General chatter - Hopeless request RE: a children's book circa 1970

08-01-2007, 01:13 PM
OK, all you trivia buffs and avid readers, if anyone can come through for me on this I will be SO happy (and SO surprised!!):

The book I'm looking for information on is about a black boy who wants a guitar. He starts to save money to buy one in a jar with a note taped to it that says "guitar money." In the meantime, he makes a guitar out of a cigar (or shoe) box with rubber bands.

Can ANYONE offer me any clues about the title of this book?

I've tried searching the Library of Congress card catelog and, but I just can't find anything!

08-01-2007, 02:24 PM
Could it be...?

The Boy from Nine Miles: The Early Life of Bob Marley (Young Spirit Books) (Hardcover)

It talks about him making a guitar from a cigar box... not sure about the "guitar money" part though.

Good Luck.

08-01-2007, 02:49 PM
Thanks, Gina.

I googled it and it's not the one I remember.

I know this is impossible--it's just that now that I'm having a baby of my own, I'd like to read some of the books to him/her that influenced my young life (like this one--that taught me how to save my change for things I wanted to buy).


08-01-2007, 02:49 PM
I was bored so I tried online and I bombed... but since you're a little more familiar than I am you might want to try they have a pretty good advanced search but I didn't find it. :(

08-01-2007, 02:51 PM
There's a website called Loganberry Books that helps people look up forgotten titles of children's books, here's their URL:

08-01-2007, 03:15 PM
Holy CRAP!!

Who KNEW there were so many "lost" books out there?

08-01-2007, 04:08 PM

08-01-2007, 04:23 PM

Thanks, but nope! I checked that'n, too!

This is really unusual for me because I'm the type that NEVER forgets a book! I'm the one all my friends call with these kinds of questions.

Surely, eventually, I'll remember (yeah right!) :devil:

08-01-2007, 04:43 PM

08-01-2007, 05:23 PM
Is this a picture book or a chapter book? Do you recall? Any idea what age it is geared to? I know of a couple of good library listserves that might be able to help you if you're interested.

08-01-2007, 05:38 PM
Wow, thanks to ANOther for the Loganberry link! I was able to use it to find a book I have been looking for for ages. All I could remember was that some kids find a stove, cook eggs, and become invisible. A search for "stove eggs invisible" and it came right up! (FYI, the book is called "M is for Mischief")

I was able to show it to my fiance, who I have mentioned the story to before and he never believed a book like that actually existed.

08-01-2007, 05:39 PM
It has words, but it's not long enough to be a chapter book. I'd say it's geared toward 7-9-year-olds to read by themselves. I was probably 5-6 when Momma let me read it (or read it to me).

It was a library discard. I got it around the same time I got Many Moons, Quiet Street, and my 1st Flicka, Ricka, & Dicka book.

08-01-2007, 06:51 PM
Well i looked and looked and looked and couldnt find a book like that, but I did see a lot of really good kids books on ebay. You may want to check there for others :) good luck, sorry i couldnt help

08-02-2007, 02:50 PM
Sorry--just wanted to bump up past all the GAMES :dizzy:

08-02-2007, 07:09 PM
Hi 4myself, I've got a couple of emails out on some of the library listserves that I am on that may turn up something. I'll let you know if so.

08-03-2007, 11:03 AM
Thank you Tammy!!