What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. YA/kid's chapter book: realistic coming of age story about a girl who lives in a city and keeps a notebook journal as she becomes a writer. [s]

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message 1: by Susan (new)

Susan | 3 comments Year: Published in the 1970s or 80s probably. I read it in the mid-1990s and it seemed a little old at that point.

(It might have been part of a multi-book cycle of 2 or 3 books?)

Plot: From what I remember, this is a realistic coming of age story about a girl who learns about herself through writing. She has some sort of broken home situation (she might be an orphan? lives with her grandma?). She is befriended by an older man (perhaps an uncle?) who may live some of the time in a different city because I seem to remember them sending letters to each other. He gives her a present of a very nice journal (leather-bound maybe? the description of the journal and its creamy blank pages is one of the best parts of the book) in order to encourage her developing her writing and to help her have a way to process the changes and uncertainties in her life.


message 2: by Kate (new)

Kate Farrell | 4070 comments Mod
Susan, you can bump your thread every month or so. That action will bring your thread to the top of the list in the Unsolved folder. More people will see it, and perhaps know your book.


message 3: by Teri-K (new)

Teri-K | 303 comments Harriet the Spy? I have no clue why she started writing, though.


message 4: by El (new)

El | 502 comments I can say it's not Harriet the Spy, but does sound close. I am following this as it does sound super familiar to me.


message 5: by Susan (last edited Aug 11, 2017 05:31PM) (new)

Susan | 3 comments Thanks for the comments! (And Kate, thank you for the bump up -- I'll remember that for next time).

It wasn't Harriet the Spy, but I can see the similarities.

A few other loose images that are associated with this book for me are:
- the girl sitting at her desk in her room upstairs, writing
- an older woman with something to do with butterflies or many colors, maybe?
- a mosaic, maybe?


message 6: by Kris (new)

Kris | 35178 comments Mod
A shot in the dark - A Summer's Lease (1979) by Marilyn Sachs? There are multiple cover images.


message 7: by bookel (new)

bookel | 2346 comments A ROOM MADE OF WINDOWS by Eleanor Cameron
https://www.librarything.com/work/712318
A young girl with ambitions to be a writer tries to adjust to her widowed mother's remarriage.

Series
https://www.librarything.com/series/J...


message 8: by Ayshe (new)

Ayshe | 4230 comments A Room Made of Windows
Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/6256... - the Goodreads links for bookel's suggestion.

It may be the book searched for in https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 9: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 37 comments Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt


message 10: by Kris (new)

Kris | 35178 comments Mod
Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt - Barbara's suggestion


message 11: by Susan (new)

Susan | 3 comments Thank you everyone for the suggestions -- it totally was "A Room Made of Windows" by Eleanor Cameron.

It's funny that it is set in Berkeley, because that's where I live now. Maybe something about moving here triggered my memories of the book? At any rate, I am very glad to have "found" it again and look forward to re-reading.


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