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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2011 21:29:39 GMT
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Posted on 22 Jan 2012 18:28:11 GMT
Peacelily says:
I am looking for a childrens compilation book. One of the stories in there was about two children who were trying to raise money to buy their father a present because he was in hospital. I read it in the late 1970's but it was probably purchased from one of the many jumble sales that were around then and could easily have been published in the 1960's, any ideas would be greatly appreciated as I often think about that little story.

Posted on 22 Jan 2012 18:29:10 GMT
Peacelily says:
I am looking for a childrens compilation book. One of the stories in there was about two children who were trying to raise money to buy their father a present because he was in hospital. I read it in the late 1970's but it was probably purchased from one of the many jumble sales that were around then and could easily have been published in the 1960's, any ideas would be greatly appreciated as I often think about that little story.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012 18:50:29 GMT
I remember the Wide Range one had the story of three brothers one could swallow the sea? Another grow very tall? *nd the third???? I don't recall the details but I recall the happiness of the time when I was reading them I was 7 I think.

Posted on 23 Jan 2012 15:49:58 GMT
D. Bent says:
I am looking for a book which I recall my teacher Mrs George reading to my class at the end of each day back in the 60's I thought it was called Brimstone and Treacle but apparently not that appears to be a book by Denis Potter and certainly not for children. I am almost convinced it was brimstone something and it was definately fiction I remember very small snatches about magical woods and a something vague is nagging in the back of my mind about a "shiny stone" I hope someone can help I would love the read it again and possibly pass it on to my granchildren

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 11:27:58 GMT
ImaginaryZoo says:
HI It sounds like the Fell Farm Series by Majorie Lloyd - love them.

Posted on 24 Jan 2012 23:44:40 GMT
P. Cobb says:
Stig of the Dump was written in 1963 and appears based in that era.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 12:06:51 GMT
I think that was The Secret Island by Enid Blyton. Four children run away and live on an island. I loved that book.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 12:08:25 GMT
Hello! Again, that is The Secret Island by Enid Blyton! Loved that book. (It does look a bit sexist to a modern eye though.)

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 12:11:27 GMT
For a recent book set in the 1960s/early 1970s, which I think is what the first poster wanted, I highly recommend Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams. There are also the most recent "American Girl" historical character books, about Julie, a girl of the 1970s.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 14:55:40 GMT
K Stevens says:
thank you so much i told my mum who was looking for the book and she says it sounds just like the one she remembers

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2012 19:59:14 GMT
The secret island , by enid Blyton

Posted on 4 Feb 2012 16:51:19 GMT
Although she wasn't really my bag don't forget that Enid Blyton (Secretly Famous Twelve) was still writing and publishing in the 60s, so was Richmal Crompton (Just William). From what I recall, Enid's were only slightly updated and you tended to get a 50s feel from a 60s book, but I think the later Just William books were of their time.

The Secret of Spiggy Holes (Secret Series)
Just William - TV tie-in edition

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 15:19:41 GMT
Secondferret says:
I am looking for a book, maybe set earlier than 60s probably 50s. Two sets of children meet on holiday. they are both in quarantine for different reasons. one family mumps and the other measles I think. So should not be talking to each other. they have adventures together tracking down smugglers. At one point they stow away on a junk. Anyone got any ideas?

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 20:45:21 GMT
Al says:
I'm looking for name of children's series from 60's where children lived on an island (think it was on the river Thames). They could produce their own stamps for sale. Also one was nicknamed 'Gunner's Mate' and made explosives. They also had a boat which I think was called 'the cormorant'.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2012 21:38:13 GMT
D. Harris says:
Was there a contest over which group could build the best boat for a particular adult (a teacher?) - won by the boy from the "bad" lot who made a rowing boat while the craft built by the other lot sank? (Or was sunk?) Also stuff about which side of the river you could go on? If so I _think_ it was called "Rivals" but I'm not sure, or of who the author was.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2012 18:13:30 GMT
Al says:
No, I don't think so, it was a motor boat that they had. Don't think they lived on the island all the time, but most of the books were about them on the island.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2012 22:11:00 GMT
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E. Dodd says:
In reply to D. Bent :This sounds like 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen' by Alan Garner, recently re-issued in an Anniversary edition.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2012 19:29:28 BDT
J. Westland says:
Just come across this! I am pretty sure, that the book is "The Islanders Strange Holiday" by Gaye Knowles. It was published in the 50s. I won it as a Sunday School prize. It is in my mothers house and has lain there for the past 45 years! I am pretty sure that that is the book. Next time I visit her, I 'll check out her book case and post a reply! Jim

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2012 20:37:58 BDT
Marta says:
Sounds like The Secret Island by Enid Blyton. There are about 6 stories in the Secret series with the same chilldren

Posted on 29 May 2012 20:02:42 BDT
Hi Does anyone recall a book from the 60s/70s about a crowd of teenage boys who solved mysteries in London and the beginning of the book talked about a Tottenham Hostpur game?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 22:21:51 BDT
Al says:
Some of the Bobbsey Twins books are available free on Guttenberg. You need to check that the copyright has lapsed to download in UK.

Posted on 30 May 2012 02:13:18 BDT
ccgrey says:
Does anyone know of a book published in the 1950's-60s by a British (female, I think) author about children who visit a farm in the country with a disagreeable aunt/farm owner(?), and a man who sleeps on a couch on the porch (the kids build a swimming hole in the first part of the book) - I think it might have been called "Out of Hand".

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2012 10:07:42 BDT
Frenchie says:
hello, you could try http://www.abebooks.com/ or http://www.oldchildrensbooks.com/looking-for-a-book?page=1 that may help.

Posted on 31 May 2012 10:21:10 BDT
Don't forget to Google for film versions, that may lead to finding the book. I've just found a film - Those Kids from Town - this might be the kids in the country estate book someone is looking for, and then there's Hue and Cry, a film starring Harry Fowler, and this is about a gang of kids not too unlike Sherlock's irregulars; that could be the kids gang book too, but the film was made in the 40s, so I suppose that might not be the one being hunted, but it is useful to fire on all fronts on Google, get the film - if there is one - you might find the book.
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