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    Quote Originally Posted by illumina3 View Post
    Thought of another one. Kid's book from the late 70's early 80s about a child who is always getting into trouble, and has a best friend who I think might have had learning difficulties. The protagonist is never referred to as he or she, and has quite an odd nickname, and as the reader you make the assumption that it's a boy (the friend is clearly a boy); however at the very end the child is up on the roof of the school and a teacher comes out and yells out the child's full name - turns out she's a girl.
    For some strange reason, the name of the book came to me right after I wrote the above - and it's
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    In answer to your first post, was the 2nd book one of the ones in Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" series?
    Also sounds similar to one I read which involved a boy finding a secret key and getting help from a magic cat called Tabitha although I don't remember the name of that one.

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    OMG wow! I was only telling Sixtyten last night(or the night before) I thought the cat from the OP was called Tabitha!!!
    Brer does something about 'talisman' also ring a bell?

    The boy,the key and Tabitha all fit into the book I read

    Infact I think the key was the Talisman?? Damn I was only about 7 when this book was read to us in school.I'm racking my brain cell to try and remember more

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    There's something very familiar about that book with the ending being a girl and not a boy ! That's gonna drive me mad all day now !

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    I'm now convinced the book I remember was probably part of a reading book series maybe only available to schools?


    After reading your thread here Steve https://forums.doyouremember.co.uk/t...k+reading+book does the Talisman make any sense to you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by huggie74 View Post
    I'm now convinced the book I remember was probably part of a reading book series maybe only available to schools?


    After reading your thread here Steve https://forums.doyouremember.co.uk/t...k+reading+book does the Talisman make any sense to you ?
    I'm not too sure . . the cat being called Tabitha seems to be ringing a bell with trying to discover the books I mentioned in one of my other posts but not sure of the Talisman. I feel like I'm getting closer though ! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brer Bunny View Post
    In answer to your first post, was the 2nd book one of the ones in Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" series?
    Also sounds similar to one I read which involved a boy finding a secret key and getting help from a magic cat called Tabitha although I don't remember the name of that one.
    No, it's not Susan Cooper, I had those as well, and loved them. I don't remember the name of the girl who could turn into a cat, but the secret key doesn't sound familiar.

    I just have this very clear memory of the boy trying to learn a spell in this old wizard's back garden, and the cat sitting on the garden wall watching him, then turning into a girl.

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    OK, I have another one... the only problem is that although I know I read this as a child... well, probably aged 10-12... I don't think it's children's fiction.

    The book was about two Russian Jewish sisters - it starts in Russia, where the eldest sister is just getting married. However, there is a pogram, and the family have to leave, but somehow, the eldest sister ends up alone in London, while her younger sister and her husband make it to New York, which is where they are all supposed to meet. I remember the younger sister ends up working in a fabric factory, or something like that, and I know she has an affair with her sister's husband. The sisters don't meet again for years and there is bitter recrimination when they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve242526 View Post
    I'm not too sure . . the cat being called Tabitha seems to be ringing a bell with trying to discover the books I mentioned in one of my other posts but not sure of the Talisman. I feel like I'm getting closer though ! Lol
    I think we are after two separate books when it comes to the 'black cat'.
    I'm sure mine was part of a school learning book series now rather than just a story book.

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    I never said the cat was black! In fact now that you mention it, I think the one in mine was a tabby (and most importantly, wasn't really a cat!).

    OOH, just remembered - the girl/cat in mine had odd-coloured eyes, one blue, one green?

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