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Nov. 30th, 2008 @ 04:35 pm Looking for two books...
I am looking for a couple of books I read in the mid to late 70's. I suppose now they'd possibly be called young adult books. Both were mysteries and possibly could have had mystery in the title. Both were about the same characters, young teenagers, some from one family and some from another plus a couple of extra friends.

In one book they all went (some parents too) to cabins by a lake. Strange and mysterious things happened. One scene I remember is when one of the girls was in her bed at night staring at the window and sees something that terrifies her, a face that keeps stretching longer and longer and the girl starts screaming. Another scene is when they hear something like an explosion and wonder if the dam has burst (it didn't). There was also a caretaker/worker for the dam and I think they investigate his house because they're suspicious of him. They also see some kind of tracks of an unknown animal/creature.

In the other book, they are snowed in (snow is possibly in the title of this one, something at the "...Snowed-in Cabin" maybe) at a cabin. There's a bad snowstorm/ice storm, they can hear trees breaking and are afraid they'll hit the cabin they're in. There's a mysterious person wandering around but I can't remember if it was a man or woman.

These were hardcover books when I read them, no jackets, and I think they could have been written earlier than the 70's, possibly the 60's or even earlier. I think there may have been more books written about these characters but our little library only had the two I've described. I can't remember any of the characters' names but I think onne of the girls had a funny name like Bipsy or Bitsy.

It's driven me crazy for years that I can't remember the titles and author of these two books.
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Date:November 30th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the two books you've described are The Mystery at Fearsome Lake (1960) and Mystery at the Snowed-in Cabin (1961), both by Christine Noble Govan. She wrote a lot of young adult books from the 1930's to the early 70's.

There's a list of her books here:

Hope this helps! I know it's really irritating not to remember the names/authors of something you've read.
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Date:December 1st, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for letting me know about this! I'm sure these are the right books. I looked around some more and saw where Emmy West is sometimes listed as co-author for the books. eBay has listings for them but they're a little steep for me right now, maybe after the holiday season I can get a copy of each. I'm just happy to have the correct titles and author. Thanks again.:]