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Y1: Yellow dress and sailor
For years now I have been trying to find the name of a children's story that involves a teenage girl who has a crush on a sailor who goes off to sea.  She says good-bye to him wearing a pretty yellow dress.  He promises to come back to her someday, and he asks her to be wearing that pretty yellow dress when he comes home. So every day she goes out to the harbor wearing her yellow dress, but he does not come.  Then many years later, when her dress is washed thin and no longer fits (because she is now a young woman) her sailor arrives at last.

Could Y1 be Eleanor Farjeon's Mill of Dreams? It was published separately and as one of the stories in Martin Pippin and the Apple Orchard. Only problem is the dress there was blue, but the rest sounds very similar.
Lord of the Rushy River.  This is a beautiful little book, but the girl is the young daughter of the sailor, not girlfriend.  The yellow dress is wonderful.  The Lord of the Rushy River is a swan that she and her father used to feed by a river before he leaves.  The swan rescues her from the town where she has been taken, and carries her back to the river where she wears the dress, now much too small, and meets her father.  One of those books that is happy, but makes you want to cry.
Sorry, but this description definitely doesn't match Farjeon's Mill of Dreams. The girl in Mill of Dreams goes only once to the shore -- as a middle aged woman, when a flood brings the shore right up to her mill.
Correction to an earlier post: The book suggested by the poster in red is spelled incorrectly; it's Lord of the Rushie River, and the author is Cicely Mary Barker.

Y2: Yarn and Grandma
Solved: Little Colonel's Hero 

Y3: Yukon
Solved:  Lost Island

Y4: Youngest child in family
Solved: Lisa and the Grompet

Y5: Young Merlin
Silver something? pre-1975 Novel about young Merlin, ~200pp. Had an appendix on the runic alphabet.

Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave, 1970.  Could this be The Crystal Cave?  (Crystal and silver associate in the mind.)  This is definitely a story of the young Merlin, with a copyright in the time frame specified. I don't know about the runic dictionary in the appendix, but it could be that one of the editions had this feature. (The one I saw had maps on the endpapers but no dictionary as such.)
Andre Norton, Merlin's Mirror, 1975.  This might also be Merlin's Mirror by Andre Norton.  It's more of a length to fit the criterion, and The Crystal Cave doesn't have a runic alphabet (I'm not sure this does either, but I can't remember one way or the other).
It is not one of the Mary Stewart books, which I read several years later.
This is a long shot -- but is it possibly Cooper's The Dark Is Rising sequence?  The stories do deal with Merlin and related legends, and the last book in the sequence is titled Silver on the Tree. 

Y6: YA pre/early Civil War book
I'm looking for a fiction book about a family living in the North whose southern-born parents go on a trip to the South just as the Civil War is breaking out. The children must deal with the town's suspicions that they are Confederate sypathisers, remain loyal to thir parents and to their own beliefs and keep the family together.  Main characters are the older teen-age children, Carrie and Ben.

Norma Johston, Ready or Not, 1965.  Two oldest children are named Carolina aka Carlie & Ben. Set in NJ during the Civil War.  Mother born in the south & parents are visiting south when war breaks out.  Children must survive both accusations about the parents and financial hardships of supporting family.

Y7: Your  fur needs combing!
This was a favorite book about a forest creature in search of friendship. The main character would go around telling all he met that thier fur needed combing. I wish I could remember more but that is all.  I would love to share this story with my children.  I hope you can help.

could this be Bartholomew the Beaver, from the Solved List? While not exact, it does have a forest creature looking for friends and references to untidy fur.
patti stren, hug me, 1977.  Y7 Could your character be a porcupine who wants a hug? Newly illustrated edition recently published, but call me sentimental, I prefer the original, line drawings with minimal color.
Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, I'm Terrific.  I think this might by "I'm Terrific" by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.  Jason Bear thinks he is wonderful and keeps awarding himself gold stars.  I think he tells his friends that they need to comb their fur.  He is quite unpleasant to them, so they don't like to be with him.  As a result, he is very lonely.  He finds out that being terrific is not enough--he needs friends.  You might also be thinking of "Mole and Troll".  Troll asks Mole, "Who will tell me when my fur needs combing?
Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, I'm Terrific. I think this might by I''m Terrific by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.  Jason Bear thinks he is wonderful and keeps awarding himself gold stars.  I think he tells his friends that they need to comb their fur.  He is quite unpleasant to them, so they don'\''t like to be with him.  As a result, he is very lonely.  He finds out that being terrific is not enough--he needs friends.You might also be thinking of Mole and Troll.  Troll asks Mole, "Who will tell me when my fur needs combing?" I hope this helps.

Y8:  young girl getting her period
Solved: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Y9: Young witch, young boy, talking bear
Solved: The Second Witch

Y10: young spies in Eastern Europe
Looking for a book, written before 1963, about young people (I think a boy and a girl) who get caught up in a spy adventure in an unnamed but vaguely communist country. The one clear memory I have is that the secret code for identifying fellow spies is: "The snow on Mt. Tana is red."

Y11: Young girl travels in time to ancient Egypt
Solved: Cat in the Mirror 

Y12:  young boy's adventure to The Pas in Canada
Solved: Lost in the Barrens

Y13: You say...no Santa Clause
1912-1920.  Poem my mother often quoted but couldn't recall all lines.  You say there is no Santa Clause / That's cause you do not know / I saw him one Christmas Eve / All covered with the snow. //  His cap was red, his coat a pretty green / (xxx....................xxx) / You say there is no Santa Clause/ That's cause you do not know.

Y14: young boy/horse
1950's.  Young boy runs away from home with his horse and narrowly escapes a flash flood in an arroyo

#Y14--young boy/horse:  It would really help to know the type and length of each book described if at all possible!  If this was picture book size, it could be one of the Billy and Blaze series by C. W. Anderson.  There are a couple of incidents like this in Little Britches, by Ralph Moody, but this is a long chapter book.  In one, Ralph runs away on horseback to seek help for a sick horse, and in another, he barely escapes a flash flood but his horse is lost.
There is a rescue from a flash flood in a canyon in Little Vic by Doris Gates (1961)

Y15: Yellow Line
This was a story about two sisters that could not get along.  They shared a house and painted a yellow line throughout the inside of the house to separate their living areas.  The porch of the house also had a yellow line painted across the front.  The sisters may have been twins. A teenager boy or girl is interested in the women and the mystery of their feud. Eventually the teen discovers that one of the sisters has been dead for years and the other sister has been painting the line on the porch so no one will know that she is dead.

Yikes.  Quite a jump from This Side is Mine.

Y16: Young kids in Nazi mystery
I read this book in 6th grade in Missouri and was quite scared by it.  It involved two boys and maybe a girl involved in a mystery (the details of which I don't remember).  But the main bad guys turned out to be Nazis in post war America. I read this in the mid-seventies and I think it was set in the 60's.  The thing I remember most vividly is the ending where the Nazi is chasing the boys acros a rickety railroad trestle. One of the boys slips and is hanging on for dear life as a train is coming.  The Nazi eventually falls between the slats while trying to kill the boy, and is hanged. I remember this being described in a very graphic and grisly way (at least for my delicate sensibilities at the time).  The trestle plays a pretty large part as the kids have to cross it several times, with much trepidation.  This has been bugging me for years and I would greatly appreciate any help you may provide in finding it!

Jacynth Hope-SImpson, The Man Who Came Back. I remember this spy story, although I think it was set in England, in a boarding school. One of the children was named Nigel. The girl was Lucy, and I think her dad was the headmaster of the boys' school, so Lucy lived in the school building but was not of it.

Y17: Young girl's diary
Solved: Gertrude Kloppenberg (private)

Y18: Young Boy Finds Dragon Puzzle in Abandoned(?) House
Solved: Dragon Magic

Y19: Young migrant worker in California
A children's book I read in the late 50s,early 60s about a young migrant worker (boy) who  picked fruit with his family in the California Central Valley.  The library book from which I read the story was light blue in color with a picture of  the boy in overalls with a fruit bag over his shoulder an walking beneath a grove of trees.

#Y19--Young migrant worker in California:  Author is probably Lois Lenski.
I don't have any memory of this specific book, but it could be one of the many by Lois Lenski, as she had a lot about migrant workers, poor families, etc. in different regions of the country.
Louisa Shotwell, Roosevelt Grady, early 1960s.  A possibility, especially if the characters were African American.
If the child is a Mexican boy -maybe A Place for Johnny-Bill by Ruth Juline (1961)
Correcting a previous submission: MEXICAN migrant worker is Mario by Marion Garthwaite (1960), A Place for Johnny-Bill by Ruth Juline (1961) is also a story of migrant workers.
unfortunately, none of those mentioned are the ones I am looking for. Thanks again for your time and effort.

Y20:  Young witch in training
Solved: The Resident Witch

Y21: young woman raised by indians
Solved: Witch's Silver

Y22: yellow was a mellow fellow
Solved: My Color Game

Y23: YA Mystery--Set in FL; Streets in Sub Spell Betty
Solved: The Mystery of the Second Treasure


Y24: Young adult novel set during Vietnam War era
I read this book between 1969 and 1975.  It was one of those modern, relevant novels that were popular with teens at the time and was recently published when I read it.  The story was about a family with 3 young adult children and was set in the Vietnam War era somewhere on the East coast. One of the sons and the daughter in the family are adopted and are not related to each other by blood.  The other son isn't adopted.  The natural son has been drafted and is in Vietnam.  The adopted son drew a high number in the draft lottery and hasn't been drafted.  The daughter has sought and found her birth parents and convinces her brother to try to do the same. She helps him and in the process they fall in love and decide to marry. Their adoptive parents are horrifed because they consider this incest.  In the midst of this crisis, the family receives news that the natural son has been killed in Vietnam.  Sound familiar to anyone?  I believe the word tree was in the title.

Y25: Young Witch
Solved: The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches

Y26:  Young girl befriends blind girl
Solved: The Seeing Summer

Y27: Yellow Jacket
Solved: Yellow Jacket : the story of a domestic cat


Y28: Yaks, pots in picture book
1974  Picture book, rich/vibrant/earthy tones.  Boy lives in the mountains and makes pots with his family.  They load up their yaks with the pots and make the long journey to the market.  (Moral of the story: Yaks and pots are very cool.)

Y29: Young rabbit won't sleep
Solved: Good night, Richard Rabbit

Y31: a year of life
looking for a play where four (?) children each decide to give up a year of life to save dying friend's life

Y31: Not a play originally, anyway, but it sure sounds like Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree. Love those pen-and-ink illustrations! He should turn 85 this summer.
Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree, 1972.  On page 160 of this novella, Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud asks eight boys to give one year from the end of their lives to ransom the life of their friend, Pipkin.  Ray Bradbury also wrote a teleplay with the same title and a slightly different plot: it won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program in 1993.  Hanna-Barbera animated the teleplay, and it is still available in VHS.  That particular version is probably the one the stumper requester remembers: four children (three boys, one girl) are asked to trade a year of their lives for the safe return of their friend, Pip.  Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek's Mr. Spock) is the voice of Moundshroud and Ray Bradbury is the narrator.

Y32: Young Witch or Mermaid Crystal Cave under House
Solved:  The Witch Family

Y33:  Young Witch, broom stick, something silver
I read this book for the first time in 4th grade- 1987- and my Dad remembers reading it at about the same age (he was born in 1952). It was about a young witch girl who wanted to fly (maybe couldn't fly?), there was something silver that paid a large part in the story- like a silver bird or a salt shaker or something like that. It was a chapter book, and I know I loved it, but I can't remember much beyond it.

Jill Murphy, The Worst Witch.  Could it be The Worst Witch? I remember the girl witch as wearing baggy red and white stockings in the book I had as a girl, but all the copies of the book I can find for sale have illustrations from the T.V. series.
There is a series of books about Wendy Witch.  The title is usually Wendy Witch and the...
ssomething Chew (Elisabeth?), What the Witch Left, 1970s. I can't remember a witch wanting to fly but there was definitely a silver bird-shaped salt shaker in What the Witch Left. I remember it came alive when the 2 young girls polished it and I think it laid a tiny silver egg at the end of the story. This was a great book!
Patricia Coombs, Doorie's Magic, Doorie and the Blue Witch, etc.   I too was searching for the name of a children's book about a little witch.  I remember the sweet illustrations.  Especially the stockings and a little crooked hat ...Pat Coombs' little witch, Dorrie.  Ms. Coombs wrote about 20 books about Doorie and her cat, Gink.  I don't know if they are available in print anymore.  I hope the image at this link immediately reminds you of your childhood...http://dorrie.jdfiles.org/
Norton, Mary, Magic Bedknob, 1940s, copyright.  Perhaps it could be The Magic Bedknob by Mary Norton. Although this book involves an inexperienced witch, she is not young. The witch and children go flying off with mixed results on an old bed using the bedknob (silver?) as the magical object.


Y34: Yellow Peril
I'm looking for a girls'mystery series which included a book about older chinese men posing as high school students, something like Connie Blair or Judy Bolton. I thought it was called "The Yellow Peril" or something like that. We have a bet on whether or not this book exists, so I look forward to hearing from you all!

Gene Stratton Porter, Her Father's Daughter.  Very non-PC book but a great read. Japanese men pose as teen boys. Key part of the plot. Yellow peril referred to specifically as such. Teen girls.
I'm sorry, I don't think this was a Gene Stratton Porter book. It was definitely a series, one where I "knew" some of the characters already. This is definitely not the book I was looking for--'way too grown up! My book was in a stack of free reading books in a third grade classroom.

Y35: Young Merlin, Orphanage, Postapocalyptic Future
Solved: Winter of Magic's Return

Y36: Young girl with psychic ability
Read around 1985/86, about a girl who was psychic. I remember that she somehow found herself transported onto the Titanic where she saw a young boy in a room and she wanted to save him but couldn't.  She may have had two good friends and wasn't very popular, maybe kind of poor. Something to do with an old woman they were afraid of as well.

Richard Peck, Ghosts I Have Been.  One of his series about Blossom Culp.  She uses her psychic powers to travel back to the Titanic to try to rescue a boy who drowned.
Richard Peck, Ghosts I Have Been, 1979, reprint.  I am sure this is the book you are looking for.  The name of the girl is Blossom Culp and she has second sight.  She lives with her mother and they are very poor. She becomes involved with the ghost of a boy who was on the Titanic and even is "transported" to the Titanic and brings back a towel (or something like that) that is proof that she was there. 

Y37: young cowboy and cowgirl
Solved:  The Book of Cowboys

Y38: Young man lives with father in mountains
I'm looking for a series of books I read when I was in grade school. They were about a young man who lived in the mountains with his father. His father was a ranger or ran an avalanche patrol.

Y39: Young cursed man
Young man moves to village that thinks he's cursed.  This is a chapter book I read in elementary school (3rd-5th grade).  The young man moves back to the village where he was born but he's unwelcome because the villagers think he's cursed--it's something to do with his birth and/or his mother...I think she made some sort of deal with a demon/devil and possibly sold her son's soul.  Much of the book is about the young man trying to fit in.  One thing in particular that I remember is a scene at a harvest-type festival where the young man gets his hand caught in an apple press (?) when he's trying to fix it.  I think he meets the demon/devil at the end and somehow breaks the curse / wins back his soul.

Y40: Yellow Book with Rabbit
Solved: The Whispering Rabbit and other stories

Y41: Yellow string and stuffed bear adventure
I'm looking for a book that I read as a kid in the late 70's or early 80's. The story is illustrated with live photographs of a stuffed bear in different settings. For example, there was a picture of the stuffed bear climbing a mountain trail, then the bear in front of his house, etc. Also, there is a piece of yellow string or yarn that comes out of a magic music box and leads the bear on his various adventures. He follows the yellow piece of yarn around. I remember one book in particular where the bear was going to a party. I'm not sure if that was the only book or if it was a series.

Alfred the Little Bear. This book may be the answer to your stumper.  Visually it is a series of photographs of a little stuffed bear in different real-life settings.  My sister had this book as a child and loved it.  In one part Alfred is shown with an apple and he says, "Whew! That apple almost knocked me silly!"  There was a mention of string, but each event or what-have-you in the book lasted only one or two pages.  I hope this is the book you are looking for, but if not, perhaps there were other Alfred books and yours is one of them.
Stephanie, Yellow String and Stuffed Bear Adventure.  This isn't the book I was looking for, but you are on the right track. The bear was a larger teddy bear and the yellow string that came out of the music box led him on all of his adventures. He might have been British... for some reason that seems familiar. In the book I remember he was given an invitation to a party and had to follow the yellow string to get to the party location.


Y42: young English boy
This is a contemporary fiction book that I read (in paperback) in 1998 while living in London. There is a young English girl (fresh out of high school or college) who takes a year (whether it is her official "gap year" trip, I can't remember) and travels around the United Kingdom, spending three months each in four separate locations: Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland, and somewhere else in England. The book is about her adventures, the places, and the people she meets. I think her aunt or close older family friend sponsors the trip, so all of the stops and the people she stays with are a surprise. I can't for the life of me remember the name of the book or the author. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

Y43: Young woman seeking career in radio
 I thought this was a Phyllis A Whitney title, but it doesn't seem to be. Young woman comes to big city (New York?) to try to start career in (I thik) radio. Lives in boarding house where all young folks show off their musical talents after dinner; her only musical talent is whistling, which she apparently does very well. There is a nice young man living there too--he may be the one who is in radio, and of course they fall in love. I think I recall they visited an artist friend who has unusual mobile in doorway that somehow would scare away a thief. I read this in the late 1950s.

Y44: "You won't be needed until morning"
Solved: How To Grow Up In One Easy Piece

Y45: Young woman engaged to higher-class man, story within story, ancestress
Solved: Witch's Silver

Y46: Young boy, elderly gent, monkeys with ice cream cones
The book I am searching for has a young boy with elderly gent.  Last page or so covers monkeys in trees within an iron fence, each holding a different colored ice cream cone.  Thank you.  I read this book around 1962, in the Hollywood Library, Hollywood, Ca, which has since been torched by arsonist.

H A Rey, Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys.  If the illustrations you remember were in the same style as Curious George, then this might be it.  We no longer have our copy so I can't check but I sure seem to remember they all ended up in the zoo, with ice cream.
Sorry, I can't identify this book, but it is NOT Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys by H.A. Rey.  I own a copy, and there is no elderly gentleman, no boy, and no monkeys with ice cream cones.
Ruth Helm, Mimi Love (illus), The Roary Lion, 1954, copyright.  This is a total long shot, but when I search on "ice cream" and "zoo" this keeps popping up.  "Augustus the lion roars constantly in the zoo, so Uncle Henry and Aunt Alverta agree to let Tommy bring him home to find out why he roars. Tommy tries training him and giving him a new diet. Finally, Tommy discovers that what Augustus really loves is ice cream, and that's what been making him roar." It does have a young boy (Tommy), an older gentelman (Uncle Henry), ice cream, and a zoo. I have not read the book myself, but can speculate that perhaps at the end of the book, Augustus is returned to the zoo and everyone (including the monkeys) has ice cream? Front cover is orange, with a line drawing of the lion holding an ice cream cone in one paw and licking it.


Y47: Young boy defeats aunt's boyfriend at "muckraking" game in swamp
Solved: How Tom beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen

Y48: Young black girl's adventures
Solved: Philip Hall Likes Me... I Reckon Maybe

Y49: Yellow hardback story collection
My sister and I remember a collection of children's stories in a large yellow hardback book with pictures from each story scattered across the front.  This was in the mid-fifties (1957 - 59).  One of the stories was "The Fussy Furnace" - the thin lady wanted the furnace to be hot and the fat lady wanted it to be cool - Toodles Lolly Tompkins was the name of the fat lady.  Another entry was Biffington Bop - a poem.  Genevieve Goes to Bed Early was another entry in this collection.

Tibor Gergely (illus), The Golden Story Treasury (A Big Golden Book In Full Color),
1951, copyright.  If the cover might have been pink instead of yellow, perhaps this is the one you're looking for? Cover contains a montage of images from many stories, including children flying a kite, a kangaroo, an elephant, a panda, a camel loaded with bundles, a rooster, a fire engine with firemen, a steam shovel, a trolley car, a tugboat, a lion, a frog, a donkey wearing a staw hat, and a sheet with a green jack-o-lantern head on top.  Stories include Samson, Biffington Bop, The Very Quiet Forest, William the Rooster, Genevieve Goes to Bed Early, The Jolly Jack-O-Lantern, Ellie Phantastic, Farmer Jim, Oliver the Old-Fashioned Trolley Car, The Littlest Fire Engine, The Mirror, and many more. I don't know if "The Fussy Furnace" is in there or not - I can't seem to find any reference to that story, but I don't have the complete listing of the contents of The Golden Story Treasury, either.

Y50: Young man warns galaxy of "bug" invasion
Scifi: young male diplomat is captured on starship, slave in mine, owner is woman he falls in love with, but then must escape to warn galaxy of impending "bug" invasion, returns with army and saves woman.

Robert A. Heinlein, Citizen of the Galaxy/Starship Troopers
I think you are mixing up two novels.  In Starship Troopers, there are bugs.  I don't remember the first book as well, but I think it has the enslaved boy.

Y51: Young woman in jungle civilization
Solved: Zahrah the Windseeker

Y52: Young adult romance
Solved: Rainbow After Rain

Y53: Young man frozen, unfrozen in future
Hi, I'm looking for a book that I read in the mid to late 70's and was about a young man, possibly named Evan, who had a famous father (famous for cryogenics).  He was frozen and then unfrozen in the future where people live to be very old (have paper thin skin) and cars navigate themselves...help!!

Bonham, Frank, The Forever Formula. I'm pretty sure this is The Forever Formula by Frank Bonham.  Here's a post someone has about it (I was trying to confirm the main character's name and found it): http://quaedam.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/read-this-the-forever-formula/ I remember the paper thin skin, too!

Y54: Young black girl in the city, wants garden
Picture book. Young black girl who lives in the city and wants a garden.  She tries planting the carrots that her mom intended for their supper - Mom gets mad; carrots wilt.  Brother shows her where a sunflower is growing against brick wall.  Girl puts on yellow dress and dances for her grandmother.

Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach,
1991, approximate.  This book was featured on Reading Rainbow: http://pbskids.org/readingrainbow/books/episode_detail_081.html.
Baldwin, Anne Norris, Sunflowers for Tina, 1970, copyright.

Y55: yellow cover, humorous poems, limericks, epitaphs
Seeking a book with a yellow cover that would have been read in the 1970s.  Described as small and thin, probably paperback.  Contained humorous poems and children's poems, including limericks and epitaphs.  It is NOT the Pocket Book of Humorous Verse.  Trying to find it for a friend.  Thanks.

Christopher Logue, Children's Book of Comic Verse.
  The Faber Book of Comic Verse has been around for a long time, but you might also try The Children's Book of Comic Verse, edited by Christopher Logue.  I have a copy here and it does have epitaphs.
Beatrice Schenk De Regniers, Abraham Lincoln Joke Book, 1965, copyright.  This is a long shot, since I don't remember it having any poetry, but it does have a yellow cover, with a picture of Abraham Lincoln on it. It's a collection of anecdotes and jokes, mostly revolving around Lincoln.
edited by Julia Watson, The Armada Lion book of young verse, 1973, copyright.  Could you be thinking of this book - it was a thin yellowish paperback with a few line art illustrations on the cover by Quinten Blake.  I know it had poems/limericks by Edward Lear, Hillaire Belloc and other similar poets.  I think it was mostly nonsense rhymes but we also had a Spike Milligan's nonsense verse and I may bet getting confused between the two.  The library catalogue describes it as "Strange creatures and peculiar people, rhymes and riddles, adventures and journeys - all in verse".

Y56: Young Girl instrumental in battle of Light and Dark (must choose side?)
Solved: Running With The Demon

Y57: Young black girl makes desk out of wooden crate
Young Black Girl living in the city has no space of her own and creates a desk out of an old wooden crate.  This was a magical book about imagination and making a space or home for yourself even if you had nothing.  It may have been a card board box?  60's or early 70's?

Y58: Young girl, time travel
The story was about a little girl who discovers a way to go back into the past through what was (maybe?) a deserted house foundation. She learns about and spends time with the family she meets from the past. Eventually she has to stop going to the house, but comes home with a kitten that helps her remember her time there.

Sauer, Julia L., Fog Magic.
Sauer, Julia, Fog Magic
, 1944, approximate.  Could this be Fog Magic?  A town (from the past) emerges on foggy days on the (now empty) site where it originally stood.  The main character, Greta, visits it and makes friends with several of the townspeople, but gradually realizes that after she turns 12, she won't be able to see the town any longer (and learns that her father had a similar experience).
Julia L. Sauer, Fog Magic, 1943, copyright.  From the back of the book: "Greta had always thought that there was a secret hidden in the fog... then one day when Greta was walking in the woods and the mist was closing in, she saw the dark outline of a stone house -- a house where no house had stood for a hundred years...." The plot points mentioned match up, including the kitten.


Y59: Young black girl named Lula Mae who lives on Hibiscus Street
A beautiflly illustrated book (I believe there were 2 or 3 published) about a young black girl named Lula Mae who lived on Hibiscus Street with mother or grandmother.  I think the name of the book might be Hibiscus Street.

Lois Lenski, Mama Hattie's Girl
.   Loved by everyone!
Lenski, Lois, Mama Hattie's Girl, 1953, copyright.  Google turns this up for a Lois Lenski book called Mama Hattie's Girl: All the children on Hibiscus St. had heard glorious stories of up North, now Lula Bell was going their to join Daddy Joe. But Lula depends on her grandmother, Mama Hattie.
Lenski, Lois, Mama Hattie's Girl, 1953, copyright.  Lenski, Lois, MAMA HATTIE'S GIRL, (1953):  All the children on Hibiscus St. had heard glorious stories of up North, now Lula Bell was going their to join Daddy Joe. But Lula depends on her grandmother, Mama Hattie.

Y60: Young girl moves into new house, has to share bedroom
Solved: A Room for Cathy

Y61: Young girl escapes into a fantasy world and must defeat witch
Young pre/teen lives in kind of enclosed area with no natural light with parents (or possibly without) and somehow finds herself in an alternate world (escapes outside?) full of vivid, saturated reds and oranges - only problem is she must defeat a witch and does so by tricking her with mask 80's bk

George MacDonald, The Day Boy and The Night Girl.
  The mask doesn't sound familiar but the girl living with no natural light who escapes into the bright world outside reminds me of the Day Boy (Photogen) and Night Girl (Nycteris). The two are brought up separately by Watho the witch. At the end they escape together by helping each other. Watho turns herself into a wolf to hunt them down  Nycteris smells a wild beast and Photogen shoots the wolf with his arrow.

Y62: Young woman lives alone, can "call" mystical creatures
Solved: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Y63: Youth and Dead Girl Adventure Possibly First in a Series
Young adult (series?) read in early 90's. Fantasy adventure. Teen boy. An amulet. A portal opens in his bedroom. Meets a dead girl and a warrior. Goes into their world on a mission. Enemy soldiers. When going to get caught they hide under water and he has to kiss the dead girl in order to breathe.

Kara Dalkey, Water trilogy
, 2002, copyright.  Possibly published too late and not all of the details match, but in either the second or third book (titles are Ascension, Reunion, and Transformation) the protagonists, chased by soldiers, are either hiding in or escaping through a river or aqueduct and the human boy breaths by kissing the girl, who is not dead but a mermaid with legs instead of a tail.  IIRC, she finds moving on land difficult and possibly grows weaker the longer she goes without immersing herself in water.
I came here looking for a book that's very similar to this one.  I think it had the word "pearl" in the title, possibly "grey pearl," though I haven't been able to find anything with that title.  If it's the same one, it was published before the '90s - I read it in the mid-to-late '80s.  When the guy initially went through the portal, he first goes to a pavilion where he finds the girl, and (I think) doesn't realise she's dead.  I don't think it was a series book.  I hope this helps track it down!

Y64: You'll never walk alone from the musical carousel features in this fantasy novel
I read this fantasy novel in the 80's or 90's. There are two protagonists, a boy and a girl, and the song "you'll never walk alone" from the musical "carousel" is a prominent plot point. Very dark.

Y65: Young child gets toddler/baby sibling dressed to go on a trip
Solved: Tell Me a Mitzi

Y66: Young American Indian girl grows sunflowers
  Solved: Sunflower Garden

Y67: You should be sleeping yourself
Solved: Wide Awake Angel

Y68: Young Orphaned Girl young girl (young teen?) is orphaned - lives with foster family (anunt and uncle?) in Victorian house.  Time-travels through old mirror (or any reflective surface)  Meets girl who used to live in house.  Girl from the past tries to trap girl from the present... girl gets home by looking at pond ic

Sounds like it might be Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp. Check the solved section.

Sykes, Pamela,
Mirror of Danger, 1974, copyright.  The mirror looked ordinary.  It had a heavy gold frame and leaned against the wall in the attic.  But when Lucy first looked into the mirror, a strange thing happened.  Another girl’s face appeared beside hers, laughing.  Whirling around in surprise and alarm, Lucy saw a girl wearing a long dress, a pinafore… and a sly triumphant look on her face.  Also, the attic has disappeared and another room had taken its place – a room that belonged to the past.  &#8776. The girl in the mirror was Alice, and she had lived a hundred years ago.  Lucy found she could visit her any time she looked into the mirror.  At first, it was fun to enter the past and see how Alice had lived.  But, gradually, the chill of terror took over.  Alice’s friendliness turned into a sinister desire for power and control over Lucy.  And Lucy found it harder and harder to resist being trapped in the past with Alice forever!Similar book is Jane Emily by Patricia Clapp.
Pamela Sykes, Mirror of Danger (Come Back, Lucy). British title is Come Back, Lucy,  Lucy, who had been living with an elderly relative in a very old-fashioned way, has to live with some very modern cousins.   She is able to travel into the past via reflections, where a girl named Alice is determined to keep her.  There is a sequel, "LUCY, BEWARE, and the original book was made into a British television mini-series.
Pamela Sykes, Come back Lucy. This one is probably Pamela Sykes Come back Lucy (US title Mirror of danger). Theres also a sequel, Lucy beware. Lucy is an orphan living with an aunt who dies, so goes to live with another aunt and uncle, and 3 children Patrick Rachel and Bill. The Victorian ghost child is Alice.
Y69: Young man (Tony?)
 He pretends to be classy & wealthy. Goes through several incarnations to pull off this persona. Ends up in Africa as a big game hunter. He is very charming and conniving. Towards the end of the book the author writes "his lights had gone out."  Couldnt pull it off anymore.

Twain, Mark, The Million Pound Bank Note, 1893, copyright. This isn't the solution to your book stumper, but the idea of a poor man masquerading as a rich one is a common theme in fiction.  I've found three of them:  Mark Twain's The Million Pound Bank Note, originally publishd in 1893, made into a movie with Gregory Peck in 1954 called Man with a Million  John Guare's play Six Degrees of Separation, from 1990, made into a movie in 1993 with Will Smith  and one of the novelizations of the TV series Lost, called Secret Identity (Lost novel #2), written by Cathy Hapka and published in 2006.
Twain, Mark, The Million Pound Bank Note, 1893, copyright. This is not an answer to your question, but the theme of a poor man pretending to be a rich one is a very common one in literature.  I thought of three immediately.  The first is Mark Twain's "The Million Pound Bank Note," published in 1893 and made into a movie called "Man with a Million" starring Gregory Peck in 1954.  The second is John Guare's play "Six Degrees of Separation" from 1990 and made into a movie starring Will Smith in 1993.  The third is an original novelization based on the series "Lost."  It's called "Secret Identity," by Cathy Hapka, published in 2006.

Y70: Young Adult Fantasy Series About Angels
Read this series in the early 80s, I think. It was about an angel who doesn't yet know he's an angel, he's just a human with extraordinary powers who heals quickly, etc. The series goes on to profile a number of different angels (I think it's the usual suspects, with names like Raphael and Gabriel.

Could it have been "The Fallen" series by Tom Sniegoski? They're later (1990s) but sound similar.
R.A. MacAvoy, Raphael, 1984. This might possibly be it. It starts with Raphael not knowing anything, a blank slate, he heals quickly but has to relearn everythng  he'\''s been sold to a band of slavers in the desert and has to learn how to be human.

Y71: Youngest Brother
Follows the adventures of the youngest of three brothers.  Family gets a watercloset, youngest brother worried house will smell like outhouse.  Youngest brother tired of being sick after brothers, purposely gets mumps from friend so his brothers will be put to bed with him and get sick after he is well and running around.  Friend loses leg (maybe to tetnus), doesn't want to live, tries to help him hang himself and when the horse doesn't cooperate, youngest brother teaches him to run and play ball despite having a prosthetic.
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain. I'm not sure whether the incidents mentioned all happened in the first book, THE GREAT BRAIN, but they definitely did somewhere in the series.  THE GREAT BRAIN, THE GREAT BRAIN AT THE ACADEMY, ME AND MY LITTLE BRAIN, MORE ADVENTURES OF THE GREAT BRAIN, and one other whose title escapes me at the moment.
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain, 1967, copyright. This is the first book in the semi autobiographical series about the author's boyhood in Adenville, Utah. I just re-read it, it's a great description of the life and times of small-town boys of that era.
JD Fitzgerald, The Great Brain. Y71 sounds like one of the many Great Brain books by John D Fitzgerald. They'\''re a fictionalized version of his childhood growing up in Utah with his older brother Tom.  (The oldest brother Sweyn is a pretty minor character.) In the first book, The Great Brain, John works to catch the mumps from his friend Howard.
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain. There's no mistaking it...
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain, 1967, copyright. This is the book you're looking for.
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain series, 1970's-1959. You're thinking of the series of books by John D. Fitzgerald based on his childhood.  The book is set in Adeville or Adenville and features 3 brothers.
Fitzgerald, John D., The Great Brain, 1967, copyright. This is the first of the Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald.  
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain, 1967, approximate. This is definitely your book.
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain. These plots are definitely from The Great Brain books -- they may not all be from the first book, but the mumps plot definitely is. Check out the whole series.
John D. Fitzgerld, The Great Brain.This is from The Great Brain or one of its many sequels
The Great Brain. First in a series of eight. See Solved Mysteries
Fitzgerald, John D., Great Brain. Definitely this book, and this is probably one of dozens of responses.
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain.  I don't remember which one of the Great Brain series this is, but it is definitely one of the Great Brain Books.  It is about the childhood of author John D. Fitzgerald and his brother Tom, AKA The Great Brain, and their brothers Sweyn and Frankie in Utah at the turn of the century.  Great series!
John D Fitzgerald, The Great Brain. The indoor plumbing and the youngest brother getting sick are from the first book, but the whole series is excellent.
John Dennis Fitzgerald, The Great Brain, 1967 copyright. I think that it's the first book in the series, about a boy (JD) who's older brother (Tom) is very smart and likes to con the other children out of their spending money. It's set in Utah, in a small town in the late 1800, and is an 8 book series. I think the first book has the amputation and the water closet in it.
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain, 1967, copyright. I believe this is the book you are looking for. John D. Fitzgerald wrote several books about the exploits of J.D.  "The exploits of the Great Brain of Adenville, Utah are described by his younger brother, frequently the victim of the Great Brain's schemes for gaining prestige or money."
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain, 1967, copyright. This is definitely The Great Brain by Fitzgerald. Other titles in the series are: More Adventures of the Great Brain, Me and My Little Brain, The Great Brain at the Academy, The Great Brain Reforms, The Return of the Great Brain, The Great Brain Does it Again, and The Great Brain is Back. The stories follow the adventures of three brothers growing up in Utah around the end of the 19th century. The family gets the water closet in the first chapter of "The Great Brain" (and entrepreneurial middle brother Tom charges his friends a penny apiece to see it). In chapter two, younger brother and narrator J.D. intentionally gets infected with mumps so that he can have them first before his brothers. In chapter seven, a friend (Andy) loses a leg to gangrene after stepping on a rusty nail in the barn. In the final chapter, J.D. tries (unsuccessfully) to help Andy kill himself, first by drowning and then by hanging. Tom discovers them and, determined to prove that Andy is not "plumb useless", sets out teaching him to run, play, and even do his chores with his peg leg until he can do just as well as the other children.
R.A. MacAvoy, Raphael, 1984. This might possibly be it. It starts with Raphael not knowing anything, a blank slate, he heals quickly but has to relearn everythng  he's been sold to a band of slavers in the desert and has to learn how to be human.

Y72: Young Witch in Training
I read this book in the 70's, I remember it was filed near the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, it had an Orange cover and was about a young girl who was from a family of witches and was learning to be a witch herself, she used her powers to have fun at a carnival.  She counted bats "forty-twelve"

Marian Place, The Resident Witch
, 1970, copyright. Definitely this one! Witcheena, a lonely young witchling, is sent by her aunt, a senior witch, to ruin a neighborhood carnival - but instead, decides to disguise herself as a regular girl and mingle with the crowd. There she befriends a girl named Nancy. She tells Nancy that she has "twenty-six cats and forty-twelve bats." She later tells Nancy's father the same thing. When the abandoned farm on which Witcheena and her aunt live is purchased to build a children's amusement park, they must find a new place to live. The girls come up with the idea of a "Resident Witch" who will live in a "witch house" at the park, to scare the children who come for overnight campouts, and Nancy's father (the park operator) approves the idea. Witcheena, of course, wins the contest to become the new Resident Witch. You might also remember Witcheena's fascination with the "Moon Ships" from a carnival ride - Witcheena enchants them several times during the story and flies around in them, calling them "the modern way to fly."

Y73: Young Boy Seen by Therapist or  Psychiatrist

Solved: C. Terry Cline, Damon, 1975.

Y74: Yarn/Sewing card book
A yarn or sewing card type book, 10 x 10 or 10 x 12 inches, robin's egg blue soft card cover with wide yellow borders with wavy margins. In the centre a rabbit with a carrot in the foreground.
Inside, 6 or 8 pages of various pastel colours with dashed black outlines of pictures to be sewn in (& coloured) with yarn. Pictures were: rabbit with carrot, kitten with yarn ball, two birds in a shrub, boy on pony at beach, daffodils, and tulips etc. Purchased approx 1956. I thought it might be a Saalfield piece as the illustrations are very similar to those by Corinne Ringel Bailey in a 1935 Saalfield "Sewing Cards" book. But I have accessed the Saalfield archives & it appears this was not one of their publications. There was a title I think with the word "Yarn" in it as I remember a discussion at the time as to what yarn was. "Oh, it's just wool!" I know this isn't children's fiction & I apologize for that, but I've been looking for several years including ebay with no luck.

Y75: Young boy and small dog rescues kidnapped woman during Christmas time
I am searching for a children's book from my childhood during the mid-1980s about a young boy and small dog that rescue a kidnapped woman during Christmas time. The book is small and has a hard cover. The cover of the book is blue with a picture of the woman, boy, and dog walking in the snow.


Y76: Young man and a Dog he rescues from sea
A story about a dog (I believe a newfoundland) who was found struggling at sea by a young man (16-19?) the boy rescuses the dog, is fired, decides to take over his fathers logging venture, uses the dog to hull trees to the ocean to tow to the mill with his leased boat, bad guy wants logging land.

Jim Kjelgaard. Can't give a specific name, but I suggest you start looking at Jim Kjelgaard books - it sounds very much like something he would have written.
William Koehler, A Dog Called Lucky Tide, September 1988. With the help of a big dog he has rescued from drowning, sixteen-year-old Tim attempts to clear logs from his family''s land and ferry them to a lumber mill, while under attack from an unscrupulous competitor.
Jim Kjelgaard, Stormy, 1959. Allan Marley has lived alone since his father was jailed for beating up Bert Torrance. Allan, however, continues to keep working the traps as well as helping the ducks on the lake. While on the lake, he first catches sight of the big black dog--emaciated and with a bullet wound in his ribs. He takes the dog in, and realizing it has been mistreated, wins the dog's affection. Together, the two must face the viciousness of the Torrances.

Y77: Yebo Club
SOLVED: Anna Rose Wright, Whirligig House.

Y78: young boy from another planet who is now on earth
I am desperate to find a book I read in 5th or 6th grade (1969-70) about a young boy from another planet who somehow came to earth.  All I remember is him waking up in a field, looking up at the sky and all the stars and realizing that he is all alone. Slowly he realizes he is not human - has odd powers

Key, Alexander, The Forgotten Door,
1965. A boy able to talk to animals and read people's minds finds himself in danger after falling through a door to the strange planet Earth.
Key, Alexander, Forgotten Door.
Alexander Key, The Forgotten Door, 1965. This could be The Forgotten Door. Little Jon falls through a "door" in space and ends up on Earth. A family called The Beans take him in, but have to rescue him from the ignorance of suspicious neighbors. If this isn't the one you're looking for, it's still a great read!
I wonder if this could be The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key.
Key, The Forgotten Door. Could this be "The Forgotten Door"? The boy falls through the door into another world (our world).  He finds he can talk to the deer.  He finds a home with some kind people, but is threatened by the narrow-minded people of the valley who fear him, and try to destroy him.
Alexander Key, The Forgotten Door, 1975. A boy falls through a portal to another world and lands on earth.  His language is different and his clothes are made out of material never before seen on earth.  He quickly learns our language (another thing that sets him apart!) and tries to find a way to go home.
Alexander Key, The Forgotten Door. This could be The Forgotten Door. Check the Solved Mysteries page for more details!
The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key? See Solved Mysteries.

Y79: Young famous American series
I  read these books in the 1960's that were a teal or blue green color on the outside and written in 1st person from a 10-12 yr old George Washington or Thomas Jefferson, etc point of view. They had adventures up to adult life.

Various, Childhood of Famous Americans. This series had been around since the 40's, fictionalized biographies of famous americans from childhood to adulthood.  They were various colors.  I read them in the late 1960-early 1970's.  My favorite was the story of Virginia Dare, told from her viewpoint. Like I said very fictionalized.  They have been updated and they now have red, white and blue covers and are available in paperback.
Various, Childhood of Famous Americans series, 50's, 60's, modern reprints, approximate. This series may be what's described -  a list of the book's subjects is at http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/COFA.htm

Y80: Young boy is kidnapped by Indians
Fictional Story about a boy that is kidnapped/adopted by Indians. His grandfather, a great hunter that only shoots bears in the left eye (or was it right (:+) ). A group of evil whiskey traders ply their ware to the Indians. I believe the boy's sister is also kidnapped at some point.

This is a suggestion, rather than a solution, but maybe you should check out William O. Steele's books. He wrote quite a few set on the frontier, with the natives capturing children and making them part of the tribe. They always end up escaping and making their way home in the end.

Y81: You call yourself a king
Read in early 60's, child picture book not Dr. Seuss.. "you have no statues in your hall, you have no pictures on your walls... and you call yourself a king... and your crown is very very small."  etc.  Looked for years can not locate this book, no idea about title nor author.

I don't know the solution, but wanted to point out that it appears to be the same book sought in unsolved #N83....

Y82: Young babysitter and aspiring actress in New York, obsessed with the Gene Tierney movie Laura
Young adult novel perhaps from the late 70s or early 80s; the heroine lives in New York and babysits a young girl.  She is obsessed with the Gene Tierney movie Laura, and also takes her charge to an exhibit at the Morgan Library on Lewis Carroll and his original Alice

Mary Anderson, Rise and Fall of a Teenage Wacko.
Mary Anderson, The Rise and Fall of a Teenage Wacko,
1980. Could this be the book?  "Rise and Fall" features a teenager in NYC who dreams of being an actress and who is obsessed with the movie Laura (because her name is also Laura).  The babysitting part does not fit with this book, although it does feature a precocious younger sister. Might be worth checking "Rise and Fall" in the solved stumpers, just in case the babysitting got mixed in from another book.
Yesterday I put in a stumper request via PayPal but I've already found the answer... Rise and Fall of a Teenage Wacko.  I did search your site first for the terms 'Gene Tierney' and 'Laura' but somehow didn't see that you already had this one solved.


Y83: Yellow World History Book, detailed illustrations
I was in elementary/jr. high school from 1962-1971. In both I checked out of the school library a larger Yellow bk. that was a world history book. It was lavishly illustrated by a single illustrator who used VERY detailed artwork to picture important events, lots of battles, etc.I loved it. HELP!
Y84: Young girl has elderly babysitter ("the enchanted ear")
In one chapter, the protagonist - a young pre-teen girl - has an elderly babysitter she and her friends call "The Enchanted Ear," because the woman is nearly deaf and spends all her babysitting time watching the TV cranked up with her ear horn up to the TV... but she often suddenly crankily exclaims to the kids that she can HEAR them up there and they'd better be quiet!  Could've sworn this was in "The Girl With the Silver Eyes," but it wasn't.  So what book WAS it in... ?

Y85: Young girl, series, '50s
SOLVED: Gail Rock, Addie Mills book series.

Y86: Young girls' friendship
Gladys Baker Bond, The Magic Friend-Maker, 1966.

Y90: Young boy's daily adventures 50s small town / farm
About a young boy and his adventures around his home town Set in 40s/50s small town and/or outskirts of farm area Might reference a wagon in the title, or at least the book Recall the boy talking with his mom quite a bit Perhaps 7" x 5" x 1/2" thick, novel like, possibly from the 50s.

Robert McCloskey, Homer Price Could you be thinking of Homer Price?  Or maybe the sequel, Centerburg Tales.  You should be able to find lots of info pretty easily to double check.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farmer Boy. Book Description: Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 and up | Series: Little House While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, or best of all, when the fair comes to town. This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband Almanzo grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived. 
Original question asker here. I checked the 3 examples suggested thus far, and unfortunately no luck. Thanks for the suggestions though! I should add that I don't recall much farm-centric material (despite possibly being on outskirts of farm area) in the book, and the wagon I referenced seems to me to be a red toy wagon, not a farm wagon.

Y91: Young man and woman
The book I'm looking for was written by a man and was published in one of those young adult paperback series in the early 1980s.  The cover shows a young man and a young woman with long brown hair holding hands and looking into one another's eyes by the side of a lake.  It is about a teenager.

Y92: Young boy travels to Asia with young Marco Polo
SOLVED: Louise Andrews Kent, He Went with Marco Polo.

Y93: Young bear says 'no'
Young bear somehow can only say no. gets lost. people try to help him, asking questions like, are you lost? are you hungry? as he can only say no, he gets frustrated and scared. eventually somehow he learns  a lesson (to be polite, I suppose) and his ability to communicate is restored.

Faith Nelson, Randolph, The Bear Who Said No.

Y94: Young boy, mother's suicide, takes revenge on neighbor's turkey
I read this in '71 or '72. Think it even won an award. A boy's mom commits suicide, but they don't tell the boy.  He misses mom. His dad shuts down. The boy overhears a neighbor woman say his mom was crazy. He gets a friend to help him chop the head of the neighbor's turkey for revenge. Please help!

Updated: What I remember the most was my librarian, who took my reluctance to read and fueled a passion, took this book off the shelf and held it in her hand for the longest while looking at me. Like she was trying to see if I could handle the book or not. I was so glad she took the chance. I had never read a book that grabbed me like this one. And I have been on a forever quest to find other books that hold me like this one did. I hate that my memory is such that when I wanted to remember this book I couldn't. So your help is deeply appreciated!

I think the book was told in 3rd person from a young boy's perception. His mother has died. I don't know if she was sick and died, sick and committed suicide or just committed suicide, but his father was devastated and pretty much ignored the boy and didn't talk with him about the death. The boy was kinda on his own with his grief. At one point he over hears a woman talking about his mom and the neighbor said something unkind. The boy was furious and decides to kill one of the woman's turkeys. He goes one night (can't remember if he was alone or if a friend went with him) but what I remember the most is that the turkey doesn't die immediately. The boy isn't strong enough, and the turkey's neck is too wiry, to cut off the turkey's head in one whack. The boy is terribly upset. He realizes that revenge wasn't as easy as he thought it would be and that he has hurt an innocent animal. He finally kills the turkey to get it out of it's misery, but he is miserable about it. And that's it. I have no idea how it ended or how the conflicts were resolved. I also think this book had won one of those medals that they put on the cover of a book, but I have searched the Newberry  and  Caldecott awards for around that time and can't find it so maybe the book with the award is another book and I'm just getting them confused. I read this book in 1971 or 1972. Thank you!

Y94a: Young man, tall girlfriend solve mysteries
Young reader series of books about a young man with a tall skinny girl for a best friend. He only wears red leather caps. They solve mysteries together. Seem to recall he may have an uncle that loves the color lavender. I think in one mystery a small vile containing the blood of Christ.

John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in its Walls (series), Johnny Dixon series, and Anthony Monday series
I believe you are mixing memories of many different John Bellairs' books, all of which feature kids solving (usually) supernatural mysteries. In the House with a Clock in its Walls series, orphaned Lewis Barnavelt goes to live with his uncle, whose good friend and next-door neighbor Mrs. Zimmerman loves the color purple. In later books he becomes friends worth a tall skinny tomboy, Rose Rita Pottinger. In the Anthony Monday series, Anthony always wears a red leather cap. In the Johnny Dixon series, Johnny is friends with a priest who often uses a crucifix with a splinter of the true cross to ward off evil creatures. At the author's website, http://www.bellairsia.com/index.html you can find specific book summaries, cover reproductions, and much more. I hope this helps!

Y95: Young girl who travels to Utah with Mormons
c. 1960s. The plot of this book was of a young woman who was promised in an arranged marriage to a young man, I think named Ethan, and travelled to Utah in covered wagon with his family. There was an older lady who was ill and might have died during the journey.

Annabel and Edgar Johnson, Wilderness Bride, 2002, reprint.

Y96: Yacht club, pirates
Looking for title/author of a short story from a high school/college lit mag pre-1959, about a married couple who had moved into an exclusive neighborhood near an ocean, and were anxious to join the yacht club; and, when finally accepted, discover that the yacht club members are modern-day pirates.

Y97: Young blond woman and young man
The book was for 9 -14 yr. old girls in the early sixties, possibly written earlier.  A young woman and young man, Irish I believe, were facing each other, holding hands.   The girl was blonde, hair partially tied back.  Wearing high collared white blouse with long sleeves. Possibly also a movie.

Lingard, Joan, The twefth day of July, 1970. It's a bit of a long-shot but could this be the first of Joan Lingard's ''Kevin and Sadie'' books - set in Belfast during the troubles?  The cover on the talking book is very similar to what you describe but I can't find a book with the same cover.
I graduated from high school in 1970 and read this book when I was in elementary school.  It was a Whitman book, published using the style they used then for their children’s books.  The covers were in color, with a picture of the main character or characters, on thte front.  They were covered in something that made them somewhat water resistant and shiny.  The book was set in the 1800’s, according to the clothing being worn by the people on the cover, and it’s not a series. Thanks for trying.

Y98: Yellow book with cartoon doctor on cover
Collection of illustrated (cartoon-like) short children's stories in a large-type children's hardcover book (not very thick) - there was a cartoon doctor on the front (and possibly a nurse) on the bright yellow cover.  From memories of a 1970's childhood...
Y99: Young boy in (possibly) Florida befriends manatee
I read a children's novel in the 1970s and it was about a boy who discovers and befriends a strange creature in the water - it was a manatee. I seem to remember a scene where the boy is standing on a dock, looking down at the manatee. I did a shoe-box diorama of that scene for a school assignment.

Y100: Young adult book about a "war" between kids and scouts
I'm looking for a book I read in the early 70s. It featured a group of kids who were staying at their family's lake vacation house. The kids engage in a series of pranks with some boy scouts at summer camp. This may have been a sequel or part of a series.

Y101: Young boy in Australia. late 1950's/early 1960's
A book series about a boy growing up in Australia. One took place during Christmas vacation and mentions going to the beach and also a pudding cooked with coins tossed in for the children to find.  There were other titles I can't recall.  I read them around 1965-1968 when I was in elementary school.

Z1: Zipper the puppy
Solved: Lands of Pleasure

Z2: Zipperropazues
Solved: Little Monster's Bedtime Book

Z3: Zoo
Solved: A Visit to the Children's Zoo

Z4: Zorn
Solved: Battle of Zorn

Z5: Zeb, Zeke & ? argue about the moon
Solved: Who Owns the Moon?


Z6: Zipperumpazoos
Solved: Little Monster's Bedtime Book

Z7: zoo animals escape
My wife and I rad a book we found in the public library in Superior, WI in 1981 or 1982 that was a novel re: zoo animals that had escaped from a zoo. We have been trying to find it for several years.  No one has a clue. With re: to genre--it had a pro animal rights theme.

John Irving, Setting Free the Bears, 1970.  This is not a children's book, but in it two Viennese university students free the
animals in the city zoo.
Jahann V. Jenner , Sandeagozu,1986.  A little later than you mention, but a possibility. It isn't a children's book, though.  It is the story of several escaped animals trying to find the mythical "Sandeagozu" (in reality, although they don't know it, it's the San Diego Zoo.) It has a very strong pro-animal-rights theme.
McNaughton, Colin, The Great Zoo Escape, NY Viking 1979.  Might be this one, it's at least early enough - but only 32 pages long. "When a tropical bird from a desert island is captured and taken away to a zoo, he is helped by his brave
In The Zoo, by William Papas (Oxford University Press, 1974), all the animals in the zoo escape. The king/prime minister (?) orders them captured. Animal catchers catch all the normal animals, but the fantastic ones (dragons, unicorns, mermaids, etc.) fight back so well that the government have to give up on them.

Z8: zoo animal conversations
Solved: Mr. Wilmer

Z9: Zeldean was a character in book
My older cousin had read a book with character named Zeldean.  I was born in 1936.  I know no further details of book---probably a novel.


Z10:  Zookeepers's holiday
Solved: A Holiday for Mister Muster

Z11: Ziggy
Solved: Ziggy and his friends : music, animals, colors

Z12: Zoological adventures
Solved:  Price, Willard  ... Adventures
Z13: Zelona bear

My aunt read a book that she got off the bookmobile that had her name in it - she said all she can remember is that it had a bear in it and the little girl's name was Zelona (that is where my grandmother got her name from)  She said it had pictures with words underneath.  The girl was Indian.  Any help you could provide would be appreciated.

i think i read a book like this once it had something to do with a turtle and the stars to but i dont remember much eather hope i helped
Florence C. Fox, The Indian Primer, 1906, copyright.  The Indian Primer by Florence C. Fox might be the book you're looking for. It is in 5 parts, or chapters, with a different Indian child for each chapter. Zelona is in the first chapter. The bear is in the 4th chapter with another child's story. It was published by American Book Company in 1906.


Z14: Z-gas
Solved: McWhinney's Jaunt

Z15: Zot juice speeds up boy
This was from my junior high library (1972-1975).  It was my first science fiction story and I really enjoyed it.  Whatever help anyone can give would be appreciated.  The boy drinks zot juice and it speeds him up until he finds a world within his own world.  The two worlds are not aware of each other because they operate at different speeds.  I seem to remember that the "fast" world's members are skeletal and/or robotic.  The boy has adventures and then stops drinking zot juice, slows down, and returns to his own (slow) world.  Weird, huh?  The book was small, hardback, cover was white with the robot form? shown.  Thanks!

This is not a solution, just an interesting observation.  A similar plot device was used in an original "Star Trek" episode.  Capt. Kirk was "speeded up" so he could communicate with the survivors of some kind of disaster.  The beautiful Kathy Brown was a guest star - as the doomed but gorgeous femme fatale that Kirk always seemed to find on every planet!!


Z16: Zoo or circus animal party
Zoo or circus animals have a party. Black bear eats red cherries, polar bear swims in pink lemonade and drinks with straw. Peanuts, popcorn, other animals. May be a train at the end. Illus. are black, white, red, pink. 50s/early 60s / I think it's a Little Golden Book

Roethke, Theodore, Party at the Zoo.  1963.  Possibly this one?  Cover shows a giraffe and a bicycle riding monkey with an icecream

Z17: Zillah the Dancing Girl
The book was called something like *Zillah the Little Dancing Girl* and my mother loved it when she was a child in the 1930s.  I have googled and googled this for years and tried Bookfinder, etc.  It could just be something like "The Little Dancer".  She was befriended by a rich family.  There was also a barrel organ in the story.  I would LOVE to find this for my mother who is 80!

Mrs. Hugh St Leger, illus. Rex Osborne, Zillah : the little dancing girl, or, "One of Christ's lost little lambs,1906, S.W. Partridge & Co. Ltd.
Madeline Brandeis, The Little Spanish Dancer,1936.Just a guess, the only title I could find close to matching, but the 10 year old girl's name is Pilar.


Z18: Zachary? is always last
Solved: The Story of Zachary Zween


Z19: Zip Zip
Solved: Zip-Zip and His Flying Saucer

posted 4/6/09Z20: zoo, little girl
A little girl visits the zoo, probably written in the 40's, possibly a Golden Book.  The cover shows a little girl standing at the the zoo gate (I think).

Florence Sarah Winship (illus), Jack and Jill Visit The Zoo,
1942, copyright.  Not a lot to go on, but this does fit your time frame & recollection of the cover picture. Front cover shows a little girl in a red coat and a straw hat with black ribbons and a little boy wearing brown shorts and knee socks, a blue-striped shirt and a sailor hat. The children are standing on either side of the ticket booth at the zoo entrance. The booth is centered under a stone archway, with flowers growing on either side. A uniformed employee sits behind the booth. Behind him is a white grid (bars) through which can be seen some of the zoo beyond. This is a Peek-A-Boo book, with cutouts on each page, allowing you to see bits of the pages behind.  Text on the page with the lions is: A Lion, they found, was not at all fierce, But playful as a kitten. / "I'm firm, but I'm kind," the Keeper explained, "I've never once been bitten."
Mabel Watts and Art Seiden, Where is the Keeper?, 1954.  A Whitman book.  I don't remember a little girl specifically, but it's definitely at the zoo.  It was a small book, similar in size to Little Golden Books.
Marion Conger, A Day at the Zoo, 1950, copyright.  This Little Golden Book has a cover picture of a little girl with dark ringlets and a big pink hairbow holding her father's hand in front of the lion's cage at the zoo.  The background is dark blue.  Molly and her father spend the whole day at the zoo.  At the Children's Zoo wishing well, Molly wishes to return again.

Z21: Zodiac

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Z22:  Zachary new school picture book
Book was  in my library in the 70s.  About a kid named Zachary who got teased for his name. Then he went to a new school where the kids in the class's names began with every letter except Z.  He completed the alphabet for them and learned to appreciate his name.

Mabel Watts, The Story of Zachary Zween,
1967. This doesn't exactly match the details given, but thought I would throw it out there anyway.
Watts, Mabel, The story of Zachary Zween, 1967. the details aren't quite the same, but this book features Zachary who is last in his class.  Zachary Zween, depressed because he is never first in the alphabet, decides to make being last a game.

Z23: zoo girl mother father flip
I'm trying to find this book for a friend.  The story is that a girl goes to the zoo with her mother.  Then you flip the book over, and it's a story about the same girl going to the zoo with her father.  I'd love to surprise her with the answer to this one.  Thanks in advance!

Daniel Wilcox, illustrated by  Mel Crawford , I'm My Mommy / I'm My Daddy. I had this book as a kid! This is a Sesame Street book put out by Golden Books. The main characters are more generic muppets (not Grover or Bert etc). The book is two books in one. The storyline is that the kids get to act as the parent for the day, and one if not both of the kids goes to the zoo.

Z24: Zoe, doll, moon
A picture book about a young girl named Zoe who looks out at the moon each night with her favorite doll.

Z25: Zanzibar
A children's picture book published between 1968-1978.  I'm not sure if Zanzibar is in the title but it definitely takes place in Zanzibar.  The illustrations are bright and simple.  There are workers wading in water trying to unload a cargo of oranges from a ship and there are hippos in the water.

Hugo the Hippo by Thomas Baum.

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