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G4: Grandfather Stories
Solved: Grandfather Stories


G8: Cornwall
Solved: Green Smoke

G10: Good and Bad Girl
Solved: Goody Naughty Book


G11: Good Morning, Sun
Solved: A Good, Good Morning

G15: Golden feather
Solved: The Jungle of Tonza Mara

G17: Ghostly playmates, anthologized short story
Solved: Ten Tales Calculated to Give you Shudders 

G19: Girl thinks she has other life
Solved: Mrs. Razor


G21: Girl lives with grumpy grampa
Solved: The Family Tree 

G22: Genie & beeswax
Solved: Do Not Open

G24: Goldilocks
Solved: Naughty Little Goldilocks 

G25: Growing Up
Solved: Growing Up

G27: Goober family
Solved: Goober Village


G28: Ghost Felicia, with baseball bat
Solved: The Ghost in the Swing 
G30: Greek History

Solved: The Illiad and the Odyssey 

G31: Gruesome scary short stories
Solved: Horror Tales: Spirits, Spells and the Unknown

G32: Gnome who grows geraniums
Solved: The Little White Horse


G34: Grettir the Strong with creepy pictures
There are many versions of the Norse (?) legend of Grettir--Grettir the Strong, Grettir at Thorhall-stead -- but I haven't come across the one I remember.  It had creepy, heavy-lined illustrations like woodblock cuts, in the style of the cover illustration on Tales from Silver Lands, and there may have been other stories in the book.  Not much later than 1970 and probably earlier.

This book sounds like one I read when i was a child (early 80's).  It was a large hardback with a pale purple cover and featured gruesome scaninavian fairytales. It had very distinct (and quite scary) illustrations  back and white "wood block" style line drawings at the top of the pages and full-page colour ones too. I remember a story about a clever cat outwitting a hideous troll,  a princess riding on the back of the 4 winds to find her missing prince and a story about a priest and a wolf. hope some of this rings a bell
G34 grettir the strong: Tales From Silver Lands, the book mentioned as having similar illustrations to the one wanted, has woodcuts by Paul Honore. Allan French did a retelling, Grettir the Strong, illustrated by Bernard Blatch and published by Bodley Head in 1961. Robert Newman did one, also called Grettir the Strong, illustrated by John Gretzer, published Crowell 1968. There are several others that don't appear to be illustrated. I couldn't find any collection of Norse or northern tales illustrated by Honore specifically.
French, Allen, The Story of Grettir the Strong, 1908. Allen French's retelling of the Saga of Grettir was first published in the US in 1908. It had a colour frontispiece, a colour vignette of Grettir on the title page, three other colour plates and three black and white plates. The colour illustrations are signed by F.I. Bennett, and dated 1908. The black and white plates are by a different illustrator, and are signed CAB and dated 1908. This edition was reprinted several times. In later printings the colour frontispiece is also used as the dust jacket illustration. The most recent printing I have seen is the twelfth printing, dated 1966. In that one the three black and white pictures by CAB are omitted entirely (they are no longer included in the list of illustrations at the front of the book). The five pictures by F.I. Bennett are retained, but are printed as black and white drawings only, except for the cover picture, which is in full colour on the dust jacket, but in black and white where it is used as the frontispiece. The British edition of Allen French's retelling of the Saga of Grettir was published in 1961, with new black and white illustrations by Bernard Blatch. I don't think it was ever reprinted, and it was sold mainly in the UK.One of these could be the book your reader is looking for.
Jones, Gwyn, Scandinavian Legends and Folk-tales, 1956, copyright. I believe this is the book that is most likely to be the one your reader remembers.
It is a collection of legends that included the story of Grettir the Strong. The illustrator is Joan Kiddell-Monroe. The book is one of an extensive series of collections of myths, legends and folk-tales for young readers published by Oxford University Press in the 1950s and 1960s. All the books were illustrated by Joan Kiddell-Monroe, but several different writers wrote the books.



G35: Goblin eats children's feet
Solved: Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep


G36: Grimm's anthology
Solved: Anderson's Fairy Tales

G37: Grimm's anthology--yes, another one!
I am trying to locate a copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales because of its wonderful water color and pencil illustrations.  Of course, I don't recall the artist's name, which is why I am writing to you. First, a description of the book.  It was my father's when he was a child (late 1940s), so I am assuming it was published sometime before then, possibly 1920s or 30s.  The book was a hardcover, large-ish in size (let's say 9" by 13") and had no dustjacket (my memory might be fuzzy on this point).  It's possible the jacket was lost, but the hard cover was illustrated with a scene from Beauty and the Beast.  The stories were the old Grimm ones: The Goose Girl, Snow White and Rose Red, Pied Piper, etc. but I suspect the collection of stories was not complete, merely representative, because the book was about 175 pages and illustrated with small and full page illustrations.  I assume a complete collection would be much larger.  Our copy was in English. The stories were not edited for children's delicate sensiblities: I well recall in the Goose Girl that the horse's (Fala?) head is cut off and hung on a wall. Next, the illustrations.  They are art deco in style: wavy parallel lines for hair, delicate ankles and joints on the figures, simple rounded lines in the clothing.  I suspect the artist is either Dutch or Scandinavian because the characters tended to be shod in clogs, which is why the delicate ankles are memorable.  The water color illustrations tended to be large, full-page size and softly colored in muted shades.  I don't recall any vibrant, bright colors, but remember that rich deep reds & blues, pale pinks and greens and such were the norm.  Characters' faces were not very detailed--a few lines conveyed an expression.  Throughout the book were smaller (about 4" high, give or take) black & white illustrations that were probably pencil or charcoal drawings.  The artist was not Rackham, Cruickshank, or Maxfield Parrish. And that is all I really know at this point.  Any suggestions or ideas would be very welcome.  Thanks.

Gustaf Tenggren, illustrator, The Tenggren Tell-It-Again Book. Parts of the description seem to fit so well with this one  Gustaf Tenggren is Scandinavian, my copy of this book is vibrantly illustrated, although all the drawings are in color, even the smaller ones (but before relocating it, I also thought the smaller drawings were black etchings). The main difference is that not all of the gruesome aspects are present. Falada is taken to a distant part of the stables instead of having her head whacked off and displayed...BUT the description gave me a very vivid memory of yet ANOTHER anthology. You may be remembering two different books, this one and the more gruesome one that I also have a memory of. Check out this website on Tenggren and for some other illustrators, like Kay Nielson go to this website.
I am the person who posted the original query and want to respond to the suggestions posted as possible solutions. To wit: Thanks for the suggestions, but I am sorry to say that after checking out the links you provided, neither of the illustrators you suggested is the one I am looking for.   Furthermore, it was definitely one book (not two that I might have confused) and Falada was also definitely beheaded, hung on a wall, and talking to the Goose Girl.  For what it's worth, I absolutely loved Tenggren & Nielson's work (thanks!).  I am browsing the book website on which you had found them and think it might have been John Bauer (his trolls and hags look very familiar)... Here's hoping.
Everywhere I look at books I'm trying to find answers to these stumpers!! I'm going buggy!!!! Is it possible that your book is one of those collections that has multiple illustrators?? Today I came upon The Platt & Munk Treasury of Stories for Children. It contains Goose Girl in which Falada's head is hung on the wall and he speaks. The illustrator of the story is Eulalie-- but the artwork is very different from her colored work in the Bumper Book,- rather it is simple black and white line drawings that may have a hint of the art deco to them. Other stories had other illustrators: Lois Lenski, Tasha Tudor, Margaret Hoopes,George and Doris Hauman. This particular book does not have The Pied Piper so it is probably not the one you are seeking. However, under the acknowledgements it is stated that Goose Girl comes from Famous Fairy Tales, edited by Watty Piper and illustrated by Eulalie and others- Copyright 1922,1928, 1933 by The Platt & Munk Co. Sure hope this helps! Oh! Someone has stated that Famous Fairy Tales is number 95 of the Platt& Munk Star Book Children series. For those people hunting for series of books this may be a useful bit of information!
Illustrated by Fritz Kredel. Translated by Mrs. E.V. Lucas, Lucy Crane and Marian Edwardes, Grimms' Fairy Tales. I am pretty sure this is the book you are looking for.  I have it sitting on my shelf. There are both colorful pictures and some just sketches (mine are in red and white).  The stories are pretty gruesome, including a talking severed horse head named falda.  Most of the stories include some death or dismemberment.  Some other titles, if this helps, are: The twelve Dancing Princesses, The Three Spinning Fairies, King Thrushbeard.
Marie Ponsot, Translator, The Fairy Tale Book:  A Deluxe Golden Book. (1961)  Recently rereleased in the early 2000s, I still have my orginal copy.  Battered and beaten, with the cover all but destroyed, the illustrations are as fresh and lovely as the day it was given me.
Grimm Brothers, Grimm's Fairy Tales,1929.The original copyright of this was in 1919 by the Platt & Nourse Co., Inc., Copyright 1929 is Platt & Munk Co. Inc. I think this is the same book mentioned in the original query.  It has an orange cover with a black Sleeping Beauty illustration and line drawings throughout.  The art deco look and the clogs are all there. The first story listed is Rumpel-stilts-kin and the last is Clever Grethel.  These are the gory oldies for the most part.  I have no idea who the translator is.  The last page notes that this series was published as "The Star Books for Children: Happiness on every page".  I hope that helps.
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm, Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories by the Brothers Grimm,1925.Your description of the illustrations reminded me of Kay Nielsen'\''s haunting style, and he seems to be from the right era. This collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales includes "The Goose Girl".



G38: Girl inherits house
Solved: Wait for What Will Come

G39: Greek mythology
Solved: Children of the Dawn


G40: Gaynelle
Solved:  Willful Gaynelle 

G42: Giant needs glasses
Solved: The Book of Giant Stories 

G43: Girl with lots of dogs
Solved: Nine Friendly Dogs


G44: Geraniums in windowboxes...
Solved: Little White Horse

G45: Girl with dogs
Solved: Nine Friendly Dogs

G46: Goose girl story
Solved: The Girl Who Sat in the Ashes 

G47: Green ink
Solved: Gruesome Green Witch

G48: Girl and brother on boat
Solved: The Maggie B

G49: Gergely book?
Solved: The Golden Book of Nursery Tales
YES! IT WAS THE GOLDEN BOOK OR GOLDEN TREASURY OF NURSERY TALES!  It contained such titles as:  The Hollow Tree Store, The Boasting Bamboo, The LionHearted Kitten, The Golden Key, The Magic Pot, The Three Sillies, Silly Will, The Three Pigs, The Cap Mother Made....etc. etc.  The illustrations were COLOR.


G50: Grandmother's garden
A little girl is sent to stay with her elderly grandmother, in an old country house. She spends a lot of time in the garden where she meets various famous people from the past. I remember Joan of Arc in particular. I read and re-read this as a child and must have remembered the title wrongly as I have never been able to locate a copy.

A possible is Castle of Comfort, by L. Atherton, illustrated by S. Findley, published London, Faber 1958, 153 pages. "Ten year old Nell has the happy knack of going into the past through the door leading into the flower
garden. Her home, the Castle of Comfort, then becomes the setting for various historic scenes, and is intended, with Nell herself and her family, to be a focus for each bye-story." (Junior Bookshelf Mar/58 p.64) It does
seem that the historic scenes are all loosely connected with the house, though, which this a less likely match.
G50 grandmother's garden: there is a book called Grandmother's Garden, by Hazel Cook Corcoran, published Parthenon 1961. No plot description as yet, but it seems to be fairly rare and there is no LC listing.
I started to read a book once in school called Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Time (I think) about a girl in a garden to which something magical was about to happen related to the thyme plant when the teacher consificated to book and I never got to finish it.
Edward Eager, The Time Garden, 1950s.  Someone suggested that your book might be Parsley Sage Rosemary and Time, but it probably isn't--that book takes the girl only goes back to Colonial America. In the Time Garden, though, there are 4 kids staying with an elderly woman, and they travel back in time to meet famous people from the past--Louise May Alcott and possibly Joan of Arc. It's worth looking at--paperback is still in print.
Trevor Meriol, Sun Slower, Sun Faster, 1957.  "Two modern English children go back into their countries past and live historically significant religious periods." I'm not sure if this fits- might have possibilities.
Hazel Cook Corcoran, Grandmother's Garden, 1965. This is a small book of poetry.  I have this book and the companion book  The Garden Grows, pub. 1970.  Both are signed by the author.  I am trying to find out more about the books and author.



G51: Girl finds secret room in new house
Solved: Ten Kids, No Pets

G52: Griffin
A story about a Griffin who hatched an egg.

Bill Peet, The Pinkish Purplish Egg.  Probably this book, but I believe the griffin hatches FROM the egg.
If the griffin hatched FROM an egg this would be The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg - Bill Peet 1963 and still in print. Maybe Could you be getting it mixed up with Horton Hatches an Egg?



G53: Girl from planet of water
Solved: Martin and His Friend from Outer Space

G54: Girl with wolf friend
Solved: String of Time

G55: Girl pilot mystery
Solved: Linda Carlton, Air Pilot

G56: Girls' series
Solved: What Katy Did
G57: Ghostly love

Solved:  Tryst 
G58: Gillian, Gilly, Gill

Solved: Witch of Redesdale

G59: Glow in the dark-Mice
This is a story about a little mouse, maybe a mouse family and the illustrations are in Glow in the Dark.  The little street lights glow.  My husband had this when he was young and has no idea what the name of it is.  Would love to surprise him with it!

Kraus, Robert, Night-Lite Storybook, Windmill, 1975.  A long-shot:  I have two Night-Lite Calendars, both illustrated by N. M. Bodecker, which have various tiny animals (hedgehogs, rabbits, etc.) in assorted settings. The signs, lighted windows of houses, etc., in the pictures glow in the dark.  Illustrations are copyright 1972 by Bodecker for Night-Lite Library, but the only book showing on a google search is Kraus's Night-Lite Storybook (and Kraus's publishing house, Windmill, was the one that issued the calendars).



G60: Giant man and little man exchange houses
Solved: Benjamin Budge and Barnaby Ball

G61: Girl from Mars
Solved: Star Girl

G62: Gingerbread Boy and Three Kittens
My sister and I are trying to find a book that our Mother used to read to us as children.  We have a portion of it but the cover and first 15 pages are gone. You can find two scanned pages here and here.  The book is 60 pages and includes stories such as: Little Red Riding Hood, Henny Penny, The Gingerbread Man,  The City Mouse and the Country Mouse,  The Three Little Kittens,  The House that Jack Built,  The Three Little Pigs.  We think it use to have the three Billy Goats Gruff also  Any Ideas?  Thanks!!!

I am wracking my brains over G62 ...I absolutely *know* those pictures - I will get back to you if and when I can find my copy.
My college-age children and I all agree that the illustrations look very familiar!! I am inclined to suggest Gateway to Storyland by Watty Piper (late 50's edition) which was mine as child that I kept for my children.  It's up in the attic--I just went to check, but it's about 130 degrees up there and I didn't find it immediately and had to leave!! I'll try to check later.
Ok, it cooled off and it looks like I sent in a false lead--it is NOT A Gateway to Storyland.  I still think I KNOW those illustrations--could you tell me a little more info--what are the dimensions of the book and what was time frame you first had the book?  I looked thru all the books I have here with no luck--but there is a falling apart book of Mother Goose at my mom's that I'll check next time I'm home.
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.  I think we had this book as children too.  Those pictures are definately familiar.  I would try Mother Goose.
Just a suggestion! I have a book called Favorite Nursery Tales that is similar to what you describe. It is smallish- 62 pages
long. It has all the stories but Three Little Kittens- but there are some poems along the way. The book is put out by Golden Books and the illustrations come from Little Golden Books. Mine is a 1970 edition. There is an edition from 1963- perhaps that resembles your long lost book.(I have never been able to pull up your pictures to see what they look like!)


G63a: Ghost story turns out to be amnesia
can't remember much. I don't believe this is a Nancy Drew mystery. Bunch of kids rent old house for summer. See lady "ghost". She turns out to be a girl that is being drugged and has lost her memory. She is being kept in this little room/cabin? After they rescue her they all go on this boat-her Dad's? In the beginning the kids-teenagers-go up to the attic of this old house and find boxes with old clothes in them-this is where the lady "ghost" got her dress that she wears to "haunt them" Sorry it's not much!

Sutton, Margaret,The Haunted Attic, 1932.  I can't remember the entire plot of this Judy Bolton mystery, but this might be the one.
This is not the Haunted Attic by Margaret Sutton.
You mistakenly classed one of my stumpers as "solved". This story is not The Haunted Attic by Judy Bolton as somebody clearly stated. I have also read that story-a couple of days ago-and it is not the book that I am looking for. Can you please put it back under "unsolved"? Thanks!
Jean McKechnie, Penny Allen and the Mystery of the Haunted House, 1950.  The Allen kids discover a girl hiding in the cabin they're living in. She has been drugged and has amnesia. It turns out she was kidnapped by a man who then drugged her and tried to convice her that he was her father. The kids go in search of the girl's identity and her real father. They travel along a river in a cabin cruiser, pursued by the kidnapper and his gang. In the end she's reunited with her father.
Margaret Buffie, The Dark Garden Probably not the book you're looking for, but enough of the details match that it's a possibility.


G63b:  Girl Named Lemon
All I can remember about this one is that there is girl named Lemon in the story and another possibly named Fern. They  live on a farm and they go to the fair.That's the extent of my memory.

I don't remember a Lemon in Charlotte's Web, but that's what I think of when I think of Fern....
Elizabeth Enright, Thimble Summer, circa 1939.  Thimble Summer is about Garnet, who lives on a farm in the Depression, and her friend Citronella (which you may be remembering as Lemon!). It includes a visit to a fair.  It was a Newbery winner and should be easily available.
Elizabeth Enright, Thimble Summer,1938.  Could it be Citronella, not Lemon? The other main character, named Garnet, has a pig, which might have led to the association with the name Fern.



G64:  glass-blowers children
Solved: Glassblower's Children
G65: Girl's rejection of her doll

Solved: Elizabeth
G66: Girl who visits aunt and gets a doll

Solved: Merry, Rose, and Christmas-Tree June 

G67: Glassblowing apprentice
Solved: The Blowing Wand

G68: Girls Shelling Peas in front of fireplace
Solved: Childcraft

G69: Girl-Silver Streak Hair-Outerspace
Solved: Martin and His Friend from Outer Space


G70: Girls Travel From Germany-America 1940's
Solved: Toward Freedom 
G71: Girl obsessed with Woody Allen and old film "Laura"

Solved: The Rise and Fall of a Teen-Age Wacko 

G72: Girls play dress-up in attic
Solved: Once Upon A Time In The Meadow
2002

G73:  Girl Looking for adoptive mom squiggly polka dot
Solved: A Home for Penny

G74:  Girl with Favorite Color RED
Solved: Ann Likes Red 

G75:  Goose carries book under wing
Solved: Petunia 
G76: Ghost called Chloe

Solved: The Otherwise Girl

G77: girl with glowing eyes

SOLVED: Glen Cook, Doomstalker.


G78:  Grandpa's Farm
Solved:  Just Right 

G79:  Golden Book
Solved: Little Mommy 

G80: Girl must become a witch to find lost brother
Solved:  The Changeover 

G81: Girl Gets Back on the Horse
Solved: Gypsy from Nowhere 

G82: Gazing Ball
Solved: Jane-Emily


G83: Girl
Solved: Patricia's Secret 
G84: Girl living in a hotel

I read this probably in the late 1970's, early 1980's.  It is about a girl who is living in a hotel in NYC with (I think) her grandparents.  I think it takes place in the 50's or 60's, but I'm not sure.  One part I remember is that the girl goes into a shop and there are the "see-no-evil, speak-no-evil, hear-no-evil" monkeys for sell, and I think they are mechanical.  I know this isn't a lot to go on!  I remember I loved this book, but I don't remember any more details.

G84: Mystery of the Silent Friends (1963, in Solved Mysteries?) The details don't quite fit, but there are both "no-evil" monkey sculptures and very old automatic dolls on platforms. One wrote, one drew a picture of a chalet and one played a harpsichord(?) I remember begging my mother to find dolls like that. Of course, who knows if dolls like that were ever common even in the 19th century - and there I was, asking for them in the late 1970's!
Ruth Sawyer, Rollerskates, 1960s?  Rollerskates is about a ten-year old girl living in an hotel (or possibly an apartment building) with two elderly relatives.  It tells of her adventures over the course of a year, and all the unusual people she be-friends.  However, it is set in late 19th / early 20th century rather than the 1960s.
Eloise at the Plaza, children's book series.
M.B. Goffstein, Daisy Summerfield's Style.  I just reunited with this book myself!  I'm pretty sure it's the same one you are looking for.  What I remember is that somehow this girl is supposed to be going one place, but she switches luggage(?) or luggage tags with a girl named Daisy Summerfield, goes to a different place and kind of takes on a new identity.  I remember her being in nyc also, and the store with the monkeys is an art supply store.  She wants to be an artist and she buys soapstone(?) and carving tools.  She carves figures with moveable parts, and I think in the end she ends up selling them.  I also remember that in order to have this fantasy life, she has to carefully budget the money she had for whatever it was she was really supposed to be doing.  I can't remember the ending though!



G85: Giant befriends children
Solved: Selfish Giant 

G86a: Girl and family move to new town
Solved:  Me and Fat Glenda 
G86b: Greek Myths with Phryxus and Helle on cover

Solved: Enchantment Tales for Children


G87: girl, neglected house, cookie shop
Solved: The Tiny Little House 

G88: Girl has mentally challenged twin sister
Solved:  Me Too 

G89: Giant befriends children
Solved: George the Gentle Giant

G90:Gray and Red Squirrels?
Solved: Miss Suzy
G91: Grandmother and Grandmother Rabbit

Solved:  Humbug Rabbit 

G92: Ghost or Astral Projection
Solved: Who Says So?


G93: girl visits medieval times
Solved: The Beginning Place

G94: gobbledy gook buns
Solved: Stories for Bedtime


G95: Girl buys raft, runs away to island
Solved:  The Secret Summer 

G96: Girl searching for Favorite Day of Year grows up, marries, has baby discovers her favorite day...baby's birthday!!!
Solved: Very Best Day for Every Little Girl 
G97: Greensleeves

Solved: A Spell is Cast

2003

G98:  Girl plants buttons that grow
Solved: What Shall I Put in the Hole That I Dig?


G99:  Giant brothers
Solved: Giants Come in Different Sizes


G100: girl dances to heal legs
Solved: Little Ballerina


G101: Gray Wolf Stories
Solved: Gray Wolf Stories, Indian Mystery Tales


G102: Greek or Gypsy girl and donkey
Solved: Nobody's Girl


G103:  goblin boy saved by girl
Solved: Lots of Stories


G104:  goblins mine gold
Solved: The Princess and the Goblin


G105: girl dresses as boy, nighttime adventures
Solved: Hilary's Island


G106: green meenies / snail whale
Solved: Seals on Wheels


G107: Gazebo Summer Two Children Time Travel
Solved: The Swing in the Summerhouse


G108: Girl finds abandonded cottage
Solved: Mandy


G109: Girl goes to Louisiana swamp to teach
Book I read in the fifties, about a girl who becomes a teacher or substitute teacher in a very backwoods part of the Louisiana bayou country. A boyfriend may be involved. I think New Orleans enters into it too somehow, either a visit there or a cousin named Isabel who lives there.

G109 might be The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
Gene Stratton-Porter writes of Indiana, I think.
Cid Ricketts Sumner, Tammy series.  1950s-60s.  A possibility: Tammy Out of Time, Tammy Tell Me True,  Tammy and the Millionaire
CS Lewis, The Magicians Nephew.  Most of the things you talked about are in this story.



G110: Good said Old Elephant
Solved: Another Day


G111: Girl with freckles threatens to hold breath until she turns blue
Solved: Katy Rose is Mad


G112: girl moves to country and gets horse
Solved: For Love of a Horse


G113: girl and horse
Solved: The Horsemasters


G114: Girl plays with "boy's" toys
Solved:  Nice Little Girls


G115: Golden Key
Solved: The Magic Key


G116: Good Manners
Solved: Watchbird


G117: girl follows spiderweb underground
A girl befriends a spider, who lends her skeins of web to lead her through an underground place - home of ants?? 1930s?

Lampman, Evelyn Sibley, City Under the Back Steps.  Maybe? Not exactly right but: Craig and his cousin Jill have been reduced to minute size and taken prisoner by an ant colony in punishment for stepping on one of its members. Down beneath the ground they are herded, down to the city under the back steps, where the haughty and Queen ruled with an iron hand, each of her subjects with a vital task to perform. Craig and Jill are put to work!
G117 Didn't the  princess and Curdie follow something like that through a tunnel? Or a wild guess Lampman The City Under the Back steps?
George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, 1872.  I agree that this sounds like the story of the princess and her friend Curdie, who followed an invisible magic strand to escape the goblin'' underground lair.  Loved that book!



G118: giants
Solved: The Book of Giant Stories


G119: Girl works too hard no time to find friend stops time
Solved: Little Babs


G120: Ghost named Gus
Solved:  Gus Was a Friendly Ghost


G121: Green Thumb
Solved:  Tistou of the Green Thumbs


G122: Giant Golden Book of Fairies
Solved:  Golden Books Treasury of Elves and Fairies


G123: ...Goes to Bed Early
Solved: Genevieve Goes to Bed Early
Golden Book, Sept.20/07. 'I have that book with that story though I'd have to search for it. Its a large pink book with many stories and verse in it. Genevieve goes to bed too early bcz she misunderstands what her dr. wants her to do..so she goes to bed earlier each night by one hour. Her Dr. figures out a way to get her to wake up at the proper time. I can't remember off hand but probably by going to bed one hour later each night too until she's at the proper time. I'll try to find it. I've had this book since I was a little girl and I'm now almost 48 and read it to all of my own 4 kids.


G124: Girl's Adventures in the Other World
Solved: Knee-deep in Thunder


G125: girl changes clothes
Solved: Mary Changes Her Clothes


G126: Glasses, Peggy doesn't want
"Peggy" finds out she needs glasses and doesn't want to wear them.  I think I remember a line "But I don't want to wear glasses, wailed Peggy"; but in the end all her friends tell her how nice she looked with them.  The book would be from the late '50s or early '60s because the one time I read it was some time before I got glasses and I thought it was pretty lame at the time.  However, it was what I remembered in the shock of having to get glasses myself, and so that was what I remembered every year for years afterward when I had to get stronger glasses.  I tried to track it down in the Library of Congress during breaks while I was doing "real" research there recently but had no luck.  Thanks!

No exact title, just a suggestion. I recently found a book my daughter remembered about a little girl who needed glasses by googling : booklist for children about wearing glasses and then went through and researched each book on the list until I found the right one. there is a list at: littlefoureyes.com/ books-for-kids/  . Hope this helps.


G127: Girl living with mother
i read it in the early '60s, but it may have been written earlier.  a young girl living w/ her single mother--buying groceries-- discovers the kosher butcher and begins buying meat there, but doesn't tell her mother (they're not jewish) . . .

G128: goose who dies and everybody is sad
Solved: Go Tell Aunt Rhody


G129: Goose on Skates
Solved: Skating Gander


G130: Giant Golden Fairy Book
Solved: A Day in Fairy Land


G131: Ghost Children, One Named Lucrece
Solved: Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden


G132: Girl Magician
Solved: The Rescue of Ranor


G133: Ghosts tell their story
Solved: The Sherwood Ring


G134: Go Go's Car Breaks Down
Solved: Gogo's Car Breaks Down


G135: Gorilla in Central Park Zoo
Solved: Gorilla Baby: the Story of  Patty Cake

G136: Golden crown?
I'm looking for a book, but have little information. It was read in school to fourth- or fifth-graders over the course of a couple of weeks, so it's book-length. It was probably a fantasy novel. It included, probably at the beginning, a boy sitting on a bench, and also involved a golden, or more likely silver, crown (chair?). Magical things happened. Any help you offer will be greatly appreciated.

C.S. Lewis' Narnia series includes a title called The Silver Chair...
This is a long shot: The Silver Crown by Robert O'Brien. It was originally published around 1968.
Robert O'Brien, The Silver Crown, 1968.  I'm guessing this one rather than The Silver Chair by Lewis, because the latter is easier to find.  "Ellen awakens one morning with a mysterious silver frown on the pillow beside her. What magic powers it possesses she has not yet discovered, but the sudden changes in her life are unmistakable: her house is burned down, her family has disappeared, and a man in a dark uniform is stalking her. Can Ellen ever find her family? Can she use the power of the silver crown to thwart the powers of darkness? What diabolical force hides inside the mysterious castle in the woods?
I'm inclined to second the recommendation of The Silver Chair.  I don't recall where the children are when they get pulled into Narnia in this book, but they are sitting on a railway bench when their adventure starts in The Last Battle.  Sounds as though the requester may be combining these two titles into one.
c.s. lewis, the silver chair. i agree.  the book starts out with "jill pole" sobbing on a bench or something behind the school.  "eustace scrubb" finds her.  they run away from the mean kids at school by going to narnia, half on purpose, half-accidental.
Charnas, Suzy McKee, The Kingdom of Kevin Malone.  This is a contemporary fantasy that begins in Central Park, then moves into an odd sort of alternate setting in which teenaged Kevin is both prince and anti-hero.  Not a perfect fit for the posted description, but close enough to be a distinct possibility -- and if not, there's a small chance that Charnas' other YA trio, a trilogy beginning with THE BRONZE KING, might be the right answer.



G137: Girl wears the same dress to school every day
Solved: The Hundred Dresses


G138: Girl trapped in castle
Solved: The Homeward Bounders


G139: Girl visits mars/moon colony, stays
Solved: Journey Between Worlds


G140: girl tacked to floor
1914-1916.  "It is about a little girl who refuses to stay home so her mother tacked her dress to the floor. The picture shows a circle of tacks and wisps of fabric on the floor to show where she had been." This query came to my library  the patron is trying to find this book for her ninety-something yr. old mother.

G141: grandfather, granddaughter, wheelchair
Solved: A Special Trade


G142: Grandfather teaches grandbunnies to paint
Solved: Grandpa Bunny Bunny


G143: Girl visiting seaside town wants to become a potter
Solved: Kathy and the Mysterious Statue


G144: guy who blows smoke rings in the shape of Qs
Solved: Moe Q. McGlutch, He Smoked Too Much


G145: Girl receives Mom's Diary
Solved: Memo: To Myself When I Have A Teenage Kid


G146: Girl riding horse in Hawaii
Solved:  Pam's Paradise Ranch


G147: girl kept awake by grandfather clock
This is a book I used to read in the late '60s to early '70s.  I vaguely remember it being about this girl who can't sleep one night and is kept awake by a grandfather clock marking off time hour by hour.  The author used the words "Tick tock, tick tock, BOOM BOOM! to describe the sound of the grandfather clock.  I know this is not much to go on, but hopefully you can help me.

Rebecca Caudill, Time for Lissa.
  It's about a little girl who wants to be adopted and the clock figures very prominently in the book.


G148: Girl finds out she's a fairy
Solved: No Flying in the House


G149: Girl goes back in time to Victorian family with 7 sisters
Solved: The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden


G150: Girl is a Tour Guide at the United Nations
Solved: The Highest Dream


G151: Girl (teen) has girlfriend who hates being tall, but ends up modeling
Solved: Dinny Gordon, Freshman


G152: Girl thinks she will die, finds love and does not die
Solved: Blue Castle


G153: Girl finds boots in drawer and each step takes her a mile
Solved: What the Witch Left


G154: Girl who liked Unicorns
This was probably an Apple paperback book or similar. I had it during the late 80's - early 90's. The main character was a girl in grade school and she adored anything to do with unicorns and I think rainbows. She had unicorn and rainbow stickers, unicorn purse, earrings?, backpack?, possibly a journal or book with a unicorn on it. She had another girl as her best friend and they had a falling out but made up in the end.  I *think* that there was a sub-plot about an old woman who lived nearby or across the street in a creepy house, and the girl and her best friend were scared of the house and the old lady and thought she was a witch. The girl who liked unicorns might have had to go and visit the old lady for some reason.  In the end I think the girl who liked unicorn gave her best friend some item with a unicorn on it. Please help!! I lost many of my childhood books but have managed to find out the titles of all except two! Thanks so much!

Rainbow Brite.  Wasn't there a big toy merchandise collection of toy unicorns for little girls in the 1980s and early 90s, called Rainbow Brite?  Or was that just horses?  This sure sounds like a book based on those toys.
Thanks for the suggestion, but it was definitely not Rainbow Brite. It was an Apple Paperback book.
Coville, Bruce, Into the Land of the Unicorns: the Unicorn Chronicles Book 1.  NY Apple Scholastic 1994.  Right at the tail end of the possible period, but anyways, the right publisher and topic. "The story of a young girl destined to save a gentle land from the dangerous, evil hunters trying to destroy it." "Fantasy and mystery combine when Cara is forced to flee Earth, clutching her grandmother's amulet and carrying a message for the unicorn queen." There's a dragon and something called a Squijum.
Patricia Reilly Giff, Polk Street School series, '80's, approximate.  Emily Arrow is in the second grade at Polk Street school. Other characters are Sherri Dent, Richard "Beast" Best and Matthew. Emily has a rubber unicorn, Uni, perhaps an eraser.  Uni accompanies Emily on quite a few adventures.  I don't remember much reference to rainbows, but there is definitely a spooky book about an old house in the series, and Emily has a falling out with her best friend, Dawn, in another book.  Probably the best known books in the series are SNAGGLE DOODLES and THE BEAST IN MS. ROONEY's ROOM.  Hope this helps.



G155: grape purple faucets
Solved: Mr. Pudgins


G156: Grump family/stick&stone soup
Solved: Little Brute Family


G157: Girls Write story about dolls, and wear big Easter hats
Solved: Two Are Better Than One


G158: Goose gets coat caught in door
Solved: To Market To Market


G159: Girl Finds Love with New Guy
Solved?: Ask Annie
I read this book when I was in middle school.  It is set in Northern California.  The lead character is a girls in high school who has lost weight.  She takes over an advice coloumn in the school paper. A new boy, with dark hair, and a exspensive car arrives.  He is hostile towrds her. He is also secretly writing an advice column in the school paper.  The cover of the book shows a girl sitting at a typewriter chewing on a pencil, a boy with dark hair is standing behind her.  I think it was published in the 80's.  Thanks for your help, I would love to get my hands on this book.

G159 This is DEAR LOVEY HART, I AM DESPERATE by Ellen Conford ~from a librarian
Ellen Conford, Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate, 1975.  Could it be the book Dear Lovey Hart, I am Desperate by Ellen Conford?  In Conford's book, the main female character, Carrie, secretly writes an advice column in her school newspaper. The description of the cover also seems familiar as well.
Ellen Conford.  I haven't read these in a while, so I'm not sure if some of the details fit, but Ellen Conford wrote Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate and its sequel We Interrupt this Semester for an Important Bulletin.  Girl writes advice column for high school newspaper and tries to impress cute guy who's also on the newspaper staff.
This is incorrect. I have this book and the character is not a girl who was overweight. "lovey heart" is also set on the east coast, in New York, not California.
Beverly Cleary, The Luckiest Girl, 1950's or 60's?  This may be the book that you are looking for.  It has to do with a girl writing for her school newspaper, and it takes place in Northern California or Oregon.  It has been a long time since I have read it.
Suzanne Rand, Ask Annie, 1982. This is one of the original "Sweet Dreams" paperback teen romance series.



G160: garrote Spaniard Italian travelers canyon
A tale of three travelers in the American West: a Spaniard, and Italian, and an American (I think).  They meet by chance and end up talking about the way each would fear dying the most.  One of them feared the garrote, the others I forget.  They then separate and sure enough, each of them meets his death in his most dreaded way.  I recall the title being "Faith Hope and Charity" or perhaps the sections were so named.  It was published prior to 1970 and was likely a lot older - I read it in grade school in the 70s and the book was old then.

Irvin S. Cobb, Faith, Hope and Charity, 1930.  Sounds very much like Faith, Hope and Charity by Irvin S. Cobb. I have this short story collected in a book called 101 Years' Entertainment: The Great Detective Stories 1841-1941, edited by Ellery Queen. I have a vague memory of this possibly having been done as a 'Twilight Zone' or similar show episode.



G161: goats, twins
Solved: Twin Kids


G162: Game book
This childern's book that was published in canada and is rumored to be out of print. It has illustrations in it that resemble a mysterious land. The book has games  that may include a large mountain. It has games to play in it and one is called 'bouncing around the room'. There are supposedly lizards and mockingbirds in the book.  A version someone saw at a garage sale was printed in 1982.

G162 This is a shot in the dark, but since no-one else has answered, I figured I'd try. Could it be one of the Kit Williams' books, possibly MASQUERADE? The whole book is posted online.  There was a treasure hunt involved. ~from a librarian 



G163: Gypsium or Jypsium Island?
translated from French, 1960s.  Serge's foster sister disappears from the docks in a southern French port. Several years later he meets an older teen who has escaped from an island in the Atlantic shrouded by fog, where kidnapped children are used to mine gypsium or jipsium or something like that.  Serge is planted as a spy, finds his sister and other children have had their memories wiped, use dog carts for transport.  Eventually the authorities raid the island and break up the conspiracy.  It was translated from the French, and had a motif of using gypsy signs for communication.  Any ideas?

I think I know this book, but of course author and title currently elude me.  The spy kid meets some girls who live in the only painted house on the island, and there is a man named Eugene who runs a sort of general store.  The medium of exchange is called krinks, and the children sing a song "Earn krinks for Eugene to drink a-drink drink.  Maybe this will trigger someone's memory that's better than mine.
Grattan, Madeleine, William Pene du Bois. Jexium Island. Viking, 1957, 1st b/w title page and chapter designs by artist 184 pp. . Drawn from memories of a childhood near the banks of the Garonne and inspired by tales of the Resistance. The heroes crack a ring of kidnappers who capture children to work on a North Atlantic island of jexium deposits. An uneven but memorable book.
Trans. from the French by Peter Grattan, Jexium Island (1957)  I am so delighted to "return the favor" someone did for me, and identify a stumper!  I am sure this is the book you are seeking.  It has black and white illustrations by William Pene du Bois, and is the story of Serge, who makes his way from France to the coast of Newfoundland to search for his kidnapped foster sister Angele.  There he finds many children who have been captured to work on an island of jexium deposits.
Grattan, Madeleine, Jexium Island (1957 approximate) Illustrated by Wiiliam Pene du Bois



G164: Golden Witch Belinda
Solved: Timothy and the Two Witches


G165: girl dreams her adventure
Solved: Diamond in the Window


G166: girl with doll writing on the mirror with lipstick
Solved: The Lonely Doll


G167: gypsy and factory
Solved: Nobody's Girl


G168: Green Lantern and the Sargasso Sea
Solved: Land of the Lost


G169: Grolier's Children's Encyclopedia
Solved: The Book of Knowledge


G170: Ghost (nice ghost) in elevator
I'm looking for a book about a ghost who lived in an old-fashioned elevator.  He was friends with the elevator operator, and he made creaking noises that sounded like the elevator. At some point the elevator is automated (or maybe closed down and the ghost moves to an automatic elevator?).  Without his friend's company the ghost fades until he's nearly invisible, but he still makes the creaking noises.  One day a little boy hears the noises and discerns the ghost. They become friends, and the ghost regains some of his visibility.  I would really appreciate if someone can find this for me.

G171: girl making bobbin lace
Solved: A Pocket of Silence


G172: Griffin is hatched from an egg
Solved: The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg

G173: Grandfather by the Sea
Solved: Stina


G174: girl with esp
Solved: A Gift of Magic


G175: grandmother's christmas
I am looking for a Little Golden Book that has a little boy & girl going to their grandmother's house at Christmas.  One page shows a manger in front of the tree with the children looking at it.  Another page has the grandmother taking gingerbread men out of the oven while the children are looking on.  I was born in 1953 and remember it being one of my favorites but search as I have, I can not find it.  Do you know of such a book or did I dream it?  For some reason I believe it may have been illustrated by Eloise Wilken but I don't know why I think that.  I remember the children being just beautiful with those typical Eloise Wilken eyes. If you have any info or know of a place where I might continue my search, I would be most grateful.

Marion Conger (illus. by Eloise Wilkin), The Little Golden Holiday Book,  1951.  This is just a remote guess, depending on how definite your memories are, but your description reminded me of this book, which has Peter and Mary going through the year with the different holidays.  For Thanksgiving, Mary's grandparents come to her house and there's a picture of her watching Mother take the *pumpkin pies* out of the oven -- they are the color of gingerbread and she has baked a small one herself "for Gramps". (The stove is old-fashioned with a big copper kettle on top.)There are several pictures in the Christmas section  one is double-page and has Mary in front of the tree, looking at a creche on a small table next to the fireplace. ?? There's a short description in the Solved Mysteries section. Hope this helps...
Wilken, Elosie, Baby's Christmas.  This sounds an awful lot like Baby's Chrsitmas by Eloise Wilken, except I don't
think they go to Grandma's. I think all of the Christmas activities take place at "Baby's" home. In the original version of this book the illustrations were absolutely gorgeous!
It's NOT Baby's First Christmas (I just checked multiple editions of that one) but I do remember the book. The children are facing the creche, holding hands, with their backs to the reader. . . I think it probably is Wilkin although it could be Tasha Tudor . . . I'll find it, it's around here somewhere!
It may be the Golden book Christmas in the Country.  Betty and Bob, along with their parents, travel to visit their  grandparents in the country for Christmas. Betty strings popcorn and cranberies in the kitchen for the Christmas tree which Bob chops down in the pasture. It was published (I think) in the late 1950's the illustrations place the story around the turn of the century. The story ends with imagining the animals in the barn getting ready for Christmas.
Marcia Martin, illus. by, Waiting for Santa Claus, 1952.  A Wonder Book.  This doesn't match exactly but it's very close.  Three children, Bobby, Sally, and Baby celebrate Christmas with their parents.  There's a picture of mother taking gingerbread cookies out of the oven and a picture of Sally and Baby looking at a nativity manger under the tree. They also go shopping for ornaments, sit on Santa's lap, and pick out a tree with Daddy.  For Christmas Bobby gets a red scooter, Sally gets a doll and a sewing set, and Baby gets a 'big brown Teddy bear with black shoe-button eyes''  Grandparents come later to visit and have a big turkey dinner.  At the end the children say "Oh, we can hardly wait until next Christmas!"



G176: Girl takes refuge under willow tree
Solved: Blue Willow


G177: Giant dog puts out fire with potato
Solved: Otto and the Magic Potatoes


G178: girl steals netsuke elephant
Solved: Lillian

2004


G179: Girl breaking into acting/stage mother
Solved: Confessions of a Prime Time Kid


G180: girl finally able transform after finding an old woman in the desert
Solved: Red Sun Girl


G181: Girl disobeys, wanders into forest after colored flowers and is lost
Solved: The Gunniwolf


G182: German-American boy harassed during WWI
Solved: A Nice Girl Like You


G183: Girl falls asleep and goes to fairyland
Solved: Once Upon a Birthday


G184: Girl has pet sloth
Solved: Julie's Secret Sloth


G185: Girls find route through garden maze
Solved: Lavendar-Green Magic


G186: Girl haunted or followed by a red fox
Solved: Nightmare
First off I think your site is Wonderful! I've browsed and browsed... but I've had no luck finding what I am looking for. :-)  Okay.. I remember a girl who keeps seeing a red fox. It apprears to her in the woods and on a road? and maybe even in a city? It's as though it is haunting her, or following her. She is really afraid about it and sees glimps all the time. Seems as though she meets a psychic perhaps and is told something about the red fox.. but I just don't remember any other details. I really hope someone will have a clue!! Thank You!
I forgot to add that I read this around 1981 so it was probably published in the 70’s sometime I’m thinking.

I am the Original Poster....In Addition: The book was a paperback, It may have been in night colors, deep blues and/or pine greens. A girl in the woods looking rather upset and a fox near a tree in the background. (I'm going on a 23 year old memory, Please bear with me..Thank You!)

sigh* This has been posted quite a while and no one has a clue? Thanks anyway!
Hyman, Trina Schart, How Six Found Christmas, 1969.  Okay, this is a long shot but the description of the cover reminded me of this book. The girl is in the snowy woods and there is a fox peeking out from behind a tree.  The background is dark green.  But the girl and the animals are searching for Christmas because they have never seen one so while the anxiety is there the story doesn't sound the same.
Andre Norton, The white jade fox. I know this is the wrong colour, but the psychic elements and the atmosphere described brought this book to mind.
I am sorry to say that neither one of these is the book I am searching for, I really wish I could remember more about it, sometimes I think that something is about to surface, but is gone before it formulate's in my mind. Thank you for trying! The Search Continues!
Severn, David, Foxy-boy, illustrated by Lynton Lamb (US title The Wild Valley).  London, Bodley Head 1959.   This may be a bit early, however Severn's books do sometimes have supernatural or unsettling elements to them. "When nine-year-old Phillippa arrived to spend her holidays with her godmother at Lilliput Castle, she was disappointed to find that the other children had moved away, and the prospect of a long holiday with only Kitty and Prudence as her companions was not a very exciting thought. The two women share of the work at Lilliput Castle between them  Kitty, Philippa's godmother, worked outside, on the farm and in the garden, while Prudence enjoyed doing all the household chores, the cooking polishing and cleaning. So Phillippa was left to amuse herself, and it was during one of her solitary walks in Wild Valley that she first saw Foxy-boy. Was he a Fox or a boy? What was he doing in the Valley? And would Phillippa ever be able to get near enough to him to find out?" Hey, this might work for G54 girl with wolf friend, too!
Unfortunatly, Foxy-Boy wasn't it either. If I recall correctly, I think the girl may have become a fox in the end, but I'm not ever 405 possitive about that. Thanks for trying!
I. M. Chilton, Nightmare
, 1971, approximate.  I think this might be the book you're searching for  -- I looked for it for years too!  Girl is in motorbike accident and gets sent back in time as an old woman in a forest.  She finds a fox tail, which she wants to sell to have food for the winter.  The fox (evil spirit) starts haunting her.  She travels back & forth in time, trying to convince everyone in her 'real world' that she's not crazy.
L.M. CHILTON, NIGHTMARE, September 1971, copyright.  95 page short story excellent.



G187a: Giant Creatures Sea
Solved: Just So Stories


G187b: gaelic magic novel
Solved: The Grey King


G188: giant cleans statue with toothbrush and serves big breakfast
I'm looking for a book about a giant who cleans statues (in England maybe?) with a toothbrush and at the very end serves a "giant's breakfast" to all the town kids.

Frank Herrmann, Giant Alexander series.  One of these?
G188 It may be one of the series but it is not Herrmann The giant Alexander in America. He holds a little friend Timmy in his shirt pocket - if that helps identify the book as one of the series.



G189: girl who appreciated nothing
I remember the story from the 1950s as being about a little girl who didn't appreciate anything.  One night the sheep came and took away her wool blanket and then the next night the trees took their wood away (her house).  I remember someone or something took her flying through the night to show her what the world would be without the gifts of the animals and plants.  I remember the pictures as being dark.  I have searched and searched for this book.  I hope so much to find it.  Thank you for your help.

See T59 for some suggestions.
Lucy Sprague Mitchell, The Golden Book of Nursery Tales (Silly Will), 1948.  This sure sounds like "Silly Will" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell,  except it's a little boy, instead of a girl. But it does have the  same theme of ungratefulness, with the trees taking back the wood from his house, the sheep taking back their wool, the goose taking back the feathers from his pillow, etc. This story appears in The Golden Book of Nursery Tales (A Big Golden Book) published by Simon & Schuster in 1948. The illustrations are black and white, except for one full-page color picture of Will standing naked & shivering in front of where his house used to be, at night, with all the animals and the trees in the background.  Picture is in dark tones.  The story was also published in The Here and Now Story Book pub. by E.P. Dutton & Co.



G190:girl finds old diary
Solved: The Velvet Room


G191: girl's family owns furniture factory
Solved: After the fortune cookies


G192: Gentle Giant Book Don't Know Title
HI! A good friend of mine had a book she loved growing up (this was in the 70s) about a gentle giant who was afraid of a neighboring giant. So he invites him to dinner and the gIsnts wife plants a rock inside the bread. The Gentle Giant accidentally gets the rock, but the scary giant sees he can eat rocks and decides he is probably stronger than he is. Do you know this story and how I might get a copy to surprise my friend? Thanks!
There is a new book titled: Mrs McCool and the Giant: An Irish Folk Tale that has the same plot line. But I am looking for the original picture book from the late 60s to early 70s.

Here are two to look up on the Solved Mysteries pageGeorge the Gentle Giant by Adelaide Holl (1960) and Arnold Lobel's  Giant John (Harper & Row, 1964).
G192  Your friend may be thinking of THE BIGGER GIANT: AN IRISH LEGEND retold by Nancy Green, illustrated by Betty Fraser, 1963, 1966. Scholastic Book Club put out a paperback version. It may also be worth looking at FIN M'COUL by Tomie DePaola but it looks like it may have been printed in 1981. If not, it may help to know that the smaller giant is Fin M'Coul (or Finn MacCoul), his clever wife's name is Oonagh, and the bigger giant is Cucillin.~from a librarian
The story is called "Fin M'Coul," and it appears in They Were Brave and Bold (Book 5 of the Wonder Story Books readers). This book also contains the stories Pecos Bill, Beowulf, The White Cat, Sinbad, The Girl Who Hunted Rabbits & others.  Cover is dark blue, w/ Pecos Bill riding Mtn Lion on front cover, old man on flying tractor on back cover.  Fin M'Coul also appears in Celtic Fairy Tales, by Joseph Jacobs.  Hope this helps.



G193: girl sent to live w/hippie-like relatives for summer
I read this in late 70's when I was around 12.  It seems like the title had the words 'secret' or 'summer' in it.  A girl is sent to stay with a hippie-type aunt for a summer and meets another girl.  There was something magic or secret they discovered and at the end of the book the friend dies. Seems like there was a man named Lewellyn who was her mother's boyfriend or her uncle.  I'd love it if anyone recognizes this.  It was a terrific book. Wish I could remember more of the particulars of the story.

I keep thinking of Ghost Garden by Hilda Feil, but I've never read it, so can't say for sure.  There is a good description under "Solved Mysteries."
The book definitely isn't Ghost Garden by Hila Feil.  In the book described, the girl who befriends the hippy girl is very straight laced.  She goes to the hippy's house and the girl has an enormous room which she can skate in - but she doesn't have her parent's love.
Konigsburg, Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth.  I know that the description doesn't immediately fit, but I think this is the book you're thinking of.
This is not Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth... and Me, Elizabeth which takes place during fall and winter in a large city, probably New York. It sounds more like The Birds of Summer, but in that book the children's mother is the one who is hippie-like and they live with her.  Set in the 1980s, the novel tells the story of Summer Mclntyre, who lives with her mother. Oriole, and her sevenyear-old sister, Sparrow, in Alvarro, California. Oriole harbors romantic visions of getting back to nature and living the simple life, but she depends upon welfare to raise her family. The Mclntyres live in a wooded area in a trailer that they rent from their friends and neighbors, the Fishers. The Fishers own some greenhouses in which they grow strawberries and tomatoes to sell in town.
Mary Francis Shura, Maggie in the Middle (The Seven Stone)  I remember this book, the friend's room is painted blue with astrological signs or starts on it.  She learns about runestones from one of the friends too.
Wylly Folk St. John, The Ghost Next Door (1981, approximate)  I remember clearly the owl with "love" in its eyes.  The girl went to visit family and met the ghost of her half-sister who had drowned.  There was an owl figurine which her sister had made that solved a mystery.



G194: Girl discovers she is half fairy
Solved: No Flying in the House


G195: Girl in Hospital - head injury
Solved: Kristy's Courage


G196: Green Dress
This book I'm remembering may have had "green" in the title, like "The Green Dress,"or something like that. Anyway, I seem to recall a girl being peeved because she had to wear a used dress or coat. I think it had something to do with her grandmother: either the dress or coat was made by the grandmother, or it came from a trunk in her grandmother's attic. And while the girl was peeved at the prospect of having to wear it (instead of getting a new one, maybe?), it somehow turned out to be a good thing. That's all I can remember. Hope you can help. This book has been stuck in my mind for years. I actually have a mental image of myself standing in the library at the shelf, flipping through the pages.

Rachel Field, Polly Patchwork, ca 1928.  This might be Polly Patchwork, a short story included in The Junior Classics Volume 6,  1958 edition.  Polly is a little girl who lives with her grandmother.  They are very poor, and the grandmother makes Polly a dress out of an old patchwork quilt, telling Polly stories about family members who contributed squares to the quilt.  When Polly wears the dress to school, the kids make fun of her, but in a spelling bee Polly looks at one of the squares and gets help from an ancestor in spelling Mississippi.
Hmmm ... That sounds like it should be it, but I don't think it is. I distinctly remember "green," as in a green dress or coat.
I don't remember the title or author but the story I'm thinking of was part of a larger book like a reader.  The girl's family might have been Quaker or Amish or something like that because she says that her mother knew how to make beautiful dresses without ruffles or trim.  Another family loses their home (a fire?) and the girl volunteers to give her dress away.  Her family is surprised but she actually means to give her everyday dress so she can wear her new green one.  Her grandmother makes her fetch her new dress to give away and she grumbles to herself because her everyday dress should be good enough for that other girl.  The story had a turn-of-the-century feel like a Laura Ingalls Wilder (although it was not the Little House series).  Hope this is the story and gives a few more clues.
I remember reading a bioliography of Susan B. Anthony that describe that story.  It also had a story about her working in her father's thread mill, and seeing it as unfair that young girls work hard and their father would take their earnings.  She had gotten the job after wishing on a star for something excited to do.  Also after she gave away her new dress she actually felt happy because she didn't need to worry about keeping her new dress prefect.  It seems that I remember the bioliography as part of a nonfiction series of varies American heros, Presidents, Presidents wives or mothers.  Hope this help.
Monsell, Helen,  Susan B. Anthony : champion of women's rights This is the story that I was thinking of but I don't know if the dress was green.  The grandmother is the one who tells Susan B. Anthony that she can't give her old dress away.  The girl who receives the new dress just had her mother die after a long illness so the mother had not been able to take care of the family for a long time.  At the end, Susan is happy because her old dress is comfortable and she wouldn't have been able to jump across the creek if she had been wearing the new one (for fear of getting it dirty).



G197: Girl hides china doll from her mother in closet
Solved: The Secret in Miranda's Closest


G198: Girl survives a 1920s-era fire in Berkeley or Oakland, California
Solved: Julia and the Hand of God


G199: Girl with a newborn baby sister named "Star"
Solved: Betsy and Billy


G200: Girl and a circus
The book was about a girl and a circus.  I think the girl's parents were circus performers (trapeze artists, maybe?) and she was a bit of an oddball among her peers at school because of this unusual lifestyle of hers. I seem to recall New York having something to do with it. Like, maybe that's where she lived, or it was the city the circus was performing in.

Carolyn Haywood, Betsy and the Circus
Make-believe daughter, 1972.  I'm not sure why this one comes to mind, but you can see a copy of it on this website.  It's about three friends, all named Matilda (except they have different nicknames), and I'm pretty sure one of them has some kind of oddball family background such as being circus performers.



G201: Girl with polio uses horse to stop burglar
Solved: Tall and Proud


G202: Girl Scout Camper with prized white swimming suit
Solved: Just Plain Maggie


G203: Gingerbread Stars
Solved: Mary Poppins

G204: Girl- A very long neck
Solved:  Struwwelpeter: Phoebe Ann


G205: Girl lives in trees and meets girl who lives underground
Solved: Green Sky Trilogy


G206: Girl gives stolen doll to thief for Xmas?
Book about a girl who is given a beautiful new doll. She shows the doll off to a poor girl, and the doll is later stolen.  I can't recall if the poor girl actually stole the doll, or if the other girl only thinks that she has done so. The doll is later returned anonymously, and the first girl gives the doll as a gift (possibly a Christmas gift?) to the poor girl.  I read this book in the 70's, but believe it was older - possibly from the 40's or 50's.  I seem to recall a blue cloth-covered binding, and I think the words Christmas and Doll may have been in the title.  However, there are several books titled The Christmas Doll (or Dolls) currently in print, which are definitely not the one I'm looking for. Thanks for your help!

That sounds so familiar... but it's not Best Loved Doll or the others I just checked....
Barbara Chapman, Santa's Footprints, 1948.  If this is the same book you people solved for me some time ago!  It sounds very similar to the short story The Wonderful Mistake.
Thanks for your suggestion, but I just looked up The Wonderful Mistake, and I'm afraid that's not it.  In the book I'm looking for, the first girl (not rich per se, just middle-class) is given a beautiful new doll, and invites her friends over so she can show it off. The poor girl is somehow invited also, though I don't think she is liked by the others. Possibly the first girl's mother made her invite the poor girl? Or maybe the girl just invited her whole class and the poor girl tagged along? Anyway, the doll disappears, and everyone assumes the poor girl stole her - which she may have done, I don't recall. The doll is later anonymously returned to its owner, but the first girl meanwhile gains some understanding of or sympathy for the poor girl. She decides (perhaps with some urging from her mother or some other relative?) to give the poor girl one of her own dolls, and selects the new one, rather than an older (but well-loved) doll. She might even have dropped the doll off anonymously for the poor girl? The story takes place during the winter time, at or shortly before Christmas. I seem to recall the first girl walking home through a light snowfall after giving away her doll.  The book itself was fairly small, I think with a blue cloth-covered binding, and the writing on the cover may have been in silver.  It was mostly text, but I think there were small line drawings on the first page of each chapter, above the text. There may have also been some larger line drawings scattered throughout the text, but I don't think there were any color pictures. (Despite the choice of keeping the old, well-loved doll, this is not The Best Loved Doll, either.) I'm almost positive that the book was a single story, not a collection of short stories. Thanks for your help!



G207: Gothic pre-teen books
Solved: The Wish Giver


G208: Giant egg turned into house
Solved: Present from a Bird


G209: Goodnight mother I love you
This is a children's book that I read to my daughter at bedtime every night in the late 1970s so it had to be published begore then.  I think it was about getting ready for bed or going to sleep.  One of the lines in the book was "goodnight mother, I love you."  We cannot remember the title, author or other information.  We would like to find the book.  Please help!Thank you.

This seems too obvious, but could it be Goodnight, Moon?  It's been years since my son and I read it, but maybe?
What a wonderful tribute to Goodnight Moon, but the words "I love you" do not appear in the book.
Thanks for the reply but unfortunately it is not Goodnight Moon.  My daughter did remember that on the page that said "goodnight mother, I love you" was the picture of a little girl in bed telling her mother goodnight.  She also remembered that it was not a "Golden Book" (it was smaller in size) or hard bound book.  Any and all input is appreciated.  Thanks.
Lynn and Mandy Wells, The Goodnight Book (1974)  The book The Goodnight book published by Tell a Tale books in 1974 by Lynn and Mandy Wells.  Starts out "Goodnight Red sun, goodnight stars, goodnight bus goodnight cars...
Lynn and Mandy Wells, The Good Night Book, 1974, copyright.I have this book -- it too was one of my favorites as a little girl and it took me a long time to track down a copy. It's about a little girl getting ready for bed and she's saying "Good night" to everything she sees like the sun, the things and people she can see out the window. Then she says hello to her bed and good night to her stuffed animals and her baby sibling then she says "Good night, Mother. I love you!" and a few more good nights before she falls asleep.



G210: Green Glassy
This is a story in a children's book from 1930s-1940s. Regular cloth bound not picture book or golden book but did have black and white drawings. Story concerned a wonderful green glassy/glassie which was a snow globe I think.  I read or had read to me in late forties. There were a number of stories in book, I dimly recall ones about mice and roller skates but that's all, unfortunately. I would love to find this old book again!

Just wanted to add that I think the Green Glassy of the story title, which I believe was a snow globe, had inside of it the figure of a bear. I remember being awed by the the b&w illustration of the bear inside the snow globe (I was 5 or 6 I think).  I am still hoping someone remembers this story.
Mary Grannan, Just Mary Stories.  Just Mary was a radio personality in Canada.  This book which has both the skating mice and the Bear in the Glassy is a combination of two of her books - Just Mary and Just Mary again.



G211: Girl visits grandparents at farm
Solved: Understood Betsy


G212: girl on vacation falls in love with older man
I read this book in hardback about 5-6 years ago. Female author. A young (British?) women falls in love with older gentleman on a mediterranean island (Greek island I think). They are passionate for a few weeks but at the end of her vacation, they separate but with a feeling of pleasure not devastation.

Try looking at some of Joan Aiken's adult novels from the 1970's - there was one that seems similar - the girl was a musician or music teacher and there was some kind of mystery subplot.
The Greengage Summer.  I'm not sure of the author, maybe Penelope Mortimer.  I think this could be your book.
Greengage Summer is by Rumer Godden and is definitely NOT the book you are searching for.



G213: Girl who turned into a cloud.
This was a little book (probably a school reader) that I read in a Tasmanian school during the late 1960s. It was almost certainly much older than that. It had a girl (I believe a Victorian child) who somehow trned into a cloud. She rubbed her slippers/shoes/boots together and found out they didn't squeak.


G214: girl hits head on sundial
I wanted to re-read this mediocre book because it had an intriguing plot.  I remember the name as Stitch in Time? Slip in Time? 1989?  I can't find it and I obsess about it.  Just found this sight.  The girl, a travel agent, gets fired and spends the weekend doing a re-enactment, mystery weekend at a new B&B with her girlfriend.  She hits her head on a sundial and is transported back in time.  Thinking that people are taking the re-enactment too far, she is annoyed with her fellow guests who are investigating a real mystery which had happened in the house years ago involving a stolen necklace.  After finally believing that she WAS transported in time, she hears her new love interest humming the Beatles' Hey Jude and is really confused. Nice plot.  Worth one re-read.  It's the not being able to find it that makes me crazy. It's not Galbadon or Weyrich or Deveraux.  I've posted this in many places and no one's ever heard of it.  PLEASE HELP ME FIND THIS OKAY BOOK.  I can't even remember why I liked it, but I will not rest until it's located.

Flanders, Rebecca, Yesterday Comes Tomorrow.  Harlequin 1992.  I'm dubious about this one, but it's the closest I've found so far. "It began as a simple mystery weekend. Then the present and the past merged, and Amelia Langston was back in 1870 on the Aury Plantation with Jeffrey Craig, the prime suspect in a murder. There she discovered everything that had been missing from her life...excitement, adventure, rapture with the man of her dreams...Jeffrey. Was this a fantasy or a frightening reality?"
Thank you for your help and the attempt at a solution.  I don't believe that there was a murder and it didn't have a plantation.  It was almost from a Victorian time.  I have other details, too if it helps:  There was a nutty professor in the book who invented things.  He made a kind of washing machine and a toilet.  As the book unfolds, you learn that the professor had also come through the sundial.  He wasn't inventing things, he was re-inventing things.   In the story there were 2 brothers.  The hero was the black sheep of the family.  When the girl had gone back in time she knew some of the characters and the plot of the mystery regarding the stolen necklace.  She was very suspicious of the black sheep brother.  I really believe that the word Time was in the title.  I thought the name was A Stitch in Time.   The girl had been fired as a travel agent, but had received the invitation to a murder mystery weekend at a new B&B.  She brought her best friend.  Every other guest for the weekend had a title.  She was called the Mysterious Lady.  She thought that she was gypped.  It turns out she was playing herself in the mystery.  I come home from teaching every day and I look to see if one of your readers remembers.  I have faith in your site!  It'll happen.  My sister is sending a couple stumpers your way, too.



G215: Girl in harrowing situations
Solved: Terrible, Horrible Edie


G216: Girl gives her clothes away
I am looking for a story of a girl who is walking through the woods. Along her way she runs into many other people who are less fortunate than she. She ends up giving her boots to someone, then her coat to someone else (etc.), and finally gives her underware away to the last needy child. She is naked in the winter under the stars, but feels warm. This story was in a collection of short stories, before 1980.

..., Gold Heart (Guld Hjerte).  I just read an interview with the director Lars von Trier who said that all of his movies are influenced by a book called Gold Heart -- I wonder if it's the same one? "It tells the tale of a little girl who lives in a lonely cabin in the woods who one day goes out into the forest and gives away everything she has. In the end, broke, cold, and alone in the woods, at what should be her deepest moment of despair, a mysterious power favors her with wealth  and the boy she gave her sweater to turns out to be a prince, who marries her for her kind heart."
G216 Poster may want to see a picture of a Danish version on which a filmmaker based a movie (online here).
Grimm, Star Money.  This should be in any full collection of Grimms fairy tales.  it may be under a different name but Star Money is the title I've seen.
Grimm, The Falling Stars, 1985.  Illustrated by Eugen Sopko.  A beautiful picture book version of Star Money by Grimm.
May be out of print as I got my copy years ago.  It is a great story for the Christmas holidays. The story of Star Money is used in many Waldorf schools around that time of year.



G217: girl living with scottish american relatives
This book was a hardcover I borrowed from the library. It must have been printed, or reprinted, in the late 1960s, because the cover showed a teenage girl with long straight hair and wearing a shift-style minidress (or maybe it was a boxy-style coat) standing in front of a door. Her parents had died, and she went to live with distance relatives in a mountain town. Although her relatives lived in America, they still kept to their Scottish customs and celebrated the holidays differently. This book was the first time I encounted the word “haggis.” 

G218: griffon tears alchemist short stories
Solved: The Chewing-Gum Rescue and Other Stories


G219: Girl cares for dolly that has "Mumbledy Bumps"
Solved: Little Mommy


G220: Glass-bottomed airplane
Solved: School in the Sky


G221: Grutchy
circa 1948. The most vivid character is a grumpy gnome named 'GRUTCHY'.  As I recall, he's a Silas Marner miser type who is transformed by caring for a young child. Beautiful illustrations include a magnificent sunset.

G222: Golden Key
Solved: The Key to the Treasure

2005


G223: girl who helps lion and swallows a bee
I read this book in New Zealand in 1962 or 1963, so it's probably British. I don't know whether it was published in the 20th century or earlier (I was only five when I read it).  A little girl meets up with a lion who has injured itself with, I think, a can opener.  She helps it out.  In another incident, she swallows a bee and is so startled she falls into a pond, where she finds an upside-down world. I can't remember whether this is a single story or a chapter book.

If the original poster is still looking (it's been a while, I know) I think that this book is probably The Curious Adventures of Tabby, by E.H. Lang. If I remember correctly, it contains several stories--I specifically remember the one with the girl falling through the pond, and I believe there was another with her doll coming to life. It's a tough book to find but there's a listing on WorldCat with a brief description.


G224: Girl old house jewel theives
Solved: The Secret of the Emerald Star


G225: Girl refuses bath
You did it before and I hope you can help me again.  My daughter remembers my mother reading a book of sttories.  One story was a girl that refused to take a bath and woke up in a pigpen. She says not Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. This would have been early to mid 60's but if it was my book it was 40-50's.

Brown, Margaret Wise, Margaret Wise Brown Storybook? 1950s?  In this large Golden book of stories (the name of which I can't remember exactly, but I have it at home) is a story about a little BOY who doesn't want to take a bath.  He goes outdoors to see how the cat, the pig, etc. take their baths and in the end decides to be a little boy and take a bath in the bathtub.  Might be what you're thinking of.



G226: Giants eating trees like broccoli
I can't, for the life of me, remember the title of a book I loved as a child (1970s).  The only thing I really remember was that a giant (ogre, or some other sort of mystical creature) was talking about eating trees like his little human friend ate broccoli.  Some women on a mailing list I belong to suggested "The Friendly Giant" but it wasn't the right book.  I'm hoping someone can help me as I'm starting to believe I made this book up!  Thank you so much!!!!

James Thurber, The Great Quillow,  1973.  perhaps...
David L. Harrison, The Book of Giant Stories, 1970's.  The book cover is green with a giant on the front.  It contains three different stories about three different giants.  I also had this book as a child in the 70's...I hope this is the one you are looking for!



G227: Ghost/Monster/Ufo book series
Solved: The World of the Unknown:  All About Ghosts


G228: Grandma Rabbit
Solved: Leo The Lop Series


G229:girl in apartment with broken leg
Kids' book from late '70's/early '80's about a girl who has moved to new apartment complex with mother. It's summer, she knows no one, has a broken leg, wears key around neck, bored,  sort of a juvenile "Rear Window".

G230: Girl wins essay contest to get bike
Solved: Nothing Rhymes With April


G231: Ghost story; 2 brunette children; frozen lake
Solved: All On a Winter's Day


G232: Girl goes to visit best friend in California
Solved: Hollywood Dream Machine


G233: girl marries school teacher
It's a book I read several times while in High School- (1969 to 1973) About an early 1900's(?) family (travelled by horse drawn wagons) and a young girls coming of age. She's a student in a one room school house, the new male teacher is living with their rather large family (farmers ?). They are friends and then she starts to "act up" in class (to get attention???) Later they marry and raise a family of their own. also includes story line about a poor friends relationship with her brother who married into a socially prominate family. For the life of me I can't remember the tilte or the author, but I believe the name began with a W. (Not: Little house on the prairie!!!)

Jessamyn West, Leafy Rivers. Not 100% sure, but a possibility.



G234: Girl, horses, murals, New England, growing up
Solved: Pounding Hooves


G235: Green and purple cookies
a young girl, possibly a witch, bakes green and purple cookies for parent night, because she has no parents--i think.

Late 70's.  It was definitely a witch, and I think she was trying to be a little girl.
Anna Elizabeth Bennett, Little Witch. I don't remember Minikin (Minx) baking cookies, but thought I'd suggest Little Witch anyway. Maybe the stumper requester could look at Solved Mysteries, to rule it out?
I remember this book too, but unfortunately no more details.  I think you're right that the witch baked these green and purple cookies for Parent Night or Back-to-School Night.  I think the rest of the parents who were there found them very unappetizing (they were lumpy and misshapen too).  The witch might have been hiding the fact that she was a witch, and trying to go to school like an ordinary girl -- that might be why she didn't ask her parents to make the cookies, because either they didn't know or didn't approve?  I would have read it in the 70's.



G236: German boy has adventure
Solved: The Quest


G237: Girl caught by indians ends up as seamstress
Solved: Calico Captive


G238: Ghost, frozen
Several ghosts are searching for a treasure(?) and one must cross a river to a cave to look for it.  There is a shark in the river and the water is so cold that the ghost freezes and icicles form on his body.

G239: Ginny
Solved: Ginnie and the Mystery Doll


G240: goose stuck in door
Solved: To Market, To Market


G241: Grandmother's lap
Solved: Grandmother and I


G242: Girl with Mirror who gets pulled back in time
Solved: Mirror of Danger (Come Back Lucy)


G243: Girl In a Haunted House??
Solved: Haunted Dollhouse

G244: Ghosts at Grandma's house
Solved: Monster Night at Grandma's House


G245: Girl who drinks salt water
Solved: Someday Angeline


G246: Ghost Story Sarah Grey Haunted dreams
Solved: A Sound of Crying


G247: Good Dragon versus Evil Witches; blue pudding
Solved?: The Mystical Beast
Some kids go down a manhole and end up in another world, where there are lots of evil witches who are trying to kill off a dragon-I seem to remember that he is the last dragon alive. One of the boys who is very full of himself manages to get captured by the witches in the witch house when the kids are all snooping around there, and the witches lock him in a big cage, possibly to eat him later (I'm not sure), or to use him as bait to lure the good dragon there. The other kids set off to find the dragon, and when they find him they discover that his magic has grown quite weak, and he may only be able to battle the witches with the children's assistance. He has enough magic left to make them a meal; a delicious blue pudding unlike anything they've ever had. (This is not a key element to the book, it just stuck in my head for some reason). That's all I can remember!

G247  Storey, Margaret.  Timothy and two witches.  illus by Charles W Stewart    Dell Yearling, 1966. popular British story about children, witches, a dragon
This book is definitely not Timothy and Two Witches, due to the plot explanation on the Solved page. This book is written for an older age group, but I can't remember the name... :(
I bought Timothy & 2 witches - definitely not the right book :-(
Alison Farthing, The Mystical Beast. I think this may be the same as "E108: Evil witches, good dragon" which seems very similar--right down to the blue pudding.  Someone posted there that it was The Mythical Beast.  Worth checking out, I would think.



G248: grade school kids doing activities at home, school
1950s,1960s,1970s (not sure of year - style seems similar to Dick and Jane, but kids are a little older and writing is aimed at readers that are a little older than Dick and Jane, maybe 1950s, but I was born in 1970s) book or books - probably several stories or at least several chapters in each book, hardcover; some of the stories... two kids holding suitcases, maybe getting ready to go to Grandma's house; a girl gets to go with her father to his work for a day at a television studio; boy and girl get to build a bookcase; kids help mom and dad with yardwork; girl at school learns about morning glories and how they open up in the morning; these were hardcover books, larger, thicker, and more substantial than something like Goldenbooks; more in depth and for older age reader than Dick and Jane books; wholesome sort of stories


G249: Girl wants curly tailed puppy
Solved: Two Stories About Wendy
Two Stories About Wendy

G250: Girl learns she can become bird
This short story was part of an anthology, probably for teen girls. I read it in the  mid-70s, but my father had bought it used, so I don't know when it was published. In this story, a girl (late teens, maybe) feels very different from her family but doesn't know why. She's alone somewhere, maybe at an inn, and meets a somewhat mysterious couple. They inform her that she comes from a different place (another planet?), was adopted, and can transform herself into a bird. The girl at last knows who she is and where she belongs. You think she's going to become part of the strangers' world, but at the end of the story, she flies across a lonely sky with powerful strokes--back to her adopted family. This story has stuck with me all these years. I don't recall the title, author, or any other stories in the book. I'd appreciate your help in identifying this short story.

{Young Mutants} or {Young Aliens}, 1984.  I don't remember anything about a teenage girl anthology, so this story appears to have been printed in a book of short stories with a different focus. Regardless, it's there.  This story is either part of Young Mutants (possible) or Young Extraterrestrials.  Contents at the bottom of this webpage. Young Extraterrestrials cover (big).  Young Mutants cover (big).It could also be other books in the Young series, but I think it's one of those two.
Series listed here, although I disagree with the review content.
Brock, No Flying in the House.  This story is about a girl who feels different and finds out she's a fairy (she can kiss her elbow). There's a little magical dog as well.
Kris Neville: Bettyann (1970). This is indisputably the science fiction classic Bettyann. When a "car accident" (actually a spaceship crash, I think) kills her parents and damages her arm she's adopted by an old couple. As a teenager she has an instinct to heal sick people. Her real family find her and tell her everything. They are shapeshifters and show her how to restore her arm. They take it for granted she will want to come back with them, but she changes into a bird and flies back to her earthly home.  It is somber, as you said, but beautiful. There is a sequel called Bettyann's Children.

Thanks to the people who have sent suggestions. The book definitely isn't No Flying in the House. The story I'm thinking of is fairly somber. I'll try to find a copy of the Young... books. They sound promising.



G251: Girl with coin purse at candy store
Solved: Geraldine Belinda


G252: girl on train
i am looking for a book written  possibly in the  30's, 40's or 50's.  it was read in school. it was about a girl on a train, who is handed a bag of jelly donuts, possible given to her by the train conductor. it was written in some form of italic print, like the fancy victorian calligraphy. thats all i know about the book.  i know i dont have enough to go on , but it may remind someone of it, and they may have more clues. i would love to have a copy of this book for my sister.

Palmer Brown, Beyond The Paw Paw Trees, 1954. This is a long-shot but there is something like this in Beyond the Paw Paw Trees by Palmer Brown, from 1954. The girl's name is Anna Lavinia, she travels on a train and is given, I think, some kind of food by an old woman. Whether or not it's jelly donuts, I can't confirm right now, since my Mom has the book. Do "lavender blue days" a cat named Strawberry and floating down to the ground with an umbrella after jumping off a cliff sound familiar?
Dorothy Canfield, Understood Betsy, 1930's, approximate.  In this book, there is a chapter where Betsy and Molly go to the fair and the people they are supposed to ride home with leave without them.  Betsy earns the money for train tickets by running the donut booth so the girl can go to dance with her boyfriend for an hour.  When the girl comes back, she hands Betsy a bag of donuts.  "Take all you want," she says.  "Momma'll never miss 'em."  Later on, the 2 little girls are riding on the train and eating the donuts.  Maybe this is your book?



G253: girl in painting, boy's broken leg
This is a book I read during the sixties or seventies. I have absolutely no recollection of the title or author. The story concerned a boy confined to bed with a broken leg. Hanging in his bedroom is a painting. It turns out that the girl in the painting is actually there as a punishment for bad behaviour. (I think she was put there by her Grandfather) and she can only be freed by being kind to someone. She takes the boy on all sorts of adventures, but the only one I can remember concerns a sea trip, when a merman tries to persuade her to stay with him, but she refuses because of the boy. I particularly want to find this book again, because I seem to remember that the last few pages were missing when I read it for the second time, and I cannot remember the ending.

Catherine Storr, Marianne Dreams. The link has a synopsis of the story.  Doesn't quite match the description in the stumper, but some how it feels like it might be the book being looked for.  I read the book a while ago.  Our local library no longer has a copy, but wasn't a movie made of it a year or two ago? Link.
Thanks for the feedback, but this book is definitely not Marianne Dreams. I do remember Marianne Dreams though, as it was a TV series in England during the Seventies, and I was disturbed by the rocks with eyes. I also thought it silly that she drew a lighthouse as a light source to aid their escape, instead of a constant source of light.



G254: Girl adjusting to farm life
Does anyone out there know of another book of this genre that is not one of the following? The house of the fifers by Rebecca Caudill, The wonderful year by Nancy Barnes, Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Homemade year by Mildred Lawrence, Katie Kittenheart by Miriam E. Mason. I am anxious to find a particular book that I read in Indiana as a child in either 1964 or 1965. The memory of it has haunted me all these years, but as with my last stumper, my remembered details are unfortunately very vague. The story (similar to the above titles) is of a plucky teen or pre-teen girl who is sent to live on her relatives' farm. There is a struggle of adjustment to a very different way of life,  homesickness, and much growth and change take place in her life. The theme, I've discovered, is a fairly common one, hence I've read all the above books recently in my search for "the one".  It also seems almost like an imitation of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. It's  more of a young adult book, not aimed at young children.  My overall impression is that it's written earlier than the early 1960's, even 1940's possibly. I think it takes place in the 20th century, or late 19th at the latest.  It did not have a sparse feel, but the prose seemed intense and crowded with emotion and detail about farm life. I don't think it's a slim book and I don't remember any illustrations.  I have dim recollections of hoards of cousins surrounding the girl, and almost goading her on. Sometimes I think I remember the name "Judy" or even "Julie" or "Kate" being the heroine's name.  There is a wholesome feeling of "berries and gingham" about the book. An orchard may appear in it. I am quite sure the author is American, and because I was living in Indiana at the time, I am wondering if she/he could be either one of the Indiana authors, Mabel Leigh Hunt or Miriam E. Moore?  Other books by Rebecca Caudill or May Justus could be possibilities. I've been checking but nothing sounds right or not enough info.  Any ideas would be much appreciated!

Kate Seredy, The Good Master. How about this or The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy?
Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh. A deluge of ripe apples is Martitia's introduction to the five fun-loving Gardner boys when their father, Dr. David, brings the sixteen-year-old orphan girl to the hospitable Gardner home in North Carolina.
They Loved to Laugh. This is about a young girl, Martitia(?), who goes to live with relatives who have a house full of boys. Her aunt always says, "Every tub must stand on its own bottom" and the boys make her think she is eating dog meat.
Daringer, Helen F., Adopted Jane.  Wonderful book about an orphan who goes to stay with an older woman, then stays with a lively family on a farm and has to decide if she will stay there or return to the woman.
Thank you.  They loved to laugh could indeed be a possibility and it's good to know that it's been reprinted.  I will obtain a copy very shortly & will respond further then.  I had considered Kate Seredy's books before, but the descriptions don't sound right nor the Hungarian setting.  I am very sure this story takes place entirely in the USA.
Carol Brink, Caddy Woodlawn. I wonder if this MIGHT be "Caddy Woodlawn"?  Caddy herself lives on a farm with her siblings however, some cousins from the city visit, and there's a lot of adjustment and "growing up," including "goading" of each other. (As I recall, Caddy's a tomboy and the girl cousins aren't, which leads to problems.)  The "mood" and time you described seemed right, so I wondered if maybe your memory had inadvertently "reversed" the plot, remembering the more common plot where the protagonist goes to the cousins' farm instead of having cousins come to hers.  Since you've tried so many other books with no luck, I thought I'd suggest this.
Louisa M. Alcott, Eight Cousins. A long shot -- but perhaps this is it?  There is a hoard of cousins ... the pre-teen Rose is left with her uncle, there is a great deal of health-regaining and romping about.
Thank you for these additional tips!  I will give Adopted Jane a try and take another look at Caddie Woodlawn and also the sequel Magical melons.  I had dismissed "Caddie" for the very reason you stated, but one never knows how memory can play tricks!
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. This is probably a long shot, as it's such a well-known book, but is there any chance this could be Anne of Green Gables or one of its sequels?
Irene Hunt, Up A Road Slowly.  This one kind of fits. The character is named Julie. She goes to live with her aunt after her mother dies. The book covers her life from age 7 to age 18 or so.
Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins.  This is a far out in left field suggestion but it does involve hoards of cousins.  Rose is orphaned and is sent to live with her father's aunts in San Francisco.  She befriends her 7 boy cousins and they have adventures that include sailing, gardening, visiting the country, etc.  She spends a great deal of time adjusting to her new life since she has spent most of her life in a girls' boarding school.
Thanks for more suggestions.  No, it's not Eight Cousins or any of L.M. Montgomery's books.  My sense is that the author is much more obscure and that's one reason I can't pin down this book.
What about Jennie Lindquist's books: The Golden Name Day, The Little Silver House, and The Crystal Tree? Maybe too young, but have the feel that you're looking for. Nine-year-old Nancy is sent to live with her Swedish grandparents for a year. I wanted flowered wallpaper and a sewing basket for years after reading these books.
Elizabeth Witheridge, Never Younger, Jeannie, 1963.
Wow! It's great to have so many possibilities and to re-read and get acquainted with some excellent books.  I am working my way through all your suggestions.  Unfortunately, I know now that my long lost book is not either of the Caddie books, which are simply wonderful stories.  In fact, I am wondering if my unknown writer writes as well as some of these others.  I think my adult self may be alot more critical of a very sentimental, sweet, and even overwrought story which I suspect I am looking for. It may also be written even earlier than I think - two reasons why I am doubtful about Up a road slowly which is next in line.  Thank you again to everyone, and I will continue to keep you posted.
Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs This is a total long shot. Only part of this book takes place on a farm. The protagonist's name is Judy & she is an orphan. She did wear gingham uniforms in the orphanage... She is older when she is on the farm-- she is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor. The book is epistolary, very sweet & wholesome. Something about your description triggered thoughts of this book. As I said-- a long shot. But a good read anyway!
No, it's not Daddy Long Legs although it was a fun read - skimmed through the online version and want to come back to it later. I'm still waiting for more of your suggestions to arrive in concrete form as ordered books. Alas, need to be reading nothing but school books before too very long, so all this enjoyable detective work will have to be put on hold for awhile!
Never younger, Jeannie just arrived today.  There is nothing familiar about the look of it, but just in skimming through the text it certainly has the "right feel", as does Up a road slowly.  I have now also had a chance to glance through the Lindquist books - yes, they look too young & the stories don't fit what I remember, but am sure they are a delightful read. Like a number of other readers/contributors to this site, I am beginning to wonder if my memory hasn't juxtaposed two (or more?) books, so still not solved with the books to date. This is a truly remarkable service you offer, Harriett, and I thank everyone for their interest & patience.
Alice Lunt, Eileen of Redstone Farm, 1964.  Probably not it, because this one takes place in Scotland or England, but otherwise it sounds similar.
Thank you for continuing to take an interest in my archived post!  I will order a copy of Eileen of Redstone Farm - you just never know... although you'd think I'd be able to remember this title since my name is also Eileen! I have enjoyed reading these books with a similar theme.  I did read They loved to laugh and thought it was a moving and well-written book, with a very similar feel to what I'm looking for, but alas not the one.  Of that I am very sure.
Frances Salomon Murphy, Runaway Alice. This could be it - Alice is an orphan who goes to live on a farm as a foster child.
Mabel Betsy Hill, Along Comes Judy Jo.  (1943)  Has the gingham and berries feel, but not sure if it's really a farm story or not.  Might be worth a try...
This isn't by any chance Bluebonnets for Lucinda, is it? Written by Frances Clark Sayers and first published in 1934 with illustrations by Helen Sewell. That is long out of print. One chapter was reprinted in pre-1966 Childcraft, the one where Lucinda's been told to stay away from the foul-tempered geese, but she finds that if she plays her music box the geese become interested in the music and calm down.
Once again, I do appreciate more suggestions for my post.  It still haunts me and I fear my memories are just too vague.  "Runaway Alice" and "Along comes Judy Jo" are charming books but not the one. "Bluebonnets for Lucinda" is not it either.
Gates, Doris, The Elderberry Bush. (1967)  Could you be looking for The Elderberry Bush by Doris Gates?  I am not sure what this book is about, but I have the dimmest memory of gingham and/or berries. Good luck!
Thank you again but it's not "Eileen of Redstone Farm", although you're right - it's similar, but the setting is wrong.  It's not "The elderberry bush" either, published too late.  I know I didn't read it any later than 1966. I think I need to be hypnotised for this one!  The name Pat, Patsy, or Patty seems to ring a faint bell also.  She may have been one of the cousins and Julie or Judy was the heroine or vice versa.



G255: Goodnight baby book
Solved: The Goodnight Book


G256: Greenland Falcon Crusade
This was a new book in the elementary school library in the late 60s/early 70s. Main character was a falconer, caring for a Greenland falcon (white falcon) while on Crusade. Cover might have been green.  Chapter book - I read it in 7th or 8th grade probably.

Rita Ritchie, Ice FalconThis sounds very much like the sort of book Ritchie wrote - it's not The Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan, so Ice Falcon may be a possibility, although I can't recall anything about it specifically.
G256. This book may be the one:  Knox, Esther Melbourne    Swift flies the falcon; a story of the first Crusade.    illus by Ruth King    E M Hale    1939   England - 11th century   Gareth and his sister Margaret [Meg] and some helpers spend many months with scarcely any provisions travelling from England to Jerusalem searching for their father, a Crusader. The pet falcon with them was a big help.
I'm the original poster and it's neither Ritchies' ICE FALCON, which I own and is set wholly in the north, nor the other which was only printed once, AFAICT, in 1939.  The book I'm trying to find was *new* in approx 1970-72.  THe school library copy was brand new with no dust jacket but a picture of the  falconer on the cover holding his white falcon.  He was in the Holy Land for most of the book, IIRC (which I may not).  Don't remember any family members being involved, either.  Just the falconer.  And a bit where he explained 'falco greenlandicus' to a Saracen.
S F Welty, Knight's ransom, 1951. Young Vahl Thorfinnsson, falconer to the son of the Duke of Burgandy accompanies Crusader's to Turkey on Crusade Expedition. To release the noble knights from bondage, he fights pirates & icebergs to obtain 11 Greenland falcons for the Sultan of Turkey.



G257: Girl travels through 7 lands of the rainbow
Solved: Once Upon a Rainbow


G258: Goblins on the Hunt
This is a poem that was in a book of collected children's poems and short stories. Must have been from the mid-1970s or earlier. Possibly three other works included were: The Goops, The Owl and the Pussycat, and Wynken Blynken and Nod. The Goblin poem repeated the main line frequently but I don't remember anything else about the poem except for the vague idea that it was telling children they had better behave. A prime line in the poem is: 'the goblins are going to get you if you don't watch out'.

G258 I don't know which collection the person is thinking of, but the poem could be James Whitcomb Riley's "Little Orphant Annie" also published as "The Gobble-uns'll Git You Ef You Don't Watch Out!".
Don't know the book, but the part about the goblins sounds like James Whitcomb Riley's poem Little Orphant Annie ("An' the Gobble-uns'll git you Ef you Don't Watch Out!").
James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916), Little Orphant Annie, 1900. I think this is what you are looking for. It is a poem, and the refrain repeats the line "An' the Gobble-uns'll git you Ef you don't watch out." It tells what happened to children who didn't behave. For example, "Wunst they wuz a little boy who wouldn't say his prayers...". You can find the poem here http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rpo/display/poem1703.html Sometimes you see it as LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE, and with the spelling corrected and not in dialect.
James Whitcomb Riley, Little Orphant Annie. This sounds like the refrain to Little Orphant Annie: "An' the Gobble-uns'll git you / Ef you / Don't / Watch / Out!"   The poem is online here.  I have no idea which anthologies it's in, but this should help a little.
Jane Werner (ed), The Big Golden Book of Poetry,1947.I betcha it's this one. I was looking for this same book, now that I have a two-year-old. I remember the James Whitcomb Riley poem (Little Orphant Annie). The artwork on that page used to scare the bejeebers out of me. I liked There Once Was a Puffin, especially. See here and search for Werne.



G259: Gulag
Sovled: Coming Out of the Ice


G260: green magic
Solved:  Green Smoke


G261: gold buried in middle of road
Hello, I sure hope that someone out there has the answer to my query. I have memories of reading some awesome fairy tale books (it sure seems like there was more than one; perhaps a series of three?)  My memory is fuzzy, but one part that sticks out in my mind is of someone burying a box of gold in the middle of a dirt road.  Not much to go on, I know; I've been searching this notion for years.  I do remember that the illustrations were quite enchanting, and perhaps the stories were not American.  I would appreciate ANY help.  Thanks!

James Stephens, The Crock of Gold, 1920s.  "Meehawl MacMurrachu's old skinny cat kills a robin redbreast on the roof one day, forging the first link in a long, peculiar chain of events. For the robin redbreast is the particular bird of the Leprecauns of Gort na Gloca Mora, and the Leprecauns retaliate by stealing Meehawl MacMurrachu's wife's washing-board, and Meehawl asks the Philosopher who lives in the center of the pine wood called Coilla Doraca for advice in locating the washboard...and the chain leads on and on, up to Angus Og himself and to the country of the gods. Unique and inimitable, this is one of the great tales of our century." Could this be it? It's a great book - well worth a read anyway!
I don't know the book, but the story reminds me of the folk tale The King's Highway. A king builds a new road, and decides to have a contest to see who can travel the road the best. The contestants complain that there's a pile of rocks in the road finally one weary traveller comes carrying a box of gold that was hidden under the rocks. He wins, of course, because "he who travels best is the one who smooths the way for others." 



G262: giants and fairies
Solved: First Fairy Tales


G263: Ghost and rat living together
Solved: Gus Was a Friendly Ghost


G264: Girl Scout, black, miniature tent
Solved: Bright April


G265: Gargoyle door knockers to kingdom
Solved: Shadow Castle


G266: German girl after WW II
This is a chapter book set in Germany just after the war (I believe WW II). The main character is a girl of about 12 whose twin brother has died. The cover (of the library book, anyway) was dark turquoise with orange figures on it--I seem to remember the cover better than I do the book.

Margot Benary-Isbert, The Ark.  Definitely the book.



G267: Girls and Horses, matching
Born in '67 I read this book in the early 70s.  The book was extra tall; about 3 girls (blonde, brunette/black and redhead/brown haired) meeting 3 horses with matching colored hair.  They travelled in a whale shaped submarine with red and white stripes, passing a land where balloons grew from the ground, and there also was a dark haired circus? man with a moustache.

Piet Worm, Three Little Horses At The King's Palace.  This book is extra-tall, features three girls and three ponies, one of each with red/brown hair, blond/white hair, and black hair.  There is a circus man with a mustache in this book, but no whale-shaped submarine or land with balloons.  However, there was a prequel to this book called Three Little Horses and that might have those things.



G268: girls first tooth to diamond
This book is about how a girls first lost tooth is later used as her diamond engagement ring. It may involve the tooth fairy as well. I read it when I was around 8. I was born in 1964.Seems like I remember the teeth of young girls being taking to a place where they were put into fire and changed into diamonds. Thank you so much for looking!

Otto Whittaker, The true story of the tooth fairy (and why brides wear engagement rings), 1968.  "Because a little boy and girl share their humble supper with a beggar, they become the tooth fairies responsible for the money left whenever a child loses a tooth and for the diamond engagement rings brides wear."



G269: Green statue
Solved:  Stranger from the Depths


G270: Grandmother's viewpoint
The book is one my wife read as a young girl, so dates from the mid-seventies or earlier. It features a young woman who goes back in time and switches places with her grandmother. Her grandmother had been raped at one point before the switch, and given birth to the girl's mother, Penny. She had attempted to abort the pregnacy, but the botched result left Penny sickly and weak. The girl lives a good amount of time as her grandmother, who is something of a 'black sheep' in the family and shunned by the rest. She eventually returns to her present.

Marlys Millhiser, The Mirror, 1978.  This might be it  a similar query was posted on anothr forum.
Marlys Milheiser, The Mirror
Marlys Millhiser, The Mirror, 1978.  The night before her wedding, Shay Garrett and her grandmother, Brandy switch bodies, sending Shay back to 1900.
I hate to disagree with the solution to this stumper, but I know The Mirror well (I even have an autographed copy!), and while the plot of the stumper is close to The Mirror, there are several signifigant differences between the two, and I do not believe that this stumper is solved. The daughter and the grandmother switch places in the stumper story AND in The Mirror, but those are the only two things the two books have in common. Here is what happens in The Mirror. First, the name of the two women who switch places are Shay and Brandy. Shay is the modern girl, just about to be married to a guy named Mark, and she switches places with her grandmother, Brandy, the old fashioned girl, on the eve of her wedding.  Second, the grandmother, Brandy, was never raped. The Mirror is very clear on the fact that Brandy was a virgin when she was married. (The doctor comes to examine her on her wedding night, because, by that time, Brady now has Shay's soul, and Shay is a bit dizzy and faint. In comes the doctor, who states very cleary that she is a virgin, and that her new groom has nothing to worry about.) Brandy (who is really Shay), marries Corwin, a Welsh miner, who is killed in a mining accident. Then Brandy/Shay marries a man (who is one part of a pair of twins) and she gives birth to a daughter named Rachel, who turns out to be Shay's mother. Shay never returns to the present day, and Brandy never returns to the 1900's. Shay is a modern girl with modern ideas living in the 1900's but she is not a black sheep, nor an outcast. Brandy, in the modern time, adjusts to living there, and ends up marrying Mark, the man Shay was originally going to marry. And that is the plot of The Mirror! If the original stumper stongly remembers a rape and an attempted abortion, a black sheep issue, and a return of the charactesr to the right year, then perhaps the stumper is asking about a different story than The Mirror.
Are you sure that the Mirror isn't the story?  In the story I remember (but didn't remember the title of), the grandmother Brandy wasn't raped, but Shay was pregnant when the switch was made, so Brandy had to go through the pregnancy.  Penny was the baby Shay had with the miner. From her 'future' she knew the baby wouldn't live to adulthood, so she tried to avoid getting pregnant (with a copper penny).  The baby was sickly and died after a few weeks.  Shay wasn't sickly then, but later had TB for years.
The Mirror (possibly).  Your description of the book definitely sounds like the plot of The Mirror to me, but the orignal stumper didn't. I had forgotten about the baby Penny, who died early on. It could be that the orignal stumper had remembered the baby being born of rape, even though she wasn't. Maybe the original stumper can shed some light!



G271: Girl discovers dolls
Solved: The Mystery of the Silent Friends


G272: Girl Locked in School
This is a story about a school aged girl who leaves her homework or some paper that she needs at the school where she goes.  She goes back to the school to get it an hour or so after school has ended and ends up getting locked in the school.  Perhaps in the janitors closet?  I know at some point as she goes into the empty school just the janitor is there and then he locks up the school I believe she tries to get out a window in the janitors closet or something.  Older book probably 70's

Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library!  Just a guess -  it's been years since I read it.
Catherine Woolley, Chris in Trouble, 1968. This could be Woolley's second book about Cathy Leonard's little sister Chris.  One day, she and a friend go inside her school when they're not supposed to and accidentally leave their dolls in a classroom.  They're locked in the school and have to climb out a window to get out.  Later, when Chris tries to retrieve the dolls without being seen, she tries to avoid the school's janitor.
Catherine Woolley, Chris in Trouble,1968.Could the book be Catherine Woolley's Chris in Trouble (part of her Cathy Leonard series)?  Nine year-old Chris gets into difficult situations one weekend such as sneaking into her school with a friend and then accidentally leaving their dolls behind.  There's a janitor they try to avoid.  And Chris has to avoid him again when she tries to retrieve the dolls undetected.



G273: Green man
Solved: The Giant Under the Snow

G274: Green boy with wings
I saw a book at a bookstore about a decade ago. On the cover was a girl with brown shoulder length hair, dressed in white clothes and holding a white orb in both her hands. She was standing on a giant leaf which was floating in water and being pulled by a green boy with dragon or faerie wings, and long black hair. The back of the book said that the girl was a princess and I think the boy was her pet, I'm not sure. There was also a sequel or a prequel to that book, which showed the boy flying in the air, and bellow them you could see the princess girl and a guy in armor next to her, and both of them were looking up at him. I hope that's enough to go on.

Norton, Andrew, Flight in Yiktor.  The "girl with orb" book is Flight in Yiktor, and the "boy flying while others watch" is probably Dare to Go A-Hunting.
Andre Norton, Flight in Yiktor, 1986.  The cover is as described, and it is one book in a series, but the plot is a little different: the girl is a sorceress and the green boy is a former slave she has rescued.



G275: girl who rides polo ponies
Solved: Red Embers


G276: girls trade places
My mother remembers reading this book when she was in grade school in the early 30s. A county girl trades places with a city girl.

G277: girl moves to inn meets ghost girl
Solved: The Haunting of Cliff House


G278: Gutman, Bessie Pease
I have a vintage children's book with full page illustrations by Bessie Pease Gutmann.  Majority are rhymes, with the following stories...  Mother's Helpers, A Fox's Cleverness, Teddie, The Helper, The Ghose in The Garden, A Visit to Nurse.  There are also full page illustrations/poems by F.W. Home.  Please let me know if you have any information or help on this book as the cover and first few pages are missing.

I'm not sure which book you have....  But here's a bio and bibliography for Bessie Pease Gutmann.



G279: GIRLS RAISED BY OLDER BROTHER
Solved: Rosemary


G280: Gray kitten
Solved: Peppermint


G281: girl can "see" connections between people
I read a science fiction novel in the 1980s or 90s (although I am unsure of the publication date) about a race of people who had supernatural "talents," and one of the main characters (a girl or woman, I believe) had the ability to "see" connections between people as visible bands or strings connecting each other.  A stronger bond such as a mother/daughter relationship had a brighter, stronger band wherease a more casual acquaintance appeared as a thinner, weaker band.  My memory is hazy, but I think the people were leaving their hometown or planet for some reason, either evacuating or being exiled.  I'm afraid that's all I can remember, any leads would be great, thanks!

Zenna Henderson, The People.  Just finished reading the G281 stumper and have to say this sounds a lot like "The People" stories (I read them as short stories but I think they were all gathered into a book) by Zenna Henderson.  I read them a LONG time ago, 1960s, I think, so date does not fit, but everything else does.  A race of people with various powers must evict their planet and they crash-land on earth and are scattered.  The stories follow the experiences of the various alien characters and their encounters with the people of Earth. Written in a style that is both highly realistic and beautifully sensitive.  Don't remember the character who can see connections between people, though.  There was a boy who was learning how to fly who fell in love with an Earht girl, there was a baby named Lala by its finders, there were many others.  Even if this is not the solution, I consider this series as one of the best science fiction series of all time and definitely worth any reader's attention.
Orson Scott Card, The Memory of Earth.  A possibility: the first book of the Homecoming series. One of the girls in the book (Luet?)sees connections between people, and the characters have to leave the city of Basilica. (and, eventually, the planet) Other characters are called Nafai, Wetchik, Shedemei.
Zenna Henderson, Pilgramage/ The People Stories, 1967 - 1987.  This would be my first recommendation.  When one of the People comes of age, their natural "talent", or "gift", such as healing, sensing metals, "lifting" (flying) becomes apparent. The people must leave their disintegrating planet, and the ties between mother and daughter, and  husband and wife figure strongly in the decisions made for the evacuation. The grandmother in particular senses the ties between the women in her family, and how they change when her grandaughter realizes her love for a young man is as strong a tie as the love of her birth family. This is a compilation of short stories previously published in other sources. The complete People collection is published as Ingathering: The complete People stories of Zenna Henderson.
Zenna Henderson, The People - No Different Flesh.  The name of the short story in the series that deals with the evacuation of the home planet is called "Deluge," originally published in 1963.
I think this is not a People story. I've read Ingathering (all the People stories, including unpublished ones), and there's nothing about being able to "see connections between" people. Possibly part of the reason it sounds like Henderson is that the first People story is about a woman who discovers she is a "Sorter" -- she can see *into* people, into their deepest psychological processes. (In later stories, we find Sorters can rearrange and erase people's memories, too.) My guess is that the Orson Scott Card book is it. Thanks for having this service!
Orson Scott Card, Homecoming.  This is the book you're looking for.  There's a series of six books, but it's in "Homecoming" that she can see connections.  Gold strands for some, silver for others.  Still available in paperback.  I always remember that description. :)



G282: Garden where girl finds different mothers
Solved: The Mummy Market


G283: Ghost in the Garden
Solved: Ghost in the Garden


G284: Gun
Solved: The Hole Book


G285: girl is jealous of her friend
this story was read by captain kangaroo frequently (1960s).  I can picture the illustrations of 2 young girls, one with a ponytail and one with short hair...rather large heads.  One main character was always jealous of her friend.  The story took place at school and I think at the main character's home.  Her mother perhaps babysat for the 2nd girl. I thought it was written by charlotte zolotow...by it is not.

I'm wondering if this could be one of Janice May Udry's books? I believe her books were read on Captain Kangaroo a lot. I'm not sure which one it is, however. At first I thought it was Let's Be Enemies, but that's not it.
You may want to look at the books by Phyllis Krasilovsky, as well. Hope it helps.
I still haven't found this book----more memories of book the main character would alway try to do things but did it wrong...her friend always did it right...thus the jealousy



G286: Girl runs away and becomes witch
Solved: Wickedishrag


G287: Girl Involved in Hit and Run with Delivery Truck
A girl hits and kills a little boy in a delivery truck that she uses to deliver flowers for her summer job.  She’s scared so she drives away, then finds out that the boy died.  She’s haunted by the secret that she keeps throughout the summer, and eventually she tells her boyfriend what she did.

Lois Duncan, I Know What You Did Last Summer,1973.  Possibly? Julie, her boyfriend, and 2 friends hit a boy on a bike while driving back from a picnic and later find out he died. Julie wasn't driving, they were in a normal car and Julie doesn't work at a flower shop, but the person who stalks the friends a year later figures out who she was by asking at the flower shop where she ordered yellow roses for the boy's funeral and sent them without a name. Her boyfriend was in the car with her and thus knows all about it, but he leaves town soon after and doesn't come back until a year later, and at the end they decide together that they need to come clean about the hit-and-run.
Lois Duncan, I know what you did last summer.  There is a similar situation in this book but there are four people involved in the hit-and-run that kills a boy on his bicycle. Julie and her three friends take a vow of secrecy but she receives a mysterious message saying "I know what you did last summer."  Suddenly all four of them become targets of revenge.
Hope Dahle Jordan, Haunted Summer, 1969.  I am absolutely positive the book you are looking for is Haunted Summer by Hope Dahle Jordan. Rilla Martin is a teenage girl who is working a summer job delivering flowers to save money for college. On a rainy night she hits something and it turns out to be a boy on his bike. She takes him to the hospital and runs away and they think she is a boy. She feels guilty all summer and tells her boyfriend. He eventually convinces her to go to the police. The boy does not die.


2006


G288: Goldfish
I am looking for a book I read about 15-20 years ago. It was novel about a goldfish, who was dumped into a pond (back yard pond that gets drained maybe??) by his owner and has a very interesting adventure in the real world. He meets a lady goldfish, almost gets killed a few times. I think I remember the lady fish being killed by a water bug...The whole story centers around the goldfish.

I am also looking for this book...my recollection was that a goldfish gets into the wild somehow (I want to say he went down a drain or was flushed, although this is hazy) and has to learn how to survive. He has all kinds of adventures and is nearly killed several times (I remember vividly a scene with a pike lying in wait for him, hanging in the water below him).  I also remember that he meets a female fish who is nearly eaten by a water bug at one point. I probably read this in the early-mid 1980s, so it was published by that time.  I remember the cover as being white, with a pen-and-ink drawing of a goldfish swimming around a water plant. 
Daniel Pratt Mannix, Troubled Waters, 1969. Goodreads forum just solved query about similar book. Person who was looking may have been the hunters here.
Daniel Pratt Mannix, Troubled Waters, 1969. The story of two goldfish, Buck and Roe.  Buck escapes from a backyard pond into a polluted river.  He meets up with Roe and they make their way to a less polluted tributary, meeting up with several adventures along the way.  Intended as an allegory about the dangers of pollution, with information about all the trophic levels of our streams and ponds. 


G289: Gregory
Solved: Gregory, the Noisest and Strongest Boy in Grangers Grove


G290: Girl searches for Golden Rule
A little girl is on a journey searching for the meaning of the Golden Rule.  I think her name is Zelda.  She may even travel to Outer Space.  It's likely this book was written in the 1950s or 60s.

G291: girl runs away to become pirate
Solved: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle


G292: girl and fairy
I'm looking for a chapter book I read in Elementary school about a relationship between a girl and a fairy. I remember at the end of the book the fairy uses all of her power to create a child for the girl who is now a woman and wants to have a baby but can't. It seems like the fairy also chooses specific attributes for the baby like red hair, blue eyes, etc. Please help!

Lynne Reid Banks, Fairy Rebel, 1988.  The fairy gets the colors mixed and has to do an emergency fix to make sure the baby doesn't have blue hair. Later there is trouble with the Fairy Queen who had forbidden contact with humans.
Lynne Reid Banks, the Fairy Rebel, 1985.  My daughter and I believe this is the book.  The name of the fairy is Tiki and she helps Jan have a baby.  This makes the queen fairy very angry.
Lynne Reid Banks, The Fairy Rebel Your description about the fairy using her power to create a child for a human sounds a lot like this book. The fairy is punished by the (bad) fairy queen for helping a human. I don't think there's anything about the human woman knowing the fairy as a child. We do, however, get to see the child the fairy creates for the woman grow up to about the age of 10. I read this book in the early 90's in upper elementary school.



G293: Gremlins in the cockpit WWII
Solved: The Gremlins


G294: girl survives alone ingeniously - shipwrecked?
The book was about a girl who was left alone by mistake for at least sevral months.  Maybe a shepherdess?  She had a hut, a pencil stub, a very few things and was ingenious about figuring out how to survive and get rescued.  I think the late 50s maybe.

Scott O'Dell, The Island of the Blue Dolphins, 1961.  The pencil stub is out, but this Newberry winner is the best girl Crusoe tale ever, based on the true story of a Native American girl who managed to survive alone on an island off the Californian coast for 18 years. Magic!  Some images which may help: as her people are being evacuated from the island, she dives off the boat and swims back to be with her brother - who dies shortly afterward;  she makes a beautiful dress of green-black cormorant feathers;  she tames a feral, wolflike dog (and then his son) who keeps her company and helps her hunt. There was a spate of wonderful lone child survivor stories I read growing up in the 60s and 70s... others include Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry, My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George... great stuff!
Monique Peyrouton de Ladebat, The Village That Slept, 1965 (American ed.).  Could this be The Village That Slept?  The girl is not alone -- there is a boy and also a baby, all victims of a plane crash in the Pyrenees.  They find shelter in a recently deserted village, and eventually find a dog, cow, sheep, and chickens too.  Their names (which at first they don't remember) are Lydia and Franz.  They are ingenious at surviving, and after a year or two are found and rescued.
Mazer, Island Keeper, 1982, copyright.  Not sure if this is it, but plot is similar to your search.
Brink, Carol Ryrie, Baby Island. Re G294, this is quite a long shot, because the most important detail, the fact that your heroine is alone, doesn't match, but several other things do.  Could you maybe be thinking of "Baby Island" by Carol Ryrie Brink?  In this book, 12 year old Mary and her 10 year old sister Jean are stranded on a deserted island with four babies under the age of 2 after the ship on which they were passengers begins to sink.  While drifting in a lifeboat, Jean's disorganized pockets turn up a stubby pencil, among other odds and ends, and the girls discover a good supply of canned food in the lifeboat, including canned milk, which they feed to the youngest baby, Jonah.  When they run aground on the island, they find things to eat like bananas, coconuts, crabs and clams.  They build a teepee out of the lifeboat's sail, and ingeniously construct other things like a pram that they can pull the babies around in, and even make dishes out of coconut shells (think Giligan's Island minus the idiocy).  Jean starts writing letters to their

Aunt Emma by putting them in the empty food cans and letting them float away.  They discover a hermit named Mr. Peterkin living in a hut, which he somewhat reluctantly shares with them after a storm destroys the teepee.  They are eventually rescued by their father and the fathers of the babies.  This little gem was originally written in 1937, and was reprinted by Scholastic Book Services in 1965, which is when I found it.  As I said, this is a long shot, but the pencil stub, the hut, the very few things and the ingenuity all match.  Good luck with your search! 



G295: Girl with upstairs male neighbor
Solved: My Pal Al


G296: Good Times Club
Solved: Kendall's Second Reader


G297: Golden Key
I somehow paid for this before I posted any information.  This is what I have.  It is a story about a golden key (but it is not the book entitled “the golden key” by George MacDonald.)  In the book the key leads to a world under the sea, where the children involved encounter a mermaid who shows them how to use the key.  The illustrations I remember are silhouette illustrations (like those silhouettes in Arthur Rackham’s illustrated books.) This is vague, but all I have right now.

Joan Aiken, A Necklace of Raindrops, 1968.  Could it be a story from the collection A Necklace of Raindrops?  It has the silouette illustrations, but it's a series of short stories...with children in magical situations.



G298: girl makes beautiful hats for dolls
Solved: Polly Poppingay, Milliner


G299: Girl with red hair
Girl with red hair, lives in the country, neighbor boy teases her about her hair.  She mail orders fabric to make a dress, is initially disappointed in color, but ends up pleased.  She and the boy eventually make friends.  I read this in the late 60s-early 70s.  It is not Anne of Green Gables.  Thanks for the help.

Elizabeth Hamilton Friermood, Circus Sequins, circa 1968.  A real longshot!  From what I remember, the girl in this book has flaming red hair, which people make fun of.  She's good with horses, and somehow ends up in a circus as a bareback rider, where she makes a green dress which shows off her red hair and everyone thinks she's beautiful.  At the end of the summer, she has to decide if she should stay with the circus or go back to the country and marry her boyfriend, who had supported her through all the teasing.  Maybe worth a try, anyway!

Thanks for the suggestion, but I know that's not it.  The fabric for the dress was the same color as a leaf the girl found (I think) and was intended to match her hair, so it's some variety of brown/reddish brown.  Definitely not green.  And I think the girl is of the 10-14 year old range, not marriage material.  Thanks for helping.

I've been looking for this book for years i remember the girl with red hair freckles plays in the woods with her friend, barefoot has her first period talks with a southern accent written in the 60's or 70's.



G300: Gertrude
Solved: Gertrude's Child


G301: ghost story collection, possums, snakes
Solved: Tales of Terror


G302a: geese that come out of barnacles
Solved: Where the Wild Geese Go


G302b: girl, a toy pig and knight
The girl is in a new house (for summer vacation maybe?). I think she finds these toys there. The pig and the knight "Sir Something-or-other" come to life, and at some point they go to a magical land...I can't really remember anything else about the actual adventure. I think it was a Scholastic publication, but can't be sure. The copy I had was paperback and light pink in color. I read it around 1993.

C.S. Adler, Goodbye Pink Pig. Worth a shot- the girl has an unhappy home life and imagines adventures with her animal figurines.



G303: girl gets hit by car
I read this book sometime is the early to mid 80's. I'm almost positive it is not Kristy's Courage. From what I remember the girl was riding her bike or walking and a car hits her. She gets hurt bad and has to learn to speak and walk again,.I remember in the book that she had a brother who had some problems dealing with his sisters accident.I believe toewards the end she recovers somewhat and runs a race or just runs.I have been trying to remember the name of this book for about 10 years now and I can't find anything about it.Hope I'm not imagining it!

Cynthia Voight, Izzy Willy-Nilly, 1986.  This is probably not the book, but there are some similarities. The girl was in a drunk-driving accident, and had to have one of her legs amputated at the knee. Have a look online and see if this is the book.
Babbis Friis, Kristy's courage, 1965.  Translation of a Norwegian book (Kjersti) and published by Harcourt, Brace & World in the US.  A little girl has problems adjusting to school life after an automobile accidnt disfigures her and causes her to have a speech impediment
I checked out those two books and neither of them are the book.  I also remembered a few days ago that the girl was a cheerleader before her accident.
Barbara Conklin, I Believe In You, 1984.  This could be the book that you are describing. Some parts don't match, the girl's brother isn't bothered by her accident and she wasn't a cheerleader. I can't remember for sure how she had the accident but in this book the girl's name is Penny Snow and she injured her hip and leg. She used to be a great swimmer. She's afraid to exercise in any way now because she used to be great at all kinds of sports and now she would be average or less. She goes out to Oregon to help her grandfather move to a rest home, meets a boy who teaches her how to believe in herself and how to run. She competes in 6 mile race at the end. It's #67 in the teen romance series Sweet Dreams. Hope this helps.
Could this be a nonfiction book?  I remember a true story - very inspiring - of a young girl named Kristie or Christy or Kristy (!) who was hit by a car while walking or running.  I vividly remember she was knocked out of her shoes.  The books told of her rehab, and relearning all the basics of living.  I'll do some sleuthing and see if I can find it.  I think the title was just the girl's name.
Funny! I just got off the phone with my mother and she said it WAS a non fiction book, but she couldn't remember the name either. Thanks!
Barbara Miller, Kathy, 1980.  The Millers were a typical American family until the day a speeding car left 13-year-old Kathy critically injured, in a coma from which the doctors said she might never recover! How Kathy won back her health, gave her family the gift of faith, and ran in an international marathon less than six months later.
Collins, Joan, Katy, 1982.  This book tells the story of actor Joan Collins daughter Katy, who is injured in a bike accident and deals with her rehabilitation.  I remember reading it when I was about 10 or 11 near the time of publication.



G304: girl in San Francisco Charm School
Solved: The Mystery of the Chinatown Pearls


G305: girl frees fox from trap
I read this in the early/mid 80's. The story was about a girl (pre-teen?), possibly on an Indian Reservation somewhere, with a school or summer camp. There is a mountain nearby, and I think someone who lives up there. The girl may be a visitor or care-taker. Anyway, she finds one day a fox (I think) trapped in a hunters' jaw/claw type trap and frees him.

G306: Good King Awkward
The title is GOOD KING AWKWARD but I've never been able to find it anywhere.  This is a pop-up book, published sometime in the late 60s/early 70s, about a King who wants to learn magic.  The opening lines are, "Good King Awkward from the magic land of Nix/Had a powerful ambition to be good at magic tricks./But although he practiced magic day and night without a stop,/Every trick he did in public was a failure and a flop."  I will be the hero to my entire family if I can find this.

Albert G. Miller, The Pop-Up Tournament of Magic,1968.



G307: guards
Searching over 10 years for this book and not a single lead! A teacher and her students go to the park to see grass, which is almost unknown in their time (perhaps after a war, not sure).  Rain starts to fall and they take shelter in a shed.  There they are kidnapped by a group of dark men and taken to a huge fortress or compound.  They are provided with very little food and no reason is given for why any of this is done.  One by one the children are killed by means of various traps.  I remember some of the children go swimming in a pond and something closes over the pond, drowning them.  Again, no reason is given. The teacher struggles to keep her class alive.  The men are guards that prevent them from escaping but do not actively hurt them or speak to them.  I also remember the children watching the guards have sex with each other in the breakroom (yes, I am serious, I swear) and the teacher being happy to hear this because it means the guards do have human needs.  Eventually an older teen who claims to be the only living member of a previous class falls in love with the teacher and helps them escape through a tunnel.  Expect he might not actually be a former student, there's a chance he is just a guard sent to lead them into death- the book ends with them going through the tunnel.  The cover of the book looked like a black and white marbled children's notebook and it was a hard cover. I believe it was probably published around when I read it but I'm not sure.  I am sure there was no reason given for the events- it wasn't about population control or war.  It may have been part of a series considering the ending.  It was in the children's section and read like a young adult book, through rather more dark and scary then most. If anyone has any idea for even a possible lead, I'd be forever grateful! Overall, the plot of the book was sort of like the book Cube, with mysterious events and no reason behind anything...

Irene Schram, Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down, 1972, copyright.  This was positively identified on another board as "Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down" by Irene Schram. Plot summary: "Our whole class of students was on the grass, in the park, for a picnic: it was April and time for a picnic after a long winter full of weeks and months of rain, boring rain. From this innocent opening Irene Schram builds a terrifying tale about a concentration camp for children. Like William Golding's Lord of the Flies, with which it will undoubtedly be compared, Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down creates an extreme situation -- half nightmare, half history -- to reveal the anxieties and terrors of children growing up today. The children are fifth-graders in a typical city; they are forced by a storm of pollution to take shelter in a park building, where they are captured, then transported and imprisoned, by robot-like guards. Their struggle to survive in their new environment -- which has many parallels to the world they are growing up in -- is told mainly through the children's eyes and imaginations. Ashes, Ashes is a spell-binding fantasy that is based on the real lessons city children must absorb daily from their immediate surroundings (drugs, welfare hotels, pollution, random terror, abandonment) and from the menacing world beyond it, where geography is blight and hunger, and arithmetic is body counts. This is a novel about how children perceive, struggle against, and adjust to the nightmare of our history."

G308: ghost stories or scary stories

 1963-69, This book was oversized.  the front cover had maybe 6 to nine boxes with a different symmbol or picture in each.  I believe it had Alfred Hitchcock's name in title.  One of the stories was about a spurned woman who came back as a ghost made of water and was frozen in the end in a walk in freezer.  Another story concerned a haunted or abandoned house found by some kids.  I think there were about 10 to 12 stories all told.  Book was hardcover and did not come with a dust jacket.  The Sherlock Holmes story "The Speckled Band" may have been included.

Alfred Hitchcock (nominal editor), Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful, 1961.  The first story described is "The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall" by John Kendrick Bangs.  This has been anthologized many times, but the only appearance of it in a Hitchcock anthology is in HAUNTED HOUSEFUL.  I think the second story listed may be "Let's Haunt a House" by Manly Wade Wellman, which is the first story in the anthology.  It also contains one Sherlock Holmes story -- "The Red-Headed League."  The cover as described isn't the cover I'm familiar with, but there may have been other editions.
Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted House, early 60s.  Hi, I may have the solution to the G308 stumper.  Title may be Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted House.  I was a little hesitant to submit this as a solution because although the stumper's description of the book's date, size, number of stories, etc., all fit, the description of the cover does not.  My cover had a very scary illustration of Alfred Hitchcock's face coming out of the door of a obviously haunted house.  The cover art frightened me more than any of the stories!  Don't recall many of them but one that comes to mind is about some children convinced that a woman- perhaps an aunt, perhaps a nanny- whose name was "Wasywich" or similar, is a witch.  A black and white illustration to that story showed a thin woman with piercing eyes accompanied by some children. I am not sure but the Sherlock Holmes story called "The Red-Headed League" may have also been included in that book.



G309: Girl, Male Best Friend and the Moon
I used to check this book out constantly as a teenager (about 10 years) ago but cannot remember the title or author.  The book is a young adult, coming of age book.  The cover features a girl sitting with a bright full moon in the background and that leads me to believe the word "moon" is in the title.  The main character, a teenaged girl, grew up with her male best friend.  However, their friendship becomes strained over the summer.  There is an underlying romance that neither has addressed and they become distant.  She works as a waitress over the summer and he starts to date a popular girl.  The main character gets jealous.  I believe, the main character's mother is dead and the father is raising her and possibly a sister.  I also think there is a character, either the main character or the boy, with a name that begins with the letter "C".  At any rate, they get together at the end.

Robert A. Heimlein, Menace From Earth.  Many of the details sound like the novella/long short story "The Menace From Earth." Others sound like details from other Heinlein YA stories and novels. These have been fequently anthologised.



G310: Game of Life and Beelzebub
Solved: Big Joke Game

G311: Girl at summer stock theater
Book stumper request: Betty Cavanna-type novel about a teenaged girl participating in a summmer stock theater or festival.  She learns about herself (gains confidence) and I think there's a little romance.  Probably from the early 60's.  The copy I remember had a blue and white cover with a drawing of her in front of the theater stage. Thanks for any help you can provide!

Lyn Cook, Pegeen and the pilgrim, 1957.  How about this one? I also vaguely remember a blue cover on the original. It was reprinted by Tundra Books in 2002.  Here's a synopsis from their website:  Twelve-year-old Pegeen lives in the sleepy town of Stratford. Money is tight since her father’s death, and she must help her mother run a boardinghouse. She even has to share a room with old Mrs. Leonard. Pegeen’s dreams of becoming an actress seem hopeless. Then an extraordinary thing happens – a Shakespearean festival is planned for Stratford. As the festival develops, so does Pegeen. She learns a great deal about Shakespeare, the boarders at home, and her circle of friends, including the mysterious pilgrim, Mr. Brimblecombe
Betty Cavanna, Stars in Her Eyes, mid-1950s.  Girl was named Magda...her Dad hosted a TV show in NYC and she wanted to be in the business.  Worked as a waitress on Cape Cod around the summer stock areas
Helen Dore Boylston, Carol plays summer stock, 1940s.  Maybe one of Helen Dore Boylston's series of 4 Carol books?  US titles are - Carol goes backstage, Carol plays summer stock, Carol on Broadway and Carol on tour. UK titles are - Carol goes on the stage, Carol in repertory, Carol comes to Broadway, Carol on tour.  I think they all have dustjackets with one colour surround and picture of Carol in the middle - can't remember which, if any, is blue. Although these are '40s not '60s, they were reprinted fairly often and I am sure would have been around in the '60s. Carol does quite a lot of growing up over the 4 books, and there is a romantic interest.
Janet Lambert, Up Goes the Curtain, 1946.  Maybe? This is one of the Penny Parrish books. She spends part of it working in summer stock, and then gets to be in a Broadway show, where she meets Josh MacDonald, the stage manager.
Betty Cavanna, Two's Company, 1951.  I think this book may be Betty Cavanna's Two's Company, in which the heroine does summer theatre in Williamsburg Virginia.
Marjory Hall, Straw Hat Summer, 1957.  Could this be Straw Hat Summer by Marjory Hall? Gail becomes interested in the theater when a summer theater group rents her family's barn to put on plays. Our copy has a picture cover with Gail standing and looking at the barn/theater.
Wow! You've already given me so many great ideas, and I'm off to investigate.  Straw Hat Summer sounds very familiar, and led me (through a mistyped google search) to the 1957 title Straw Hat Theater by Mickey Klar Marks...I'm also going to track down Summer Stock Romance (aka Polly's Summer Stock) by Elizabeth Wesley (Adeline McElfresh).  There are more possibilities than I'd anticipated!
Virginia Hughes, Peggy  Lane series.  I think this is a long shot, but there is a series of Peggy Lane books - Peggy Find the Theater, Peggy Plays Off Broadway,  and others that I can't recall, but one of them is about summer stock.
Rosamond DuJardin, Showboat Summer, 1955, copyright.  This is about twin girls, not just one girl, but could it be this? From the description: "A summer vacation aboard the Harwood College Showboat was an exciting prospect for Pam and Penny, the twins of Double Feature. To Penny, it meant being with Mike who had a job on the tugboat that pushed the old Regina from town to town along the Ohio River. To Pam it meant a chance to act, and perhaps a leading role in one of the gala showboat performances."
Tiffany, One Summer in Stock, 1947, copyright.  Here's another possiblity (I have this in my little bookstore, but haven't read it.)  Main character is Nan, and it appears to be a typical late teen romance novel of the 1940s-1950s.

Eleanor Shaler, Gaunt's Daughter,1957, approximate. Could it be Gaunt's Daughter?  The girl's mother, a theater actor, dies and to avoid moving in with her mother's Quaker relatives, she gets a summer stock job.  Turns out her estranged famous father is going to be there too.  At the end she has a family emergency with the Quaker family and gives up her father and the play to go to the hospital.



G312: girl with witches
I checked this book out at the library from the kid's section in the mid '70's. It was a hardcover about a girl that somehow ends up in the woods and spies on a group of witches.The witches may have been gathered around a bonfire or a cauldron.the girl gets noticed by the witches, and that is where my memory ends. I vaguely remember her riding on a broom with another witch. I think the witches were friendly. I think the cover of the book was of a scene at night, with one or more witches flying on broomsticks.

Witch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, maybe? "Lynn's growing conviction that her sister is learning witchcraft from a neighbor reaches its peak when Lynn, her sister, and brother are left for a weekend in the neighbor's charge." I never read it, but ever since I heard a few details mentioned on the TV show Big Blue Marble, it's stuck with me.
It's not Witches Sister. That book is too new. The book I'm looking for is from the early '70's.
I haven't read The Witch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, but it was written in 1975, so it's certainly worth examining.  It was reissued in paperback editions in 1993 and 2002, which may be why you think it's too new a book to be the one you're searching for.
I don't think it's Witch's Sister, either.  There's only one real witch in that book:  Mrs. Tuggle, although, she's trying to get Lynn's sister to become a witch as well.  No forest scene either.
G312 How abt this prequel to Witch's sister? I just cataloged it  yesterday: Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Witch water.  illus by Gail Owens. Atheneum, 1977.   Lynn is afraid her  friend “Mouse” will be made into a witch by Mrs. Tuggle - juvenile  fiction by an award-winning author
Is the poster really sure it's Witch Water or any in Naylor's series?  It's been a long time since I read those books, but I read them repeatedly way back when, and I don't remember any friendly witches (or, again, any real witch other than Mrs. Tuggle) or any broomstick riding.  Mrs. Tuggle's thing seemed to be more about control over people than about broomsticks.
Thanks for all the suggestions! I checked all the books by Naylor, and none of them are the one I'm looking for. I believe the cover showed a night scene of the sky, with a big moon, and a witch flying on a broom. It was also a pretty short story.
Patricia Coombs, Dorrie and.....   Could the girl actually have been a witch herself? Then it might be one of the Dorrie books by Patricia Coombs.
Chew, Ruth , The Wednesday Witch.  Could it be one of the Witch books written by Ruth Chew?  The scene you describe sounds familiar to me.  I read many of her books in the late 70's-early 80's and they were quick and easy to read. The cover for the Wednesday Witch also seems similar to your description - except the witch is on a vacuum cleaner instead of a broom.
I checked both of the above books- neither one is the one I'm looking for. I think the cover may have had more then one witch flying on a broom.
Adrienne Adams, The Halloween Party,1974.Is there any chance at all the main character was a little boy named Faraday (kind of an androgynous name)?  Your description made me think of The Halloween Party, and A Woggle of Witches, both by Adrienne Adams.  The cover shows a witch on a broomstick, flying across the moon with gremlin children behind her.



G313: Girl is a prisoner on the moon
Solved: Ann in the Moon


G314: Golden eggs
the book was one in my elementary school  library around 84. It was about two sisters who had a goose that laid golden eggs, and it gave them just enough money to make a pot of vegetable soup. then the king or someone like a king or maybe a queen stole the goose, and force fed it rich food so it would lay more golden eggs. The illistrations were beautiful. Thanks for any help.

G315: Ghost Stories
Solved: Fifty Great Ghost Stories


G316: Girls in a boarding school
Solved: Hey, Dollface


G317: Gingerbread Man AND....
Title of this book is "The Gingerbread Man and Other Stories" It is illustrated, oversize. It contains "Little Black Sambo" Pub date is probably 1930-1934. KEY ITEM: Must contain a story about an bearded elf or gnome named "Mr. Popinjou". There is an illustration of this elf sleeping with his beard sticking out over the sheets.

G318: Girl Takes Care of Retarded Sister
Solved: Risk n' Roses


G319: Girl and purple maid
Solved: Shadow Castle


G320: Gladiator wrapped in cape
I am looking for a book for my father that he had read to him in the 6th grade in 1945.  It was a young adult book about a gladiator who was a prince? who fought with a net and triton and in the end he is killed and wrapped in his own cape.  He thinks the title of the book was "the scarlet something" or "the red something".  He thinks the "something" is a cape or tunic.  It is definitely not "The Robe" or "The Red Cape" by Britten.  Thanks for your help.

Rosemary Sutcliff, Mark of the Horse Lord  & Warrior Scarlet.  This is a long shot, but the description reminds me a little of Sutcliff's Mark of the Horse Lord.  It's about a gladiator who impersonates the prince of a British tribe and dies in the end (not wrapped in cloak though, and I don't remember if he was a net-and-trident fighter).  Warrior Scarlet is not about gladiators, but involves a red cloak (I think) and is by the same author.
While The Mark of the Horse Lord is about Phaedrus, a gladiator in Roman Britain who impersonates the lord of a northern tribe and nobly dies for "his" people, it was published in 1965, twenty years too late for the stumper requester.  Warrior Scarlet was written in 1958 and is also unlikely to be the book sought, particularly since there's no gladiator in it.  Warrior Scarlet is about Drem, a disabled boy (withered arm) who has to kill a wolf in order to attain manhood and the right to wear the warrior's scarlet of his Bronze Age tribe.
I'm sorry I don't have the answer, but I can tell you that the book you're looking for is probably not The Crimson Cloak by Lois Montross (1924), which is a volume of poetry.  It is also unlikely to be The Red Cape by Rachel M. Varble (1928), which is described online as the story of "A little girl [who] is taken into a peasant's home."



G321: Ghost story, twins, a doll, or diary found beneath tree?
Desperately looking for a book an English Teacher once loaned me that I read in the late 1970's... had to be published prior to 1978. If my memory serves me right it was a ghost story involving twins, a doll or a diary found buried under a tree. The story took place in the past, possibly victorian/early 1900's? I want to say the cover was purple and that the young girl, main character's name, was Rose or another older/classic name like that... I was in high school during my reading of this book so it wasn't a book necessarily for children, it was pretty scary. The title my have been a name of a girl and/or have the word "twins" in it? Additionally, this wasn't a super old book at the time of my reading... Sorry, I can't remember more, I know this is pretty vague. THANKS!

Might be Janet Lunn's Double Spell. It was originally published as Twin Spell.
Lunn, Janet, Double Spell. (1968) also published as Twin Spell.  This features twins, ghosts and dolls, however the twins are named Jane and Elizabeth and they buy the doll rather than find it under a tree.  Strangely attracted to an antique doll, twelve-year-old twins buy the toy and soon find themselves haunted by powerful and tragic memories of ancestral twins who had also been owners of the doll
Lunn, Janet, Twin Spell. (1968)  I think this is it. See the "Solved Mysteries".
Lunn Janet, Twin Spell, 2003, reprint. I am really certain that the doll and twin part of this stumper refers to Janet Lunn's Twin Spell, reprinted later as Double Spell.  It is a haunting book about twins Jane and Elizabeth who live in Ontario Canada and find a doll in an antique store which inexplicably seems to belong to them.  After they move into their Aunt Alice's mysterious old house, they begin finding themselves sharing the past experiences of two other twins, Anne and Melissa, who were their ancestors and lived in the house (which was smaller and did not have new additions built on it then) many years before.  They also have visions of a frightening girl named Hester who seemed to hate the earlier twins.  In the end they solve the mystery and discover that Anne had died in a fire (in a room they now use as an attic) that had been accidentally started by her cousin Hester, and that it is the ghost of Hester who is haunting the house.  They discover this just in time for Elizabeth to save Jane, who is trapped in the attic with the ghost.  I think the original stumper may have mixed up the plots of two different books by Janet Lunn.  She also wrote one entitled The Root Cellar in which the main character is a girl named Rose, who finds an old root cellar in the ground which leads her to ghostly experiences with a long ago family on the farm where she is staying. 



G322: Green pitcher short story
The boy gets a green pitcher as a gift from his grandmother for his birthday and is very disappointed, until his mother uses it to make all kinds of good things.  This is a short story that was included in compilation of short stories, book from 1970 or earlier with a brown or green cover (possibly a Boy Scout book of some kind but not at all certain).  My brother read this over and over as a child and it made a huge impression on him, trying to surprise him with a copy but these are all the details I have.  This will be a tough find and I appreciate your help!

Kathryn Jackson (author), Richard Scarry (illustrator), The Strange Pitcher. (1955)  Possibly this one?  A little boy receives a strange pottery pitcher from his grandmother who lives in Italy.  The pitcher is made of pottery, "with odd-looking leaves on it, the colors of fruit, and fruit that was the color of leaves."  The little boy doesn't like it, but his mother says it matches with their dishes, and uses it to serve orange juice, milk, chocolate milk, or lemonade at their meals.  "Day after day, the little boy poured good-tasting things from the pitcher, and by and by, it didn't look strange any more."  Finally, he writes to his grandmother thanking her for the beautiful pitcher.  This story can be found on page 11 of The Golden Book of 365 Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year (A Big Golden Book).  It is the story for January 6th.  Please note that this book has been reprinted numerous times with at least three different titles and covers.  The two other titles I've seen are: The Bedtime Book of 365 Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year OR Richard Scarry's A Story A Day: 365 Stories and Rhymes.  Unfortunately, the pitcher isn't green (though it does have green on it), and while it is a gift, the boy doesn't receive it for his birthday.  Also, none of the covers I've seen for this book are brown or green---I've seen blue or white covers with pictures of animals or children on them.  So you may be looking for a different story in a different book---or your memories may have faded over time.
The more recent versions of The Golden Book of 365 Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year may not be exactly what you remember.  Here's an online description: "Reissued after many years, this beautiful collection offers a year's worth of original stories and poems, including new selections for Hanukkah, Martin Luther King Day, and Kwanzaa."  Unfortunately, I can't figure out exactly when the changes were made!  I can tell you that the edition I have (from 1969) does contain "The Strange Pitcher" but I can't vouch for any edition later than that.


G323: Grand picnic
I've looked for this book FOREVER!!  I don't remember much about it, except a beautiful full-color illustration of a picnic in the woods with everything you could ever want to eat laid out before you (perhaps even on the ground).  There were desserts, including cakes and pies of every sort.  I would have had this book no later than 1963.  It may have had a red cover.  It may have involved bears.  It's not Teddy Bear's Picnic.

There is a page that sounds a lot like this in the book about the Yami of Yawn, with the main character Wide-awake Jake. Might this be it?
Thanks for the response, unfortunately "Wide-Awake Jake" (c. 1974) cannot be it, because I owned this book pre-1963.  My book may have been an anthology.  I have already checked the "Little Brown Bear" books.


G324: Girl's planet has almost no metal
Solved: This Star Shall Abide


G325: Girl from advanced race
Solved: The Far Side of Evil
G326: Girl and boy hide horse out West

Solved: Hold the Reign Free

G327: Girl tests witch's ingredients
Solved: Little Witch

G328: Girl meets girl named Wisteria
My elementary school had a series of reading exercises, divided into colors by reading level. Some were fiction, others not, but all were designed to improve reading comprehension.  One of the stories involved a girl entering a secret world through her garden. She meets a girl who says she was allowed to choose her own name -- Wisteria -- and is surprised that the other girl could not choose her own name.  Any help on the story or even the reading comprehension series is much appreciated.

This might help a little:  SRA Reading Series cards/booklets were once organized by color (I remember from the 1960s.)
SRA Reading Laboratory.  You are after the SRA Reading laboratory - there were several editions of these - I'm not sure which one you are after.  We had different boxes of stories for different grade levels. they're still being made by McGraw-Hill.
Ghost Cat.  i read a book called ghost cat that seems kind of like the one you described the one girl from the futer goes through her garden and finds a girl from the pasti dont remember much else about it but i think it was from a color coded series of some sort hope that helps


G329: Goat family goes to carnival, littlest gets kidnapped
It's a book about a goat family who go to a carnival/amusement park, and the baby goat gets kidnapped while there.  (By other animails other than goats I think).  I belive it was published in the mid to late 70's?  It's written in comic book/storyboard format and the older sister is on a ferris wheel when her sister gets kidnapped and she loses her ice cream.  Thanks for offering this service!

Watson, Nancy Dingman, The birthday goat. (1974) The Goat family enjoys its outing to the Carnival until Baby Souci goat is kidnapped


G330: Girl runs away, meets old sheepherder
Solved: Runaway Girl


G331: Girl merges with wall
A young woman learns how to merge with solid objects. In one chapter she practices making her hand melt into a table. In another chapter, the woman who invented the wall-merging technique steps out of a wall, naked (since you can't merge clothes with walls), to confront the main character. There may have been talking cats in it, or that may have been a different book...

Could this be one of the Star Ka'at books by Andre Norton?  They were published in the 70s.  I don't remember much of the storyline, but the cats talked and were actually aliens.  They met a boy and girl on Earth, who helped them either fit in or get home. (My sister actually read the books, I think I just skimmed them.)  The cover of one of them had a girl imerging from a wall.  the illustrations were grey and misty-looking. Might be worth checking out, anyway.
Judith Goldberger, Looking Glass Factor. (1979) This book is in the solved mysteries section.  I read it a couple of years ago after reading the description when another reader was looking for it.  I am sure this is what you are looking for.  It is available at ABE and through interlibrary loan.


G332: Girl wins geography(?) test to earn trip
Solved: Patsy's Best Summer


G333: Girl meets French boy Joel
I probably read this young adult novel in the mid 70's.  It would have been fairly contemporary then.  A girl (American or English) goes to France (Brittany or Normandy) - I can't recall if she is an exchange student or visiting relatives - but she meets a local French boy named Joel and they begin a romance.  I believe she returns home and they continue the romance, long-distance.  It was very well written and made a great impression on me as a young teen.  Wish I could read it again and have a taste of my adolescence!  Any tips, clues, or info much appreciated.

The description reminded me of a Ruth M. Arther book, but I couldn't find a title to match.  Does that author sound familiar to the original poster?


G334: Girl and elephant
A little girl(rag doll?), along with her elephant (w/polka dots)pal, learns to use the potty.

Nicola Smee, The Tusk Fairy. (1994)  Not sure if this is your book, but your description made me think of this one.  It was one of my daughter's favorites when she was little.  The elephant isn't polka dotted, though. But the girl is often wearing polka dot pants.  The grandma crocheted the elephant as a birth present for the girl, and it did everything the girl did - including learn to use the potty.  One day something dreadful happened to the elephant, but the grandma was able to fix it up.  Great Book! Even if it's not the one you're looking for!
Astrid Lindgren, Bill Bergson, Master Detective, 1946, copyright.This is from one of the Bill Bergson series of books, I don't know which one. Two groups of friends, the White Roses and the Red Roses, "war" over possession of a stone which they alternately hide. Other titles are Bill Bergson Lives Dangerously, and Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue.


G335: Girls school adventures in 1915
Solved: Luvvy and the Girls


G336: Girl designs dress for dance
Solved: Date with a Career

G337: Ghost rescues girl
I believe that this book was published in the early to mid-1990's.  It is about a young girl who is seriously hurt by a robber who broke into her house.  A male ghost rescues her spirit?(or something) and transports her back to his realm.  They have serveral adventures but I don't really remember exactely what they were.  I do remember that one of the friends of the ghost was name Iceman.  I know this is not a lot to go on, but I hope someone can help me.
G338: Girls is raped and kills attacker
I read this book when I was about twelve.  I think it was set during the civil war.  A young girl (I want to say her name is Mattie) is raped by a neighbor (I think his name is Ray Beard) when she is left home to babysit.  She shoots and kills the neighbor and has a difficult time recovering from the attack.  She marries a young man toward the end of the book.

Betty Sue Cummings, Hew Against the Grain,1977.This book is about a young girl named Mathilda.  It's set during the Civil War.  Mathilda's family is divided by the war.  She is attacked and raped by a neighbor during the last year of the war. Mathilda kills her attacker and learns to heal with the help of her grandfather.


G339: Girl from city goes to live in country
Solved: The Long White Month


G340: George
This will probably be difficult because I don't have many clues.  It is the first book I ever took out of a public library, probably in either 1959 or 1960.   It was a children's illustrated book about a dog named "George" who lived in the city. I believe the character of George was humanlike. He might have spoken and stood on two legs and worn clothes.  That's all I can remember about it.  I do remember that I loved the book and can recall sounding out the name "George" as "Gee-orge."  The library was in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.

Cora Annett, The Dog Who Thought He Was A Boy. (1965)  Ralph the dog wanted to be a boy, so the family let him.  The son finally got sick of not having a pet and told the dog that he was a dog.  Maybe the father's name was George?  The dog did wear clothes, go to school, etc.
Nope, nobody in Arnett is named George. I just read the whole book.
Phyllis Rowand, George Goes To Town, 1958. I dont think he wears clothes, but the dog's name is George, and the book is from the correct time frame.  Might be worth investigating, anyway.  Phyllis Rowand also wrote an earlier book about him, simply titled "George" (c. 1956)



G341: Greenish-blue book of fairy tales
I was looking for a hardcover book of fairy tales from the late sixties to early seventies.  The cover is greenish-blue and it has pictures of fairies all around the outside.  The pictures in the book are beautiful (characters are not done in the Disney-style). Some of the stories in the book are: Cinderella, Aladdin, Hansel & Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, etc.)  There is a picture of Cinderella in the ballroom wearing a dress with pink roses all over it.

Ottenheimer Press, My Giant Story Book. (1971) I'm pretty sure this is the book.  It is on the solved pages already (it was my original stumper!) and all the stories are there plus the Cinderella has the big flowers on her pink dress at the ball.  Only thing different is the cover but the book I received when I ordered was a completely different cover than I had.  Hope this is it.  Worth checking out.
Thank you, but I don't think it's "My Giant Story Book".  It looks like that one had Little Red Riding Hood in it, but the book I am looking for did not.  Thank you anyway.


G342: Girl becomes jealous of exchange student
Hard back book from the sixties, but think it was set in the fifties.  Illustrations were Trixie Beldenish.  Story is about a teen and her family who sponsor an international exchange student from Spain or Mexico.  At first she's excited because she thinks of how she and her exchange student friend will be like sisters.  But she becomes jealous of the girl's exotic beauty, sweet nature, and popularity.    The sponsoring girl has to learn a few lessons about her true nature.

Francine Lewis, Polly French and The Surprising Stranger,1956. My copy of this book is a Whitman glossy edition with illustration that look Trixie Beldenish.  Polly French's family host an exchange student from Peru.  Her name is Lita Barrios.  She is older than Polly but in the same grade because of the language difference.  Lita fits in well and Polly is jealous of her.
This sounds like it could be Cathy and Lisette, by Teresa Crayder, published in 1964. Cathy is excited for the exchange student from France to come and stay with her family, but quickly becomes jealous of Lisette.


G343: Girl candles ocean Japanese
A Girl who lives by the ocean and lights candles. My memory is that some how she is not free and has some connection with Japan. Not sure if set in Japan or by a Japanese Author. Childrens book read to us in the 1960s in Australia. Would love to get a hold of this book.



G344: Ghost in a Haunted House
Looking for a narrated (cassette?)and illustrated childrens ghost story from early to mid-70's... told in first person (male narrator, monotone).. he was looking for the source of some noise in this dark house, alone, at night.  Each spot he looked and didn't find the thing making this noise, an echoing ghost voice in the background would say "No One was Therrrre".   The closer the narrator got to the "ghost" the louder the voice got.. finally I believe he looked in the Closet.. and the final line was this ghost saying loudly "I Was There".   I don't remember the title or author/narrator but I remember it really used to creep me out.  The picture book had these abstract oil paintings, not drawings or cartoonish pictures. Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.


G345: Girl's clothes walk away
Book about a girl who never picks her clothes up off the floor.  So one day her clothes get up and walk away.  I remember something about how she maybe wore a potato sack to school because she didn't have any clothes.

Girl's clothes walk away  - I've never read this one, but the description of the book The House That Had Enough by P. E. King (1986) says: "Tired of being mistreated, Anne's furniture, clothes, and house decide to leave until she promises to take better care of them."



G346: Girl's Underworld Travel, Life Candles & Lanterns
I'm looking for a novel (it had a few illustrations) about a preteen or teen girl, possibly Native American, who journeys to an underworld, where she finds that all people and animals have life clocks in the form of candles, or lanterns that burn down as we age. Animals such as turtles figure prominently. I can't remember much more, something about choices and consequences. It was a very strange, mystical book, and I'd love to know what it was. I read it in about 1976-77, I think it was new-ish then.

I wonder if the person is thinking of one of Sheila Moon's books?  It's not KNEE-DEEP IN THUNDER, but there were a couple others feature a girl who seems to be Native American in a strange world on a quest with animal friends. I think the girl in all of them was named Maris.  I read them in the late 70s, which is the right time frame for the OP.



G347: Ginger, Nurse, Litttle Golden Book
Solved: Pepper Plays Nurse


G348: Girl Grows Pansy Garden in Yard
Around 1971, a book about a young girl growing flowers in her yard and I remember pansies. At one point she had to go out in the pouring rain with her slicker on and take care of the seeds so they wouldn't wash away. I thought it was the book "In My Mother's Garden" but that was written in the 90's. This was definitely before 1972. Illustrated.

J. David Townsend, The Five Trials of the Pansy Bed
, 1967, copyright.  I believe this is the book you're looking for -- it was a favorite of mine when I was growing up.  A little girl grows pansies through various trials.  Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.  You can see a copy of the cover at: http://www.hyman.pagebooks.net/  Hope this helps!

G349: Growing pains

I thought it was called "Growing Pains" but when I do a search for "growing pains" I get something else.  It was actually a collection of short stories with little life lessons and the illustrations look very much like those of eloise wilkins (though I don't believe she did them).  sorry this is all i have to go on.

Florence Taylor, Growing Pains.  This one is probably it, with various life lessons and illustrations by Lucile Patterson Marsh. 



G350: Go-cart race in airport
Solved: Drag Strip Challenge


G351: Ghost story teenagers & rituals
I read this book when I was about 11 back in 1981 & it was definitely set in modern times -  I'm English but don't remember if the book was. The characters were (a group of?) teenagers & it was set in a house haunted by a malevolent spirit. There may have been a poltergeist involved beacause I clearly remember a wardrobe falling onto a character & pinning them to the bed. One character used to use rituals to try to ward of the evil spirit or to help them calm down? It was a very dark novel aimed at young adult readers. Not quite sure why I'd like to re-read this but it's just one of those books that has stuck in my brain!!!!

Joan Aiken, The Shadow Guests, 1980.  This could be The Shadow Guests, by Joan Aiken. The main character's name is Cosmo, and he is sent to England to live with a cousin who teaches at a university. I remember that he was visited by spirits from the past, and there's a dark family secret too.



G352: Gretchen
Solved: Thirteen


G353: Giant
I am trying to find a book but I do not know the title. My sister read this book in elementary school which she attended from 1974 to 1980. The story is about a giant. The cover and pages of the book are blue. Possible picture of feet on cover of book. Story line might be that the giants feet/legs were mistaken for tree trunks.

G354: Girl travels to Victorian times
Solved: Elizabeth, Elizabeth


G355: Gray Rabbit Named Annamarie
Solved: Big Big Story Book


G356: girl who puts butter on fence
Solved: Bony Legs


G357: Girl turns into tree
I can't remember very much about this one, I don't even know if it's a book or a short story or mythology or what.  I just remember this girl turns into a tree and someone cuts her (like cuts off a branch or something) and she bleeds, but she can't scream or anything.  It was a bit dark.

G357: Sounds like the short Greek myth of Dryope, who picks flowers off a tree, which bleeds (it's a nymph) and Dryope is punished by being turned into a tree herself - but not before she has the chance to tell her family to warn her baby never to vandalize plants.
It probably was a version of that myth, I don't remember a baby and I swear someone cut her after she turned into a tree, but it was probably just the version I read (someone taking liberties or something). Because I'm pretty sure it was a myth, or maybe it was a fairy tale?



G358: Girl goes to summer camp
Solved: Just Plain Maggie


G359: Gargoyles and witches
Solved: The Farthest Away Mountain


G360: Girl raised in complete darkness
Solved: The Day Boy and the Night Girl


G361: Girl Ghost
Solved:  Haunting with Louisa


G362: George Washington
1957-1958.  I am searching for a book that I remember my second or third grade teacher read to my class about 1957-58. I know the title is NOT The Cabin Faced West, nor is it George Washington's Breakfastby Jean Fritz.  The story is about a pioneer girl who is at home alone due to a pioneer sort of emergency. The girl serves breakfast to General George Washington. I distinctly remember the girl served Virginia ham. She does not realize that she has cooked breakfast for George Washington until the end of the story.  This might have been a story in a reader series or a picture book. I just remember I loved that book and would dearly love to read it again. I'm hoping someone out there is about my age (57) and remembers the story.

Lutie A. McCorkle-(Sheldon Basic Reading), The Little Cook- (Story Caravan), 1957.  Oh,think I can help you with this one. It was my reader too and I looked forever on the internet trying to find it until I stumbled on it by accident. The story is The Little Cook about a girl who has to stay home while her family goes to George Washington's Parade. She ends up unknowingly serving him breakfast on his way there. And He tells her to tell her family that she met him before they did. There are many other wonderful stories in this book that perhaps your teacher may have also read to you so it's worth checking out the Story Caravan.



G363:Girl helps ghost change past
Solved: The Ghosts


G364: Genie
Solved: Fairy Tales (Hadaway)


G365: Greek Juke Box
The book I am looking for was a favorite of mine as a child ( in the 70's). It was purchased in either Australia or England.  The story is set in Greece by the sea and is about a brother and sister who's father( i think) plays music in a taverna.  The owner buys a juke box ( called a Rock ola, I think) and at first everyone thinks it's great because it plays all night without getting tired and needing a break.  However, as the story goes on they can't turn the jukebox off and the town grows tired of hearing it.  They finally thow it into the ocean and then the musician starts playing again and everyone is happy.  The book is richly illustrated.

William Papas, Tasso, 1966.
This is definitely Tasso by William Papas. I bought my copy a few years ago, having remembered it being read to me during library time at school, in Australia, back in the late 70s.



G366: Gypsy Cat San Francisco
This book I read in the late 70s (I was probably 8 or 10) and it was set in San Francisco. I want to say the main character's name was Judy, and I definitely know there was a scene where her mother had baked a cake for some reason and she was grating chocolate over the frosting (we have a similar recipe in our family).  Anyway, it seems there was a mystery involved and there was a "gypsy cat" who had a gold hoop earring in one ear. I can't remember more than that except to say that I remember learning that SanFran was hilly, foggy and filled with old Victorian houses. Gosh I hope that's enough!

Byars, Betsy, Rama, the Gypsy Cat, c. 1966, reprinted by Scholastic
This could be The Mystery of the Green Cat by Phyllis Whitney (1957).  I read the Scholastic edition during the 1960s.  It was always one of my favorite books!  It is definitely set in San Francisco. The names of the children involved were Andy, Adrian, Jill, and Carol.  If you think this could be the book, then you should check the official Phyllis A. Whitney website for the full plot description.
I wonder if you're combining two different books by Catherine Woolley Ginnie and the Cooking Contest and Ginnie and the Mystery CatGinnie and the Mystery Cat has friends Ginnie and Geneva in Europe, traveling with their families.  There's a statue of a cat with gold hoop earrings that they're carrying around that people keep trying to steal.  No cakes or San Francisco though.  In Ginnie and the Cooking Contest, there's a bake-off that Ginnie's participating in that has a chocolate cake and grating chocolate.  I think the contest is in San Francisco, but I'm not sure.  No cat though.  Both these books came out in the 1960s.  Good luck!



G367: Girl shrinks, enters brainbox
A girl behaves like a brat at her birthday party. She twists a ring on her finger and faints/shrinks; she shrinks so small that she enters her own body. She visits various places in herself including the brainbox which is a machine operated by a fat little man and is malfunctioning to give her an earache. She visits many other surreal locations in her body/head area and the brainbox operator is her guide. Eventually, I believe she is chased out and when she returns to normal size/comes to she is thankful for her family. I read it sometime in the late eighties /early nineties (85-9?), and I think the title was either "The Brainbox" or "<MainCharacter'sName> and the Brainbox."

Kristal, Keren, The Brainbox.  London: Methuen Childrens, 1987.  "Kiki shrinks during her birthday party and has the opportunity to travel inside someone's brain."
That's it! I've been looking (albeit not very hard) for years. My childhood is reclaimed. Thank you so much.



G368: Green Oobly
All I can remember from the book is a phrase "green oobly."  I might not even be spelling it right.  I think the phrase was referring to sneezing/snot.  I read it when I was a kid, but it might not be a kid's book.  I know that it wasn't the Dr. Seuss book about the oobleck.  I vaguely remember the dad is the one who said the phrase and I think the daughter had a friend over during dinner when the conversation came up.

G369: GIANT
Solved: The Tall Book of Christmas


G370: Girl uses imagination to cope with life
I read this book in the early 80's.  It was probably published shortly before I read it.  It is about a young girl (middle school aged?) who has an incredible imagination.  Each chapter is an incredibly detailed day dream spurred on by something that happens in her life.  The only two I recall are (1) she rides a ferris wheel and imagines she is an astronaut and (2) she is in a school debate and imagines she is the President of the US or is running for election.

Ellen Conford, Dreams of Victory



G371: girl pumpkin patch mouse
I think I owned this book around 1971. It's about a little girl who goes on a school trip to a pumpkin patch, where the children are each going to pick a pumpkin for Halloween. The little girl finds a pumpkin she likes, only to discover a mouse living inside. She decides to leave the pumpkin so the mouse can keep his home and leaves emptyhanded.

Mousekin's Golden House?  See Most Requested.
The book described is NOT Mousekin's Golden House.  In that book, Mousekin is a young mouse who finds a discarded jack-o-lantern in the forest, in which he takes up residence.  He fills it with seeds and fluff, preparing for winter even though the other forest animals think "that house will never do".  However, as it grows colder, the mouth, eyes and nose of the jack-o-lantern slowly close to make a fine, cozy home for a mouse in the snow.  Though it is a beautifully illustrated, poetic book, there are no human characters in Mousekin's Golden House, nor does it follow the plotline described by the requester.



2007

G372: Girl's Birthday Party
Solved: Debbie's Birthday Party


G373: Gangster-like Mice
Solved: The Roquefort Gang


G374: Ghost Girl
Solved: Stonewords


G375: Girl, room
I read this book in the late 70s or early 80s. It was about a girl who was the eldest child in her family and was desperate to have her own room, as she was tired of her younger siblings constantly touching her things and breaking them. One of her most prized possessions was her copy of 'The Lord of the Rings'. So she moves into the cupola in the roof. She gets up there by climbing a ladder.

Maybe not A Room for Cathy by Catherine Woolley - see Solved Mysteries - but worth checking. (Cathy would be too young to be reading Tolkien, I think.)
Jean Little, Look through my window, 1970. The mention of Tolkien makes me think of Jean Little. Might this be Look Through My Window, in which Emily moves to a new house and claims an attic room for her own? Or possibly another Little title, maybe Kate? Although I'm pretty sure the room features mainly in Look Through My Window. There's a little more description under the Solved Mystery for Lulu's Window.
Enright, Elizabeth, The Four Story Mistake, 1942. Not sure about this one. I vaguely remembered this book, so thought I'd try some searches. I found a book which has a girl with siblings and a cupola and was a popular book, so worth a look. "The Melendy family moves to a house in the country where a secret room, a cupola, a stable, and a brook provide Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver with adventures far different from the city life to which they are accustomed"
Another long shot...but could it be The Velvet Room, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder?  Robin's family moves a lot (I think they may be migrant workers).  In their latest home, she finds a deserted mansion, with a library full of books.  She finds a way in, and spends much of her time reading the books I remember either a cupola or a glass window-seat where she spends most of her time in the house.  The book was originally published in the late 60s/early 70s.  It's worth a shot!
Park, Ruth, Callie's Castle, 1974.  I'm pretty sure this is the one. It was highly commended by the Children's Book Council of Australia in the awards that year.



G376: Gilead magic cats  NOT Ace Astro
Solved: Once Upon a Saturday


G377: gum
Solved: The Affair at 7 Rue de M


G378: girl raised by aunts after mother disappeared
Solved: Emily of New Moon


G379: goldilocks
Solved: Beware of the Bears


G380: Girl with cereal box fantasy land
Solved: Armitage Armitage Fly Away Home


G381: George Mouse
My mom said she bought a little book for me when I was a baby (1967), and the only line she can remember from it was "George Mouse was a Happy Mouse." She said it had a little handle on it, and I used to carry it around with me everywhere. I don't recall it at all, but would love to find it and see if it triggers a long-ago memory.


G382: Ghost short stories
Solved: The Phantom Cyclist and Other Ghost Stories
Phantom Cyclist and Other Ghost Stories


G383: Girl travels back in time to Colonial Williamsburg
I can't remember much about this book, just that I read it when I was young (sometime probably between 1978 and 1989), and it was about a girl who somehow traveled back in time to Colonial Williamsburg.

Barbara Michaels, Patriot's Dream. If it was an adult/YA book, this might be it. Standard Barbara Michaels fare - our heroine is living in Williamsburg, falls into  a time-travel/out of body experience.  Goes back to the Revolution.
I can't remember much about this book, just that I read it when I was young (sometime probably between 1978 and 1989), and it was about a girl who somehow traveled back in time to Colonial Williamsburg. This sounds like it could be PATRIOT'S DREAM, by Barbara Michaels, aka Elizabeth Peters, not a juvenile book, but one of my favorite novels by this author.  It is set in the early to mid 1970's, it may even have written in 1976, given the patriotic theme.  A young woman in her 20's is staying with an elderly aunt and uncle in current-day Williamsburg, but has dreams that are very real, about her Revolutionary-era ancestors.  It is part mystery, part time-travel/fantasy, part romance, as Barbara Michaels does so well.  There was also a sequel.
Cynthia Blair, Freedom to Dream, 1987.While this isn't Colonial Williamsburg, it is a time travel back to Colonial times.n accident hurls modern Philadelphia teenager Katy Morris back to Philadelphia in 1787 where she meets Abigail, witnesses the making of the Constitution, learns what daily life in Constitutional days was like, and begins to appreciate her 1980s lifestyle.
Janet Lunn, The Root Cellar, June 1981. I can't remember if Colonial Williamsburg was in this book but to quote the synopsis on the back cover of the book: "Rose Larkin is lonely and unhappy when she moves in with relatives who live in an old Ontario farmhouse (this part takes place in the present).  But amazing adventures await her when she discovers that an old root cellar is her entrance to the world of the 1860's.  Here she makes friends and gets caught up with them in the excitement and chaos of the Civil War across the border."
Could this one be Another Shore by Nancy Bond? Originally published in 1988, it doesn't take place in Williamsburg but in Louisburg,Nova Scotia. Here's a blurb--Lyn Paget is spending the summer before college working as a serving girl at the reconstructed 18th-Century Nova Scotia port town of Louisbourg. She researches the life of a young girl of that time period named Elisabeth Bernard to give her character a real base. One day she blacks out and awakens to find that it is 1744 and that others regard her as the original Elisabeth. Struggling to understand what has happened to her and to survive, Lyn/Elisabeth discovers that she is not the only person to have slipped back through time, and the others have been unable to find a way back to the 20th Century. I'm a fan of the time travel genre and this is one of the best I've read.



G384: Golden bird illustrations
"I remember from when I was very young - probably around 1970 - going to the summer club at the local library and having the librarian read a number of stories to us. One in particular which I remember had beautiful illustrations which the librarian used to hold up for us to look at. I have various memories of the story, but to be honest I'm not sure that I'm not mixing up more than one tale, so I'm going to focus on the illustrations rather than confuse things. The story was about a golden bird - maybe a firebird or phoenix? - and I suspect that what I'm remembering is a particular version of a folk or fairy tale. The illustrations were mainly silhouettes of fantastical landscapes - castles, bridges, etc - and people, and then the bird itself - very ornate and beautiful, which I remember as being in colour (predominantly gold). I guess this is so vague that I would question the memory even more, except that while at university I visited the house of a friend's parents, and they actually had several of the illustrations as framed prints on their walls. Unfortunately, neither she, nor her sister, nor her mum, knew where they were from - they belonged to her dad who wasn't there at the time - and we drifted apart not long after that so, having had a tantalising glimpse of my childhood memory, I never got to pin it down. I've searched several times on the internet, but never managed to get any closer..." Thanks for your help.


G385: Girl caught using tea set
Solved: The Cabin Faced West


G386: Girls' gold dust link to life after death
Solved: The Ghost Garden


G387: Girl wins horse in competition
Solved: Becky's Horse


G388: Giant terrorizes rural area
Solved: Abiyoyo


G389: Girl joins birds in trees
Solved: The Tune is in the Tree


G390: Girl grows up, NY
About 5 years ago... or more... I read a book that I want to find SO bad!!!! I'm not sure on the year, and I have no idea the title, or author... But I can give a great basic summary... lol... You'd think if I could remember the book so well I should be able to remember the book!!! Ok, here goes.. The book starts out when the girl (later lady) is little. Her and her parents move to NY or just LEFT NY... And she had a bad dream. Well, one time her mom brought fairy dust.. (or something like that) and sprinkled it on her. (Her mom was usually a bi***~) Fast forward a few years and President Kennedy gets killed and her mother is devastated. One Halloween she went out to trick-or-treat and ended up getting raped (or almost getting raped) in a dark alley and her mom got mad at her b/c she was late or got dirty or something. Few years later she gets sent to a girls school. The girls are hateful and she hates it there. At some point she gets pregnant and goes to have an herbal abortion. She was riding in the car with some guy after taking the herbs when she started bleeding horribly and having terrible pains. After this she runs off with some guy.. Her boyfriend, a hippie-ish guy, and they sleep in his van in sleeping bags. They go rock climbing and explore the US. One day it starts raining/ storming while he is up on a mountain and he slips and dies. Years later it talks about her being married to an author and living on the beach. Ok, now looking back... It might be horribly hard to figure out that book... But if anyone could help me I would be SO relieved! I read it while I was still in highschool... and I think I needed to grow up a little.. Now I want to find this book so bad.. it's killing me!!!! If anyone knows what the book is then PLEASE let me know! Thanks!!!!

Wally Lamb, She's Come Undone. I don't remember the details but sounds like the general flavor of this book..



G391: Girl finds "rock" egg
A little girl goes to visit either her Aunt or Grandmother for the summer.  I think the Aunt/Grandma lives in an English Cottage.  The little girl finds a large rock in the backyard or garden. By the end of the summer, she discovers that the "rock" was actually a large egg when it hatches into either a dragon or a dinosaur.

Helen Creswell, A Gift from Winklesea. I'm fairly sure it's out of print, but it rings a bell. Could this be it?



G392: Give "What For" to scary animal
read in the 1970s. This is a book or story my older sister remembers and is dying to find, so I would like to find it and surprise her. What she remembers is that an animal hears a scary noise and decides to find the animal who is making the noise and ''give him what for''. As the first animal goes in search of the scary animal he meets up with additional animals who join the search and are 'going to him what for' -- that phrase is sort of a refrain through the book. And for each new animal they recruit, the story grows as to how scary the animal is and I guess the horrible things he did/could do. At the end (when they've sort of gathered a mob to get the scary animal), it turns out it was a little baby owl. She doesn't remember if there were any pictures and it may be a story in a larger compilation. She said it was sort of for around age 5. She was born in 1968, so the story was around in the early 70s. I was born in 1978 and have no memory of the story, if that helps.


G393: Girl who other kids think is a boy
Solved: Nice Little Girls


G394: Girl takes ballet to strengthen legs
Solved: Little Ballerina


G395: Girl checks out presidental bombshelter
Solved: Strange Tomorrow


G396:Girl takes care of doll, learns responsibility
I had a small cardboard book as a child (I was born in 65) about a girl that offers to take care of a raggedy ann (or similar)doll for her friend while the friend goes on vacation.  She drags it around, and totally wastes the poor little doll and has to give it back to the friend.  It is about responsibility.


G397: Girl moves to Australia, sheepdog
Solved: New Patches for Old


G398: Girl, pier jumping pattern
Solved: Up the Pier


G399: Girl sees invisible people, bells
Solved: The Secret World of Polly Flint


G400: Girl works in aunt's bakery
Solved: Don't Ask Miranda


G401: Girl slays dragons
Solved: The Hero and the Crown


G402:Grouchy teddy bear cuts foot
Solved: Edith and Big Bad Bill


G403: Girl falls in love with "bad" boy
Solved: Sex Education


G404: Girl worried about being replaced by doll
This is a book with striking black and white illustration, probably published in the mid to late 1970s,  when I was a child. The protagonist is a young child and her parents bring home a doll (or doll robot thing) that the girl finds threatening because it's so perfect - it behaves nicely and politely, etc. She feels that it is beginning to win over her parents' affections and that there is no place for her. At some point she runs away and there's an illustration of her up on a hill, at night, hiding under a large power tower. I think her parents come to retrieve her, and if I remember correctly the doll is eventually destroyed, perhaps short-circuiting in water or something. So many images from this book are emblazoned on my brain; I'd love to be able to find it again. Thanks!

Mahy, Margaret, Raging Robots and Unruly Uncles. The start of this stumper sounds immensely similar to this book, but Prudence doesn't return home. She joins up with her cousins (who have been chased from their home by an evil robot, just as she has been chased out by an overly perfect doll) to start a business, then they eventually rescue their fathers from the doll and the robot.
Nope, sadly Raging Robots and Unruly Uncles is not it. I think think the fact that the book is entirely (I'm *pretty* sure) black and white may be a key clue since it seems to me that most books for children have at least some color in the illustrations. Also, this is really a picture book, not a "chapter" book. Thanks for trying!



G405: girls solves mystery, inherits before other heirs
Solved: The Westing Game


G406: giant bugs in Scotland
Solved: Buzzbugs


G407: girl and grandfather go fishing
Okay, so I remember this book from when I was a kid. It was about a little girl and her grandfather, and I want to say they might have gone fishing? Because I can remember an illustration of them with their pants rolled up walking through water...I was born in '74 and I remember the illustrations being a tad creepy. Help!

Lapp, Eleanor, In the Morning Mist, A. Whitman, 1978. Just a guess since I don't have the book, but the description reads,  "A young child and her grandfather set out on a fishing expedition and find the countryside transformed by the morning mist."  I'm thinking that maybe the mist gave the illustrations you remember a creepy feeling.



G408: Girl runs away to island and gets stranded for the winter
Solved: The Island Keeper


G409: Ghost children
I think this book came out sometime in the 80's.  This is a book about a brother and sister who encounter two ghost children in the garden. The ghost children have traveled to the future to get help. The future children discover that the ghost children actually died in a fire a long time ago, so they drink this potion the ghost children give them, and they go back in time to help save the children from the fire. I think the cover of the book had a boy and girl sitting on a bench in the garden looking at the ghost children standing a few feet away.

Antonia Barber, The Ghosts. The children create a time-travel potion with herbs from their garden.   A memorable part of the book has the girl walking down a burning staircase hand in hand with someone, and surprised that the flames don't burn.  She realizes the man with her (a solicitor?) is absorbing the pain as penance for not protecting the ghost children the first time around.  In the end, they check the local cemetery and see that the monument is different.
Antonia Barber, The Ghosts, 1969. I believe this is THE GHOSTS, by Antonia Barber.  A movie called "The Amazing Mr. Blunden" was made, based on this book.
Antonia Barber, The Ghosts,1969, 1993. While staying at a rundown English country house (their mother has been taken on as caretaker), siblings Lucy and Jamie meet the spirits of Victorian children, George and Sara. By using a magic potion, Lucy and Jamie are able to travel back in time 100 years to save the George and Sara from a tragic fire.  Through one of those odd little time-travel paradoxes, Sara later turns out to have been the great-grandmother of Lucy & Jamie.
Barber, Antonia, The Ghosts, 1969. Definitely this book (also made into a tv series called the Amazing Mr Blunden).  The brother and sister are Lucy and Jamie - the Victorian ghosts Sara and Georgie
Antonia Barber, The Ghosts, 1969. '"Lucy and her brother stood in the garden and watched two pale figures -- a girl and a boy -- coming toward them. That was the beginning of a strange and dangerous friendship between Lucy and Jamie and two children who had died a century before. The ghost children desperately needed their help. But would Lucy and Jamie have the courage to venture into the past and change the terrible events that had led to murder?"
etc.
sounds like one of the Green Knowebooks by L. M. Boston. the books are still in print - it should be easy to see if one of the series matches your recollection.
Peck, Richard, Voices after Midnight. If that other book isn't it, try this one.  A brother and sister go back in time and save another brother and sister from a fire.



G410: Girls, palominos, whippoorwill
This hardbound book was at my local library between 1970-75, and it was probably about 20 years old then. The setting was in the country and the era is somewhat hard to place, since the details I remember are about two girls playing in woods, field, and barn. A girl, probably pre-teen, wanted a horse, and some new folks moved to a nearby farm or ranch with several palominos (possibly breeding them or starting a riding school).  Around the same time she had a new friend, a girl who had recently moved to the area - but I think not closely connected with the palomino people.  At the end, the girls were going to have the chance to ride or take lessons.  But most of the story was about the friend coming over to spend the night, listening to a bird (I think a whippoorwill), playing at a stream in the woods, riding a wheelbarrow or toy red wagon down a steep hill by the barn.

Tizz , Elisa Bialk. Could this be the Tizz series?  They were short books, about 3rd or 4th grade reading level.  I last read them in the early 70s, but Tizz was a palomino pony in a riding stable, and (I think) the girl who was the main character had just moved to the area.  I remember there were at least eight or ten volumes.



G411: Graveyard "scary" story, Childcraft
There is a story in childcraft that I vaguely remeber from my youth that I would love to know of the name of.  I can give you very little information to go on.  It was in a childcraft book in a pre 1970 edition, probably a much earlier addition.  The story, to my knowledge, never appeared in later versions. It was a "scary" story of some type.  It may have involved a grave or maybe a graveyard, but I am not sure. Any guesses?

The Old Man With A Bump, 1964. How funny! I'm visiting my mom, who still has our set of Childcraft volumes. The story you're looking for might be The Old Man With A Bump. It is from The Dancing Kettle and Other Japanese Folk Tales, and it is "retold by Yoshiko Uchida. It appears in volume 2, "Stories and Fables," in the section named "Tales From Other Lands." An old man has a large bump on his right cheek. Every day it grows bigger, and no doctor can cure it. One day, the old man shelters in a hollow tree during a storm. He hearns many, many ghosts and spirits walking toward him. He is terrified! The spirits begin to dance, and the leader calls for someone who can dance better. The old man jumps out of the tree and begins to dance. The spirits like his dancing so much that they ask him to come back the following night. To ensure that he will, they decided to take something precious from him as a forfeit. After much discussion, they decide to take the bump, since such bumps are said to cause good luck. The old man went happily home and celebrated with his wife. Next morning, a greedy neighbor with a similar bump came over to borrow some food. When he heard the story, he decided to copy the first man's actions. He told the spirits that he was the same man, but they hated his dancing. They scowled, and frowned, and told him, "Here, take back your precious lump." So the greedy neighbor had to go back home with a bump on each cheek. "Ohhhh," he cried, "Never again will I try to be someone else."
Sol Stember, The Monster's Grave. 1966. I wonder if you are thinking of a story in the "Scientists and Inventors" edition of the Childcraft library of books.  It tells the story of young Heinrich Schliemann who goes to a graveyard after his father told him a story about a wicked man who is buried there and sticks his foot out of the grave.  Heinrich finds the gravestone, says "Hennig! Show me your stocking!" and then is scared to see a light coming towards him.  It turns out to be his father looking for him.  Heinrich grows up to find the lost city of Troy and is considered the rather of archaeology.
Henig. I remember a Childcraft story about an evil man named Henig who wore green stockings.  When he died they said he would never show his stockings again, so each year his leg came out of his grave.  Very spooky. Could this be the story you remember?'



G412: Giants talk to boy on rafters
Solved: The Book of Giant Stories


G413: Girl lives with sewing spinster aunt
A young girl goes to live with her aunt and the aunt makes all of her school dresses from the same bolt of cloth because it is economical. The children at school tease her for wearing the same dress every day when she is really wearing a clean dress each day. On the way home from school the girl stares longingly at the beautiful dresses in the general store or mercantile window but knows she will never wear anything that beautiful. She gets tired of the teasing and begs her aunt to wash all of her dresses and have them hanging on the line so she can prove that she has more than one dress. When she arrives home that afternoon instead of her identical dresses hanging on the line the dresses she has been admiring in the store window are there. I also remember in the book that she made a game of her chore of washing dishes by imagining that all the dishes and silverware were people and were swimming in the soapy water. The time period of the book would have been an era when it was common to have a water pump at the kitchen sink but water would have been heated on a wood stove. I read this book in the early 1960's from the school library or the bookmobile. It would be on a 5th grade reading level and would be considered a "chapter book" today.

L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, 1908. Could this possibly be one of Lucy Maude Montgomery's books? She has so very, very many, and it's been at least 15 years since I've read the books.  In Anne of Green Gables, Anne has a few dresses made by Marilla - all of the same design but made from different fabrics.  And, Matthew, purchases a dress with puffed sleeves for her that she just goes ape over.  Of course, LMM wrote so many other books about so many other characters that it's hard for me to remember them all.  It just sounds vaguely familiar.  I'm sure there are LMM fans with far better memories than mine who can set me straight if I'm wrong.  Good luck in your search!
I am the originator of the book stumper request. The book I am searching for is not one of the Anne of Green Gables series. I have read the series and that is not the book I am searching for.
Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Not sure about this, but it's worth checking out - I flashed on Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm when reading your stumper.  My memory of the book is fuzzy, though.
Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses, 1944. Could be this -- The book is about Wanda Petronski, a poor and friendless Polish-American girl. Her teacher, outwardly kind, puts her in the worst seat in the schoolroom and does not intervene when her schoolmates tease her mercilessly. One day, after they laugh at the faded blue dress she wears to school every day, Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses.



G414: Girl and elderly man take walks, red geraniums
Solved: A Special Trade


G415: Girl who wants to ride horses
Girl doesn't want to be ladylike, she wants to ride horses. This is a first book in a series of books ( I believe there were three or four in total) about a girl whose family owned a ranch. The girl loved to ride horses, but her mother wanted her to be ladylike and was very glad when her husband bought a house in town so the girl would have to give up her tomboyish ways. But the girl gets to go back to the ranch on weekends, and one weekend there's a new horse that the girl falls in love with and rides. At some point she runs away because she has heard that the owner of a wild west show is looking for new talent, so she and the horse find him and then end up racing his daughter( who is one of the stars of the show) and winning so she's offered a spot in the show. I remember the girl being very surprised that the show owner's daughter was still able to be ladylike and ride horses, and I specifically remember a line about how much food she was able to eat, but she still managed to be dainty about it. I read this in the late 1980s/early 1990s and I believe that it was written sometime around then. Any insight is greatly appreciated!


G416: Ghost boy named Miles
Solved: The Ghost of Dibble Hollow


G417: Girls at Camp
I read this book in the early 60's.  It was about a girl who went to camp.  I believe that girl's nickname was "Collie" or something like that. What I am sure of is that she met a girl at camp named "Penelope."  That's about all I remember.  Can't wait to see your response!  I've thought about this book several times in the past few years.  When I go to antique shops or used book stores, I look at titles to see if anything rings a bell but so far nothing has.

Scott Corbett, Pippa Passes, 1966. Pippa (short for Penelope) is a famous child star. She's not happy  though, and when she gets a chance to be a "normal" kid (by joining two sisters on a train to summer camp) she jumps at it. She bribes/threatens/begs the sisters to help her cut and dye her hair, and call her their cousin. Once at camp, she makes friends and decides to star in the camp production...which makes her realize how much she enjoys acting.  I think one of the sisters is "Callie".  Could this be it? The other camp book from that time period that was popular is Laura's Luck by Marilyn Sachs.  I don't know if there was a Penelope in it though...
Dorothy Maywood Bird, Mystery at Laughing Water, 1963. I am sure that this is the book you are looking for, as it is a favorite of mine! Laughing Water is a camp for girls in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Collie is one of the campers and is known for her fudge making talents. The mystery revolves around Phyllis, the main character, and Penelope Castor, also known as "Beaver." As a baby, Beaver's great-grandfather was found by a trapper named Castor. The baby was wandering in the woods around Laughing Water, during a forest fire, clutching a garnet eardrop in his hand. The trapper and his wife kept the baby when they couldn't find his family and named him Jacques Castor. The campers hunt for clues as to his original family. A wonderful read by a fabulous author! Two other books by this author are Granite Harbor and The Black Opal, both set in Michigan, also.



G418: Genetics and hair/eye color
I am looking for a large hardcover book, circa late 1960s or early 1970s which I believe was all about the body.  I remember one page in particular that dealt with hair and eye colour and a description of how genetics worked in children's terms.  I remember a drawing of a girl with red hair and green eyes and a picture of her parents, her parents' siblings and grandparents and it showed how she ended up with red hair.

Joe Kaufman, Joe Kaufman's How we are Born, How We Grow, How Our Bodies Work, and How We Learn, 1975. I'm pretty sure this is it.  This is an oversized (it would have to be to accomodate that long title) book from Golden Books. Pages 14 and 15 have the information on heredity and genetics with the picture of the red-haired child with his ancestors. There are 91 more pages of profusely illustrated biology and anatomy for kids in this book.



G419: Ghost story, cemetery under man-made lake
Looking for a book I read as a kid.  Not sure when the book was written, but I read it in the 1990's.  It was about a town that was moved to create a man made lake, with all of the old buildings underneath the water.  The graves in the cemetery, though, had not been moved like they were supposed to have been, and were underneath the lake.  It was a ghost story about the people in the graves.  I remember a part where someone was scuba diving in the lake, looking at all of the old houses submerged underwater, and he/she was scared off by ghosts under the water.  I also vaguely remember a part where a woman and her friend used some sort of metal pole to stick in the ground in the new cemetery above ground, to see if they could tell if the bodies had been moved, or if they were still in the lake.

I know I read this book too!  Could it be Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright?  I think there's a bit where they see the church spire under sticking out of the water.  There are no ghosts in either this or the sequel though.  There was another book that reminded me of Gone Away Lake when I  first read it...I think the title was something like "The Riddle (or maybe Secret?) of the Stone House" and the authors last name was in the W-Z section of the shelves. I think that had a lake with the tops of buildings and an old tree sticking out of the water.
I don't know the book, but there's a list of "drowned town" fiction here that may list it: http://beyondrivalry.blogspirit.com/archive/2006/08/29/drowned-towns.html
-- maybe Mollie Hunger's The Walking Stones or Michael Shea's The Color Out of Time, since those two at least are described as novels with supernatural elements?
It's definitely NOT Gone-Away Lake - there is no lake at Gone-Away lake anymore (hence the name), just a bog.



G420: Gift of strawberry to little blind girl
A little blue children's book (approx. 4" x 4"). A young boy gives a strawberry to a little blind girl. Maybe 10 colorful pages.

 A Present for the Princess. Definitely the one.  It was also included in a collection of about four stories that we had years ago (can't remember the name of that one though).
I'm not sure if this is A Present for the Princess or another but similar book, unless the original poster has the roles reversed. It was a Little Golden Book about how the royal family was going to be coming through town, and a little blind boy (I believe he was a gardener's son) had it in mind to grow her the perfect strawberry. He did, and she ate it and kissed him and he blushed and it was so cute. She was getting all these lavish gifts, but she liked the strawberry best.
This sounds like A Present For The Princess (A Rand McNally Tip Top Elf Book #8425) by Janie Lowe Paschall. A young boy who's blind wanted to give a princess something special. He planted a strawberry plant and grew it with the animals' help.



G421: Girl with guitar on spaceship
The book I am looking for was a children's/juvenile fiction title that I read in the early 1980's.  I found it in the library in the childrens/teen section back then.  The publication date would have been before 1984 for sure, probably late 70's or early 80's, but I can't be sure.  I can not remember the title... It was something like "Can you feel the music?" Or "Can you hear...."  I am not sure what.  But I remember the title seemed ironic. The book cover had a girl with a guitar on the front, sitting cross-legged, I think.  She was an American Indian, I think.  She was trying to reach her brother who worked for a space agency. The world was suffering some kind of dramatic weather/geo change, and the only chance of survival for humanity was to escape on a spaceship. I don't think her brother made the ship... Jeep accident, I think. She reached the spaceship, and the ship's captain agreed to take her on because of her heritage would add to the gene pool. She is the odd woman out, doesn't have a mate on board.  She's younger than the other crew members and uneducated.  They were chosen for their fields.   She plays guitar, I think, and paints a window on the spaceship walls so she can has a view. On the spaceship, she butts heads with the captain and eventually leads something of a mutiny against him. He was very rigid and scientific, she was very much a spiritual, free spirit. But circumstances I can't remember cause her and the captain to team up together in exile and they fall in love as he loosens up and she grows up.  As a result, he wins back his crew and eventually they go back to rebuild Earth, which was drastically changed.

Anabel Johnson, An Alien Music. This is the book you are looking for.



G422: Ghost soldier, presents under pillow
The book/ghost story is about a young girl who visits her aunt up in Northern NY or North and her aunt is an antique collector.  The first night the girl meets a young man in the hotel's garden.  Not knowing the young man is a ghost who is getting ready to go into battle (either American Revolutionary or Civil War). When she comes back from her meeting she finds a rose/flower underneath her pillow.  The next morning her and her aunt go out and the girl comes back and finds expensive jewelry under her pillow.  She meets the young man again and soon finds out that he is really a ghost.

Elizabeth Pope, The Sherwood Ring.  This book is about a young girl who goes to visit her uncle in upstate New York and meets the ghosts of Revolutionary war soldiers.  I believe that one of them gives her, or leads her to, the ring of the title.  I think the girl's name is Peggy.
Unless the original requester really messed up the details, this book isn't THE SHERWOOD RING.  No flower under pillow, no ghost preparing to go into battle, no aunt...
This is not the book.  The book I am talking about was written in the late 1960's or early 70's. It was a story in a book that contained other ghost stories that I do remember.  The details I have submitted regarding this are accurate.
Bruce Coville, The Ghost Wore Gray, 1988. Sixth-grader Nina  Tanleven convinced her architect father to let her best friend Chris go with them to stay in the old  inn he's restoring. On the afternoon they arrive, the girls find a faded Civil War photograph of a  very handsome Confederate soldier. Nina and Cris are stunned when the ghost of the young soldier suddenly appears at the dinner table that night! They  realize he's the ghost who they've heard haunts the  inn. When he appears to them  again--no one else can see him--Nina and Chris know that  the ghost is trying to tell them something. But  what? To find out, the girls begin investigating  the old country inn. And soon they are swept up in  a frightening mystery that began more than one  hundred years ago--a mystery involving danger, greed,  a hidden room... and a buried treasure!



G423: Girl gets kidnapped
Solved: Last Seen on Hopper's Lane


G424: Gypsies, dolls
Hello! I'm looking for a book my grandmother had--I would have been reading it in the 70s, but it's most likely from the 40s or 50s. It about a little girl who gets two little dolls, on blonde, one brunette. One of the dolls is I think named Annabel (or Abigail?). One is in a red dress, the other a blue dress. At some point, the little girl ends up away from home with her two little dolls, and she ends up with a caravan of gypsies who give her a meal that the little girl is shocked to find that she's meant to eat with her fingers. She talks to the dolls, and they might talk to her or each other--the dolls have characters, anyway. I hope you're able to help. Thanks you!

G425: Girl and horse
Solved: A Very Young Rider


G426: Grandpa Tyler, old man reading a book on tape, with a paperback book. 1980's children's series
There were a series of children's books in the 1980's that my sister used to buy me.  They were paperback books with cassette tapes that read along with you.  There were usually two, maybe three stories, in each book.  There was also a song that went along with the book series called Creativity.  It went, Cre-a-tive-it-y, is a part of you and me, I want to be creative just as much as I can be.  Then a narrator sounding like an old man's voice, came on and said, "Hello, I'm Grandpa Tyler, come on in and sit a spell."  Then he would start the story.  The only story I remember was about a little boy who invited his teacher up to his tree house that he built.  The boy built the tree house in his backyard out of an avocado tree.  He sold the avocados to pay for the lumber and construction of the tree house.  He also had a refrigerator in the tree house, which I thought at the time was the coolest thing in the world.  I can't remember was this series was called, or how to even go about finding it, but I'd love to get my hands on the books and the cassettes.

G427: Grumpy boy, farm animals, Norwegian accent
Solved: The Little Boy From Shickshinny


G428: grandpa tells a scary story to his grandson
Solved: Grandpa's Ghost Stories


G429: Girl is dirty/lazy and gets washed by house
Solved: The Richest Sparrow in the World and other stories


G430: Golden retriever in shelter takes care of other animals
Solved: The Visitor


G431: Girl gets hair cut for picture for mother
This was a children's book where a girl gets her picture (dagguerotype?) taken for her mother by a man (or boy?) in the woods who is a friend. She cuts her bangs in a scallop for her picture and has to save up money to pay for it. Her mother may be sick, or it might be for mother's day or a birthday present. I think it was illustrated, but not in many colors. Sorry for the confusion here...any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

I just read this old scholastic paperback- it is definitely Myrtle Albertina's Secret by Lillian Pohlmann-illustated by Erik Blegvad (in black and white)! The picture is a birthday present for her mom. The story also involves a mystery about missing gold nuggets from the mine where the father works.



G432: ghost knight in castle with moat
A guy with glasses moves into castle with moat, and there's a ghost of a knight in armor that moves around.  The book is probably from the 60s or 70s.  The illustrations were sort of dreamy.

Bendick, Jeanne, Good Knight Ghost, F. Watts, 1956.  Don't have a plot description, but the title looks promising.
This is definitely THE HAUNTED SPY by Barbara Ninde Byfield, 1969. The illustrations are great. There are other books about the spy and the
ghost, but this first one is the best.~from a librarian.



G433: Girls with large heads, friendship stories
Series from 80's or early 90's that featured cute little girls with somewhat large heads.  There was a brunette and redhead (had her hair in a bun with whispies aournd her face?), and there always seemend to be puppies or kittens with them.  Books were about friendship. In one book a girl (the brunette? she carried books in a strap) was scared to go to school and the other girl's helped her, in another a girl got sick (redhead?) and the others helped her feel better. Books were hardcover.

Joan Walsh Anglund, various books. The illustrations sound a bit like Joan Walsh Anglund: http://logan.com/loganberry/most-anglund.html'.
Delton, Judy, Pee Wee Scouts, 1988-2000. The cover illustrations seem to match your description as do the helpfulness of the kids in the books.



G434: Garden story?
I am looking for a book or story from my childhood (would have been published before 1977 for sure.) I know there were several female characters and I am positive that one of them went by the name "Maeve." Another might have been called "Felicia" or "Felicity." I think they were miniature and/or lived in a garden. It's possible that they might have been flowers or gnomes. I believe they could only talk to each other. I am looking for anyone who might remember this (it has been driving me crazy!) Thanks so, so much.

Mary Chase, The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden.  I wonder if it could be this one again. Maybe it's Maude, not Maeve? Perhaps look at the solved stumpers? There is that business with the leprechaun in the garden...



G435: girl in NYC gets flying horse
Solved: Lyrico: the only horse of his kind


G436: Grandmas and grandpas, not Alice Low's book
This is a funny story, because for 20+ years, I had fleeting images of a picture book, having to do with little boy and girl visiting grandma and grandpa.  After extensive searching (of course, no title, author, illustrator), I found Alice Low's book Grandma's and Grandpa's.  This was the book, almost!  I found just about every one of those images in this book, with a few exceptions.  I tracked down Ms. Low, spoke to her on the phone, where she confirmed that my memories were of her book, however, a few of the images were not.  The missing images area:  (Picture book) Little girl in the attic, she has short brown hair, tries on grandpa's old raccoon coat, makes funny face, collar up around her face.  Also, mother (or grandmother) making cake, little girl licks the bowl (chocolate).  Publishing would have been prior to mid-60's.

Betty Ren Wright, Grandpa's House, 1959, copyright.  Oh my goodness.  This was one of my very favorite childhood books.  I have it sitting right here in front of me.  Everything the poster describes is in the book exactly - except there is no little boy, just a little girl and the dog, fuzzy Tim.  Several of the pages have flocking, so when the little girl tries on the coat, you can actually feel the fur.  "I like to go to Grandpa's house and sit in Grandpa's chair.  It's big and fuzzy - soft and nice And I play Grandpa there."  This was from the  "Fuzzy Wuzzy Series" of books from Whitman Tell-a-Tales.
Mary Phraner Warren, The Treasure Trunk.  This is a Junior Elf book that might be the one you're thinking about with the little girl and fur coat.  A brother and sister go through a chest in the attic.  The girl does have brown hair but I'm not sure the coat is a raccoon coat.  As for the chocolate cake picture, I remember a thin cookbook that had a similar picture on the cover- maybe a McNess cookbook?
Eleanor Estes, The Moffats.  I seem to remember a scene in either "The Moffats" or "The Middle Moffat "  where the little girl dressed up in an old raccoon coat.   I think I read these books in the sixties.
Betty Ren Wright, Grandpa's House, 1959, copyright.  Just a quick addendum on this - in some of the pictures the little girl is wearing a typical puffy sleeved '50's dress but in others she is wearing a cowboy suit.  With her short hair she looks somewhat masculine in the cowboy getup so maybe if this is the right book that is why the poster is thinking the book has both a boy and girl visiting the grandparents.



G437: Girl with very curly hair wishes for sunflower instead
I am looking for a book I read to my daughter in the 1980s about a little girl who had very curly hair and fought and cried with her mother about getting it brushed. She wished her hair was a sunflower instead. But, when she got her wish, the bees buzzed her head and the petals fell out and it was too heavy for her. I remember a phrase something like "Rotten, snarls! Rotten curls!" (or maybe with the word tangles) I think it might have been mostly a pen and ink illustration as I don't recall full-color. I also don't remember it being a "new" book when we got it from the library so maybe it was published in the late-70s? I would have been reading it around 1986.

Fitschen Dale, Rotten snags! Rotten hair!, 1975, copyright.  A little girl is tired of her snarled hair but learns that there are things worse than tangled locks.



G438: "goony goony goony and i'll never go to bed"
My mom remembers reading a book to us when we were kids, probably in the 70s to early 80s.  All she remembers of it is a quote that goes something like this: "I'm goonie, goonie, goonie, and I'll never go to bed!".  It could have been spelled "goony" also.


G439: Green-ink young adult book, witch and tree
A young adult book about a tree and a witch. I believe there is a boy and a girl and the witch was bad/evil. My memory is a bit fuzzy on the storyline.  However, the thing that I remember most about the book was it was printed in green rather than the more common black ink. It was a hardback and I read it in the mid to late 1980's although the book could have been printed earlier. Any help in figuring out the title of the book is appreciated!

Coffin, Patricia, The Gruesome Green Witch, 1969, copyright.  It must be this book - it's the only one I know with the text printed in green ink!  "Two schoolgirls, Puffin and Mole, discover a magic land entered through a closet. They have various adventures, do their homework in Merlin's concentration cave, where answers are caught as they bounce off walls, attend an undersea party presided over by Neptune, with Cinderella, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy among the revellers, then Puffin incurs the wrath of the villainous, gruesome green witch (who turns her enemies into statues) by seeing her back, and Puffin's brother is captured when the girls bring him into the land so he can profit from the concentration cave. But eventually the witch is conquered by a magic brew which Puffin slips into her tea, and melts down into a pile of green rags."



G440: Girl with rag kidnapped by captain in alternate world
I'm trying to remember the title to a book my brother and I read when we were young (70's). My brother remembers it was a story about a little girl with a rag (not a rag doll but a rag). He believes she was transported to another world where she meets a captain who she doesn't know at first is bad but he kidnaps kids and takes them to a place where they are used as slaves. It was, we believe, a hardback book with a dark blue cover.


G441: gryphon/griffin with old knight
Solved: Sir Tobey Jingle's Beastly Journey


G442: Girl plays with doll in the sand
Solved: Ukelele and Her New Doll


G443: girl stops burglers in department store
An English book from the 40's or 50's where a little girl stops burglers in a department store by pushing the escalator button.  Her family gets a new washing up machine as a reward.


2008


G444: Girls at Boarding School
Solved: Luvvy and the Girls


G445: Generations of women and a sapphire necklace
This book started out with a main character, i believe her name was Elizabeth waiting to meet her Grandmother at a portrait gallery and she is supposed to be writing an article.  It traces her ancestry back from a woman who falls in love with a bandit, someone who enters a loveless marriage with a Viscount because her true love was a clergyman, to someone on the Titanic.  The story ends up full circle with the current woman and the introduction of her man.

Could you be thinkining of Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley Sagas (books that 'stood alone' outside the teen series)? Either "The Wakefields of Sweet Valley" or "The Wakefield Legacy"? The only reasons this comes to mind is that you mentioned the writer/granddaughter is named Elizabeth and the book covered several generations of women.
This book definitely was not the Wakefield Legacies as mentioned.  I read those too and it wasn't it.  Pulling some more from my memories; one of the women fell in love with a convict who was banished to Australia. The other woman was in love with a vicar but forced to marry a Viscount against her wishes.


G446: GIRL, ATTIC BEDROOM, BIRTHDAY PARTY
A girl lives with her grandmother and widowed or divorced mother; her bedroom is upstairs or in the attic and it's been remodeled, possibly with paneling, in preparation for a birthday party/slumber party she plans on hosting. The paneling in the bedroom could be blue; I may be thinking of a real life classmate who had a blue paneled bedroom. It is NOT the same book another person posted about a blue paneled bedroom.

Catherine Woolley, A Room for Cathy,  1956, copyright.   4th-grader Cathy Leonard is looking forward to having her own room in her big new house after sharing a room with her younger sister Chris for so long.  She's thrilled with painting it yellow and at how lovely it is when newly-furnished.  She can't wait to show the room off to all of her new friends.  When her family suddenly decides they must rent out rooms to save money, Cathy is devastated at having to give up her room and share Chris's.  She considers moving up to the attic.


G447: girl, bumps head, back in time, befriends mother
Solved: Hangin' out with Cici


G448: Girl, Lion, Tea Party
Solved: When the Sun Rose


G449: Girl battles for boy's attention
I read this book when I was 10 or 11 years old.  It is a coming of age, comical story about a plain-looking brunette girl who tries to gain the attention of the perfect boy at school.  Her nemesis is a blonde girl who she perceives as being "perfect."  They have an ongoing rivalry.  I only remember one portion of the rivalry described, in which the brunette girl compares the blonde's gorgeous natural curls to the botched job she did with her mother's curling iron before going to school.  I remember that she finally goes on a date with the boy at some point, to a pizza parlor, and she saves the straw he drank from.  I don't know why this book resonated with me so much at the time, but I've got to find it and see what the rest of the story is!

Betsy Haynes, Taffy Sinclair and the Romance Machine Disaster, 1987, approximate.  This is definitely one of the Taffy Sinclair books (I remember the straw incident which was shown on the cover) but I am not completely sure it is this particular volume.  The author is the same for all the books though, so you should be able to find it.


G450: Grimm's fairy tales
i received the book in 1948 or 1949, it was a beautiful hardbound grimms fairy tale book..most memorable about the book were the very beautiful color plates.  i appreciate any effort you can expend to locate this beloved book.  thankyou.

The Brothers Grimm, Grimms' Fairy Tales, 1945, copyright.  My Grosset & Dunlap edition has a red cloth cover with the title in gilt on the spine.  It has beautiful color plates and small red-ink illustrations throughout the book by Fritz Kredel.  It's size is about 5.5" x 8.5".


G451: Girl sells pies during Gold Rush
Girl crosses the country in a wagon train with her family during the Gold Rush. She falls in love with the guide but he has to take the wagon train back. Her father dies crossing the prairies, and as the oldest, she takes care of the other children. In California, they sing for gold and end up making a living baking and selling pies. That's where the guide finds her in the end. I read this a lot during the early-mid 70's, but I'm not sure how old it was.   Thanks for any help!

Cushman, Karen, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple, 1998.  When California Morning Whipple's widowed mother uproots her family from their comfortable Massachusetts environs and moves them to a rough mining camp called Lucky Diggins in the Sierras, California Morning resents the upheaval. Desperately wanting to control something in her own life, she decides to be called Lucy, and as Lucy she grows and changes in her strange and challenging new environment. Here Karen Cushman helps the American Gold Rush spring to colorful life. I just read this book and thought it was funny and fabulous!
To the requestor for G451: for what age group was the book you are looking for written?  Is it a children's book, young adult, or a romance novel?  The plot actually sounds similar to "Boom Town" by Sonia Levitin ("Young Amanda's family has survived the three-week stagecoach trip to California and now the boisterous brood is putting down roots near the gold fields, where Pa pans for a fortune. Eager to make the best of their conditions, Amanda improvises with primitive equipment to turn out pies that she can sell to the miners. When she expands and buys more pans, she recommends to the peddler that he set up a trading post, and the boom begins. Soon she's suggesting that others start a laundry, a livery and other businesses that result in a bustling town. Sparked by a historical report of a 'young lady' who earned $11,000 selling pies, this spunky story makes information about westward expansion pulse with fun.") except that the dates are WAY off - Boom Town wasn't published until 1998.
The Singing Boones.
Dale White, The Singing Boones, 1957. Dale White (a pen name for prolific writer Marian Templeton Place) wrote this folksy, clean romance and adventure story of a rambunctious family who traveled to Californy in 1852, hoping to strike it big in the gold mines.  But for this family, coming West late in the Gold Rush,  the real gold turned out to be their combined  voices.  Exhausted, homesick goldminers willingly paid out gold dust and nuggets for wholesome entertainment.  Yes, there's a romance between the eldest daughter Ellen, and the scoutmaster, Jed. And, yes, it ends very happily. It's a very nice book - but tres expensive!


G452: Girl Lost Her Red Shoe(s)
Solved: It Happened to Anita


G453: Girl and horse recover together
Solved: Tall and Proud


G454: Grizzly in Colorado
Solved: Scarface: The Story of a Grizzly


G455: Girl goes to country, searches for lost item, finds it near end of book in trunk behind attic baseboard
Sometime before I graduated in 1977 (perhaps long before) I read a book about a girl (I think a teen) who goes to the country for some reason to live with aunts? aunt and uncle?  some older people anyway.  She is somewhat of a loner and I believe did not want to be there.  I do not remember why she was sent or goes to the country to live.  She does make friends with a young boy about her age.  I believe there may have been another girl she made friends with also.  At the same time there is a dual story line about something that has been lost or misplaced at the house.  Whatever it is they are looking for is found near the end of the book in a trunk hidden behind the baseboard of an attic wall.  I do not remember what was in the trunk, but I think it may have been a doll of some sort, maybe china.  It could have been china dishes or a special necklace or something precious.  Whatever it was she was glad to have found it and the older people were too.  I have a vague recollection the book was hardcover and had a girl on the front with a tree also.  I don't remember the name of the book, but think that maybe "attic" was in the name because I do remember thinking while I was reading the book that they were going to find it in the attic.  There are no ghosts, dolls coming alive, time traveling or anything like that in the book.

Margaret Sutton or Carolyn Keene.  Hi, I know this is vague, but perhaps enough information.  Some of the details given in  stumper #455 match one of the Judy Bolton mystery series stories, although I don't remember which one.  The books were by Margaret Sutton.  Also, those old Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene seemed to be full of mysterious things hidden up in attics!
This book is The Wonderful Fashion doll by Laura Bannon. Debby and her mother go to live on a farm that has been in the family for generations, and Debby discovers a letter from her Great-great-great grandmother, Deborah, regarding a doll that she treasures so much that she hides it at night.  Deborah eventually goes away to England, and Debby wonders if the doll might still be hidden somewhere in the old house.  She befriends a young neighbor boy, and together they explore, looking in the trunk of an old tree among other places.  Eventually the doll is found  in the baseboard in the attic.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Understood Betsy, 1917, approximate.  The going to the country part sounds like Understood Betsy, but I think the treasure found at the end were some missing kittens...obviously not lost for very long!  Still, it might be worth checking.
Norma Kassirer, Magic Elizabeth.  This sounds like it could be MAGIC ELIZABETH, a popular request/inquiry.  Check the solved stumpers page.  I found and reread this one myself recently.  Sarah has to stay with great-aunt Sarah in an old Victorian while her parents are away. She befriends a little blond girl who lives in the apt. building next door.  Sarah dreams about a doll who went missing years ago, belonging to another Sarah who used to live in the house.  There is an old chest of period clothes and doll clothes in the attic.  The doll is eventually found tucked down under the eaves of the attic where a mischevious cat hid it many years before.
Norma Kassirer, Magic Elizabeth.  Sally has to stay with her Aunt Sarah while her parents are away.  She sees a painting of an old-fashioned girl and doll and dreams about them.  She finally finds the doll hidden in the attic and discovers the girl in the painting is her Aunt Sarah.
This book is The Wonderful Fashion Doll by Laura Bannon.  It's about a girl named Debby who goes to live in a farmhouse that has been in her family for generations.  Her great, great, great grandmother  had written a letter to a cousin describing how she had hidden her doll in the house, and when Debby finds the letter, she tries to find the doll's hiding place.  She meets a boy who lives nearby, and becomes friends with him, and they spend a lot  of time playing in a hollowed out tree.  Debby finally finds the doll behind the baseboard in the attic of the house.
Thank you so much for the responses to my enquiry about this book.  I'm certain that it is not a Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew) book and I found a site that has synopses of all of the Margaret Sutton books.  None of them seemed to be the book.   I'm fairly certain it is not Understood Betsy although that sounds like an adorable book.  It could possibly be Magic Elizabeth, but the apartment building part makes it seem unlikely as I am certain it was in the country, although I do think I may have to find that book also as it sounds very sweet.  I did read all (and I do mean ALL) of the solved books entries before making my enquiry.  I discounted The Wonderful Fashion Doll because one line described it as a "Barbie type doll" which made me think that wasn't the book.  It was defnitely not a "Barbie" doll.  However, this description makes me wonder if that poster simply meant it was not a "baby" doll and simply a doll shaped like an adult.  I will see if I can find The Wonderful Fashion Doll and see if that it is the book.  Thank you all again so much for your help!
Calhoun, Mary, Katie John series.  a long shot, but you might want to check the Katie John books. Not many of the clues match, but it is worth a look.


G456: Going to bed "an hour earlier every night"
Solved: Genevieve Goes to Bed Early


G457:   Girl With Separated Parents
New York Girl???  '40's  juvenile book.   This book was described by an older friend who read it in her youth, it is about a girl/young lady whose parents have separated or divorced and an interfering relative? In the end the parents reconcile and all is well. The story sound too sophisticated for the midwest, probably set in a city like New York in the late 40's early 50's.

L. M. Montgomery, Jane of Lantern Hill.  One of the "other" books by the author of Anne of Green Gables.  Jane lives in a city in Canada with her mother at her wealthy grandmother's house and doesn't know her father or anything about him.  The grandmother was the one who meddled and ruined the marriage.  Eventually, Jane meets her father and goes to stay with him in the East.  At the beginning of the book Jane tore a picture of a man out of a magazine because the man looked like someone she would like to have as a father; it turns out that the picture was in fact of her father.  (I'm being a little fuzzy on details because it's been quite a few years since I read this).
L. M. Montgomery, Jane of Lantern Hill.  (Resubmitting because I just noticed the message about missing updates) This is by the author of the Anne of Green Gables books.  Jane lives with her mother and grandmother in a city in Canada, and knows nothing about her father.  She finds a picture of a man in a magazine and thinks she would like to have a father like him; turns out it *is* her father.  She gets to go and visit him in his home by the ocean, and loves him.  It was her grandmother who caused trouble in the marriage.


G458:  German Gerry
English boarding school girl named Geraldine is tormented for having a German name. The other students call her "German Gerry" (Gerrie?)

Christine Chaundler, Just Gerry.
Just Gerry.
  I don't think this is the right book although the title seems right. When I researched the book, it seemed to be about an Asian child. The girl I remember was an English girl at boarding school. Of course, the Ebay seller could have made a mistake. Any more ideas? Thanks. Been looking for years!


G459: Grandmother vs. Hipster family
Solved: Mirror of Danger

G460: girl goes for walk with grandpa and gets chased up tree by bull
Solved: Ultra-Violet Catastrophe


G461: Girl taken aboard ship, helps find Captain's twin brother
Solved: American Dreams Series (Into the Wind, Song of the Sea, Weather the Storm)


G462: girl and boy become friends, he is killed in woods
Solved: Autumn Street


G463: Girl Substitutes Cabbage/Lettuce for Moon
Solved: Cabbage Moon


G464: Girl lives in wilderness cabin with family not her own
Solved: Song of the Voyageur


G465: girl and human race live in cars
I think this book is from the 1970's and the only things i remember are as follows: its a story about a girl who questions the fact that the entire human race cannot walk, but they all "drive" in their own individual "cars". as the story progresses, the girl realizes that all she has to do is get out of the car and move her legs and can walk on her own. i thought it was called the endless sidewalk, but i cannot find anything with that name and think i am confusing it with the sidewalk never ends which is not the same book it is driving me crazy!

Jaqueline Jackson, The Endless Pavement.
  Josette wants to find out what it's like beyond the endless pavement and decides to get out of her personal car.
Jackson, Jacqueline, The Endless Pavement, 1973, copyright.  "Living in a time when people are the servants of automobiles and ruled by the master auto of the planet, Josette longs to leave her rollabout and try her legs."


G466: girl who sees mother in magic mirror
an old book about a lonely girl who lives with a woman (maybe a foster or step mother or something, but she's mean) and looks into a mirror and sees her mother and talks to her.

Bennett, Anna Elizabeth, Little Witch.   Sounds like Little Witch.  See Solved Mysteries for description.
Little Witch.  Sounds like Little Witch to me!
Anna Elizabeth Bennett, Little Witch, 1953, copyright.  If the girl is living with a wicked witch, and the mother in the mirror turns out to be a fairy, trapped by the witch, then this is proably the one you are looking for.  See Solved Mysteries for additional details - this is a popular book, and has been asked about many times.
Traditional, Mother in the Mirror / The Mirror of Matsuyama.  This is a long shot, but your description reminded me of a traditional Japanese story you can probably find online, about a girl who thought her dead mother contacted her through a mirror. This story is related to Shinto tradition in which a mirror holds the image of the goddess that created everything.


G467: girl in hospital names paper doll Mia
Solved: Bettina's Secret


G468: Girls uses dolls to send messages
I'm looking for a book for a patron possibly set during World War 2.  It was read to her as a child.  It is about two girls who are friends and they use dolls to send messages.

Carol Ryrie Brink, Two are better than one
.  Could this one be the same as F309? There is less information given, but the girls, Cordy and Chrystal, do send their dolls to each other with the next chapter of the story they are writing. Wouldn't have thought of it if I hadn't just answered F309!


G469: Girl tries to save baby owls
I think this book was published in the late 60's or the 70's.  I believe the girl, and possibly her brother, were visiting their grandparents.  They find a nest of owls.  Unsure why, maybe logging, but the owls are in danger and the kids decide to move them.  The mother owl attacks the girl when she is taking the owlets out of the tree.  Thank you for your help.

Bertha Crow, Hootlet Home,
1964, copyright.  A long shot, but might be worth a look.  A little owlet falls from the nest and is found by a little girl named Pansey. As it grows up she finds the best place for her pet is back in the wild where it came from. Lovely pictures of owlets and the grown horned owls.
A.C. Stewart, Ossian House, 1974, copyright.  This isn't an exact match, but in Ossian House, John visits his grandfather in the highlands of Scotland and meets his cousins and a local girl, Catriona.  There is an owl's nest that the other children are protecting, but John takes one egg out before he realizes the situation, and then climbs the tall tree again to put it back.  The owl shows up and seems to be attacking him (he falls out of the tree). After that he and Catriona keep an eye out to see if the eggs will all hatch, and climb nearby trees to look into the nest.  The story also contains a lot of historical information about the 17th-century Covenanters, who fought religious wars in Scotland.
Jean Craighead George, There's An Owl in the Shower, 1995, copyright.  I haven't read this since I was in elementary school myself, but it seems like it fits: the children live in a logging community, and know that the owlets face danger from logging, and try to save them. I don't know if the mother attacks them in this book, but the author has written about birds of prey in other books, and it's happened there (in My Side of the Mountain, for instance, a boy steals a young falcon and his mother attacks him), so I wouldn't be surprised if it happened in this book, too.


G470: Girl loses doll, eventually finds her in jar of jelly
My mom talks about this book being read to her as a little girl in the 1950s.  She remembers the cover was a pinkish color.

Phyllis Mc Ginley, Helen Stone (illus), The Most Wonderful Doll in the World,
1950, copyright.  I don't know about the jar of jelly, but when I search on "lost doll" books from the fifties, this one keeps popping up, and there is an edition with a reddish/pinkish cover. There is also an edition with a green cover, and there is a dust jacket with a full-color picture surrounded by a green border.  "The classic tale about imaginative Dulcy and her beloved doll Angela, who Dulcy loses soon after she get her. When Dulcy finds Angela, she's not at all like the doll Dulcy remembers, but that won't stop Dulcy from hoping to find the doll of her dreams." Cover illustration is the little girl (in a 40's-style polka-dot dress, complete with pinafore and big hair bow) taking a doll out of a box, with two additional dolls lying on the floor in front of her.
Johanna Johnston, Sugarplum.  This is most definitely "Sugarplum".  The doll getting lost in the jar of jelly is a classic part of this book.  It is remembered fondly by many and somewhat pricy because of this.  There is a sequel, "Sugarplum and Snowball".
Johanna Johnston, Sugarplum.  I'm pretty sure the book where the doll is locked in a jelly jar is Sugarplum.  Brace yourself; it's expensive!
Johanna Johnson, Sugarplum.  Might be the one, see solved stumpers...
Sugarplum.  The cover has her peering out of the jelly jar.


G471: Girl raised by aunt after mother dies
Solved: Up a Road Slowly


G472: Ghost helps girl hide underground from fiance
Young girl on family land hiding from her fiance who is working on the land, she goes into some underground tunnels and ends up getting locked in.  In complete darkness she lives down there for a long time with the aid of a ghost  "Jackie" (i think that's the name) who may be some friend of the family who passed on.  Later she gets out to find out her fiance married her sister and she cons him into going underground where he meets his demise...?


G473: Greedy pig gets stuck in hole of sty
A big, thick, yellow with green dots book. A collection of children's stories, one of which was about a greedy pig who kept sneaking out a hole in the back of his sty to eat acorns. One day he ate so many that he couldn't fit back through the hole and got stuck. The farmer found him hanging out the hole. The illustration on the front of the book was on a white background and was of the greedy pig's rear end sticking out the hole in the sty. I believe there was also a story about a green cat in it too. It was during the 80's that I owned this book, so I imagine it was published in the 70's, but not sure.

Arnold Lobel, Small Pig, 1969. This doesn't match your description exactly, but Small Pig is about a pig who loves to eat and sink himself into mud puddles. After the farmer's wife vacuums up his mud puddle, Small Pig escapes to the city. He mistakes wet concrete for mud and gets stuck in it, then is rescued and returns to his mud at the farm. The original illustrations are mostly green/brown/blue. This story is in several anthologies of children's books.


G474: Girl, YA, ranch, horse, actor, film movie
Solved: The Luck of Texas McCoy


G475: Girl finds spellbook in attic
I'm looking for a book published in the 1970's about a young girl who finds an old spellbook in a turret / round attic room. I think she has or finds a bird (a crow?) and a black cat as well. She reads the spellbook and starts learning the spells secretly in this attic room. I loved this book as a child and would love to get my hands on a copy.  Based on the descriptions I read on your site, I don't think it's the Little Witch book.

E. W. Hildik, Active Enzyme Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch.
  Allison finds an old book of spells, and teaches herself witchcraft. At some point she pulls in her sister and tries to form a coven.
E. W. Hildick, The Active-Enzyme, Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch.  This might be the book.  Allison does find an old spell book, and I'm remembering an attic.  The title comes from the fact that Allison has a tendency to substitute ingredients for the spells.


G476: Girl never gets older
I’m looking for a book that I read when I was a kid, but I can’t remember the title or author of it, and I was wondering if anyone could help me.  I’m sure I read it before the year 2000, so it had to have been published before then, but I suspect it was published at least a decade or two earlier.  Here’s what I remember of it, although the details are a bit fuzzy.  The book begins with a girl and her mom.  I believe that the dad was not present in the story.  I think that he had died, although it could have been a divorce.  The girl and her mom are driving around on a snowy day and run into another girl.  They end up bringing her home with them.  Throughout the course of the story, they find out that this girl saw her family die when her house burned down many, many years ago.  Since that time, she has never gotten any older, and she still has a burn on her leg from the fire, as fresh as the day she got it.  She can go back and relive those memories of the fire, and I believe that she somehow takes the girl she’s staying with and possibly the girl’s boyfriend back into the memories with her.  I don’t remember the ending well but I believe she has to work through these memories somehow.

This sounds a little like a Lois Duncan book...but searching through the descriptions of her titles, I can't find the right one.  Maybe this will help though.
Lois Duncan, Lost in Time, 1986.  This sounded familiar to me when I read the stumper although it is a long time since I read the book and I don't have a copy to verify the details - I recall that the book was about a girl whose father had remarried - his new wife has 2 children (girl & boy) - I seem to rememebr that it was they who did not age, and there was something to do with their home having been burned down years before. I think it was set in Louisiana, if that helps!
Locked in Time isn't it, and I can't find another Lois Duncan book that seems right.  Thanks for your help though!  I think the book I'm looking for would be for slightly younger readers.  It would have been perfectly acceptable for a 5th or 6th grader to read.  Here are a few other random scenes I remember in case they help anyone remember.  In one, the girl who never gets older talks about having to move from place to place every few years so no one will start to question why a young girl never appears to age.  She has to change the style of her clothing the way she acts, etc. as she stays the same but everything around her changes.  The other scene I remember is really random, but I'll put it out there just in case it jogs any memories.  The normal girl and her boyfriend are getting ready to go back into the memory, and the (relatively new) boyfriend is giving her a back massage to try to relax her, and she is very embarrassed about the fact that he might feel her bra strap through the back of her shirt.  And the book might begin with the girl looking out her bedroom window on a snowy day.  I don't know why I remember that, but I would really love to find this book, so anything that might help...
The child who never gets older having to move around and be a bit clandestine so not to have people get suspicious is (oh, you're going to love hearing this) in several stories, one I'm sure is by Ray Bradbury and I can't think of the name of it -- the other is Jeffty is Five by Harlan Ellison, but that's about a boy. And I believe there is at least one more.
The Bradbury story is "Hail and Farewell"-it's in "S is for Space" for one.  I have no idea what the requester's book is, though.