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.
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
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
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:
Now I'm very curious!
Don't have any leads for you on the potions book.
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.
just to say, I've always found the abe forums really, really useful for tracking down half forgotten books.
lol yes the abebooks fora.
Back in the dark ages pre amazon's world domination thats where bibliophiles hung out