. I believe the protagonist almost dies in a bog but her father saves her. Of course it has my memory of the plot. Perhaps you can help me locate this book.

90. Woke up thinking about a book I read in the late 1970s I think where the protagonist was a ? Teenager boy who had been a bully and was trying to turn it around. I remember him trying to lose weight. He had parents who were trying to be supportive o think. That’s all I  got:)  The Bully of Barkham Street by Mary Stoltz, solved by Lost Classics Readers Sandra and Tracy. 

91.  a collection of short stories of the mystery/suspense genre. In one story a teenage boy gets involved with a crime he’s trying to solve and in the end I’m almost sure he gets shot in the shoulder but lives. I can clearly remember his description of the girl that helps him solve the mystery. I think her name is Sybil. “Nose a little too small, mouth a little too large, lots of freckles. Lots of guys fall for that type.”

92.A girl who is a flute prodigy finds out that she may have a different father than her siblings. They solve the mystery of a golden flute and the last sentence is something like, “she put the golden flute to her lips and began to play.” Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

93. Hi! I am looking for a book a read a lot as a teen that has not travelled with me in my many moves. It was published in the 80s, I believe. It’s about a girl who is a freshman in high school and wants to be a cheerleader. She has red hair, and older sister, and her family writes on their kitchen table. She likes a boy from another school. There’s a passage I remember when they were sitting on a couch and trying to figure out what it was, the conclusion was naugahyde, and she might have had a friend named Marcy. The cover is a girl jumping in a cheer uniform.
Thanks in advance! I know it wasn’t a fever dream….looking forward to seeing if anyone else read it, or knows what it is!  The Rah Rah Girl By Caroline Cooney identified by Loast Classics reader trinaclem

94. I have also been searching for a book I read back in grade 6, around 1984. I don’t recall the author, but I think the title had “secret” in it. The cover had the picture of a girl.

It’s about a high school girl (don’t remember her name, but let’s call her City Girl) who lives in the city. Her cousin lives in a small town, far enough away that City Girl stays for weeks when she does visit. The cousin had a boyfriend, but she believed another girl in school was trying to take him away. During Christmas break, City Girl and Cousin write a letter signed “secret admirer” to lure this boyfriend stealer away. They believe this girl went to meet this admirer, but there was a bad winter storm and she dies in a car crash.

The summer after Christmas, City Girl visits her cousin again because Cousin believes the dead girl is haunting her. Both City Girl and Cousin are threatened and almost killed, all along believing it’s the dead girl’s ghost. Turns out it was the gardener who loved this dead girl; he knew of this letter and was taking his revenge.

In the end, we find out that dead girl was never interested in Cousin’s boyfriend, nor did she go off to meet the admirer. Suggestion: A Room for Cathy by Catherine Woolley

95. Hi, looking for a book series where the main character is Tina, I think it’s a Christian romance. She lives on a ranch and is a pianist.
One of the covers I think is a blue car and a girl standing on a fence or leaning against it.
I think it is from the 70’s or 80’s.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

96. Looking for a book from the 1970s. It had life, beauty, fashion, diet etc. advice for teenage girls. Paperback cover has a young woman’s face, I think the whole cover was muted yellows and browns. A few things I remember reading-
If have more than 1/2 inch of fat you’re very unhealthy and should lose weight asap.
Don’t eat butter or cake because it causes acne.
How to dress, and it involved a lot of long skirts and scarves.
There were various charts..saying how much you weigh, what exercises to do, wardrobe staples, and a few simple drawings. Other than that it was all text.
By today’s standards it’s pretty bad/funny advice if I remember correctly.

97.  I am looking for a book from the late 60s, early 70s about a group of people stuck overnight in a house with people (“hippies?”) outside pranking them, looking in windows, etc. Been driving me nuts for years! Suggestion: The HAunted Night by Joan Phipson 

98. Trying to find the name of a book I used to take out of the library as a school-aged child in early 90s. I think it took place in 70s. I don’t think it was a chapter book, but it’s hard to recall whether there were illustrations. About a family that moves to a new big house (an old Victorian, I think?). And the little girl has her own room for the first time and writes in her diary and talks of feeling very grown up now that her mother lets her get dressed up for dinner. Getting harder and harder to recall the other details! Hoping your followers can help!

99. Please help.
Book I read in grade school, 4th grade maybe? Which means this would be 1983, 84.
Sisters go on a camping trip with a group. One of the sisters is smart and responsible, and the other sister is a bit spoiled. Very into her looks. On the trip the spoiled, and I think younger, sister goes missing. As the trip progresses little things at the campsite also start to go missing, including a set of the missing sister’s curlers. The older sister puts the pieces of the puzzle together and realizes her sister is sending her a message with these missing items. Turns out one of their crew kidnapped her and kept her hidden in these ancient Indian caves. The guilty party’s name is Michael Waverly.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?

100. I’m trying to find the title/author of a story that we studied in my 10th/11th grade English Literature class (1975-1977). There must have been a protagonist youth character..but the character that stands out was a soccer player with the nickname “Le Boucher”..the butcher..that the crowd would shout as a rallying cry. I know that isn’t much to go on.

101.  I was wondering if you’d ever come across a book called something like “The Boy Who Would Not Come Clean.” I read it in my downtime in the classroom we used as a dressing room during high school theater and it was definitely an oldie in the early 90s. The plot was that some popular kids harassed and threw mud at an outcast girl who was kind of a witch (?) and she cursed the main character to never be able to clean anything off himself. So like he got jelly on his hand while eating toast and it wouldn’t wash off no matter what. As the days go by, he becomes more and more filthy and disgusting. As a person who takes hygiene seriously, this DEEPLY disturbed me as a teen and I have never been able to find it. Anyway, thanks for sharing all these books with us, look forward to looking for some at our town’s used bookstore next time I go! Cheers

102. I am trying to recall a young adult  book I read about 50 years ago, about a young woman staying with her aunt, I believe in London. Next door stayed 2 men. One was a spy.

103. I have been trying to think of this book for a while.  It’s a book for teenager from the 1970’s.  The title is very long and it either has the word “zodiac”, “horoscope” or “astrology” in the title.
The cover, if I’m remembering correctly, was kind of a hippy theme – I think it might have been purple with astrology symbols or a sundial.
Please let me know if you know what I’m talking about – it’s been driving me crazy for years. Suggestion: Leo the Lioness by Constance C. GReene 

104. I am in search of a book I read in 1979 when I was a high school freshman.  I checked it out of our high school library and read it for a speech we had to do in English that year.  I don’t remember the author’s name  At the time I thought it seemed pretty contemporary, maybe written in the mid to late 70s.

I can’t recall the character’s names, but the story centered around a girl in either 9th or 10th grade.  It may have been written in the first person or in journal style.  It’s about what happens to her at school, what boy she likes, etc.  I remember I quoted a line from book in my speech that either had “shit” or “damn” in it and I talked to my English teacher about it because it was important to my speech and the story, but was nervous about saying it in class.

105. I’m searching for two books, both in the Young Adult genre, and I read them in the late 1970s or early 1980s.  From I remember, one book is about a teen boy who is in love with a blind teen girl.  He covers his eyes (or something like that) to pretend to be blind for a day so he can relate to her.  The title was something like “The Lost Sunday” or something like that.

The other one, I think was “The Best Friend Breakup.”  A teen girl loses her best friend when the friend starts paying more attention to someone else and they drift apart.  The only part of it that I remember is the main character plans on cooking breakfast for her family, so she sets her alarm. However, she messes up the time and the alarm goes off at 1 or 2 in the morning.  Her dad goes into the kitchen and asks why she’s up in the middle of the night.

I’m so sorry I can’t provide more detail, but that’s the only thing I can remember.  That entire YA book genre was fantastic, so if you could possibly find the name of the series, I’d appreciate it. Blind Sunday identified by Lost Classics reader Sheesh 

106.There’s a novel I read as a teenager around 1977-1978 and I wonder if you could help me gather more info about it.  It was a new book at that time.

I think it was called The Survivors or Survivors.  It was a gripping and poignant novel about an African-American woman (maybe middle-aged) and her caregiving relationship with an African -American boy or teen.  There was some kind of theme of adoption perhaps, or a family secret, or tragedy.  It took place in an urban environment. Suggestion: The Survivors By Kristin Hunter Lattany

107. When I was maybe in 5th grade, so at least 20 years ago, I got a book from the school library that I have not seen or heard of since. The only thing I remember is that the main character (I think a boy) is looking for a missing covered wagon from the 1800s. There was maybe a treasure map involved, and I think he found it in the end, possibly concealed in a cave. I’ve searched a lot and can’t find it anywhere!

108. Ok this is a weird one.  I don’t remember what the book was about.  I remember one line, and it’s been going through my head.   A chapter opens with a woman entering a room, described thusly: “Her nose leading, like the beak of a large predatory fowl…”

The woman may have been a schoolmistress or a spinster aunt, an antagonist but not necessarily a villain.  And I have a vague feeling there was also a male antagonist, maybe her brother, who was waiting in the room that she entered.

That’s it.  I can’t imagine why I am suddenly remembering this one line but it is driving me crazy. Suggestion:  the character described could be Irma Prunesquallor, sister of Dr Prunesquallor in Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy.

109. I’ve been hunting down this book for decades to no avail. It’s about a group of teens who work at a tobacco-picking camp for the summer. One of the girls is named Kit Falcon. She’s beautiful and confident and has a summer romance with the bus driver. Kit befriends a shy girl who comes out of her shell. There’s a boy who falls for the shy girl and asks her out after the camp counselor gives him special acne-remedy “surgical soap.” It’s such a bizarre setting — kids picking tobacco — but something about it has stayed with me. Help!

110. The heroine was a girl in her early to mid teens.  Her father was some kind of wealthy contractor.  Her mother was an ex model or beauty queen.  She had a younger brother who had “issues” that possibly involved mistreating animals. 

Anyway, her grandmother (mother’s mother), no longer lived in the US, lived in Canada where there was no such thing as an “Uncanadian Activities Committee” and the grandmother was estranged from the girl’s parents.  The girl’s mom had started winning beauty contests as a young girl which was why she didn’t turn out progressive like the girl and her grandmother.

The grandmother and the girl had a ruse going where the girl went every summer to what her parents thought was a special camp in Canada, but it really was just going to spend the summer with her grandmother.  The younger brother had been on “the waiting list” for the camp for years, but of course, never got in (the implication was that his issues were more like being evil than having psychological problems).

Anyway, parents were paranoid anti-Communists, and the father had built their house (in Michigan maybe? Wisconsin) with a sort of safe-room area where the family could escape in case of nuclear war/communist invasion.  The girl comes back from summer “camp” and finds there is a handsome boy living in the safe room— maybe a Vietnam era draft dodger?  She has to bring him food etc, and make sure no one figures out he’s there.

I think this was probably published in late 1960s or early 1970s.  

111. Here’s my book quest…a teen girl seems to have snuck off a bus or sway from a runaway shelter and lives inhills/ mountain near a sandy shore. Shes there for months it gets colder she sleeps in a cave or include in mountain.. She sneaks into a close by farm house to steal food & warm clothes. She meets a boy they have a trist. She eventually gets pregnant. She seems very naive about sex/body/pregnancy. he then leaves her promises to come back but never returns She makes a necklace to hold a pearl he gave her. She uses her long hair, braiding it to hold the pearl on her necklace. She ends up having the baby. I think stillborn, she ends up dying alone and something about the baby’s bones or her bones bleached by the sun on the beach. It was given to my by my English teacher in 1984. Could have been published 1960s – 1983. Thank you. Suggestion: A Wild Thing by Jean Renvoize

112. Looking for a YA book, written in English and published in the 1960s or 1970s. set in a London school with a gang named “nosotros”. Think they were a female gang. Remembered that was the first time I had heard the word “nosotros”.

113. Looking two different books one was about a couple of young kids that visited an old relative and he sent them back in time in their imagination and I remember they bought clothes online like we do now only this was like in the 70s so nobody did that and the grandmother ordered two small of shoes I remember that in school where they went was different they did it all at home and they read this old book at the neighbors and how they didn’t think these kids knew how much fun they got to have having school together it was really interesting but definitely a child’s book or young adult in the second one was a girl named Gabrielle her dad went to Iran or rack to get Arabian horses and he bought some and they came in and then the guy sent his daughter the princess of the 2 girls meet a couple boys and fall in love the princess guy turns out to be her fiance in secret. theres a girl called peaches in it as they go around to horse shows all summer and they are in murdo sd which has the time line down main street. hope someone can help with title/author!   Suggestion: short story “The Fun They Had” by Isaac Asimov 

114. I can’t tell you how glad I am to have found this page. The book I really want to find may have been written in the 50s/60s, I read it in the late 70s.

I think the main character’s name is Nancy. She has two friends, one of whom is the “pretty” one, popular, loved by all the boys. A new guy moves to town and Nancy starts crushing on him very hard. The popular friend goes after him (I vividly remember a scene at a party where they were dancing “rock and roll” style and the friend took her shoes off and was really getting into it with the new guy. Nancy the wallflower watches and is sad and jealous.

Nancy gets a job at some point. She makes friends with the new guy, who gets her interested in photography. She takes a picture of some flowers, that she calls “worms-eye view of asters” and the guy secretly enters into a photography contest, which she wins.

115. I have an odd situation here, because I thought I knew this one, but I recently bought a copy and reread it, and I was wrong.
This was a book that was read to us during library time in elementary school. That would indicate that it was published before 1989, but probably quite a lot earlier.
I’m pretty sure (but given the other mistake I made, I could be off on other things as well) it was from the broad genre of “story about a gifted young person, told from the POV of their more normal friend”. What I remember strongly is a scene where they go to a wholesaler, possibly a wholesale auction? I assume the gifted young person was looking to buy something for their exciting kids’ adventure story project. But the POV character learns what an aglet is, and noticing that her (or his) shoelaces are worn, tries to buy some. Only, being a normal sort of kid and thus not understanding how wholesalers work, ends up buying a whole barrel of them. (Or maybe that part is me confusing it with something else, and someone else buys the barrel of aglets, and just gives the POV character a handful?)

For years, I thought this was something that happened in Jean Merrill’s “The Toothpaste Millionaire”. That has a similar scene involving buying way more toothpaste tubes than intended, but nothing about aglets. I reckon this must’ve happened since I can’t imagine any other explanation for me knowing what an aglet is.

They end up dating and that’s how the book ends. If anyone knows, you’ll have my forever gratitude! Update from requestor: “I know that a character at the auction gives the girl a handful of bike chain links before she buys the toothpaste tubes, so maybe that’s being conflated with the aglet story?” 

 

116.  I’m so glad that I found this site and I hope someone out there can help me figure this out. It might have been written in the 70’s and was about this girl who moved into a town. She befriended the boy next door whom she’d developed a crush on. I only got about halfway through the book before I lost track of it but the distinct portion of the story that I remember is that she also befriended an elderly lady who she took a pottery class with and the lady told the girl that she work her heart on her sleeve. That’s all I remember. I hope you all can help, thanks!

117. I would love help finding a book that I can’t remember much about, and I am beginning to wonder if I combined two books in my head. But I read it in the late 80s or early 90s (though it could have been published before that). It was set in the 60s, though, and I feel like it was some kind of time travel. I want to say there were twins or sisters, and I thought it was something like the Banana Split Affair but they don’t time travel. I feel like there were two guys – one who was anti-war, and the other wasn’t, and the two girls ended up on both sides of a Vietnam protest? I think it was a romance, but there was a time limit because they had to find something. This is probably not even a real book and just a combination of memories of other books, but I read it a number of times. Of course, I can’t remember it for the life of me!

118. Hello! I am looking for a YA/teen romance book that I read in the late eighties, and possibly very early nineties, so 1987 to 1991, at a push 92. I don’t remember the title, or the characters names, or the author. So annoying, sorry!
So, a girl (child of a single parent?) wants to do a job she’s worried her parent won’t like? Journalist, or scientist? God knows why it was a problem but it was the eighties I guess. She meets a Greek? boy who works for his families deli. I remember this because living in the south of England, I had never heard of a deli 🙂 He has a passion for sci fi comics but also wants a career that will upset his family as they assume he will work in the deli his whole life.
I remember she wears a raspberry hat or jumper, or something and I thought it was a bit of a fancy colour, not red, but not pink either. Raspberry. Who knew?
Thanks in advance! Suggestions: To See My Mother Dance or Alive and Starting Over by Sheila Solomon Klass

119. Looking for a book I read in the late 80s possibly 1989 that I got at the book fair. A teen girl had an older brother who loved his car, named EMMY. I think maybe her Mom was divorced and they lived in an apartment. She was always hanging at the pool, wearing shades because she liked people watching. Her Mom was maybe divorced and they lived in an apartment.

120. Looking for a Y/A book written in the 70/80″s about a girl who finally convinces her parents to let her go to an all-girls boarding school.  I could have sworn it was written by Judy Blume but apparently not. Same type of style, though. She goes off to boarding school ( she mentions in the very beginning that her grandmother helped convince her parents to let her go). The book opens with the 1st person narrator describing her new uniforms and all her stuff being ready for the trip to the boarding school.  The opening sentence is something very like, “Well, I’m finally doing it. Going to Boarding school”

She rooms with 3 other girls, I believe, one of whom is very well off.  One sentence I particularly remember refers to her first tour around the school, led by a student.  “She looked like she cut her hair with a razor and a ruler”.  The tour proceeds up some stairs and the narrator says, ” ‘So that’s what threadbare means,’ I thought”.

I  believe the book must have been written in the late 70’s or early 80’s because that’s when I read it.  Suggestion from Lost Classics reader Julie W.: They’ll Never Make a Movie Starring Me by Alice Bach.

121. I’ve been desperately trying to find this wonderful book I read in the 1980s. The cover had a girl in a red sweater walking along with a boy. She was in high school & overweight. She joined a gym, lost weight, & tried out to be a cheerleader or majorette. She made it, & replaced the cheerleader who had moved away. This girl ended up getting a job at the gym, and they had to wear heels at work! She ends up with her male friend in the end. She also helped stopped a rumor from being spread about an unpopular girl. Meaning she was still nice even though she was now attractive & thin & a cheerleader.
Please Let Me In 
by Patti Beckman a First Love By Silhouette title, solved by Lost Classics reader Sheesh 

122. How about a book about a dancer slave girl in maybe biblical times. She was well loved and recieved many gifts-loke about beautiful and unusual scarf. But she was kidnapped and hidden in a box with cut air holes. As the box was being carried onto a ship,, she heard her master’s voice and stuffed some of the scarf through an airhole. He saw the bit of scarf and saved her. I was remembering “Slave Dancer” or maybe “Dancing Girl” or “Dancing Slave”, maybe?

123. I think this is an older book… but I’m not sure.
It follows a teenage girl and her friend that’s a boy. There is an audition for a play and one (or both of them?) get parts in the play.
One day the boy goes to pick up the girl but gets in a car accident and dies. At the end she doesn’t go to the funeral and swings on a swing. Help!  Suggestion from Lost Classics reader Julie: Say Goodnight Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver 

124. I’m looking for a book from the 90s (possibly from the late 80s). It was a paperback, possibly published by Yearly or Scholastic. The cover featured a girl on the beach with her back to the viewer and wearing a white dress. The back of the cover featured a small picture of a starfish broken in half. I vaguely recall the cover having a maroon or purple border but I could be wrong. I don’t remember what it was about as it was above my reading level so I couldn’t read it but have been wanting to ever since then. Suggestion from Lost Classics readers Julie and Siri: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherin Paterson 

125. I remember reading a book about a girl who lived in Florida, set in the summer before she went to middle school. The main character was Bailey, she had a younger neighbor named Frances, her mother was an alcoholic, her father was remarrying, and she had an older brother who had graduated high school and was joining the military. It was probably set in the late 80s-early 90s. I remember the line “lord help us Welawanee” as an inside joke amongst the family. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

126. I read a YA thriller/romance from my elementary school library – probably in about 1970/1972 – about a girl who is 16? and a competitive ski racer. She comments on carrying extra weight and how it helps cut the wind resistance in competition. She comes across some spies in a mountain hug while out on a trail, and winds up helping them (intelligence agents ), and develops a romance with a young man who’s one of them towards the end – also rescues him from danger. I would love to know the title! Something with “wind” in it, possibly?

127. I read this one in the early to mid 80s, I believe it was contemporary. A high school girl has a crush on her teacher, and they end up having an affair. This is NOT Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein. I remember that she had a chess set that her grandfather (I think) had made for her. She brings that to school and they play chess. I think they go away on a ski weekend. The book was pretty racy for a YA book at that time! I feel like the cover has a picture of them embracing in the snow. I don’t think it was part of any series. Would love any leads!

128. The book I’m trying to remember is similar to #96 — typical information for teenagers on grooming, clothes, nutrition, manners, things like that. The ultimate goal of this one was for the reader to host a successful party and it had a countdown. Something like one month out, make a guest list, three weeks out, send invitations, two weeks out, make a menu and shopping list, one week out, pick out and iron your outfit, etc. It may have been affiliated with a magazine. Seventeen had several books of that genre but none of them that I’ve looked at online seem to be this one, so maybe Co-ed or American Girl, or maybe I’m mistaken about the magazine connection. I got it from the library around 1973 or 74; it may have been from then or from the 60s as it didn’t seem as old-fashioned as the 50s books of this type.

129. I’m trying to find a book I read several times as a kid, but can’t remember the name or author, lol. It’s about a boy staying in San Francisco with a grandfather? Uncle? who needs $$$. The kid finds money tucked into a book or books in the grandfather’s library. So vague,  but I’d really like to find it. There’s a lot of information about the earthquake as well. Mystery at Thunderbolt House by Howard Pease

130. OK, very hard to describe this book that’s too vivid not to forget, a sense that it’s always been there, it has to be.  It’s a children’s picture book. All I remember are the pictures.  Wild exotic animals roaming around places around the city, like a park.  One image that haunted me was a lion that was in a library.  The art was gorgeous and felt intimidating.  I had to be 3-7 reading this book in the early 90s.  Book could’ve came out in the 80s or 70s but it didn’t feel old. Suggestion: Animalia, by Graeme Base

131. I have searched off and on for a book that I read partially back in the mid 1970’s (I read it in 1975 or 1976) and always wanted to find.  It was one of those books that girls would secretly pass around school.  It was about a young teen couple who got pregnant, married and tried to make a go of it living in a city – (NY?).  They had a hard life.  I remember the line “Tell me that you love me now.” and thought that was the title, but have never found it.  I recently saw the book Forever, by Judy Blume, and thought that might be it as the timing was right, the author was big at my school at the time and it was controversial, but the plot was different (she doesn’t get pregnant and I think they split up in the end), so that isn’t it, but I think I recall that one floating around at the time too – I remember that title.

I don’t know why it bugs me so much all these decades later, perhaps because I never finished the book?  It’s just always bugged me that I can’t find it.  If you know what this book is, I’d appreciate it if you could tell me the title.  It sort of reminds me of that movie Molly Ringwald did about teen pregnancy, but that isn’t the exact storyline either.

132. I am looking for a book I read in the 1960s about a girl, and a boy from England who moves next door. The girl likes the way he says ‘bath’ with his English accent. When getting ready for a party, the girl plaits her hair more loosely than usual so the plaits will lie flat when she winds them around her head. She leans over a steaming pot/kettle so that tendrils form around her face. I think the setting was rural. I borrowed the book from a public library in Chicago. 

133. There was a series i read back in middle school and the only thing I really remember is this girl moved to (i believe) chicago,started making friends,and dates one of their brothers.she is a medium,and at some point she goes into a coma of sorts,and finds out this dead woman that she has know for years is actually her birth mom,and that she was adopted.Her birth mom’s name started with a B,i think.She breaks up with her boyfriend,and at some point,in another book,her adopted mom sends her to therapy for everything she sees,because her adopted mom doesn’t really believe her.I think this may be before she goes into the coma,not sure.In another book,after she broke up with her ex,her adopted parents send her to some type of medium camp to be around people who understand how she feels.She ends up meeting a guy,who wears gloves for a touch to feeling reason,i think,and they end up getting together,but before they do,they help spirits in the forest who are trapped-in a sense-move beyond to the other side.I know there is another book after that,but i can’t remember it for the life of me.

134. I’m hoping to find a book I read scores ago. Teenage girl with a punk rock/rock best friend (Renee?) and this guy who liked her possibly unofficial boyfriend. One day she sees her dad with another woman. She follows him one day and calls his office and the Secretary mistakes him for the other woman and jokes with her before putting the call through to him. I thought it was called Daddy’s Girl but nothing comes up with that name (that would be considered YA) The cover was a girl ina denim jacket watching a couple from a distance on a sidewalk in front of a store.

135. I’ve been trying to track down this book for a couple of decades. All I remember was it was a paperback published sometime in the 1970s or 1980s, the narrator was a teen girl and she had a brother who was around preschool age and disabled. The brother would regularly have physical therapy sessions in their home. I only remember one quote, when the brother said something like “my damned fingers won’t/don’t work” and the sister tells him “you shouldn’t say damn.” Suggestion: A Boy Called Hopeless By MJ By David Melton 

136. Looking for a YA book about a piano player coming to terms with being adopted and her boyfriend takes drugs. The cover showed a girl at a piano in 60s style clothing

137. I don’t have much to go on. A kid/YA book that I checked out from my grade school’s library. Between 87-92. I remember reading it in earlier years, and I read it more than once. It was about a young girl who was solving some kind of mystery. Not sure if it was a game or a real mystery. And she was cracking some kind of a code in an old house. Like on a lock or safe or something. And the book showed dashed lines for the code like _ _ _ _ etc. And every time she found a letter, the book filled in the letters. ____S____E___
The code ends up being Chrysanthemum. And it’s IMPOSSIBLE to search for this because there is a book called Chrysanthemum.

138. I don’t have a lot to go on. But, I read this book in the late 80’s. I think the author’s name was Christopher Green or Christopher White.
I had 2 books by the same author. His name was embossed in gold on the cover.
A gifted boy, 15-17, was abducted and taken to an underground compound. Everyone wore jumpsuits, each colour had a different meaning. His best friend was a girl and she set out to find and rescue him.
She called him The Whiz, everyone thought it was because he was so smart, but it was because they had shown each other their ‘bits’.
She ended up finding him and they hooked up at the end.
Help me. I can’t rest until I find out the title, and hopefully find a copy of the book.

139. I’m going crazy trying to remember a book series – I remember six books, each spanning a year, grades 6-12. A female main character chronicling her dating over the years. I think she ended up with a guy named Lenny or Lonny? I think it took place in New York. One book she tutors a blind kid who touched a painting with texture at a museum to “see” it.

140. 70s YA novel. Main character is a teenage girl named I think Star or Starr.  She’s a Rolling Stones fan, and often sings bits of the song Gimme Shelter. She also reads Rolling Stone Magazine. She spends her free time hanging out with these free-spirited/hippie types who have some mysterious coffee house. One of them wants her to pose for photographs. In contrast there are some mainstream high school students, one of whom is named Beth, who are Peter Frampton fans — that Frampton Comes Alive poster gets mentioned a lot. Beth’s boyfriend falls for Starr but doesn’t get anywhere. Starr tries to show them the hippie hangout but it’s empty and they think she’s weird. This is a very dreamy sort of novel where you’re not always sure what happens to Starr is real.

 

ALSO: A reader reached out to me on Facebook to see if anyone knew of any 80s-era YA romances that featured a makeover on a GUY. She has only turned up Presenting Superhunk, a volume in the Couples series. I feel like ther HAVE to be more out there, with this as either the main plot or a subplot! Any others come to mind, Constant Readers? 

Also: Any Cherry Ames fans out there have info about an organization that does a convention or similar gathering? Drop a comment if you know of one! 

Also: Lost Classics reader Tracy suggests this link for browsing pre-1979 Scolastic book covers! 

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  2. Tracy says:

    I’m pretty sure the book about the figure skater (9.) is The Silver Seven by Rita Ritchie. Can’t remember all the details, but the main character has been working through a series of skating tests/medals, failed at her last attempt, and I think her family moves to a smaller town without a rink. She is down, has decided to quit pursuing figure skating, but skates on the pond near her new home. At least one, but maybe several girls see her and ask for lessons. I think she attends the testing with her new students pursuing their first medals, and is convinced to try again. Going back to the basics to teach her students actually improved her own skating.

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  4. Sylvia says:

    #8 is The Troublemaker by Robert McKay. It matches on every point. Gina is a quiet girl who raises canaries, and has a glass-enclosed hospital cage. Jesse is a new boy in her class, who is rumoured to have committed some mysterious crime. He brings her an injured cardinal to care for. The main theme of the book is the fight for students’ rights. This was one of my favourite books as a teenager.

  5. Sheesh says:

    I think #13 is Grown-Up Fast by Betsy Israel. There was an excerpt from it in Mademoiselle.

  6. michele says:

    Betsy Israel rings a bell for me also, especially the part about taping her stomach.

  7. michele says:

    addendum – the Betsy Israel book was published in a couple of different covers, one of which is buff with the silhouette. But I think I remember her using tape but superglue on her post-pregnancy stomach. This did not end well.

    I think #15 is Journey to America by Sonia Levitin. I remember they hid money in the daughter’s violin case lining, but it was stolen by a Nazi because he loves the violin.

  8. michele says:

    I wonder if #4 could be May I Cross Your Golden River? Kid is dying of ALS instead of leukemia but I remember Trader Vic’s, him asking his mom to provide beer (he calls it 3.2) for his birthday party, also he lived in Colorado. IIRC it was in the running for a William Allen White award when I was in 4th grade (around ’77.)

  9. Susan says:

    Molly, I finally found #15: Ordeal by Fire by Anne Wahle and Roul Tunley, published in 1967. I actually had correctly remembered the title, but there have been other books published since then with the same name, including a major one by James McPherson, so this one had never shown up in my searches before and I assumed I had gotten the title wrong. I just found a few copies online, recognized the cover, and ordered one from Amazon, after decades of wanting to find and read it again.

  10. Nancy says:

    Could #12 be “Is that you Miss Blue?” by M.E. Kerr?

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  12. Ar says:

    YES YES YES IT’S GROWN-UP FAST. Holy shit, you have to understand, I’ve been looking for this book for over a decade now. You guys are AMAZING. I’m not sure it’s one I want to revisit reading (I was way too young for it when I read it, haha, it was a little scarring), but I’m so happy not to have this question flopping around in my brain anymore. Thank you!

    Is that you, Miss Blue? is almost definitely the boarding school one up there. The Tuesday thing is definite, but I don’t remember whose family up and leaves on them like that. It’s not Cardmaker’s, because she’s a charity girl, and it’s not the deaf student. I just read it last year, though, and if you haven’t tried it, it’s definitely worth a read. Really poignant, and Kerr’s experiences​ going to boarding school in high school gives it a pleasant sense of authority on that subject. The deaf stuff ages pretty poorly, but otherwise it’s up with night kites and I stay near you for my top three Kerr novels.

  13. Majenta says:

    Hello, #12 here, wow, it’s not TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE and it’s not IS THAT YOU, MISS BLUE–what a gamut! Slight off-topic: Does anyone remember a story from a grade-school or junior-high language-arts textbook (that’s where I remember it from) about a young girl who travels the world and ends with her realizing that a comb she thought she lost is on Guam. That’s how it ends, I think: “It’s on Guam.” Does anyone remember reading anything like that? Thanks!

  14. Brianna Clark says:

    I always thought the title of the book I’m remembering was “Thursday” but I can’t find it anywhere. It would have been written in the 1960s or more likely the early 70s. It was about a teenage girl whose boyfriend disappeared. He was musical, and that was the reason he was abducted by leprechauns or fairies. Maybe they called them “the little people” in the book? Someone, maybe an older woman who was a psychic or witch, told the girl what happened to him. I think his name might have been Thursday. I can almost picture the cover with Thursday written on it, but I could be wrong. Anyway, she had to hurry to get him back because he was bewitched by them and if he was away too long, he’d be lost to her forever. Something like that. Please help!

  15. Brianna Clark says:

    O.K., I have another stumper! I can’ believe my last one was solved in a matter of hours, so I’m hoping this one can be solved too. I have less info on this one, I don’t remember the title. It was probably written in the 1960s, and I read it in the 70s. It was about a teenage girl, (possibly named Chris), who needed to earn money for college, and she had to work at a factory, (a fish factory?) over the summer. In the beginning of the book, she was very bitter about it. There was one scene I remember vividly, she had applied for a scholarship and didn’t get it. The person in charge of awarding the scholarship told her the reason the other girl got it was because she had done more volunteer work. Chris(?) grew up in a poorer family. I think her mother was widowed, and Chris had to help take care of the children or work after school or something. She was fuming to herself that she didn’t have the time to do volunteer work that the other girl had. So she had to work that summer, and she was very resentful, I think because of the kind of work it was especially. She also didn’t fit in with the women who worked at the factory. As the novel went on, she became friends with one of them. She also matured and learned to be grateful for the advantages she had in life. Things weren’t perfect, but she realized she had it really good compared to the life circumstances of the women she worked with. When the summer was over, she was glad for the experience. I think other people, maybe her mother was one, commented on how she had matured as a person. It was a REALLY good book, but I have no clue as to the writer or the title.

  16. Brianna Clark says:

    Someone please help. This is driving me crazy. There’s a book I’m looking for, and it was such a GOOD book, I can’t believe it’s not popping up on any lists. I read it in the mid-70s. It could have been written decades earlier or just a few years earlier. It was about a teenage girl whose name began with a “Y”. She was a Druid. I seem to remember she worked as a spinner or a weaver. She was chosen to be a sacrifice. She was paraded through the streets in a cage. I think it was made of wood tied together with rope. Her boyfriend rescued her. She was being kept in the cage in a barn or something. He told her that he had heard of “the son of a carpenter” who was preaching a different kind of religion, and they set off, apparently for Jerusalem or whatever. So it would have taken place around the beginning of the first century. I wish I could remember her name, it was really pretty. I also seem to remember she wore her hair in braids or a braid, maybe with a ribbon woven through it. I don’t know if that’s part of the title or not. There has to be someone else who remembers this book!

    • Brianna Clark says:

      I found it! It’s “The Sacred Jewel” by Nancy Faulkner, 1961. The heroine’s name is Ysobel. I mis-remembered some of the details. It takes place in the 10th century A.D. And the heroine rescues her boyfriend, not the other way around!

  17. Jennifer says:

    I’m piecemeal tracking down the YA romance books I loved reading and rereading in the ’80s and there’s one whose title I can’t remember–it’s really stumping me! It’s about a girl whose family moves from Arizona to Minnesota, and she has a really hard time adapting to the cold and snow. She’s always complaining about how things are so much more perfect back in sunny, warm AZ, which, needless to say, doesn’t go over very well with her new classmates, who basically tell her to GTF away from them if she hates them and their state so much. I think she had a boyfriend back in AZ who she was pining for as well. Ring any bells for anyone?

  18. Molly Bonovsky Anderson says:

    Thanks to this site, I finally found “Over the Hill at Fourteen!” But now I’m stumped on another book. My memories of it are pretty vague. The paperback cover featured a red-haired girl in a green dress. I believe it was about a teenager who moved to somewhere very green and mysterious, perhaps with castles…maybe Ireland? And there were always white swans on the lawn. I believe the girl’s name was Phillippa. I got it in a box of my older cousin’s stuff…in the late 1980s, so I believe it was published some time in the mid-eighties. Any help would be appreciated!

  19. Denise Ryan says:

    I’m sure that #11 is The Hocus Pocus Dilemma, one of my very favorite books as a tween. It has so many little moments that were unique and struck me as a kid.

  20. Angela says:

    I’m looking for a YA novel from the early 90s. I believe there is a girl on a train and she (and possibly little sister) always pass this mansion on a hill where an old lady lives. The older girl befriends her and starts hanging out at the house a lot. The girl has some difficulty with her parents and the old lady wants to adopt the girl and have her move in. While staying in the house the girl learns that the old lady had a daughter (who died?) and now the old lady want the girl to replace her in looks and manner. The girl than has to escape from the mansion to reunite with her family.

  21. Leslie says:

    the book about the teenage boy who died could be Eric by Doris Lund. True story I believe. Also made into a TV movie.

  22. Anonymous says:

    #12. 1. the “Chuesday week” quote is from Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes.
    2. the other book the requester is thinking of may be the sequel to Two/One entitled Louly.

  23. Leslie says:

    whoops that was me, Leslie, again. Not Anonymous

  24. Leslie says:

    #21, possibly The Fortunes of Philippa by Angela Brazil. Philippa was reared in San Carlos but shipped off to live with relatives attend school in the outskirts of London. No swans but there is mention of peacocks on the lawn. Published in 1938 but it was reissued in paperback in later decades.
    https://www.gutenberg.org/files/33387/33387-h/33387-h.htm

  25. Cathy Anderson says:

    The Voices of Julie. ..probably published between 1975-1985
    Julie is a high school junior (?) living with her aunt since her parents were killed in a car accident during severe foggy conditions. She is popular, but unhappy. Best friend, Theresa Martone, good girl from a Roman Catholic family. Julie has a gift for mimicry (hence the voices).
    This is about as much as I can remember. ..hope you can help, it’s been a mind-splinter for some time!

  26. Jennifer says:

    I’m hoping someone can help out with this one. It probably would have been published sometime in the ’60s, but possibly earlier. It’s about a brother & sister named Mary Jo & James who are accidental stowaways on a ship headed to Germany. They’re caught almost immediately & have to work for their passage – Mary Jo by peeling potatoes & James by shining shoes. The local bad girl – who I think was named Lizzie – was responsible for them being stuck on the ship in the first place. Mary Jo & James have been hanging out with Bad Girl Lizzie because they’ve been temporarily sent to live with a (very unpleasant) neighbor due to their younger sister being sick with something – possibly scarlet fever? – & they will do anything to avoid being in the neighbor’s house. That’s about all I remember except that I think there’s something about one of the sailors from the ship coming to their house for Christmas at the end.
    Thanks in advance for any help!

  27. Kim Hays says:

    I am looking for a “teen romance” from the 80’s…it’s about a girl named Callie who falls for a lifeguard at the local pool named Kurt, who does not reciprocate her feelings. She has a little sister named Tessa and a good guy friend named Rusty, who she ends up realizing her feelings for at the end. I cannot remember the title! The cover shows a girl standing at a lifeguard stand looking up at him. Thanks for any suggestions!

  28. CJ Dawn says:

    I don’t really have a lot to go on, but when I was in 6th grade (so around `94) I read this scifi book my teacher had and literally all I can remember is they travelled from at least one planet to another, and there was something to do with a green stone and it may or may not have given the heroine special abilities. I’ve been trying to search for it for years, as I believe this may have been one of the catalysts for my interest in the scifi genre.

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  30. ninyabruja says:

    24 is Isabelle Holland’s Now Is Not Too Late.

  31. Sue Budd says:

    Can’t remember title. YA book from late 1970s or early 1980s. Wren and her sister Francesca meet a girl named Anna Ferris. Anna is a budding singer. Anna has a brother, Travis (I think). Anna meets Tony and gets pregnant. Wren desperately tries to find a place to send Anna over the summer for the pregnancy so that Anna doesn’t lose her future. Wren’s mom is dating someone named Mr. Montcrief. Help! I can’t think of the title, I’ve searched the internet and nothing!

  32. Stef says:

    Ive been looking for a certain book for years, maybe someone here can help.

    It was a young adult novel about two teen girls. They were friends, spending time together before the new school year started. There was an annoying little brother who pestered them constantly.

    One of the girls wore glasses, but was getting contact lenses for the first time. She wanted to be prettier for the new school year. They called the makeover “Operation Chrysalis” or “Project Metamorphosis” or something like that. I think I remember them sitting in the backyard discussing their plans, with the brother spying and teasing them.

    One of the major plot points involved the girls finding out that one of their distant, elderly relatives had died. The family drove to the relative’s house a few weeks/months later, and found that all of the furniture had been stolen. They eventually found it being sold at an auction, and were able to identify it as theirs by bite marks on one of the chairs.

    At some point, the girls found an old diary with a pretty drawing inside. It appeared to be just a pretty pattern, but upon further inspection, the girls noticed it was actually a monogram of someone’s initials. It could have been hidden inside a desk?

    At another point, the girls were cooking something with syrup. The little brother made a mess licking the bowl clean. The girls tried to tell him that he needed to use soap to clean it, but he insisted that syrup is made of sugar, which is water soluble and can be easily cleaned by licking it. He licked his finger and touched a napkin to prove he wasn’t sticky, but the napkin stuck.

    I read a lot as a kid, so it’s possible I’m combining parts of several books. Most of the books I read were written from 1950-1995, and I would guess this one was written around the 60s. I thought it might have been one of the Trixie Belden books, but I’ve looked through most of them and couldn’t find this story.

    • mondomolly says:

      Another one that sounds vaguely familiar! (And yes, slightly Trixie Belden-like) I added it to the list above!

      • Stef says:

        Would you happen to have any ideas for other series that might have a book fitting this description? I’ve looked through most of the Trixie Beldens and Ginny Gordons (at least, as much as I could find online) but none of them seem to be it. It definitely had more of a Trixie Belden feel than say, Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys.

    • Julie says:

      The monogram hidden inside a desk sounds like it may be from an Edward Eager book, possibly Magic or Not?

      In one of the Ginnie books by Catherine Woolley, she is at a rummage sale and sees a baby locket with teeth marks on it. In another, she visits antique estate sales and looks at antique furniture.I

      Probably totally not what you are looking for, but those details do ring a bells, and wouldn’t be so far off if you are looking for a Trixie Beldenesque book.

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  34. Susan says:

    #27 is apparently Sycamore Year by Mildred Lee — I haven’t read it but someone posted on Goodreads about it. There’s one copy on Ebay right now.

  35. Jana says:

    I’m trying to remember the title of a book that I read, probably as a tween in the late 70s, early 80s. It was set in the first person, I think, and it was meant to be more funny than dramatic. The main character was maybe 11-13. She was shy, maybe a bit of a social outcast and hated school. It seems to me that her home life wasn’t that great either. I think I remember that she was sent to the AV closet at school to retrieve something and found a place where she could hide and watch TV all day. She did this every day. Nobody seemed to miss her and this went on for quite some time. Eventually she was discovered by a guidance counselor and she agreed to stop trying to escape her problems and stay in class. It might be a Scholastic book, and I have this memory of an orange and pink cover but I don’t remember anything else about it. I’m Canadian so it might have been Canadian and style-wise, I think it was maybe from the mid 70s. It would be great if someone could prove that it isn’t a figment of my imagination.

    • Kim Hays says:

      This sounds like “The Cat Ate My Gymsuit” by Paula Danziger…I don’t remember an AV closet watching tv, but everything else is the same. I read this book many times as a kid!

      • Jana says:

        I did read that one too! The one I’m trying to remember was really all about her escaping school by hiding out to watch TV and I’m pretty sure she was hiding in her school in a cubby hole somewhere. It might not have been a real classic though. I remember it because at the time, I was sick at home with pneumonia, doing my school work while watching daytime TV and thinking, “this really is the life”.

    • mondomolly says:

      Added it to the list above!

  36. ninyabruja says:

    I don’t remember Marcy hiding in The Cat Ate My Gymsuit.

  37. ninyabruja says:

    I only read the 1st few chapters of this one; it had been left in the lounge at my local YMCA and wasn’t there the next time I went. A Jewish American girl gets a letter from her German boy cousin describing how he’s being bullied at his school after Hitler comes to power. I think it was published in the late 70s/early 80s.

  38. SherylAnne says:

    I’m looking for a teen/young adult book that follows a group of girls in Jr. High adventures. Read it in the 80s. The only adventure I clearly remember is a team gymnastics competition where the girls squirt ink on a competitors leotard- that girl and her twin sister had been switching places in their best gymnastics events, so their team always won! (Yes, a huge crime.) Then the ink-stained girl and her twin had to finish the competition with no cheating, and they lost. (Justice prevails.) If anyone can help, I’m desperate to find this one. TY in advance!

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  40. Jen says:

    #10 might be “Hey, what’s wrong with this one?” by Maia Wojciechowska.

    • mondomolly says:

      Thanks! Added the suggestion above!

    • Majenta says:

      Thank you, Jen! I’ve just ordered it–I found it at an acceptable price. Wow. The title was TOTALLY absent from my mind. But I’ve already (consciously) read something by Maia Wojciechowska: TUNED OUT, published 1968, set in 1967. Thank you!

      • Majenta says:

        UPDATE: “Hey What’s Wrong With This One?” has just arrived! Thank you, Jen, thank you, everyone! Have a great day and week. Best wishes.

  41. barbara says:

    Hello, all! I have been searching for a book of short stories for girls from the mid 1960’s. I am guessing that it is a Scholastic book, as I am sure that I bought it at a junior high school book fair. I remember details of 2 stories in particular. I remember a high school girl who wanted new clothes so she would become more popular; she wanted “shoes that look like ballet slippers…and a string of pearls!” Another story was about a girl whose father said that she may not be a pretty girl, but she was going to be a beautiful woman. Do these sound familiar to anyone? Grateful for any help that you have to offer. Thanks so much!

  42. Norma says:

    #23 is called “The Surprise of Their Lives.” I really liked this book as a child. I remember that the cook in charge of Mary Jo was very cranky with her, having heard the story that she was a stowaway; but softened up towards her considerably when he came back to check on her work and found that she had gotten a lot of potatoes peeled and did a good job. I can’t remember the ending at all.

  43. Jennifer says:

    I found it on Better World Books. Also spotted a couple of copies on Alibris & Abe Books, but they were on the pricey side. Good luck – I hope you find one!

  44. Norma says:

    I’ll check it out, thank you!!

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  46. sheesh says:

    #33 is Remembering The Good Times by Richard Peck.

  47. Anne Wilson says:

    Our teacher read us this book in 7th grade (so 1985). A boy wants to ride the family’s riding lawnmower, and dad says no. For some reason, the boy is home alone (the family is away for the day). The boy gets on the lawnmower, falls off, and dies when the mower goes over him. There is a younger brother in the story also. Can’t remember the author or the title.

    • mondomolly says:

      Added to the list! 🙂

    • Leslie says:

      it is Nobody’s Fault? by Patricia Hermes. The younger sib is a sister, but she likes spiders and snakes lol so that’s probably why you’re thinking it was a brother.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes that’s definitely it. The sister feels responsible because she was playing a trick on her brother and knew he was using the lawnmower and that it sounded different but didn’t go down and check and it was because he was like stuck under it and died of blood loss or something. Terribly sad.

  48. Anonymous says:

    31 is The Rascals from Haskell’s Gym, by Frank Bonham. 33 is Remembering the Good Times, by Richard Peck.

  49. Sheryl Hutchison says:

    THANK YOU for the #31 Rascals title – THAT’S THE ONE! I have just ordered myself a copy… so excited to read this again after 30+ years. Really appreciate the help.

  50. leslie says:

    #35 could be Nobody’s Fault? by Patricia Hermes

    • mondomolly says:

      Edited above! Thank you! 🙂

    • casadega says:

      I’m not 100% sure if it’s the OP’s book, but I loved Nobody’s Fault as a kid and thought it would help narrow it down to give a bit of summary: The protagonist is the younger sister of the boy who dies when he falls off the lawnmower. He had been teasing her before going out to mow the lawn, so to get back at him she was in his room hiding a rubber snake in his bed (he was afraid of snakes) when the accident occurred. She is consumed by guilt because she thinks if she hadn’t been upstairs playing the prank on him, she would have heard him calling for help and could have gotten an ambulance there in time to save him.

  51. Tracy Forrester says:

    In reference to my “mystery” book which is I think #17, it may be a book called Spirit Town by Suzanne Roberts. I saw a post on a Facebook page I belong to and it feels awfully familiar! I recognize the cover for sure although the poster said there is no painting with peepholes mentioned. So it’s possible I am getting two books mixed up. Now to find a copy to read and see if this is actually it. Have you ever read this Spirit Town?

  52. Mary N says:

    I think #7 may be Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones. My sister and I read it and reread it around 1971-74.

    • Leslie says:

      I had thought of that initially as well. But BoJo is set in the 1950’s, the couple “had” to get married, and the baby died soon after birth.

      • Mary N says:

        Ah well. After I posted that, I looked up BoJo on the Google and thought that probably wasn’t it… I still think I read a similar book to yours in the early 70s but can’t recall anything about the title at all.

        • It’s not For All The Wrong Reasons either. The baby in that one was named Kate and since the husband had a nervous breakdown while the protagonist was in the hospital having the baby, they never actually lived together after Kate was born.

  53. K says:

    Ok, I think the title was maybe about sixth or seventh grade, or possibly hairspray. Protag befriends an artsy loner weirdo who introduces her to the concept of third eyes and gets bullied by Xan (maybe Zan) the popular girl. At some point they have to paint sets, and Xan gets paint all over herself, either by accident or on purpose? Can’t quite remember.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Looking for a YA book that may have been published in the 60s or 70s. About a girl in college who has to choose summer internships/placements in public service. I think she wanted to go to a settlement house (like Hull House in Chicago) but instead goes to an orphanage and does good work there. So then she is given an opportunity to go to her preferred next placement, but decides to stick with working at the orphanage. Any ideas??

  55. miss amy says:

    Solved my own problem with #16! Turns out it’s A Long Way Home by Nancy Price Graff.

  56. barbara says:

    Happy partial update on #34 – the short story about the girl who wished for the ballet slipper shoes and a string of pearls is “In Tempo” by Sue Moskowitz. I found it in a “A Matter of Choice”, a collection of Scholastic Short stories that I had never discovered until very recently on Etsy. I am unfamiliar with the other short stories in the book, so I am guessing that Tempo was published in other collections as well as this one. But I am over the moon about finding this particular story that I have been searching for for so many years!

  57. lahdey says:

    Hello. Pls,I’m looking for a book. Its about a teenage girl who is a candy striper at a hospital. She meets a guy she likes but doesn’t know he’s a celebrity

  58. Grey says:

    Thank you for this site!

    I have been trying to remember author or title of a book I read in the 80s, think it was published in 70s. Girl (Wren?) and her brother live with paternal grandparents somewhere rural. Dad (Tom?) is institutionalized. Mom (Karen?) left because she couldn’t handle it. Lives in big city and visits rarely. The brother attempts suicide at some point and grandmother saves him almost via 6th sense. Mom asks for a divorce and brother tells dad. Brother ends up getting therapy with a motorcycle riding minister. There’s stuff with Wren and her boyfriend but I don’t remember it well. I don’t think the story really resolves. It’s just a moment in time of a complicated family.

    Is this ringing bells for anyone?

    Thank you in advance!

  59. Siri Harding says:

    I would love it if someone can help me put a title to a story I read years ago! Read it in 1982, but it would have been published before–Maybe the 70s, probably 60s, but possibly earlier. Almost certainly a Scholastic. The story takes place in WWII when they’re evacuating children. Two girls (one wealthy and with connections, the other without) meet during the chaos and switch identification papers for some reason (maybe so the one without connections can get on board?) The wealthy one was supposed to be bound for relatives in the States that she doesn’t know, but she ends up separated and having to find her way on her own. When she finally makes it to her relatives’ house at the end, she finds that the other girl has basically completely assumed her identity and pretends not to know her when they finally meet.

    • Maryn says:

      This is Searching for Shona, by Margaret J. Anderson. It’s available for download on Kindle, and you can also obtain a paperback or a hardcover copy on Amazon for $10.00 or less. I read it last year and enjoyed it.

      • Siri Harding says:

        THANK YOU! As soon as I saw the title, I knew you had it right. It hounted me as a fourth grader because it didn’t fit my idea of what “should” happen, and –if I remember correctly–because as hard as her new life was, she valued what she had learned/gained from it.

  60. Julie says:

    Could the Candy Striper book be the one by Lee Wyndham?

  61. John says:

    So, there is a book I’m trying to find. I’m afraid that I don’t have much to go on. All I remember is that it was a thriller plot, and that the protagonist girl was missing one finger. It was something she was embarassed about, and she was a loner at school, not wanting anyone to know unless they were a good friend or family.

    At one point during a thunderstorm outside, she looks out her bedroom window and thinks there is somebody spying on her next to a tree.

    This book would have probably been printed in the late 80s, possibly 1990 or so. I read it in my elementary school class around ’91.

    • miss amy says:

      Is it possibly Rosie & the Dance of the Dinosaurs? The main character’s a nine-fingered pianist.

    • John says:

      More remembrances of the story! Another scene has the female protagonist look into her closet, only to see her best friend slump out with a huge red stain on her chest! The chapter ended there. Of course, right off the bat in the next chapter, her friend explains that she had fallen asleep while hiding there, and the red stain was her melted popsicle. (So corny, I know.)

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  63. #40 is Connie, by Anne Alexander.

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  65. Allison says:

    Hi, thanks for running this site! The book I’m trying to remember is one I read in the 80s, I think. A girl’s mother is pregnant with triplets or even quadruplets ; the girl is full of resentment. She keeps a diary of her fictional adventures, maybe as a detective? I remember a crude drawing of some graves that she claimed to have found under their (new?) house, or in the backyard. The babies, when born, cry a lot. Sorry this is so confusing, it was a very odd book!

    • Julie says:

      Dorrie’s Book by Marilyn Sachs. Her parents have triplets then take in 2 foster kids.

      • Allison says:

        I’m astounded! You solved in one night what years of internet searches failed to do! Thank you so much, Julie! My only sorrow is that it’s out of print.

  66. Kelly L. says:

    #28 The Mystery of the Singing Mermaid by Ann Young

  67. Mare says:

    #29 could be Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
    #7 maybe Mr. & Mrs. Bojo Jones

  68. Mare says:

    The book I’m looking for is a YA diary-type novel. I think the main character is named Sarah or Sara. She has an older sister named Deirdre (called Didi). I remember the cover is a girl with brown hair wearing I think a white t-shirt. She is sitting in a purple background. I don’t remember much about the plot except she doesn’t get along with her family and there is a line something like, “You can tell what their expectations were, naming her Deirdre, and me, just plain Sarah.”

    Any ideas?

    • Mare says:

      Forgot. It was definitely from the early to mid 1970s.

    • Julie Anderson-Smith says:

      I’ve been waiting for a chance to solve a mystery-of-the-missing-YA-title for someone! t’s “Diary of a Frantic Kid Sister” by Hila Colman, one I read over and over when I was in 4th or 5th grade. Ms. Colman wrote a sequel, “Nobody Has to Be a Kid Forever”, which is the diary Sarah kept at 13. The copy of “…Frantic” that I owned had the cover you described: a girl with dark hair, wearing t-shirt, blue jeans, and a worried expression on her face. My copy of “Nobody…” came from the same publisher, and the cover model looked like the same girl on “Frantic…”, just 2-3 years older. She wore jeans and an orange sweater, and she’s grown breasts! Fans of “Frantic…”, particularly those who read the edition we’re both familiar with, would appreciate this cover because it hearkens back to the entry where Sarah writes about Didi trying on the blue sweater that she (Sarah) got for her birthday. Didi says it would be a great sweater if it was in red instead of the “this dead blue”, and Sarah complains that Didi threatened to stretch it out of shape with her fully developed bust. Two years later, in a ” Nobody…” entry I remember, Sarah writes that she appreciates the changes to her own body: “My boobs are getting bigger, and I don’t mind!” A young reader does NOT forget a line like that!

  69. Helen Hall says:

    In 1959 my family moved & I did not to finish a library book I was reading. No title or author so slim clues but here goes: A boy, about 10 or 12, goes to live with his grandfather due to his Dad being made a manager at a soft drink plant (Coca Cola?) in the Philippines. His grandfather lived in desert, seemed like Arizona or possibly New Mexico & I believe it was a trailer a good ways out from town & boy rode bus to school. He had a friend nearby, a girl, & eventually they met an Indian boy who lived close by. They would slip out at night to watch the stars & just hang out together as kids do. One night they caught sight of what they were sure was a UFO landing out in the desert & they planned to head that way & see where it landed. That’s as far as I got! If this rings any bells with anyone, would appreciate a clue. It must have been a mid to late 1950’s book & I believe it was hardback, don’t remember a book cover if it had one. Thank you!

  70. miss amy says:

    #44 sounds like it might be A Promise of Gold by Joan Druett – it’s not YA, but the main character is 17 when the story starts, and it’s the first book of a trilogy: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32673193-a-promise-of-gold

  71. Erin says:

    I am remembering a book I read in the mid-90s, when I was around 10 years old. It’s about a teenage boy who either lives in or moves to a small town in rural California (I feel like I remember there being a line about “there was a sign on the road out of town where it said Los Angeles 567 miles [or some large amount] and someone had crossed it out and written 1,000,000 and honestly it might as well have been.”) Someone in his community teaches him and the other youths how to “witch for water”, or use a dowsing rod, and nobody is successful except him. He can feel the water through the rod by a sensation in his wrists and arms. Later on, he feels the same sensation without the rod, and discovers that he is essentially a human lie detector. There is a scene where he goes to help a friend’s dad as a border patrol officer on a state line, and helps them to confiscate illegal fruit that can’t enter the state for some reason (a big carton of cherries in one case, and like two apples in another.) The fruit-at-the-border isn’t the main plot thrust, but it’s the part I remember!! Thanks for the help :):)

  72. Linda says:

    Looking for a fiction book I read in 1971 or 1972 about a teenage girl who gets pregnant. She and the baby’s father try to figure out how they can keep the baby, then decide to give the baby up for adoption. The girl gets through the pregnancy by telling herself it’s not HER baby; she’s having this baby for someone else. Any ideas?

  73. Janna Dale says:

    I’ve been trying to find a book from the 1960s. I believe it could be a Whitman hard-cover, and I also think it might have had the word “true” or truly” in the title. It is about a girl who meets a wealthy new girl whom all of the other teens in town judge as stuck up. The two become friends, but their differences sometimes cause the main character to question if the girl really is stuck up. At the end of the book, it is discovered that the new girl’s father is involved in some kind of financial crime(s). I remember being introduced to the term “crackerbox house,” which was a substitute term for the small ranch houses built after World War II. I also read and re-read this book. I have been unable to find it since I was young.

  74. Whitney says:

    So I wish I had more information about this one because it’s been driving me crazy for years. A friend gave it to me when I was probably 8 or 9 (so first half of the 90s), but who knows how old that copy was at the time (definitely second-hand). I remember very few details other than it involved a village near a crescent shaped valley and at the climax of the book everyone went there in the middle of the night and some beings appeared (aliens? fairies?). I feel like maybe there was something about missing children tied in with that (maybe they were what appeared)? I remember how I felt reading it (slightly confused, slightly creeped out) more than I remember the book itself and I wondered if it was a title translated from another language – although I don’t have anything really to pin that on other than I found the people weird and decided they must live somewhere else. I remembered the title as “The Valley of the Crescent Moon” but that doesn’t get any results that seem right. I might be inclined to think I dreamed it if I didn’t remember being annoyed that my friend misspelled my name inside the front cover.

  75. nina garza says:

    I’m junior high school I read a teen romance mystery novel about a high school couple who were torn apart by a boy and a girl. It was also Halloween and they were all trying to set up a haunted murder scene that took place many years ago. In the end both the bad boy and girl got busted for trying to harm the nice girl. I also think that there was something with a dress that used to belong to the murdered woman from many years ago and was worn by the nice girl. On the cover is a guy and girl holding each other. I would guess that this book came out in either the 80’s to early 90’s. Thanks.

  76. Kristina Smith says:

    I’m dreaming of finding a book I read in elementary school and lent out, but sadly never got back. Young adult, published before 1983 for sure. A boy from a small town was somehow lost, maybe on an island, and was alone for a while, unable to get home. Somehow he got back to his hometown, and on the day he arrived back, there was a town fair. He went up to the girl he had liked when he was younger who happened to be at a kissing booth at the fair, she didn’t recognize him, and he kissed her and said “you taste like strawberries”, and then she recognized him and was happy to see him again after so long.

  77. Brad says:

    Looking for a book that’s like a kids version of A Simple Plan, where two boys find a briefcase or duffle bag full of money in the woods and start spending it on things like a trip to an amusement park, but eventually a bad guy comes looking for it. Would have read it late elementary school or early middle school in the mid to late nineties.

  78. Teresa Cayton says:

    Looking for a book from the late ’70s (I think). It’s kind of sci-fi-ish. Three siblings (older boy, middle sister, youngest boy) looking for their (scientist?) father … end up “kidnapped (?)” and placed in a room and treated like Pavlov’s dogs. They stand one way, a light comes on … they stand another, a tray of food shows up. They finally stand and/or move the correct way and find themselves on a city street. I remember a traffic light changed color and they started doing their movements again, unconsciously. Please tell me I didn’t make this up and it is a real book 🙂

  79. Julie says:

    House of Stairs by William Sleator. One of the early YA dystopian novels!

    • Teresa Cayton says:

      That looks kind of like it!! Will let you know after I read it 🙂 You are awesome!

      • Julie says:

        It is still in print, so you should be able to track down a copy easily:)

      • Tracy says:

        House of Stairs has definitely got the movements causing food to appear and the traffic light at the end. The beginning of your description sounds like A Wrinkle in Time though. In House of Stairs the five kids are all 16 year old unrelated orphans.

  80. Ruby B. says:

    I am looking for a book that was a children’s chapter book from the 1980’s. I can’t recall the main characters names but it took place in Pennsylvania in the present (at that time the 80’s). The main character met a Pennsylvania Dutch girl named Hope. Her friends didn’t like Hope and thought she was “weird” and old fashioned as they were “regular” girls. They thought Hope dressed funny too. Hope introduced the girls to her Victrola and dances for them. She also has them taste apple butter for the very first time in an attempt to share her customs with the girls. From what I recall the cover was orange. Hope had blonde hair that she wore in braids. There was a dark background and Hope was holding a candle or lantern. I would love to read this as it was a childhood favorite that I reread many times.

    • Sheryl says:

      This is “The Closed Circle” by Corinne Gerson. A great read – I still have my paperback copy from my 80s childhood. The main character is Audrey; she has a little brother Jimmy and older sister Francine. They moved from NY to Jupiter, PA, where she meets Hope and her Pennsylvania Dutch family. You can find a used copy online. Enjoy!

      • Ruby B. says:

        Thank you so much!! I loved this as a child. It was one of my favorites. I am so appreciative!!

      • Tracy says:

        Wow this really triggered my memory, I read this as a kid. Didn’t the main character’s brother have a girlfriend named Sylvia Goldstein and she thought of her as Silver and Gold(stein) or is that a different book?

        • Sheryl says:

          Yup, that’s in the story too – there are small town issues with some of Audrey’s friends not being familiar with/accepting of Judaism; one of (little brother) Jimmy’s friends makes fun of (older sister) Francine’s friend Sylvia Goldstein, calling her “Silver and Gold”stein. And they refuse to play with Sylvia’s younger brothers. But it all comes right in the end (spoiler alert)…
          everyone attends a Hanukkah party at Sylvia’s house!

      • Wendy says:

        Thank you!! I was able to find this title years ago, but I forgot it and never thought I’d find it again, though I tried. 😀

  81. Brandy Skillern says:

    I am looking for a late 80’s/early 90’s tween book about a middle school girl who is bullied by a classmate who has begun a secretive club for a select group of girls. Moments I recall are the bully displaying her black lace bra in the bathroom, secretly destroying the main character’s school project, and befriending the main character’s best friend. It ends with the main character finally being accepted into the club where she realizes, at the first meeting, that the club is uninteresting and really serves no purpose other than being a mystery to non-members. She decides to not join after all and I believe her announcement of this results in others confessing their disinterest in being members. The club dissolves in the last moment, dismantling the leader’s tenuous control over the group of girls.

    • Brandy says:

      I found the book 🙂 … Invisible Lissa by Natalie Honeycutt (1985). I was off on a few of the details, but the plot is as I remember. Thanks to all for their suggestions! – I’ve been looking for this for years!

      • siriharding says:

        I know the feeling! I’d queried all sorts of people, including librarians, about the book that I couldn’t remember. Then I found this site, posted, and had my answer in under a day. This community is amazing!

      • Julie says:

        Thanks for the update! That title & author are both extremely familiar–I am sure I read back in the 80s, too. I knew those details sounded very very familiar. Glad you solved the mystery.

  82. Julie says:

    Could it be one of the Against Taffy Sinclair books by Betsey Haynes?

    • daisy says:

      Or one from the companion series Fabulous Five?

      • Anonymous says:

        It does sound like a Betsy Haynes plot! But I’ve read summaries of the books in both the Taffy Sinclair and Fabulous Five series and not found it. It’s right around that time period, however. Thank you!

  83. Julie says:

    Now I am wondering if it might be a Sweet Valley Twin book, the first one? The twins are desperate to join the elite Unicorns club. Elizabeth realises the girls are snobby and decides to opt out.

  84. Nancy R Layish says:

    Hi there,
    I am racking my brain for the name of a young adult book (fiction) 1980s-maybe Scholastic-I remember it was about a girl (Jen or Alison?) who meets a new beautiful best friend; Eventually Jen/Alison transforms herself and gets the guy. I remember one of her parents was a surgeon and made some comment like “I am a surgeon not a chef”. Weird what I remember lol. Thanks for your help!

    Nancy

  85. Ann says:

    Hello!

    I just came across your website and I’m hoping you can help. I remember reading a book in the late 70’s/early 80’s that I thought might’ve been a Judy Blume book, but after looking through all her titles, I don’t think she’s the author of this book that I’ve been trying to find for years.

    I remember that it was about two teen girls who become fast friends. One is beautiful and seems to have it all. I think her name is Susannah, or Suzanne, and she jogs to stay fit. The other girl is timid, slightly overweight, has “mousy brown hair,” and is encouraged by her new friend to try jogging. They jog every day and build their budding friendship. The timid girl starts to lose weight, gain confidence and, eventally attracts the attention of a boy she likes.

    I remember reading this book as a young teen and enjoying it, and I would love to find it. Thank you for any help you may be able to offer.

    • Nancy R Layish says:

      Hi there. I just saw this and wanted to let you know that I was l looking for the same book recently and found it! It is called “The Best of Friends” by Jill Ross Klevin (by WIldfire/Scholastic) Hope this helps!

  86. W A says:

    Hi all! I am looking for a book that I read in the late 90s – I think it was probably written in the 80s or early 90s. It involves a friend group of I think maybe three girls – one is described as small and dark haired. While one of the girls is the pov character, most of the action revolves around the leader of the group who is described as being amazing at literally everything. The others feel very overshadowed by her. I remember the climax of the book involves a Christmas program where the perfect girl has created the costumes or something. During the nativity scene when the wise men enter there are five and she points out that three gifts are specified, not number of kings. Any help would be appreciated!

    • Tracy says:

      Just as Long as We’re Together by Judy Blume?

    • miss amy says:

      This is Caroline B. Cooney’s Among Friends. IDK about you, but here’s the cover my library had!

      • Julie says:

        Can anyone track this book down? Set during the Great Depression. Main character is a girl (Meg?) who becomes friends with a new neighbor (possibly Gwendolyn?) who is very snooty because her father has a good job. She has a fancy dollhouse with furniture and a scrapbook of the British princesses (Elizabeth and Margaret) they are both obsessed with. Later in the book, it gets found out her father’s good job was something illegal and he gets arrested, so they have to sell their belongings, are very poor, and leave the town in disgrace. Before leaving, she gives the doll house icebox and scrapbook to her friend, and apologizes for being so snooty.
        I read this in the 80s, but it was an old book so could have been published in the 60s or 70s.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s it!

  87. Dave says:

    I am trying to identify a young adult fiction book I read as a kid, most likely published in the 70s or very early 80s. All I can recall is that it was about a troubled teen boy (I think alienated or separated from his family for some reason) but the plot device that stands out in my memory was a fireworks device that exploded in the shape of the American flag. (It seems like maybe someone in the kid’s family was somehow connected to the fireworks business?) Thanks in advance if anyone can help!

  88. Caitlin says:

    Hi! My partner remembers one of his favorite books, as a kid, was about a boy whose parents are grifters… his father sells “miracle cures” and they have to skip town and can’t settle down anywhere. At one point, his parents steal a trailer and the boy can’t take the lifestyle anymore, so he runs away to live with his grandparents. Then, his father invents something that makes him wealthy, and the boy must decide whether to stay with his grandparents or go back to his parents. My partner can’t remember any of the characters’ names, but he thinks the title sounds something like “Outside, Looking In.” Can anyone help us out? Thank you! 🙂

  89. Sheila says:

    Looking for a teen reader book from 70’s
    The girl was coming of age, “Freddie” for short for Fredericka. Went on vacation for the Summer to the beach, Mother paints.

  90. Marion says:

    I’ve been searching for a book i read in the 70’s possibly 80’s. I think the book cover had a hunter and a deer or stag on it. The book starts out with a man walking through or hunting in the woods and he ends up in another world or dimension. He meets a wizard or magician and at the end of the book the wizard turns himself into the deer or stag and sacrifices himself for the hunter in exchange for his help when they were in the other world.

  91. Freedom says:

    Hello I’ve been searching for years!there are two books I’m trying to remember the name of so hopefully you can help.
    One is about a tribe that gets attack,forcing the people to leave on a boat.a brother and sister are left,the brother dies and the girl is eventually rescued.
    The other I’m a bit more hazy on,I read it in 7th grade lol.its about a girl,I can’t remember if she was a spy or had abilities,but some powerful people find her and she runs.finding out that the guy she likes isn’t who she thought and neither is she.i remeber reading that they stop and play a jukebox at a diner

    • Sheryl H. says:

      The first one sounds like “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. Great read!
      The second one might be “Girl with the Silver Eyes” by Willo Davis Roberts, about Katie who has lots of special abilities, and some powerful people are after her… but she’s not alone. Also a good read, published 1980. I don’t remember a jukebox at a diner being mentioned, but there are hamburgers delivered in a park…

      • mondomolly says:

        Thanks for comment and thanks for your help, Sheryl! I am adding the second one to the list above- I agree, the first descriptions sounds like Island of the Blue Dolphins!

  92. leslie says:

    Okay here goes my book I’ve been searching for!
    I would have read it in the mid 1980s – it feels like it was published in early 80s or 1970s. It’s about a group of multi-age kids (some are almost adults, some are small) who are together in some kind of foster living situation, but decide to run away as a group and set up their own “house”. The oldest teens pretend to be the adults in charge (the main one is a boy) and they make the younger kids enroll in school. The main character is a girl, around 10-11, who might be named “annie” or “anna” (or maybe not!) and she is kind of a tomboy who likes doing a lot of the fixer-up stuff around the house. one of the kids has massive social anxiety and prefers to stay in his room at all times, and it’s a big deal when he lets you go into his room and talk to him. I also feel like there’s a repeat of the plot thread from the cynthia voight/Dicey’s song series about one of the kids having learning disabilities and struggling with “whole word” reading but being more successful with phonics – BUT there is totally a chance that isn’t part of this book and I am just inserting a plot point! The main point of this book is that the kids are a motley crew who really flourish living on their own, but have a very hard time passing off the fiction of them being their own guardians to nosy people from the school/town, etc. I think there might have been a bit where one of the older kids has to wear an old person wig and beard, and it falls off while a school admin is there and that’s how the secret is out.
    the edition I had was a paperback that had a picture of the house they lived in and at least the main girl on the porch wearing a toolbelt. Blog, if you can come up with the name of this book I would be ecstatic! THANK YOU!

    • Julie says:

      Dear Lola by Judie Angell. Pretty sure there is a post on this book by mondomolly!

      • Leslie says:

        OMG!!! YES!!! That’s totally it!!!!!!!!!
        I cannot tell you the many different search terms I have tried to find any clue about that book… the endless lists I’ve waded through – and right away!!

        **happy dance***

        • Leslie says:

          I love how I remembered so much about the book but completely forgot the key thing that would have reminded me of the title, which is that the teen’s job is writing the “dear lola” column. lol.

    • mondomolly says:

      Yay! Glad you found it, thank you for recognizing it, Julie! I also highly recommend the movie version, The Beniker Gang, which is available on a number of streaming sites, including YouTube!

  93. Leslie says:

    Julie – mine too! I loved how resourceful the kids were and how they recognized they needed to be with their own found family that would accept their behavioral/social differences instead of trying to “fix” them.

    Many of my childhood books got wrecked in a basement flood at my parents’ house about 15 years ago. This was one of the few that I couldn’t remember well enough to track down and replace.

    But I remembered the cover wrong – they’re around their van, not the house.

    And yes, there is a mondo blog about it from 2015! linked here

  94. Ashley Sanders says:

    I am looking for a book I read in the late 80s-early 90s. It was about a 6th grade (I think) class that was terrible. They ran over teachers, subs, etc. until this teacher came in and turned thing da round using magic. Almost like a Mary Poppins or Nanny McPhee situation. I remember crazy situations about spitballs or something similar and snippets of old childhood songs like “row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, throw your teacher overboard…” and “miss Suzy had steam boat, the steamboat went to…hello operator, give me number 9…” please help!

  95. Wendy Peale says:

    I read a novel in the early 1970s about a white teacher who moves to the inner city to teach at the all Black high school, He is a single dad with a high school age daughter who will attend the high school. It is about the friends she makes, living as the only white people

  96. Jennifer says:

    Hoping someone will remember this one! It’s a historical mystery that takes place somewhere in Scotland. The main character’s name is Phoebe, and she goes to visit (or possibly live with) her sheep-farmer relatives in the Highlands. She has twin cousins named (I think) Ronald and Gavin. There’s a mystery about a castle on a nearby mountain where a Very Bad Man called (I think) the Monster of Something-or-Other used to live, and he either stole all the money belonging to everyone in the surrounding village or forced them to give it to him. Everyone is now extremely poor. The castle is either haunted or they think the Monster still lives there… anyway, everyone is terrified of it and stays far away at all times. Phoebe’s cousins have been absolutely forbidden to even mention it, but of course they do. When Phoebe hears the story, naturally all she wants to do is visit the castle and solve the mystery, even though her cousins try their best to talk her out of it. They do end up solving the mystery. I don’t remember all the details, but one part I remember vividly is that they find the Monster’s skeleton sitting on top of a chest containing all the missing money. I believe there’s also a section where Phoebe’s aunt teaches her to use a spinning wheel. The version I had was a paperback, and I read it sometime in the mid-70s. If anyone remembers this, I would love to track it down and reread it. Thanks!

  97. I’m looking for a book that I checked out of the junior high school library in the mid-70’s. It looked new. I can’t remember the cover. I remember a scene where a teenage boy, who was the main character, and a teenage girl were running through a castle. The girl had a Scottish accent and she was in love with him. She died, maybe from falling off a ledge. He felt guilty because she had died trying to help him and he hadn’t returned her romantic feelings. He had just considered her to be a friend. I think that he was involved in some political intrigue. He may have come from a different time and place. Please help!

  98. Anonymous says:

    #58…the suggested title is, sadly, not the book I am thinking of. Another detail that I seem to remember is that it wasn’t just a sub. I seem to remember that it might have been a husband/wife sub duo???? Maybe….

  99. I haven’t read it, but #7 might be ‘For All the Wrong Reasons’ by John M. Neufeld.

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  101. miss amy says:

    Re: male makeover books, all I can think of is Marshmallow Muscles, Banana Brainstorms: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/marshmallow-muscles-banana-brainstorms-by-karen-t-taha/

  102. Erin Koprevich says:

    Hi. I’m looking for a SciFi book I read in the ’70’s-’80’s about a group of kids being held in this place and only able to eat when they discover they have to do a certain behavior/tapping? to get the object in the middle of the room to dispense pellets of food (behavior modification). They didn’t realize they were part of an experiment? I think it had an orange book cover? I gave it away to my Psychology professor in college and regret doing that!

  103. daisyporter says:

    My friend from the Goodreads “What’s the Name of That Book???” group says #54 is Outside Looking In by James Lincoln Collier.

  104. Sheesh says:

    Presenting Superhunk was actually in the Seniors series (set during, I believe, the 19th month of their senior year).

  105. Sheesh says:

    #52 is The Best Of Friends by Jill Ross Klevin. It was a Wildfire.

  106. Funbud says:

    Sometime in the ’80s, I picked up a book that I am almost certain was a Silhouette Romance novel. But the cover touted that it was part of a “new line” of books that were more “mature” (i.e., more graphic). The characters were definitely post-high school age. All I remember about the plot is that a girl goes to Florida to stay with an older relative (grandmother?) in a brand new development that is still under construction. She meets a handsome young guy, maybe at the pool, and he turns out to be a carpenter working on the development’s construction. She can’t invite him home for some reason so they meet up at night in a gazebo. Their encounters are pretty steamy! The only other detail I remember was artificial orange trees near the gazebo, which seemed an odd, tacky touch for Florida.

  107. Heather says:

    Looking for a book I read as a teen in the late 90s most likely. Probably published between 80s-99. The cover was a picture of a teenage girl.. dressed kinda funky in converses(?) and a plaid skirt(I think!). So it’s a lighthearted YA romance… the main character is MacKenzie(?) think.. and her best friend is Devon. She is in love with her neighbor… he only sees her as a close friend bc he’s a little older. So she sets out to make him fall in love with her by trying to be like any girl he’s currently seeing.. she gets into a lot of awkward moments. I remember random pieces like she buys a sweater dress and uses socks for bust enhancement.. which fall out when she is with him. Her friend always complains about her thighs. They were both only children and their families are really close. Please help.. searched for ages and no luck. Thanks!

  108. Erin says:

    Number 66 is possibly “fireweed” by Jill Paton Walsh

  109. Anonymous says:

    Number 1, the unwed mother and the horse isn’t But I Thought You Really Loved Me, but this is so much fun!

  110. Anonymous says:

    I am looking for a book that I would have read probably in the mid to late 1980s.

    A teen girl feels like a misfit. She somehow gets a job taking care of animals (snakes, maybe?) for a magician. I think she might have been skipping school to hang out at his house while he was gone? Eventually she ends up becoming his assistant for some big show and learns how to do some impressive trick. I remember the book describing the outfit she wore during the magic show, maybe that it looked like green shimmering scales. At one point she says something about how she can’t reveal the secrets of tricks but that it was pretty uncomfortable being squished into half a box for the “saw a lady in half” trick.

    It is definitely NOT the Magician’s Assistant by Anne Patchett.

  111. Mina says:

    Hi, I read a book in 2017 that was a summer reading book back in highschool. I don’t remember so much about it but I’ll say what I remember. It was a young adult book.
    The book started off with these group of kids in a lighthouse, these teenagers did criminal acts and our main character, male, stole a bike so he was put their as another option of juvenile detention. Between the middle of the book he’s driving a car with this other kid with him, also male, off to a beach where they could make a bonfire and eat the food they’ve stolen. Our main character went to set up the bonfire while his friend went out to look at the ocean, only to turn back to ask what he wished to eat and see the guy gone. Following the footsteps that lead straight into the ocean, he knew his friend died walking into the vast cold sea at night as he had problems with his will to live.

  112. Beth Barham says:

    I’m looking for a book that I read in the late 80s or early 90s, which I *think* was pretty contemporary.

    It was one of a series of books about a group of teens or young adults who solved mysteries. The one bit I remember clearly is that they found an old house with a river landing stage, and an old lady who lived there by herself. At one point, one of the girls finds and tries on a dress that they have seen in an old photograph…something to do with the old lady’s lost first love.
    It’s possible that they solve the mystery of why her lover went away? I sold the book shortly after, and I’ve always regretted it.

    Someone help?

    • daisyporter says:

      This sounds familiar. Could it be one of the Trixie Belden books?

    • Julie says:

      Not contemporary but that sounds an awful like the Tobey Heydon books by Rosamund du Jardin, kind of a mix of a couple of them. Tobey borrows a Victorian era dress from Miss Tess in one to wear to a costume party. In another, she solved the mystery of her lost love by finding a secret letter in her old house while giving historical tours.
      There were still copies available in my local library in the 80s and 90s, so it’s possible. And it’s a mark of how enduring these books are that I didn’t realize they were such vintage books when I first read them as a kid back then.
      They’ve been reprinted by Image Cascade publishers more recent.

    • mondomolly says:

      Thanks for commenting, adding to the list above. I don’t think this one is a Trixie Belden, but I haven’t read the Tobey Heydon books so they might be worth looking into.

    • Dorothy cole says:

      Maybe mystifying twins, in one of those 2 they try on clothing from earlier era and talk to an old lady who’s a bit in the past

  113. Sarah R says:

    Reaching out and hoping someone might know this one… I’m not sure if it was published in the mid/late 80s or early 90s – I remember reading it when I was 10 or so, and that would’ve been 1995, but it belong to my older sister, who was 15 in 1995 so I think it must’ve been late 80s or first part of the 90s, as she wasn’t reading it around 15. It was a fantasy novel, something about a young girl who goes on a journey (I don’t remember what for!) but I know there was some time where she was riding a horse (or maybe a unicorn), and there’s a scene where she’s crossing a big field, and I’m thinking there might have been a dragon in it somewhere. I actually can sort of see the cover in my head too… it was a metallic sheen – green/tealish and had a girl (and maybe the horse/unicorn) on the cover. I LOVED that book and my searches have led to ZERO results because it’s so very vague.

  114. Belinda Bowers says:

    A book about a magic faded purple mailbox with stars on it. I would have read it in 70’s or 80’s.

  115. Carrie Stewart says:

    A high school library book I read several times during 1980-1984. I thought it was titled twins. Twin girls, one was dead and a ghost. A tragic accident. A comment towards the end something like, A ghost is just a memory (or soul) that has just not been forgiven.

  116. Julie says:

    Sort of sounds like Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan.

  117. Richard says:

    About a cowboy that dressed in outlandish outfits and solved mysteries. People underestimated him because of the way he was dressed, but he could hold his own in a fight.

  118. drplihcik says:

    I’m looking for a book about 2 girl best friends living around the turn of the century. It would have been published in the 70s or 80s. They are about 12 years old. One of them receives a gift of a tiny bride and groom doll that are beautifully dressed and the 2 friends take turns exchanging them throughout the book. One Easter they are excited because huge Easter bonnets/hats are all the rage and they each get a new one to wear to church. They meet 2 young men who they end up marrying years later. I would be so grateful if anyone has a clue to the title or author of this book!

  119. Hi, I am looking for a book I read around 1970. It felt like historical fiction. It was about a nurse who was taking care of soldiers in a war. I think an early American war. I thought it was called something like “A Candle In The Wind,” but I have not been able to find it. It was a freaking wonderful book. The name Charlotte seems to be in my memory as perhaps the author or a character. I think it was written by a woman. I think it might have been fictionalized version of an actual famous nurse’s life.

    • Brianna Clark says:

      Could this be it? Wedded to War
      “Wedded to War” heroine Charlotte Waverly leaves behind a life of privilege and confining expectations to serve her God and her country and becomes one of the first nurses for the Union Army.

    • Brianna Clark says:

      Sorry, I just realized that book was only recently written.

    • Brianna Clark says:

      This was published in 1970! The Lady with the Lamp: The Story of Florence Nightingale

    • daisy says:

      Could be one of the Cherry Ames books; she takes care of soldiers in several of them, notably Army Nurse and Chief Nurse. Alternatively, could be Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott.

  120. Anne Wilson says:

    I have another one. The story takes place during World War II. In an elementary school class, the rich girl’s family loses their money and become poor. She was the most popular girl in the class and loses all her friends. The family moves in to a trailer, and another girl whose family was always poor becomes her friend. I thought the author was Constance Greene, but I can’t remember the title.

  121. Mark says:

    There were (I think) a series of books in the 80’s/90’s about a group of teens (possibly in Australia) who found some technology and set up groups of other teens around the world and would communicate with them. Possibly to solve crimes but not 100% sure. Think it was also a tv series but not sure. Vague I know but any ideas welcome!

  122. qrdfgholiB says:

    This is a weird one but I’m hoping someone can help! In the 1970s, there was a set of books for girls about adolescence and puberty, etc., that could be ordered through the mail. The address and payment info was on a package of feminine hygiene products. (Kotex? Stayfree? A different brand back then?) This was back around 1975-1980.. Does anyone remember these? There must be some copies still in existence somewhere!

    • Maureen says:

      Did the book have conversations between cartoon flowers? Because I’d really like to find that. It was a book about adolescence…

      • qrdfgholi says:


        Someone on a different site found the set of books, and I read them on archive.org. I don’t remember conversations between flowers, but there is a later edition of these books. I also think it’s possible that pamphlets put out for young girls at that time by the makers of feminine hygiene products may have had flowers talking to each other. That sounds familiar! : http://www.mum.org/kotbk68a


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  123. Margie Mills says:

    Looking for the name of of YA book I read in the 80s. This book was part of a book club that sent me books every month. High school girl who plays basketball and goes on to play at University of North Caroline (I think). Her boyfriend also plays basketball. Not much to go on.

    • trinaclem says:

      Not sure of the name of the book but I believe there was a monthly book club called Especially For Girls in the 80’s it might be part of.

    • mondomolly says:

      That does sound like the Especially For Girls club, they were hardcover versions of paperback originals. Adding the description to the list above!

  124. Anonymous says:

    #43 is Diary of a Frantic Kid Sister by Hila Colman….. there was also a sequel, Nobody has to be a Kid Forever.

  125. Hi! I am looking for a book a read a lot as a teen that has not travelled with me in my many moves. It was published in the 80s, I believe. It’s about a girl who is a freshman in high school and wants to be a cheerleader. She has red hair, and older sister, and her family writes on their kitchen table. She likes a boy from another school. There’s a passage I remember when they were sitting on a couch and trying to figure out what it was, the conclusion was naugahyde, and she might have had a friend named Marcy. The cover is a girl jumping in a cheer uniform.
    Thanks in advance! I know it wasn’t a fever dream….looking forward to seeing if anyone else read it, or knows what it is!

  126. Fern L says:

    Hello,

    I’m so happy to have found this site. I have also been searching for a book I read back in grade 6, around 1984. I don’t recall the author, but I think the title had “secret” in it. The cover had the picture of a girl.

    It’s about a high school girl (don’t remember her name, but let’s call her City Girl) who lives in the city. Her cousin lives in a small town, far enough away that City Girl stays for weeks when she does visit. The cousin had a boyfriend, but she believed another girl in school was trying to take him away. During Christmas break, City Girl and Cousin write a letter signed “secret admirer” to lure this boyfriend stealer away. They believe this girl went to meet this admirer, but there was a bad winter storm and she dies in a car crash.

    The summer after Christmas, City Girl visits her cousin again because Cousin believes the dead girl is haunting her. Both City Girl and Cousin are threatened and almost killed, all along believing it’s the dead girl’s ghost. Turns out it was the gardener who loved this dead girl; he knew of this letter and was taking his revenge.

    In the end, we find out that dead girl was never interested in Cousin’s boyfriend, nor did she go off to meet the admirer.

    Sorry, mouthful. 🙂 I can picture the cover of the book, but the title and author elude me.

    Thank you so much!!

  127. Ann Goertzen says:

    Hi, looking for a book series where the main character is Tina, I think it’s a Christian romance. She lives on a ranch and is a pianist.
    One of the covers I think is a blue car and a girl standing on a fence or leaning against it.
    I think it is from the 70’s or 80’s.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!

  128. jasminewarehime4846 says:

    Looking for a book from the 1970s. It had life, beauty, fashion, diet etc. advice for teenage girls. Paperback cover has a young woman’s face, I think the whole cover was muted yellows and browns. A few things I remember reading-
    If have more than 1/2 inch of fat you’re very unhealthy and should lose weight asap.
    Don’t eat butter or cake because it causes acne.
    How to dress, and it involved a lot of long skirts and scarves.
    There were various charts..saying how much you weigh, what exercises to do, wardrobe staples, and a few simple drawings. Other than that it was all text.
    By today’s standards it’s pretty bad/funny advice if I remember correctly.

    • mondomolly says:

      Adding to the list above, I took a look at the teen advice/diet books I saved in a list on Amazon, and most date either earlier or later than the 1970s, and none of the covers match your description, BUT many stayed in print for many years, so you might have had a later edition. Take a look and see if any of these titles ring a bell:

      Push Ups and Pin Ups By Jeanne Bendick

      Slim Down Shape Up Diets for Teens By Maddox Gaynor

      Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide

  129. Dianne says:

    85. Maybe Claudia by Barbara Wallace

  130. Cathy A Lange says:

    I love your site! I am looking for a book from the late 60s, early 70s about a group of people stuck overnight in a house with people (“hippies?”) outside pranking them, looking in windows, etc. Been driving me nuts for years!

  131. Maureen says:

    I am looking for a series, sort of in the style of The Chronicles of Narnia. It was a medieval adventure sort of story. The only thing I remember about the books is that the characters and places has Welsh names. Not that it took place in Wales, just the knights/adventurers had Welsh names like Gwynned or something like that. It’s just on the tip of my brain, but won’t come to the surface.

    Thank you for running this site. It’s awesome to know that people still reminisce about the books they read growing up!

  132. Cara says:

    Trying to find the name of a book I used to take out of the library as a school-aged child in early 90s. I think it took place in 70s. I don’t think it was a chapter book, but it’s hard to recall whether there were illustrations. About a family that moves to a new big house (an old Victorian, I think?). And the little girl has her own room for the first time and writes in her diary and talks of feeling very grown up now that her mother lets her get dressed up for dinner. Getting harder and harder to recall the other details! Hoping your followers can help!

  133. Cara says:

    Please help.
    Book I read in grade school, 4th grade maybe? Which means this would be 1983, 84.
    Sisters go on a camping trip with a group. One of the sisters is smart and responsible, and the other sister is a bit spoiled. Very into her looks. On the trip the spoiled, and I think younger, sister goes missing. As the trip progresses little things at the campsite also start to go missing, including a set of the missing sister’s curlers. The older sister puts the pieces of the puzzle together and realizes her sister is sending her a message with these missing items. Turns out one of their crew kidnapped her and kept her hidden in these ancient Indian caves. The guilty party’s name is Michael Waverly.
    Does this sound familiar to anyone?

  134. Sandra Leonetti says:

    90 is most likely The Bully of Barkham Street, by Mary Stoltz. It’s the second book in a trilogy, between A Dog on Barkham Street and The Explorer of Barkham Street.

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  136. Sheesh says:

    #105 the book about the blind girl is called Blind Sunday.

  137. trinaclem says:

    I’m pretty sure #93 is The Rah Rah Girl by Caroline Cooney.

  138. KD says:

    #73 is Tarantulas on the Brain by Marilyn Singer.

    • Tracy says:

      Ahhh thank you! I’ve been trying to remember the name of this book forever! The main character’s name is Lizzie and I was mentally mixing it up with Lizzie Lies A Lot by Elizabeth Levy. Two separate conniving Lizzie’s. I remembered that her friend’s name was Tessa and that as a magician assistant she had to wear a costume that was designed for an animal, like a monitor lizard or Komodo dragon or something. It always stressed me out and I felt anxious about her plans and schemes. Totally forgot about her motivation of wanting a tarantula aka the point of the whole book, lol.

    • BG says:

      Belated thank you for this! I also completely forgot about the tarantula aspect but remembered so many other scenes and it was driving me nuts trying to remember what book it was!

  139. laina1312 says:

    71 might be a Silhouette First Love book – if not, maybe a Wildfire or Crosswinds book?

    Check this out https://cliqueypizza.wordpress.com/80s-non-series-books-a-z-guide/

  140. Erin says:

    I wonder if #97 could be :The Haunted Night” by Joan Phipson.

  141. Erin says:

    #78 might be “Twin Spell,”, aka “Dpuble Spell” by Janet Lunn.

  142. I too am so grateful. Here’s my book quest…a teen girl seems to have snuck off a bus or sway from a runaway shelter and lives inhills/ mountain near a sandy shore. Shes there for months it gets colder she sleeps in a cave or include in mountain.. She sneaks into a close by farm house to steal food & warm clothes. She meets a boy they have a trist. She eventually gets pregnant. She seems very naive about sex/body/pregnancy. he then leaves her promises to come back but never returns She makes a necklace to hold a pearl he gave her. She uses her long hair, braiding it to hold the pearl on her necklace. She ends up having the baby. I think stillborn, she ends up dying alone and something about the baby’s bones or her bones bleached by the sun on the beach. It was given to my by my English teacher in 1984. Could have been published 1960s – 1983. Thank you.

  143. JT says:

    Looking for a YA book, written in English and published in the 1960s or 1970s. set in a London school with a gang named “nosotros”. Think they were a female gang. Remembered that was the first time I had heard the word “nosotros”.

  144. Dorothy cole says:

    Looking two different books one was about a couple of young kids that visited an old relative and he sent them back in time in their imagination and I remember they bought clothes online like we do now only this was like in the 70s so nobody did that and the grandmother ordered two small of shoes I remember that in school where they went was different they did it all at home and they read this old book at the neighbors and how they didn’t think these kids knew how much fun they got to have having school together it was really interesting but definitely a child’s book or young adult in the second one was a girl named Gabrielle her dad went to Iran or rack to get Arabian horses and he bought some and they came in and then the guy sent his daughter the princess of

  145. Alex Mitchell says:

    I can’t tell you how glad I am to have found this page. The book I really want to find may have been written in the 50s/60s, I read it in the late 70s.

    I think the main character’s name is Nancy. She has two friends, one of whom is the “pretty” one, popular, loved by all the boys. A new guy moves to town and Nancy starts crushing on him very hard. The popular friend goes after him (I vividly remember a scene at a party where they were dancing “rock and roll” style and the friend took her shoes off and was really getting into it with the new guy. Nancy the wallflower watches and is sad and jealous.

    Nancy gets a job at some point. She makes friends with the new guy, who gets her interested in photography. She takes a picture of some flowers, that she calls “worms-eye view of asters” and the guy secretly enters into a photography contest, which she wins.

    They end up dating and that’s how the book ends. If anyone knows, you’ll have my forever gratitude!

  146. Ross says:

    I have an odd situation here, because I thought I knew this one, but I recently bought a copy and reread it, and I was wrong.
    This was a book that was read to us during library time in elementary school. That would indicate that it was published before 1989, but probably quite a lot earlier.
    I’m pretty sure (but given the other mistake I made, I could be off on other things as well) it was from the broad genre of “story about a gifted young person, told from the POV of their more normal friend”. What I remember strongly is a scene where they go to a wholesaler, possibly a wholesale auction? I assume the gifted young person was looking to buy something for their exciting kids’ adventure story project. But the POV character learns what an aglet is, and noticing that her (or his) shoelaces are worn, tries to buy some. Only, being a normal sort of kid and thus not understanding how wholesalers work, ends up buying a whole barrel of them. (Or maybe that part is me confusing it with something else, and someone else buys the barrel of aglets, and just gives the POV character a handful?)

    For years, I thought this was something that happened in Jean Merrill’s “The Toothpaste Millionaire”. That has a similar scene involving buying way more toothpaste tubes than intended, but nothing about aglets. I reckon this must’ve happened since I can’t imagine any other explanation for me knowing what an aglet is.

    Thanks.

  147. lcmt says:

    The book for 22. could possibly be The Sea Gulls Woke Me by Mary Stoltz. The gift of the soft leather jacket was a significant memory for me, and the description of the cover (“I remember the cover depicted ocean, pier, maybe an old house, and a bit of stormy weather.”) summoned up the idea that sea gulls were part of title. That cover image is found on the old Scholastic paperback, and the Scholastic program at my school was my main source of fiction when I was a young teenager in the sixties. You can see that cover at the Goodreads entry here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2722703-the-sea-gulls-woke-me – also there are some good descriptions of the book in the comments by readers, which brought back my memories of it. I remember the book as more of a coming-of-age story than a romance. There was a boy in it, but I remember the friendship with the older, troubled girl as the main relationship.

  148. Tracy Forrester says:

    This isn’t a Name That Book comment but I found a website that has scans of hundreds or more Scholastic Book covers. I hope it’s ok to share it here. There are also other types of paperback books scanned such as Dell, Avon, Ballantine and many more!
    Here’s the Scholastic page: https://bookscans.com/Publishers/scholastic/scholastic.htm?fbclid=IwAR293qzeMMWE-BWclK7DcQCaPG0SiFWr8JljgawOahBT_JoGeoUHBqEQ1d0
    Here’s the main page: https://bookscans.com/Database.html
    In scrolling through these pages I’ve found many familiar books! Just make sure you have a lot of time when you start because it’s addicting!

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  150. #53 sounds like Jane Langton’s The Majesty of Grace (1961).

  151. Avis says:

    #113 sounds like the short story “The Fun They Had” by Isaac Asimov.

  152. Avis says:

    #103 could be Leo the Lioness by Constance C. Greene. That had a hippie cover with a zodiac in the background.

  153. DNN says:

    For #115, I know that a character at the auction gives the girl a handful of bike chain links before she buys the toothpaste tubes, so maybe that’s being conflated with the aglet story?

  154. Michelle says:

    Is 111 “A Wild Thing” by Jean Renvoize? The plot seems very similar.

  155. LaToya says:

    Hi! I’m so glad that I found this site and I hope someone out there can help me figure this out. It might have been written in the 70’s and was about this girl who moved into a town. She befriended the boy next door whom she’d developed a crush on. I only got about halfway through the book before I lost track of it but the distinct portion of the story that I remember is that she also befriended an elderly lady who she took a pottery class with and the lady told the girl that she work her heart on her sleeve. That’s all I remember. I hope you all can help, thanks!

  156. TC says:

    I would love help finding a book that I can’t remember much about, and I am beginning to wonder if I combined two books in my head. But I read it in the late 80s or early 90s (though it could have been published before that). It was set in the 60s, though, and I feel like it was some kind of time travel. I want to say there were twins or sisters, and I thought it was something like the Banana Split Affair but they don’t time travel. I feel like there were two guys – one who was anti-war, and the other wasn’t, and the two girls ended up on both sides of a Vietnam protest? I think it was a romance, but there was a time limit because they had to find something. This is probably not even a real book and just a combination of memories of other books, but I read it a number of times. Of course, I can’t remember it for the life of me!

  157. CS says:

    I am looking for a book from the 1970s era. Most likely a scholastic book. It’s about a young girl, not a good home life. She is interested in an abandoned home with a huge wall around it . She falls off the wall after climbing it to look and see what is there, and wakes up in a long ago time. Horse and buggy era.the house is in full use, and the family is there. She is taken in by the family and is treated like their own child.
    Eventually she goes back to her own time but I don’t remember how.

  158. Julie says:

    Some of those details sound like the book Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd.

  159. qrdfgholi says:

    The Wicked Pigeon Ladies In The Garden by Mary Chase?

  160. Yseult says:

    Hello! I am looking for a YA/teen romance book that I read in the late eighties, and possibly very early nineties, so 1987 to 1991, at a push 92. I don’t remember the title, or the characters names, or the author. So annoying, sorry!
    So, a girl (child of a single parent?) wants to do a job she’s worried her parent won’t like? Journalist, or scientist? God knows why it was a problem but it was the eighties I guess. She meets a Greek? boy who works for his families deli. I remember this because living in the south of England, I had never heard of a deli 🙂 He has a passion for sci fi comics but also wants a career that will upset his family as they assume he will work in the deli his whole life.
    I remember she wears a raspberry hat or jumper, or something and I thought it was a bit of a fancy colour, not red, but not pink either. Raspberry. Who knew?
    Thanks in advance!

  161. Julie W says:

    Could #88 be When No One Was Looking by Rosemary Wells? Also, I seem to remember a short story by Ellen Conford or Barbara Girion where both the guy and the girl got makeovers. Maybe the guy’s name was Clay? I think I read it in Seventeen magazine around 1985 or so.

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  163. miss amy says:

    I think 106 is probably The Survivors by Kristin Hunter Lattany (per her Encyclopedia Britannica article, In The Survivors (1975), a lonely, prosperous, middle-aged dressmaker befriends a neglected 13-year-old boy despite his involvement with dishonest and sometimes brutal acquaintances.).

  164. Dorothy Cole says:

    113 to add more the 2 girls meet a couple boys and fall in love the princess guy turns out to be her fiance in secret. theres a girl called peaches in it as they go around to horse shows all summer and they are in murdo sd which has the time line down main street. hope someone can help with title/author!

  165. Sheesh says:

    Re #7, I just looked up For All The Wrong Reasons on archive.org and their baby was a girl named Kate so that isn’t it.

  166. Patrice says:

    Looking for a book I read in the late 80s possibly 1989 that I got at the book fair. A teen girl had an older brother who loved his car, named EMMY. I think maybe her Mom was divorced and they lived in an apartment. She was always hanging at the pool, wearing shades because she liked people watching. Her Mom was maybe divorced and they lived in an apartment.

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  168. Susan says:

    The book I’m trying to remember is similar to #96 — typical information for teenagers on grooming, clothes, nutrition, manners, things like that. The ultimate goal of this one was for the reader to host a successful party and it had a countdown. Something like one month out, make a guest list, three weeks out, send invitations, two weeks out, make a menu and shopping list, one week out, pick out and iron your outfit, etc. It may have been affiliated with a magazine. Seventeen had several books of that genre but none of them that I’ve looked at online seem to be this one, so maybe Co-ed or American Girl, or maybe I’m mistaken about the magazine connection. I got it from the library around 1973 or 74; it may have been from then or from the 60s as it didn’t seem as old-fashioned as the 50s books of this type.

    • mondomolly says:

      There are so many of these! I’m hoping somebody will recognize the “party countdown” concept! Posting above!

      • Susan says:

        Molly, yes, when I started googling even I was surprised at how many there were! But it is the party countdown that made this one unique. Thanks for offering this detective (sleuthing 😉 ?) feature!

  169. Dorothy Cole says:

    113 looking for a copy of the fun they had thanks!

  170. daisy says:

    Is the bolded part of 121 supposed to go with 115?

  171. Jeanine says:

    I read this one in the early to mid 80s, I believe it was contemporary. A high school girl has a crush on her teacher, and they end up having an affair. This is NOT Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein. I remember that she had a chess set that her grandfather (I think) had made for her. She brings that to school and they play chess. I think they go away on a ski weekend. The book was pretty racy for a YA book at that time! I feel like the cover has a picture of them embracing in the snow. I don’t think it was part of any series. Would love any leads!

  172. Sheesh says:

    #121 is Please Let Me In by Patti Beckman. It was one of the first First Love books.

  173. Barbara Levy says:

    I read a YA thriller/romance from my elementary school library – probably in about 1970/1972 – about a girl who is 16? and a competitive ski racer. She comments on carrying extra weight and how it helps cut the wind resistance in competition. She comes across some spies in a mountain hug while out on a trail, and winds up helping them (intelligence agents ), and develops a romance with a young man who’s one of them towards the end – also rescues him from danger. I would love to know the title! Something with “wind” in it, possibly?

    • Julie says:

      Sounds like a Betty Cavanna book, possibly? Maybe Angel on Skis?

      • Barbara Levy says:

        Close but no cigar – but thanks a million for responding so quickly! The novel was about a girl who was a competitive skier and I think in ski patrol, and stumbles on the agents spying in a hut on the mountain (avalanche one, I guess). I found it through a group chat like this at least 15 years ago and didn’t keep track ☹️; amazing how at 63 it still stays with me! Any more ideas I will delightedly investigate!

    • Tracy Forrester says:

      It could possibly be a book called Tammy. I don’t know the author. I have the book but it’s packed away right now.

      • Anonymous says:

        It had a different type of title and a drawing of the girl as a skier, but I will try to check out online! Thanks!

      • Anonymous says:

        I’m so sorry – went to look snd this popped up from 1970. How awful.

        Duxbury, Mass., Oct. 15— Mrs. Cid Ricketts Sumner, the Mississippi‐born author of score of books, including the “Tammy” series adapted for movies and television, was found bludgeoned to death at her home here early today.

        The police said a 16‐year‐old boy had been charged with the slaying after turning himself in. Mrs. Sumner, 80, was found by the police with a curtain wrapped around her neck. A hammer was found near her body.

        Mrs. Sumner died sometime between 11 P.M. yesterday and 2 A.M. today, the police said. An autopsy was ordered. The police declined to discuss a possible motive, but it was un derstood that robbery had been ruled out.

        The victim, socially prom inent in this wealthy Boston suburb, was the widow of zanies D. Sumner, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1946. He died in 1956.

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe SHADOW ON DEVIL’S PEAK by Amelia Elizabeth Walden?

    • mondomolly says:

      Adding your description to the list above!

  174. Dorothy Cole says:

    113 it was the fun they had by asimov for the two kids in school, the grandmother story wasnt it tho and still wishing for the horse/princess one thanks a lot!!

  175. Dawn says:

    I’ve been looking for a very vaguely remembered book for a while now. The teenaged main character gets pregnant and is afraid to tell anyone. By the time she is found out or manages to tell someone, it is too late for an abortion. What I’m remembering is weird magical thinking or denial. It was really dark. Published some time between the 70s and 90s.

  176. #81 could be either Michael Coleman’s ‘Internet Detectives’ series (1996-1997), or Bruce Balan’s ‘Cyber.kdz’ (1997-1998). (Balan’s series in particular is excellent – I think it’s a real pity that it went out of print so quickly!)

  177. Julie W says:

    I think #120 is “They’ll Never Make a Movie Starring Me” by Alice Bach.

  178. Heather Rayfield says:

    I think this is an older book… but I’m not sure.
    It follows a teenage girl and her friend that’s a boy. There is an audition for a play and one (or both of them?) get parts in the play.
    One day the boy goes to pick up the girl but gets in a car accident and dies. At the end she doesn’t go to the funeral and swings on a swing. Help!

  179. Olivia says:

    I’m looking for a book from the 90s (possibly from the late 80s). It was a paperback, possibly published by Yearly or Scholastic. The cover featured a girl on the beach with her back to the viewer and wearing a white dress. The back of the cover featured a small picture of a starfish broken in half. I vaguely recall the cover having a maroon or purple border but I could be wrong. I don’t remember what it was about as it was above my reading level so I couldn’t read it but have been wanting to ever since then.

  180. Leslie Steiner says:

    I remember reading a book about a girl who lived in Florida, set in the summer before she went to middle school. The main character was Bailey, she had a younger neighbor named Frances, her mother was an alcoholic, her father was remarrying, and she had an older brother who had graduated high school and was joining the military. It was probably set in the late 80s-early 90s. I remember the line “lord help us Welawanee” as an inside joke amongst the family. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

    • mondomolly says:

      Adding you description to the list above!

      • Jeanine says:

        #94 might be A Room for Cathy by Catherine Woolley. There’s no diary, but definitely the move to a big old house where she gets her own room, and there is this line, “Mother understood that Cathy liked the grown-up idea of getting cleaned up for dinner, just as she understood how Cathy longed for her own room.” This is after a line where Cathy says she will dress for dinner.

  181. Jeannie Stoecker says:

    How about a book about a dancer slave girl in maybe biblical times. She was well loved and recieved many gifts-loke about beautiful and unusual scarf. But she was kidnapped and hidden in a box with cut air holes. As the box was being carried onto a ship,, she heard her master’s voice and stuffed some of the scarf through an airhole. He saw the bit of scarf and saved her.
    I was remembering “Slave Dancer” or maybe “Dancing Girl” or “Dancing Slave”, maybe?
    Any help?

  182. Autumn says:

    there was a series i read back in middle school and the only thing I really remember is this girl moved to (i believe) chicago,started making friends,and dates one of their brothers.she is a medium,and at some point she goes into a coma of sorts,and finds out this dead woman that she has know for years is actually her birth mom,and that she was adopted.Her birth mom’s name started with a B,i think.She breaks up with her boyfriend,and at some point,in another book,her adopted mom sends her to therapy for everything she sees,because her adopted mom doesn’t really believe her.I think this may be before she goes into the coma,not sure.In another book,after she broke up with her ex,her adopted parents send her to some type of medium camp to be around people who understand how she feels.She ends up meeting a guy,who wears gloves for a touch to feeling reason,i think,and they end up getting together,but before they do,they help spirits in the forest who are trapped-in a sense-move beyond to the other side.I know there is another book after that,but i can’t remember it for the life of me.

  183. Yvonne says:

    I’m hoping to find a book I read scores ago. Teenage girl with a punk rock/rock best friend (Renee?) and this guy who liked her possibly unofficial boyfriend. One day she sees her dad with another woman. She follows him one day and calls his office and the Secretary mistakes him for the other woman and jokes with her before putting the call through to him. I thought it was called Daddy’s Girl but nothing comes up with that name (that would be considered YA) The cover was a girl ina denim jacket watching a couple from a distance on a sidewalk in front of a store.

  184. Julie W says:

    #118 is driving me crazy because it sounds so familiar, I remember the Greek boy! I thought his name was Jason and her name was Jessica and that there were two books. I remember something had happened to her mom. I think it was set in the suburbs of NYC. I think they might be “To See My Mother Dance” and “Alive and Starting Over” by Sheila Solomon Klass, but I can only find brief plot summaries online. Does that ring a bell? Interestingly, the author’s daughter is Perri Klass, the pediatrician.

  185. Nicole Clark says:

    I’ve been trying to track down this book for a couple of decades. All I remember was it was a paperback published sometime in the 1970s or 1980s, the narrator was a teen girl and she had a brother who was around preschool age and disabled. The brother would regularly have physical therapy sessions in their home. I only remember one quote, when the brother said something like “my damned fingers won’t/don’t work” and the sister tells him “you shouldn’t say damn.”

  186. cassincork says:

    Re 21 – sorry, I don’t know what book this is, but I am sure that it is not <a href="https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33387<The Fortunes of Philippa.

  187. Jeanine says:

    #94 might be A Room for Cathy by Catherine Woolley. There’s no diary, but definitely the move to a big old house where she gets her own room, and there is this line, “Mother understood that Cathy liked the grown-up idea of getting cleaned up for dinner, just as she understood how Cathy longed for her own room.” This is after a line where Cathy says she will dress for dinner.

  188. Jayne Follows says:

    Looking for a YA book about a piano player coming to terms with being adopted and her boyfriend takes drugs. The cover showed a girl at a piano in 60s style clothing

  189. Vanessa says:

    #108 is ringing bells for me as possibly describing Irma Prunesquallor, sister of Dr Prunesquallor in Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy.

  190. Katie says:

    Could #130 be Animalia, by Graeme Base? “Lazy Lions Lounging in the Local Library” could be the image you’re thinking of?

  191. Christie says:

    This site is a treasure!! I’m hoping for some help.

    I don’t have much to go on. A kid/YA book that I checked out from my grade school’s library. Between 87-92. I remember reading it in earlier years, and I read it more than once. It was about a young girl who was solving some kind of mystery. Not sure if it was a game or a real mystery. And she was cracking some kind of a code in an old house. Like on a lock or safe or something. And the book showed dashed lines for the code like _ _ _ _ etc. And every time she found a letter, the book filled in the letters. ____S____E___
    The code ends up being Chrysanthemum. And it’s IMPOSSIBLE to search for this because there is a book called Chrysanthemum.

    Would love any help!! Thanks all!!

  192. Danielle Nichols says:

    I don’t have a lot to go on. But, I read this book in the late 80’s. I think the author’s name was Christopher Green or Christopher White.
    I had 2 books by the same author. His name was embossed in gold on the cover.
    A gifted boy, 15-17, was abducted and taken to an underground compound. Everyone wore jumpsuits, each colour had a different meaning. His best friend was a girl and she set out to find and rescue him.
    She called him The Whiz, everyone thought it was because he was so smart, but it was because they had shown each other their ‘bits’.
    She ended up finding him and they hooked up at the end.
    Help me. I can’t rest until I find out the title, and hopefully find a copy of the book.

    • mondomolly says:

      Thanks for commenting! Adding you description to the list above!

      • Danielle Nichols says:

        OMG I woke up in the middle of the night with the title in my head – it was Egypt Green!!
        After a little bit of research, I worked out that the author was Christopher Hyde.

        I was pretty close with my recollection … and, I found a copy of the book in very good condition considering it was published in 1989.

  193. Laura Martineau says:

    I have the answer for #65–it is definitely “The Humming Top,” by Dorothy Spicer. You can find an e-copy on Open Library. https://openlibrary.org/

  194. Anna says:

    I have been searching for this book off and in for a few years now but I cannot find d it anywhere. I remember it being about a boy protagonist, most likely a teenager who goes to live with a family that seems completely perfect and happy. They have a daughter about the boys age and they go birdwatching together and are on the hunt for a specific bird. The boy realizes that the family is really strict and kind of controlling, and the daughter reveals that all the classic novels she reads are actually just magazines inserted into the bindings. The parents accuse the boy of being a bad influence on the girl but I don’t remember how it ends

  195. Julie says:

    #64 is Becoming Rosemary by Frances Wood

    • Julie says:

      I should add, I’m not positive, because not all the details are the same. But older sister named Althea & the growth into magical traits for the women in the family is the same. Different setting, though– historical.

  196. Rhonda says:

    I read a book in the ’70’s about a girl that is pregnant, she runs away and stays with some people at a house in the woods (?) and loves one of the guys, who might be the baby’s father? It references the Childe Harold poems from the middle ages.

  197. Looking for a book I read in the 1980s. It was probably YA, though it had some very adult moments. It was about 3 girls. I know one was from Scotland because I distinctly remember the description of the rocks and moss and how sad she was to leave it all. I believe one was from England and the other was from America (maybe). In the beginning, there was a chapter or chapters written from each girl’s perspective. They all were going away to boarding school in Switzerland (I think). None of them understood why they were going, or how it was being paid for. It turned out they were all sisters with a common unknown father who had paid for them to go.

    I thought it was a prequel to the book Lace, but I’ve read back over Lace and it seems different, with no mention of Scotland.

  198. Lilian Gravouia says:

    YA novel published in 80’s or early 90’s and read early 90’s. A poor girl moves with her small family to rural farm house, hippy-ish parents party a lot. I remember the dad being drunk and then having company. She misses their family van, which I think they lived in before. Her name may be Topaz. The striking thing about the story is her sadness and nostalgia.

  199. Colin Maguire says:

    In 1976-77 our teacher read us a book where a child was traveling with a canoe in the snow and was surrounded by wolves. The boy or girl then had to flip the canoe on top of them for cover while the pack of wolves tried to get at them. Does this ring any bells?

  200. Beth Cordell says:

    Number 57 didn’t specify a time period, but it sounds like Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix. A girl thinks she’s living with her family in the 1800s, but it’s actually present day and she’s part of an experiment/tourist attraction. After children start dying of diphtheria, she discovers the secret and escapes to find a cure.

    • Amanda says:

      I read this in the mid to late 90s, I would have been 9-11 years old.

      I want to say it’s set in the 60s, 70s or 80s.
      It was a mystery book where a girl and her brothers are trying to solve a mystery.

      The most detailed plot point I can remember is that, this girl is home alone, and this man, who she knows, asks her to take a drive. I can’t remember how it was phrased. Like he found something to help her solve a mystery?

      She agrees to go with him but she leaves a note for her mom or maybe her brothers.

      She’s in the car with this guy and then somehow she sees her note crumpled up. Maybe in the glovebox? Maybe in his jacket pocket or something? Under his shoe?

      She realizes he’s the “bad guy” and she’s been kidnapped.

      I don’t remember how she gets out of it, but she does and is reunited with her brothers at the end.

  201. Fern L says:

    #94 Thank you for the suggestion, but “A Room for Cathy” by Catherine Woolley isn’t the book. The book I’m searching has a blonde model on the cover (more of a headshot) and synopsis is different. Thank you, though. 🙂

  202. Marion says:

    #56 is Tsuga’s Children. The details from my memory were a bit sketchy but I found the book!

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