Name That Book!

Hello and welcome new readers, especially those who clicked over from the barren wasteland of Twitter! The sudden, appreciated, and very exciting influx of comments over the past few hours necessitates that I hit pause on the comments on this page, so that I can give them the attention they deserve! If you have a book you’re searching for, hold that thought for a bit or shoot me an e-mail at the address below. 

In the meantime, I hope you’ll have fun reading and commenting on the 10+ years of reviews posted on this site, because it’s always a good time to think about what you would do if your friend had a computer to send you back in time to steal Elvis’s guitar for some reason. -Molly  

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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!!

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! Another suggestion: Sarah,  Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic. 

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 titles:  Girls and Sex, by Dr. Wardell B. Pomeroy; On Becoming a Woman by Mary McGee Williams and Irene Kane

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.”  Suggestions: Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith or The First Part Last by Angela Johnson. Update: a Joy in the Morning fan says it is NOT this book. 

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? SOLVED! The Random House Book of Humor for Children solved by Lost Classics Reader daisyporter

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 New Girl by Janet Adele Bloss solved by Lost Classics reader Kristina

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!  Solved by Lost Classics reader Kim Dreams and Memories by Lavinia Harris

 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. Suggestions: The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, Forerunner Foray or The Zero Stone, both by Andre Norton. 

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.Suggestion: Wendy and the Bullies By Nancy K. Robinson 

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. A SECOND reader is looking for this book as well and has provided these additional details: 

I’m also looking for #55! Freddie Brewer & family drive to Long Island to their summer house on the beach. Grandmother brings along a potted chicken. They are joined by Freddie’s aunt and an uncle; the aunt kisses Freddie’s dad while she watches them, hiding behind a freshly-watered bush, ruining the hem of her tangerine dress. Freddie has just returned from her date, where guy put his hand on her breast while kissing her — very racy reading for a 12-year-old in 1971-72! A few other details might jog someone’s memory: Freddie writes poetry with a special pen. She buys a one-piece swimsuit (wisp of fabric) that stretches to fit her developing figure. She can remember herself as a toddler, with her mother as she paints on the dunes, trying to pick out the dark purple center of a Queen Anne’s lace blossom. I believe the word “Seventeen” might be the title, or part of the title, but all of my searching turns up the WRONG books — not Maureen Daly, Booth Tarkington, etc. What I especially remember is the cover illustration (art, not photo) of paperback (probably Scholastic): closeup of girl with long, straight, possibly sun-bleached hair, windblown, eyes downcast so we see her upper lashes (not her eyes) as she faces the reader, with beach/ocean in background. [I have to wonder if this book might have been banned due to that racy scene? Every other book I ever bought from Scholastic is out there in cyberspace, but NOT the one with Freddie Brewer!] I’ve searched titles, topics, genres, location, and Freddie as a character to no avail. Even extended perusals of cover images on Google, Etsy, ebay, etc. came up blank. I KNOW this book is real, and #55 query proves it!!! I read it school year 71-72, but it could date from 60s; that racy scene appears too contemporary for 50s. Anyone???

A THIRD reader remembers this one too, and adds: 
 I remember that they went to Moriches on Long Island and they made a joke about the mosquito bites and “more itches” 

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.   Update: Tsuga’s Children by Thomas Williams, solved by Lost Classics reader Marion 

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. Suggestion: Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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…. UPDATED SUGGESTION: The Trouble with Miss Switch by Barbara Brooks Wallace  Update from requestor: not Miss Switch either, keep the suggestions coming! 

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 Suggestion: Hey, White Girl by Susan Gregory

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! Suggestion: Becoming Rosemary by Frances Wood

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.  The Humming Top by Dorothy Spicer solved by Lost Classics reader Laura and available through Open Library

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. Suggestion: Apt Pupil By STephen King- the neighbor in question was an escaped Nazi war criminal, not a vampire, but the rest of it sounds close! Another suggestion: Prisoner of Vampires by Nancy Garden

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. Suggestion: The Blue Sword By Robin McKinley 

77. A book about a magic faded purple mailbox with stars on it. I would have read it in 70’s or 80’s. Seven Spells to Sunday by Andre Norton and Phyllis MIller, solved by Lost Classics reader Christmas Bunny  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/863868.Seven_Spells_to_Sunday

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. Suggestion: Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downinh Hahn

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. Solved by a Lost Classics Reader: The Secret by Carol Beach York, part of the Windswept Romace series. 

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 Update: Still on the hunt for this one! 

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! Suggestion: A Room for Cathy by Catherine Woolley

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. Another suggestion: The Active-Enzyme Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch

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 #1:  the character described could be Irma Prunesquallor, sister of Dr Prunesquallor in Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy. Suggestion #2: one of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeve and Wooser stories, possibly in the collection “Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit”

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! World Of Their Own by Laura Cooper Rendina solved by Lost Classics reader Sonja

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.  Suggestion: The Weedkiller’s Daughter by Harriette Simpson Arnow

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. Second suggestion from Lost Classics reader Isis: The Girls of Canby Hall-Roommates by Emily Chase.

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. Solved by the original requestor: The Village by the Sea by Paula Fox

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. Suggestion: Mr and Mrs Bo Jo Jones by Ann Head

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. Suggestion: Witch’s Sister by Phyllis REynolds Naylor

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.  Egypt Green by Christopher Hyde, solved by Lost Classics reader Danielle

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. Two Blocks Down by Jina Delton solved by Lost Classics reader Rhondda

141. 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. 

142. 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.

143. 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.

144. 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?

145. I’m looking for a book about a group of kids in school being bullied by kids older than them. They got the bright idea to use a thesaurus to up their game when speaking to them so that they would sound more intelligent. I don’t remember much more about the book except that I might have read it around 1982.

146. I am looking for YA book from the 80’s (possibly 70s?) that is a coming–of-age book about a girl who feels like she is in the shadow of a perfect older sister. She takes the sister’s bathing suit, which is way too big on her, to impress a boy who is going to teach her to swim and she tries to dry-shave her armpits and ends up cutting them and bleeding. She almost drowns at the end of the book and the boy saves her. I thought this was Jacob Have I Loved but recently discovered it is not the same book!  

147. I am searching for the title of a book I read as a child but I don’t have much to go on. I probably checked it out from the school or local library, in the mid-late 80s. There was a juvenile (older child or young teen) main character who I think had a tough home life and wanted to run away from home. They put together a stick and bandana rig or had a knapsack (I’m not sure which), gathered some things from home, and then ran away. Items they took with them included a loaf of bread and some change (dimes stick out in my mind for some reason, and they were calculating how long they could make their money last). I also remember something about canned goods, and for some reason there were a few cans without labels, which were thought of as surprise meals. I don’t remember much else from the book. I might be mixing up books here, but the character may have been on the cross-country team. Suggestion: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner 

I know this is hardly anything to go on, but I’m hoping it rings a bell with someone who can point me in the right direction. Suggestion: Homecoming by Cynthia Voight 

148. I read this book as a young adult in the 1980’s set in the future. Sci-Fi? One of the characters is a young girl who is advised by the decapitated heads of dead leaders kept alive in glass containers. I remember the cover had a picture of the young girl with short dark hair. It’s not much but I’ve been trying to locate the title for quite a while. Thanks for any help!

149. I’ve been looking for this book for years. It’s a young adult book, I read it in the seventies when I was about 10. It’s about two friends at school, one is kind of a nerd, supersmart, and the other is his best friend. One of the two starts having dreams about events, and either the dreams come true, or will come true, and sometimes they’re about tragic things. They start a business and I believe it was called Dreamers Inc. or Dreams Inc (which I thought was the title of the book, but nothing exists under those names), and they use their dreams (one of them dreams and the other interprets the dreams, I think) to help others and make some money. At one point, they fight, and the nerd, who has completely changed now and believes he is the one with all the power, has a dream, and his friend interprets the dream or something along those lines, and he tells him not to go somewhere, and I think he goes to an abandoned building and he falls or is pushed. They find his body the next morning. 

150. The one I can’t seem to find is a book written in the 70s or early 80s, and it was about two sisters, one of whom was hidden from the other because she had a disability and was a slow learner. I think the main character might have been named Cathy, but I can’t find anything when I search YA with her name. I don’t know the title or the author.  I think the mother was a stepmother. I was discussing old book favorites with a friend and we both recall reading some book like this from our school library (in the 70s/80s), but can’t recall the rest. Suggestion: Cathy At the Crossroads by Nancy W. Faber

151. I have a patron searching for a YA novel, probably from the 80s or 90s concerning a 1950s cool “greaser” tough kid who dies in a car crash and is either reincarnated as a nerdy 80s kid or becomes a guardian angel for a nerdy 80s kid.  The patron says the book is similar to the 80s movie “The Heavenly Kid,” but is not that movie.  I don’t know of any novelization of that movie, but can find nothing with this plot for them.  Any thoughts? Suggestion: the novelization of the TV series “Teen Angel”, starring a pre-90210 Jason Priestly. 

152.There’s a book I’ve been trying to track down on and off for decades (I’ve been working in kid/YA lit for over 25 years and it’s never crossed my path or turned up in a search.)  I probably read it in the early 80s.  I was reading a lot of Sweet Dreams and similar series, so I’ve always assumed it was one of those, but honestly I don’t remember if there was a romance in it at all, so maybe not.  Here’s what I remember: A girl in her late teens is on her way someplace (NYC?), either for the summer or leaving for college.  I can’t remember what she’s supposed to be doing, but I have a nagging feeling it might involve modeling.  She ends up with the wrong suitcase – one belonging to someone going to art school.  I remember sculpting tools being among the stuff she finds.  And I’m pretty sure she drops her summer plans and goes to art school.  That’s all I remember – don’t know if the book also followed the other person with her suitcase or if they agreed to switch places (this is just speculating…) but I’ve never been able to track it down and I would dearly love to find it!Daisy Summerfield’s Style by MB Goffstein solved by Lost Classics reader Jen 

153. I’m looking for a book that I read at some point in the 80s, but not sure when it was published. I want to say the cover was white with black drawings/writing. It’s about a young girl who is going to summer camp, but does NOT want to. She is upset about it, but packs her big old trunk and goes. She ends up loving it. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of this book. I don’t believe it’s Sheila the Great, because it’s about sleep away camp and Sheila the Great is a day camp. I want to say the main character appears in other books, but I am not 100% sure. I just know that trying to find a book about YA girl going to summer camp back in the 80s is impossible! Can anyone help me please?!? Suggestions: Hail Hail Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford,  Yours till Niagra Falls Abby by Jane O’Connor? Love and Betrayal and Hold the Mayo by Francine Pascal, Buddies by Barbara Park,  Camp Girl Meets Boy by Caroline Cooney, In Summertime, It’s Tuffy by Judie Angell,  There’s A Bat in Bunk Five by Paula Danziger, Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin  Solved: Hail, Hail Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford solved by Lost Classics reader Sheesh

154. I’m looking for a YA mystery romance novel that I read in junior high in Canada, probably published in the late 1970s or early 1980s, possibly through Scholastic. I don’t remember the cover. The details in my mind are so vague: It was a female protagonist, 17 or 18, possibly first-person; I don’t recall her name. She was temporarily living in a house near a marsh/swamp/quicksand (no idea what country). She might have been there to take care of a senior man and the romance involves a great-nephew or grandson. It had a feminist bent, since she wanted to be referred to as “Ms” not “Miss”—but I believe she ended up engaged to the great-nephew or grandson at the end. Someone in the household had vanished years ago. A clue to the murderer’s identity had to do with a cape (or a rain poncho?); I think it was discovered in a knitting basket. The book cited lines from a Lewis Carroll poem: “‘You are old, Father William,’ the young man said…”

155. hi i’m looking for a book that i read in maybe 2020 that i got from my city library but the book was about this teenage girl who was a main character liked her neighbor/boy best friend i think and i remember in the beginning of the book the boy came in her room drunk and said he liked her or something but she just shook it off because he was drunk. and i remember him going over to her house towards the end of the book because her parents were having like a small get together or something. i have been looking for this foreverrr and i cannot find it. please help me

156. Ok so here goes: 1985 or so. I never held this book in my hands, it was a book on tape. The tape was clear and inside the cassette, there were purple discs (shiny, lavender color purple) around where the parts turn inside the tape player. The narrator was female. It was about a young (maybe 10 years old?) girl and her parents. They lived on a planet that was purple. I think there was something about space travel but I’m not sure. The girl either gets separated from her parents or leaves to go exploring… perhaps gets lost. I don’t really remember what happens while she is gone from her parents but I have a very strong memory towards the end of the story of a purple sun rising over the purple planet. It was kind of a feel good story.  Solved! The Purple Planet Phatos by Trenna Sutphen scroll down to the comment for a link to the audio book recording! 

157. oof – ok so I remember reading a book in the late 80s early 90s – but it could have been set in 1970s. A young girl in highschool is quite a strong ballerina but one day for some reason she drifts into the gym after gymnastics practice. The young coach asks if she wants to try out some of hte equipment and she starts to really love it and goes back regularly. I think she may initially hide her gymnastics workouts from her parents but eventually has to admit that she wants to be more competitive as a gymnast and they probably come round in the end and support her. She and the young coach are flirty but I can’t remember if they date. You Don’t Have To Be A Perfect Girl by Patricia Aks solved by Lost Classics reader Sheesh 

158. I’m looking for a YA series from the 80s, mass market paperback. It was about a girl entering the modeling world. There were maybe 3 or 4 books in the series. The girl was tall and brunette. The cover was an editorial close up of a model who looked like Kelly Lebrock. One scene that stands out is a snotty, more experienced model thinking she knew that a shoot was going to be “four seasons” themed but got the wrong girls for the seasons. The heroine ended up being the main “season” for the shoot. Drives me crazy I can’t think of it but obviously recall I’ve part Suggestions: Models series (unknown author), Over the Hill at Fourteen by Jamie Callam, Kelly Blake: Teen Model series by Yvonne Green 

159: I’m looking for a YA book (or book of short stories with a reincarnation theme) I read while living in Kansas in the 1980s that followed a reincarnated soul. There was one soul, a young boy, who lived in ancient times along the Nile river. He may have had a deformity, and felt ostracized. I think he was secretly in love with a young neighbor girl, and I believe he ended up drowning in the Nile. There was another character from centuries ago who lived in Europe or the middle east, or Mediterranean area, who sat at night in the dark on the roof of their house with their father who taught him/her about astronomy. I can’t remember much about it, it was so long ago, and I’ve been looking for it for about 25 years. Thanks for any help!

160. Hello I hope who ever sees this is having a great day, but I hope someone could help me find this book I read a long time ago and I only have tiny details of the book but it’s a book meant for mostly young kids but I think oddly really want to read it now, basically this book is about this girl who’s only friend moves away but the girl joins this like yearbook committee I think and then this one time in the book the girl calls her friend and the friend didn’t realize she didn’t hang up and she started talking bad about her to her new friends, there’s also this other time where the mom forces the girl to go to a party and once the mom drops her off she just hides behind the bushes and doesn’t actually go to the party, but that’s all I can remember if you have anything or any ideas please let me know I just really want to find it it’s been stuck in the my head for forever.

161. I remember reading a book in the 80s about a girl who makes a wish on a wishbone that her house inside becomes filled with grass, plants, etc. Her wish comes true and gradually her house is filled with nature but then it becomes out of control. She has to use the wishbone to break the wish. Its more of a chapter book for younger readers but I still would love to find anything about it. A second reader is looking for this one and remembers the following deatails: 
I agree, it must be for younger readers because I think I read it at age 7 or 8 (also in the 80s). The only detail I can add is that I think it had very detailed pencil sort of drawing illustrations. And I think maybe the main character’s name was Meg.

162. I read a YA book in late 80s/early 90s about an older teenager who agrees to babysit two (?) kids for a single dad over the summer. I think maybe it was set in Canada or the woods or by a lake? At the end of the book the dad declares he’s fallen in love with this teenager and I think he chases her through the woods. I know she ends up a tree with him declaring his (age inappropriate) love for her below. It was a bizarre and, frankly, alarming twist even at the time, but I’d love to find it again

163. I am looking for a YA / teen classic from the 1970s. It’s about a young Apache girl whose grandfather teaches her how to run long distances by holding a mouthful of water.
That’s all I remember, so I hope someone can help find this book.

164. I’m looking desperately for one of my old favorite YA books. It’s about a teenage male and female. The male has lost one of his friends to I think suicide? And he’s ridden with guilt he even has a dream of that friend telling him to let him go. And all I can really remember about the female is she smokes in this area the school as designated for it where she talks to a guy in a leather jacket and she also at one point in the book I think while drunk was frustrated about her connection with the male and tried to strip in front of his friends because at some point I think she was raped but he didn’t know that so while she was drunk and doing that he helped her to a room to sleep and she asked him not to let anyone get her. Suggestions: The Face at the Edge of the World by Eve Bunting, About David by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Remembering the Good Times by Richard Peck. 

165. I’m looking for a book of short stories. One was about a cat who was really an alien and another was about some kids who made new friends and there was something about a party where they left just in time to avoid being trapped in another world.

166. I am also looking for the author of a book called The Room about a bunch of teenagers who live in an apartment building and turn a room in the basement into a hangout. They end up doing drugs and playing an elaborate prank on a teacher they hate.

167. I am searching for a name of a book I read as a child-  maybe in late 70’s or early 80’s.  I thought it was called The Silver Ring but I can’t find anything by that title.  It was terrifying in that a young girl came home to find her house either burned or her family was killed somehow.  I don’t really remember much else, but it involved a silver ring.  Does this ring any bells at all?  Thanks so much! The Silver Crown by Robert C. O’Brien solved by Lost CLassics readers Annonymous and  Anna! 

168. I am a retired English teacher who was asked to try to find a book title for one of my son’s friends. They are now in their 30’s and she’s trying to recall a book assigned to them in 5th grade, which would’ve been 1993-94. The teacher — who was pretty conservative — assigned The Westing Game, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and A Wrinkle in Time.

The book in question was a mystery. The copies of the book the kids were given were worn, so the story might be older. For the bright, fifth grade girl who read it the book was an easy read but very engaging. (She was annoyed not to be allowed to read ahead.) The book may have been set between the 1960’s-1980’s, but she’s not sure. One of the main characters was a Black adult male. He befriended a kid and the two of them were linked through the story, but the reader can’t recall if the kid was male or female. There was something about treasure in a cavern and also hidden tunnels or passageways in a house (maybe Underground Railroad?).

169. Trying to find the name or author of a book I read, probably in 1978-1980 time frame. It was called, “Out of Bounds” – it was probably like a scholastic book I ordered from school. It was about a girl who played basketball and had to play on the boys team, there was a crush or romance involved. Any idea of the author? Where I could find it? I am pretty sure it was called “Out of Bounds” Suggestion: Out of Bounds by Lori Boatright

170.  I am looking for a book title I think was published in the 1970s. The plot: the storyline starts with the heroine in her late twenties living with her aunt (or other women relative) in NYC (?). The heroine had had a baby in her late teens (she had run away and was hooked on drugs). Her rich father had found her just after she gave birth and gave the baby to the heroine’s sister and brother-in-law to raise without the heroine knowing this. She has wondering what happed to the baby. The sister, brother-in-law, “niece”, and their younger son come to stay with the aunt and the heroine due to financial troubles. The “niece” is surly and difficult to get along with. The heroine is friends with the sister’s ex-boyfriend who worked for her father. The brother-in-law is murdered. The heroine figures out her “niece” is her child but decides to not tell the niece. The ex-boyfriend admits loving the heroine at the end of the book. I remember the cover had pink in it with a drawing of the heroine and the ex-boyfriend on it. Any help is appreciate

171. This was a library book I read in the 1960s. It might have “White Horse” in the title. Cover had a painting of an abstract white horse running on a beach. It was about 3 (or maybe 4?) very different sisters spending a summer somewhere away from home. Different chapters were from each of their points of view.  I think there may have been a mother also.  I remember that one of the sisters built a very elaborate dollhouse in the attic with lots of very detailed tiles, plants etc. Another sister had something to do with the horse, either real or imagined. 

172. I’m trying to locate the title and author of a 1950’s children’s book (perhaps preteen or ya) where the heroine is a young girl named Carol and she dies, perhaps around Christmas time.

173. I’m looking for a book that I read in the mid-1970’s and, as memory serves, the description of the characters indicates the book was written in the early to mid-1970’s.

A teenage brother and sister are orphaned. The remaining grandparents divide the sister and brother. The brother goes to live with their grandfather (not sure if maternal or paternal but was not the spouse of the grandmother). The grandfather lives in a rural area and the boy loves living with him. They do lots of “outdoorsy” stuff. The girl goes to live with her grandmother (also not sure if maternal or paternal, but definitely was not the spouse of the grandfather) who likes a more cosmopolitan setting, seemed cranky and had to keep to a strict budget to live her cosmopolitan life. The grandmother took the granddaughter to stay at a hotel in, possibly, Switzerland each year – very formal setting. The grandmother complained that her granddaughter was costing her money. I believe the girl had a relationship with a boy at some point. The brother and sister stayed in touch, but barely. I don’t remember the ending.

174. My question is about a favorite book I think was published in the 1970s. The main character is around 14, studying dance, I believe set in NYC. She was often practicing “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” for a recital. She was frequently called “red ruby lips” by a teenage boy who would see her at the subway station after dress rehearsal. Her controlling mother with whom she had somewhat of a strained relationship had cancer and died by the end; she then decides to quit dance, since it was more her mother’s dream. I think I remember her placing her ballet slippers in her mother’s casket. Solved by Lost Classics readers Julie W and Sheesh: A Star for the Latecomer by Bonnie and Paul Zindel

175.  I am trying to remember the name of a book I read in the 80s. It was written for teenagers and was about a group of delinquent teenagers (Possibly all boys) I’m sure it was called something like the untouchables (buy not the untouchables). It had a light brown/yellow cover with dark brown writing (I think).sorry this is so vague.  Please can you help Suggestion: The Outsiders by SE Hinton 

176. I’m looking for a young adult fiction book that was owned by my father (born in the mid-1950s), and read by me decades later about a boy and girl visiting or exploring somewhere in the Southwest United States.
They find something secret out in the hills (a mine, a cave, or some other secret) and try to learn more about the man trying to keep it secret. He is the antagonist and an adult whose love of canned Del Monte peaches is mentioned on more than one occasion along with describing a heap of empty peach can in the corner of the cave.
Another odd recollection is that the antagonist (the man) had a big Winchester rifle in one of the old (now obsolete) Winchester buffalo hunting calibers like 45-90, 50-90 or 50-110.

177. I was wondering if you can help me find a book based on very scant info that I remember.  I am pretty sure this was an 80s book and a girl was upset and listening to a Joni Mitchell record while she cried.  I think her friend’s dad was a perv and she was upset by that.  I also think here friend was a very pretty brunette described in the book also, but can’t remember for sure.

I’ve hunted high and low with no luck, so hopefully one of your readers remembers this one! Suggestion: Troy Nesbit’s Wilderness Mysteries series 

178. I read a book about 6 years ago that i’ve been looking for this whole time. It’s about this girl who stays in a beach house on the east coast, she gets taken back in time and meets this boy who she falls in love with. I wanna say early 1900s and his family knows something and is trying to sabotage her. I love this book but I haven’t been able to find it for a long time, it’s kinda deep and sad because she goes back in time and never sees him again.

179. I’m looking for a book. Not sure when it took place but it’s old, 40’s or even earlier probably. The only thing I remember were girls walking to a dance and they had their dancing shoes in carrying bags. Thanks! Suggstions: one of the later Besty-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace,  Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery. 

180. A portal fantasy (late 90s, but more likely 00s. Before 2010.), set in either the UK or USA, with a teenage (high school aged) male. His mother has been missing for years, there’s a portal in the forest (a fallen tree trunk) that only opens every decade(?), and he meets a student or substitute teacher (young and female) who is somehow aware of the portal/other world. They train together in sword-fighting/fencing, in preparation to enter the barbarian world on the other end of the portal to rescue the missing mother. They are immediately enslaved and separated, forced to do manual labour (clay pots feature?), and then there is a rescue by another group of warriors. There is a battle with wooden(?) airships (steampunk/Zeppelin/pirate ship-like?), and monolithic God(s). The main character is returned to his own spacetime but love interest (the young teacher) is trapped or left behind somehow (and we don’t recall what happens with the mother). THANK YOU for ANY suggestions – we are utterly stumped with this. Suggestion: The Beginning Place by Ursula K. LeGuin

181. I know this is very vague, but it’s driving me bonkers! I’m looking for a book I read as a kid in the 90s. I don’t remember too much about it, but I know at the time it affected me quite a bit (probably because I related to her). I remember it was a hardback cover…grey in color. I want to say “me” was part of the title. It was a female protagonist who didn’t like herself very much and struggled with relationships. I’m thinking she was overweight or plain and didn’t like the way she looked. She lived in the city.Suggestions: Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! By ME Kerr, Me and Fat Glenda by Lila Perl

182. I’m looking for a pre-teen book with a maroon cover. I believe it was a mystery. The main character (Deena or Dana) definitely lost her snow boots – I’m pretty sure it was written in the 80’s or 90’s

183. The other book I’m looking for also from probably the 80s or 90s – All I remember is a scene where two girls have to pain rooms and they have different ideas of how to paint them. One girl wants yellows, sun and rainbow – the other girl wants purples and black and stars like night

184. I am looking for a book I read in the 90s. It was about two children and one child realizes the other one might be special needs then they cannot keep toothpaste in their mouth while brushing their teeth. I remember so little about books I read as a child, but this one sticks out so vividly in my mind.

185. Hi! I read a book in the late 70’s/early 80’s about a girl who goes to a new foster home, and while there takes a tumbling class and discovers a talent and love of gymnastics. I thought the name of the book was called Tumbling, but can’t find it anywhere. I think my 11 year old would love it…Help!

Additional info: I want to add that the foster care parent was an older woman. it was just the two of them i think. The cover of the book was purple with a sketch of a girl doing gymnastics.

186. I’m looking for a young adult novel I read in the 1980s or early 90s. I think the book itself was from the 70s or 80s but could have been as old as the 60s. The story took place in a seaside town in England–I remember a lot of coastal imagery. The protagonist (I believe her name was Lindy?) is interested in sewing and fashion design. At one point, she refashions a nightgown and puts it on a mannequin, which is referred to as a “guy.” An old man is offended because he believes mannequin is somehow meant to mock him. At one point, Lindy is praised for catching a sea bream fish. This is all I can remember.

187. Ok, lovely people who grew up in the 70s and 80s. A friend of mine is trying to remember the name of a book/series(?) about a little girl who could transport to other worlds through the surface of a pond/lake. I know there has to be someone else who remembers it. Help us out?

188. I’m trying to find a YA novel from the late 70s or early 80s in which the young woman (maybe 16 years old?) lives in New York with her father who is a psychiatrist. She starts seeing this weird boy then discovers he is one of her father’s patients. Her dad accidentally cuts his finger and tells her she is impulsive like he is.

189.  a late 70s book about a teen boy who has a crush on his English teacher then meets a young woman at the beach who shows off fixing his transistor radio for him and they get involved. I may be mixing up two books here.

190. I’m trying to find a book I read years ago late 80’s early 90’s about 2 girls that are best friends. (I think they’re 12 yrs old) One had a dog that passed away and she got her period for the first time. The other friend went away for the summer and when she returned their friendship almost ended because seemed different to her friend. I remember crying as I read the sad parts. I’m 45 a d my memory is not as good as it was. I really loved that book. I’ve tried searching but no luck. Suggestion: The Trouble with Thirteen by Betty Miles

191. YA mystery – A girl’s annoying younger cousin comes to visit for the summer, goes missing and is found dead in a body of water (river, lake? not sure) with fishing wire tied around him. She then notices a fishing pole in her boyfriends room and realizes he’s the killer. Published 2010 or earlier, told from first person perspective. Perhaps has a stripey cover?

192. Male protagonist/outsider / works in a  movie theatre/ considering suicide. Novel ends with him walking towards a train.Unfortunately that is all i remember. Solved: Paul’s Case by Willa Cather 

193. I’m trying to find a book, a teen novel from 1984-1986 most likely. Maybe published earlier, who knows. It involved a mother and daughter, a pair of shoes. The daughter wanted these silver high heeled (uncomfortable) sandals. The mother wanted her to wear a pair of pumps dyed to match her dress. I want to share this with my daughter. I can’t remember the name or author or character names. It may have been Apple Books, Fawcett and Juniper, scholastic, or something similar

194. a girl moves to the country and is lonely. She meets a boy and falls in love, only to discover that the boy is a ghost. It may have had a greeny woodland cover with a girl’s face – or not. This would have been early 70s. Loved the story – so annoying not to remember any more details. Does this ring any bells?

195.I read as a kid I think in the late 90’s. I could have sworn it was called on bear mountain or black bear mountain but everything I searched for didn’t match what I remember of it. I recall it being a village where a coming of age ceremony involved sacrificing your childhood to a bear the village would catch. I’m not sure if it was girl restricted or just all children of a certain age would have to do this.

 It this was about a girl who tried, failed and was scarred by it and I think she ran away from her village to a mountain where she met a blind man I believe who either painted or weaved. While on the mountain at some point she encounters a bear, all I remember is the bear was not normal but she was able to ‘sacrifice’ her childhood and embrace being a woman with this bear. And because it was a strange bear in the wild she wasn’t accepted by her village because in return for giving up your childhood to the bear you accepted the adult spirit of it? And I think she went back and lived with the man on the mountain. 

196. Read a YA book in the late 70s / early 80s.  Remember it was about a teenaged girl – maybe named Julie? maybe an orphan?- who had a best friend and was close to the friend’s Italian family.  There was an older brother in this family named Tony – last name Martone, maybe? – who treated her and scolded her like she was a little sister but ultimately the realize feelings for each other.  I remember the girl quoting a rhyme to him including “…really hairy, his secret weapon’s really scary”…”I  soon found out this …..cat had a nose that knocked me flat.” The Voices of Julie by Joan Oppenheimer solved by Lost Classics reader Sheesh

197. I remember reading a book that I didn’t really understand at the time. I must have read it between 1993-1998 and it was about a girl who was always tired / chronically tired and at some point she has a surgery and gets better. I never understood (then or now) how the surgery helped/why she was so tired. The cover had the girl and she had brown hair and the background was purple / pink and I remember something about a rabbit / toys that she would imagine to be real? Like she lived in her mind a lot?

198.I’ve been trying for a while now to find a book I read when I was around 12yo back in 1992. I’m hoping you might be able to help me out. I remember the book seeming rather new at the time. Maybe a pink(ish) cover. Probably a picture of the front of a house on the cover but I’m not sure. I believe I got it from a Scholastic Book Club order.

The story was about a girl around my same age at the time grieving her dog who was found dead under their front porch. I think it was written from the girl’s perspective. 

199. I read this book in 1975 or 1976 although it could have been written earlier. It was purchased from Scholastic or Weekly Reader. The plot revolved around an unsolved murder mystery in a rural town. At the end of the story a gun is found tucked away in the rafters of an old barn. The barn might catch on fire too. I think the book’s cover may have been orange and black. I’m sorry I can’t recall much else. I’ve been searching for this one for a long time! Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

200. Do you know a series of books about 3 little girls, sisters, that was about different things they did together.  They had names that kind of rhymed maybe.  Mitzy comes to mind but I don’t know.  I remember books where they made cookies or went ice skating.  I read them in the early
1980s but they probably were written earlier. Suggestion from Lost Classics reader Laura: the “Flicka, Ricka, Dicka” series by Maj Lindman https://www.albertwhitman.com/series/other-series/flicka-ricka-dicka/

201. I am trying to find an American book that I read probably in the early 1980s but I think the book is older than that, probably from the 1970s. The book is about a young white girl (I want so say she is poor/), who is training to be a dancer (maybe a ballerina).  

The girl gets impatient with her trainer’s methods, and he shows her that it is necessary to learn the fundamentals before she spreads her wings.  He demonstrates by doing some sort of comic dance routine (or possibly mime), and then (I think) he does some sort of impressive, more traditional dance routine.  

I think the girl develops a crush on some guy, and toward the end of the book, there is a dance, and she is feeling more confident.  She has managed to find/make a candy green apple dress (possible matching purse and/or shoes).

202. I read this story years ago about a teenage girl who goes to a weight-loss camp for the summer (she calls it “fat camp”) to lose some weight before the school year starts. A weird detail was that the camp specifically included a “terry robe” on the packing list. The weightloss camp is only the setting, the story ends up developing into a murder mystery/misunderstanding (not sure here, but i don’t think anyone actually died in the story). There was a man who was the love interest (he worked at the camp i think), who the protagonist suspected of being involved in some scary activities. Main character’s parent’s didn’t want her to lose more than 10 or so lbs, so she had to sneak away from camp and eat an enormous sandwich so she could slow down her weightloss and continue her investigation. One of the women in the camp used chopsticks in order to eat her meals more slowly. 

203.  I can’t even remember the title of the book but I do remember what the cover was. It was of a boy with flies coming out of his mouth. The book is a childrens book, I believe, and each chapter was a different story. One story in particular was about this guy who moved into an old abandoned lighthouse in the middle of an island that has bad winds. The lighthouse is haunted by these musicians, one I know plays the violin specifically. He couldn’t see the ghosts but only the instruments as they held them. They tried to escape from the winds outside and he watched as the floating instruments be carried out to sea. That’s the one short story I mainly remember and another one is really vague, just basically about a creepy outhouse that was in their relatives backyard. I can’t remember what it was called, but it’s one of those old fashioned bathrooms that people used to keep in their backyard, kind of like an outhouse. That’s all I remember.

204. Hi, im looking for a book that is about a girl with cáncer, i think leukemia, whose parents resign their Jobs and sell their house with the goal of going in a travel with their own recently bought boat to enjoy the Last months of life of their daughter

205. I’ve tried searching for this book to no avail, so I hope there might be someone here who knows how this one. It’s a young adult book, probably from 1980 or 1981. It involves three girls who are friends, and there’s a zodiac theme. All three are different zodiac signs (I’m pretty sure I remember one is a Leo), and I think the story is utilizing their horoscopes to live their best lives. Of course, there are problems they have to overcome. The only other thing I remember is one of the girls takes an art class and is shocked when there is a nude male model, although she doesn’t dislike it, LOL.

206. For the longest time I’ve been trying to find the title of a book I read & loved in 2nd or 3rd grade. That would have been the mid-1980s. The books is set in Italy. An American family (or British) are there in the summer…either renting a place or having just bought a place. The story is a mystery/adventure told from one of the kids point of view. Any suggestions or ideas would be much appreciated! Thank you. Suggestion: The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case by Zilpha Keatley Snyde

207. I think a lot about a YA book I read in the early 80s, probably a Scholastic book. I believe it was written from the POV of a teen girl and was about her and a male friend. I think she might have been a twin. The male was a quiet, reclusive guy. They were both unhappy at home, and made a plan to run away to the redwood forest, a state forest? in Northern California. They guy planned most of it. They left and lived in the woods, sometimes going into a small town. I think eventually the girl leaves and the guy stays in the woods. Thanks for any suggestions.

208. I am looking for a book for teen literature that was about a boy in school (don’t recall if it’s elementary, middle or high school) where he was a bad basketball player and unpopular but then he learned to visualize without feelings to shoot the basketball and became great and popular but did not experience the feeling of joy and at the end he had to make a free throw shot and decided not to use his visualization technique instead tried to use his ability and made the last shot and he felt joy instead of nothing. I thought it was a scholastic apple published booked, the art work of the cover was in baby blue I think.

209. 1960s innercity (probably NY) Teen girl is new and meets a trouble making group. A girl named Juanita steals something and the main character gets blamed for it. I’m still struggling to remember more. Something about a new sweater??? Suggestion: Ellen and the Gang by Frieda Friedman

210.Read a book in the late 90s that I have been searching for. For years. Unfortunately the copy I had at the time (early 2000s) my mom borrowed and accidentally left at a hospital when she had surgery for cancer at the time. And, I can’t find the book at all! Driving me crazy.

The book starts with a boy having issues with his mom who doesn’t really take care of him well(Think just bad parenting and drugs and alcohol perhaps). She sends him to live with her parents in the small town she grew up in. To keep him out of trouble. Fire starting is part of it though I can’t seem to remember if Fire is in the title or not. The small town is different for him and his grandparents are strict. He meets his dad for the first time as his dad stayed in that town and started a life and everything. There’s a fire at some point and he is to blame but I don’t really remember anything else.

211. Please help. This was read in the late 70s/early 80s (5th/6th/7th grade?). The main character is a overweight girl from a wealthy family accustomed to getting her way. A parent may pressure her to rake better care of herself. She feels unwanted/unloved(?), I think she hides in a large forest, pretending to runaway from home, and gets lost. I vaguely recall her hiding in a hollow tree for some time. She learns to survive (primitive survival) in the wilderness. When she is found much later, she has shaped up both physically and matured emotionally.

212. I don’t remember much about the novel, but I think it may have been for young adults. I read it in 1991, and is likely a Scholastic book. The main characters find clues and determine that there’s going to be some kind of attack on London by the Germans. Towards the end of the book, they steal a fighter plane, and take off in the early morning to try and stave off the attack. They’re expecting to see German aircraft approaching, but only see a lone British Lancaster bomber heading to London. They head towards it, make contact with the pilot using hand signals, because the bomber signals that their communications equipment is damaged. The main characters can’t figure out why there are no German aircraft heading toward London, because they were so certain that an attack was imminent. They then put clues together about the Lancaster bomber that don’t make sense, like the fact that there’s no damage to the bomber that’s returning from a bombing run over Germany. They conclude that the Lancaster bomber must be the key to the attack on London. They make the difficult decision to shoot the bomber down, and when it crashes there’s a huge explosion. The main characters later discover that the bomber was a decoy operated by the Germans, and was on its way to do a sneak attack London. They also learned from Air Command that there was no Lancaster bomber scheduled to return that morning, and that they “saved the day.”

If anyone remembers the title of this book, I’d really love to read it again! Thanks!

213. The only things I remember is that it was 2 boys who were friends and they go on some kind of adventure, and I think at one point there’s a falling out and one has to rescue the other. I remember Woodrow Wilson being mentioned, and at one point they were in a large hall of sorts, because that’s where I first learned the term “flying buttresses.” I read it in the 90s but not sure of the pub date. I remember a dusty purple color but that’s it. This has plagued me for years!

214. Looking for a YA book I read in the late 80’s or early 90’s. It was about a girl (preteen or teen) who spent summers with a girl and 1-2 boys. The girl friend is overweight but when they see each other this summer, she lost the weight. I think main character has a crush on one of the guys. There was water involved – I think a lake. The Cheese Stands Alone by Marjory Prince solved by Lost Classics reader Sheesh 

215. Hello! I’m trying to remember a book I read when I was 11 in 6th grade. I’m 31 now, so the book was definitely not a recent book. It was about a teenage boy trying to uncover what he believes is the murder of his girlfriend. She was believed to have committed suicide from carbon monoxide from her car in the garage. (Spoilers) I know the ending involved him uncovering that it was really the girls mother who somehow had forced her into the car, I believe? I think her mother was somehow jealous of the girl or wanted the attention from the public that her daughters death would bring? It wasn’t a large book, and the chapters were rather short. I believe some of them could be just about a page or two long, so you felt like you were reading really fast. Thank you in advance for the help!

216. I’m looking for a book with has the quote “Nicola wants what Nicola wants.” It’s a story about a girl and a man murdered in the woods with an arrow. Turns out the girl is a manipulative sex worker even though her father is rich and used to be a cop and that’s where the police concentrate their efforts, but turns out the murder was because of the guy and they were murdered by someone named “Michaelson”.

217. Looking to ID a YA book about a shy high school girl who lives alone with her father-her mother has died or maybe left. She likes a popular boy in school, and he is somewhat friendly with her. She is befriended by a popular, outgoing girl who teaches her about makeup (they go to a department store and the shy girl buys an expensive lipstick) and how to be more confident and outgoing. In the meantime, the popular girl makes herself over to be more shy and quiet and eventually wins the boy’ attention.

218. I read this in the 80s or early 90s: A girl is really struggling both at home and school. Perhaps her family is impoverished, struggling with addiction, etc. At school, she struggles academically and has no friends. Her one escape is a dollhouse located in her classroom. Her teacher has promised at the end of the year a deserving student will get to take the dollhouse home. The main character imagines it will be one of the popular, smart, or athletic kids. She is shocked, on the last day of school, to discover the teacher has chosen her. The teacher has a really beautiful sense of empathy and understanding for this struggling child.

219. I read a series of books as a teen about a teenager who had an older neighbor and they solved mysteries together. I remember there being several books with mostly a drab gray color for the covers and simple black and white line art inside. I would love to read them again but I have no idea what they are called. I’m 46 now and read these as a teenager. So early 90s time frame.

220. I am looking for a young adult/childrens book. It is a chapter type book. It’s about a glass unicorn figurine that comes to life and it and a girl have adventures. Suggestion: No Flying In the House By Betty Brock

221. Looking for two YA novels read both of them around 2008-2010, read them around when I read PLL and what my mother doesn’t know. One was about a good girl and a bad boy(pretty sure that was in the title and I remember the cover having on of the words crossed out/ scratched off) she was either his tutor or working on a project together but she was friends with the librarian and ate lunch in the library and he noticed her one day and they start communicating by writing in a journal she finds in the library, she doesn’t know who she’s talking to though and he makes fun of her for it….

222. The second was about a young blond girl meeting an older boy during summer and her parents don’t approve but she sees him secretly and they only have the summer to be together. I remember them walking on a boardwalk and watching a concert/show and they end up sleeping together and I remember her wearing white specifically but he’s not there in the morning and I think her parents find out somehow

223. Looking for a book where a kid is injured while either getting on or off of a train
Read this as a kid, a boy gets injured (I believe it was his arm) while either getting on or off of a train or trolley

224. I am looking for a book that I read in my highschool library, so I think it’s YA. It was a thin book (probably more or less 100 pages) with a beige cover, and it had a introduction/foreword that said that the book was an extremely popular coming of age novel in France but it wasn’t as much in English, even though it was originally written in English. It’s about a 10~12 year old boy falling in love with a girl and having sex with her in the meadows, but he is institutionalized when her parents find out. Neither of them understand what sex is. I think there was a scene where he writes to the girl on the padded walls of the solitary ward but I’m not sure.

225. Trying to find a book that I read in the late 70’s??? I think the book was set in the 60’s maybe early 70’s. I think the book title was Kat and Me or Me and Kat maybe spelled with a c not sure. It was a coming of age book about a boy who was an outsider/rebel who lived with his mom. I think it was set during his senior year. He had a starling he had rescued that could talk. I think there was an actual cat in the book but it was also in reference to a girl he liked. She was popular and maybe he was tutoring her or something. I had got it from the library and it was a hardback book. In the end he left to go to the city. I can’t remember if the girl went with him or not. He might have been an artist.

226. I am trying to locate a book that was written in the 1960s about a set of twins, June and Julia (one born on June 30th, the other July 1st). It was a mystery and I believe set in Australia. One thing I remember about it is there is an illustration of one of the sisters bending down to look at a Succulent – the first time I had every come across this word – and the name Succulent was part of a clue.
I think it was a female author whose name began with M – perhaps Margaret?

227. Maybe someone will remember this quirky book from the late 70s. It was about a teenaged girl who was having trouble fitting in with friends and at school, but who had a special relationship with her Italian grandfather at home who spoke no English. They lived in a tall apartment building in a big city and the girl had a lot of freedom and was fairly independent. After the grandfather loses one of his teeth, the girl, oddly, takes the tooth and puts it on a chain and wears it around her neck. Another time, the girl is upset about something and grabs a blanket and sleeps in the bathtub. Something bad maybe happens to her at school on Halloween. The title of the book may be the girl’s name, but not sure about this. The book was memorable to me because of it being somewhat different from most teen books of the time.

228. scholastic book for kids about a man that doesn’t want to share his peaches so some kids disguise themselves, he thinks it’s a peach eating monster, puts it in a cage. Later it’s revealed to be kids.
Made into a scholastic video. Can’t remember the title

229. I’m looking for a young adult book about a boy who does photography. He’s bullied at school and he has a gallery of his photos at school. One day he walked in and his photo has a bunch of slurs scrawled across. Everyone in the room at the time Iof the incident goes to detention. It’s a group of diverse people like the popular girl, the jock, the nerd and the outcast. They slowly become friends. And at the end they find out it wasn’t anyone in the room but some other kids. Suggestion: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

230. I think this book was part of a school book club.. it was a 1980s YA book about teen girl who dates a new boy who everyone likes. However he is inconsiderate and does not call her when he says he will. She goes away with his family and he and his father go out (Maybne fishing) and dont call or come home when they are supposed to. Sheis worried but the boys mom is not. When they finally arrive the boy and his father act like it is no big deal. She ask the mom how she feels and says that she is used to it and that parties hard but when her husband is in the room he makes everything fun so it is worth it. The girl decides this is not for her and breaks up with the boy. He doesn’t seem concerned and calls once after but she doesn’t answer. She later sees him dating another girl who looks at her triumphantly.

231. I’m looking for a possible coming of age possibly published in the 80s or 90s about a young girl and the things I remember most is her having a little sister, and that she had a birthday where she got to get her ears pierced as well as a kayak/canoe from her dad, either the boat or the paddle was red and engraved and she was thrilled with it. She also often paddled out to this little mini island and there may have been something about glass somewhere? There’s one part where she comes down the stairs one morning after getting her ears pierced and her mom asks how they are. They’re res and throb a little and she either comments that it’s normal or says something else but I don’t remember it lasted long.

232. About a daughter’s relationship with her mom (at least in part.) One of them might be named Violet? I remember them jokingly hitchhiking when the dad pulled up one day. I think the mom may have been mentally ill but I can’t remember finishing the book! I believe this book may be the same as 134 &/or 193.

233. Could be 1930-1950s. A book takes place in meadow at the edge of a forest, a big pond. Each chapter is written from the perspective of the trout, grasshopper, bear cub, etc. young adult. My dads favorite and we can’t remember the title.

234. Hoping someone remembers this book, I read it in the late 90s but I feel like it would’ve been published in the 80s. I only have a few vague memories…
A girl goes on a camp, meets this popular group of beautiful girls and they sneak out at night to go to a bar or something and hang out with handsome guys. Then after a while, the girls tell her they have to sacrifice her to a mythical beast (a sentinel maybe?) And that’s how they’ve stayed young and beautiful for so long…
The book was a small paperback, black and had a white horse on the front who maybe had red eyes???
Hope someone can help, it’s been driving me mad!!!

235. So my granddaughter is trying to find some books to read I was trying to remember some that I read when I was 12 so that would have been around 1985 or so all of the books the titles are just one singular name of a girl they’re were either 4 or 5 books . It was about yhese girl who became friends. All the books were connected but each book was about each individual girl if you could please help me I’ve went down to rabbit hole on this thank you. The title of each book was that girls name. I feel like one of them was heaven or maybe raven. I know thats not alot to go on. One of the girls was a runaway.

236. I read it in 1997, but I don’t think it was newly published. It was children’s (probably today it would be YA). In any case, it was in my elementary school’s library. I think the author’s last name was near the beginning of the alphabet. I think it had “bride” in the title.

It’s a historical fiction set in the West. The main character is a girl (teenager?) who is an orphan and lives with her aunt and uncle. They’re not abusive, but they’re not nice either. They force her to marry this old man. Their wedding night he dies and she’s left a widow. The book is about her growing up and realizing that she’s actually got power – that she doesn’t have to let her aunt and uncle dictate her life, that she’s wealthy now (the husband was wealthy I think) and that she can do what she wants. There might have been a hint of romance at the end, but I don’t remember.

Two scenes I do remember: the night after the husband’s funeral? or the night after he dies? the aunt and uncle come over and try to force her out of her bed to sleep on the floor and she’s like “no, this is my house, my bed, you’re not forcing me to sleep on the floor while you and your kids who are younger than me sleep in beds.”

The other scene is her buying fabric to make a new dress and she sees this white fabric with ivy on it and wants to buy it and at first I think the shopkeeper is saying that she should still be in mourning, and either it’s been a year and she says so or she says that they weren’t even married a full day so she’s not a mourning widow. In any case, she buys the fabric and feels good about it.  Bargain Bride by Evelyn Sisley Lampman solved by Lost Classics Reader Sashutch! 

227. I am looking for a series of books I read when I was in Middle School around the 1990’s, probably published before then. It was about a group of ghosts, at least four or five, who went around investigating things that happened, including why people died, mysteries involved around the living, and at least one where a ghost who had moved on to the next realm was affecting the current ghostly realm out of vengeance. Would love to find the books again, but I do not remember the names of any of the books as I have read hundreds of books since then. They were just some random finds one day when I got bored and was sent to the library to find a book at the middle school in North Carolina.

228. There’s a book and I can’t remember the title or author.  It was YA from the 80’s and it had a really long title, something like Part Time Beginner Experimental High School Witch.  The main character and her sister move with their parents to Florida where the main character finds a diary with witch spells in it in the attic.  She starts trying to perform the spells in her spare time as she slowly gets to know people and make friends.  Her sister does ballet and has lessons.  She falls right before an audition and gets hurt.  The sister misses the audition and the main character thinks she was responsible.  The main character starts thinking she’s responsible for bad things that happen around her until she meets the person who wrote the diary in the first place, and she realizes something, and I forget everything that happens.  The cover seemed to be fantasy but the book itself was more of a realistic coming of age novel, if I remember right.  Help?  Thanks!

229. I recently recalled a book that I read as a boy, and enjoyed – would love to revisit it, but i remember only scant details other than enjoying it. Here is what i remember:

I read the book ~1976 (i was 12, it was age appropriate)
That doesn’t indicate the publishing date – i wouldn’t have paid any attention, so it could be older.
It was new, so it was in print around that time.
paperback, ~150 pages, few or no illustrations.
I do recall a white cover, with a pen/ink drawing of a black-lab type dog.

(very few) plot details:

a bookish boy, best friend is his dog – he refers to the dog as Cerberus (the mythical 3-headed hound of hell) even though it has a real name, and only one head. The boy’s father is mildly irritated at this “he has a name” but isn’t cruel, just concerned about his son’s introversion.

at least a portion of the story is told from the dog’s POV – i remember that the dog was confused by the human practice of “showing teeth” when happy, instead of the canine snarl.
the rest of the plot (i seem to remember some separation – lost dog or something but wouldn’t bet much on that) has pretty much faded from memory.

this isn’t much to go on, but perhaps it jars the memory of another visitor to the site.

230.I cannot remember the title of this YA book from late 1970s or 1980s.

Group of girls in junior high. The main character really likes the popular girl Laura and wants to get into her friend group. At one sleepover they were playing Truth or Dare and the main character’s best friends gets a Truth: “Who in this room do you like best?” The main character anticipates that her friend will say Laura (since that is what se would say) but the friend says, “Me. I like me best!”

231. I’m looking for a book that is about a girl with cancer, i think leukemia, whose parents resign their Jobs and sell their house with the goal of going in a travel with their own recently bought boat to enjoy the last months of life of their daughter

232. I’m looking for a book I read in 1976-77. It could have been published in the 1960’s or 1970’s. It was a compilation of spooky short stories with some sort of figure in the cover. One story talks about heroin as “rat’s poison.” The story I remember most is about a red-haired boy name Rusty who drowned, but whose ghost saves another boy from drowning. I would love to find this book again. 

233.I am looking for a book I read somewhere between 1987-89

A young couple goes to a chapel to get married. The old couple who runs it ends up kidnapping them. I think they kill the grooms and hold all the brides hostage in the attic giving them possibly fruit names. I just remember the name Peaches.

Ok it does sound cheesy but it was a really good book and I think about it a lot wishing I could find it. I’ve been trying for a few years with no luck. I do remember it had a white cover with maybe a girl coming out of a flower.

I’ve tried lots of forums including Facebook and Reddit with no luck. I’m about to give up but thought I would give this a shot.

234.  I am looking for a shorty story that believe appeared in READ magazine between 1977-1985.
The story involved a high school boy who was overweight and wanted to play the flute in the high school band to impress a girl.  He began to eat salads and jog to slim down. In the end she still rejected him but he did not turn back to eating a dozen jelly donuts. Sound familiar?

235. I am searching for a book probably written very early 60s. Its about a girl that goes through a gate or door in a hedge and finds fairies. She goes to play with them every day. I think her name was Nan and I think the book had castle or manor in the title but I could be wrong about this. Ive searched and searched with no luck. Its not The Secret Garden. 

236. I read a book in second grade, which would have been the late 1980s. I can’t remember the name of the author or title. It’s about a girl named Megan who moves from Oakdale, South Dakota to a new state (I want to say Ohio but I won’t swear to that). She meets a girl named Heather and they become friends. She also meets a girl named Cheryl, the classic popular mean girl, and the bulk of the book is Megan trying to work through these friendships. I vividly remember a scene at the end where Megan sticks a wad of gum in Cheryl’s hair, and I remember the passage: But it wasn’t Heather’s hair she stuck the gum in, it was Cheryl’s! Cheryl let out a blood curdling scream.”

With these details I have not been able to find anything on any website I’ve searched and I’m at a loss! I’d love to let my daughter read it because I remember I loved it so much.

237. The story is about a blind girl who could feel stories or could tell stories from small rewards you could give her. Then there was a king who was cursed by his old lover to never sleep again, he then became a tyrant king. So when this king heard about the girl that could tell stories he decided to have her as his wife. Her task was to help him fall asleep and if she could not do it by a certain time, he would kill her…. or something like that.
I’ve been trying to find this book everywhere, I just can’t find it. I remember the cover had red theater drapes and a girl who had a nose ring and alot of jewelery around her neck. It looked very rusty so i thought it was a old book. 

238.  this is a ya book (like childrens, maybe 8-12 yo)? The cover is brown (like a bit more orange than a cigar brown) with a pic of a girl who has like short kind of curly (I always thought it looked like a curly mullet lol) and like maybe a closet in the background? I believe the main protagonists name is Francis (a young woman) who is sent to family (her aunts?)? There’s an undertone that maybe she’s a bit difficult, at least to the people in the house. She goes up a staircase behind this door in the Pantry and is transported to some garden or outside world (that’s not really outside etc). I want to say there’s some ghost story background but not sure.

239. I remember reading a book about a guy who lives in Cold Spring NY and is estranged from his dad who works in a bar in NYC. He finally meets his dad and learns that he is a wizard and the son his magical powers too.

240. I picked up this book at a thrift store but lost it. I believe it was published in the 80s? I might be wrong but my mind says 84. But heck maybe it was the 60s, idk. I think the cover was mostly yellow. It’s about three girls going to an all-girl’s college. The three are put as roommates and try to make friends. It’s told in first person I think, through the eyes of the girl who’s kind of rich and a goody two shoes, but the main character is actually one of the roommates. I think Millie is her name? Again I might be wrong on that. The goody two shoes is kind of frustrated by one of the roommates who is very athletic and kind of rebellious. The roommate is a main character is poor, from a farm, already engaged to someone, and needs glasses but is too poor for them. I vaguely remember I think she had to go home for some reason near the end of the book? But the whole twist is that she is riding a bike on campus while the two other roommates stay in their dorm (or maybe in the library) and because she needs glasses, she isn’t able to properly see a car and gets hit on the bike and dies. I remember when the news is broken, the tough athletic rebellious girl throws up and the protagonist goes to get her some towels. I remember the farm girl as being more quiet and reserved. I think about the book from time to time and really need to know who it’s by. It’s a female author.

245. I’m looking for a book that I read in the late 80s or early 90s (could be a scholastic book) It was about two young girls who met in an apartment building and both had crazy dreams every certain number of days that they were compelled to tell each other about and they work together to interpret what they meant.  One of the first dreams was about a Four eyed monster and the other was about a bunch of teens swimming in the the sea.  It was interpreted to mean the apartment numbers of the girls…4i (four eye) and 18C (a teen sea).  They interpreted the dreams to try to figure something out about maybe their parents?  I don’t really remember anything else but it’s been driving me crazy for years!!!

246. I’m looking for a book that I read when I was home from school and really sick – either in ‘79 or maybe as late as ‘82. I’m not sure if it was YA or not but feel like the cover was blue with a painted illustration. The only thing I really remember is that the protagonist was a young girl, a thief – maybe jewelry??? She is running away from something bad. She also gets a partner who is a huge guy but maybe named Tiny. The partner gets shot and dies (totally shocking to me at the time). When he dies he is holding a suitcase and everything spills out. There is something about pearls in the death scene. There was also a big, old car that was significant. I remember thinking the book wasn’t appropriate for someone my age.
Trying to recall this novel has plagued me for years. Hope you can help.

247. This was a ya book about a teen model who lived in New York. She had a friend that she went home with and met her brother whom she liked. I believe her mother had moved to NY with her leaving behind her father and her brother in their home town. I looked through all the others you have posted and none matched. I already checked out the All That Glitters books and hey do not match either. Help would be appreciated!

248. Searching for a book from probably 70’s early 80’s. It’s about witches and goblins.

It was a large hardcover illustrated book. Not thick. For some reason the colour of purple is stuck in my head. Not sure if it’s versed but wasn’t a novel.

I was in grade school and signed it out from the school library so it was probably prior to 1980. I’m in Canada so not sure if that matters.

I have reached out to some of my grade school friends to see if they recall anything.

If you find any please let me know! Very much appreciated.

249. So im trying to remember these books i read when i was about 12. So the year wouldve been 1985, or so. It was about either 4 or 5 teenage girls. Each had their own book and then i believe there was an end with all together. ” i think” but all book titles were JUST the girls name. One was a runaway. Could you please try to hekp me. Ive went down a rabbit hole

250. I want to say it would be classified as YA sci-fi but not like Star Trek or Star Wars-stype…more like realism sci-fi?

i read it in the late 80s/early 90s
it is set in the then-future (think 21st century?)
a girl learns her parents are hiding things from her – including an older sister she never knew about. then she starts wondering if she was adopted because nothing is making sense aout timelines and photos and whatnot.
somehow, she transports back in time to when her parents were younger/in school? or maybe when her older sister was in high school?
i recall that she (main protagonist) goes to school with her past-family person and gets into trouble about wearing trousers (girls having not been allowed to wear pants in school until like the 70s?)

the girl ends up going back to her timeline in the end and has a better understanding of her mom/family – apparently her parents froze embryos to fund their future wealthy lifestyle or something like that

i know it’s a super longshot, but i’m hoping you can help me. this book has been haunting my dreams lately – like ‘you need to find this book’-style.

251. This would have been written in late 80s or early 90s. Tells the story of a family whose son committed suicide by hanging. After his death the parents take in a foster son who is the same age as their son. He begins taking on the late son’s identity. I am almost certain one of the character’s names was Solomon. The dad is searching for answers about his son’s death and finds the boy’s computer password under the keyboard and I think he discovers the mom was secretly abusing the son.
Thanks for any help in figuring this out. It’s been driving me bonkers for years.

252.I’ve been searching for this book for a while now. The narrator of the story is a male detective who travels to this small town to solve the cold case of a teenage girl who was mysteriously murdered in the woods. The detective interviews a variety of people in the town . He meets this one woman who was friends with the girl who died when they were teenagers. The woman has a fear of bridges. He also interviews this other woman who lives with her brother who is described as being mentally ill.

Later on in the story we discover that the woman was in a secret lesbian relationship with the girl who died, and they were spotted together in the woods or on a beach by the boy who was mentally ill. The boy went home that night after spotting the girls together and tells his sister who then orders the boy to murder the girl .

253. I read a book in the 1980s about a girl (maybe 12yo) who’s mother was mentally ill and/or an alcoholic. They get evicted/move a lot, they were poor, she is picked on in school, she may have had a younger sibling. There was time spent telling about Mom gets a job and they get a place to live and mom is trying to make it feel like a home. Meanwhile the girl is holding her breath and waiting for everything to unravel again. I think mom goes through several unhealthy relationships. I THINK it was written in the girl’s perspective. 

 

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 there 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.)

    • mondomolly says:

      Thanks for the suggestion! I updated the listing above 🙂

      • Moxie says:

        I’ve been thinking about this book at least once a week and I can picture the cover but not the title and it drives me insane.
        It’s a book about 3 boys I honestly can’t remember the plot very well but the cover was like a neon pastel orange/pink sky with a black treehouse on the cover
        I swear the title is something like “the boys next door” or something.
        I remember reading it around the time I read “The Devil, The banshee, and Me”. It was a book kind of like that genre.

        • Rebecca G Myers says:

          I read a book in 6th grade (1991) that was about a girl narrator who was sent off to boarding school. The school had lots of secrets and I’m certain it had a maze like outside (hedge row maze maybe?) and there was a mystery (not romance). I loved it and wish I could remember it!

  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!

    • Sylvia says:

      Yes, that is Thursday, by Catherine Storr. It’s a Tam Lin retelling.

      • Brianna Clark says:

        Thank you so much! I have been wanting to re-read it for a long time. Now that I have the author’s name, it should be easier to find.

  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!

    • mondomolly says:

      This is another one that sounds so, so familiar! I’ll add it to the list above, hopefully someone can remember it!

    • Edie Reay says:

      It sounds like the book “The Surprise of Their Lives” I am not sure of the author . I read it around 1959.

  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.

    • S S says:

      I think this book was part of a school book club.. it was a 1980s YA book about teen girl who dates a new boy who everyone likes. However he is inconsiderate and does not call her when he says he will. She goes away with his family and he and his father go out (Maybne fishing) and dont call or come home when they are supposed to. Sheis worried but the boys mom is not. When they finally arrive the boy and his father act like it is no big deal. She ask the mom how she feels and says that she is used to it and that parties hard but when her husband is in the room he makes everything fun so it is worth it. The girl decides this is not for her and breaks up with the boy. He doesn’t seem concerned and calls once after but she doesn’t answer. She later sees him dating another girl who looks at her triumphantly.

  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.

      • theprognerd says:

        Interesting parallel, but no. This book was more along the lines of shlocky teen horror.

      • John says:

        It turns out that you were right all along, miss amy. Rosie & The Dance of the Dinosaurs was republished under a different title (the one I remember) as The Midnight Mystery in 1991. Mission accomplished!

    • 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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  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.

        • Julie says:

          I’m glad! Hope you are able to find a reasonably priced copy somewhere if you keep looking.

          • qrdfgholi says:

            You can read it online for free on the Internet Archive! Just search for “archive.org + Dorrie’s Book”.

            • Allison Appelquist says:

              Just saw this, thank you so much! I found it on the Archives and read it immediately! It was even better than I remembered.

  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?

    • mondomolly says:

      Thanks for commenting! I’ve added it to the list above 🙂

    • Linda Blum says:

      Still hoping someone will come up with the title to this book (#47 on the list). Reading it influenced my decision to give my child up for adoption in the spring of 1972. I’d love to find it & reread it. Thanks!

  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.

    • Brandy says:

      Just checked it out… no luck. I do not *think* it was a book from of a series. Thanks for the suggestion!

  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!

    • Amy Smith says:

      This is called Among Friends by Caroline Cooney

  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!

    • Dave says:

      Just wanted to add that for some reason it was titled “Born on the 4th of July” or something similar (obviously not to be confused with the Ron Kovic of that title) but I could be wrong. Thanks!

    • That is almost certainly Pardon Me, You’re Stepping on My Eyeball, by Paul Zindel.

  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.

          • Julie says:

            You remembered just about everything besides that, ha ha.
            This was one of my favorites when I was 9 years old.

    • 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!

    • mondomolly says:

      Adding to the list above!

    • siriharding says:

      I don’t think this is it because I don’t remember any of the details you mention, but there’s a cheerleading cover and another character named Merri. You can at least look to see if the cover is the one you’re thinking of Dreams Can Come True by Jane Claypool Miner.

  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.

      • mondomolly says:

        Thanks! Added as a suggestion for the searcher!

      • Unfortunately, this is not the book in question. I know because I found this page during one of my occasional Google hunts for the same book. I read it in the 80s when I was in junior high and have been trying to find it again for a couple of decades. The older sister’s name is definitely Althea, by the way. I know because that’s my name, too, which is why I remember the book.

  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.

    • mondomolly says:

      That does sound a lot like Lace, I know there was a sequel in which Lili goes search for her father, but I haven’t read it. Adding your description to the list above!

  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.

    • mondomolly says:

      Adding your description to the list above, this sounds like one I’d l;ove top read myself!

    • I read this in the 80s or early 90s: A girl is really struggling both at home and school. Perhaps her family is impoverished, struggling with addiction, etc. At school, she struggles academically and has no friends. Her one escape is a dollhouse located in her classroom. Her teacher has promised at the end of the year a deserving student will get to take the dollhouse home. The main character imagines it will be one of the popular, smart, or athletic kids. She is shocked, on the last day of school, to discover the teacher has chosen her. The teacher has a really beautiful sense of empathy and understanding for this struggling child.

  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!

  203. Capn says:

    108. I am sure it’s from a Jeeves story by PG Wodehouse. I just finished the collection “Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit”, and I swear this is in it and towards the end of the book.

  204. Elizabeth O says:

    131 might be Mr and Mrs Bo Jo Jones by Ann Head originally published in 1967 later reissued targeting young adults

  205. Norah Willett says:

    #110 sounds like The Weedkiller’s Daughter by Harriette Simpson Arnow

  206. Norah Willett says:

    98 could be A Room for Cathy by Catherine Woolley. That book is listed as the answer for 94, but I think the person who posted meant 98, because 94 doesn’t describe that book.

  207. Amber W says:

    I’m looking for a book about a group of kids in school being bullied by kids older than them. They got the bright idea to use a thesaurus to up their game when speaking to them so that they would sound more intelligent. I don’t remember much more about the book except that I might have read it around 1982.

    • mondomolly says:

      Oh, that is such a great detail, I am sure someone will remember it! Adding to the list above!

    • Nancy says:

      This might not be what you’re looking for, but I remember a series of books collected in two larger volumes by Beverly Lewis: “Summer Hill Secrets” Vol. 1&2. A teen boy & girl use a vocabulary game to communicate with each other until they can really “talk” to each other. The word “thesaurus” reminded me of those stories; if it doesn’t help you, it might help someone else!

  208. Brandi says:

    I am looking for YA book from the 80’s (possibly 70s?) that is a coming–of-age book about a girl who feels like she is in the shadow of a perfect older sister. She takes the sister’s bathing suit, which is way too big on her, to impress a boy who is going to teach her to swim and she tries to dy-shave her armpits and ends up cutting them and bleeding. She almost drowns at the end of the book and the boy saves her. I thought this was Jacob Have I Loved but recently discovered it is not the same book! Help 🙂

  209. I wonder if #151 is ‘Mad, Mad Monday’ by Herma Silverstein.

  210. I think #145 might be A Word to the Wise by Alison Cragin Herzig and Jane Lawrence Mail. I remember having this book and I read it several times. If I am remembering correctly, the kids who were bullied were in a learning differences type of class. The kids discover a thesaurus and learn impressive words to use when talking to the bullies.

  211. Julie W says:

    Re: #147, I remember reading a YA book called Tramps Like Us where they ran away, I think had the bandanna and stick too. Thinking there was a motorcycle and one of the characters was named Vanessa? They were both teens. Maybe a different book. However someone published a book with the same title in 2001 so I am having trouble finding the book I was thinking of.

  212. Liz says:

    Hi, I think you might be right that #35 is Nobody’s Fault, but there’s no brother in that book and the kid who dies wasn’t home alone. How I remember it is: the main character is a girl named Emily, and the kid who dies is her older brother Matt. They fight with each other a lot, and on the day of the accident their parents are out and Matt gets on the riding lawnmower. Emily is inside trying to prank Matt (hiding something in his room-a garter snake or something that he’s afraid of), because she’s mad at him after their latest argument, so she doesn’t know that he got hurt. The rest of it is about the family coming to terms with Matt’s death and Emily coming to terms with her guilt over not knowing Matt needed help. I also remember she called him “Monse” for a nickname because “he’s a monster,” and her best friend is named Mary Elizabeth. One scene I remember is Matt and Emily either fighting or playing and Emily somehow getting hurt, like a black eye I think? She agrees not to tell their parents how it happened, and so when they ask her about it she tells them it was from something Mary Elizabeth did. Matt then tells Mary Elizabeth what Emily said and she then gets upset with Emily, which causes another fight between Emily and Matt. I think that may even have been the lead-up to the snake thing. Hope this helps!

    • Liz says:

      Update to my previous comment: it looks like Matt may have been Emily’s younger brother instead of older according to some sources. So whoever said there was a younger brother in the book may have been right! I don’t own a copy and it’s not available as an ebook so I can’t verify right now. Anyone else?

  213. Debra says:

    Hi. I’m looking for a book that I probably read in the late 1970s. It was most likely a young romance/coming of age book. The protagonist is one of two sisters. The only scene I recall is them washing dishes together one night (I think it was their nightly chore) and it was the main character’s turn to dry. The dishes needed to be done before she can go out. Her sister hands her a plate that wasn’t washed properly and she writes how she hates when she is the washer and gets a dish returned so she scrapes off the dirt with her nails and puts the plate away. Any ideas?

    • daisyporter says:

      I remember that, Debra! I think it happened in one of the Ramona and Beezus books by Beverly Cleary. Let me check my stash.

      • daisyporter says:

        Found it in Jean and Johnny by Beverly Cleary. It’s on the very first page: “There was a speck of food on the plate she was wiping. She considered returning the plate to the dishwater for Sue to rewash, thought better of it, and polished off the speck with the dish towel. When it was her turn to wash dishes, she did not like to have dishes returned to her dishwater.” Sue ended up finishing the dishes so Jean could get to the TV in time for the Kip Laddish show.

      • Jeanine says:

        150 is Jean and Johnny by Beverly Cleary, I’m pretty sure.

    • mondomolly says:

      Adding the description and the suggestion that it’s Jean & Johnny (I don’t have my copy handy to check!) above, let us know if it’s the one you’re looking for!

  214. daisyporter says:

    I’m missing a book and it’s a long shot – all I remember is one scene, so I don’t know the genre, setting, etc.

    What I remember is that a boy and girl (or young man and young woman) were best friends and longtime napping partners, back to back. Near the end of the book, one of them decided to brush their teeth before the nap, and they ended up hooking up. I can’t remember whether the MC brushed their teeth and wasn’t sure why, but that’s how they knew they themselves wanted to hook up, or if the other character brushed their teeth and that’s how the MC knew that person wanted to hook up….

    I read it in probably the 90s or 00s, but I don’t know how old it was at that time. I wish I could tell you more; alas.

  215. daisyporter says:

    Another lost book of mine: This was a scene in a book that I read in the mid-eighties. I thought it was from Come Sing, Jimmy Jo, but I recently reread that and that’s not it. It’s almost certainly a middle-grade or YA book.

    What I remember is that the boy was taking a train alone (so probably age 10 or older) and had some kind of conflict with somebody else on the train, I guess another kid. The other kid may have stolen a $5 bill from the protagonist. The protag then has a revenge fantasy where he fights the other kid and wins, and in the end, he crumples up the $5 bill and tosses it onto the chest of his presumably comatose foe.

    I think I remember this so clearly because I was young enough to be shocked by, and not understand, throwing the $5 bill back at the opponent. Five bucks was untold riches to me as a little kid!

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  216. daisyporter says:

    I think #19 is The Random House Book of Humor for Children. It lists both Garrison Keillor and Shirley Jackson as authors/contributors, and it came out in 1988.

  217. laina1312 says:

    Could 151 be a novelization of the 1989 series Teen Angel? With Jason Priestley.

    • mondomolly says:

      I swore that there was a novelization of this series, but then I couldn’t find it with a quick search- thank you for remembering it! Adding the suggestion above!

  218. Julie says:

    Pretty sure #150 about the sister with a disability is Cathy At the Crossroads by Nancy W. Faber
    There’s a sequel, too, called Cathy’s Secret Kingdom (I think)

  219. Anonymous says:

    #57 is not RUNNING OUT OF TIME by Margaret Peterson Haddix; and I really don’t think #131 is MR. AND MRS. BO JO JONES.

  220. Jeanne S says:

    I’m looking for a series of books about girls as they attend and graduate high school and find their way in life. I can recall one character who worked as a waitress at a restaurant called the Ragged Robin. I read them in the 70s.

  221. Courtney says:

    I’m looking for a book that I read at some point in the 80s, but not sure when it was published. I want to say the cover was white with black drawings/writing. It’s about a young girl who is going to summer camp, but does NOT want to. She is upset about it, but packs her big old trunk and goes. She ends up loving it. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of this book. I don’t believe it’s Sheila the Great, because it’s about sleep away camp and Sheila the Great is a day camp. I want to say the main character appears in other books, but I am not 100% sure. I just know that trying to find a book about YA girl going to summer camp back in the 80s is impossible! Can anyone help me please?!?

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve read a lot of 80’s camp books…. Could it be Hail Hail Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford? Or Yours till Niagra Falls Abby by Jane O’Connor? There’s also Love and Betrayal and Hold the Mayo by Francine Pascal. And Buddies by Barbara Park. Another one is Camp Girl Meets Boy by Caroline Cooney, which had a spinoff (I didn’t read either so not sure if plot lines match up with your description).

      • mondomolly says:

        Adding your description and the suggestions to the list above!

      • Susan says:

        Might it be “Laura’s Luck” by Marilyn Sachs? It was written in 1965 but Scholastic reissued it in 1984. It’s part of a trilogy about two sisters — Amy Moves In, Laura’s Luck, and Amy and Laura. In the first book the girls’ mother is in a car accident and their difficult aunt comes to live with them while she in the hospital. In Laura’s Luck the girls are sent to camp to give the aunt a break. Laura is reluctant because she is a bookworm who wants to stay home and read but she does end up loving the camp. I love the descriptions of being at camp!

  222. Julie W says:

    There is also In Summertime, It’s Tuffy by Judie Angell. And There’s A Bat in Bunk Five by Paula Danziger. I think the Ellen Conford one sounds like a good bet though!

  223. Julie says:

    Or possibly Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin?

  224. Anonymous says:

    I’m looking for a YA mystery romance novel that I read in junior high in Canada, probably published in the late 1970s or early 1980s, possibly through Scholastic. I don’t remember the cover. The details in my mind are so vague: It was a female protagonist, 17 or 18, possibly first-person; I don’t recall her name. She was temporarily living in a house near a marsh/swamp/quicksand (no idea what country). She might have been there to take care of a senior man and the romance involves a great-nephew or grandson. It had a feminist bent, since she wanted to be referred to as “Ms” not “Miss”—but I believe she ended up engaged to the great-nephew or grandson at the end. Someone in the household had vanished years ago. A clue to the murderer’s identity had to do with a cape (or a rain poncho?); I think it was discovered in a knitting basket. The book cited lines from a Lewis Carroll poem: “‘You are old, Father William,’ the young man said…”

  225. cailyn says:

    hi i’m looking for a book that i read in maybe 2020 that i got from my city library but the book was about this teenage girl who was a main character liked her neighbor/boy best friend i think and i remember in the beginning of the book the boy came in her room drunk and said he liked her or something but she just shook it off because he was drunk. and i remember him going over to her house towards the end of the book because her parents were having like a small get together or something. i have been looking for this foreverrr and i cannot find it. please help me

  226. Ann Keech says:

    Hey, I think the first book in the “?” List might be “Sarah, Portrait Of A Teenage Alcoholic”.
    There was a horse that was killed and she was going away, but to rehab, not a home for young moms. It was also a TV movie, with Linda Blair.
    I hope that helps!

  227. Ann Keech says:

    Hey, the second story in #67 sounds a lot like Stephen King’s Apt Pupil

    • mondomolly says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll add it above, I remember the neighbor in Apt Pupil was a Nazi, not a vampire, but I think there was something in the basement? I haven’t read Apt Pupil in about 30 years!

  228. Marz says:

    Ok so here goes: 1985 or so. I never held this book in my hands, it was a book on tape. The tape was clear and inside the cassette, there were purple discs (shiny, lavender color purple) around where the parts turn inside the tape player. The narrator was female. It was about a young (maybe 10 years old?) girl and her parents. They lived on a planet that was purple. I think there was something about space travel but I’m not sure. The girl either gets separated from her parents or leaves to go exploring… perhaps gets lost. I don’t really remember what happens while she is gone from her parents but I have a very strong memory towards the end of the story of a purple sun rising over the purple planet. It was kind of a feel good story.

  229. julie says:

    oof – ok so I remember reading a book in the late 80s early 90s – but it could have been set in 1970s. A young girl in highschool is quite a strong ballerina but one day for some reason she drifts into the gym after gymnastics practice. The young coach asks if she wants to try out some of hte equipment and she starts to really love it and goes back regularly. I think she may initially hide her gymnastics workouts from her parents but eventually has to admit that she wants to be more competitive as a gymnast and they probably come round in the end and support her. She and the young coach are flirty but I can’t remember if they date.

    • mondomolly says:

      Adding your description to the list above, but it sounds a little like Kessa, the sequel to The Best LIttle Girl in the World, in which the main character switches from ballet to gymnastics. Take a look at the reviews here:

      Kessa By Steven Levenkron

      • Julie says:

        A commenter called sheesh got it below – “you don’t have to be perfect girl”. I honestly feel like a mystery has been solved for me – thank you so so much!!!

  230. HopeNYC says:

    This was a book in the Judy Blume/ Beverly Cleary era. About a young teen boy, living in New York, with his father and soon to be stepmother. His parents are involved in a nasty custody battle. His mother kidnaps him (perhaps after school?) and locks him in a room at the Plaza. He can order room service, and he orders lots of steak, but he can’t escape. In the end, he does, perhaps by riding out on a room service cart. He gets back to his father and stepmother to be who perhaps is having a baby? WHAT IS THIS BOOK?

    • siriharding says:

      The book is Sport by Louise M. Fitzhugh. Sport is one of Harriet the Spy’s friends. Great book!

      • siriharding says:

        No M. Just Louise Fitzhugh. Last year I read Harriet the Spy, Sport, and The Long Secret for the first time in decades. There’s so much that I missed as a child. Just great books!

        • daisyporter says:

          It is just Louise Fitzhugh, but HopeNYC, if you were slyly referring to Harriet’s insistence on being Harriet M. Welch although she has no middle name, well, A plus.

          • siri says:

            Not on purpose, alas, but I’m pretty sure that’s why I felt it should be there!

            • mondomolly says:

              Yay, glad this one got solved, I really loved Sport as a sequel to Harriet (I could not get into The Long Secret as a kid, it was just too weird), I have to go find my copy so I can reread and review it!

  231. Susan Charlesbois says:

    I’m looking for a YA series from the 80s, mass market paperback. It was about a girl entering the modeling world. There were maybe 3 or 4 books in the series. The girl was tall and brunette. The cover was an editorial close up of a model who looked like Kelly Lebrock. One scene that stands out is a snotty, more experienced model thinking she knew that a shoot was going to be “four seasons” themed but got the wrong girls for the seasons. The heroine ended up being the main “season” for the shoot. Drives me crazy I can’t think of it but obviously recall I’ve part vividly.

    • Beth says:

      Wasn’t that series just called ‘Models’? I think it was by the same people who did Sweet Dreams.

    • Trina says:

      Was it “Over the Hill at Fourteen” by Jamie Callan? I haven’t read it for a long time so I don’t remember all the details but it is about competition between models.

    • Bit of a long shot, but just in case, this makes me think of an early-1990s series called ‘Cover Kids’, consisting of 4 short books by Suzanne Weyn. The first one is called ‘Nicole’s Chance’.

  232. Luanne Jones says:

    I’m looking for a YA book I read while living in Kansas in the 1980s that followed a reincarnated soul. There was one soul, a young boy, who lived in ancient times along the Nile river. He may have had a deformity, and felt ostracized. I think he was secretly in love with a young neighbor girl, and I believe he ended up drowning in the Nile. There was another character from centuries ago who lived in Europe or the middle east, or Mediterranean area, who sat at night in the dark on the roof of their house with their father who taught him/her about astronomy. I can’t remember much about it, it was so long ago, and I’ve been looking for it for about 25 years. Thanks for any help!

    • luanne jones says:

      As I think about this book, it may have been a book of short stories about reincarnation. I got it at a library when i was an adult, but I’m fairly sure it was a young adult book.

  233. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been trying to remember this book for Years lol!
    It was about 2 girls that were friends, it begins in the summer with them going to a beach/boardwalk vacation & then back to school shopping, maybe starting high school. There was a whole discussion about shopping at Peebles. When schools starts one girl becomes popular, the narrator- not so much. The popular girl them gets into a serious car accident on the way to hang out with the not so popular girl and the rest of the book is about how the not popular girl navigates school without her friend and how her friend has changed when she eventually returns to school. I remember reading this in the late 80s.
    Thank you anyone for help!

  234. Andrea says:

    Hello I hope who ever sees this is having a great day, but I hope someone could help me find this book I read a long time ago and I only have tiny details of the book but it’s a book meant for mostly young kids but I think oddly really want to read it now, basically this book is about this girl who’s only friend moves away but the girl joins this like yearbook committee I think and then this one time in the book the girl calls her friend and the friend didn’t realize she didn’t hang up and she started talking bad about her to her new friends, there’s also this other time where the mom forces the girl to go to a party and once the mom drops her off she just hides behind the bushes and doesn’t actually go to the party, but that’s all I can remember if you have anything or any ideas please let me know I just really want to find it it’s been stuck in the my head for forever.

  235. Nancy says:

    I’m also looking for #55! Freddie Brewer & family drive to Long Island to their summer house on the beach. Grandmother brings along a potted chicken. They are joined by Freddie’s aunt and an uncle; the aunt kisses Freddie’s dad while she watches them, hiding behind a freshly-watered bush, ruining the hem of her tangerine dress. Freddie has just returned from her date, where guy put his hand on her breast while kissing her — very racy reading for a 12-year-old in 1971-72! A few other details might jog someone’s memory: Freddie writes poetry with a special pen. She buys a one-piece swimsuit (wisp of fabric) that stretches to fit her developing figure. She can remember herself as a toddler, with her mother as she paints on the dunes, trying to pick out the dark purple center of a Queen Anne’s lace blossom. I believe the word “Seventeen” might be the title, or part of the title, but all of my searching turns up the WRONG books — not Maureen Daly, Booth Tarkington, etc. What I especially remember is the cover illustration (art, not photo) of paperback (probably Scholastic): closeup of girl with long, straight, possibly sun-bleached hair, windblown, eyes downcast so we see her upper lashes (not her eyes) as she faces the reader, with beach/ocean in background. [I have to wonder if this book might have been banned due to that racy scene? Every other book I ever bought from Scholastic is out there in cyberspace, but NOT the one with Freddie Brewer!] I’ve searched titles, topics, genres, location, and Freddie as a character to no avail. Even extended perusals of cover images on Google, Etsy, ebay, etc. came up blank. I KNOW this book is real, and #55 query proves it!!! I read it school year 71-72, but it could date from 60s; that racy scene appears too contemporary for 50s. Anyone???

  236. Consuelo Thoren says:

    I remember reading a book in the 80s about a girl who makes a wish on a wishbone that her house inside becomes filled with grass, plants, etc. Her wish comes true and gradually her house is filled with nature but then it becomes out of control. She has to use the wishbone to break the wish. Its more of a chapter book for younger readers but I still would love to find anything about it.

    • Julie says:

      I remember that book, too! I’ve thought about it over the years and would love to reread it but unfortunately I don’t remember the author or title, either. I agree, it must be for younger readers because I think I read it at age 7 or 8 (also in the 80s). The only detail I can add is that I think it had very detailed pencil sort of drawing illustrations. And I think maybe the main character’s name was Meg.

      • mondomolly says:

        Adding both of your descriptions to the list above!

        • Jenny says:

          Hello!! I’ve been searching for the same book for decades! I think it’s Gertie’s Green Thumb by Catherine Dexter ❤️

          • Julie says:

            Wow! I think you are correct! I just looked it up, and the illustration on the cover look like the ones I remember from the book. I also remember it used the phrase “green thumb” in the book. Thank you!!

  237. Wanda Phelps says:

    I read a YA book in late 80s/early 90s about an older teenager who agrees to babysit two (?) kids for a single dad over the summer. I think maybe it was set in Canada or the woods or by a lake? At the end of the book the dad declares he’s fallen in love with this teenager and I think he chases her through the woods. I know she ends up a tree with him declaring his (age inappropriate) love for her below. It was a bizarre and, frankly, alarming twist even at the time, but I’d love to find it again

  238. Charles says:

    I am looking for a YA / teen classic from the 1970s. It’s about a young Apache girl whose grandfather teaches her how to run long distances by holding a mouthful of water.
    That’s all I remember, so I hope someone can help find this book.

  239. Sheesh says:

    #153 is definitely Hail Hail Camp Timberwood, the black drawings and writing on the cover clinch it.

  240. Codi Parham says:

    I am looking for a book series I read in the early 90s. They seemed older at the time, maybe from the 70s? The stories were all different but the common theme was they were troubled people who became Christians at the end. One was about a conman who was maybe using a child in his cons?

    • Anonymous says:

      Check the books by Grace Livingston Hill. They were written prre-1950 but have been edited and reprinted several times. She wrote approx. 100 and most were standalone.

    • Trina Clements says:

      I think you may be referring to the books by John Benton, he had that as an ongoing theme in a lot of his books.

  241. Eve T says:

    Here are some guesses: Could #103 be The Active-Enzyme Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch? It’s from 1973, one of its covers was purple, it’s got a long title, and the triangle etc on the cover might have read as “astrological.”
    #132: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Witch’s Sister came out in 1975, so it may be way too late for this item, but it does have a sudden English next-door cute neighbor boy, and I remember the witchy sister bending over the steaming kettle.

    • mondomolly says:

      Thanks for the suggestions(and The Active-Enzyme Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch is a GREAT title), adding them to above!

      • daisyporter says:

        103 could also possibly be Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E.L. Konigsburg.

  242. Bailey Holt says:

    I’m looking desperately for one of my old favorite YA books. It’s about a teenage male and female. The male has lost one of his friends to I think suicide? And he’s ridden with guilt he even has a dream of that friend telling him to let him go. And all I can really remember about the female is she smokes in this area the school as designated for it where she talks to a guy in a leather jacket and she also at one point in the book I think while drunk was frustrated about her connection with the male and tried to strip in front of his friends because at some point I think she was raped but he didn’t know that so while she was drunk and doing that he helped her to a room to sleep and she asked him not to let anyone get her.

  243. velvetwhip says:

    I’m looking for a book of short stories. One was about a cat who was really an alien and another was about some kids who made new friends and there was something about a party where they left just in time to avoid being trapped in another world.

    • mondomolly says:

      Oh, those short stoy collections can be so maddening to try and find! Adding both of your descriptions to the list above, I hope we can help you!

  244. velvetwhip says:

    I hate to be greedy, but I am also looking for the author of a book called The Room about a bunch of teenagers who live in an apartment building and turn a room in the basement into a hangout. They end up doing drugs and playing an elaborate prank on a teacher they hate.

  245. Kristina says:

    Book number 20 is called New Girl by Janet Adele Bloss

  246. Liz Woodbury says:

    This is a long shot, because I barely remember anything about this book! It was definitely a YA book, written in the 1970s, and set in Dresden, Germany during or right after World War II. The main character was a girl, and it may have involved a bicycle. Even though I have forgotten the entire plot, I remember being deeply affected in some profound way by this book (age 10 or so, I think). Possibly because of descriptions of the city’s destruction during the war?

  247. Karen says:

    This was a teen romance novel from earlier 80′. I remember the book was a hard back book with a plastic jacket. The book told the story of two teens that liked each other and it gave the each of their perspective on their interaction with each other. The only thing that was unique about the book was it’s would give the girls pov..and to see the boys pov you had to turn the book upside down..any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.. thank you

  248. Julie W says:

    174 is A Star for the Latecomer by Bonnie and Paul Zindel.

  249. Lisa says:

    I’m looking for a book. Not sure when it took place but it’s old, 40’s or even earlier probably. The only thing I remember were girls walking to a dance and they had their dancing shoes in carrying bags. Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      Could it be one of the high school Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace? There are definitely descriptions of the girls walking to school dances and carrying their dancing shoes in a special bag.
      They were set in the early 1900s but published in the 30s and 40s, I think.

      • siriharding says:

        Interesting suggestion! The books covering high school are Heaven to Betsy, Betsy in Spite of Herself, Betsy was a Junior, and Betsy and Joe. Your recollection on timing is correct. They would have been set around 1905. I remember reading that Lovelace purposely didn’t read the Little House books that were being published around the same time (30s and 40s) because she didn’t want to be accused of copying.

      • Lisa says:

        Hey thanks! When I have a chance I’ll give them a look. The name sounds vaguely familiar so maybe it’s it. I’ll post either way once I have time to read them

    • mondomolly says:

      Adding your description above, I agree it could be one of the later Betsy-Tacy books!

  250. Anonymous says:

    #167 is definitely “The Silver Crown” by Robert C. O’Brien.
    #94 is probably “The Secret” (one of Scholastic’s “Windswept” mystery-romances) by Carol Beach York.
    #29 might by “Wendy and the Bullies” by Nancy K. Robinson.
    It’s just barely possible that #147 is “Homecoming” by Cynthia Voigt.
    Finally, I know I read a recap of #14 on a blog — just not this one, it turns out. But it’s out there!

  251. Anonymous says:

    #94 Thank you. Yes, that’s it!

  252. Capn says:

    A portal fantasy (late 90s, but more likely 00s. Before 2010.), set in either the UK or USA, with a teenage (high school aged) male. His mother has been missing for years, there’s a portal in the forest (a fallen tree trunk) that only opens every decade(?), and he meets a student or substitute teacher (young and female) who is somehow aware of the portal/other world. They train together in sword-fighting/fencing, in preparation to enter the barbarian world on the other end of the portal to rescue the missing mother. They are immediately enslaved and separated, forced to do manual labour (clay pots feature?), and then there is a rescue by another group of warriors. There is a battle with wooden(?) airships (steampunk/Zeppelin/pirate ship-like?), and monolithic God(s). The main character is returned to his own spacetime but love interest (the young teacher) is trapped or left behind somehow (and we don’t recall what happens with the mother). THANK YOU for ANY suggestions – we are utterly stumped with this one!

    • siriharding says:

      There are some details that remind me of “The Beginning Place” by Ursula K. LeGuin. A LOT of details don’t match, but in the name of thoroughness, I’m offering it as a suggestion. Good luck!

  253. Shasta Reynolds says:

    I know this is very vague, but it’s driving me bonkers! I’m looking for a book I read as a kid in the 90s. I don’t remember too much about it, but I know at the time it affected me quite a bit (probably because I related to her). I remember it was a hardback cover…grey in color. I want to say “me” was part of the title. It was a female protagonist who didn’t like herself very much and struggled with relationships. I’m thinking she was overweight or plain and didn’t like the way she looked. She lived in the city.

    • Julie W says:

      Possibly Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! By M.E. Kerr?

    • daisyporter says:

      Me and Fat Glenda?

    • SunriseRuby says:

      Even if this isn’t the book you’re thinking of, at least I can still put in a good word for “The Cat Ate My Gymsuit” by Paula Danziger. It has a couple of the same elements as the book you asked about above. Protagonist is funny, overweight Marcy, who is smart and observant, but she’s failing gym because she refuses to participate in class, writing notes like “the cat ate my gymsuit” in order to sit out the class period. She struggles with her relationship with her insensitive father, though she’s close to her mother and little brother and has some great friends. She finds her voice and learns to value and advocate for herself when progressive, principled Ms. Barbara Finney is hired to teach her English class after the previous teacher quits. Ms. Finney respects her students and helps them stretch both academically and emotionally, in the classroom and in the encounter group she starts. It’s very much a work of the 1970s in the best possible way, and it’s still relevant today. I thought it was hysterically funny when I read it between the ages of 9 and 11, and I learned a lot about real friendships, integrity, the value of fighting for the ideals and the people you believe in, and learning from failure.

  254. Sheesh says:

    #174 is A Star For The Latecomer by Bonnie Zindel & Paul Zindel.

  255. Michelle Campanella says:

    I’m looking for a pre-teen book with a maroon cover. I believe it was a mystery. The main character (Deena or Dana) definitely lost her snow boots – I’m pretty sure it was written in the 80’s or 90’s

    The other book I’m looking for also from probably the 80s or 90s – All I remember is a scene where two girls have to pain rooms and they have different ideas of how to paint them. One girl wants yellows, sun and rainbow – the other girl wants purples and black and stars like night

  256. 90s book says:

    I am looking for a book I read in the 90s. It was about two children and one child realizes the other one might be special needs then they cannot keep toothpaste in their mouth while brushing their teeth. I remember so little about books I read as a child, but this one sticks out so vividly in my mind.

  257. Lanny says:

    Hi there, I am trying to find a YA novel that I read in the mid-1980s, but it might have been published in the 60s or 70s. It is about a girl in her mid- to late teens who is dissatisfied with her life. She sets out walking along highways and maybe hitchhikes. She keeps a diary. I believe she befriended a dog along the way and also that she notes in her journal that from so much walking that she lost her chubbiness. One thing I know for sure is that at the end of the book, she was struck and killed on the side of the highway. The book may have taken place in Canada or Maine (not sure why I think this.)

  258. Trina Clements says:

    #169 sounds like “Out of Bounds” by Lori Boatright.

  259. #3 reminds me of “On Becoming a Woman” by Mary McGee Williams and Irene Kane. I haven’t seen it in decades but it FASCINATED me as a preteen in the mid-80s when I found it at my grandmother’s house. I had never heard of “petting” but was able to derive the meaning from context. 😀

    • mondomolly says:

      Adding you suggestion to the list above! I actually have a copy of both On Becoming a Woman and the companion volume that was written for teen boys- time to push these up to the top of the pile, thanks!

  260. Jennifer Kapoian says:

    Hi! I read a book in the late 70’s/early 80’s about a girl who goes to a new foster home, and while there takes a tumbling class and discovers a talent and love of gymnastics. I thought the name of the book was called Tumbling, but can’t find it anywhere. I think my 11 year old would love it…Help!

  261. Emily says:

    I’m looking for a young adult novel I read in the 1980s or early 90s. I think the book itself was from the 70s or 80s but could have been as old as the 60s. The story took place in a seaside town in England–I remember a lot of coastal imagery. The protagonist (I believe her name was Lindy?) is interested in sewing and fashion design. At one point, she refashions a nightgown and puts it on a mannequin, which is referred to as a “guy.” An old man is offended because he believes mannequin is somehow meant to mock him. At one point, Lindy is praised for catching a sea bream fish. This is all I can remember.

  262. Rachel Kuntz says:

    I’m looking for a YA book that I read in 2005 or 2006, though I checked it out from my local library, so it could have been published much earlier. I re