Well crap. Blogger won't upload the photo in the right orientation. Oh well.
Mystery Island was the very first chapter book I read as a child, 2nd grade. There are 8 books in that series, but the school library only had 5 of them, so I read them over and over and over. My teacher and the librarian despaired of ever convincing me there were other books out there. Eventually I discovered The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, which A is currently reading (you don't know how much that thrills me!!!) and its sequel, Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet.
Right there in the middle of the three books in the photo is The Invisible Island, which I finished reading Sunday. What a feeling of completion! I'd searched for that book for over 40 years, but since I didn't know the title or the author, it wasn't much of a search. I think that, a few posts back, I wrote of American Book Exchange. It has a feature called Book Sleuth; you can find the category your book is in then leave a post giving a description of the book you want. In both posts that I left, someone answered within an hour giving the title and author of the book, not to mention that both books are extremely rare and expensive. Just another day in my life.
This is the inside cover of guess which book. I referred to it so many times while I read the book. So cool!
And a couple of photos from Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet. I love these odd illustrations!
And one last one from Mystery Island:
I'm buying back my childhood, one book at a time.