Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bargain Book Bonanza (10): School Library Discard Edition!

 Welcome to Bargain Book Bonanza!

A book haul linky party for bargain loving bookworms!

BBB is the place to showcase all the great books (new, used, vintage, electronic, audio) that you have scored on sale.

Each Monday through Thursday, all book lovers are invited to carouse, make merry and revel with bargain book abandon!

Want to join the party? Just visit the Bargain Book Bonanza page for the particulars.

Lesa is hosting this week!

 Squee! Hold on to your hats, bargain lovin' friends, because you will not believe the bountiful bonanza of books that fell into my life last Tuesday!

For free!!

 Yep, free thanks to the lovely generous school librarian, Mrs. K, who said:  Lesa, take any books you want from the discard boxes.  

Ka-ching! Is that like winning a bookworm jackpot or what?!  

That is my box on the left before it was filled plumb full
     I went through the discards with a fine toothed comb, overfilling an entire box with 36 books. And I'm not a bit embarrassed at my bookhoggishness. Nope, I'm a member of the bookhog tribe and proud of it! 

Mrs. K was thrilled for so many books to go to a good home. Like any booklover, it distresses her to dispose of books or to imagine donated books remaining unadopted or trashed.  

So thanks to me, there are now less books for Mrs. K to worry with so I'm not just a bookhog-- I'm a bookish good deed doer!  

But please, no accolades. I'm sure all y'all bookhogs bookworms would've done a good turn for Mrs. K too. 

So what did I choose?
Seven darling vintage picture books. Or would that be retro? No matter, they will be well-loved at my house. And they are all hardbacks in perfect albeit dingy condition with sewn bindings-- Wow! 

The Elephant's Child by Rudard Kipling 1969
The Apple Strudel Soldier by Tom McGowen 1968
Little Pest Pico by Ellis Credle 1969
The Elegant Pelican by Mildred Whatley Wright 1968
The Twin Witches of Fingle Fu by Iri Phillips 1969
The Princess Book stories by multiple authors 1974
The Knight of the Golden Plain by Mollie Hunter 1983

Seven hardback young adult (maybe middle grade?) fiction and memoirs mainly all initially published in the early 1970s-- these are late 70s editions.  A bit scarred on the outside but fine on the inside.

My Sister Mike by Amelia Elizabeth Walden 1979 (first published in 1956)

I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier 1979

The Meat In The Sandwich by Alice Bach 1979

Bless the Beasts and Children by Gideon Swarthout 1970 

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green 1979

Dove by Robin Lee Graham 1978

A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins 1979
Six middle grade/children's hardback books with sewn bindings and in superduper condition.

Maggie's Caravan by Henry R. Fea 1965

The Covered Bridge by Cornelia Meigs 1964 (first published in 1936)

The Mystery of Secret Town by Virginia Nielson 1969

Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright 1957

White Witch of Kynance by Mary Calhoun 1970

Carnival in Paris by Natalie Carlson 1962

Three children's or middle grade hardback books featuring animals. Again, sewn bindings and excellent condition-- except for a torn dustcover.

My Lives and How I Lost Them by Christopher Cat in collaboration with Countee Cullen 1970 (first published 1942)

Rutgers and the Water-Snouts by Barbara Dana 1969

The New Boy by Doreen Tovey 1970 (non-fiction)

Miscellaneous children's books. Two hardbacks  in excellent condition with sewn bindings. One raggedy modern paperback

Sprockets: A Little Robot by Alexander Key 1969 chapter book and too cute!

Dirk Lives in Holland text by Astrid Lindgren-- reprint 1967  nonfiction picture/photo book

Spongebob  picture book 2004

Miscellaneous middle grade and young adult:

The Taylor Street Irregulars by Bill Knotts 1970 (mystery) hardback

Angry Waters by Walt Morey 1969 hardback

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 1987 paperback edition

Witch House by Evangeline Walton 1979 paperback edition (first published in 1945)

Three hardback nonfiction books:

An Illustrated Outline History of Mankind 1959 edition; two book set

The Boys Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay 1906-- this one featured in a Tuesday Treasure post-- and now it is mine, all mine!!!

Pardon me while I swoon in paroxysms of bookish delight!

Ok, onward with this trek traipse though bookhog heaven... we are nearing the end, I promise.

And now for the piece de resistance: Newbery's!!  Woohoo! Remember my goal to read all the Newbery winner and honor books

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien  (1972 Newbery winner) 1971 hardback (Was that a huzzah! from Shredded Cheddar?)

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (1962 Newberry winner) 1978 paperback edition- cover is falling off but I don't care.

Blue Willow by Doris Gates (1942 Newbery Honor) 1976 hardback

Wow! I'm freakin' and buzzin' all over again just going through my big box o'books! 

All new to me books too that I can't wait to read  over the summer!

Well, except for The Red Badge of Courage:  I read that in high school. Not a fave but it deserves a reread with my more mature mind...  someday...  and no snickers from the cheap seats!

Have you read or heard of any of these books?

Please join in the fun!

Don't be intimidated by this awesome, out of this world, bodacious Bargain Book Bonanza! 

 Link up your bargain haul...  large or small...  We love them all!


  1. TRAMPOSA! Oh yes, I said it! You totally CHEATED! How can we POSSIBLY compete with that???
    I have read Rats of Nimh and a few of the others. But some of those intrigue me! My Sister Mike, I am the Cheese, and The Meat in the Sandwich. Hmmm, sound verrrry interesting!

    You done good, girl! I am impressed!!

    And NO I did NOT call you a tramp! I called you a cheater! ;)

  2. you guys crack me up... just sayin' *heh

  3. Oh, Lesa, I am so envious. Vintage. Retro. Books. FREE!!!! You really hit the jackpot here. Thanks for sharing them all with us!

    I might still join you this week and write about my Maeve Binchy books. I have a more busy week than usual though.

    Take care,

    Kathy M.

  4. Leslie: Shh! I'm trying to keep my cheatin' ways on the down low! Heehee! Doubt I can ever compete with this haul either! I still can't believe it!

    The titles are odd too, aren't they--- I wondered if having food in titles was a 70s thing.

    I didn't read any of these sort of books when I was middle grade/YA age in the late 70s/80s-- don't even remember seeing them! I'm really looking forward to expanding my horizons.

  5. Kathy: Thanks for stopping by! And no worries! We know you can't join every week-- just join whenever you can! I'm planning to revamp sidebar blog roll soon and add your blog so I can keep track of it better! Thanks for being such a great bloggy friend and visiting and commenting on all of our blogs!!

  6. oh my, Lesa. That's amazing. You might need a new book case. They are beautiful!

  7. Okay that is amazing, Lesa. Lucky!! Those books are beautiful!

  8. +JMJ+

    I decided to be brave and link up a sapling of a post that is completely cowed in the shadow of your own mighty oak. =P

    Lucky, lucky you, Lesa! =D There are lots of books there that I wish could have been in my school library when I was growing up. (Hmmmm. Maybe they once were, but then the librarian let someone else have them? ;-) LOL!!!)

    I started my own personal challenge to read all the Newbery Award Winners when I was about twelve. I wish I could say that means I'm pretty far ahead, but I got sidetracked by a bunch of great non-winners. (If reading were a journey, I'd be perpetually lost and loving it!) You already know that I love Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, but I don't think I've mentioned that Island of the Blue Dolphins is one of my all-times favourites. It was one of the first Newbery winners I read, and I've loved Karana ever since.

    But I can't believe I haven't even heard of Blue Willow until now. I hope it's not out of print!

  9. DeLynne: A new bookcase? You think?! hahaha

    D and Jillian: I'm still amazed! So cool that you both find old books beautiful too.

  10. E: Thanks for linking up!! Such courage! ;o)

    And remember from a sapling a mighty oak grows-- or is that an acorn? hahhahah pardon my nuttiness.

    Well, all I can say is that is pays to butter up librarians and it might be worth trolling school libraries for handouts-- or at least discard sales.

    Wish I'd started the Newbery quest when I was 12-- when I looked at the list of winners, I'd read more than I thought but still barely a dent in the total. And then there are all the honor books!

    Reading them all was floating in my mind for several years but now I'm actively questing.

    Are you going to reread the ones you read as a child? I've been debating and think I will. It has been so long and it is interesting and a whole different experience to read with an adult perspective.

    So cool that Island of Blue Dolphins is one of your faves!! I loved Caddie so can't wait to read these-- But I picked up Meat in the Sandwich first and gotta finish an old Alice Walker book that is really good: Temple of my Familiar.

    Is there anything better than having too many books to read?!

  11. +JMJ+

    You know I love Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, but did you know that Island of the Blue Dolphins is one of my all-time favourites??? It was the book that made me love Scott O'Dell, who is a great Historical novelist.

    I've never seen Blue Willow around, though. How sad if even a Newbery Award book can end up going out of print. =(

    I started my own Newbery Award books reading project (which includes the Newbery Honour books as well) when I was twelve; but if you think that means I've made a lot of headway, then you give me more credit than I deserve. =P

    If a reading challenge is a journey, then it's one I take forever to complete! Although I'm never lost, I'm always all over the place. Why take the logical path when you can find a detour that includes more books that you didn't plan on reading when you first set out? (Am I right???)

  12. DeLynne & Jillian: Thanks! And yes I do need more bookcases!

  13. E: Thanks for reposting your lost comment. Aggravating Blogger!!

    No, I didn't know you loved Blue Dolphins but knowing makes me more excited to read it.

    That is a real shame-- I've noticed that several of my finds lately show 'renewed by' and the author's name on the copyright page-- I guess the books went out of print at some point.

    Oh, yes, you are right! And you are the cause of most of my reading detours lately!! Many Waters, Caddie, the whole Newbery thing (but it has been in the back of mind for a few years) and now Dahl!! About to head to Shredded Cheddar to talk more Dahl.

    Btw, I have a library book that I wish I could share with you-- Horn Book anthology of Newbery winners 1922-1955 w/acceptance letters and tons of fascinating tidbits of info. I hope to post the Caddie info when school is out.

  14. That is actually giving me an idea for a future post - My Obsession with Jane Eyre. Haha.

    By the way, thanks for recommending Marie's blog to me by the way! I just spent the last couple of minutes browsing through her blog! So pretty :)

  15. Oh, I'm so glad you liked it-- I don't really read fashion blogs but it is one of my two faves-- Izzy's being the other, of course. ;o) Speaking of Izzy, she has posted about her collection of different editions of Alice in Wonderland-- she is obsessed too. So yes, you do need to post about Jane Eyre-- I'd love to see all the different covers.


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