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!
- 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.
(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--
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!!!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. :(
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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. :)
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!
Any ideas? Google has come up empty in all my searches.
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!
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.
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
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.
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 :)
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 !
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!!
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....
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!
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)