Cannot find a book. need help

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Cannot find a book. need help

Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:59 pm

Wife is trying to find a book from when she was younger. can't figure out the name, but have found 2 other people looking for it on forums. Here are the two descriptions if anyone by chance would know what it was.

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An old woman/spirit/witch has the ability to move into new bodies or "shells" in order to stay alive forever. In the book, a teen girl meets an older woman and the old woman moves into her body to take it over as her new shell before the old woman's body dies. The teen girl may be adopted or newly part of this old woman's family for some reason.

I don't remember if they switch bodies (young girl into older body) or share the young girl's body for a period of time. I also don't remember if the younger girl overcomes the takeover of her body or not. There is also a young male character.

I read this book over and over in the '90s. I had a paperback copy. The cover art showed an old woman with a young girl's face sitting in a chair, possibly a rocking chair. The girl's face looked shocked.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:47 am

Bump. Finding this will end with great reward.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:55 am

I am on this for you Balice.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:03 pm

Do you know around when it was published?
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:26 pm

The guess is late 70s to earlier 90s
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:06 pm

Sounds a bit like Fallen with Denzel Washington. :P
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:40 pm

Sounds kinda like the Skeleton Key...
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:32 pm

The old testament!
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:26 am

Balice wrote:Wife is trying to find a book from when she was younger. can't figure out the name, but have found 2 other people looking for it on forums. Here are the two descriptions if anyone by chance would know what it was.

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An old woman/spirit/witch has the ability to move into new bodies or "shells" in order to stay alive forever. In the book, a teen girl meets an older woman and the old woman moves into her body to take it over as her new shell before the old woman's body dies. The teen girl may be adopted or newly part of this old woman's family for some reason.

I don't remember if they switch bodies (young girl into older body) or share the young girl's body for a period of time. I also don't remember if the younger girl overcomes the takeover of her body or not. There is also a young male character.

I read this book over and over in the '90s. I had a paperback copy. The cover art showed an old woman with a young girl's face sitting in a chair, possibly a rocking chair. The girl's face looked shocked.
I shall assist.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:43 am

ConspiracyTheorist wrote:
Balice wrote:Wife is trying to find a book from when she was younger. can't figure out the name, but have found 2 other people looking for it on forums. Here are the two descriptions if anyone by chance would know what it was.

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An old woman/spirit/witch has the ability to move into new bodies or "shells" in order to stay alive forever. In the book, a teen girl meets an older woman and the old woman moves into her body to take it over as her new shell before the old woman's body dies. The teen girl may be adopted or newly part of this old woman's family for some reason.

I don't remember if they switch bodies (young girl into older body) or share the young girl's body for a period of time. I also don't remember if the younger girl overcomes the takeover of her body or not. There is also a young male character.

I read this book over and over in the '90s. I had a paperback copy. The cover art showed an old woman with a young girl's face sitting in a chair, possibly a rocking chair. The girl's face looked shocked.
I shall assist.
You were the main reason i posted this here. Thank you.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:46 am

I tried and ironically, the only thing I came across was your wife (I'm assuming) looking for the book on another forum about 3-4 days ago. I thought it would be easy to find something like this by just googling the basic plot, but it is actually very difficult.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:49 am

Vervandi wrote:I tried and ironically, the only thing I came across was your wife (I'm assuming) looking for the book on another forum about 3-4 days ago. I thought it would be easy to find something like this by just googling the basic plot, but it is actually very difficult.
Yes. It has been messing with me, because I thought I was master googler.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:47 am

Ok this is a pain in the [fluffy bunnies]. Is there a name or city or anything particular to the story to search for?
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:02 pm

Seems a lot like the movie Skeleton Key
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:02 pm

I found posts from her from 2014! Good lawrd!
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:53 pm

The skeleton key is about voodoo. Also, the other people become like semi paralyzed and can't speak, and die after a little bit of time. Also, no adoption in that movie and it's a couple.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:54 pm

I don’t remember. Those two reviews you posted were exactly what the book is about. The only thing I could add is that I THINK the lady was ancient Egyptian and that in the end the little girl realized after she was switched to the old lady body that she now had the ability to switch to someone else and did.

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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:34 pm

A powerful, spooky and disturbing novel, full of dark twists and turns, from the author of The Great Blue Yonder. Eleven-year-old Carly is lonely. She's short with red hair and freckles, and she'd love to be different - like Meredith, the new girl in her class. But although Meredith is tall and willowy, and quite clever and a talented actress, there's something not quite right about her. Meredith is an orphan who lives with her elderly granny. But Meredith is clearly in charge. And when Carly finds herself chatting to Meredith's wrinkly granny one afternoon, she hears a story that she cannot bring herself to believe. A story about an old witch and a willowy young girl - a young life stolen; an eleven-year-old trapped in an elderly body. 'Meredith' is not Meredith at all. Meredith is stuck in Granny's body - and needs Carly's help to escape...
http://www.amazon.com/The-Stolen-Alex-S ... 0333968158

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That it?

EDIT: Looks like this was first published in 2003, so I guess that would seem to rule it out. But it sure seems similar.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:55 pm

That's not it, but yeah, seems close.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:06 pm

I've been looking. I have turned up absolutely nothing.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:16 pm

CheckYoTrack wrote:I've been looking. I have turned up absolutely nothing.
Well thanks for nothing.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:05 am

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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:13 pm

Who been diddling kids?
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:50 am

Vervandi wrote:I tried and ironically, the only thing I came across was your wife (I'm assuming) looking for the book on another forum about 3-4 days ago. I thought it would be easy to find something like this by just googling the basic plot, but it is actually very difficult.
as it started i thought it was gonna be a dig. lol.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:56 am

can u remember any character names? What about locations in the book? so far theres bupkiss for people to use in searching imo. At first glance i just assumed its a troll post with some kind of underlying joke mocking a known text.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:19 pm

Sorry, dude. She's gotta come up with something more descriptive like a name, place, author, publisher, anything! I've spent hours obsessing over it, lol, but found nothing even remotely comparable to her descriptions.

I need a hobby...
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:28 pm

ConspiracyTheorist wrote:Sorry, dude. She's gotta come up with something more descriptive like a name, place, author, publisher, anything! I've spent hours obsessing over it, lol, but found nothing even remotely comparable to her descriptions.

I need a hobby...
Me too. I looked at like thousands of YA horror book covers on the nets to see anything matching the cover description.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:10 pm

Obviously it never existed.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:49 pm

Magma wrote:Obviously it never existed.
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Re: Cannot find a book. need help

Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:45 pm

At this point I think Balice has been setting this up as a troll to send us looking for a non existent book for hours on end.
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