The short story I am looking for was from a compilation of stories, probably a compilation of spooky stories. Not sure whether it was set in the United States or the United Kingdom. I think it was the UK. I read it a few years ago; it was about an island that belongs to the mer-folk/ sea beings. The island lies off a coastal town which connect to the mainland via jetty/pier and build a dancehall on it. The mer-folk throw up a huge storm on a dance night and separate the island from the mainland once again. They claim back their island. There was good description of the storm and its effect on the dancers I think. I would love to read it again.
I’m looking for an old picture book my grandmother had. It had a boy, a little Asian boy, doing something, perhaps looking for dragons. He talked to a wise old man who later becomes the dragon in the sky at the very end of the book. It was my favorite book as a child.
My sister and I have been looking for this book series from our childhood for close to 10 years now…ever since they were lost in a flood at our mother’s house.
These were hardcover books on various subjects titled things such as Playing, Gardening, Collecting, and Cooking. Each book was a different solid color with a circular picture on the front. The artwork in the books was by various artists and the writing was instructional in nature. For instance, the Playing book would have various games divided into chapters for things such as group games, team games, games for rainy days, etc
I say they are from the 70’s but I’m really not sure. From what I remember some of the artwork was very reminiscent of the style in Per Holm Knudsen’s How Baby is Made while others remind me of the artwork of Mad Magazine’s Mort Drucker. This, of course, is coming from my memories as a young child…so I could be way off on those comparisons.
One additional thing is that while watching a video yesterday, I spotted this in the background which appears to be one of the books. I’m not 100% on that, but I figured it was worth including here.
This book was read to me in the mid/late 1990s, in Ohio. I believe it had a yellow cover. The girl was struggling with learning her right and left hand. She was in a parade (or maybe marching band?) and turned the wrong way from the rest of the group, and I think marched alone for a while. In order to remember it for the next time, someone gave her a red ring to wear on her right hand. Then she marched with the group the next time without issue.
I’m looking for a fantasy book I read in the 80’s or 90’s. I believe the author was a woman. The story was about a man that is pulled into a fantasy world by a broken down cripple, to impersonate a guy that disappeared. There’s a stone that’s embedded into his skin, with memories. He has to convince an old wizard, and a beautiful woman. He also has to confront a bad guy. In the end, it’s revealed that the broken down guy is the missing guy, and that he was corrupted and broken by the evil guy.
The opening chapters depict a working class unmarried couple who are struggling. The woman really likes the man but he already has his mind set to move on from the woman (and her young son), and to find better work elsewhere. I want to say they are squatting in a small house in rural CA somewhere.
The man decides he wants to take the woman’s son climbing before he abandons them. He wakes the boy up early and they drive to (I believe) Yosemite National Park together in the man’s truck. The man takes him on a long, multi-pitch roped climb, which I remember really enjoying reading about.
When the two get back, the man does indeed leave. He goes on to find a job working as a carpenter or cleaner or some laborer type position on roofs and gables and other high places, which I assume he can do because of his experience climbing. He makes a coworker friend and one of the last things I can recall is he teaches the coworker how to not be so afraid of heights.
Baby book, maybe bath book, has just a few words on each page: Splish Fish, Quick Quick, Safe Home. Those are all I remember.
I’m pretty sure the title is one word, “The ______ “. I remember most the ending; a little girl is walking around the perimeter of her house (a Victorian?), looking in the windows, but can’t get in and no one can hear/see her. Through the windows she sees another girl who looks exactly like her, interacting with her (the main character’s) family, playing with her toys, basically living her life in her place like an impostor. At the end she discovers she is in fact dead, a ghost, and the other little girl has replaced her.
Number of years ago I read a series of books about a society that was at war with what seemed to be a plant related species that was taking over the country. The Prince of the “good guys” formed an alliance with an enemy
society, which were reptilian nature. The prince transports them to his country on iceberg boats and together they defeat the enemy. The Prince then allows the enemy society to remain in his counties as allies and
friends even though they were different species.