I am searching for a book that I read in the early to mid-eighties – I believe the book was a 1960’s era book. A young girl moves to a beach house on a cape (maybe for the summer). Possibly the house across the cove was haunted or abandoned/isolated . What I remember most was that she had to climb down some cliffs at night and trek or swim across the cove in the ocean to get to the house. May have also included a brother or a local boy who had become a friend. Was she trying to save someone? Wish I had more memories but the climb down and swim across the cove at night are my most clear memories. Thanks.
I read it in the 1970s, probably published then or perhaps in the late '60s. A young boy (maybe 10 or 11) and his older sister (young teenager?) from a noble family become embroiled in a mystery and they run around town (possibly Athens, but I think it was ancient Rome) hunting for clues. They wear togas. 🙂
I read this book in the 60s. It started out with an old woman sitting on a porch looking down a lane of poplar trees. She falls asleep and her life story is told in a flashback. This was the first time I’d ever read a book in this style.
This is the story I am looking for. I was in elementary school when my father read it to me. I’m afraid that it might have morphed some in my memory. It has stuck with me a long time. I’m 65. So he would’ve read it to me in the mid 60’s. This story sounds vaguely similar to the Nightingale but I do not remember a mechanical bird in my story. It is tragic like the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen stories. I do not have a title or an author.
This story involves a bird that a man, maybe a king, is enamored of, either because of its beauty or its song. I don’t remember which. The bird pleases the king so much that the king decorates it with jewels. It seemed like he thought he was was rewarding the bird. Giving it value. The bird can’t fly, can’t do bird things, is ostracized by its friends, becomes tragically lonely and dies of a broken heart. That’s what I remember.
My mom is searching for a book she read as a pre-teen about a girl named Max Moonpenny. I have searched and searched (and I even work in a library) but I can’t find anything about this book! She’s not sure if the title is Max Moonpenny or if it is something else. My mom grew up in the 1960s & ‘70s in Wisconsin, and a friend of hers also remembers the book and her niece was even named Max Moonpenny after the character from the novel. Unfortunately, the niece is prolific on the internet and clogging up my search results.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
A family advertises for a kitten, people from everywhere bring them kittens, then they have too many so they give them away. The children are then sad because they gave all the kittens away when one appears from behind a stove, I think. Probably from the 60’s, Small book that I would of bought myself at a dime store. I think it had a black and white kitten on the front.
I am hoping you can help me find a book I remember from my childhood (probably 40 years ago). The book was about a young girl who lived in an apartment (I believe) and was very lonely. Another young girl moved in and they became best friends. One of the girls found out her family was moving and she was very sad and worried about making a new friend. The first girl gave her a smooth stone and told her when she was lonely to hold the smooth stone and she would feel the warmth of their friendship.
At least this is how my memory recalls the story. LOL!
If I recall correctly the cover had a light blue background and the girls were sitting on the steps of the apartment building.
I have tried to Google search this to no avail.
I am assuming that this book may no longer be in print. Thanks for any help you can provide.
This book I believe would have been published within 1960-80. It was a collection of limericks and poems, black and white pictures only on rough pulpy paper, hardcover woven material,off white. No slip cover (sleeve) photo as I believe it likely had a slip cover at one time, but not once I had it as a child.
The illustrations, there was one for each, I think and they were very character based and they were all black and white. The very closest stories and illustrations that I can find that bear a resemblance is “Backward Bill” by Silverstein.
There is only one poem in the collection that I remember clearly. The illustration was of a skinny man walking on his hands in the sand. He has a pail hanging from his foot by the handle. The poem talks about this certain man collecting periwinkles on the beach and using his foot to carry the pail. I can’t remember the reason he has for doing this. I do remember it being a very comical book.
It would mean great deal if you were able to find this book. If there are any other details that come I can let you know.