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As an avid book lover, this is a problem I have been beset with more often than I can care to remember. Devouring books by the dozen, since my wonder years, has alas filled up the memory chip in my brain. I have to really wrack my brain sometimes to remember a book or to cite a quote from some book I had read. Believe me, it’s one of the tip of the tongue moments I hate.

In the good ol’ days we could only depend on eureka moments, when the bulb flashed and we got the name right. Well these are better days because we need not wait for the bulb to light up anymore. We have instant recall in the form of the World Wide Web. The Internet is an information sponge that has even your local librarian beat.

A visit to the local library isn’t such a bad idea but if you can’t wait for it open then plug into the web. It’s open 24 hours a day. By the way, a lot of libraries now also have online catalogs.

Let’s start with our friendly normal search engine

When we don’t remember (and even if we do) the name of book, author, or the characters in it, the search engine is usually the first port of call. What is true for any generic search is true to finding a book without knowing the name and the author too – it’s called keywords.

how to find a book without title or author

In case of a forgotten title or author, we have to remember and go back to anything we can use from the book. It could be the name of a character, a line of dialog he said, or any opening lines. More specific the phrase, the better would be the result. All rules of a normal search apply (for instance, for exact searches put it in quotes).

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Let’s move on to Google Book Search

Google Books has scanned and indexed entire books (7 million till November 2008) using OCR in its database and now presents it for online viewing. The Advanced Search Page is a powerful tool to get to an obscure title.

From keyword search to using filters like subject, publisher, language, publication date, ISBN and ISSN numbers (you aren’t going to remember these two!), the ways are many.  With the search, you will get results with the keywords. Click on the on the link or thumbnail to access an entire copy or a limited preview.

how to find a book without title or author

Even if you do not get the book, you might come across a reference which may lead you to the answer.

Other search engines of note

WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. You can search the database of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. You can search for a book and then locate it at a nearby library. Membership of the library allows you to check out the item online.

BookFinder : try the advanced search engine of this website which indexes 150 million new, old, rare and out of print books. The advanced search options have a search by keyword field.

A9: the Amazon powered search engine has an open search and an A9 Product Search which queries the thousands of products available with Amazon worldwide. Also, A9.com powers the search behind Amazon’s ground-breaking Search Inside! book service. To find an obscure book, Amazon is a good place to head for.

Rummage around in Amazon

Not exactly”¦you don’t have to search haphazardly as Amazon has a basic search and an advanced search which can give you the book you are looking for. After all, if the world’s largest online retailer doesn’t sell it then who else will?

The basic search is actually not basic. Amazon calls it Search Inside! â„¢. Search Inside! returns results by comparing the query with the inside text of each and every book in its database. Search Inside! results are combined with results that match the title and/or author of the book. It works pretty much similar to a phrase search we use with search engines. Type in your remembered clue and click Go.

how to find a book without title or author

For each match, Amazon displays the page number and a selection where it has struck your search phrase. Click this page number link to view the actual pages where the result occurs using the Amazon Online Reader (a sign-in is required to use the reader).

To dig deeper you can use the Search Inside This Book field box.

how to find a book without knowing the title

Amazon’s Advanced Search is similar to Google’s advanced book search. But you get a lot more additional filters like Reader Age and Publication Date.

how to find a book without knowing the title

In a similar way you can use the advanced search functions of most online book sites. Another one worth a look is Barnes & Noble, Biblio or W.H Smith.

Ask and Answers Websites

This is a great way to tap into the collective memory of the large internet population. Most well intentioned book sites have forums or book clubs. Apart from getting recommendations, one can use this to jog each other’s brain cells about a forgotten title.

Askville

how to find a book without knowing the title

We return to another Amazon service, a community site where one can ask and get answers in discussion boards centered around lots of topics. Books, are of course one. And if you are there, please help out others with similar points and garner some experience points. If you want to ask or answer a question, you will need to register (for free) or use your Amazon login.

Bookclubs from Barnes & Noble

find a book by summary

Barnes & Noble has a comprehensive community board centered on books. One particular community is on Lost Books. Create a free account and fire away your query.

Yahoo Answers

find a book by summary

As of 2008, the Q&A service has nearly 135 million users and 500 million answers worldwide and it’s growing at a rate of 11 million new answers per month just in the U.S. There’s a category on Books & Authors. The process is – login with your Yahoo ID – Click on Ask to frame your question – Categorize your question from the suggestions – Preview your question and submit. For an answer notification, you can select Email me when I receive a new answer or Add this question to my messenger status.

In a similar way you can use other community knowledge sharing websites. Try out Answerbag, or Answers, if the above three fail.

There are of course many other ways to search for a book without a title or author. We can try out social media search. Even do a Twitter search. The good thing is book lovers abound everywhere and the fraternity is amazingly co-operative. We can always find them closeted together in some group or community. Facebook alone has over 500 groups within the common interest groups for books.

Will’s post on 4 Great Sites to Do a Book Search by Plot or Subject 4 Great Sites To Do A Book Search By Plot or Subject 4 Great Sites To Do A Book Search By Plot or Subject Read More is also worth a bookmark for the four book recommendation sites he mentions.

With due apologies to the authors, sometimes we do forget their names or even the titles. But it’s a credit to these wordsmiths that we remember some snippets. Memories may dull but the web is there to sharpen it for us again. And usually discovering a long lost book is sometimes like recovering a lost treasure.

Do you have such hair tearing moments when the book’s title or author escapes you? How do you get what’s lost in memory back?

Image Credit: Ninha Morandini

  1. Lillian
    August 28, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I literally can't find anything on this book, but this is the jist of what happens:

    A girl is orphaned when her plane crashes while she is still very small (her aunt may or may not be alive. I read this book three years ago). She has a terrible fear of planes and flying, but she's forced to join a flight training academy thing. I believe she has a female and a male friend who help her through a lot of pressure (and embarrassment, lol).

    She really sucks at first and she almost crashes the small plane in a nosedive because she freezes in fear. Her instructor has a kind of "tough-love" feel about the whole situation. He forces her to face her fear. Eventually she passes the test, but she's still not supposed to fly alone.

    I THINK at some point in the story she meets a cancer patient while on a trip with the other students.
    But even later than that, there's a bad storm and everyone is going out to save who and what they can. The girl is forbidden to go out, but she does (I forget why she left) and somehow she finds two young girls fighting off snakes on their roof with blankets. She calls for help and gets them to safety.

    I don't remember much else about it, other than it has a sequel about rainforests, I think. (Saw it on the bookshelf in my 6th grade classroom. It was a long time ago; I'm going into 9th grade in a few days)

  2. PRETORIUS
    August 22, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I AM LOOKING FOR A BOOK ABOUT THE RIEBEECK PLANE THAT CRASHED NEAR EAST LONDON SOUTHAFRICA AND WHICH WAS FOUND NOSE TO NOSE WITH A SHIP WHOSE CAO\PTAIN WAS THE FATHER OF THE PILOT OF THE PLANE UNDER THE SEA - THIS IS A FICTION NOVEL

  3. Mark
    August 4, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    my brother says he remembers reading a book about a guy who always wanted to be president but for one reason or the other never got nominated. So they nominated a bumbling idiot and made this guy the Vice President. They won and the President somehow was gotten rid of the this other man became president..

  4. Libby
    July 31, 2016 at 2:33 am

    I'm looking for a mystery book that has something about a hardware store on fire and it has a senior married couple in it and raising a son that got in to trouble. I don't know the title or the author and if anybody knows I will thank you in advance.

  5. sana
    July 30, 2016 at 7:37 am

    i m looking fr a book which has the character name Christopher and Elizabeth. everybody in the book kept on saying elisabeth instead of Elizabeth which annoys her a lot then after a part she had to share a room with a wearied girl but she refuse to do that then she get her room replaced and accidentally gets into the room which belongs to Christopher then after few days they start falling in love with each other and few days later Chris lie to Elisa that he is dying.....then rest of the story continues....plz hlp me in finding the book's title

  6. Natasha
    July 29, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I am looking for a book that I read back in high school. The cover had a fake dollar store Barbie on the cover with the little fake Kelly sister. The book was about a young woman who may have been in law school, her father and his young wife die in a wreck and she gets shared custody of her young half sister with a man who I think is related to the mother who died. The young woman and the man sharing custody end up falling for one another. This is all I can remember but I have been Googling and trying image searches and I cannot find the book fir the life of me. I can't remember the author or title

  7. Tiffany LeBlanc
    July 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Hi, I really need some help! I'm looking for a book series that is set in futuristic times. The main character is a boy whose birthday is coming up and he has to go and get his "mark" which is described as a tattoo that is sparkly. The boy ends up falling in love with a girl who already has her mark. The boy starts doing dome research on why his older sister disappeared when she went to get her mark and ends up finding some stuff that he shouldn't have. When he goes to get his mark, he lies in one of the questions and they try to get rid of him too, but he escapes. Then he and the girl run away together because I believe that they tried to erase his research at the girl's father's office building and almost got caught. So then the government is after both of them. I cannot find ANYTHING on the internet about this book. It was really good, but I only read the first two and would love to finish it. Please help me!

  8. Sonya
    July 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I'm trying to find a book about a playboy (maybe in the mafia?) and a deceased mafia dudes daughter. She gets him to protect her from her crazy ex. They end up faking a pregnancy which the ex challenges and makes her take a pregnancy test which turns out positive even though it was supposed to be fake. The playboy and the girl and up getting married but he doesn't known about the pregnancy and then the ex tells him it's real. The ex ends up kidnapping the girl and the playboy has to get his friend James to help him get her back but James doesn't know that everything is real (the pregnancy and the marrige) then they live happily ever after

  9. Ninzy
    July 14, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I'm looking for a book that my daughter forgot the name of. It's a manga about a little girl who is a witch, and lives with her mother. One day, (in the first book of the series) she meets a human girl through the witch's journal/diary, and they become good friends. In the other books, a lot of problems happen, such as drinking a potion to become older to wear makeup, helping a worker at the medical shop to get medicine for the main character's mother, and visiting a land of sweets. If anyone knows this manga, this would be a great help!

    Thanks
    aphmaufangirl21@gmail.com

  10. Connie
    July 4, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Looking for a book for my 10 year old greanddaughter. She sid it's named something like "The Crooked Way to Normal" or "The Twisted road to Normal" or something similar. A way or path or road or ssssomething to get to somewhere. This is very vague but msybe a librarian or a Book Fair peron or a children's book publisher might know. PLEASE HELP! It's for her birthday!!

    • Saikat Basu
      July 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Any idea of the subject. Even a vague one. Got a few, but none are children's books.

  11. ;)
    June 29, 2016 at 1:57 am

    anybody know the name of a book where the main characters brother gets kidnapped because the main character was in a relationship with the kidnappers ex wife and the kidnapper mistakes the brother for the main character

  12. Nicole Ellenson
    June 17, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Hey everyone my name is Nicole and i am looking for the second book of a man and woman that were going to get a divorce but ended up falling in love again. The man was a football coach and was in a car accident when 2 of his team members were drag racing and was left paralyzed and got the feeling back in his legs. I never got to read the last few chapters. Please help me!

  13. Shweta
    June 16, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I am going crazy unable to find these two books / stories. Tried Google Books too but couldn't. I read it when I was like 18 and now I am 24.. Below is what I remember of the stories:-

    1. A girl named Dulcie was infinitely handsome and a man was in love with her immeasurably and they were about to be married.. one day she was just admiring her beauty.. she was all fair except for one small dark triangle in the centre.. A quote from the story went, 'no longer did she say yes to him, did he start extracting promises from her' (not exactly those words, but same sentiment). In the end, the man kills her or something like that and the girl's mother cries, 'You killed my Dulcie!'
    If you can help me find this book I shall be really grateful!

    2. This story is one i'd read in my class 11/12.. It was about a girl who wouldn't want to be called Susmitha which was actually her name because another woman her namesake 'Sushmita Sen' had been named "Ms. Universe' recently. This girl would go to the cyber cafe to chat with a guy she was connecting with online.. they had not seen each other.. and one fine day due to some misunderstandings they stopped talking as often.. But the guy got back to her on email asking he to visit his website one last time to which she agrees. When the girl starts his website, it starts loading a page which looks very wealthy and rich... dn it loads a face which is as handsome as a Greek God.. when the rest of the body loads there is a surprise waiting for her.. She sees that the guy is seated calmly,, but he is not sitting on a chair.. he is sitting on a wheelchair.. he didn't have legs.
    Please help me find these two books. I shall meet you personally to thank you and treat you to a sumptuous meal :D

  14. Nigel Ellis
    June 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I'm looking for a book about a women who is convicted of her husbands murder. she spends her final months in Richard Askham open prison. After her release she wantts to clear her name and find out who actually did it. She hires a Private Investigator and after a while wins her Daughter over.

    Thanks

    Nigel Ellis

    nigel.ellis53@yahoo.co.uk

  15. Cindy
    June 12, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Hello, avid readers!
    There was a book I read when I was still in high school, I remember the book cover was a picture of a girl and the background was a old home. I can't remember the story much, but it was about this girl she can't read or write. She starts to work at a factory while her parents were working somewhere else, soon she grows up and meet a few people. She came across this guy, he is sweet and kind to her, she get married to this guy and have a few children.This girl knows how to paint and color but there was war and she lost her husband in a war. That's what I can remember.. If any of you knows the story, pls reply here.. I would be so grateful!

  16. Anuradha
    June 8, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I'm looking for a book I read in the 80s. It was about this girl who goes into a forest and somehow goes back in time where she meets a guy who was her boyfriend in the other time zone He seemed to know her. I remember the cover picture n the book. It was the silhouette of a girl walking through the forests. For some reason, I remember the book having something to do with autumn - whether the word was there in the title of what I dont know. PLease let me know if anyone can tell me the name of the book. Thanks. Anu

    • Saikat Basu
      June 12, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Oh yeah, there was a movie also on this book (I think) It was a fantasy from what I remember.

  17. Linda
    June 5, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Hi, I'm trying to remember the name of a Canadian book by a Canadian author (female I'm sure) that was historical fiction and took place during the Halifax explosion and fire early 1900s (I think). Thank you!

  18. John Hooper
    May 29, 2016 at 11:07 am

    An SF book in which a small community is divided into people who can only see in black and white and people who can see in colour (possibly full, possibly only red or green). The hero (or maybe heroine) is - naturally - a trouble maker, and may be able to see in colour but doesn't let on.

    Possibly someone or something hides/is hidden in a deserted house. There is a quest/journey to find out something or other, passing through the "wild" lands outside and around the community (through which, naturally, proper people are forbidden to go). There may be a trip in a train or lookalike, perhaps to some neighbouring community. It is possible there's been some sort of nuclear catastrophe resulting in genetic changes relating to vision.

    I can't remember any sort of resolution of the story.

    I think I've read it in the last five or six years, though as with all thing in the past it maybe a lot longer ago than that.

    Does this ring any bells? Title? Author?

    • John
      May 30, 2016 at 9:04 am

      I'm replying to myself. I think it's Jasper Fforde's "Shades of Grey". Anyone know it?

  19. Tomike
    May 22, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Hello everyone,
    I am looking for a book that is historical romance. I do not remember the names of any of the characters so I'm gonna call the main-girl X and call the main-guy Y.
    X is a Lady's Maid or a Lady-In-Waiting in the royal palace. This was the one dream her mother had for her. X's mother herself wanted to be a Lady's Maid/Lady-In-Waiting too, but when she got pregnant shortly after her marriage, she had to quit her position, and she made it a mission that her daughter, X, will become one too. X didn't really care what she did as long as she made her mother happy.
    So there was a masquerade ball/costume party at the palace and all the staff was invited, including X. I can't remember what costume she wore, but at the party, she met a guy, Y, and she slept with him. Neither of them knew who the other person was, and X left immediately after the sex because she was embarrassed that she had lost her virginity to a total stranger. But Y didn't want her to leave and he spent some time looking for her.
    You see, Y was a spy for the Crown, and he was super rich, but X didn't know that. I'm not sure, but I think he was nobility. He was only in town on a mission, and to see his boss. I don't remember much about Y's boos, except he was a closet gay (in the Victorian era, people couldn't be openly gay), and he was in love with Y. The boss knew Y wasn't gay but he loved him anyway. Y also knew his boss was in love with him, but they never talked about it. When Y was about giving up his search for X, he found her again, and they had this adorable cute-meet. It was so funny.
    Because, apparently, X was pregnant from the night of the masquerade ball, and Y had the gall to ask if she was sure the child was his. She was so mad.
    Anyway, in the end, X didn't know what to do because being pregnant meant she couldn't fulfill her mother's dream. Y asked her to marry him since they were having child but she said no repeatedly. Y's job as a spy put the two of them in danger so they had some difficulties, but in the end, they overcame the evil and lived happily ever after. And X's mother accepted that just because she had a dream didn't mean her child had the same dream.
    I wish I knew more about the book to increase my chances of someone knowing what I'm talking about. If anyone knows the name of this book, please help me. I read it when I was 14 and now that I'm about to be 20, I have no clue what the title of the book is, who wrote the book, or what it even looked like. Any type of clue is appreciated. Thanks.

  20. Gretchen Torrey
    May 22, 2016 at 3:52 am

    There was a book my librarian gave to me in middle school that I cannot remember the title or author of. The book was probably from the 60's or 70's or before. The inside cover had a map of the region in which the main characters lived. I remember the two main characters were sisters, who lived with their father who was in charge of a large estate. The eldest sister fell in love with a man named Capricorn (or something close to that) who she broke out of jail by setting the place on fire because he was wrongfully imprisoned, and he later shows up at a party at her father's house to ask for her hand in marriage. They marry and move away soon afterwards to Capricorn's estate. The younger sister is in love with a man named Jan, who is her best friend and is often described as having flaxen hair. Later in the book, he goes on a sailing trip from which he does not return, so the younger sister goes out looking for him and in her travels becomes shipwrecked (i believe) and on the island where she has been shipwrecked, finds an old man who lives in a cave on the island, who doesn't really speak much, but eats shellfish, and in the cave if I remember right, she finds some remnants of clothing that resembles Jan's . I would love to find this book again as I have either accidentally gotten rid of it when I was younger or it was lost in a move. If anyone could point me in the direction of this book, I would be most grateful :)

  21. muchi
    April 26, 2016 at 6:10 am

    am looking for a book called "prayer made simple" can't remember the author but i know the book was an A5 sized book with about 200 pages, have been searching for the book on google and other engines, have even tried book finders to know avail, what are my options? and if by any chance some one knows the other pleeeeeease let me know thanks

  22. enedina
    March 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I'm looking b for a book about a girl who gets raped by her date and gets away with it and in the end she gets him back by trying him on another case

  23. RhondaLouise
    February 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    The Google search engine for books is amazing. I typed a long phrase about the book's plot and had the name of the book instantly. Thanks for leading me there!

  24. Banguole
    February 7, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Looking for a book about two people in love, but when one of them is alive, other one is dead or not born yet. I really want to find this book, please help me . I'm desperate :(

    • Abby
      March 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Ann Brashares My Name is Memory

  25. Payton
    February 3, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I can't remember the title or author of this book or a lot about the actual book but what I do know is a girl is at her friends and they decide to hypnotize her and after she is hypnotized she starts to remember weird things and when she tells her mom she says she was afraid of her remembering it. It turns out her mom isn't really her mom its like her aunt or something and her parents died trying to safe her. She was kidnapped and went to this weird place but I forget the name and her mom is there and her best friend sneaked into her luggage so she was with her and they have to save her mom. So they go back to where they lived and went to a bank and had to get stuff out of it but if she said anything they would kill he best friend and mom. But the bank lady knew it was in her moms name and knew something was wrong so she wouldn't let the lady who kidnap her come back with her. Does anyone have an idea

  26. Tiara
    January 21, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I'm looking for a book. I can't remember much about it exception that it was a romance book, in a series, and I think the main character was blonde detective/investigator/journalist called Babs or Barbara. I think she's Lithuanian and in the last book she found out she was a princess or something?
    If anyone miraculously knows this book then please tell me. Thank you.

  27. Ryan
    January 5, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Looking for a book about a brother and sister that run away on a train to find their grandparents farm only to find that it is now a mall. They hang out by a stream, she works at the golf course, they sleep in an empty house and make friends with neighborhood kids. Then the guy at the donut store realizes they are runaways and they call the dad and are reunited. Please help!

  28. Gina
    December 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    This his book is a mystery/thriller. I can't recall name or aurthor, but it opens with young woman living in apartment, and she is obsessed with locking her locks on front door, and will go back several times checking to see if she's locked them. There is a doctor that has recently moved in apartment building..he befriends young woman and in invites her occasionally for tea, etc. hopefully this will be enough info. Thank you!

  29. Vincent
    December 17, 2015 at 5:18 am

    This is a book series I have been trying to find for a while again. The books I read were in French, but they could have been translations from an English version.
    The description of the books that I remember.

    Book 1:
    In the first book, you follow the the story of a man that enrolls in a competition to become some sort of "Chosen one" that will lead the people. It's a harsh course, as all the contestants are at each others throat, while going through a dangerous forest, and eventually end up inside the mouth of an ancient sleeping beast (which they dont know at the time). The protagonist befriends and other guy (rogue type of guy) and a girl with magical powers. All three end up surviving the whole ordeal, and have to come to the decision to who will rule as there can only be one. Instead of fighting to death, they strike a bargain. The "rival" (rogue guy) concedes the world above ground and goes to rule the underworld (which they just survived through). The protagonist and girl rule the world above together and have a child.

    Book 2:
    Details are hazy for this one. Basically the child gets kidnapped, the old friends reunite; the child is used in a demonic like ritual to awake the old beast (dragon?) and as such their souls bind (matters for book 3). They manage to rescue the boy, the rogue guy scarifies himself so they can escape. The dragon? wakes up and flies around the earth, burning stuff, causing a very thick dust? cloud to cover the earth blocking the sun rays.

    Book 3:
    The lack of sun causes humans to lose their powers. The kid is special and is healthy and has powers of his own without the need of sun. The shadow cast by the beast flying in the sky causes people to turn into monsters? if they are caught in it. The first books protagonist dies pathetically to a couple of monster due to being so weak. The mother gives the kid a necklace that is supposed to protect him from something (dont remember). The kid finds out the hard way that he is immune to the dragons shadow. He and his comrades want to find a way to this nightmare to end. They manage after a lot of losses to get on top of the dragon? itself. His last friend dies watching him go towards the head of the beckoning dragon. It ends up the dragon was lonely and angry because of that. The kid promises to be with him for eternity if he leaves the earth. So the kid has to break the necklace that was keeping his soul from merging with the dragons and they merge. The dragon flies away into space?. The end. Theres a prologue about the mom at the end i think.

    Well this is what I remember from the book, any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    • Vincent
      December 17, 2015 at 5:19 am

      Additional info: Read those books in 2006, paperback, 200-300+ pages each book.

  30. Rory
    December 4, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Hi I am looking for a book I read as a kid, I don't remember the plot but I know it had some strange title like "this book has no name" or "you do not want to read this". I have entered those and related titles into various search engines and nothing. I also the author also had some strange pen name, I am remembering something like 'pseudonym'. I know it is part of a series and one of the books had a half peeled chocolate bar on a stage with red curtains. I know the description is quite vague but I am desperate, please help!

    • Sydney
      December 5, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      The Name of This Book is Secret by pseudonymous bosch

  31. Neil Connell
    November 22, 2015 at 4:23 am

    I have been looking for the title of a book for ages and i have found a few other comments on various websites that seem to be describing the same book but they never have any replies so I'm going out on a limb here. It is based around a young boy whose mother recently died in a car crash because of a menacing force or creature that was trying to get her. I believe in her dying breath she told her son that he was a warrior of some sort. Anyway, he moves to his aunt's house (it may have been some other family member) and soon thereafter begins to change. He gains the ability to control water. His neighbor (a woman) for some reason knows about it and begins helping him learn. The neighbor has a special garden that contains many tropical plants and a large tree. The tree is a portal to another dimension. For some reason, that I can't remember, the boy has to go to the underworld with the neighbor and when there he learns that he can speak and read every language because the signs in the world were in a different language. Thank you!!

    • Neil Connell
      November 22, 2015 at 4:27 am

      i want to say the car accident was in Hawaii but I'm not sure. Oh and the boy was falling for/in love with an Indian girl around his age

    • Moore
      January 14, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      This is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan more or less.

  32. Matthew Swanson
    November 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    The book was.....

    >Published from 2005-2012 ish.
    >There is a popular kid and a new nerd who moved into town.(Pennsylvania?)
    >The popular kid got jealous of the new nerd kid.
    >The 2 eventually become great friends.
    >The last line is something like..."Penn(Maybe) was my best friend

    Thanks

    • Matthew Swanson
      November 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Will any fukinn person reply

    • Neil Connell
      November 22, 2015 at 4:31 am

      I have no idea what the book is, I'm sorry. But if you're looking for a book that has a very different story line and is about a few popular guys that make it their mission to make a nerd prom king or homecoming king, Shattering Glass might be good. It's fairly short so it won't take long

    • Sydney
      December 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Could it be Crash by Jerry Spinelli

  33. Matthew Swanson
    November 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    This book was about a popular kid at a school and a new annoying nerd who moved to his town. The new nerd seemed to be better than the popular kid and the popular kid did not like it. They eventually became friends after more pages. I read it 2 years ago so maybe it was published from 2005-2012. I remember that the new nerd kid's name was something like Penn.

  34. Penny Gilbert
    November 10, 2015 at 8:06 am

    This book was written prior to 1958. The first chapter was read to me in school by our Head of English,so I'm assuming it is a well regarded book. I remember a young boy looking in the window of a second hand or maybe junk shop and seeing a glass ball. A shaft of light shone on the ball, and the boy saw what I remember as another world seeing a castle with turrets surrounded with glass balls from which one was missing. Around the castle flew enormous birds,which I remember as pterodactyl type birds. But that might be more down to my imagination than fact. The introduction to this book has been with me for decades,if someone can solve the mystery I will be delighted to donate £10 to a charity of their choice. Penny

    • Saikat Basu
      November 11, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Try Google Image search/ Bing Image Search or even Pinterest with whatever you remember. Who knows one of the images just might spark a memory.

  35. Bryony Hubble
    November 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Hi I am wandering if you can help me, i bought this book from a charity shop read 3 chapters and lost it, Jedd (I think) was sent to a youth offender prison for allegedly slitting his stepfathers throat. His mother worked as a maid for the Webb family and Mark Webb was the son of an attorney and took over Jedd's case, Jedd's sister works with Mark in his office.

    Jedd was sending someones daughter love letters from prison until he found out and stopped them, the tale is about revenge as the man who is stopping the letters I feel did the killing. Thriller I'm sure it was male author and can't remember if England or America. Family was big and wealthy with characters also called Carolyn and had brother and sister in law but only read until chapter 3. Jedds cousin took him out on his night of freedom to sleep with someone met in a bar.

  36. Mini Mincin
    November 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    The book I'm looking for is from wattpad but, I think it might of been deleted from the website. Yes, it is a fan fiction but not a bad one. It is a teen wolf fan fiction. One important detail I will mention, only cause if you have read it you will recognize this name the writer gave as stiles' first name. Stigoel or Stigeol.

  37. Monica Fontaine
    October 24, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I've been looking for a certain book for years and as the time passes, I forget more of the story line. It has something to do with women/a woman getting lost or breaking down in a "ghost town" of sorts. At some point in the novel they're hiding from the townspeople and find a bunch of bodies buried in a farmers field (that smells like manure and death). It might've also been set in winter, I think. The only keywords that come to mind are winter, death, red and snow although searching using those has done me no luck.
    I know this is a terrible description, but hopefully someone can help me!

  38. Linda Sue Carroll Grigal
    October 16, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    The book I'm looking for was written by an author in England. One chapter of this book was printed in a 3rd grade reading textbook in 1988 used in the elementary school of Orr, MN. The children could hardly read the story, because it caused them to constantly break into the giggles. I'm pretty sure the story title was, "The Great Clean-up". All kinds of little bugs wake up to a litterbug mess in their home, which is in a park. They live in little mushroom houses. They're angry that people left this mess, but their leader, or maybe he was a "mayor" says, not to worry about it because they can make use of all of the things that were left behind, napkins, paper cups, plastic silverware, etc. They use a straw for a bridge across a puddle, which they refer to as "the lake" or "river". B. I. (before Internet) I had the title and author's name, but had no luck searching book stores. I gave up and tossed the paper with this inf. The teachers I've talked with think it was in the Houghton Mifflin series for grade 3, but remember having to pack those books up to be sent to the warehouse and sent on to another school. The archivist at Houghton Mifflin says Corporate does not have a complete set of all of their books and she couldn't find it in the ones they had. Can anyone help me find either the story in the textbook or the actual book with this story?

  39. Idhem le Dia
    August 26, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    great tip thank you

  40. Desirea Starlene
    August 4, 2015 at 7:54 am

    HELP!! I am dying to find out the book!

    It's about two young girls who are best friends, I believe they live across the street from one another. They play a sport together and live in the US. Should be a YA book.
    One of the friends gets kidnapped during the summer after some odd events, such as a car following her and a man who stood outside her window smoking cigarettes. She gets found some time later at a hotel, she somewhat had Stockholm syndrome where she believed they were in love. He turned out to be a man who had saved the friend who wasn't kidnapped from drowning. He in the end had actually mixed up which child he saved from drowning.

    ANY clue what it is would be so very helpful, thank you!

    • Saikat Basu
      August 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Nothing on this article worked? You have to be more specific -- for e.g. name of a character or a place mentioned in the book perhaps?

    • Desirea Starlene
      August 6, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Nothing in this article helped. It's frustrating because I remember a lot of details about the book but nothing with names or the exact place :( I know it was in the U.S. and I don't believe it was on either coast, that's about it.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 7, 2015 at 2:55 am

      The best clue I can offer right is to search with "Stockholm syndrome" and the genre you were reading. Maybe, it was a romantic book or a thriller. Combine Stockholm syndrome + romantic and try a search. Maybe, a memory will pop up.

      Best of luck :)

  41. Maya Howell
    June 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I'm looking for a book but I don't know the title/author. I do know the plot which goes a girl(i think her name is virginia) and a boy (i think his name is bobby or billy) have kind of a one night stand at college but she gets pregnant so he marries her. About a year later or so they move in with his aunt back in his hometown. He is in love with his ex-girlfriend who still lives down there. Her name is Irene but he calls her Rose. He got a tattoo of a rose on him which the female protagonist was upset about because it symbolized the ex and the protagonist told the aunt who rebuff the idea. The protagonist goes shopping with Irene and sees that she's kinda flabby in the midsection weirdly and finds out that her husband and Irene had a miscarriage a few year prior. Irene has a husband who regularly chats with the protagonist. Irene and her husband tell the couple that they plan on moving away and the protagonist catches her husband and Irene crying and holding each other. It ends with her leaving in a truck with Irene's husband and her daughter.

  42. Kayla Lee
    June 26, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Maybe someone can help me??
    I have been looking for a book titled "Ducie" EVERYWHERE and I can not find the freaking thing! It's a novel about a girl named Ducie who wakes up on her 13th birthday with snakes for hair and discovers that her (late) aunt is actually Medusa. It's set in a modern society and meant for a juvenile audience. I seriously can not find it on any of the websites above. Maybe I have the title wrong, but I distinctly remember the main character's name. I would really like to find it! Thanks to anyone who can help.

    • Saikat Basu
      June 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      This was a tough one. I found myself searching for it myself, without any luck. Then I changed the spelling of the girl's name and eureka...got a hit in one second.

      Here it is -- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/606969.Dusssie

      Enjoy :)

  43. Ines Mosca
    June 12, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    This article helped imensely. I've been looking for this series of books for the last 6 years and I've finaly found it. Thanks a lot!!

  44. jellisii
    November 15, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Someone's a Guzzi fan... ;)

  45. Jeremy
    September 11, 2009 at 3:44 am

    People use our site (funadvice) this way, too, though we get more questions on songs than books...I think it's a result of our demographics. :)

    • magnoliasouth
      September 11, 2009 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Jeremy!

      Your site does sound promising. I flipped through a few questions and answers and it appears that most are truly helpful answers.

      The problem with Q&A sites are that people end up giving UNhelpful time wasting advice. Yahoo Answers, even though it goes on a point system, has this problem pretty badly.

      Example: I once asked a question about my daughters college. They accepted her for admission and she received a Pell grant for her financial aide (which was a tremendous help). She only had to go down to the financial aide office and verify her earnings with her tax forms. She was told she had to make an appointment, but every appointment she made was canceled by them. When it got close to time for school, she finally just sat at the office for three days waiting to get in. On the first day of school, she was told to come back in Spring! Can you believe it?

      Anyway, so my q

    • magnoliasouth
      September 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm

      Sorry, somehow I hit enter. :(

      So my question to Yahoo was, "What kind of legal action can I take?" I posted it in the legal section of Yahoo.

      I got answers like, "maybe your daughter was lying to you" or "she shouldn't have waited until the last day of school." You see what I mean? Completely UNhelpful advice and a waste of my time.

      I'm not sure I'll even go back, even though I have >400 points (I believe).

      In case anyone is wondering, I called the Governor's office. He in turn actually called the College President who called me and escorted my daughter to financial aide. She is presently in college. :)

  46. Mary
    September 3, 2009 at 9:46 am

    The author of the piece must have spent his life under a rock. Libraries have had ways of finding books by subject since the 19th century.

    • Saikat
      September 5, 2009 at 1:01 am

      Mary, let's not always assume that there's only ONE way to get some information...especially in today's day and age. We all know the obvious and if you would have cared to read the article from start to finish, I have mentioned that librarians are the best guys for it. But there can be other ways too, isn't it? And when the WWW is the biggest knowledge bank out there, why not tap into it occasionally. Constructive comments like magnoliasouth helps way more.

  47. Jordan
    September 3, 2009 at 7:20 am

    If you are looking for a textbook, you can go to iChapters.com and type in the ISBN. If it's a main book published by Cengage Learning, South-Western, Delmar, Course Technology, Wadsworth, Brooks-Cole, Houghton-Mifflin, or Heinle it will often find the book right away, and if it is a supplement like a study guide or published by a different publisher it will look it up via an aggregator and find links to other online sources that carry that ISBN, with the lowest prices listed.

    • Saikat
      September 5, 2009 at 1:10 am

      Thanks for the info, Jordan!

  48. Saikat
    September 3, 2009 at 12:32 am

    As you said it yourself - "I will ever find this book, is if someone else has read it and knows what I'm talking about." :)
    The end justifies the means...at $5 askmefi is dirt cheap and looks good.

  49. magnoliasouth
    September 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I have to say that for a one-time-only $5 membership fee, askmefi is simply amazing! I cannot tell you how helpful it's been for me. I've posted quite a few questions with great answers. Yahoo Answers and all the other ones just aren't nearly as great as askmefi.

    After reading your article, I was once again reminded of the elusive book I've been searching for, for years. I tried all of these searches today. I spent a lot of time on it.

    I went to askmefi and within 5 minutes, I had my answer. It is an obscure book that was difficult to find.

    This is my post, if anyone is interested.

  50. Di
    August 31, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Readers advisor librarians are the best resource. Also Reader's Advisor Online lets user enter any combination of genre, subgenre, character names, settings, topics, eras, etc. and comes up with lists of possibilities. Many libraries subscribe to it.

  51. Di
    August 31, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Readers advisor librarians are the best resource. Also Reader's Advisor Online lets user enter any combination of genre, subgenre, character names, settings, topics, eras, etc. and comes up with lists of possibilities.

    • Saikat
      September 1, 2009 at 2:45 am

      But it is not free, it it? It requires a subscription.

  52. susie
    August 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Libraries are open 24/7 now. Find a list of 24/7 library services @
    http://liswiki.org/wiki/List_of_libraries_providing_virtual_reference_services

    • magnoliasouth
      September 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      What's the point of that? If you don't know the title nor the author and as it's been pointed out already, librarians often don't have the answer, then what is the 24/7 going to do?

      Besides, there are actually very few 24/7 libraries in contrast to all the libraries in the nation. A large population of citizens will not be able to use one.

  53. Jane
    August 31, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Or ask a librarian, they know everything!

    • Saikat
      September 1, 2009 at 2:47 am

      Sometimes they also don't. But usually they should be the first we should consult. Most libraries also have their own computerized databases which are starting points.

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