help with title author

Please help. Can't remember title/author for book. Description: Young woman just graduated college, her friend wants her to go on vacation before she starts. While on vacation she has a fling with someone she never met and then leaves him in bed and gues home. Once home starts new job with band and/or record company. Once at new job as she's waiting to meet her boss he turns out to be the man on vacation. He lives with band members/friends. They end up falling in love with each other. She has more of a "guys" name which is why he hired her in the first place since he had been having trouble with other female assistants. I think it took place in country type setting. She drove a ways from home daily for job.

Old 70s Gem

There's this REALLY cool-looking old book from the 1970s that I read in elementary and was at my old school.It was about a red-headed bespectacled boy(NOT Arnold) who gets kidnapped and along the way at some point, he ends up on a rusty old steam train in the jungle.I mostly remember the funky illustrations(I can say that ause I'm a budding animator/cartoonist)and how Schoolhouse Rock-esque they were. Any help with location or the title?

3 books.

The first book is about four or five siblings, one named Herbert. Their mother dies and they bury her in the garden. They also bury a sister. Eventually, it's too much and Herbert writes to his father, hoping he'll save them. In the end, the children are taken away to orphanages. I remember this is a very disturbing book (one of the daughters "communicates" with Mother; the sister who dies does so because of her siblings; the father who saves the day temporarily is not a nice man). It's probably from the 70s.

Edit: This is Our Mother's House by Julian Gloag.

The second book is about mentally challenged children. The cover of my mom's book had a broken doll's head on the cover. There's an autistic kid, and little girl who draws breasts as though they were ice cream flavors, a little boy with blue or gray eyes who retreats into his own world after having been brought forth. There's a teacher mentioned who lets her children do what they want--be angry or splash in water and doesn't try to control them. One of the clearest pictures in my head is of the blue/gray-eyed boy swinging. This book is also probably from the 70s.

Edit: This is A Circle of Children by Mary MacCracken.

The last book is about a little girl. I think her name was Mary Jane. She had an abusive mother and was separated or divorced from the little girl's father. At one point, the little girl is dressed and clean in white, then goes outside and plays in the dirt. The father comes to pick her up and she's filthy. I think this is when the mother breaks the little girl's arm. At the end of the story, the police (I think) are trying to get the girl away from her mom but the mother kills the little girl. There's something with the mother being in court, too, I think, and the police officer had noted the little girl couldn't have broken her arm falling out of her crib onto the soft carpet. This book is at least from the 90s, though it could be older.

Edit: This is Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night by Joanna Lee. Thanks, kitap!

I've actually asked about the first and third before, but I don't remember how to look at my past entries.

I did some more searching and found the first two on my own!

Young Adult Science Fiction

I read a book a few years back that is...rather unique. If anyone else has ever read it then it will be pretty immediately recognizable. Anyway, the book isn't too long, only a couple hundred pages at most, and was probably pushed toward a late elementary-early middle school age range. The main character is a girl who has lived her whole life in a small series of rooms with her younger brother and their nanny. The girl is going through what I can only imagine is puberty and has grown a set of antlers and the siblings are waiting for their parents to come collect them from the nursery. Some of the key points in the book:
- Before the siblings leave the nursery a new brother arrives that is little more than a blood-hungry parasite.
- The nursery area is only a small segment of an enormous house, hundreds of stories tall and city sized, that is abandoned save for shadowy monsters that roam the dark recesses of the crumbling structure. The city-dwellings dot the ruined landscape intermittently.
- The siblings are children of a mother who is a member of a dying species and has been luring her own children to the basement of the giant structure to devour them.
I can't for the life of me remember what it is called and I can't get google to help one bit, so anything anyone can do to shed light on my query would be much appreciated.

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There was a horror anthology book I owned when I was a kid, but I don't think it was particularly aimed at kids. I owned it in the late 80's or very early 90's, but I have no idea if it was a new book then. The only story I clearly remember being in it was Saki's The Open Window. The cover was a night time scene, I think it was black trees against a purpleish sky and there was a scary looking girl in black at the bottom of the cover, kind of hidden in the trees. I'm dying to find this book again or at least see a picture of the cover.
(I looked at some previous posts here to see if it was already asked about and I don't think it is Thirteen Tales of Horror although the description of the cover is similar).

I hope I tagged it right; this is my first post here--

Book Series

I read a book long ago that was good and part of a series I believe. It was about a guy who was going to commit suicide and as death came through the door to get him it made a noise spooking the guy who then shot and killed Death. He then was required to become Death. Cannot remember the title or author. Any help?

Book for a friend

My friend read a book in the early 90s which had a train on the cover, possibly surrounded by purple. This would have been for a book report in fifth grade.

He doesn't remember much other that the story was about a boy who took a ride on a train at some point. The train was not the main focal point of the story. He also remembers it won some awards.

Any ideas? Thanks!!!

Contemporary Fiction/Literature (late 90s/2000)

A book similar in tone (and year of publication) to Billy Letts' 'Where The Heart Is'. It's the story of a young Native American woman who has no family and struggles to survive living in a disused motel through the winter months. The old man who owns the motel is something of a father figure. The young woman is hated by the locals and struggles to make Native American artwork (sewing/beading?) to raise money for heat and food. The rich old woman who owns a nearby house also hates her, but the young Native American woman ends up helping to care for her. It's also similar in tone to a novel called 'Empire Falls'. I think the paperback cover was blue or purple. Thanks!

Short Story about Single Mom with Special Needs Child

This is probably too out there, but I've been thinking about this story a lot lately and have not been able to find anything.

What I know for sure is I read this in a textbook. The book was full of short stories with discussion questions at the end. What I don't remember is when I read it. It was either junior high (1987-1989) or high school (1990-1992). Both my schools were in the Los Angeles, CA area.

The story follows a poor single woman who has a child between age 8-12 (can't remember) who has special needs. I don't remember the nature of his issues other than that he couldn't really talk and occasionally could get violent. Because she was poor, she had a hard time finding someone willing to care for him while she worked, and in the end her only choice was to put him in a state institution. The final scene was absolutely heartbreaking; her son realized she was leaving him there and made loud, distressing sounds that followed her out to the street.

I remember it was written with a lot of sympathy for the situation; in my family we were going through something similar and the story really hit home for me. I would love to read it again. Thank you!

Trying to Help A Friend Find A Book

She doesn't remember much about this book. There is a character named Mike who is a recovering drug addict who returns back to his hometown and hooks back up with his old girldfriend, Laura. Somewhere in there the reader learns thats Mike killed someone. I don't know, he plot is kinda all over the place. I remember seeing the cover and believe the title was one word and light colors (such as white and light blue) made up the cover art.

If you have any idea what this could be that would be great!

Oh, and one of the key words she told me was "tornado slide" if that helps. 

Girl and her Dragon

I read and fell in love with this book a few years ago but now can't find it.

The plot is this girl comes home to find out her mother is missing. Her dad and police breaks it to her. I believe she just moved into the city where the story takes place. She's kind of a loner but made one friend who's a guy around the same age. The girl gains a mysterious dragon friend(female) who is either made out of jewels or cries jewels who needs the little girl's help. The girl can only see her.Crows have been coming around the two and she is suddenly brought into the world of the dragon where they meet a shaman cooking up a weird stew. The girl finds out her guy friend an see the dragon too. These two tried to look up shaman information only for the computer to shut down and a crow watch them through the sliding door. The shaman's minions begin to create havoc for the two kids especially at the science fair at their school.Duplicates of people come about and everything turns upside down. Later on the girl finds her mother deep inside the shaman's cave, learning that the mother had the same experience with the shaman and dragon herself.

Please help with the finding of this book.

Fantasy, multiple main characters, close proximity to "special" characters make normal people attack

Hi, there is a book that I either partly read or read the first book in a saga and I keep thinking about it and I really need to finish the storyline.

I think I read this book probably 5 or so years ago and it was a couple of years old at the time. Okay, the plot is suddenly this random group of teenagers who don't know each other cause normal people to go crazy and attack them and try and kill them but the people don't remember when they aren't close to them any more. There are a couple of different characters who are followed separately until they meet up. One dies before they even get chance to do anything (in their house). Another is killed next to a road in a car or something I think. I seem to remember something happening when he/she died like a beam of light which one of the other characters saw. I do apologise for my scattered memories of the book. One character rode a motorcycle and had a girlfriend who attacked him so he locked her in the basement of an abandoned amusement park where they go to hang out which is where they all eventually arrive at. One character was at school when he/she was attacked and there was pretty much a riot but he/she climbed a fence and escaped. They rang their friend later to ask why they did that but they didn't remember and wondered why they had disappeared.

Please help me, I need space for other things in my head. Also please don't spoil the end if you can help it.

Ben Bova Book

I remember reading this, got it at the library in the late 1960s, when ESP research and speculation was very popular.

It is set in the future, when the government has forbidden the use of ESPer powersThere is a young man who has the ESP power to move objects (telekinesis?); it was passed down in his family, but kept secret because of the government ban.

He is down and out, and finds out on the street about a secret government program that researches telekinesis.

He needs the money and is assured it is safe, the gov. just want to find out more about it, or use it. He goes for it and finds out they want to help individuals who have the power because they usually also have a gene for insanity tied in with the telekinesis gene. They help him untie the genetic knot, and he goes out sane and powerful.

I've been wondering about this for years.

EDITED 1-22-16 to add: Thanks, Allen E. Nourse seems to be the author of The Mercy Men. This was so long ago that I forgot half the plot and the author and title too. But the reviews I found are jogging my memory and I am pretty positive this is it. Thanks to carbonel and pythia.

Ghost story about a girl moving from London and working in a country manor

I read this book about 5 times when I was a teenager, I just cant think of the name of it! The story was about a girl who moves from London (I think!) with her mum, to the country. She gets a job cleaning in the local manor house/castle. She somehow starts to see strange things and discovers that there's a ghost of a guy living in the tower of the house/castle who was in love with the girl that lived in the house that her and her mum now live in. She can see the tower on the house from her bedroom window and there's a river outside her window, that I think the girl ghost drowned in!? She talks about smelling lavender whenever the girl ghost is in her room and I think she mentions hearing the movement of her skirts. Would love to find this book and read it again, I loved it as a teenager!

Young adult, time-travel, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi

Hi, for some reason I've been thinking about this book recently and I can't remember how it ended, so I want to find it again!

Family of four: parents and two daughters, one year apart. The dad is some kind of genius, and has realised a plague/ sickness/ something is about to be released, and has built a time machine that can only travel into the future, for the family to escape. Younger sister refuses to participate because she has a date with her boyfriend. The rest of the family enters the time machine, and travels one year into the future. They exit to discover their neighbourhood has become some kind of post-apocalyptic warzone. Younger sister is still alive and agrees to join them. They continue to travel through the future, and the number of years they travel forward increases exponentially each time. The second time is 14 years in the future, I think. At some stage, the mum dies. She turns out to be some legendary being that guides them towards the end of time itself. I remember at one of the stops, the younger (but now older) sister gets married, and there is a war between science and magic.
I read this book around 15 years ago, but not sure how new it was then.


YA: Sci-fi dystopia, genetic bank/eugenics

In this sci-fi dystopia, people were being forced to register their genes and people who had bad genes were being taken out of the population, either sterilized or killed. I remember very little about it except I know that the female protagonist lost her lover at the end, and because they were fighting to bring down the system, she couldn't get his DNA to conceive a child with. She was talking about the irony to a young girl and the girl asks, "Why not get the DNA of his father and the DNA of your mother?"

I don't know if this is from the same book or not but there was also a line about how they had super soldiers, who were all sterilized while they were in service. Until they were released from service, they would be unable to have children -- "Holding their unborn children hostage" as a way of controlling the troops.

If anyone knows what this book is, please leave a comment! I've tried searching it myself, but sadly I remember too little to find it. :(

ISO Mid-late 90s romance novel, time travel to 1950's, native american, motorcycle

I have been looking for this romance book for the better part of 17 years. I read it in 1998 or 99. It was the first romance novel I ever read, (you never forget your first...or so I thought!) I had briefly borrowed it from a friend and we can't remember the author or title! I think the cover had a blonde woman and a Native America guy on the cover riding a motor cycle. I can't remember HOW she time traveled but it was to the 1950's where he lived. He may have been named Jesse. Please help! :o)

Time travelling English girl

This may be a bit of a long shot but I will give it a go..

When I was 11 or 12 I read a book about a young girl who goes to live or stay at an old British manor house. Somehow she manages to travel back to the early 1900's (I think). I think that she may have done this because of some old wallpaper.
I think she meets a boy called Leon in the past and integrates with the family, I also have the feeling that she stops remembering the future.
Again somehow she gets transported back to the future and can't get back to the past.
I probably read it around 1993.
I would really super appreciate any help on this one as it has been bugging me for years!!


The name of a thriller

Can anyone tell me the name of the thriller (book) that has the main character getting notes telling him to pick who lives and who dies? I think it was by Harlan Coban and I believe written before "The Woods".

I just joined when a friend asked for the name of a great thriller and this story came to mind. I apologize is my format in posting may be incorrect.

Children/Middle School grade book series


This is keeping me up tonight!

I am trying to remember the name of a book series that I read when I was in 5-6th grade - probably written in the 1980s. It's about 3 children, a brother and sister fraternal twins, who have blond hair and their older brother (I think his name is Jed? Jeb?) with dark hair, and they solve mysteries together. I'm pretty sure that the author was a woman. I'm afraid that I'm probably mixing up plots from The Boxcar Children, which I read at the same time, but I think one of the books takes place on an island and involves sand dunes and an abandoned house, and another one involved clues that led to a wishing well. There were at least 3-4 books in the series.


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This has been bothering me for a while. I read a book a few years ago and would love to re-read it, however i cannot remember the name or the author of the book and can only recall a few details.

The book is about a girl who lives next to a large family who have a lot of sons (possibly adopted). I think she either has absentee parents or bad ones, the sons are very protective and she falls in love with one of them. It also has quite a bit of fantasy elements that i just can't remember but i know that it involves a man who shifts into a dragon. She also somehow ends up in a coma for a portion of the book and one of the sons may or may not be named gabe.

Hope someone can help as like i said this has been bugging me. Thanks.

Overweight girl leaves body and works in a camp.

Fantasy. This girl travels far to become engaged to some prince, and gives him an origami... something, but he doesn't understand its significance and crumples it up. and he's insulting 'cause she's large, so yeah.... She finds that she can leave her body and go do stuff, and at some point she gets stuck in the prince's (war?) camp as they travel, pretends to be a boy and does hard labor for many months. When she finally returns to her body, she's magically lost all her excess weight- because of that hard labor- and somehow the maids taking care of her didn't notice.
I don't think it was part of a series, and I think it had a dragonfly on the cover. Please help me find it, thank you.

Sort of a Generations Fantasy Book?

So it is actually a series of books, but I cannot remember a single one of them for the life of me. The first book is about this one guy, absolutely no combat experience if I recall, but he ends up being protected by this old wizard/guardian guy cause he either has something special or he has some sort of power? Dear lord it has been a while. Uh...second book is involving his kids who get taken somewhere by this old guy, because they need to stop what I vaguely recall being dark spirits of some sort? The series continues to follow this family line, but more specifically...the old magic guardian is always there in the books working out of this magic castle.

Teenagers become the vessels of gods and goddesses

Cannot for the life of me remember what this book was called!
I think it had some kind of hummingbird on the cover?
It was set in modern day.
A bunch of teenagers from all over the US are chosen to be vessels for various ancient gods and goddesses, some Greek ones, and I remember there was one character who was chosen by a Polynesian god.
There's several teens the book focuses on, but I think there was one main boy and one main girl and one of them was from kind of a rough background.
They're all from different places but have to travel to New York.
I think by the end they realize that these gods are using them as vessels to fight each other for control of the world or power or something. There's definitely going to be some kind of battle, but I think it happens in the sequel.
I think time was frozen or it was the end of the world or they were in some alternate dimension because there weren't any other people around, the world was empty.
Definitely had a sequel.
Any help figuring out what book this is would be greatly appreciated!!

Clever boy solves problems: wishing bag, jumping to the top of the castle, "something new"

EDIT: Whoops, I feel silly. I was finally able to find it through google. It's The Big Jump & Other Stories by Benjamin Elkin!

Hey everyone! I just remembered this book today and have googled what I can remember, to no avail. Annoyingly, I actually have a very good memory of the plot-- just no recollection of character names or title. Bah!

I read this book during the 90's in the USA. It is illustrated, but has more text than a typical picture book. It's one of those books that transitions kids from picture books to text-heavy books. As I remember them, the illustrations are done in an ink brush style with blue shading, although I could be wrong about this.

The book is split into three different stories about a clever boy who saves the kingdom from a recurring villain. One story was about the king (I think) being able to leap from the ground to the top of his castle in a single bound. If the boy can also jump to the top of the castle, he will get a reward. The boy solves the problem by taking the stairs to the top of the castle, but hopping from stair to stair (so technically, he did jump all the way up).

The next story was about a wishing bag that the boy has. He can say "I wish (x item) was in the bag" and then he can pull whatever he wished for out of it. The antagonist steals the bag from him. The boy solves this by wishing he was in the bag. Then he crawls out of the bag, grabs it, and runs home with it.

The third story is about the antagonist challenging the boy (or the king?) to show him something completely new and never seen before by anyone. He sets some deadline for this and an ultimatum. The king despairs over it. When the antagonist shows up, the boy gives him an egg that is just about to hatch. When the baby chick emerges in the antagonist's hand, he is forced to admit that the bird is brand new.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about here? I'm worried that this might be a little obscure. :( I'd like to read it again. Thanks for any assistance!

Woman buys locket and begins being followed by man's ghost

Hi all,

Maybe you can help me. I'm trying to locate a book for my best friend for Mother's day. She told me it's about a woman who buys a locket from an antique shop or second hand store. She also said that the woman began too be followed around by a ghost. She says the woman starts investigating. She said that the male ghost could take a physical form and that the woman falls in love with the ghost. It may be a time travel romance but i'm having no luck. She read it as a teenager so it would have been published before 2000. I know it's not much information which is why I'm seeking help. Thank you. :)

Cannot seem to find this anywhere

What I remember about the book is that a girl is running or just moving places and she runs into this abandoned house I think? And there's some kids there and they tell her that they're going to throw her into a lake and if it accepts her then she can stay with them, but if it doesn't then she dies. And I think what also happens is that they find these old videotapes about some Nazis and the boys in the group wear the uniforms they found and they start practicing some messed up shit and the girls that are living there just have to clean a bunch and its unfair to them or something

Looking for ebook about girl who loves her older brother's best friend???

Okay so the book had the concept of falling in love with your brothers best friend. I basically remember the whole story, just not the name of the book. When the book starts the girl's in High School and hasn't seen or been seen by her brothers best friend since they were little. He's older and ends up being one of her teachers, thats when he see's her for the first time in a couple of years and she still is in love with him so she tries to get him to notice her by being really smart in class, then at a dance at her school that he's chaperoning she gets attacked by another guy and then he saves her and takes her to the nurses office where she ends up kissing him and he tells her they cant be together that shes too young for him(something like that), she's heartbroken and leaves town for college. Flash forward a couple years later and she's coming back to town for her brother's wedding where she forced to interact with the guy since he's her brothers best man and she's the maid of honor. she keeps thinking he's making fun of her for having had that crush on him when she was in high school, then she finds out he's been trying to hint at the feelings he currently has for her and there's a happy ending. Can someone please give me the name of the book, I really want to read it again!:)

Children's Book

As a child, our family checked out a lot of books from the library. One that we would like to recover is a children's book with pictures and only a sentence or so on each page. The book is about a chase, we think it is a bear (previously I thought crocodile/alligator) chasing a child too all sorts of different scenes. At the end, the punchline is that the catches up to the child and says 'Tag! You're it!.' We probably found this in the early 90's. I would like to give it to my mother for her 60th birthday as we speak about it during family gatherings every year.

Teen Dystopian Novel

Originally posted by dancinjeans at Teen Dystopian Novel
A friend lent me a book about a year or two ago that I'm having trouble remembering the name of. It centered around a world were everything was dark, and only certain cities were able to survive and had light. A girl was found in the dark and brought into the community and had no memory of her life outside of the city she had been brought into. There were creatures called wraiths? I believe that lived outside in the dark and they kept coming back trying to bring the girl back outside of the city. Also all of the wraiths were connected and controlled by little bug like things? All of my memories of the book are a little hazy but if someone could help me remember the title I would be really grateful. Thank you!

Viking Age Romance Novel?


I'm looking for a novel I read during the late 90's/early 2000's. The details are a bit sketchy since it's been so long but from what I can recall it was set during the viking age and the main character was a teenage girl. Her mother had recently remarried, or something of the sort, before dying. The main character runs away shortly after her mother's death and seems to be hunted by her stepfather. She ends up meeting a blind musician and marries him. This is all that I can remember, sorry for the weird random details. Any help in finding this book would be much appreciated, it's been driving me crazy for years!

Looking for a children's fiction book (?)

I read the book in elementary school from my library. It was about this young girl from Italy or Spain or somewhere similar. She was a twin and knew her father could only marry her or her sister, not both. At some point she runs off dressed as a boy and works at like a writing factory place. She falls in love with a Jewish man (his name might be Ned idk for sure)who thinks she's a boy and at some points sends an anonymous note somewhere to say she's converting, but her father brushes it off because it wasn't signed. Have no idea about the title or anything and it's driving me nuts.

Robot candidate for public office

I'm trying to remember the name of a Science Fiction book (or maybe short story). This was probably Golden Age or a bit earlier, and the main plot involved a robot that was running for public office. Among other details I remember that the robot went bowling (or maybe it was playing baseball/softball) as a way to connect with the public.

Any ideas? Google has come up empty in all my searches.

Male Protagonist travels to alternate universe/reality/other planet

Hello, I've been trying to remember a book I read about ten years ago as a child, but I cannot remember if the book was actually recent back then or not. I would guess that it was probably from the 1990's or early 2000's. The basics of the book are as follows:

A boy, probably aged tween or early teens lives with his mother and (I think) his dog. He has a grumpy neighbor who lives in or around a swamp. The boy travels or is abducted and finds himself on another planet/ alternate reality. In this world, he has an entirely new family, it seems he was adopted. The mother is seemingly doting and the father is strict. There are brothers, but I don't think any sisters. In this reality, sleeping is not normal/not allowed. There are no beds in the house. The boy goes to school and is exhausted since he is used to sleeping. I think the family catches on and reports him to the police? If I recall correctly, he escapes and ends up in an area where all the "sleepers" live. I think he ends up being caught and is placed in jail, where a young female may rescue him? He also finds his grumpy neighbor near the end of the book, in a circus. I seem to recall the neighbor ate some specific snack, like sunflower seeds or a candy bar. The neighbor was being laughed at, but I can't remember why. I think they both make it back to Earth, but I can't remember how.

I've tried entering parts of this into various websites, but I can't find it. I remember the book reminding me of the A Wrinkle In Time series, but that it wasn't written by Madeleine L'Engle.

If this sounds familiar to you in any way I would appreciate any information you have. I have been thinking about this book for the last seven years or so and would love to find it. Thank you in advance!

Book About Building Monsters


I occasionally - once every few months, probably - think of this book. I have only the vaguest description to go on, but it gives me chills just remembering how it suggested things.

It was a book from the perspective of a teenage boy who spent a lot of time at an older guy's workshop. The older guy designed movie monsters, terrifying, life-size animatronic creations with dozens of points of articulation. The boy constantly gets the sense that the creatures in the workshop are only waiting, not actually unliving, but loves visiting anyway. Toward the end of the book some local thugs break in and one of them is mauled by the main monster head, and I think another kid is electrified or something. I also distinctly remember the protagonist dreaming of being pursued by dozens of tiny pterodactyl-like creatures trying to climb down his throat and suffocate him, and he jumps off an immense cliff to escape them...

It's very frustrating for my Google-fu to be completely useless, since I can't remember any of the all-important quotations or specific phrases.

I read it when I was probably about 10, which would put it in the early-to-mid '90s. I'm 99% sure I borrowed it from the local library, which is now across the country from me and unlikely to be much help anyway.

unkown book

hi im sorry if this isnt right but im stuck trying to find a book i read recently, i plow through to many of them to keep strait in my head and pick up any old fanatsy book between on going series, but i read a book late last year, and lost it.

as much as i can remember of the book is, a child was taken in by a dr in archaeology? set in a dystopian back ground, i think mechanical devices on legs with swivelling heads sniffing for magic? suppresessed history, i think the last i remeber is the dr having a secret passgae to an old forgotton library, with books and artifacts, which wetre illeagal to have, the final passages i think was the dr sacrificing his life in blowing up the library so 2 others could escape through some old pipes/sewer system, with water and a fire following them out. and eneding up on a transport out of the city, with talks of a revolt starting to tkae place in the city,
im sorry if its a bit disjointed but its bugging me like nuts would like to finish the series if i i could remember the first book,

i cant remeber character names or even a glympse of the title in my mind any help would be greatly appreciated

many thanks

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I'm trying to find the source of a passage that's been running through my head for a few days now. It feels like it was probably from the kind of kids'/preteens' book I was reading a lot of in the mid-90s, though it could certainly be a little older. A young female character (probably between 12 and 15) is talking about having screwed up something she did with good intentions, and she says that she feels like she dove into a lake to save a drowning child, only to realize that what she thought was a child was actually a sunken log, and now instead of being a hero she's just wet and covered with mud. The passage was definitely in the first person, but I don't remember if it was something she actually said out loud to another character or if the entire book was in first person and it was just something she thought to herself.

Looking for a Silhouette Romance book

Or at least, I think it was still Silhouette at that point - it was the pink and white cover, anyway. Came out sometime between 2003 and 2007 (I think). Can't remember the title or author, and I'm a bit skimpy on details.

What I do remember is the heroine was Neeley, or Neely, or some other way of spelling it. I want to say the hero's name was Ryan, but unsure. Heroine had three sisters - one called Haley, and the other two with names also ending in 'ey'. She was a prosecutor, and 'Ryan' was a deputy sheriff and they were engaged. Until the abusive man she managed to get free shot and killed his ex-wife in front of the courthouse that very same day. 'Neeley' was injured - shot in the shoulder, but 'Ryan' had promised to protect the ex-wife and so was devastated and broke things off without *actually* breaking things off.

His sheriff buddies then began harassing 'Neeley', set a building on fire believing she was still inside, and so eventually ran her out of town. She ran to 'Ryan's cousin, Jace (that name I'm firm on!) and he helped her move away.

Fast forward a few years, and 'Neeley' is now a public defender who has a gangster after her, so Jace calls his cousin and asks if he'll take someone in as witness protection. 'Ryan' agrees, then sorely regrets it when he discovers who it is.

Guns, murder, mayhem - 'Ryan' ends up shot in the shoulder when he takes 'Neeley' to the cinema; he ends up buying her different books and chocolates because he doesn't know which ones she likes and doesn't want to disappoint her; tries to keep her in the house with an alarm system that she keeps triggering (sometimes purposefully, sometimes not).

One detail that has really stuck with me - he has a horse (or two), and at some point near the end, introducing 'Neeley' to the horse(s), the horse ends up 'kissing' him, and he is, naturally, quite disgusted while 'Neeley' pretty much dies laughing.

If all that rambling sounds familiar to someone, and can point me in the right direction, I would be ever so grateful, as this is driving me nuts.

YA fantasy series 1990s-2000s male protagonist

I'm looking for a book series that I read at least 10-15 years ago. It was definitely a series as I finished one book but lost track of it whilst waiting for the next book to come out. I'm sorry, I only have snippets of details. I read this in Australia.

The main protagonist is a teenage boy. The basic premise is that he develops powers and enters another world when he is asleep but possibly then learns how to access this other world whilst awake. He has powers and there are the typical bad guys. However, he has a mentor, which I feel is almost like an angel. The beings in the other world have wings, and at the end of the last book I read, the protagonist gets his wings.

The protagonist's sister is killed early on and there is a flashback scene where they are at a garden waiting for a rare flower to bloom and he loses track of his sister.

I'm sorry I don't have more details, it has been quite a while and some details may even have become mixed up. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

Monster-girl with bat-wings who fell in love with a prince and could shapeshift

i've been haunted by finding this book forever, i read it in middle school and it was a short-ish single book not in a series. No one i've asked about it has ever heard of it, i read it like ten years ago and can't remember the title or the author. I'd guess it was published late seventies to late nineties -2000s but i can't be sure.
All keyword searches on search engines come up empty.
Anyway, there was this girl-monster creature who was the last of her species and lived her life alone, spending most of her time at night. She had yellow eyes, i think, and bat-wings and was skinny and bony, almost animalistic. There was a castle nearby where a handsome prince lived, and she ended up falling in love with him. However, he was betrothed to a beautiful princess with golden hair and somehow the monster-girl learned a spell that was able to turn people to stone. However, lifting the curse caused the person who put the curse on in the first place to turn to stone. She took the place of the princess in the castle by taking her shape (i think this was one of her natural abilities but it may have been part of the benefits of the stone curse) and gradually got the prince to fall in love with her. eventually she was found out and her disguise melted and people saw her for what she really was. It turned out that the castle "wizard" was one of her people too, one of the last, which was only found out toward the very end of the book.
In the end she decided to take the curse of stone upon herself so that the princess could be free and marry the prince. the prince gave her a kiss (i think?) and put his locket in her hand and she turned to stone, and stood there for all time and that's how the book ended.

made an account just for this, i know it's a long shot but if anybody has a memory of something like this, like a title or author or main character names, let me know. thanks !

Help Finding A Book (Update: Found!)

There is a historical fiction book I used to check out of the library all the time about ten years ago that I'm trying to find. It was a blue hard cover book and I think the title was Kirsten. I'm fuzzy on some of the details but I think it was about a Swedish (or at least scandinavian) immigrant living in the midwest (possible Minnesota). The story details her family's struggles revolving around learning a new language and surviving a very hard winter. At one point the snow is so deep they have to ski everywhere to get around. The story also covers her relationship with the son of an American dairy farmer (who may have been named Tom). At one point there is a scene where she and Tom (?) go to his father's house and she has to prove herself and cook for everyone. Tom (?) also provides her family with a cow to help keep them from starving during the winter despite the fact that his farm has suffered significant losses due to cows freezing to death during the hard winter. Again, I'm fuzzy on the details but I think it was probably set in the late 1800s.

Three books - asking for a friend

Copied from her FB post (with permission):

I'm looking for three books/stories I read in my childhood, I can't remember the titles or authors. Any suggestions/thoughts welcome. :)

1. Takes place by the ocean. A boy is raised by an old fisherman and loves to swim. He befriends a dolphin and would have been very disappointed to know it was a female. He was left on the fisherman's doorstep as a baby and ends up falling in love with his sister, not knowing she's his sister. He brings her candy one time, honey balls, but he's jumped in the sea with the bag in his pocket and the candy is salty.

2. A girl goes out her window at night, maybe flying on the back of a stone gargoyle. There is a whole graveyard or garden or ? full of statues that come alive at night.

3. A white dog on a tapestry comes alive.

ETA: Looks like they are, in order: 1. Brothers of the Sea by Delia Sherman, 2. Stoneflight by Georgess McHargue, and 3. (Solved elsewhere) The Dog in the Tapestry Garden by Dorothy Lathrop. Thanks all!!

Christmas anthology with part of Little Women

I'm looking for a collection of Christmas stories, definitely including the first Christmas from Little Women - I remember that because it was my first exposure to a book I now love.  It also had the "Yes, Virginia" newspaper column, also the first I'd heard of it.  It may or may not have also had some Hans Christian Andersen tales and/or Gift of the Magi.

My edition was a slim paperback with a mostly-red cover.  I think the Little Women excerpt came first in the book, with "Yes, Virginia" not long afterward.  I read it in the 1980s in Chicago, Illinois, USA.  It was probably my mom's, although she might have bought it for me, but I don't think it was aimed at children.  Not sure though!

Any ideas?  I'd love to see what else is in that book....

FOUND: Children's book about a girl who wants to be a pilot

I'm looking for a children's/young adult book that I read in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

The main character is a young girl who wants to be a pilot. She has a cardboard box in her basement that she pretends is her plane. She took a book out of the library about a female pilot (probably Amelia Earhart) with her father's card and liked it so much that she kept it. Meanwhile, he continues to receive overdue notices for the book and is confused because the last thing that he took out was a book on dog health (he is a vet). Her grandmother is an actress and during the book, appears in The Mikado. There is a sub plot where her older sister and some friends secretly get baptized in a full immersion ceremony. The sister wears a padded bra and leaves it in the changing room at the church (or loses it in some embarrassing way).

I think that the main character's name was Maude/Maud/Maudie, and that the title has the word "Invincible" in it, but I could be wrong.

I loved this book so much that I read it repeatedly but can't think of the title!

A Coming of Age Novel From 2000s

Cover: sleek, uses lots of blues, blacks, and silvers. has silhouettes of characters leaning on lockers in high school hallway.

plot: focuses on relationship with popular and weird girls, first experiences, at one point a window or glass may have broken (?), skirts with issues of sex and alcohol

character: male, parents may be divorced

guesses: potentially had the word "cool" or "be cool" in the title

time: likely published between 2004-2011

qualities: hardcover, relatively short (probably around 200-250)