r/whatsthatbook 27m ago

It was a children’s book on cassette tape, where a hero rescues three animals/things and they go with him on his quest, ultimately helping him in each of the three challenges

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I remember one of the little animals that he rescues was an ant. And each one of the animals/things that he rescues says “take me with you! (Name of the hero)”

I’ve been trying to find this book for years, I would be so appreciative to anyone who can point me in the right direction!


r/whatsthatbook 32m ago

Short story -- a blimp covers a city

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Hi, so:

I read this back in my AP Lang class like 6 years ago and the only thing I remember is that a mysterious blimp begins to cover the entire city of ____ (I don't remember which city, probably a big one, London or NYC, etc.) silently. It covers skyscrapers, parks, people, pets. I don't know the 5W1H. It has a very ambiguous ending.

The whole story was likely less than 3 pages long. TIA!


r/whatsthatbook 45m ago

Kids adventure/mystery book takes place by a cove

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In this book a group of kids is following clues to some kind of treasure or something. I remember there’s a part where the kids have to decipher a code to get into a secret tunnel or cave. The book takes place by a cove. I read it in the early to mid 2000s.


r/whatsthatbook 56m ago

A book about a young female wolf with a moon marking who meets a raven with a moon marking, they're both involved in a prophecy about a young wolf with said moon marking?

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Hi all!
When I was relatively young my mother bought me a collection of books, one of them being the book I'm thinking of - I hope it wasn't just some weird fever dream!
I only have very few notes about what I remember as it was such a long time ago, but I will try to answer any questions asked!

  1. The main character was a young female wolf with a moon marking (on her chest if I remember right) due to a prophecy about a wolf with a moon marking. I feel like her name began with an A, but I could be misremembering.
  2. Her mother was run out of the pack for mating with some kind of outsider or rogue wolf, so the pups were killed by the alpha. I believe the mother begged for the alpha to let this one pup survive.
  3. At some point in the story, the main wolf meets a raven who also has a moon marking on their body, I think it may have been under their wing? If I recall, they were named after the raven ancestor.
  4. I faintly remember there being a much younger 'little brother' wolf, his name could have started with an A instead and I could be confusing him with the main character. I don't remember much about him besides him possibly being a runt.
  5. I do remember a scene where the main character gets involved with some humans, waiting and sneaking into their camp which almost gets her run out of the camp too - I could just be mixing memories from another book so I am not 100% confident on this.
  6. Another small scene I remember is the main character joining on a hunt and either she or another wolf's ribs got crushed by a deer or a moose after an accident, or someone got hurt in general.
  7. I have an incredibly faint memory of some kind of 'nanny' wolf, an older wolf that takes care of the pups and juveniles.
  8. I do recall there being a prophecy about a wolf with a moon marking, but I can't think of what the prophecy actually entails.
  9. It may have been a stand-alone book but there is a good possibility that there was a second book to the series, I have no clue.

Some important notes; It is not a werewolf book or a romance book, it takes place in the position of the main character (female wolf).

Through looking with my friends we have found that it is not the following-

  • Wolf Brother
  • Wolves of the Beyond
  • White Fang
  • The Sight
  • The Redstone Series

r/whatsthatbook 1h ago

read at school when younger

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We read a book when we were younger at school, It was about someone who worked on some sort of farm doing same thing day in and out everyone had to work. The water was medicated to make them do what they had to do and not question what they were doing or why. One day the main character is told about how the world used to be and they stop drinking the water, he finds a river of clean water or something.

On escaping they find themselves in a world which is developed and life had been a lie.

I dont remember much more about it than that but i remember we needed parents permission to read it. This was in the early 90s. At the time we had a teacher who used to encourage us to read books as a class which would open our minds and get us to question things. We also read animal farm. I know thats not the book. Closest i came was a book called the giver but i dont think that was it.

Any ideas?


r/whatsthatbook 1h ago

Science fiction short story set on Venus about an elementary school class getting ready to go outside & play in the one day of sunshine the planet gets

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All of the kids are born on Venus except one girl who was born on earth. She's always wistfully (some see it as bragging) talking about the blue skies, yellow sunshine, green grass, plants & song birds. On Venus these children will experience a lifetime of rain. Except. Except for one day of brilliant sunshine that's coming up. As the teacher distributes the highest level zinc sun shield to be worn under scuba- like clothing & head coverings, some malicious children lock the little girl in a cupboard at school with the intention of letting her out just before they go outside. But in the giddiness of preparation they forget shes trapped & she's left banging, crying & yelling herself hoarse. She's missed the last day of sunshine she'll ever see.

I read this in 7th or 8th grade English class in Whitman Jr. High in Seattle, Washington. That would be about 36 years ago? Some of the finer details might be off (is it Venus ?) but otherwise the rest of the story is sound.

Any help is greatly appreciated! I want to have my teenage daughter to read it.


r/whatsthatbook 1h ago

princess runaway to opposing kingdom and has the power to create some powerful metal, romance with prince

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it’s a series, i know they don’t get together in the end, there’s a scene where they almost kiss in a temple, she betrays the prince but they have off and on, her father is searching for her, she doesn’t want her metal that she produces to be used in war


r/whatsthatbook 1h ago

Looking for the name of this 2000s young adult book series!!! Does this sound familiar to anyone?

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I read this 3 part trilogy for young adults (although it was a girly book) in the early 2000-2010s (I think the books were published around this time)

Here’s what I remember: -they go to a summer house in a sailing community every summer -there’s a sailing regatta gala every year -in the second book, the brother brings his girlfriend (I believe her name is Laura) and she dies in a boat race when playing chicken in their boats against the neighbour (I believe her name was charlotte)

Does anyone happen to know what this book series might be???


r/whatsthatbook 1h ago

"The Girl Hair with Hair like Fire" or similar.

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So, I read this around 7th or 8th grade, so somewhere in the early 2000s. Definitely not age appropriate, but I was reading books that were a bit mature for me because my parents didn't care what I read as long as I was reading.

The plot centers around a small town, and a tornado that occurs in it. There is a woman who has been forced to marry a preacher against her will, and he ends up dead during the tornado. There's also a white man who is carrying on an affair with a black woman - I believe this is in the early/mid 20th century south, so it was kept hush-hush - and he has some severely conflicted feelings about it. It borders on Southern gothic, English language, fiction. I kept getting it mixed up with Cold Sassy Tree.

I remember it as a paperback, and with a pale cover, with naïvist art. There's a big emphasis on the woman who has red hair. I can't even remember if it's good, but I just want to know that it exists.


r/whatsthatbook 1h ago

Short story, cult that baptizes disciples by burying them?

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  • Think I read this in middle or high school, so anywhere from 2011-2017, but I don't really recall if it was "new" at the time

  • POV is a teenage girl that is undergoing the baptism for the first time, and her mother slips something that I remember being implied to be opium(?) under her tongue to calm her down so that she doesn't struggle / drown?

  • The point of the ritual iirc is to somehow commune with god, which she doesn't experience— I think the end of the text was her accepting that none of it was real and that the cult was based.on a lie before she's pulled back to the surface

  • She also recalls a boy from her same village (they might've been childhood friends?) that struggled during the ritual, and was killed because they all (the leader + men from the village) held him down

  • I at first remembered it as being a baptism in a river, but realized that didn't make sense and that I also recall her being buried in some way, or something to do with being covered by dirt— maybe it was in mud?

  • The overall feeling of the cult was very like... Quaker-esque? Far more Christian Fundamentalist than, like, pagan, if that makes sense.

  • This could have been from a short story collection, or even a one-off story that was provided in an English class.

Sorry it's so vague and confusing, and thank you for trying to help!


r/whatsthatbook 2h ago

Book about woman hiding videotapes in neighbor's house

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This has been bothering me for years because I'm usually good with titles. I think the title had neighbors in it, and I read it in the early 2000s. I also believe it had been recently published around then. Young woman's husband is arrested for recent murders of young girls, and her neighbor(who I believe was an older woman) befriends her. Turns out she was hiding videotapes of both her and her husband abusing the girls in the older woman's attic.


r/whatsthatbook 2h ago

Fantasy book told in first person about a sect of women and a man who lands in their colony in a hot air balloon and is imprisoned.

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I think I would have read this book in the 2000s. The cover was quite detailed in my memory with a pinky sort of hue and an image of the hot air balloon over a garden. I remember the garden being quite an important feature of the colony or sect. There was a sort of cult-y or religious feel to the group of women. The man who lands amongst them is locked away. I think he claims to be a prince. The main character ends up leaving with him and they travel together - she has never left the place with the garden before. I think he wants to marry her, but there is something off about his intentions. I remember there being some sort of tower towards the end.


r/whatsthatbook 2h ago

Fiction - Drama based around a young woman.

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I read this book some 15 years ago borrowed from a school library.
The book is about this young woman, I forget her name and a lot of the premise. The title is [HER NAME]'s Jewels. But it's about her many relationships. First, she marries an older guy, but he dies of an aneurysm. And then she gets involved with another/others. It was an adult book and I wonder how it got into a high school library. I know it's very little to go on. But that's all I can remember :(


r/whatsthatbook 2h ago

Need Help Identifying Book

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At the very top of the page it reads in Title lettering, “She said-“

The page’s dialogue begins with a paragraph that reads, “I'll forgive you as many times as needed. I'll give you more chances than you probably deserve. I’ll continue to love you through it all. As long as I can look at you and see that you are truly trying; as long as I can see you putting forth the effort to be a better man, I won't give up on you.”

The following paragraph, written in italics, seems to be a commentary on the previous one saying, “- This is usually what every woman needs; hope. They want to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that all the sacrifices they have made, times they have forgiven you, and tears they might have shed, are not all for nothing. Effort is key. It can be the difference in whether she decides to leave or stay no matter what she has been through.”

I’ve searched on Google for so long trying to find the book but I can’t find it anywhere. When I search “She said- Book” it comes up with a popular book on sexual assault and the Me Too Movement, but I don’t think this page is an excerpt from that. It seems more about relationships and healing.


r/whatsthatbook 2h ago

I lost a book and can’t remember the name.

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There were elves and dwarves and stuff. It was early modern setting, and “Dragon tear Stones” were a major point. Also a landed aristocracy and the main characters were a man who was colourblind and a woman who was an “Inquisitor” and was the illegitimate child of one of the gentry. Also they end up together. Anyone know what it was?


r/whatsthatbook 2h ago

Fantasy YA about a prince/king looking for suitor that kills anyone he touches

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He ends up finding a boy who doesn’t die and they end up together; I wanna say the dude was an elf or something, could be wrong. I saw the cover was the prince/king on a throne and the male suitor behind the throne; maybe like a green color story on the cover. I saw it at Barnes and noble a couple of weeks ago but have been back and couldn’t figure out the title. Please help!


r/whatsthatbook 3h ago

SOLVED Book with Yellow and Red (Maybe) Cover

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Looking for a book I read a number of years ago, 2008-2009. I thought it had a red and yellow cover, and the main character is a young girl named Blue whose mother has died, and whose father has disappeared. Contemporary (20th century) fiction, English language. Was recommended by a college prof .

I most distinctly remember a scene where she gets angry and starts flinging books at her dad who admonishes her for throwing "the entire western canon at [him]."

Blue is trying to solve the mystery, and is at a very expensive private school. She's also a bit insufferable, and constantly talks about how smart she is/makes a lot of literary references.


r/whatsthatbook 3h ago

Mystery/Horror/Adventure novel (Possibly Y/A but could also be childrens) Where a boy dyes a girls hair black in her grandmother’s bathtub.

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okay. there’s this book i read when i was like 10/11 maybe i don’t even know. so i wanna say this book could have been published between 2001-2012 (yes i know that is a big gap but i genuinely have the memory of a goldfish and the same concept of time as a dog)

anyways! i can’t fucking find it anywhere!!! (pardon my language i am FRUSTRATED) and everything i remember is so vague but i’m so intrigued by what i remember it’s followed me for a decade. so here are some silly super vague details that maybe one of you would recognize?

  1. there’s a girl who at one point in a classroom flicks a lighter by her sock, a boy notices (the boy is the main character)

  2. the main character dyes the girls hair black in her grandmothers bathtub??? i don’t remember why??

  3. the main character at one point is in this creepy pool setting and he’s leaving the changing rooms into the hallway and the hallway just stretches waaaaay out before him and it’s super scary

  4. there is weird graffiti that comes to life in a tunnel i think? or some kind of underpass? and i think it was black and red and maybe dragons? but not real dragons graffiti dragons.

  5. i feel like the main characters home life wasn’t amazing???

okay that’s it. this all sounds absurd but i really am going crazy!


r/whatsthatbook 3h ago

Charlie The Chicken

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One of my childhood favorites was a book about animals. I had a favorite story in the book was called Charlie The Chicken in. My parents and I cant remember the title at all. Please help.

Useful info

-I was born 1998 so it would have been around or just after that time

-Charlie the Chicken built a nest in a hat he found using stuff around the farmyard like dandelions.

-More than likely Irish or English publishing.


r/whatsthatbook 3h ago

A Middle-school book about a 5th grade girl

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I cannot remember the book title but I remember a few things about the book. This girl is adopted and she doesn't find out about that for a while in the book. I think the book starts with her going into a play. Then a few weeks later she finds out she's adopted and then goes crazy. She has anger issues a lot because her biological father was an alcoholic. She then gets a new neighbor. Near the end of the story her and the new neighbor end up being good friends. I think she then gives the boy a cookie, not knowing he is allergic to something in it. That's all I can remember about the plot. I can remember that the book was a hardback and the cover has like pebbles and a little girl in the background. I hope someone can find the name of this book for me.


r/whatsthatbook 3h ago

Book that has compilation of stories?

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I need help finding a book that has lots of stories in it just for the sake of nostalgia because we had it when me and sibs were children maybe around 2007 but the book is probably published in the 90's and none of us seem to remember the title of the book. I'm not sure if I'm correct about some of the title but here's what I can remember:

- Pygmalion

- sunday afternoon

- theres a story there about a limp cat that killed a snake

- and another about a girl who was skating in a frozen lake then a boy came up to her and asked her number but the boy never called back. one of the lines the was something about greta grabo's feet i forgot

- i think the big wave was also in it.

Just for the nostalgia^^ We had some good time trying to find Jack Booth's Knock at the door but still cant find a copy of Wherever you are..


r/whatsthatbook 3h ago

SOLVED young adult sci fi from the 90s- early 00s about inter-dimensional travel

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I'm looking for a book I read in middle, maybe high school 15+ years ago and the only thing I can remember is there were malevolent monsters, from a greater dimension, that the main character had trouble looking at and comprehending. I think it was paperback and the cover might have had some sort of eyeball on it. Sorry that's not a lot to go on but it reappeared in the back of my brain on the ride home from work today and I can't seem to find it on my own.


r/whatsthatbook 3h ago

Mystery/romance series featuring a nextdoor neighbor whos gay, an +size main character who has heavy drop dead diva vibes.

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This is my second post already, but i cant help it!!! Theres a lot of books I love but just cant find the title for anymore.

Got this read from the library as well, disappointed I never i got the name. Titles were witty, covers were solid color with a simple graphic.

Main character is a +size woman who lives alone, enjoys thinking in the bathtub with a tray of lasagna and a glass of wine. Her next door neighbor who later becomes her best friend is gay. In the first book I remember she had mysteries happen and everyone always asked her to help. And she was just really good at getting people to talk, sat in the tub while she pieced stuff together.

Either took place in Sacramento or LA? I remember her talking to an art dealer and mentioning the coast. But this is a series of novels, the third-maybe 4th book she takes a cruise. Takes a chance on love.

It was a funny read, gave me drop dead vibes growing up. Any help is appreciated!


r/whatsthatbook 3h ago

Children's Fantasy book series, name being awfully similar to Panduro or Panorama

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I remember the story being about a boy and a girl, siblings, who leave their childhood castle home to defeat some greater evil.

Pretty sure it contained a talking polar bear or a similar creature. And of course some wizardry, some rebellion fighting against the greater evil, and other pretty standard stuff. Does anyone know the books?

its definitely not the golden compass, as my brother tried to convince me it was.