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The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Evergreen by Belva Plain
Enfant Terrible by Scott Dalrymple
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Flight of the Goose by Lesley Thomas
The Frog Prints by B. L. Harwick
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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
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King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
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The Minister's Wooing by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
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The Penthouse Mystery by Ellery Queen
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Red as Blood by Tanith Lee
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The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
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The Frog Prints: 07/21/08

A few months ago I asked for book donations for my son's kindergarten. Among the books donated, was The Frog Prints by B. L. Harwick.

The illustration on the cover by Andrea Eberbachart reminded me of Tommy and Sarah Dress Up (1972) by Gunilla Wolde, a favorite book from my childhood and a contemporary with Frog Prints.

Bruce starts to see mysterious frog prints in his room and he can't figure out why. He enlists Melinda who has a detective kit. Together they manage to solve the case.

The story is silly and simplistic but oddly entertaining. My favorite part of the story though is artwork. The book is out of print but there are copies available online.


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Comment #1: Saturday, July, 12, 2008 at 11:53:03

Carrie, Reading to Know

I just recollected the whole series (not sure what happened to the copies I used to own) and was staring at them the other day thinking I needed to give them another read through! GREAT memories of this series as I was growing up. Fun, fun!"

Comment #2: Saturday, July, 12, 2008 at 13:54:25


I've been checking them out from my local library but I may break down some day and buy the entire set."

Comment #3: Saturday, July, 12, 2008 at 12:15:30


I've had this book sitting on the shelf for quite some time now. I wonder why I never read it when I was young. Someday I will correct that. Soon, I hope."

Comment #4: Saturday, July, 12, 2008 at 13:59:10


Read it a chapter a night; that's what I did. Happy reading."