#TBT: 1981

Popular Books Published in 1981

Tiger Eyes / Judy Blume

Resettled in Los Alamos, New Mexico with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father’s death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City. (J PBK BLUME)


Ramona Quimby, Age 8 / Beverly Cleary

The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona enters the third grade. (J PBK CLEARY)



Red Dragon / Thomas Harris

Will Graham’s unusual, fearful ability to project himself into the minds of psychopaths puts him on the trail of Francis Dolorhyde, whose bizarre and bloody murders of two suburban families have been triggered by his viewing of a William Blake watercolor. (PBK HARRIS)


Mornings on Horseback / David McCullough

Examines the life of Theodore Roosevelt from age ten to twenty-seven, spanning the years from 1869 to 1886, focusing on the influence of his family relationships and experiences on his growth to manhood. (LP 920 MCC)


Tar Baby / Toni Morrison

On a tropical island paradise, six people interact with each other in all the tender or hateful ways that human beings are capable of. Rich and poor, black and white, young and old, male and female, each has something to teach the others–and each has something to learn. (FIC MORRISON)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark / Alvin Schwartz

Yarns about ghosts and witches, “jump” stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary tales. Includes song lyrics and music. (J 398.25 SCH)


A Light in the Attic / Shel Silverstein

A fat volume of small illustrated rhymes from Silverstein, who gets down to the level of kids’ peeves, spooks, and sense of silliness often enough to score a collective hit. (J 811 SIL)


Gorky Park / Martin Cruz Smith

In contemporary Moscow, Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko unravels the mystery of a triple murder complicated by the shadowy and uncooperative presence of the KGB and by his falling in love. (FIC SMITH, MARTIN)


Jumanji / Chris Van Allsburg

Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game. (E VAN ALLSBURG)


Homecoming / Cynthia Voight

Abandoned by their mother, four children begin to search for a home and an identity. (J FIC VOIGT BK.1)



Did you know? Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 1981.

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