Questions tagged [story-identification]

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Searching for US Nebraska middle school literature texts from the 70's

When I was in 6th, 7th and 8th grade in mid-70's, my school used a series of textbooks for the literature classes. I thought they were excellent collections and I've hunted for them several times ...
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What was the play 5-10 years ago where all the dialogue consisted of generic words describing what might be said

This might have been a short piece rather than a full-length play; I heard about it in a news story. I don't remember any details, but the idea was that instead of actually speaking content words, the ...
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Book where all the characters are named after chess pieces

I remember reading this book maybe 8-10 years ago. It was set in a school and all the characters were named after chess pieces. There was a teacher called Mr Bishop maybe and someone’s nickname might ...
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Mystery short story where the owner of a dog is accidentally murdered via strychnine

I solved this one in the process of asking the question, so I'm self-answering. I remember it as being part of an Alfred Hitchcock anthology. The protagonists get pulled into investigating the ...
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Identify a book where the main character is released from prison in order to be sent to conduct espionage in Italy

this is a book I borrowed off my father about 15 years ago, not sure of the actual age of the book. I've tried Googling but I've not been able to turn up anything that fits my memories. The book ...
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Book set during the Black Death: nine travellers each with a secret

I read this novel in 2014, and it was probably published at least after 2000. It was set in England (I think) during the Black Death of the 14th century. I read it in English, in the UK. The book ...
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Story in which a boy's mother dies but he forgets about it when at school but remembers when he arrives home?

I read the story in a Learning To Communicate English Textbook by Oxford Printing Press about 10 years ago. Story description: The boy rides his bus to school and throughout his day he observes ...
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Possible Jerome Salinger short book about hockey player and his girlfriend

I'm looking for a short book about hockey player and his girlfriend. I think it is by Jerome Salinger. I've already read 50% of his books, which I can find on public. Only story about this crazy ...
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Young Horror Anthology - Short story with devices passed into a hole in a wall, returned powered by worms…?

I remember reading short story when I was young (in the 80s) where the protagonist passed a series of objects though a discovered portal (in their room?) and they were returned powered by - or ...
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Novel about an extroverted boy and an introverted girl

I'm looking to identify a novel which talks about the relationship between an extroverted boy and an introverted girl, who fears that the boy will forget her and writes to him every week. Another ...
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Story identification: protagonist creates the bumble-bee from clay

I'm trying to identify a story that I once read when I was at primary school nearly 30 years ago. All I can vaguely remember is some character in the story who was given the chance by God to create a ...
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Does anyone recognise this poem - from my mum (90)?

Once upon a summer in the hills by the river Was a deep green forest where the wild things grow. There were paths as ...?....? There were ...?...?...? And a thousand little spaces where the ...
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Comic Book about Jupiter and time travel

I'm trying to find out the name of a comic book I read as a kid, probably in the 80s. The story was about an astronaut who is caught in a jupiter storm and is transported to another time. It meets a ...
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children's short story about boy flying plane in storm

I am trying to identify and locate a children's short story about a boy who takes over the flying of a plane in a storm when the pilot becomes incapacitated. I am not sure, but I believe the boy was ...
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What novel is Yehsao Paoyen?

In the chapter "Ideals of Life" of My Country and My People, Lin Yutang briefly discusses the novel Yehsao Paoyen, an out-and-out Confucianist novel, which takes special delight in exposing the ...
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Identify a book where a teenage girl finds out from her younger sister Martha that she was adopted

Basic plot of this book was, a teenage girl finds out she was adopted. Here are some specifics: Girl had a younger sister, who was their parents' natural born child. Younger sister's name was Martha. ...
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Short children's book about a Mexican boy who likes to make clay horses

This was a short book (maybe less than 20 pages) that I probably read around 1988 or so in elementary school. The protagonist is a young boy, I think in Mexico. His family does pottery, and he's ...
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Short story about a bullied boy winning a rock throwing fight because he can throw rocks so that they curve

I read a short story back in the 2001/2002 time frame while I was in middle school. It may have been assigned reading, or part of a text book, or a library book I can't remember. I was reading it ...
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story-identification: children's mystery book set in mid-20th c western US

Okay, this has nagged me for years. I read a children's book circa 1970, set in the western US in early-mid-20th century. Horses and trucks both. A mystery. Protagonists two boys and one girl. ...
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Trying to locate source of a story about Japanese storyteller's apprentice who is mistaken for a master

I'm trying to locate the source of a story I remember, for an essay I'm writing. Not sure if the story is fact, fiction, or legend. It concerns an apprentice to a master storyteller in Japan (Rakugo I ...
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Story ID: U.S. soldier mistaken for football star in Japan

An acquaintance is trying to find a short story she read some years ago (I am sorry she could not identify how far). She thinks she read it in Reader's Digest, or in a collection of stories from it. ...
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Looking for an old sci-fi tale about time-traveling

I can not remember the author, but this seems was Ray Bradbury. However, I've already read couple of his short stories, which would be matched by titles, and found nothing. It's probably not Ray ...
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I know a story, but cannot find where I read it

I remember reading a book during my school days, There was a story which was based during some war in medieval England I believe. There was an Inn in the story named Step Inn. Where the owner of the ...
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Was there a poem by Aleister Crowley that involved a mechanical girl?

Was there a poem by Aleister Crowley that involved a mechanical girl? I remember finding one with a straight-forward title, like "The Mechanical Girl" or something, when looking up early uses of pre-...
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Short Story: Duel between a magical creature and a master accountant

I half-remember this short story I read in a faded SF or fantasy collection: The child of a respected sorcerer family scandalizes them by choosing a career as an accountant. The parents summon some ...
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Identify a free interpretation of the Babylonian confusion

Once I've read a story that the real reason for the Babylonian confusion was not divine at all but a striking translator guild (I am not sure whether they were slaves or just had worse payment). ...
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Trying to find a short story I read in the early 1960s about soldiers time traveling back to the civil war

A platoon of modern soldiers, after an unusual meteorological event, find themselves in the center of a civil war battle, still holding their modern weapons. The meat of the story was their ethical ...
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I'm looking for a book that my teacher wrote

My teacher recently told us that he has written multiple(?) mystery novels, but he won't tell us what it's called, and they're published under a pseudonym. This is all I know about the book: It was ...
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Looking For a Specific O. Henry Story

I once read a short story, quite convinced at the moment that it was by O. Henry, in which a grandfather figure sits down on his porch with a young boy and starts to tell him a story ... about a ...
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Old children's book about teenage girl who helps foxes

My mom (b. 1960) has long searched for this book she read in her childhood. She consulted with librarians and even wrote a letter to the Toronto Star, but none of the suggestions were it. She gave up ...
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Looking for story where a woman calls for help by pretending to be ordering meat over the phone or something

Sounds like Roald Dahl or Edgar Allan Poe, but I could be wrong. It's NOT Lamb to the Slaughter. The woman in the story is in danger somehow by a man in her house, and she manages to call for help ...
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Short story where a king uses a tiger to punish the accused

This story was a part of a collection that I read quite some time ago. Here are the details: Language: English Year: Unknown; but I read it sometime in the early 2000s (likely 2002-03). What I ...
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Short story identification: Color of the Taj Mahal, mother says “Death rides a fast horse behind me”

In grade school in the 1970s, I read a short story I would like to find again. I think it was assigned reading, a school book (reader) that one of the schools used. It may also have been in an old ...
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Looking for a story about a Confederate leader in the US civil war

This was written around the mid 20th century by an author who (I think) was also known for sci-fi, but this was about a real person and (more or less) based on real events. The protagonist was a ...
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Short story where an older lady realizes that her new beau has been murdering his wives, but decides to go with it

I was reading the TV Tropes entry for The Bluebeard and it made me recall a short story (probably less than 20 pages) I read probably in the early 2000s, I think part of a mystery anthology. The ...
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Trying to find a comic strip about “What your clothes say about you”

I recall a comic strip about the statement that your clothes make, but don't seem to be able to find it. It goes something like this: Cartoon of a Guy with great hair, smile, and a suit. Caption: ...
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Swift's Great Mystery

In his best known book, History of Shit, Dominique Laporte mentions "Swift's Great Mystery" when listing pertinent literature (pp. 100-101): The Biblioteca Scatalogica furnishes an impressive list ...
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Trying to find a particular anecdote about programming [closed]

I remember this anecdote from shortly after I graduated college, so it was on the internet at least in 2014. The point of the anecdote was that two equally valid solutions to a problem can take ...
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Story about siblings crossing the United States on foot

I read this book maybe fifteen years ago, but it felt much older. I think the prices used suggested it taking place in the 50's or 60's. (I was a european kid who never used dollars, I might be ...
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A king commissioned an ever growing map of his kingdom

I’m just paraphrasing what I remember. I believe this is from a science fiction novel. But essentially it says “A king commissioned a map of his kingdom to be made. It wasn’t inclusive enough, so it ...
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What young adult series involved a club of boys who bought a submarine?

I recall a series of young adult or children book, but cannot find the name about a group of boys who solved a detective club of sorts. They solved mysteries or other problems in their community. In ...
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Story/children's story about a middle/high school boy asking out two girls to prom

Not exactly a book, but a short story, young-adult maybe. From what I can remember, the story was relatively short, something around 20-30 pages, maybe ? I remember reading the story about 8 years ago ...
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Story from the perspective of a killer and the victim

Back when I was in school, I remember one of my English teachers telling us about a book she was about to read written from the perspective of both the killer and the killer's victim. Each chapter ...
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Children’s story: boy accidentally hits bird with stone and nurses back to health. man hurts it on purpose nurses it back to get gift

A long time I read a story where a young boy accidentally hits a bird (with a stone I think). He runs over to find it and nurses it back to health. It flies away and eventually brings him back some ...
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Looking for a story/essay by Stephen Leacock

There was a a humorous piece by Stephen Leacock (I remember reading it as a child from a late seventies Reader’s Digest) inanely titled either “How to kill a spider” or “How to make a board” or some ...
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An Indian man retires to become a hermit

I think this story was by Kipling -- it's set in India, during the British Empire. Maybe a few dozen pages in length. The plot -- An Indian man had had a successful career, as a ruler or a high ...
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Trying to find: Short story: Boy meets a man who is about to hang himself

For decades this short story has been stuck in my head. We read it in highschool English class once. As I remember it, it was about a boy leaving his home to encounter a man who was about to hang ...
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What is the Title of this fable where a Mongoose is getting married

My friend described a possible fable to me that they read as a child. They recall it being a picture book that was a fable/folk tale that had a weasel/mongoose type chacter. The main character gets ...
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Fantasy children’s novel about a boy who can’t lie

I read this book around 2010 and I need help identifying it. The first scene was of a woman who had just given birth (?, she had her newborn) and it was raining. A wizard (who have been called ...
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What is the book that has an abandoned DeSoto in it along with two raccoons?

So recently I felt a slight pang of regret for not reading enough of this really interesting book I got from the library at age 9. The plot goes something like this: 1: There is this evil crocodile ...

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