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I read them in the 70's.

 

One was about a boy named Terry or Terence, and I even think the name of the book was Terence but I can't find it with google. The boy leaves home and lives by himself. I think he builds a shelter for himself by a river or stream.

 

The other one (this is a long shot) is a picture book and it involved someone making potions. It wasn't Disney or anything like that. I was 6 when I read it, and hid in the closet with the light on reading it over and over when I was supposed to be asleep. It was a library book so I didn't have much time with it. It must have been published in the 60s or early 70s, I think.

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Long shot but it might it be part of this reading scheme- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_and_the_Hidden_People

 

Tim & Tobias by Sheila McCulough?

 

Reasonably common in the UK in the 70s.

 

The only other edgy kids book I can think of with potions and the like is the Dorrie books by Patricia Coombs

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Coombs

 

I WISH they would reissue these, we have a few but they go for crazy prices nowadays

 

The other book I can think of about a boy leaving home to live by a stream is My Side of the Mountain (and sequels) about a boy named Sam who runs away from home to live on his old family land. My son read that (and was obsessed, seriously obsessed) at around age 7-8 so I guess that's an idea of the reading level. I also read it as a child so I know its from around the 70s/80s or before


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I cannot remember the name of the book I read in elementary school . . . I just remember the boy hunting partridge at one point.  Will see if I can figure out the title.

 

Another one is My Side of the Mountain - great story.  You can read summary of chapters here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Side_of_the_Mountain

 

Now I'm very curious!

 

Don't have any leads for you on the potions book.

 

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Thanks for the replies! I loved My Side of the Mountain. That's not it - this one is little known, I think, and was for a bit younger kids than My Side of the Mountain. A little old lady volunteering at the library when I was ten recommended it. I've never heard anyone mention it since then. But it was really good.

 

I'll check out the links for potion ones.

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just to say, I've always found the abe forums really, really useful for tracking down half forgotten books.


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The abe forums? Do you mean Abraham Hicks?

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abebooks.com probably

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lol yes the abebooks fora.

 

Back in the dark ages pre amazon's world domination thats where bibliophiles hung out smile.gif


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oh, okay, thank you :)

 

Although I am not having much luck. I think there are just too many books that have "Terence" in their title.

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