Anyone know the title of this book?
October 30, 2008 5:01 AM   Subscribe

Back when I was in Elementary school around 1969 our teacher read a book aloud to the class that I remember as being kind of fantasy and kind of spooky. The plot was something about a sister and brother who were latch-key kids. I think the sister wore the house key around her neck on a green ribbon. Anyway, somehow they were "kidnapped" by an old person and and ended up on an island where the people never got older. I believe a closet was involved too THe way the people stayed young had something to do with the kids not being abled to leave. If someone knows the name of this book it would be great. Thanks.
posted by pjlalala to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Was it "The Green Door"?
posted by nougat at 5:48 AM on October 30, 2008


It sounds a little like the earliest book in the Narnia series, Magician's Nephew.
posted by widdershins at 10:17 AM on October 30, 2008


This sounds terribly familiar. Especially the green ribbon. Grrrrr.
posted by snuffleupagus at 11:28 AM on October 30, 2008


I know for a fact I have this book in my library at home, but I cannot remember the title. When I get home I will look it up. It's driving me crazy right now because I can SEE the cover in my head and I have the title in that part of my brain where it's just past retrievable.

Anyway, if nobody else answers this, I will hopefully find the answer for you this evening.
posted by OolooKitty at 11:40 AM on October 30, 2008


I have actually recovered this from my memory. It's by Bruce Clements and it's called "Two Against the Tide."
posted by OolooKitty at 11:59 AM on October 30, 2008


"Two Against the Tide" was published in 1987. The OP says the story was read to him/her in 1969.
posted by nougat at 12:39 PM on October 30, 2008


Reprinted in 1987, originally published in 1969. I did look it up.
posted by OolooKitty at 12:56 PM on October 30, 2008


OH MY GOSH! I forgot I had even posted this and when I saw the answers today I was...well wow! I am going to be late for work...because I just had to say YES and thank you! This has bugged me for 39 years! WOW...you are all great-Thank you! I am going to find this and force my teenagers to let me read this to them!
posted by pjlalala at 10:03 AM on September 4, 2009


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