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I personally haven't had the opportunity to visit the house, so I can't attest to this paranormal activity, but if you go, or have already visited the Buckner mansion please share your experience in the comments. Today, most people recognize the mansion from the television show American Horror Story: The Buckner mansion was featured as Miss Robicheaux's Academy, which trained witches.

The history of the mansion is fascinating even without the paranormal factor. Henry Sullivan Buckner was a cotton kingpin. The Buckner mansion, built in , exceeded most, if not all, of Henry's expectations. The house was designed with 48 fluted columns as well as a unique cast-iron fence, which was unusual at the time, adorned with an intricate honeysuckle design. The mansion also has galleries on three sides and three, that's right, three ballrooms! Soule was the best business school in the South until it closed doors in So, if you're convinced and want to book a night, here are some more details from the vacation rental listing on VRBO:.

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I would love to get hold of it but obviously if rights for it here haven't been sold that's gonna make it a little tricky…. Elizabeth Diane I ordered it from fishpond. It was a little expensive but after reading it I would have paid more. It is so wonderfully poetically beautiful. Can anyone recommend any books similar to this??

See all 5 questions about Fairytales for Wilde Girls…. Lists with This Book. Am I allowed to rate my own book? I suppose it must be so, because no celestial Goodreadian deity has cursed me down - - yet. Anyway, this is my first ever book! It's weird and creepy and lyrical and tender. It's got grungy schoolgirls, fizzy morsels of pop-culture, a book-within-a-book and a sinister talking rabbit. It's not just for girls! Your grandpa would probably love it.

Please come say hello to me on my twitter , or on here, or Facebook or on my Tumblr blog! We can talk about books and dead Am I allowed to rate my own book? We can talk about books and dead poets and heart-wrenching BBC programs and Harry Potter and the multiverse theory! View all 24 comments.

Isola Wilde was watching television with her brother Alejandro. She was an only child. Never pick the beast or the wolf on the off-chance he wo Q: The stories were overwhelming reminders that evil begot evil, bad things often happened to good people and that villains often triumphed. These stories, fables and memories are all true in one way or another. These stories are about you and me. The slight wind fell silent to listen, and she read aloud to the beglittered tree, like the visitor to the hospital patient. The kingdom chooses their monarch. Naturally, they elect a wolf.

Jun 03, Laluna rated it it was amazing. The cover of this book is beautiful though it does not prepare you at all for what's inside. I couldn't put it down. Daughter, put the book down and eat dinner. Daughter, put the book down and get ready for school. Oi, put the book down and listen to my issues.

Student, put the book down and do some physics. I always feel the need The cover of this book is beautiful though it does not prepare you at all for what's inside. I always feel the need to congratulate an author when they do such as it is quite a rare occurrence. Often these days novels are so predictable and But not Fairy Tales for Wilde Girls.

Stunningly original I loved the characters and the way in which the book's written. So I believe a round of applause is required for Allyse Near. Isola is an awesome character. Totally weird and gothic and individualistic with fashion and style and literary know-how Yes, her and I would most definitely be friends. And although at first I found myself crippled with a severe case of 'mind fuck' everything came together.

Isola's 'princes' to which you have to abandon any previous childhood connotations. The drawings are stunning and contain some hidden, subtle symbolism so make sure you study them for a bit! The picutre of Alejandro.. And don't fret girls there is a romance!!! Yeah I'm a sucker for it too, godamn. There's James who's been her friend since they were very little - typical surfer, cigarette smoking douchenozzle guy - and Edgar the cute, witty neighbourhood boy who draws cool shizzle.

Never have I found braces so endearingly attractive- don't worry Alejandro I remain faithful to your beautiful, twinkling Spanish eyes, chiselled jaw and opium-induced deadness And it's not at all a love triangle. This book deals with some dark and pressing topics. Dealing with grief, death, isolation, bullying and mental illness, yet Near does so in such a way that is vividly enchanting. This is not at all to say that she glorifies them.

Near treats these topics with the appropriate amount of respect yet pulls of a realistic and believably endearing perception. Admittedly, at the start I did not like the 'notations' and 'play-like layout' of some of the interludes but they grew fewer and when they did show up again later on I found I didn't mind at all. I loved the stories - little eerie, fairytale-like excerpts written by Isola's favourite author Lileo.

This may be foolish, but I'd never realised that the Disney fairytales were so inaccurate. It was only after I did some research that I came to realise that no fairytales do not happen with happily ever afters all the time. As Near said; "Faeries don't have tails. And be prepared for plot twists. There are several- especially at the end. Not to sound supercilious, but a lot of the time I am able to predict endings of novels and whilst I will admit that I did predict that the novel would end in a similar way to which it did, I missed one of the massive plot revelations and only half-guessed at the other.

So again, kudos Ms. I will be reading you again so write something else. I won't spoil the end but I promise you won't be disappointed. The only thing regarding this book that left me slightly disappointed was the blurb description. Not a fan of the 'bubblegum gothic' description.

What kind of description is that!? This book and writing style deserve a much better label. So go on fellow bibliophiles! And come out the other disliking the blurb but loving everything else! And so concludes my first review! View all 3 comments. Mar 04, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: Bubblegum gothic is an apt description for this unique novel. I liked it a lot, even though it confused me quite a bit. Sort of reminded me of an even more trippy The Raven Boys.

Never saw that ending coming, either. The style is a little difficult at first but once you get used to it the story shines. The prose is lyrical and the characterization of Isola is strong. I think her brothers may have been my favorites, though. If you want to read about faeries, ghosts, mermaids, gargoyles, witches, un Bubblegum gothic is an apt description for this unique novel. If you want to read about faeries, ghosts, mermaids, gargoyles, witches, unicorns, fairy tales, romance, and goretastic escapades all at once, this is your book. Might reread and feel differently each time.

Jun 09, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Isola has two best friends Grace aka Grape , and James. She also has friends that only she can see, they are her brother-princes, named after a band of brothers in a fairytale. Isola is a wonderful main character, she has a quirkiness to her but is also loyal, loving, strong, and brave. I adored new boy, Edgar Llewellyn — I just knew he would be good for her and he was really sweet. Grape was a great bff, and while I didn't feel anything overtly strong for James, he was a good friend to Isola.

The setting was wonderfully magical while still maintaining a realistic feel. I could see, hear, and smell the woods and each seen was so vivid. The story is a unique one and I loved the blend of fantasy and realism. The characters are all so different yet each plays a big part and I had a strong sense of dread by about halfway through, worried for the brother-princes. The ending completely surprised me! I took this book slowly, enjoying and savouring it, and didn't consider where it might be leading me.

It was really clever, sad, and hopeful and made me change my opinion on a couple of the characters. The cover for this one is gorgeous and there are also matching illustrations inside which were a lovely addition to the story. Fairytales for Wilde Girls is beautiful fairytale for young adult, and adult, readers. It perfectly combines fantasy and a realistic cast and setting in an intriguing and beautiful way. Thank you to the lovely people at Random House for my review copy.

View all 9 comments. Feb 20, Lauren rated it it was amazing Shelves: The time has come to say what I really think. And what I really think is So I will subhead. Lets do this thiiiing. The Writing Above and beyond brilliant. Allyse's style is one of its own, so distinct that you could never mix her work up with anyone elses.

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But much more fun and quirky. Even quirky seems too simple of a word. But there's The time has come to say what I really think. But there's something in the writing that is just above par with whats out there in this genre Young Adult. I read a lot of young adult and I do enjoy my cheap, easy reading fun. But this was something else. This was literature in dark young adult form. And by gosh I pretty much devoured it in one sitting ok ok I read it in 2 days But it felt like one sitting!

Metaphors and the like were mind blowing. Some descriptions so out there yet perfect that I actually had to read some passages over again just to get the full impact of what was being described to me. Basically, I think Allyse's writing conveys her love for literature in every. Much like poetry not a single word is a throw away - and if it is, its been cut. The Characters What a rich and bold cast this is.

For me a lot of these characters are so much larger than life that sometimes I found myself visualising them in anime form. I loved the Princes. Basically, I thought the six Princes were some of the most memorable supporting characters I have come across in reading, especially the Y. No card-board cut outs here! Her backstory, her eye patch eyepatch FTW! Just so much awesomeness. Oh Christobelle, can you write a book just on her? I'll be your slave for a month if you do Miss Near Also I really loved Edgar. He was so sweet but believable.

Not smarmy, tear-my-eyes-out-slowly-from-the-cornyness-of-it-all 'your love is my drug' usual gagfest that Y. A has to offer. Because it was well written and it took its time to develop. The Fairytales Confession time. I was at one point thinking 'man, I thought I was into my fairytales but I am such a hack. Maybe if I do a quick google of Ms Pardieu none will be the wiser More on that later. I liked how we were actually given excerpts to read throughout the story as opposed to being told by Isola what they were about or witnessing two characters discussing them.

They were actually physically there. I think it was great too to have 'The Seventh Princess' broken up to match view spoiler [each time Florence overcame a Prince and basically turned them on Isola and took them away hide spoiler ]. It was like being sucker-punched every 4 chapters. And theres another one! Take it as you will. This will basically be spoiler tagged. For your own good! A Massive one regarding Mrs Wilde. I knew there was something up with that lady, mental issues aside. There was something real suss there. And when they kept talking about the witch in the forrest, I had her pinned.

She was the witch! A cat is used as the link maybe by following through its 9 lives? I think the cat was the narrator, telling the current generation of kids about things that happened to their parents, grandparents, etc. I remember that one set of the kids were very strict parents when they grew up, the next generation in reaction were very permissive parents.

I read it about 35 years ago. Suitable for year olds if I'm remembering right. Bacon, Peggy, The Ghost of Opalina , s, approximate. This sounds like The Ghost of Opalina. This book is a favorite of everyone who ever read it. Since most of the limited printing went to libraries, it's hard to find and very expensive. See the Solved Mystery page. Peggy Bacon, The Ghost of Opalina. Almost certainly The Ghost of Opalina. The book recounts her life well, afterlife ;- with a family over many generations.

Sounds like this book in "Solved Mysteries. Oh, I loved this book! I'm sure that The Ghost of Opalina is the book you're looking for. She has nine lives, and she relates all of them to the three kids currently living in the house she inhabits. I think, in the end, she vanishes because her previous life was the last one, and she either is or turns into a ghost. Good luck finding a copy though! I did a search on The Ghost of Opalina , and this is certainly the book I was thinking of.

That's it and I can't tell you how impressed I am! Next time I'm in Cleveland, I'll swing on by. Thanks and have a great weekend! I remember excitedly snapping this up from the Bookmobile! I believe this is the book. Its about a girl named Lorna and her brother Jamie.

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They are housesitting with their parents for the summer because the owners of the house think it is haunted. The children meet some strange people, including a crippled boy and and eccentric old woman. Plus they solve the mystery of the 'haunted' house. My copy of the book is a dark blue hard back with a silhouette of a house in a darker blue, with one window lit. I am the original poster. Thank you so much for responding to my request. Yes, I believe this is the book. I have been trying to remember this for years and am very excited about this website. This is so cool.

I have called my local library and will check this out this week. Will let you all know if this was it. This one is solved. Thank you to the responder, the title The Ghost of Windy Hill is correct. This was a favorite of mine when I was young. Ty tries to save his near-deserted hometown when he finds an old diary that he thinks says there is gold in a cave nearby. He finds the hidden cave, and although he is disappointed to realize the diary actually said it was cold in the cave, the new tourist attraction brings his town back to life anyway.

This one was familiar to me, but I had to go search the attic for the book, since the title wouldn't come to me. This is from the back cover: Then Nora and Paul come to visit, and they bring Great-Granfather's diary. The words are faded, but there under the magnifying glass they can read the thrilling words: Can they find the treasure in time to help Ty's family? The cross turns out the be formed by large cracks in the canyon wall. I believe Treasure Mountain by Florence Laughlin might be the solution.

And there they find the treasure. As I recall, the hidden cave which the searchers believe contains gold in Ghost Town Treasure could only be found by locating a cross on the canyon wall. Funny, another poster was just looking for this same book last month. This is definately the book I was trying to remember.

Another clue I forgot about was the line "gold in the cave" that actually turned out to say "cold in the cave". Thanks for providing such a great service! Illustrated by Don Freeman. Scholastic, , 8th paperback printing The Ghosts by Antonia Barber , , I just wanted to thank you for your help! I saw the information added to the e-mail I sent you and I'm going to find the book mentioned there.

What are the odds that someone else would know the story I was trying to describe and with so little to go on! I really appreciate it!! Blunden" was the name of a movie adaptation of this book. It's apparently not currently available on video. When Zoe goes to live with her grandparents, she meets the ghost of her namesake, Zoe Louise, an year-old girl who died in a fire in the s -- but isn't aware of it.

Eventually, Zoe finds a way to cross over into Zoe Louise's time, and strives to avert a year-old tragedy. This might be too new - but could this be Stonewords by Pam Conrad? The haunting by the Victorian girl, the brother and sister caught in the fire, the changing of history to prevent a tragedy - all are in here. If this isn't the right one, it's still a terrific book!! Antonia Barber, The Ghosts. James and Lucy go to live in an old country house that's falling down with their mother, who's the caretaker. They see two shadowy figures in the garden, and befriend them.

It turns out they're the ghosts of two children who died in a fire in the house years ago. James disappears and Lucy tries to find him Now that I've typed out what I remember, it's only vaguely like what you're looking for, but it might be worth checking out anyway. Well, I guess my memory is worse than I thought. After investigating through this site I bought a copy of The Ghosts by Antonia Barber thinking that it was not the book I was seeking but would still be a good read for my pre-teen.

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When I opened the package, I instantly recognized the front cover. This is the book. The main character was not just a girl Their father was the deceased parent, not the mom. They drank potion in the overgrown garden and were able to go back in time to the day the murder of the ghosts from the past happened and change the past, which also changed the present. Thanks to anyone who read my original post in an attempt to help solve the mystery! Robert Arthur, Ghost and more Ghosts , I'm not sure if this is the right collection as I couldn't find a picture of it but I know it contains the story "Do you believe in Ghosts?

Another book which contains this story is The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 which appears to be geared more towards adults. I can tell you the titles of each of the three stories described, but I can't be sure of the exact book. The cover description and 1 story fits one book I have, and the 2 other stories are from another. So maybe it's from a completely different source, or maybe some memories have combined.

The story about the radio host is "Do You Believe in Ghosts? Milton's Gift" and I found references online that make me think it may have been published under the title "The Man with the Golden Hand". However it doesn't contain the water ghost story. The water ghost story is "The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall" by John Kendrick Bangs and can be found in various ghost story compilations, but the book that I have pretty much matches the book description of the query.

The endpapers are a dark black and blue with creepy images from the stories. Each story begins with a black illustration with a dark blue wash behind it, and there are some half page and full page illustrations throughout the book. A search on that title led to these 4 collections: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall, 2. The Spectre Cook of Bangletop, 3. The Speck on the Lens, 4. A Midnight Visitor, 5. The Ghost Club, 7. The Psychical Prank, 8. The Literary Remains of Thomas Bragdon. C sounds like Hauntings , ed. Henry Mazzeo , illus. Edward Gorey in appearance, but not necess.

The woman haunting the castle who leaves behind a puddle of cold water is probably "The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall" by John Kendrick Bangs , found online here. This is kind of a double solution. I owned both books long ago. You folks are miraculous. Later that night, though, he hears the footsteps of some creature shuffling by his stand. This story was in a book of other similar stories. I read the book in the early 80's but the book was probably from the 60's. Another story featured a man who was somehow cursed so he could only speak in ryhme.

Hi, I'm the person who posted C, and while I don't have a solution for you, I am fairly sure you and I are looking for the same book. Although I had forgotten them, both the plot lines you summarized the mummy and the blind newsstand owner, and the man who could only speak in rhyme immediately struck me as coming from the anthology I described in my post.

Does my description of the book cover and fragments of other story lines ring any bells for you? And, as I thought, it does seem to be the book you had in mind as well. A Google search revealed it to contain a story called "Footsteps Invisible" , which I feel quite certain is your story concerning the blind news stand owner and the mummy. I'm not sure which title corresponds to the story you remember about the man who could only speak in rhyme The Rose Crystal Bell, maybe? Robert Arthur, "Footsteps Invisible", I too have been looking for this story for years.

With the help of posts M and C, I managed to track it down! The story is "Footsteps Invisible", by Robert Arthur. It was first published in Argosy magazine in Thanks so much for this site! It was part of my answer for C Pretty sure the story about the man being chased by a mummy is "Footsteps Invisible" and I think the rhyming one is also a part of "Mr Milton's Gift" but I have to doublecheck the book to make sure. Milton wants to buy a gift for his wife, and the gift ends up being the gift of making money and in a wish-gone-wrong way, it's the gift of forgery and as a free bonus gift, he gets the gift of rhyming which annoys everyone because he can't speak without rhyming.

I have been thinking about this book since I was a kid. C This drove me crazy because I know I read it and I knew we had it in our library. Donald inherits a dollhouse that is a model of the ancestral home. There is a curse on the MacDonald family, and the sisters and brother end up experiencing the past through the dollhouse.

Don's friend Charlie has a scar that marks him as the one who carry out the curse, and Charlie ends up in a car accident. Ten-year old, Hillary and 8-year old Heather MacDonald are excited when their year old brother, Don, inherits a dollhouse made to look like the family's old home in England. Their parents discover 4 sets of dolls in a drawer with a "do not touch" note attached but put one set in the dollhouse anyway.

The children then find that on certain nights they can enter the dollhouse. There is also a curse on the family that places Don in danger. A book review on the net reads: Donald with his fighting skills saves the day, or so you think! Was Don supposed to be in the car and die that day? Or was it just a coincidence? My post C is solved! It is The Ghosts of Austwick Manor. I appreciate your help, and the two folks who helped solve my stumper!

There is a curse on the family where the oldest son always dies. The kids have a dollhouse shaped like a medeival castle that has been handed down for hundreds of years. There is a doll in the dungeon that has a mark on his head. They end up time traveling through the dollhouse back to medieval times and find out that is when the curse started,because they find a man with a horseshoe mark on his head and realize he is the murderer then.

Then they realize that a friend of the older brother has a horseshoe mark on his head and when the kids break the curse this friend dies then they realize he was a bad person because of the mark on his head. This sounds like the book. The details match the poster's descriptions. Its on the solved mystery pages. Hillary and Heather find themelves entering the sixteenth century as a direct result of their older brother Don's inherited dollhouse.

Will they be able to save Don who is in grave danger from an ancient curse? The Ghost's of Austwick Manor , This is the book I was looking for. Thank you very much!!! I feel like a real goofjust after I submitted my stumper on the teenage car crash ghost story, I solved it. Go ahead and put it up on solved mysteries if you wantmaybe someone else is looking for it too!

If you get a copy of it, let me know! I think she may have been in a wheelchair. On family vacation, they are forced to stay at a very old hotel. Dad is history buff. May be ghosts involved. Girl falls into an empty grave and crawls through a tunnel and back in time. She helps her friend, a slave woman, run away. Weinberg, Larry, Ghost Hotel.

Mysteriously drawn to an Indiana museum, a twelve-year-old paralyzed girl encounters ghosts who return her to a former life, where she attempts to save the son of a freed slave traveling by Underground Railroad in Kentucky. Larry Weinburg, Ghost Hotel , , reprint. Thank you so much for solving my mystery, and for providing this service. If this is the one I think it is, Ghosts Who Went to School , by Judith Spearing, it was until recently or still is in print, a classic not to be missed. Ghosts Who Went to School. Illustrated by Marvin Glass. Scholastic, , 5th paperback printing, Check out his article "Creating the Giant Jam Sandwich.

Thank you for the information. Giant John is definately the book you seek. I have a copy here and read it to confirm, cute book! I located the book several months ago, my sister found it on ebay. My son loves it as much as I did or still do. I can't believe it is out of print-it's such a wonderful story. I remember a book from the early 60's and I came across your site by doing some random web searching.

The name of the book may be George the Gentle Giant. Can you tell me anything about this book that might help me identify whether or not it is the book I'm looking for and also do you have a copy available. The book I remember had some great, fun illustrations of a giant that wandered around different landscapes - country, small towns, etc. I'm not sure about the plot of George the Gentle Giant , but I can tell you about Giant John by Arnold Lobel , which sounds much alike in name and plot and might help you distinguish between the two titles: Giant John's mother is very poor and sends John out to find work.

He finds work at a nearby castle, holding an umbrella over them during rain and shading them in sunshine. A group of fairies comes by and begin to sing, causing John to dance uncontrollably. He tries to stop, but can't, and winds up stepping on the dog and knocking over the castle. When the fairies do stop, John rebuilds the castle, and although it is not the same, the people are happy, and John goes home with his pay and invites the fairies to join him and his mother for dinner. Weekly Reader Children's Book Club edition. William Pene du Bois wrote a couple books featuring a huge yellow dog named Otto.

They're hard to find, but I do have Otto at Sea presently. Sounds like you want the first of the series though, Giant Otto. I'll keep my eyes peeled for you. Thank you very much. I had assumed it was from the 50's because that's when I read it. Looks like it was something my mother saved from her childhood. Hey, I'm just thrilled to know it wasn't a figment of my imagination. Worn at edges, and especially at the spine. Harriett-- thanks so much for finding my book! I have been looking for years!!!!!!

I am so happy-- thanks again! Plus, there's an evil wizard and hamburger trees. I was going crazy trying to figure out the name of this book, finally I put the correct search term in on Google, which allowed me to figure out the the the company who made the book which was "Which Way" books. They only made 35 books, so I searched every title and finally found it! It was like finding a long lost tresure, I'm looking forward to ordering this book from Amazon and reading through it!

Thank you for your services! Stout Heart had climbed a tree to escape the witch and she sprinkled some powder over grass blades, and the blades turned into ants. She told them, "Creep and crawl--creep and crawl! Up the Tree-trunk, on the branch. Creep and crawl--creep and crawl! Seek and find the living thing Pinch him, bit him, torture him. Is that the right story? I know there was a green giant shaped from shrubbery in one of the Green Knowe series, but the Vikings and mummies don't ring a bell otherwise.

My memory is a lot hazier than the requester's, but I'm pretty sure this is the one. It had a belated sequel, apparently - Ride the Wind , published in Me and a dozen other people suggest The Giant Under the Snow. I think it was tied in some how to the myth of the green man. A fabulous book - and recently back in print, I think. The estate where Tolly goes to live with his great grandmother used to be called Green Knowe, but is called Green Noah after the tree sculpture of Noah. Story also involves the ghosts of several children who lived in the house and numerous stories about the house's history.

No, this book is not it. The book I am recalling was not part of a series. Please keep your suggestions coming! Sounds like this one! Please see the Solved Mysteries G page for more information. The Green entity does come to life but I believe it stays in the sea, I don't think it tramps around the forest. This was the book I was searching for!

Thanks so much for finding if for me! It's better than I even recalled, though much scarier too. My edition was published in and has all the stories you mention. The cover is grayish blue with Mother Goose and some of the story book children waving to her. There is no castle. I don't know if that means the book had four previous different titles or the other four books were combined to make this edition. Dean, , Pictorial Cover. Deluxe edition has dark blue cover with gilt decoration, no information on cover of book club edition.

Dean's A Book of Fairy Tales, You can see the book under Loganberry's Most Requested Books , but the cover is a different edition, probably an older one. I looked for this book for years without a title of good idea of the cover until I found it though Harriett's Book Stumper.

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I'm sure this is the book by your description. If Harriett doesn't have any in her store then you an probably find a copy on ebay. Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone are the illustrators. Having just read the latest Stumpers, I happened to browse Solved Mysteries and came across "And This is Laura" which has several other guesses listed with synopses! The Duncan book sounds closest to this posting. Lois Duncan, A Gift of Magic.

This is definitely "A Gift of Magic". Nancy has ESP and uses it to save her brother Brendon when he gets in trouble. Lois Duncan, A gift of magic , Until she learns to control it, Nancy's gift of extrasensory perception brings her more trouble than she can handle. To the boy I give the gift of music, and to the girl, the one that looks like me, I give the gift of Her parents just got divorced and she and the rest of her family had to move to Florida, her mother's hometown. Her mother is spending all of her time with Tom Duncan, a boyfriend she used to have, and her only friend, her sister, spends all of her time at the dance studio.

Nancy has nothing to do with her time and is a complete loner, until she predicts the answers on the social studies quiz before they were even asked. That's when she finds out she, too, has a special gift. Now, all she needs to find out, is if she will use her powers for good or evil. Most of this sounds like Lois Duncan's book, although the younger brother is Brandon, not Michael. The three siblings are each left a 'gift' by their grandmother and Nancy's is magic. Older sister Kirby's is the gift of dance, and parts of the story revolve around her issues with anorexia.

The book starts in their childhood and continues into their adult life.


You'll have a dozen responses to this one. Verrrry popular book of the 70's. I read this book in I think it was called the gift. The boy received a musical gift from his grandmother, the sister received a dancing gift, while the girl received ESP. I will try to search it. I think it has been solved here, too. This is most likely a Gift of Magic, by Lois Duncan. Conford, Ellen, And this is Laura , This title is obviously later than - Laura is twelve and discovers she has ESP.

The brother's name is Brendan, but all other details are accurate. Three kids -- Kirby, Brendon and Nancy -- are bestowed with the gifts of dance, music and ESP, respectively, by their grandmother. Nancy doesn't want Kirby to go to another dance school in another state. But Nancy does eventually find that her ESP can be a blessing as well as a curse. On the Solved Mysteries page. Mom, two sisters, and a little brother move back to the house on the sea where the mom grew up, after the parents divorce.

The ESP girl saves her brother's life when he and his friend take a rowboat out without permission and get in trouble. I tracked this book down myself a while back - oddly enough, one of the things I also remembered most clearly was the accusation of cheating due to the ESP. The story of the little boy who gives gum to the tigers is from My Father's Dragon. The other parts of the story are not Phyllis R. Fenner, Giggle Box , I was the one who originally requested this, so you can know that the solution was found!

Fenner put out a similar book in called Fun, Fun, Fun. Now I want to buy My Father's Dragon! This one was published by Dell, but a dog figures prominently in it. David Sinclair, The Gilead Bomb , From title and date and fact that it's sf, maybe this one which I haven't read. It was a Dell Seal pb original, a bit larger than standard pb but smaller than most trade pbs, not Scholastic Books as requestor thought but very similar. Your wonderful Book Stumpers service worked!! No question about it!! My 12 year old son and I read together almost every night. As soon as this book comes in from the bookseller on the provided link, and we finish our latest Brian Jacques book, we will read it with great pleasure.

I actually remembered the name of the book a day or so ago after much brain-probing: Gingerbread Shop This is a bit vague, but here it goes: I don't remember what kind of shop, maybe a bakery or sweet shop. The child saved something that they got in the shop or the wrapping it came in shiny foil? The items were saved in a box and at the end of the story the child took out the box, climbed a ladder and pasted the siny bits into the sky for the stars. I know it isn't much to go on, but I hope somebody remembers it.

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Travers, One of the Mary Poppins books. I don't remember which one, though. Sounds like the Mrs. Corry, the shopkeeper, paste them on the sky as the kids watch unseen from their window. Corry also has fingers made of candy which she can break off and make grow again - though in Reading For the Love of It, Michele Landsberg gets this fact wrong and uses it as one excuse to hate the MP series in general!

For those who know only the movie, be aware that the kids in the book love MP not because she's magical and sweet, but because she's both magical and a no-nonsense tyrant who never gives hugs. The fact that she was an imperfect grown-up while the kids are somewhat more fair-minded made the series a novelty in the s in kids' literature. Pb--Pasting stars in the sky: Oddly, this is the one scene from Mary Poppins , by P.

Travers , that readers seem to remember best, and one that didn't make it into the movie! Travers, P L, Mary Poppins Sounds like the chapter in one of the Mary Poppins books where the children visit Mrs. Corry's shop and eat gingerbread with paper stars pasted on it. This episode is very similar to one that occurs in P.

Travers' Mary Poppins series. I can't remember the exact book in the series. This sounds like the Mrs. Cory chapter from Mary Poppins. They children collect the stars from the Gingerbread and Mary Poppins sneaks them away and with Mrs. Cory and her two daughter climbs ladders and pastes them into the sky. Regarding the comments about Pb Gingerbread Shop. Someone found it odd that this scene didn"t make it into the movie. I found that the movie took a lot of liberties with the original and wonderful book.

The charm of the bok was Mary Poppins' outward gruffness and grouchiness yet she secretly did wonderful things for the children. Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins was sickeningly icky-sweet. Banks was a suffragette! And what happened to John, Barbara and Annabel? I'll bet you can guess that I'm no fan of the Disneyized version of one of the all time greatest children's series.

A little boy and little girl are walking somewhere and meet an old woman. She breaks off her fingers and gives her fingers to them!!! It must have been written in the 40s or early 50s. Someone HAS to remember this book - please!