The Vine: May 22, 2013
I started, but never finished, a friend's YA novel during a "reading day" when I was in fifth or sixth grade (smack-dab in the middle of the '90s, if that helps).
I have been completely unable to find it since. How will I ever finish it if I can't find it?? So here's what I remember:
- The protagonist's older sister was thought of as some kind of witch, because she gave the protagonist cloves for a toothache (and maybe because she slapped her once, and that left a white streak in her hair where she hit her).
- One of the protagonist's friends was born with a cleft lip, which they blamed on his mother having looked at a rabbit before he was born or something.
- It was definitely set a few centuries in the past.
- I think she lived in a seaside village, possibly in Cornwall or Wales.
For some reason, I think the title was something about searching for a maid, but I don't remember anything matching that in the plot (but again, I didn't finish it, so what would I know).
Any pointers, or indications I didn't just fall asleep and dream half of a nonsensical book that day, are so very much appreciated!
My dental plan is also my spice rack
Yet another search for a long-lost young-adult book here: I probably read this one sometime around 1988-1990, and it may have been ordered from one of those flimsy little Scholastic book order forms. It was set in the present day, but somehow at a Fourth of July town picnic-type thing, the main character falls asleep under a tree (…I think?) and wakes up in another time period. I believe there was something about being stuck in the wrong time, and the character risked catching either diphtheria or cholera or some other old-timey disease by not being able to escape the time warp. No idea on character names, title, author, zip.
Web searches tend to bring up Love in the Time of Cholera if I try cholera, or Running Out of Time if I try searching for diphtheria, so it's not either one of those. Thanks, Nation, for your vast knowledge of obscure young adult books from 20 years ago!
I swear I'm not fascinated by diarrheal diseases…
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