Loganberry Books would like to thank all the Magicians, Wizards, Geniuses, and Miracle Workers out there who help solve our Book Stumpers. Without you we would never be able to reunite people with their long lost book titles.
In the spirit of the season we would like to extend a token of our appreciation to all you wonderful people. This year there are three gifts to choose from.
1) Vintage Children’s book (titles and condition vary)
2) Advanced Reader’s Copy (contemporary grab bag)
3) One free Stump the Bookseller posting in 2014
Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Stumper Magician in the subject line. Tell me something about yourself (what do you do for a living? how many Stumpers have you solved? what do you wish would be reprinted?), and let me know which gift you would like. If you are choosing a book, please be sure to include your mailing address.
Many thanks and Happy Holidays,
Ami & the rest of the crew at Loganberry Books
Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog! Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course. It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee. Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.
Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder. Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?
I am looking for a book I bought at school thru the Scholastic Book Club, 1982-1986.
The author was 18 and had written a short story that won a contest. The book I bought was the longer version of that story written after the contest, althou it was only around 120 pages I believe.
The story was about a misfit high school boy who made models of gargoyle-like creatures that were about 3 feet tall and for some reason they came to life. The cover was of the boy in his living room and in the background on the stairs was a set of gargoyle legs coming to get him.
I called Scholastic a few years ago to ask about contest winners as I thought it would be the
easiest way to find a name but they referred me to their Canadian office and they never got back to me.
I am looking for a children’s book that I read in primary school, and I’m afraid I have no recollection whatsoever of the title. One of the main characters is a toymaker whose workshop is in a mountain: his character is definitely ambiguous, sometimes actively malevolent. There are children, perhaps siblings, who are other characters who have to deal with him. The toys may come to life?
Other hints: my recollection is that there may be more than one book in the series; the setting is in Austria, or Switzerland or some similar mountainous European locale, and the feeling was definitely of fantasy.
Maybe the strongest marker would be the date of publication. I think it would have been published in the 60s or 70s, certainly no later. I was born in 1965 and was reading it at ages 7-12 or 13.
I have already searched Loganberry Books Solved Mysteries, and not found it; nor has a preliminary search on Google produced anything.
Thank you VERY much for whatever help you can give
I remember reading a book in the late 60s early 70s about a boy whose father had died trying to rescue someone. His mother had remarried and he did not like his stepfather. They went on an outfitting trip together, his stepdad got hurt and he ended up solving a murder mystery.
“Our Boys”: very old book I had as a child. I estimate it was between 1880 & 1930(sorry!). It was an anthology of children’s stories & included The Little Match Girl & Hansel & Gretel. Other than that, I remember it was blue or green binding, oversized & with b&w lithograph illustrations. Thanks!
From what I remember as a ten year-old: the book was for tweens, probably published in the seventies, mid to late. It is a chapter book, contemporary, about a father and son visiting a quiet (English? New England?) village that has a secret. The people in the town are all secretive and distrustful of outsiders, but the boy strikes up a romantic friendship with a girl from the town. The mystery of the town centers around a Stonehenge-type ruin. The climax of the book involves a cyclical resetting of the people of the town and their memories.
I am looking for a book that was bought at a school book sale in Massachusetts in the mid 60′s by a ninth grader. It’s about a group of men on a desert island with poisonous spiders or crabs. One man has immunity to them and becomes the leader. A black man also develops immunity and splits loyalty in the group. At that point in the story the book was stolen from my friend and he hasn’t read another book since. Thank you for any help.
Looking for a book after which I was named.
Main character is an architect named Kimberly. He builds a bridge in Africa that no one else is able to do. Probably written in the 1950′s. My mother is 94 and can’t remember anything else.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Children’s, would’ve been in print by 1970′s.
A boy is facing the challenge of how to get to the top of a castle. There is some discussion that he cannot jump there in one go. He eventually solves the problem by climbing to the top of the castle, one step at a time.
A Children’s book bought in the early to mid 80′s, might be A Little Golden or Elf? These are the lines “Bossy eats grass and swishes her tail and gives us milk in a shiny pail. Skippy drives the cows and sheep and over the fence will lightly leap. Piggy Piggy eats all day he sleeps so much he will
HIstorical novel for children ABOUT HOW THE STRATFORD SKAKESPEARE FESTIVAL BEGAN. iT IS TOLD FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A GIRL OF ABOUT 10 YRS OLD. Someone (TOM PATTERSON, I THINK) who was key in the beginning of this annual event was a boarder in her home, and she is very excited about the events