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Initial post: 3 Oct 2010 19:25:24 BDT
Ms S. Bright says:
I'm trying to find a children's book I read at primary school more than 40 years ago many times & loved. I can't remember the author or title, but it was about a girl who for a week kept going back in time each day. I keep thinking it might be called 'Seven days wonder' or similar, but that could be completely wrong. Can anyone help?

Posted on 15 Oct 2010 06:27:49 BDT
I am searching for a story or collection of children's stories from the 1930s to 1950s which featured three poor princesses called Cordelia, Arabella and Sylvia who were helped by the animals to get dresses to go to a ball. It was probably one story in an antholgy of fairy stories. Can anyone throw any light on this for me?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2010 15:19:28 BDT
K. Kovacs says:
Is it this? Seven days' wonder

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2010 15:56:28 BDT
Ms S. Bright says:
I think it might be, and I've just ordered a copy. Thank you so much for identifying it.

Posted on 11 Nov 2010 22:26:09 GMT
C. Pickup says:
I read a book a school over 40 years ago which I would love to have a copy of - it was about a young black girl and her first name was the title of the book - Jane or Mary may be the one - does anyone know of it?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2010 16:49:20 GMT
Would it be " Charlotte Sometimes " by Penelope Farmer about a girl who kept going back to the First World War;it was set in a boarding school.

Posted on 13 Nov 2010 18:19:43 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2011 00:01:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2011 00:03:03 GMT
To Sally Watts, who posted last October, above. Did anyone ever identify this for you? I remember it too. It was in a collection of short stories, and they had dresses made out of clouds and stars and etc. Not sure the third one was called Sylvia. Thought it began with a D. I long to find it too!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2011 00:24:44 GMT
Dr Enoch says:
There's a book called Hal which is about a west indian girl who makes friends with a boy who's been ill. They and their friends end up fighting t try and save a patch of wasteland from development - it's really good!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2011 16:59:54 GMT
Lovely to hear that someone else remembers it, too. No, I'm afraid I have never had any other response or any luck in finding it. Do let me know it you have any luck. A title for the whole book would be helpful, of course. Another book I was looking for turned up in Australia so it is worth persevering! Kind regards

Posted on 11 Mar 2011 17:04:10 GMT
Other details were Arabella had hair of midnight black and had stars for her hair a piece of twilight sky for her dress and I think a rainbow for a sash. They all had cloaks of clouds and I think Cordelia had a crown made from ice from the arctic brought back by the deer! I don't remember any of the other short stories in that collection, though...

Posted on 13 Apr 2011 03:48:45 BDT
One had a dress made from the sea. Still looking!


Posted on 13 Apr 2011 13:24:51 BDT
Do you remember anything about the anthology or any other stories in it? do you think it was called something like Golden treasury or Childrens Treasury? or was it an annual? (Schools less likely to keep annuals? ) would love to find it!


Posted on 15 Apr 2011 13:47:55 BDT
j nettles says:
hi...been following this discussion and can't help with the name of the book but on another discussion someone mentioned book sleuth at ...if you haven't tried there already it's another avenue for you. good luck in your hunt,

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2011 22:46:09 BDT
Thank you for your contribution. I will have a go with the link you suggest. Sally

Posted on 24 Apr 2011 18:22:57 BDT
Mrs harding says:
Hi i am trying to find a book that i read all the time when i was a child about 25 years ago. The book was about a little girl who recieved unusual presents each year on her birthday and had been given to her parents by fairies. I also think that bees had some relevance to the book but not to sure what. I would really like to get hold of a copy to read with my little one. Can anyone please help.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2011 10:39:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Apr 2011 10:40:52 BDT
'The Fairy Rebel' by Lynne reid Banks. Her mother rescued a fairy, who helped her to have a baby, called Bindi. Every year Bindi is left a birthday present by the fairy.
'Tikki wants to give her new human friend, Jan, a precious gift. BUT -- fairies are forbidden to touch humans, still less make magic for them! The Fairy Queen says that all humans want are favours. And only she has the power to give -- or take -- life. Tikki doesn't care! Eight years later, Jan and her fairy child discover that Tikki is being cruelly punished. They must rescue her. But how will they ever free the fairy from the deadly power of the Tyrant Queen!? '
The Queen has power over wasps.

Posted on 29 Apr 2011 18:35:30 BDT
P. Boston says:
Does anyone know the title of a children's book where a group went on a day out and ended up stuck in a department store overnight and tried out everything in the store? Sorry - very few details, trying to find it for a friend.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2011 07:08:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Sep 2011 07:13:15 BDT
Re "Seven Days' Wonder": I know it's a while since you wrote this post , but I too was looking for that book, having LOVED it when I was a child. I borrowed it from the local library and never forget it! Did you buy it, and if so, did you pay fifty pounds as it is advertised for online? I can't afford that, so hope it comes along cheaper sometime!

Posted on 21 Aug 2012 00:14:24 BDT
S. Holt says:
I'm trying to find a book that a teacher read to us at primary school (about 1978-79) about a cat who ends up in a gang of alley cats. No idea who the author is or what it's called but really want to find it for my 10 year old son. Does anyone remember it?

Posted on 22 Aug 2012 22:06:59 BDT
A. Owens says:
I'm looking for two books I read in middle school about 20 odd years ago. Have no idea of the titles but the first one - girl moves from Cornwall to London, has a stepmother called Wendy and goes to a school called oaklands which has a bully called Amber.
Second book - teenage boy is almost the only person left after plague destroys the world, it's very similar in story to Day of the Triffids but it was written in the late 80's for teens/young adults. Does anyone know/remember these two books at all?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2012 10:11:24 BDT
librarian says:
the second book sounds a bit like Plague 99 by Jean Ure

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 19:50:02 GMT
Mr. A. Grant says:
Hello, i read a book as a child in the 1960's however i am not sure how old the book was prior to my owning it. I do not remember its title and only have sketchy memories of its content, however those fragments have stayed with me and i have never seen it again after years of fruitless searching through second hand book stores etc.
The book had large colour illustrations, the characters were on a dredging ship and used the buckets on the dredger to bring up bars of Gold from the river bed. The main character was (from memory) called King Dilly or King Dilly Dilly.
That, i am afraid is all i have. Any leads/suggestions would be gratefully recieved

Posted on 12 Feb 2013 10:19:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Feb 2013 10:19:35 GMT
Jools says:
Hi, this is my first time posting. I'm looking for a children's book I read back in the seventies. As far as I can remember, a group of British children all from different walks of life are pulled out of school for a special "project" being run by a mysterious man. They end up each taking it in turns to literally go back in history and explore the origins of their own family. I do remember the simple country bumpkin whom the others all rather looked down on is found to have the oldest roots of all, as they find her living in an Anglo Saxon village. Does anyone else remember this book? As I can't remember title or author have been unable to find it.

Posted on 13 Feb 2013 02:20:19 GMT
My husband is from England and is desperately searching or a book he loved as a child. What he remembers is that the main character was called "Mr. Oddkin". He remembers one line from the book: "blit oh blit (maybe bliss oh bliss) cried Mr. Oddkin" and he thinks he was a ladybird or bug. He was preschool age so it was one of his first books and he loved it. Anyone know what this is or who the author might be?
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