• 4 Mar 4th, 2017 at 6:06PM
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    Lastest Reply: 25th Mar, 2017 02:43:22 PM
    Okay, this is a little vague, but I need help with this! So the book has a baseball theme to it, and the main conflict arose because of some kid on an opposing baseball team (as I said, baseball theme) took the protagonist's little brother's statuette that he got at Disneyland? It's very vague. The title was something like "The x street y's" or something like that. It was probably published in the mid-late 80's. I don't know if it had illustrations or not, but it did have chapters if that helps anyone out. I would really like to know this please! Reply

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      Not a novelization of one of the Bad News Bears films?

      No, I don't think that's it.


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  • 0 Mar 23rd, 2017 at 6:06PM
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    It involved a darwinist future where everyone was assigned a mate to assure best genetic offspring. The main character gets a job as a detective in intern, with a UFO like robot buddy that has a built in laser.

    I can't remember the name but the first book I read involved racial tensions about this future where everyone is so handpicked that people with albinism and light skin are actually targets. Reply
  • 2 Mar 13th, 2017 at 11:11AM
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    Lastest Reply: 21st Mar, 2017 04:21:32 PM
    I've been trying to remember the title of a book that I either checked out from the library or borrowed from a family friend in the late 90s for a few years now and neither Google nor Ask.com has turned up anything. The story as I remember it involved an older nobleman taking his grandson or nephew on an expedition to an uncharted tropical island. After they arrived they encountered a Talking Animal that gave them this warning: "Beware the shadow of a Doubt. It finds your fears and brings them out." Much later, the heroes get accosted by a Giant Flyer that bears a resemblance to Rodan in the illustration and the old man is scared to the point of assuming the fetal position while covered by its shadow, but the kid is unaffected. It turns out that the Doubt is actually a small, timid creature that is pulling a Scooby-Doo Hoax by wearing a suit. The whole thing had a Roald Dahl or Lemony Narrator feel to it, if memory serves.

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  • 1 Mar 14th, 2017 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 21st Mar, 2017 01:55:59 PM
    I read this book ages ago (first part in a series?) and now I can't remember anything that makes me able to find it. It took place in a society/world that was up by the moon I think? So they could see the Earth. Occasionally people would apparently commit suicide by jumping off the edge (?) trying to reach Earth. Or something.

    There was something about soulmates? Or people it was decided you'd be with from the start. There was some rebel group or something, and a boy called Judas was accused of killing his soulmate? And the main character was helping him stay hidden from the authorities (in a cave?). Also, they were secretly building a ship to get them back to Earth. And kidnapped a princess? The book ended when they had reached Earth.

    I hope anyone can help me here! Reply

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  • 7 Feb 20th, 2017 at 8:08PM
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    Lastest Reply: 18th Mar, 2017 11:05:08 AM
    There was a YA series I read, quite a few years back. Since I hadn't finished the series back then, I want to reread it now.

    I don't remember much of the plot, but it was about a older-teenage (?) couple, who were reincarnations of a pair of star-crossed lovers in the past (I'm pretty sure they had reincarnated many times). They're apparently "soulmates", though they might also hate each other, and whatever's between them could be better described as ten different types of tension rather than love.

    The prologue of one of the books (not necessarily the first) was the wedding of one pair of their past selves, probably a bit older than the age of the teenagers are presently. I remember specifically that the woman had let a tear run down her cheek, but in her thoughts, she revealed it wasn't because she was touched by the wedding. The man had kissed the tear away, but the woman, knowing the man well, knew that the gesture was done because he felt like it was a perfect touch to the wedding, rather than doing it out of affection. I'm pretty sure they had been putting on a play for their families or something, though I don't remember the reason for it. Reply
  • 3 Mar 14th, 2017 at 12:12PM
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    Lastest Reply: 16th Mar, 2017 09:54:50 PM
    The premise of the book was that an aspiring author went to a remote cabin in the woods to work on his first novel without any distractions, and one day a bear gets into the cabin and takes, among other things, a briefcase with his manuscript in it. By the time the writer makes it back to civilization, the bear has already come to the city and inadvertently taken credit for his work. The rest of the plot deals with the bear being put on a tour to promote the book and the writer trying to expose the bear and get credit for his work. Aside from satirizing the book industry, a lot of the humor comes from the fact that no one seems to see through the bear's Paper-Thin Disguise other than the writer: The bear has somehow learned to speak a few words of English, and walks upright, but is otherwise very obviously a bear wearing human clothes, and yet the public just sees him as an eccentric genius. Reply
  • 7 Feb 18th, 2017 at 6:06PM
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    Lastest Reply: 10th Mar, 2017 06:45:39 PM
    I remember my 5th grade class talking about good opening sentences. One of them was about this man on a small boat in handcuffs. The title was more than one word. I'll probably recognize it when I see it. Reply

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      That's a little vague, do you remember anything else about it, length, plot details, age of the man etc..?

      Title was a phrase, about 4 words I think. I only know the opening sentence, which was very mysterious. I think the title had something to do with nature. It came out before 2011. I think it takes place in America

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  • 5 Jan 13th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 10th Mar, 2017 03:04:36 PM
    I read in the early 90s. IIRC, the protagonist was a pastor who was kidnapped? by a group of neonazis because he also had some kind of biological/medical expertise. The original werewolf is thousands of years old, and was Barabbas at the Crucifixion (the guy who was let off instead of Jesus). He was cursed because he'd betrayed his god(s), so a werewolf bit him instead of killing him, and now he can't die until he bites someone who betrayed their faith as badly as he did. But he turns into a murderous wolfman under the full moon and can't stop it. So the nazi people get hold of him so they can inject his saliva into their people and take over the world with invulberable werewolf nazis, and need the protagonist's help with this. And he helps them, but the new werewolves aren't quite as badass. The original werewolf bites him, because he betrayed his faith by helping nazis, and then the two of them kill all the nazi werewolves and the original one dies. There's an epilogue where the protagonist is in jail on a distant planet, with a defence attorney asking why he killed all those people, and he says "This planet has 3 moons right, one of them is full every night?" "Yeah?" "Well, in a couple hours you'll find out, and until then you won't believe me." Reply

      bump?

      You would think that googling 'Barabbas' and 'werewolf' or 'neo-nazi' and 'werewolf' would bring up only a few results = nope. I feel your pain, now I want to see this answered.

      Ok, it sounds like it might be Jeffrey Sackett's Mark of the Werewolf.

      ^^That is indeed what I thought, but no. ^ Yes, that's the one, I recognize the cover art when I looked it up, and they mention his vampire novel on the dust jacket too. Thank you.

      No-thank you, finally I helped someone here.
  • 3 Mar 9th, 2017 at 8:08PM
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    Lastest Reply: 10th Mar, 2017 02:01:10 PM
    Looking for what I think was a children's book. It featured two princesses, one of which who might have been turning to stone, a dragon that was described as having a voice like a bell, and the not-stoned princess had to go on an adventure to save the other despite being told not to because she is a princess. I think she ended up being the dragon's maid at some point as part of a bargain at some point? Also, it might have been a different book or the same, but I remember something about a wizard being able to see the laylines of energy that control magic- most wizards twisted these magic lines around their staves and he had to subtly redirect the leylines whenever another normal wizard came to visit? Reply

      I think this is probably the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, although some of the details don't exactly match.

      The first book is about a princess who runs away from home and becomes a dragon's housekeeper. She befriends another princess who is being held prisoner by another dragon, and, separately, a prince who was turned partly into stone from a near-miss encounter with a curse.

      I think the bit about the leylines and the wizards' staves is in one of the sequels.

      Being the dragon's maid definitely sounds like the first book in that series, but the princess going on an adventure to save her sister sounds more like The Two Princesses of Bamarre.

      Thanks so much! Looking at the wikis for those, it looks like I was mixing up both of those. No wonder I couldn't remember it! It was BOTH! Enchanted forest series and the princesses of Bamarre!
  • 1 Mar 9th, 2017 at 12:12PM
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    Lastest Reply: 9th Mar, 2017 01:58:15 PM
    So rocks gave different powers. Cats eyes have night vision (surprise surprise) others gave enhanced strength and stuff like that. Don't remember much of the plot, one of the side characters was an aspiring friar or something like that. Don't have much else sorry Reply
  • 4 Feb 8th, 2017 at 1:01PM
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    Lastest Reply: 6th Mar, 2017 09:10:52 AM
    I'm trying to find the title of a fantasy YA book I read about a decade ago. The basic premise is this: a young teenager somehow gains the ability to travel to a magical alternate world and bring people and items back and forth. I remember three scenes from the book:

    • The teenager meets and befriends a girl from the magical world and brings her back to their home in the mundane world, where they show her all the cool modern conveniences that the magical world doesn't have. The girl amuses herself by typing up magical incantations (either on a computer or with a typewriter) and comments on how it's the neater than any calligraphy she's ever seen, but she leaves a sheet with the spells sitting out on a desk.
    • At another point in the book, the mundane teenager's mother is cursed/ magically turned to stone while outside in the garden of their family house, and any creature that touches the mother also turns to stone [eventually she's surrounded by a little pile of birds and insects that have landed on her, thinking she's a statue]. Later, an "evil corporate scientist" passes their house and notices a bumblebee that has turned to stone. She wonders if it's been exposed to a new type of pesticide, and collects it for testing. After examining the bee, the scientist returns and snoops around inside the house, only to find the typed out spells. She reads out the incantations and accidentally performs magic.
    • Near the end of the book, the scientist uses the typed out spells to blackmail the teenage protagonist.

    I'm pretty sure I read the book between 2004 and 2011, and that it was written at some point after 1990. I have no clue if it's part of a series or a standalone novel. Any clue as to what this might be? Reply
  • 3 Nov 7th, 2012 at 5:05PM
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    Lastest Reply: 5th Mar, 2017 03:01:56 PM
    A REALLY old Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic I read around 2002 or 2003. I don't remember any plot but there was one OC that really stood out to me, an adorable ferret named Ty. He was very clumsy, a bit of a Butt Monkey and other characters called him things like idiot and airhead. I remember one scene where he got injured on a skateboard or roller skates. He was more or less a comic relief Woobie character. In a later chapter, he finally got mad and stood up for himself so another character commented that he might have a backbone and is not spineless after all. The fanfic was fairly close to the Sat AM type of Sonic universe. Reply
  • 1 Mar 5th, 2017 at 3:03AM
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    Lastest Reply: 5th Mar, 2017 04:53:03 AM
    It was a series, of which I read the first two. The first book was called Black and White, and the second was called Shades of Grey. It was a superhero setting where all powers could be classified as Shadow-based, Light-based, or Mind-based. It was widely known within the hero community that everyone with Shadow powers would eventually be driven crazy by their abilities. Every child who manifested abilities was sent to a special school, and anyone who protested or showed signs of going villain was taken away and brainwashed by the mental abilities department. The first story follows a second-generation, Dark-classified heroine who went by Jet. Her mentor figure goes crazy and tries to use her powers to devour all light in the world. The second book shows the heroes trying to break free of all the brainwashing and finding out who's kidnapping powered children. I read this a long time ago, but cannot find it anywhere. Reply

      Well search results suggest that the series is called The Icarus Project I don't know if there is any more on TVTropes
  • 1 Feb 28th, 2017 at 5:05PM
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    Lastest Reply: 4th Mar, 2017 10:41:33 AM
    I asked this before, but I mixed it up with another book by mistake. When I was a kid I used to copy what I had just read when I wrote stories. I copied this one twice, apparently, and I'm pretty sure this is how it opens. The first word is "Thud!" or "Thump!" or some other word like that, which is the MC falling off of a chair or stool. Then she goes about packing clothes/food for some kind of journey, and brings along her cat that maybe is magic and maybe can talk. I'm not sure about any of the rest of the plot, because I didn't get very far in my little plagiaristic stories. It would have been published before 2004, and I got it from my school library so I'm not sure if it would've been a recent release or not. Hopefully someone else remembers that kind of an opening and can help me out! Reply

      bump, this is still killing me!
  • 2 Mar 2nd, 2017 at 8:08AM
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    Lastest Reply: 3rd Mar, 2017 07:10:00 AM
    I remember three main things about a kids' book: —(1)— It was a story about some children, their father, a talking dog (the fastest dog in the world?) and some tiny creatures. The tiny creatures would punish mean parents/adults by putting dog poop where they would step on it, and that poop was usually in the shape of a footprint so the adults would think it was a shadow. The children learn their father is about to step on poop, so they ride on the talking dog to save him. —(2)— The father worked in a cookie factory. They would make different cookies every day of the week, and he had nightmares about one specific weekday because that's when they made the boring cookies (saltines?). He would dream about the cookies telling him boring things, kinda like "did you know a paperclip has three bends?" or "did you know February only has 29 days once every four years?" At the end of the book, he has an idea to change the cookies somehow (adding sugar?) to make them interesting, and his new dreams feature the new cookies telling him actually interesting trivia. —(3)— The chapters were short, and they all had fun titles. They started something like "Chapter one: the introduction" and would degrade to "Chapter thirteen and a half: how close was his foot?" or "Chapter thirty-one or thirty-two, I lost count: did you know...?" Some chapters were plot chapters, some were useless cookie trivia, and several were check-ins about how close the father was to stepping in the poop (like "if you took a cat's whisker and measured its thickness, that's how far away the shoe was from the poop"

    PLEASE HELP my sisters don't believe this exists and it's driving me crazy. Reply

      It's The Giggler Treatment! Man, I LOVED that book and both its sequels.

      BLESS YOU PHANTOM!!
  • 1 Feb 10th, 2017 at 9:09PM
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    Lastest Reply: 28th Feb, 2017 02:46:42 PM
    I had it when I was in second grade, so it could be from the early 2000's? I don't remember the main character's name but I remember the book revolved around her losing her teeth. She had an older sister named Penelope who wore lipstick and I think at one point they moved and she made a friend named Peggy. I remember the book had one part where they were making ice cream, and another where I think the main character knocked out a tooth and possibly swallowed it. I distinctly remember a bit of text where she thought her mom's mirror tasted like makeup. Reply

      If it was a graphic novel, then it might be "Smile" (sorry, I'm not sure who it's by)
  • 4 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 8:08AM
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    Lastest Reply: 28th Feb, 2017 08:58:25 AM
    This is a short story I read sometime between 2005 and 2011. I want to say it was assigned reading or in an English textbook, but I have no idea what sort of teacher would assign a story as "out there" as this to a bunch of kids.

    Body horror warning, I guess?

    In the story, a grade school boy finds there is a small burrowing insect under the skin of his arm. It's been there for a few days/ weeks, and it's traveling around in a a spiral, so there's a pattern on his skin "like a burn from a hot stove top." He's not allowed to have pets at home, so he comes to think of the insect as a sort of pet. His class goes on a field trip (to either a museum or a botanic garden) and he meets a girl from another school. They have a conversation about growing up and emotions - the girl has a teenage sibling who doesn't have a handle on their emotions, and the sibling sometimes get so bitter and angry they can't say anything nice or see the beauty in the world around them. The boy sees this as a reflection of his own difficulties in growing up. Then he takes a pen and digs the insect out of his arm, leaving it in a nasty bloody mess on the carpet before rejoining his school group.

    Any idea what the hell it is I read? Reply

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      This sounds really familiar, but I couldn't find it either, sorry.

      ^ Good to know I'm (probably) not alone in my recollection of this weird story. Let me know if you remember anything.

      It sounds like a Paul Jennings book tbh, he writes twisted things that for some reason adults allow teenagers to read
  • 2 Feb 26th, 2017 at 3:03PM
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    Lastest Reply: 27th Feb, 2017 03:13:19 PM
    I remember this book a long time ago, but I can't remember its name. I wanted to add this as an example in Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag. Reply
  • 0 Feb 25th, 2017 at 10:10PM
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    There was this book I read back in middle school (so at the earliest it's from the early 90s probably older). It was a scifi book geared for probably the young adult audience. The protagonist was this teenager who is essentially the luckiest person in the universe. In school in this futuristic society, everyone takes a test to find out where they sit on the probability scale or something like that and he tests as the luckiest person in the galaxy. He ends up pursued by the government of this empire or something and involved with the rebellion, lots of improbable things happen to him along the way because of course he's the luckiest person in the galaxy. I can't remember the name, though, and can't seem to find it through internet searches.

    Edit: Never mind I actually found it... Starluck Reply
  • 3 Jan 11th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2017 07:32:36 PM
    I remember reading the book in high school (2004-2008) so it's either published during that time frame or before. I remember a passage a having a country girl who drives a truck goes out with a unique boy who I think ignores her at one point to get drunk and hangs out/dances with a older lady/groups of older woman. The girl washes her hands of him and is angry by the betrayal and takes a truck to buy ice cream to drown her sorrows out. The boy finds her again and tries to apologize and grabs her arm to keep her from leaving but she is still holding a grudge so she wrenches her arm free, throws the ice cream in the trucks seat, gets in, and slams the truck door in his face. That's all I remember. Does anyone have any idea as to the books title? Reply
  • 2 Feb 20th, 2017 at 1:01PM
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    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2017 03:23:34 PM
    My mom remembers reading a story years ago. It was about a kid who was sending messages from her colonized planet, trying to reach Santa Claus, and they AI sent the items they needed to protect themselves and bring a truce with the indigenous sentient species. The AI was also investigating the santa claus entity for insurgency.

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      I think this was by Alan Dean Foster. I think.

      That looks right! Thanks!
  • 0 Feb 22nd, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    So back in 2nd grade before I moved to a different state, my teacher gave me a book as a farewell gift, but during moving it was misplaced somewhere. Basically it was about a kid who dreaded going to what I believe was an art museum and while he walks around, he meets a bright red haired girl who giggles a lot and was described to be wearing squeaky rain boots. At first he thought she was annoying, but then they talked more and he didn't think so anymore. Later, she is revealed to be a mermaid (and I'm not 100% sure she was a mermaid, but I know she wasn't human) and when being driven back, the boy said that he had an amazing time. The art used watercolor paint I believe. Ugh, If only I had more solid memories of this book! Does anyone know of it? Reply
  • 1 Feb 22nd, 2017 at 1:01PM
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    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2017 02:21:35 PM
    I remember we had one of these in my old elementary school. it was a parody of the animorphs series, but they turned into vegetables. the book in question was called something like "the fungus among us". apparently also a shoutout in Arthur? Reply

      Do you have a question...? Vegemorphs: The Fungus Among Us apparently is exactly the right title, from a quick Google search.
  • 1 Feb 21st, 2017 at 2:02AM
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    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2017 04:06:44 AM
    I'm looking for a book that sprung back into my mind a few days ago. I wouldn't be able to tell you when it was published, but I had it last around ten years ago, I think. It was a full-colour illustrated "bestiary" of fantasy creatures - it for certain had dragons and gryphons in it, but plenty others that I don't remember. It was written in first person, possibly from the point of view of an old lady. That last point is fuzzy, so don't rely on it. The only exact phrase I remember from it was on the section about gryphons, the narrator comments that they always "reminded [her] of flying kittens". The gryphons are drawn exactly like that; my memory of the image is of them on a tree - small, fuzzy, big paws and cute faces. Please help me find this! It's been mystifying me since I remembered it. Reply
  • 2 Feb 18th, 2017 at 10:10PM
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    Lastest Reply: 19th Feb, 2017 07:45:02 AM
    I remember reading a book about a world of anthropomorphic cats, where the protagonist is a stereotypically Lantern-Jawed detective/police officer (whose name was something like Tiger or somethign along those lines) trying to solve a crime with the help of his partner Si (short for Simon, I think, or maybe Siamese). I'm pretty sure there were a ton of cat puns in the story, and the mystery wasn't murder or anything drastic- probably theft, although I can't remember what the story was. I do remember that the detective had caught up to these two trickster kids (cats) who were working for thier mother, who was some sort of a crime boss. The title was some sort of cat pun with the detective's name in it, I believe. Anyone know what I'm talking about? I tried looking on the Animal Detective Page, but no luck. Reply
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