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Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog!  Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course.  It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee.  Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.

Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder.  Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?

315B: Little Boy Stumbles Upon a Fairy Wedding

I’m looking for a vintage, illustrated children’s book that I believe was made in the 1940s or 1950s. In the story, a little boy (just one boy–no siblings or friends) somehow is invited to a fairy wedding and he dances and parties the whole night with the fairies, elves, goblins and toads before he has to go back home. Other details that stand out: he slides down a tunnel to get to an underground area where the “fairyland” is (my mom remembers this tunnel as starting at the base of a tree); he fills a jar with fireflies to make a lamp when walking through a dark place; at some point, either an elf or a toad or a fairy (some magical creature) is caught in something and he helps him escape and is rewarded by being a guest to a party/wedding (I think maybe the caught creature was the groom?); there is a cute little blushing bride who I believe is a fairy or something–I think the party was her wedding, but I’m not sure. My mother also remembers there being a lot of red-capped mushrooms throughout the book. Thanks!

315A: Secret of Stonehedge (or The Secret of Stonehedge)

The story is about a teenage girl who doesn’t remember her past.  She moves to a new town with her parents.  They live in a big house with a hedge around it.   There is a mystery involved with the house.  I don’t remember the events in the story, but somehow her life is in danger and I think she starts remembering things from her past and possibly the house.  Her parents might not actually be her parents.  At the end, someone to kill her at the house where she is alone because whatever she is starting to remember will expose what they have done.  She finally remembers everything during the fight? for her life.  I read this book probably in the late 60’s early 70’s.

314Z: Dr. Watson’s Son, John Watson Jr, Comes to Work for Sherlock Holmes

I am looking for a book, possibly found on Google Advanced Book Search or Amazon, where John Watson, Jr., Watson’s Son, returns from a war in Afghanistan. He’s suffering from the effects of gas during the war, so he comes to work as assistant to Holmes.

The book wasn’t written by Doyle. Nor do I believe that it was written by Leonard Goldberg.

The book might have been an ebook, a regular book or a story that was independently published. It wasn’t fanfiction. If anyone could help me find this book, I would greatly appreciate it! 🙂

314Y: Lestrade Gets Holmes to Visit the Scene of the Crime

I am looking for a book, possibly found on Google Advanced Book Search or Amazon,where Lestrade called Sherlock to come to a house (which could have been on Camden Road), to visit the scene of a crime, where one of his men had disappeared for almost a day, then reappeared as a murder victim. Lestrade was deeply troubled or haunted by it, because he was close to the victim.

The author wasn’t Doyle. The book might have been an ebook, a regular book or a story that was independently published. It wasn’t fanfiction.It wasn’t by M J Trow. It also wasn’t Sojourn by J L Hazen, the Trials of Sherlock Holmes by James Moffett, the Smiling Judge by Mary Fantina, the Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Marvin Kaye, Holmes Away from Home (Vols I-II) by David Marcum and Mark Mower or the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Pt II by David Marcum and Mark Mower, although the plots are close!

If anyone could help me find this book, I would greatly appreciate it! 🙂

314X: Lestrade Visits Watson after Sherlock Holmes’ Death

I am looking for a book, possibly found on Google Advanced Book Search or Amazon, where Lestrade and Dr. Watson had drifted apart since Holmes’ death, I think at Reichenbach. Lestrade had a grudging respect for Holmes, but only tolerated Dr. Watson, Holmes’ colleague/associate/compatriot. I think Dr. Watson mentioned trying to employ Holmes’ methods, but I don’t know how successful he was. But then I think Lestrade came to visit Dr. Watson about a case.

The author wasn’t Doyle. The book might have been an ebook, a regular book or a story that was independently published. It wasn’t fanfiction.It wasn’t by M J Trow. It also wasn’t Sojourn by J L Hazen, the Trials of Sherlock Holmes by James Moffett, the Smiling Judge by Mary Fantina, the Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Marvin Kaye, Holmes Away from Home (Vols I-II) by David Marcum and Mark Mower or the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Pt II by David Marcum and Mark Mower, although the plots are close!

If anyone could help me find this book, I would greatly appreciate it! 🙂

314V: Imagine That

The book I am looking for is called Imagine That and I remember reading it as a child in the 1980’s. I believe the book was an award winner, but I am not sure what award it won. The book gives prompts and then the child and parent create their own story using imagination. I think the book was in black and white and may have green on the cover. I think one of the prompts is about being in a hot air balloon and asks what do you see. There may be a photo of a hot air balloon and patchwork looking land beneath it. I do not remember the author and have been searching for it for years now. I sure hope you can find it as I would love to buy it for my nieces and nephews.

314U: Coming of Age Mystery

I’m looking for a young adult book I read in the early 1990s about a (teen) girl, coming of age mystery. She is sent to live with her aunts, in the American south, or near a desert as vultures or large birds appear. Thought this was a Madeleine L’engle book but doesn’t match those on her site. There is a mystery to uncover, perhaps time involved. It was not contemporary to the 1990s, the characters were dressed more old fashioned, in dresses, but I think automobiles were around.