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Help finding two older sci-fi/fantasy novel(s)

Posted by saj_te_gyuhyall on 2014.02.12 at 17:41
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Hi! My mother's birthday is coming up and I'd love to be able to find a copy of one or two of her old favorites that she lost years ago. But it's been so long that I don't know the titles or authors, only some disjointed facts. I'm really hoping someone can help me!

(The following is all I, or my mother, can recall about them.)

The first book I'd like to find is set on another world. The main character is a girl, the Queens daughter. I think her name is Opel (Possibly Opal, but I'm pretty sure it was Opel). The main character has to go on a quest into the wilderness at some point, which is filled with all sorts of nasty things that eat people.The people of the world she is from are sprinkled with a powder that makes them hibernate through the planet's winter months. They have horse/pony creatures with paw-like feet instead of hooves. There are some kind of advanced alien people visiting this world to study it and it's inhabitants, and at one point they take the main character with them to another planet inhabited by feline people that live in trees and create scarves that sing.

The other book, we might have a title for... It's something like 'A Key in Time' or 'A Key out of Time', but the author is unknown. The main character is some type of prisoner, and he has been condemned to die, he thinks. He is placed in this corridor, and the door sealed behind him. When he enters the door on the other end or the hall/corridor, he finds himself in another world. There are a bunch of boxes or containers and when he looks into them, he finds wonderful things. Sorry to be so vague but it's a book my soon to be 64 year old mother read in HS, and has been looking for ever since.


What book is this?

Posted by sassi_25 on 2014.01.28 at 13:59
Hello everyone, I need your help! I admit this may be a long shot but i don't know what else to do. I don't remember the name of the book or the author but the story  went something like this. The main characters was a girl who was made a fool of by a boy in her village, she got pregnant and tried to run away in shame. she was then attacked by a monster who tried to kill her and her child separately to absorb the deaths to gain more power. She was rescued by an older man with a hook for a hand. When he speaks to himself  he refers to himself as "old patroller", their clan has the ability to see people's auras and can heal using it, they also have extremely long life spans.The girl ends up getting married to her rescuer in the end. Anyone recogniseies it?

A Mexican girl is hired by a white family to be a nanny. The girl (Chiquita?) has an interesting time adjusting to upper middle class white people life. She has an accident with a pressure cooker and is severely injured, after which the family has to pay her alot of money. Despite this, she decides to go back to work as a nanny, but for a different, more respectful family.

Hi there, I read this YA book about 5 years ago. It was a new-ish series with only two or three books out. It was about a boy who was training in a buddhist-ish temple (only it's a fantasy novel so it wasn't actually buddhist) and there was a garden with a god in it or something. I remember that for his training he was put in an isolation room and had nothing to do. He ended up making patterns out of apple seeds cos he was so bored. Anyway to pass the test you were meant to ask for help but he didn't give in and therefore failed. It was weird, but cool. The only other thing I remember is that the second book had a character whose name was "wildman" or something similar. Sorry for the random details, I remember it was quite a popular series but just can't remember the title. Thanks in advance! :)

YA UK Mysterious Wounded Girl

Posted by limpingshark on 2013.09.06 at 19:09
Today (6 Sep 2006) was in new area of town to me so did a hit & run of all the YA/Teen/Children Book Sections in the high street charity shops / thrift shops. Bought a book but lost it before got home. Can only recall part of jacket blurb that caught my eye.

A boy goes to a new place possibly a town or school and doesn't think much of it till he meets a mysterious girls who has wounds that get deeper every time he meets her & soon he is drawn into desperate adventure where fate of world/of time depends on him & the girl.

SO frustrating the book sounded way more edgy than nearly anything now & I fixated on the summary to point where author/title/characters ... any useful info is shot. Threw all my buys out on bed & gutted that it not there.

ragi name

YA Girl with Torc book

Posted by vorindi on 2013.08.12 at 10:50
So between 2004 and 2006, my local library had a book set in Roman/Celtic Britain that I read many times and would love to reread, but can no longer find. It was shelved in the YA section and from my memory of where it was, the author was in the first half of the alphabet. The book begins where the main character, a girl whose only remnant of her father is a heavy gold torc, has to leave her home/village for some reason (I think they were either attacked by Romans and she was going off to find her father's people or someone from her father's clan had gone off to find her and her mother). Her father was the former chieftain of his clan, but had died and she was supposed to be his successor (as marked by the torc) but the clan was opposed to this since she hadn't been raised as one of them. Then she helps prevent some attack and they're more accepting. There was also some vague Arthurian connection. It is not Warriors of Alavna by NM Browne, but the time periods are definitely similar.

Found! It's The Legend of Lady Ilena by Patricia Malone. (so not quite the first half of the alphabet, but...)


Post Apocalyptic Novel

Posted by hpcathrine on 2013.07.09 at 11:07
So I have been looking and looking for a while now but cannot find this book, or can I remember the title or author. The plot (what I remember) is about a boy who is trained to lead/maneuver troops in a computer war game. He works for one country, and they are all fighting for the last non-irradiated island in the world. There are no aliens. He spends most of his life in one room, that has holograms. At one point he wonders if there are other kids like him, lined up in rooms like his. He pounds on the walls and yells to communicate and eventually meets a girl, who becomes his teammate. As a reward for winning the war game he and his teammates can live on the last safe to inhabit island.

Any ideas guys?

Ohio star

Book about Japanese or Chinese doll

Posted by beadylady on 2013.07.09 at 11:36
Hi--when I was a child in the 1970s, I used to take a book out of the library about a Japanese (or possibly Chinese) doll. It was beautifully illustrated, in color. It was all about a little girl who played with this doll, and how the doll kind of came to life for her. I remember a scene in a teahouse, with the doll and several of her friends (though they didn't look like dolls, they looked like real women). I think there was one of those scroll calendars made from bamboo in the teahouse, too.

Somewhere along the storyline, the little girl gets really sick, and the doctor makes her mother throw out all her toys. But she cries so much for the doll, her father either finds the garbage truck or goes to the town dump and gets the doll back for her.

I have been looking for this for years, on LibraryThing, too. Someone just answered my post there, they too were looking for it and their description was very similar to mine! So I now know I remember the book clearly.

It is not any of the Rumer Godden doll books, though.

Can anyone help? Thank you so much!

fantasy novel

Posted by draoichtanghra on 2013.07.05 at 22:59

I'm looking for a fantasy novel that I picked up in my local Forbidden Planet bookshop and read the first chapter or so of but sadly didn't buy at the time. This was shortly before I graduated from university, so around the spring of 1989. The book was paperback by a woman author. I have a really clear visual of where I was standing in the bookshop as I looked at the book so I'm fairly sure that her surname starts with a letter between D and H. I have however no memory of the cover.

Now, story details: the protagonist is a young girl aged around 10/ 11. She's part Native American and has been living on the reservation with her grandfather. However, he is in failing health and a social worker, who is basically racist, and the girl's aunt and uncle are plotting to take her away and force her to live in the city. The last thing I read was the social worker arriving with the local sheriff, who's not too happy about the whole thing, to "seize" the girl. She sees them coming, grabs a few things and starts running up the mountain. They follow but she keeps going until eventually she reaches a cliff. The sheriff stops but the social worker keeps moving towards her as she backs away. Then she turns round and starts running again, right for the cliff edge and when she reaches it, she jumps. But, she doesn't die, she has jumped through some sort of rip in spacetime into another world where, if I'm remembering the blurb on the back cover correctly, she becomes some sort of saviour (so basically the plot of every "earthling accidentally ends up in another world" novel ever :)).

I'd be grateful for any help. I haven't thought about this in years but something put it back in my mind a few weeks ago and it's starting to drive me nuts.



Help me find this Lost Favorite

Posted by Pillow Talk on 2013.06.28 at 14:05
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lately I've been searching for a books i read for the first time and fell in love with. since i have my kindle i was able to find back most of the books i read a long time ago. i want to find this other book so i can add it to my lost favorite collection on my kindle.

the book i'm looking for i cannot remember the name of the author or the title of the book but i vaguely remember its a about two or three African american men, one of them was a high school teacher who fell in love with a female students that just started attending the school. she was very independent and was a part time hairdresser. when the school found out about the affair they fired him. in the middle of all of that i believe the female student had a friend/cousin who was a lesbian with an obsession. it has other different scenarios but i could hardly remember, please help me find this book so i can add it to my lost favorite collection.

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