321N: Boy Dreams Of Playing Triangle In Orchestra

I was born in 1950 and remember the decade of the 50’s as a time when my mom read to us every day.  There was one particular book that I recall enjoying but have not seen since I was a child.  Whenever I made the weekly trips to the library with my three (now adult) sons, I would look for that book but never saw it.
This is what I do and do not remember.  I do not remember the title, author or even what the book looked like.  In fact, I can’t remember how it ended!  What I do remember is that it was the story of a young child (boy I think) whose great aspiration was to play the triangle in the orchestra.  This required him traveling a distance to get to the orchestra in some distant town.  His mother packed his suitcase for him and filled it with sandwiches!  Of course I’m relying on  a memory from 60 years ago so who knows!  Funny but I can’t remember if he ever achieved his dream!

321K: Adventures Of A Blue Scotty Dog

Tile:  Unknown
Cover:  Hardback, Vanilla colored, with a blue Scotty plush dog on it.
The book is illustrated with pictures of stuffed toys.
Book Company:  Unknown
Description:  I am looking for an old Children’s/Nursery book that I had when I was 7.  Memory is fuzzy, but it was a larger, hardback book, maybe 14 pages, off-white in color with a little blue stuffed dog on the cover.  It had a French sounding theme/name to it.  It was about a little stuffed dog, a knight, that went and saved a damsel (little stuffed girl dog) from a castle and they lived happily ever after.  I have searched online for it, with no success.  Maybe I don’t know enough about it to be found.  Thanks so very much!!!

321J: Girl Solves Mysteries On Rugged Terrain

British young adult adventure/mystery book featuring young girl alone, about 12 or 13 years old. She would venture into caves and various outdoor settings, pursuing the mystery or hiding from someone. At times, it seemed to be rugged terrain, but I’m not certain about the location. She would take “tins” of food and her “rug” (blanket) with her. This is how I surmised it was British.
There were at least two books like this by this author. I read them in the 60s, but I think they were written before that. They were available in my local Midwestern library, (St. Joseph, MO). There were no illustrations or pictures that I recall and, as far as I can remember, the covers were blank. They seemed to be fairly lengthy books, as well.

321H: Wisps Haunt Village Near Reservoir

The protagonist lives in a village at the base of a mountain. Everyone in this village owns some kind of cat-like animal with the semi-magical power to take bad feelings away except the protagonist who is allergic. Getting water requires an arduous journey up the mountain to a reservoir, made more dangerous by the “wisps” (or maybe will-o-wisps?). The wisps are little balls of light that come out at night which everyone fears.

The protagonist follows one of the cat-like animals one day and discovers a graveyard where they go to die. She discovers that, when they die, they release wisps, which are like all the pent up bad feelings they’ve absorbed over their lives. While there she climbs some kind of knoll and I’m fuzzy on the details but something happens that results in her being bound in some way to a newly created wisp, which gives the wisp some sort of subtle influence over her and her emotional state.

The protagonist then has to journey home while bound to a wisp, which tries to do things like demoralize her and lead her off cliffs. She reaches the reservoir and the wisp manipulates her into jumping/falling in. She ends up sucked through an underground river and wakes up in a cave on the other side of her village. The wisp is there, but the connection it had to her is broken.  So she’s discovered the reservoir is connected to and underground stream which runs near the village. She goes back with plans to tell her village about the river and ideas about to tap it for water.

Thank you in advance so much for your help, I’ve been trying and failing to find this book for 15 years!

321G: POW Rescued By Woman Of The Night

I’m looking for a book I read many years ago, probably around the mid 1990’s, but I’m sure it was written much earlier than that, likely the early 80’s. From what I remember, it was a story about a POW or prison camp escape and/or rescue of a woman by a man who falls in love with her. I believe she may have been a prostitute and it may have been set during or adjacent to the Vietnam war era.

I remember one character, an older woman (perhaps a brothel Madam?) saying something like “she ain’t nothing but two hips and a hole” or similar when referring to the girls being prostituted.

321D: Mythical Animals From The 80s

Hi! I am looking for a book that my son adored as a child, but neither of us can remember the title or author. It was an illustrated book about a mythical land with strange creatures: snake-like reptiles that coiled into circles to roll downhill and sometimes blew a flat, zebra/horse creatures that had to walk backwards, because their knees bent the wrong way. That’s all I can remember. I hope someone else knows it! Thank you!