Monday, October 17, 2011

That book

We all have THAT book, don't we?

For me it was a paperback I bought at a Scholastic book fair in approximately 1984. A book I loved and re-read, but for whatever reason disappeared from my life.

The book I'm thinking about is one I kept for many years, probably until the mid 1990s, and probably on a random weekend when I was cleaning my closet I put it in the goodwill bin.

For years I have thought about that book.

For decades I have wondered about that book.

Since the invention of the internet I have performed more than one search for the book, but seeing how I know neither the title nor the author, I could never find it.

Well, this week I attempted again to piece together some search terms that might solve this very important mystery.

Yet again, I got nowhere. That is until I found this site.

Loganberry Books of Shaker Heights, Ohio's STUMP THE BOOKSELLER feature.

I typed my crazy combo of words into their search bar, and lo and behold, I'm not the only person wondering about this book.

I found it! And I could not be more thrilled.

My long lost book love was The Missing Persons' League by Frank Bonham.

What's yours?


  1. That is an AWESOME site! I was pondering something similar a few months back. There was this series of historical novels I loved when I was 11 or so, and I could not for the life of me remember what it was called. I was able to find it after a little bit of Googling though. Otherwise, this site totally would have found it, I'm sure!

  2. Thanks for this awesome link. I'd often wondered how forgotten books gained new life. For me, it was "The Purple Palomino." I'm going to click over -

  3. Mine is Children of the Atom (which apparently X-men was derived from--I had no idea). Just got a very old copy recently and I'm so happy.

  4. Oh, Meredith, Kitty, and Christa! I love reading about everyone's long lost books.
    I think one problem I had with finding my book was the name: I knew it was "League" and something to do with people, but I kept searching for "human league", which set me on the track of the 80s new wave band.

  5. Sheesh! If I knew the name, then it wouldn't be THAT book anymore. lol. ;) I have absolutely no idea what the title was, but I remember the librarian who directed me to it. Maybe if I could find her....

  6. Ha! I had the same problem a while back and funnily enough I accidentally found a blog post with illustrations that looked similar, googled the name of the illustrator and found my book! It was a picture book called, The Trouble with Mum.

  7. Gosh, I keep wondering about a book I read and loved... and forgot the name of! I'm off to try out this website now.

  8. I feel very old and forgetful because I can't think of one. I can barely remember what I read when I was little. Terrible, right?

    But if I do remember that book with that title, I thank you for the link! I may just have to pop over there to see what they have.

    Congrats on your find!

  9. So glad Stump the Bookseller was able to help you. My request for a young reader book has been on there for months and no one's come up with the answer. Drives me nuts. It's C720 in the archives, if you're on there. It's tough when you don't have a clue what the title is. But the book was so unusual (it came with slips of paper with words on them and you pulled out a slip of paper whenever you came to a blank in the text), I thought for sure someone would remember it right away. Plus it was about a boy and some bears, unless I'm mixing up two different books.

    Happy for you that you found THAT book.

  10. Neat site. My lost fave was a picture book about a girl who lived near the ocean or visited her grandmother that lived near there. There were these two cats (no shock here) - one was orange and the other gray. I know the gray one was called Smoky. I wish I could remember what this title was because it's killing me.

  11. Cool site! My problem is that I can't remember the title or the author of the book. UGH. I wonder if the site offers hypnotic regression... ;-)

  12. I know Carolyn- believe me, my string of search terms was random and sad, and still I found it.

    Very cool Jessica!

    Good luck Rida!

    Thanks Allison.

    I'll check it out Joanne.

    Alicia- so cute to imagine lil' Alicia reading about cats. :0)

    Samantha- I know, same for me. I didn't know either, and still was able to find my book. :0)

  13. Katharine, I gave you an award on my blog

  14. I have one! I remember it as a fairy tales or nursery rhymes book "Around the corner you just might meet..." that's all I remember of the book. I should hunt it down and see if I can find it!

  15. I own that book! I haven't read it, but I will promote it now to TBR-soon pile!


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