Is there a book that you read and loved as a child, but now you can't remember the exact details of it? Maybe you remember the character's name, or the way the cover looked, or one or two plot details. But mostly you remember that you loved it and read it to pieces, and now you wonder what was the name of that book, and would you still like it as much?
years, I've sought a certain book that I remembered checking out of the
library when I was younger. It was in the A or B section of juvenile
fiction. I thought it might be by Joan Aiken or maybe an author named
Benary-Isbert. I remembered there were two characters named Andrea and
Dieter, and there were several children in the family, and a brother (I
thought his name was Michael) who had died before the events in the book
took place. And I was pretty sure there was a sequel that I'd also
Not much to go on, right?
But through the Magic of
the Internet, I have finally found the book. I was first able to
determine that Joan Aiken didn't write it (though she did write The Wolves of Willoughby Chase,
another book I reread frequently but don't remember much about now).
Then I discovered that the dead brother named Michael actually came from
a Jean Little book I'd read around the same time, Home from Far.
was, however, a dead brother in the book I was looking for. As well as
Andrea and Dieter. And the author's name is Benary-Isbert.
It's The Ark
(a title that didn't ring a bell at all--strange what we remember and
what we forget!). And the sequel (which also exists!) is called Rowan Farm. Now that I know, I'll get my hands on a copy sooner or later.
Have you ever tracked down a half-forgotten book?