What’s the name of that book again? You know the one. From when we were kids. It was a children’s chapter book about a family that moves into an old schoolhouse?
Still can’t remember? That’s where Stump the Bookseller comes in. Offered by Loganberry Books in Cleveland, Ohio, this service is dedicated to helping you remember the titles of old favourites you’ve long since forgotten.
You can submit a description of the book (the more detailed the better), and then “the hivemind goes to work”.
“After all,” reads the site, “the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking.”
There is a $US4 ($6) fee, and the site says there’s about a 50 per cent success rate. Helping people rediscover their childhood faves, however, is free. Oh, and by the way, you were thinking of The Six Robbens, by Marion Barrett Obermeyer. You’re welcome.