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The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase

Aiken, Joan
"Wicked wolves without and a grim governess within threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia..." Read pre-1998, read again, 'cause it's good. Many words to look up!

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3/2015

The Boy Fortune Hunters In Alaska

Akers, pseud., Floyd
Written by L. Frank Baum under a pseudonym. A boy ends up on a cruise to Alaska during the gold rush days. Good story. Interesting how the author using "negro" dialog to portray what the natives from the Philippines are saying.

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8/2022

The Boy Fortune Hunters In China

Akers, pseud., Floyd
After rescuing a Chinese man from a sinking ship Sam Steele heads off to China, with his pals, to, Essentially, steal valuable ancestral jewels and such.

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9/2022

The Boy Fortune Hunters In Panama

Akers, pseud., Floyd
Written by L. Frank Baum under a pseudonym. I read the Project Gutenberg e-book edition. A decrepit steel-hauling ship is damaged in a storm and is run up on a beach in Panama to save the cargo. Angry natives are encountered. A Princesses heart is stolen, as are a bunch of uncut diamonds.

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8/2022

The Boy Fortune Hunters In Yucatan

Akers, pseud., Floyd
Sam and the crew end up in Yucatan looking for a lost city settled by people from Atlantis who have a lot of gold and jewels.

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8/2022

The Boy Fortuner Hunters In Egypt

Akers, pseud., Floyd
Sam and friends steal antiquities after spending much time justifying there actions.

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9/2022

In The Land Of White Death

Albanov, Valerian
A voyage in the Arctic in the early 1900s goes awry. This book was written by one of the survivors from his diary. Not all that long, but quite readable, and has several maps, thank goodness!

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10/2016

The Tale Of Castle Cottage

Albert, Susan Witting
A mystery in the village where Beatrix Potter lives. Very interesting, spent a lot of time looking up stuff on the internet. Nicely written, but I don't feel a longing to read any more of the series.

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There is something to be said, after all, for pent-up longing. -- Pg. 141

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10/2016

An Old-Fashioned Girl

Alcott, Louisa May
Country-girl Polly comes to Boston to visit her rich friend Fanny. Several weeps near the end. Needs a lexicon, though!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Opydilldock is first-rate for sprains. (pg. 76) -- Opodeldoc is a liniment attributed to the physician Paracelsus, which camphor and herbs in it.
"Now, Maud, bring on the citron;" (pg. 289) -- A fragrant citrus fruit, used mostly for its rind, rather than being eaten like an orange.

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"Bright boy! here's a plum for you," and Polly threw a plump raisin into his mouth.
"Put in lots, won't you? I'm rather fond of plumcake," observed Tom... (pg. 288) -- Plums are raisons? Aha! One of the definitions for plum is a raisin when added to a cake or pudding!

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11/2011

Eight Cousins

Alcott, Louisa May
An orphan, Rose, goes to live with her new guardian, Uncle Alec, a bunch of aunts, and those seven cousins.

Words I Had To Look Up:

you know hasheesh is the extract of hemp? (pg. 46) -- The things you learn in a children's book!
pigeon English (pg. 76) -- Pidgin English is a simplified form of English used by certain peoples of E Asia and the South Pacific in dealing with foreigners.
could you lend me a ninepence? (pg. 83) -- A New England name for the Spanish real, a coin formerly current in the United States, as valued at twelve and a half cents. Which doesn't really clear things up. This takes place around 1875, I think.
I am a quiddle (pg. 132) -- One who wastes his energy about trifles.
Babes in the woods (gp. 155) -- Another of those awful folk tales where children die. In the woods.
in a promiscuous heap (pg. 224) -- Casual; irregular; haphazard. Used twice by the author!
making a little Casabianca of herself (pg. 243) -- From the poem of the same name, about a young boy who would not desert his post on a warship. And perished.

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for, though we do not want trumpets to be blown, we do like to have our little virtues appreciated, and cannot help feeling disappointed if they are not. (pg. 117)

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Dr. Alec ordered her to lie on the sofa for a fortnight at least, whereat she groaned dismally, but dared not openly complain, lest the boys turn upon her with some of the wise little sermons on patience which she had delivered for their benefit. (pg. 165)

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11/2011

Good Wives

Alcott, Louisa May
I found this one in a discard bin, or rather a discard table, at work. "Oh, goody, a Little Women book I haven't read!" As I discovered, and you all knew, this book is the second volume that is usually bound with Little Women. And that is why it seemed familiar. But not totally, as I last read Little Women when I was eighteen or so, and that was over four decades ago. Tempus fugit!

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10/2013

The Book Of Three

Alexander, Lloyd
Taran, assistant pig-keeper, dreams of being a warrior. I had so much fun reading Time Cat that I thought I would read the Chronicles Of Prydain series again.

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6/2011

The Rope Trick

Alexander, Lloyd
A girl magician travels around what might be Italy to find the legendary Ferramondo and learn the secret of his fantastic rope trick.

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10/2013

Time Cat

Alexander, Lloyd
I kept seeing this title in fantasy-for-kids lists, so I thought I had better read. Pretty good stuff! Especially about cats!

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6/2011

Reservation Blues

Alexie, Sherman
Washington State Indians form a band.

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11/2001

The Abosolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman
Junior wants to get off the rez and go to the white-kid's school. Good story.

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..."The world is only broken down into two tribes. The people who are assholes, and the people who are not." (pg. 176)

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1/2008

Cargo of Eagles

Allinghamc, Margery
British mystery, pretty good. Mr. Albert Campion go to village of Saltey to retrieve something that was lost. TYPO on Author's name

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8/2015

How Tia Lola Came To Visit/Stay

Alvarez, Julia
On the book the word "Visit" is struck out. I don't know how to render that here. Miguel's Tia comes to visit from the D.R., he is a bit scandalized by her outgoing personality at first, but eventually realizes how much he wants her to stay. Good story!

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9/2015

Lucky Jim

Amis, Kingsley
James Dixon is a lecturer at a British college in the late 1940s or VERY early 1950s. He is not getting on at his job, and a number of personal difficulties arise. Someone on some social network I can't remember said it was very funny. John Mortimer says on the back cover that "Amis was a genuine comic writer, perhaps the best after P.G. Wodehouse." I do like me some Wodehouse, as they say - my Jeeves Omnibus has been read several times. Well, I could see where this OUGHT to be funny, but it didn't work for me.

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1/2014

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1/2014

A Step From Heaven

An, Na
A young Korean girl comes to America with her parents. Very good.

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10/2002
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