Leapified Books

We've compiled a list of books that are either entirely Leap themed, or have somehow incorporated Leap Day into the story.  Some of these books you can buy at amazon.com, so consider buying from the amazon carousel below, or ask your local book store or do a search online. If you can, get an extra copy to give to a school or library. They really need these books!

Thank you for helping us spread Leap Year Day Awareness.

 

Some things you just can't buy on Amazon -- these are books we know about that have a Leap Day theme, we leave it to the avid collectors to sleuth these books down:

 

Written in 1885, you may download a sample chapter for free.

 

LEAP YEAR Volume II Chapter 5

by Margaret Anne Curtoiss

Find the entire book at amazon.com.

 

 

 

The Leap Year Girl
by Berta Ruck, LY1924

Amy Roberta (Berta) Ruck (1878-1978) was born in Muree, India,
and was the oldest of eight children. Over the course of her
00 years she wrote more than 100 books. They included
novels and her family history. Her books were modern-day
romances. She also wrote autobiographical works;
Ancestral , (1972), was her last book.

In 1922, Ruck found her name in the Virginia Woolf novel
Jacob's Room; the name "Berta Ruck," appeared on a tombstone.
Woolf chose the name at random, and this coincidence lead
to a correspondence between the two authors. It's a
delightful story about the bravery a young woman expressing
herself. It was not "proper" for a young lady to speak her mind.
But this is 1924. Women should be able to do anything a man
can do. Why not?

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LEAP YEAR ROMANCE
by Berta Ruck, 1957

Amy Roberta (Berta) Ruck (1878-1978) was born in
Muree, India, and was the oldest of eight children.
Over the course of her 100 years she wrote more
than 100 books. They included novels and her family
history. Her books were modern-day romances.

 

 

ROBBIE AND THE LEAP YEAR BLUES
By Norman Klein

Eleven-year-old Robbie tries to cope with a sudden deluge of
girl friends and the emotional problems of his divorced parents.

 

 

The Pirates Of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
William S. Gilbert and Arthur S. Sullivan, - (written in the 1870s)

“When Frederic was yet a little boy, his nurse (Ruth) was told to apprentice him to become a pilot. She heard the word incorrectly and apprenticed him to a band of pirates, remaining with them herself as a maid-of-all-work. Although Frederic loathed the trade to which he had thus been bound, he dutifully served and, as the curtain rises, his indentures are almost up and her is preparing to leave the
band and devote himself to the extermination of piracy.

His indentures were to  run until his twenty-first birthday, and – as he was born on February 29 – he has really has as yet only five birthdays. Obeying the dictates of his strong sense of duty, he immediately rejoins the pirates.”

From the G. Schirmer, Inc. version of Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.

 

 


LEAP YEAR 
BRIDE
by Laura Lou Brookman, LY1932

Cherry Dixon is the daughter of wealthy parents.
She falls in love with Dan Phillips, a newspaper
reporter, and argues with her father about Dan.

Cherry takes advantage of Leap year and asks
Dan to marry her. Can they make it on their own?

 

 

 

THE KANGAROO WHO COULDN'T STOP

PRC ID: 12895 Author: Cox, Robert & Robins, Jim (ill.) ISBN : 734406584 Publisher : Lothian, 2004
Annotation: Poor little Keith has a problem. Ever since he found his hop, he just can't stop. Keith's mother
takes him to see Dr Leapyear who decides to try hop-nosis. Will it work on Keith, and stop his hopping?

 

math book from 1758 uses Leap Year in one of the math lessons.
NOTE: Leap Year has a capital L and Y.

ARITHMETICK IN whole & broken numbers
DIGESTED AFTER a NEW-METHOD AND CHIEFLY ADAPTED TO THE
TRADE OF IRELAND BY ELLIAS VOSTER THE FIFTH EDITION CAREFULLY REVISED
BY DANIEL VOSTER CORKE PRINTED FOR D.VOSTER AND SOLD AT HIS HOUSE IN
BROWN STREET 1758
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February the 29th by Kenneth Steven

FEBRUARY THE 29TH

Toby is about to celebrate his 12th birthday and is travelling to stay with his Uncle Nichol, a mad inventor, in his big house in the countryside. Why then is Toby so miserable? He was born on February the 29th and is bullied for that in school (everyone says he’s only two years old). But what is much, much worse is that his mother is seriously ill and he’s going to stay with Uncle Nichol because the family is having to move house to be closer to hospital. But when he arrives at Uncle’s Nichol’s strange old house, Toby comes to realise that February the 29th has far more significance than he could ever have guessed.

Another novel for 8-12s from Argyll Publishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leap Year Mentioned in Books

Imperial Vienna: An Account of Its History, Traditions and Arts - By Amelia Sarah Levetus

The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes By Israel Zangwill 1903

No Life for a Lady By Agnes Morley Cleaveland Late 1800s - Early 1900s

Putnam's Monthly - By Making of America Project 1856

Brigham Young At Home - By Clarissa Young Spencer, Mabel Harmer

Letters to a Bride Including Letters to a DébutanteBy Lucie Heaton Armstrong

The Provincial: Calvin Coolidge and His World, 1885-1895 - By Hendrik V. Booraem

Southern Collegian By Washington College (Lexington, Va.).