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I'm looking for a book about a girl around 12 who is sent to live with her stern maiden aunt for a summer. I think the aunt's name is Sarah, and she's incredibly stuffy. This girl starts rooting around in the attic and finds a diary, some clothing, a doll, etc. In the end it turns out that Aunt Sarah was Sally. Any help would surely be appreciated.

S64 is Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer. My copy has the title page torn out, so I don't know the year, but it's a pretty common Scholastic Book Services title. Elizabeth is the doll's name. It was recently republished. The book you're thinking of is called "Magic Elizabeth". I don't know the author, but I know it had wonderful illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush.

The story was of Sally, who went to stay at an elderly aunt's house and finds in the bedroom allotted to her a portrait of a little girl her age who looks just like her, holding a wonderful doll. Aunt Sarah tells Sally that the doll's name was Elizabeth and the girl's name was Sally also. Through the book, Sally gets to know and love old Aunt Sarah and her black cat Shadow and has dreams in which she experiences going back in time to be the other Sally. She wants to find Elizabeth, whom Aunt Sarah says disappeared a long time ago. Finally Shadow finds the doll and Sally finds out that the other Sally was her Aunt Sarah and the doll was hers.

A favorite book of mine and of my daughter's, who I believe has it now which is why I can't put my hands on the author's name. S64 has got to be Magic Elizabeth , by Norma Kassirer "A grumpy aunt, a black cat, a spooky old house, and a doll named Magic Elizabeth," says the front cover. The aunt is named Sarah, and the little girl is named Sally.

Thanks for the answer! I'm thinking about this book as a gift for a neighbor girl for her birthday later in the year. If I can't find it locally, I'll turn right to you. I appreciate the service you provide. Your website is a lot of fun and brings back tons of good memories! I think this one is Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer. The little girl goes to stay with her a grandmother, not an aunt, but otherwise the details seem to match. It appears on your Solved Stumpers page, and it was recently republished. A few years ago, on a fluke after I happened to find your website, I entered a request for a search on a book I had read as a 5th grader in and had loved very much..

Forgetting about the website, about 4 years went by and just this week, I happened to fall upon it again. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for that because I just came home today to find it on my computer desk, a gift from my husband. I have never forgotten how much I had loved this book. It will always be a treasure to me. The person has read the Burnett Secret Garden and that is not it. I have a suggested book for your stumper, Mandy , by Julie Edwards , published in The description calls it an "enchanting bestseller in the tradition of The Secret Garden.

Ten-year-old Mandy lived in a lovely orphanage where the kind Matron Bridie looked after her well. The good houskeeper, Ellie, slipped her special treats from the kitchen. Mandy was happy, but nothing Mandy had was hers alone. Until that magical day when she climbed the stone wall at the bottom of the orchard, followed a little path through the forest and found the most beautiful deserted, small cottage, sitting in the sunlight, as if it were smiling at her.


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I don't know if Ellie was ever referred to as Elspeth, but it's worth a look if the date is right. They find a common interest in their love for "The Secret Garden" and in recovering the garden of a deserted, bombed-out house, which becomes their own 'secret garden'. No mention of an Elspeth character. They start on the difficult search to find another house to rent and Elizabeth the youngest , who is visited by a make-believe horse when she is alone, insists that they follow the instructions given to her by the horse.

These lead eventually to an old deserted house in a walled garden. This was once the home of the squire, but it holds so many sad memories for him that he will not live in it himself or let it to anyone else. The children find an ally in the squire's sister and they are allowed to restore the garden to its former beauty. In time they get their wish and the house is theirs. Perhaps, it is Elizabeth and her German Garden , the first book by Marie Annette Beauchamp --known all her life as "Elizabeth" , originally published in It starts like a diary.

It is freely downloadable. Hi - don't know how much this will help or how old the question is! The book sounds like Ginnie and the Mystery Doll. There is a secondary character named Elspeth, whom Ginnie befriends while staying at her crabby elderly auntie's house. Together Ginnie and Elspeth try to discover the whereabouts of a lost doll mentioned in an old diary. Hi there - I made a mistake earlier! I had the general plot right, but the wrong book.

It's even still in print. Here's a short summary: Eight-year-old Sally faces an entire summer trapped in a creepy old house with no one for company but her spooky Aunt Sarah and a black cat named Shadow. But soon Sally uncovers a mystery about a beautiful old doll in a portrait -- and a little girl who looks just like Sally herself! In search of clues, Sally is drawn toward the attic and the old mirror that sits there. And when she looks into it, something magical happens It was kind of a scary mystery about a girl who went to visit her Aunt or her Grandma, and while she was there she found a doll in the attic in a trunk.

The doll had special powers. I don't recall the doll being evil or anything. Can you help me locate this story? A common theme Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy? Checked Solved Mysteries for details. More likely the former. I've checked several of the options, Hitty and Behind the Attic wall , but neither were the one I was thinking of. Additionally it came to me that either the girls name or the dolls name may have been Elizabeth. I also checked the solved stories for that name - but couldn't find it there either. Thank you so much for the assistance in trying to find this book.

Could this be Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer? So many hidden dolls Arthur, A Candle in her Room , Very scary. The doll's name is Dido, and it tries to control the girl who finds it. Janet Lunn, Twin Spell , This one has twins, a hidden doll, a missing doll, and an angry ghost. Jacqueline Jackson, Missing Melinda , More twins, another missing doll, found in an attic, but not scary. More of a treasure hunt mystery.

Jane had a missing doll book as well. The others mentioned might be it as well Norma Kassirer, Magic Elizabeth. Magic Elizabeth, that's it! I've found a copy and the front cover is exactly the same as I remember now. Thank you so much!! I'm buying the copy for my 11 year old niece so she can enjoy it to. Thanks again! The child is frightened at first thinking the aunt who has a black cat, is a witch.

Also remember a player-type of piano. The child while playing on an old sled in the carriage house is somehow transported back to the Victorian Era. I believe it was the sled that was magical but it could have been an old diary perhaps?? Thanks so much!! Norma Kassirer , Magic Elizabeth , I'm pretty sure this is the book you are thinking about.

Sally has to go stay with her aunt who lives in old Victorian house. She finds a diary of a little girl who use to live in the house and lost her favorite doll. Sally has dreams that correspond to events in the diary. One includes a sleigh ride. Norma Kassirer , Magic Elizabeth. See solved stumpers! One of my favorites! I recognized the storyline right away. Sally must stay with her Great Aunt Sarah while her parents and usual caregiver are away. Your details aren't bang-on but they're close enough that this must be the book--sorry it is so hard to find, I'd like a copy myself!

Sal goes to stay with her Aunt Sarah and finds out about a doll, Elizabeth, that had been lost in the house years before. She keeps having dreams about going back in time, and eventually she and the aunt's cat find the doll. The "player piano" is a melodeon in the parlor. Norma Kassirer , Magic Elizabeth, Sounds like this could be the book because Sally, whose parents are out of town, goes to stay with her Great-aunt Sarah at her large and scary-looking old house which is surrounded by apartment buildings.

Sally discovers that when she looks into a wall mirror, she sees another girl from the early s, also named Sally, who lived in the house then. She also discovers her diary in the attic. Thanks, I found the book I was looking for via the Book Sleuth forum. The seller confirmed with pictures. Bsure this isn't The Sign of the Beaver? B boy in wilderness: I don't think this is it, but in The Magic Forest , by Stewart White first published s, reprinted many times young Jimmy sleepwalks from a stalled train into the forest, wearing only pajamas and slippers.

He is found at the river's edge by canoing Indians who give him native clothes to wear because his are wet through from the snow. A book that sounds exactly like this came up on the Abebooks booksearch board. Thanks -- not sure it's the same one, but it sounds like it could be! I've sent for a copy and will let you know if it's the same story.

Yes, that was the book. Thanks so much. This was a book about a young girl and a friend. They were near the ocean or a lake. There were drawings of the rocks, which were very pretty when wet. Maybe one of the friends was moving away? Baker Bond, Gladys, The magic friend-maker. Illustrated by Stina Nagel It was published in large format by Whitman in approx This is definitely the book! He goes off to study the violin in Italy and when he returns he finds the girl in the garden.

That's it!! Now, the big question is does Harriet have it? I would prefer to buy it here!! Their mother sends them from the house on the moving day complaining that she is allergic to dust and they find this shed in their new back yard with a stove in it. I believe it is missing a dial, and a strange man comes and brings them a dial with a setting on it that says something like 'magic' on it.

They cook recipes which become magical when they use this setting. The only magic I remember is that one or all of the children become invisible. I can't remember what the conclusion is except that I think the man comes back and takes away the dial. Please help me find this!! Jay Williams, The Magic Grandfather , , copyright. Sam is the boy, it's his grandfather that gets stuck in Beta, and the girl is Sam's cousin, Sarah, who finds out at the end that she got Grandpa back through the portal because she's a witch.

The boy must develop his concentration skills, and practices by imagining a brick wall, one brick at a time. The Magic Grandfather was actually by Jay Williams , but I haven't read it so I can't tell you whether this is the right book. This is definitely the book you're looking for! Eleven year old Sam Limner accidentally discovers that his seemingly unemployed, unambitious grandfather is actually a powerful enchanter.

His grandfather decides to cast a spell over Sam to make him forget what he has learned, but agrees to let Sam witness one spectacular feat of magic first. Sam has already seen his grandfather perform some small acts of magic, like mending a broken window, pulling a child's chipped tooth, and repairing a car that won't start.

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When Grandfather decides to summon a creature from another world, he allows Sam to hold a necessary piece of equipment. Sam drops the equipment during the spell, and Grandfather is sucked into the other world, where he becomes trapped. Sam, with the help of his cousin Sarah, decides to rescue his grandfather.

Sam studies his grandfather's magic books and discovers that he has a talent for sorcery that has been obscured because an addiction to television has ruined his powers of imagination and concentration. He strengthens his imagination by reading a passage from The Wind in the Willows and imagining Badger' kitchen. He has trouble picturing the kitchen's brick floor, and concentrates so that he can imagine it in detail, brick by brick. After many mishaps, Sam rescues his grandfather, who acknowledges his talent and promises to help him develop it.

If the author's name sounds familiar, it's because he is also a co-author of the Danny Dunn science fiction seriesand he plugs the first book in The Magic Grandfather! The Magic Grinder, Part of the Disney's Wonderful World of Reading series. Thank you so much for this site! I sent you this stumper and that's absolutely the book I was looking for. If you can, please post my thanks to the person who solved it. I've been looking for that piece of my childhood for years and I'm delighted to finally have the name!

Mysterious and Company by Sid Fleischman , only in that book the children were his own, so there would be nothing about picking up or leaving them. Mysterious and Company -- I checked it out. The details I listed are all very accurate -- I remember the plot clearly, but unfortunately I just blanked on the title.

I hope someone is able to figure this one out, as I would love to get my hands on a copy of this great book!! Thanks for all your help. Good news! I went back to my "childhood" library this weekend and they still have the book - it's called The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen. Now I just need to locate a copy of it that I can keep I tried bribing the librarian but to no avail!

This is really a long shot, but could this be Magic in the Alley by Mary Calhoun? The main character is a girl, with a friend who's a boy, and she reanimates a stuffed crow with magic, which can then talk. At the end of the book she must decide whether to use her last magic to turn the crow into a real non-magic crow, who will lose the ability to talk. As I said, really a longshot. I looked this up and found only one expensive ex-library copy, but here's the info: Calhoun, Mary: Magic in the Alley.

New York: Atheneum, Oh My! It could be-- as I said all I remember are very vague things. I just remember being really affected by the choice that had to be made I will now go out looking for this book. Was Mary Calhoun the author of the Katie John books?? P is, I think, another Ruth Chew book. Plot summary: "Jenny and her friend Mike discover a magic tree and an old man who feeds the birds in the park.

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They discover that the tree moves around and that they can go underground and become birds with the help of the magic beech tree. The setting is in winter. Thanks for any help! The book I am looking for was probably a scholastic book from the 70's. I think it was about a girl who moves to the city into an apartment and befriends a boy.

Together they discover a tree in the park that is sometimes there and sometimes not when it is not there, a man who feeds the animals and keeps them safe in the pockets of his coat is there - he of course turns into the tree. They learn how to turn into birds or squirrels - I can't remember which and then back into humans by eating nuts I think from that tree. Any help remembering the title and author is much appreciated! Ruth Chew, Magic in the Park. I posted this question last week but think I soon found the answer on your website.

I am pretty sure the book is Magic in the Park by Ruth Chew. Magic in the Park by Ruth Chew? What's amazing about her is how she makes writing books for that age level look so easy. She's written about two dozen fantasy books and one non-fantasy book. See Solved Mysteries for her name. A Boy and Girl meet an old man who feeds the birds in winter, who turns green in the spring, then disappears, but a big tree appears. Kids fall into the tree and turn into birds -- maybe crows.

Adventurous tales. Ruth Chew, Magic in the Park , , approximate. Definitely this one! She visits Prospect Park and meets an old man who feeds the birds, a raven named Napoleon, and a boy named Michael Stewart.

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Jen and Michael explore a magic island in the lake that turns into an underground tunnel, and a magic tree that temporarily turns them into pigeons. In the spring, Jen gets a bike for her birthday, but a mean boy named Steve tries to steal it. Mike helps her get it back, but almost gets stuck as a pigeon!

Sounds like Magic in the Park. I am sure that the book you are looking for is Magic in the Park by Ruth Chew. I am the original requester. I recognized it immediately. I also recognized the plot of the story from some of your stumper solver comments. I am so happy. It's really been bugging me trying to find this book. I really want my children to read it, cuz I loved it so much. I see they reprinted it in the 80's, so it must have been pretty popular. Mady Lee Chastain, Magic Island, Every detail matches.

It's an interesting cultural artifact, and a book that couldn't be written today. My copy is a withdrawn library copy with the usual defects, but no story pages missing. I've been looking for this book too. For some reason, I think it's by the author of the Best Friends , books, Mary Bard , if that's any help. I found it! It was Dodie putting on her cloak. It includes you, too. Angel Thorne, a sickly ten year old, is sent to stay with her grandfather's boyhood friend.

He decides to send her to Barbados to recuperate, along with his granddaughter Lissa, and her two friends, Emmy and Dodie. This is the third book Madye Lee Chastain wrote about these girls. I don't think Dodie ever got her own book! It was about three children- all girls, I think- who were taken on a trip to a tropical island. I think two of them belonged to the same family. The third was named Dodie, and she thought she wasn't invited.

She cried, "I hope you all have a very nice time," and then some adult in the romm said, "Why, Dodie! Dodie, DEAR! Of course you are invited too. Madye Lee Chastain , Magic Island. This is the same book as T, which has been solved. I too thought it was a Little Golden Book. There was another series of books in the 's that was similar to Little Golden Books called Jolly Books.

I too had a 20 year search for this book after giving our copy to a doctors office when I was a child. My first bit of luck was finding the cover in an antique shop near home , the shop owner thought it was cute and that someone might want to frame it. It was a bargain at 5 cents. It gave us a starting point. I called my sister in VA for the storyline since after locating it from a book dealer, I gave it to her for Christmas in In this place the toadstools seem to grow or are they getting smaller? Tommy tells him the only magic words he knows are "by hickory and by dickory" which happen to be some of "the magic words of the elves" and Gruffy takes them off to the Queen Fairy to decide what should be done with them.

They go to the biggest tree in the forest and a door opens for them to enter. Once inside they meet the queen and it is decided that the children will have to stay till after the Queen's party. The children get to see the fairy party dresses and Tommy gets to sail in an Oak leaf boat. Whoever was asking about this book had a pretty good recollection to remember the boat part. For me it was the fairy party, the toadstools and the Big rock with the keyhole. The other had a child, boy I think, finding a mysterious key which opens a door in an old stone wall - I think a horse and a crow or raven also appear in there somewhere.

Anybody out there ever read anything that sounds like these beginnings? I can't remember anything more than that, and would like to know how the stories finished! Regarding the second part of this request: There are two main boy characters in this story, and a girl- she finds a key to a locked garden, and helps her cousin to discover the real world, after being bed-ridden all his life. They make friends with Dickon- a boy from the moors or dales, who has a pony and a crow or some other bird.

I think I missed the second part of this one previously. Also check out The Magic Key on the Solved Mysteries page, that's one that eluded me for a long time since it sounded much like The Secret Garden , but clearly wasn't. This was an illustrated story of a brother and sister who found a gold key in the woods. It opened a tiny door at the base of a large tree, and that led them into fairyland. My memory tells me the illustrations of fairies were wonderful. It's on Solved Mysteries. Workman Publishing, Used copy, VG but lacking locket. New copy. Maybe this one - "The author here writes, as he did in a number of books, of isolated children with extraordinary mental powers.

Just imagine what happens when one of them finds out he can really take them there. Oh yeah, this is it - the first chapter is called The Dandelions. Alexander Key, The Magic Meadow. They can't move their bodies much but they play the "traveling game" every night and imagine themselves away from Ward Nine. One night Brick is able to go to their magic meadow and no one believes him when he returns until Nurse Jackson sees a dandelion under his neck. He is able to transport all of the others to the meadow in the nick of time since their hospital has been condemned and the kids are going to be split up.

Very memorable story. Thank you, thank you. Too bad The Magic Meadow is out of print and hard to find. However, I did find a website to re-read the book online. What a gem. Once there they notice that they develope psychic powers and I think their handicap challenges resolve The stronger maybe older children help the other ones to "come over". There are a few back and forth visits until finally they decide to stay. The natives of this new place sing to bring up the sun and everyone communicates telepathically. Key, Alexander, The Magic Meadow. Several severely handicapped children in an institution manage to escape by using the power of their minds.

They travel to another place earth in the future - the one with the most ability has to make several trips back and forth to bring them all there and he almost doesn't make it. Their nurse caregiver comes with them and they all start on a wonderful new life. The people already there do sing to the sun and are welcoming and kind.

My sister just lent me this book and the details match the poster's memories. There is more information on the solved mystery pages. Alexander Key, The Magic Meadow , This is definitely the book. See the Solved Mysteries M page for more information. A magician gives Millicent a doll instead of a rabbit, and she and her father try to find the magician again. Viking Press, written and illustrated by Turkle. Outwitted by a magician who gives her a doll instead of a promised white rabbit, Millicent and her father travel to Paris and London in pursuit of the trickster.

Was looking at it just before the answer to the "Pot called Peep" stumper was posted. Looking in the store just now, I couldn't find it, meaning it was probably sold, although things around there do have a funny way of disappearing and reappearing. Anyhow, it was called something like The Imp in the Pot and was about an imp that took the form of one of those large black three-legged cooking pots. It was one of those small cheap hardcover easy readers which appeared in profusion in the '60s.

The pot kept jumping around and the imp popping up shouting, "Hucka pucka! Junior Bookshelf review again: Patricia Coombs " The Magic Pot " published by World's Work, , 32 pages "The demon who turns into a black iron pot with a 'Hucka-pucka' and robs the rich to feed the appreciative poor, hucka-puckaing off with the rich man in a fine mystery ending Thank you so much for finding these, your site is priceless!! Maurice Dolbier, The Magic Shop , This was also anthologized in "Best in Children's Books," Vol.

Arnold Lobel Parents' Magazine Press,'65? I have often wondered the same myself. Grandfather Owl wears spectacles and answers questions and solves arguments for all the other animals in the woods. Little Toot aspires to be as knowledgable and attributes this knowledge to Grandfather's Spectacles. One day he gets to try them, but alas, they tell him nothing. Grandfather Owl explains "Spectacles are for seeing and not for knowing. Knowing comes with growing and growing. Moore, Lilian. Illustrated by Arnold Lobel. Parents' Magazine Press, Cover slightly soiled and binding worn, otherwise G.

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There was a boy in his bed, who either couldn't sleep and was told a story about this night train, or dreamed of this train speeding through the countryside at night. Most of the illustrations were dark and pen-and-ink-like, and I specifically remember a page where the train was out of control and the boy or conductor or both were pulling back hard on the throttle to stop it.

I believe the cover was dark, like night. It was a relatively thin hardback. I would love to find this book for my sister, who is now a reading teacher. We read it in the mid- to lates, but I think it was used even then. Just a suggestion. David M. McPhail, The Train , Could this be it? Ages Lilian Moore, The Magic Spectacles , I was the original requester and I found it!

Published by Parents' Magazine Press When I read the description I immediately thought of this book, and went looking for descriptions on the web to confirm. Couldn't find any, but I'll make the suggestion anyway. Farmer Penelope, The magic stone , Farmer, Penelope, The Magic Stone. Cappie and Casey, Rusty and Jordan, and Evan and Rebecca all spend the night together studying for their midterms. Rusty and Jordan realize their feelings for each other, as do Cappie and Casey. While Jordan and Rusty start upon a relationship, Casey is hesitant to admit to caring for Cappie, and the two decide to go their separate ways.

A lonely Casey meddles in Rusty's first date with Jordan. Calvin gets a new roommate, only to discover it's Grant Gregory Michael , a brother who's secretly come out to Calvin. Evan and Cappie reach a detente. Casey and Cappie try to avoid one another. Evan's parents want him to seek counseling before continuing to benefit from his trust fund, but he decides to turn it down.

Ashleigh uncovers Fisher's secret. Max is back, but after Casey falls into a manhole , she realizes she's still in love with Cappie. Though Cappie turns her down, she breaks-up with Max. Ashleigh faces expulsion for her part in sabotaging the IKI float, and is left to face Frannie and Panhellenic alone. Dale is having trouble keeping his cougar girlfriend's sexual advances at bay. Calvin is trying to resist his attraction for Grant by avoiding Omega Chi.

Chapter Five. After being dumped by Casey, Max quit the grad school program and went back to England, unbeknownst to Casey and disappointing Rusty who needed help on an extra credit project for Organic Chem. In a flashback to the "End of the World" party the night before, it is revealed that Cappie did not pursue Casey because Evan unknowingly intervened.

At the same party, it is revealed that Rebecca's secret kiss was with Fisher. Meanwhile, Dale confesses to Calvin that he broke their purity pledge, and proposes to Sheila. Casey finds out about Rebecca and Fisher secret kiss, but when Rebecca confesses to Ashleigh, she outs Casey for keeping it a secret. When Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Howard, and Mr. Logan arrive for Father-Daughter weekend at ZBZ, they find out about their daughters' feud, and it reflects upon their weekend behavior.

At the same event, Rusty gets nervous about meeting Jordan's father. Meanwhile, in an effort to get over their lost loves, Dale and Cappie fawn over the same girl, but they both ultimately get rejected. It's time for the annual all-Greek " Undie Run ", and the Pan-Hellenic board voted strongly against it.

In an effort to change the vote, Casey uses her political savvy to enlist IFC president, Evan, to stage a petition signing. Meanwhile, it's nearing the end of the Greek-wide game of Gotcha! Additionally, Evan finds out about Calvin and Grant's relationship and helps them keep it a secret from the rest of Omega Chi.

Casey patrols non-alcohol party night during Dry Weekend on campus until she and Evan unknowingly eat some special brownies. Meanwhile, Grant's old high school girlfriend surprises him with a visit, and Rusty seeks academic help at a book signing. Ashleigh gives Fisher another chance after he kissed Rebecca. Rusty tries to give Jordan a lavalier, combatting the frat curse. Casey balances working on Inter-Greek and the pledges. Evan and Cappie get jobs as cater-waiters.

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The ZBZ house holds a Founders' week, and the girls try to raise money from the grads. Ashleigh and Rebecca compete to raise more money from the grads, while Casey tries to raise money from an extremely wealthy founder and engages in a relationship with her young male associate. Rusty worries about Jordan's dwindling interest in school. Cappie manages a date with Lana.

Rick Rosenthal. Rusty, Dale and Calvin go to the local comic convention. Rusty tries to deal with his latest break-up with Jordan via telecommunication. Meanwhile, Casey wants to find out the real relationship between Cappie and Evan, desiring that they can be like in the freshman year. Ashleigh and Fisher deal with some problems in their relationship. Cappie grows distant from Lana and Rusty points out that she's just like Cappie.

Meanwhile ZBZ tries to get back to number one. Everyone is packing their bags and heading home for Thanksgiving, but Casey and Rusty find themselves stranded at CRU when their parents leave them behind for Maui. Will Thanksgiving at CRU beat going home for the holidays? Casey and Cappie are finally back together. Rusty and Dale's argument comes to a head as the grant is not yet awarded. ZBZ competes for house points in the Song Fest but the results are rigged. Evan and Rebecca share a special moment.

Chapter Six. Tension starts between Casey and Cappie by not being able to talk to each other about their problems. A fairy tale party is thrown in order to help the Gamma Psi's earn money to help build their new house. Rusty struggles with Cappie not trusting him when he tries out being the pledge educator and Ashleigh tells Casey she and Fisher broke up. Grant continues to put off coming out to the rest of the house, which upsets Calvin. John T. Casey's guilt peaks over burning down the Gamma Psi's house.

Evan and Cappie fight publicly in an Amphora meeting. Cappie and Rebecca fight for a single position in the Human Sexuality class. Lee Rose. The Greek softball tournament is being held. Casey sets Ashleigh up with Beaver. Casey struggles if she should throw the game for Cappie or win for ZBZ. Evan and Rebecca spend some time together. Casey starts thinking about what to do after graduation. She has problems talking to Cappie about it. She throws a register your vote party at Doblers in order to impress a guy named Joel Samuel Page who she is trying to help out with voter registration at CRU in order for him to get her a job in Washington after graduation.

Meanwhile, Rusty and Dana work in the project and deal with some issues. It's Valentines day and Casey and Cappie compete in who can find the most romantic gift. Ashleigh goes to the Omega Chi party with Pete. Rebecca and Evan go together and Casey sets Rusty up with Katherine trying to become closer with her again after the fire. Applications for law school are due and Casey's worrying about finishing her personal statement.

This causes problems between her and Ashleigh because they are not as close as they once were. Meanwhile at the Kappa house, new neighbors mean new trouble. When a professor moves in next door and creates a lot of rules for the fraternity, the boys try to make him one of the guys. Meanwhile, Omega Chi searches for the money stolen during the Valentine's Day party, while Rebecca searches for the necklace Evan gave her. Evan works as a bartender at Gentleman's Choice to earn money back from buying Rebecca a necklace. Rebecca and Ashleigh show up at the club and Evan sees Rebecca kiss someone there.

Evan confronts Rebecca about being exclusive and accuses her of being afraid of love. Katherine tells Rusty that she is a virgin and wants him to be her first sexual experience. When his lab assistant finds out, she gets upset at Rusty and tells him that she still likes him. Rusty goes to Katherine's room, but decides to not go through with it because he feels uncomfortable. Cappie tells Casey he narrowed down his major selection to 3 choices, but Casey eventually finds the declaration form in his room not filled out After the exam, Joel meets Casey at the test site with a bottle of scotch.

The two bond over Joel talking about his wild younger days before he "grew up". They almost kiss before Casey backs off causing Joel to realize she had a boyfriend. Joel then asks her why she was spending time with him when she had a boyfriend. Casey confronts Cappie at the end of the KT party about the form, where Cappie indicates he is not ready to graduate and be serious, causing a rift between the two.

Casey and Cappie get a surprise visit from Cappie's parents, who invite them to a camping trip. A reluctant Casey agrees to go, in hopes that they might encourage Cappie to choose a major and graduate with her. However, she quickly learns that they are free-loving hippies who think Cappie should just relax and enjoy his college experience. Meanwhile, Dobler's is hosting an 80's party and Rusty doesn't know which girl to bring, Katherine or Dana.

Ashleigh, who has been reading about the 80's romantic comedies, offers to help Rusty choose the right one. Calvin offers to help Evan get inside the ZBZ house to get back the necklace he gave Rebecca, but he's still upset about getting cheated on and takes his frustration out on Rusty. Cappie and Rusty get kidnapped before their golf game with Evan.

Cappie refuses to tell Rusty of his revenge plan and his decision causes some tension between them. Meanwhile, Dale asks Calvin to help him talk to a young boy about coming out of the closet. When Calvin speaks to the boy, he begins to question his relationship with Grant, and also finds solace with his old flame Heath. And Evan is dealing with the aftermath of his breakup with Rebecca. Calvin and Trip are nominated for Omega Chi's president. Dale joins Rusty and Dana for spring break at Myrtle Beach and eventually admits he wants to have more fun in college.

Ashleigh gets an unpaid internship as a trend forecaster. KT's "revenge plan" ultimately made Calvin the future president for the Omega Chi. Evan and Rebecca make up. Casey decides she wants to go to law school in DC instead of staying in Cyprus. Casey assumes that a long distance relationship would not work, and that they would have to break up at graduation. My Way or the Highway : If you do not do things the way I want or require, then you can just leave or not participate. Neck and Neck : Very close in a competition, with neither of two entities clearly in the lead. Nickel and Dime : To negotiate over very small sums; to try to get a better financial deal, in a negative way.

Nine-to-Five Job : A routine job in an office that involves standard office hours. No Holds Barred usually adj. No Love Lost Between : There is a mutual animosity between two people. Not Cut Out for Something : Not naturally skillful enough to do something well. Not Sit Well with Someone : Be difficult to accept; make someone uncomfortable. Off the Beaten Path : Remote; not a usual destination; not easily reached. Off the Top of My Head : Guessing or estimating without full information. On a Hiding to Nothing : Engaged in a futile task; attempting something impossible.

On a Wing and a Prayer : Relying solely on hope and enthusiasm in a difficult situation. On the Bubble : One of a group that may be selected for the last spot in a competition. On the Home Stretch : You are approaching the end of a task, a project, a race or a journey. On the Right Track : Pursuing a correct course in doing or learning something. On the spur of the moment : This popular saying denotes a spontaneous or sudden undertaking.

On the Wagon : Not drinking alcoholic beverages; having given up drinking alcoholic beverages. On Thin Ice : In a risky situation, especially in an interpersonal relationship. Once Bitten, Twice Shy : Once one has had a bad experience with something, he or she will be reluctant to try it again. Open Season : A time when someone can be criticized or attacked without restriction.

Open-and-Shut Case : A situation, especially a legal proceeding, with a clear, certain outcome. Out of the Picture : No longer under consideration; eliminated from a contest. Out of the Way : 1 Not obstructing, not in the way; 2 Finished, taken care of; 3 in a remote location. Par for the Course : What would normally be expected. This has a negative connotation. Pass With Flying Colors : To succeed brilliantly, as on an exam or other test.

Peaches and Cream : A situation, process, etc. Pick a Fight: Intentionally provoke a conflict or fight with someone. Pick Up the Tab : To pay a bill presented to a group, especially in a restaurant or bar. Pie in the Sky : Something that is unrealistic or that cannot be achieved. Pink Slip : A layoff notice; loss of a job, typically because of layoffs. Pissing Contest : A meaningless argument or competition, typically between males.

Play Cat And Mouse : Trying to trick someone into making a mistake so you can defeat them. Play Hardball : Adopt a tough negotiating position; act aggressively. Play it by Ear : To play a piece of music without referencing sheet music or a recording. Play It by Ear : To respond to circumstances instead of having a fixed plan.

Play the Percentages : Bet on or rely on what is most likely to happen. Point of No Return : A place from which it is impossible to go back to the starting point. Poison Pill n : A provision or feature added to a measure or an entity to make it less attractive, an undesirable add-on. Poison Pill : A provision or feature added to a measure or an entity to make it less attractive, an undesirable add-on. Pot Calling the Kettle Black : Accusing someone of something of which you are also guilty; being hypocritical.

Pour Rub Salt into on the Wound an open wound : Worsen an insult or injury; make a bad situation worse for someone. Powder Keg : An explosive situation, a situation in which people are angry and ready to be violent. This is used by women. Preach to the Choir, Preach to the Converted : To make an argument with which your listeners already agree. Preaching to the Choir : Making arguments to those who already agree with you. Pretty Penny : A lot of money; too much money when referring to the cost of something. Price Yourself Out of the Market : Try to sell goods or services at such a high price that nobody buys them.

Pull Out All the Stops : Do everything possible to accomplish something. Pull Yourself Together : Control your emotions; recover from a strong emptional upset. Puppies And Rainbows : Perfect, ideal usually used slightly sarcastically, in contrast with a less ideal situation. Puppy Love : Adolescent love or infatuation, especially one that is not expected to last. Pure as the Driven Snow : To be innocent and chaste frequently used ironically. Push the Envelope : Go beyond common ways of doing something, be innovative.

Put a Thumb on the Scale : Try to influence a discussion in an unfair way, cheat. Put Someone on the Spot : Force someone to answer a question or make a decision immediately. Put the Cart Before the Horse : To do things out of the proper order. Put the Genie Back in the Bottle : Try to suppress something that has already been revealed or done. Quote Unquote : Ironically speaking; suggesting that if a phrase were written out, it would be in quotation marks to convey sarcasm.

Race Against Time : To rush to meet a deadline, to be forced to do something very quickly. Raise the Bar : Increase standards in a certain competition or area of endeavor. Rake Over the Ashes : Restart a settled argument; examine a failure. Rear Its Ugly Head said of a problem or something unpleasant : Appear, be revealed. Rearrange the Deck Chairs on the Titanic : Taking superficial actions while ignoring a much larger and perhaps fatal problem. Red Tape : Bureaucracy; difficult bureaucratic or governmental requirements.

Red-Light District : A neighborhood with many houses of prostitution. Reinvent the Wheel : Devise a solution to a problem for which a solution already exists. Rob Peter to Pay Paul : Pay off a debt with another loan; solve a problem in such a way that it leads to a new problem. Rob the Cradle : To be sexually or romantically involved with someone who is very young. Rock the Boat : Cause a disruption in a group. Rub It In : Say something that makes someone feel even worse about a mistake. Rubber-Stamp v. Rule of Thumb : A general principle or guideline, not a specific formula.

Run a Tight Ship : Manage an organization in a strict, well-regulated way. Run in the Family : Be inherited as a trait by multiple members of a family. Run off at the Mouth : Talk a lot about unimportant things, talk incoherently. Sacred Cow : An indvidual or organization that one cannot criticize. Scorched Earth Tactics, Policy, etc. School Of Hard Knocks : Difficult real-life experiences from which one has learned. Second Stringer : A substitute player in a sport; a substitute for a job who is not the most talented person. Set something to Music : To write a piece of music to accompany a set of words.

Set the Thames on Fir e: Do something amazing. Usually used in the negative. Shell Game : A method of deception in which you conceal your actions by moving something frequently. Sick and Tired of : Extremely annoyed by something that occurs repeatedly. Sleep Like a Baby : To experience a very deep and restful sleep; to sleep soundly. Slip Someone a Mickey : Add a drug to an alcoholic drink in order to knock someone out. Slippery Slope : A series of undesirable effects that, one warns, could result from a certain action. Slower than Molasses : Exceptionally slow or sluggish; not fast at all.

Small Fry : People or organizations with little influence; children. Snake Oil : A useless medicine; a quack remedy; a product or measure promoted as a solution that really does nothing to help. Sneak Peek : A sneak peek is an opportunity to view something in advance of its official opening or debut. Some Eggs : Achieving a major goal requires the ability to tolerate some problems.

Something to Crow : About Something to be proud of, an accomplishment about which one is justified in bragging. Sour Grapes : Disparagement of something that has proven unattainable. Sour Grapes : Spiteful disparagment of a goal one has failed to achieve. Spoiling for a Fight : Combative, wanting conflict, eager to argue or fight. Stalking Horse : Someone who tests a concept in advance of its application; a candidate who enters a political race in order to test the strength of the incumbent.

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Start with a Clean Slate : To start something again with a fresh beginning; to work on a problem without thinking about what has been done before. Stem the Tide : To stop or control the growth of something, usually something unpleasant. Step Up to the Plate : Prepare to take action, be the person in a group who takes action.

Stick It to the Man : Do something that frustrates those in authority. Stick Your Nose into Something : Intrude into something that is not your affair. Stick-in-the-Mud : A person who dislikes or adapts slowly to new ideas. Storm in a Teacup : A commotion that dies down quickly, about something unimportant.

Stormy Relationship : Relationship that has a lot arguments and disagreement. Strain at a Gnat and Swallow a Camel : To make a fuss over something unimportant while ignoring larger issues. Strike A Chord : Used to describe something that is familiar to you, reminds you of something or is connected to you somehow. Sugar Daddy : A rich man who is generous with younger women in return for sexual favors.

Swan Song : This expression is used to describe a final act before dying or ending something. Sweep Under the Carpet : Attempt to temporarily conceal a problem or error. Sweep Under the Rug : Attempt to temporarily conceal a problem or error. Sweeten the Pot : Increase the amount of winnings potentially available in a game of chance, especially poker. Swim Against the Tide : Do something contrary to a trend or usual opinion.

Swim with the Fishes : Have been killed, especially with involvement of organized crime. Swing for the Fences : Attempt to achieve the largest accomplishment possible. Sword of Damocles : Something that causes a feeling of constant threat. Take a Flyer : To take a rise; especially to make a speculative investment. Take A Powder: To leave, especially in order to avoid a difficult situation.

Take It Easy : When you relax, or do things at a comfortable pace, you take it easy. Take It or Leave It command : You must decide now whether you will accept this proposal. Take Something with a Pinch grain of Salt : If you take what someone says with a pinch of salt, you do not completely believe it. Take the Edge Off of Something : To slightly improve something negative. Take the Fifth : Refuse to answer because answering might incriminate or cause problems for you. Take the High Road : Refuse to descend to immoral activities or personal attacks.

Take the Shine Off Something : To do something that diminishes a positive event. Take the Starch out of Someone : Make someone less confident or less arrogant. Take Your Medicine : Accept something unpleasant, for example, punishment, without protesting or complaining. Taste of Your Own Medicine : The same unpleasant experience or treatment that one has given to others. Tee Many Martoonies : Too many martinis, scrambled to suggest drunkenness.

Tip of the Iceberg : A small, visible part of a much larger problem. To be A Peach : Someone or something that is extremely good, impressive, or attractive. To be Smitten With Someone : To be completely captivated by someone and feel immense joy. To Carpool : To travel to the same place with a group of people in one car. Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth : A project works best if there is input from a limited number of people. Tough Cookie : Someone who can endure hardship; especially: a strong negotiator. Turn Someone Inside Out : To cause strong emotional turmoil; to completely change someone.


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  • Turn Something on Its Head : Reverse something, cause something to be done in a new way. The Cherry On the Cake : The final thing that makes something perfect. The Jig Is Up : A secret illicit activity has been exposed; your trickery is finished. The Powers That Be : People in charge, often used when the speaker does not want to identify them. The Story Has Legs : People are continuing to pay attention to the story.

    The Time is Ripe : If you say that the time is ripe, you mean that it is a suitable point for a particular activity. Think Big : Consider ambitious plans; avoid becoming overly concerned with details. Think Outside the Box : Try to solve a problem in an original way; think creatively.


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    Think Tank : A group of experts engaged in ongoing studies of a particular subject; a policy study group. Third Rail : A topic so sensitive that it is dangerous to raise. This is especially used in political contexts. Throw a Wet Blanket on Something : Discourage plans for something. Throw Caution to the Wind : To act in a daring way, without forethough. Throw Elbows : Be combative; be aggressive physically or figuratively. Throw Someone for a Loop : Deeply surprise someone; catch someone off guard.

    Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water : Eliminate something good while discarding the bad parts of something. Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water : To discard something valuable or important while disposing of something worthless. Throw the Fight : Intentionally lose a contest, usually in collusion with gamblers.

    Throw the Game : Intentionally lose a contest, usually in collusion with gamblers. Throw the Match : Intentionally lose a contest, usually in collusion with gamblers. Tread Water : Maintain a current situation without improvement or decline. Ugly Duckling : An awkward child or young person who grows into a beautiful person. Under Below the Radar : Not generally perceived, below popular consciousness.

    University of Life : Difficult real-life experience, as opposed to formal education. Up the Ante : Raise the stakes; increase the importance of something under discussion. Upset the Apple Cart : To disorganize or spoil something, especially an established arrangement or plan. Vale of Tears : The world in general, envisioned as a sad place; the tribulations of life. Vicious Circle : A situation in which an attempt to solve a problem makes the original problem worse.