Hunting for titles from 1968-1973

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Hunting for titles from 1968-1973

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1canarylampshade Primo messaggio
Gen 29, 2008, 8:30am

I have terrific memories, as every one does, of the books that I read in childhood, and I'm trying to recall some of the titles. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to find copies of the actual flyers from the bookfairs from Ada S. Hawkins Elementary School, =:), and I would STILL circle MANY MANY titles! Would anyone have memory of titles from this time period? I remember reading Jane Emily by Patricia Clapp and at least two of the Patridge Family series -- one takes place in Salem and the other in a haunted house beset by arson and other trickery. Oh, they were lovely. Any memories we could share?

2MaggieO
Gen 29, 2008, 9:18am

I used to love Scholastic books, too - and still do. I have a small collection of some old books I remember from my school days (you can check my Scholastic tag if you'd like to see what I have). One of my favorites - probably from this time period (though I suspect I'm older than you are, canarylampshade), was Mrs. Mike, which I remember as a wonderful tale of life in the far north, and the love story of a young woman and her Mountie husband, Mike Flannigan. I'm sure I read it at an impressionable age.

Another favorite, though I think it is probably a bit earlier, was a French novel for children called The Horse Without a Head, by Paul Berna. I have an old Scholastic edition of this book, too.

It's fairly easy to collect old Scholastic books, canarylampshade. One way to recognize them among other kids books is to look for the Scholastic numbers on the spines, preceded by the letters SBS or TX.

(Oh! How could I forget The Ghost of Dibble Hollow and The Forgotten Door?)

Where was I? Oh, right - anyhow, most kids now aren't attracted to the old Scholastics, so when you see them in used book stores or garage sales, they are typically inexpensive. Library sales are another good place to look for them, as they are often donated to libraries when people clear out their attics.

In all my years of book collecting and shopping, I think I've only run across one old Scholastic flyer order form (the books were 35 and 40 cents); I wish I could find some of the old flyers, too.

3canarylampshade
Gen 29, 2008, 10:06am

On the strength of your post, I began to search eBay (because the Algebra and Organismal Biology and the kitchen and my knitting could ALL be ignored in this SERIOUS quest) and I found that some one(s) has been creating LISTS OF TITLES, which, to me, is tantamount to the Rosetta Stone.

Thank you, quite seriously, for the lead.

4MaggieO
Gen 29, 2008, 10:12am

Whoa - lists of titles? Could you post a link or web address, canarylampshade?

I well understand the giddy excitement of having a book quest. Truly. Good luck!

5legallypuzzled
Modificato: Gen 29, 2008, 8:03pm

I still have my copy of The Ghost on Saturday Night.

The spin-offs from Dynamite! magazine -- like the various comic writings from Jovial Bob Stine -- always came with a chuckle.

(And then he wrote Goosebumps!)

6bluetyson
Set 1, 2008, 10:33am

Yeah, I saw that ebay list. The Wolf King was a book that had been bugging me for years that I couldn't remember. :)

I could remember the cover only and that was the place I found it.