Seeking a fiction novel. Book was from elementary school library, may be start of series. Burning tree on the cover. Kid learning to use magic but can't cast spells, he isn't good at it. Turns out he is a spell creator/breaker.
When I was a kid in the 1950’s, I read a series of ‘car books’ about a young man who became interested in sports car racing. I remember that the name of the car manufacturer was ‘black’ something and as an advertising promotion, they once drove one of the cars many, many miles (20,000+?) without an oil change, and then entered the car in a sports car race.
Any of this sound familiar to anyone?
I read a fiction series in 2006 while I was pregnant with my daughter. The author was male. It seems there were at least 9 books in the series…maybe as many as 15. I checked them out in hard cover from the public library in Boise Idaho.
I remember the series beginning in a land where Vampire masters harvest from herds of worker slave humans. Humans are basically chattel to the masters. The masters transform the bodies of live slaves into buildings. The stuff of body parts are re-purposed for architectural functions…..tall, complex buildings where slave lungs and hearts are pumping water and fresh air throughout the layers of the buildings.
The vampires called their homes “eyries” like eagle nests. Tall buildings.
The series moved forward being quite political as Vampire masters battled amongst themselves to destroy each other. Alliances, betrayals, etc…
As the story developed, it turns out that the vampire land is an alternate plane of Earth. Some characters from modern Earth cross over, get themselves into trouble, then return to Earth. Eventually, guns get introduced to the vampire kingdom. During the final (?) book, a battle is happening between a handful of characters and Nazi soldiers who are jumping back and forth across the dimensions. Absolutely crazy stuff…
I realize this isn’t a whole lot to go by. Thank you for any help you can provide. My brain has residue of the images of the breathing, living buildings. Amazingly creepy and awe inspiring.
Children’s Chapter Book, 4-Book Series, 1 for Each Season (Around late 80’s). These books may have also had a boy and a dog. There were frequent pictures along with the words. My guess is that the length of the books were around 30-40 pages. I can’t recall anything else. Thanks for your help!
2 boys, best friends, who live next door to one another, communicate with one another at or near bed time by writing messages on window shades and shining their flashlights up onto the shade. One of the boys may have been named Andrew. Early chapter book and it was a small series of books. The last one our teacher read to us, one of the boys was moving away at the end. This was read to my class in the 2nd grade (1989-1990), don’t know if it was newly published or something the teacher had been reading to her classes for some time.
I’m looking for a book about a pig (or some animal, but I am pretty sure it was a pig) who goes on adventures. The books were a series, and were all fold-out books, with illustrations only, no text. The books were wider than they were tall, to accommodate the fold-out pages, which were flaps that unfolded to the right. One that I remember involved the pig going camping and getting rained on. I read them in the early ’80s, so I imagine they were published in the ’60s or ’70s.
I don’t know the title of the book, that’s what I am seeking. It is a series book (Bobbsey Twins? Nancy Drew?) and the mystery involves the theft? Copying? of unique designs a jewelry maker obtains by capturing individual snowflakes on a pane of cold glass.
I think the setting is a winter lodge of some sort where the sleuths are vacationing.
I remember an excerpt of a novel for teens, reprinted in some English literature compilation under what I think was the title “The Contessa and Me” but that was not the title of the book it came from. A teen is at a hotel that her possibly British or American parents run on the French Riviera. She befriends a Contessa there. There is a scene where she cleans up after a party where I believe the Contessa had too much champagne to drink. It’s kind of a coming of age story. The excerpt was one part of the book which I think was divided into three parts total or possibly was a series of short stories on the same characters. At one time I read the other two parts somehow but don’t recall the overall name or author.