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Posted by whyintellectual on 2015.04.03 at 16:14
I would occasionally post about a children's bedtime story book that I had been looking for featuring a story about a donkey on the beach and two children carrying milk to market. I finally just bit the bullet and ordered a book from amazon (used) in the hope sit was the right book. IT WAS!

I'm looking for a book that I would have read about 1990.  I'm not sure how old the book was at the time.  It is an alternate reality book like the Chronicles of Narnia.  As I recall on a dry spot in a swamp the children found a turnstile standing alone.  Walking through the turnstile tool them to the alternate world.  Anything metal they were carrying heated up to burning hot when they went through the turnstile.

In the world there was a king/wizard/sorceror who had taken over and reduced opponents to ash.  There was a flying snake that I recall was flat like a flying carpet so the children could travel that way.

Thanks for your help!

Book suggestion for middle-schooler?

Posted by pantherian on 2015.02.02 at 21:19
Hello, everybody. I was hoping I could get some help in finding a book for a 12 year old girl. I'm trying to get my boyfriends little sister into reading (of course, she thinks it's boring as hell)but she agreed to give it a shot if I could find a good fantasy book.. And when it comes to YA reading, I am at a total loss. She said she likes books that "make you care", or something in the fantasy/sci-fi, or romance genre. As a rule, I refuse to buy her the Twilight series, as I know there are better YA books out there! So if anyone has any suggestions, it'd be so very much appreciated!


Girl meets her monster cousin?

Posted by muriel_weathers on 2015.02.02 at 22:50
A girl goes to stay with her grandmother who tells her that she has free reign of the house just dont go in the basement. The grandmother goes to the store and the girl hears a nouse coning from the basement. She opens the door and a monster of some sort comes out and wants to play tag. It is her cousin Herman. The grandmother comes in and says she told her not to go in the basement and now herman has a friend. It ends with herman chasing her around the house.


Missing mailmen and shrinking house

Posted by muriel_weathers on 2015.01.22 at 12:20
Hi, I am having alot of trouble remembering a story I once read and I was wondering if it might sound familiar to anyone. The story is about a mailman who moves to a new city for a new job. This particular town has had three mailmen in as many months. No one knew what happened to the missing mailmen. The new mailman soon encounters a house on his route that he doesn't want to go near. It is the last house on a dead end street. Every day that he sees the house it appears to be getting smaller and smaller. I remember that he discovers that the mailmen all disappear because of this house. At the end the mailman disappears with the house. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me save my sanity.

Harry Potter and your mom! (OMG OTP!)
Posted by spiffariffic on 2014.10.03 at 12:41
Three books:

One that I remember from when I was a kid, so maybe from the 80s. It was a picture book from the perspective of a child, and it was about how their mom used to stay at home but now has started working and that transition. I seem to remember it saying that she used to be a "real mom," we still joke with my mom about when she used to be a real mom and I think that's where the joke came from. But I could be mistaken about that.

My mom wants to know the name of an older book from the 50s or before, about a boy with a lollipop that gets bigger with every lick, until eventually it's big enough to be used as the sign for a gas station.

There's also another book from that same period about a mouse that has a lot of adventures, and at one point is left tied to a fencepost with a ribbon, left out to be eaten by an owl. Spoiler alert: the mouse gets free, though she can't remember how or anything else that happens.

Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

ETA: FOUND! My mom's stories are from The Tall Book of Make-Believe, and I'm pretty sure my book is The Terrible Thing That Happened At Our House.

More School Help: Not a specific book

Posted by whyintellectual on 2014.09.14 at 17:26
The school's National English Honor Society has grown so large that we are getting nerdy and going the route of Harry Potter and splitting into houses every other meeting. I am in charge of the "Current Trends" house for the kiddos and my group will be focusing on what is currently popular in Literature and Publishing.

We already have a Doom and Gloom house for dystopian and post-apocalyptic works.
We already have a Chick Lit/Teens house for popular women's/youth fiction.
We already have a Poetry house and a Shakespeare house...

So I am stuck on what to look at. Can any of you offer any suggestions for trends in Literature and Publishing that I can look at?

X-posted from whatwasthatbook:

I read this book when I was a kid, and I have been trying to remember what it was titled for ages. It was not Freak the Mighty which is where searches usually lead me. This book might have been British, but not necessarily (at some point the young boy protagonist mentions a police officer using snuff from a snuff box and for whatever reason that struck me as British). The boy has a leg brace, and it's clear he was born with something wrong with one leg. He uses metal elbow crutches. At some point his father says something about he and the boy's mother marrying too soon and tying it into the boy's leg issue (which made no sense to the boy or the me as a young reader). The boy befriends, somewhat, a very poor young girl. She and her family don't have furniture and instead use milk crates to sit on. The girl is somewhat dirty, but at the end she and her family end up in some sort of housing--maybe government housing--and the girl talks about her bathroom being painted yellow. There was also some older gentleman in the story, but I don't remember his role. So, see, I have all of these weirdly specific memories of the book, but can't really remember much about the plot and have no idea what it was called. Any clues?

P.S. I was 13 in 1989, and I remember reading this when I was younger than that, so I am guessing the book was written sometime between the 60s and mid 80s.


Children's book about polio?

Posted by flamingophoenix on 2014.06.02 at 20:29
One of my friends told me about a book that sounds interesting! This is all she has for details: "It was about two kids, a boy and a girl, about aged 10 in 1940ish. The cover was yellow. At some point the boy gets polio. It's summer, but the pools get shut down because of the polio. That's all I recall!"

Book Suggestions Please

Posted by whyintellectual on 2014.04.02 at 19:23
A student of mine is interested in writing a sci/fi or fantasy book with the following ideas: sword fighting, technology, futuristic fantasy aspects. He asked me if I knew of any books already like that but science fiction and fantasy are simply not my genre.

I would really like to support him in this endeavor and I have already found a young writers group at a library near his home but I am of no help in finding books that already exist like this. Any ideas?

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