Chiming in with a few of my own mysteries for the wise ehellions to solve!
This first one had a lot of short stories. They told about a womans grandmother when she was little. One of them I remember she had diptheria, and another story was when the young girl got up early (this was back when everyone used woodstoves) she placed her clothes on the oven as her mother did to warm them, and then jumped in bed. Well, she missed the direction "On" and instead placed them "in" the oven. They all awoke to smoke and when the mother opened the oven it was to find her daughters clothes-- charred. Oooh just remembered a third story... the little girl made a cake for her mothers birthday, but instead of using sugar as the recipe intended, she added a bunch of salt accidentally. The childs mother ate every bite of her piece of cake, while everyone else spat theirs out.
I have a lot of details for the second one so i am going to try searching for it on my own first.
Could that be part of the "Grandma's Attic" series? I remember reading those when I was little. Charming little childhood misadventure stories.
Yes! That's it... wait... series?! There's more than one?! *goes to devour books*
Also... didn't find the other book I was looking for. Boo.
So, I give it to the wise ehellions to solve!
so the main character is named Lucinda.She has an older sister Cherry who is a nanny ( i think) and who has already moved out. A bit into the book her older brother also leaves, though is loathe to leave her with their mother who isn't a particularly good one. At one point in the story, they have barely any food, and no bread, so Lucinda eats a peanut butter sandwich on a lettuce leaf. Her mother tells her one day that she is going to visit a friend (or something) and explains to Lucinda that she will leave money for food for her. Her mother tells her she'll be gone a week at most (i think). Lucinda accepts this, and one day when she is returning home with groceries (?) she sees a bunch of people on her porch. Scared she slips into the local cemetery that is right across the way. She enters a house on the grounds and its run down and what not, but safe enough for her to stay. She ends up staying there, and there is a broken statue in the house of a boy, named Benjamin. There are aliens or something in the statue and so it communicates with her. She figures out eventually that they are visitors and that the statue isn't actually Benjamin, though she calls them "Benjamin" for ease of communication. The visitors for their part, try to take care of her as best they can, talking to her and comforting her.
Anyone have any idea what book i am talking about?