The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery

The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery

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by Jerry West, Helen S. Hamilton
     
 

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The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery (#10 in the Happy Hollisters series)

Everyone is quite enthusiastic when the suggestion is made that a merry-go-round be one of the main attractions at Shoreham's Lincoln School Fair. Pete Hollister volunteers for the job, in spite of the obvious difficulties of the task. It turns out to be more difficult than was

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The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery (#10 in the Happy Hollisters series)

Everyone is quite enthusiastic when the suggestion is made that a merry-go-round be one of the main attractions at Shoreham's Lincoln School Fair. Pete Hollister volunteers for the job, in spite of the obvious difficulties of the task. It turns out to be more difficult than was at first supposed, however, for Pete finds he is competing with a professional carnival that has recently arrived in town.
Pete's job goes quite well at the start, and he is delighted when he locates two merry-go-rounds which can be used free of charge, since the fair is a charity function. Excitement runs high around the Hollister household as plans are made to get the merry-go-rounds delivered to the fairgrounds.
In spite of mysterious interference, the merry-go-rounds reach their destination and the whole town turns out to set them up. It is a great disappointment therefore, when a gear for one of the machines is apparently lost. The worst is yet to come, however, for a vandal sets fire to all the booths and decorations in an attempt to destroy the whole production.
A Happy Hollister story, packed full of mystery, excitement, and, of course, the fun shared with this wonderful family.

First published in 1956, this charming mystery-adventure story, faithfully reproduced, is now available in paperback and eBook for the first time! Written for boys and girls between the ages of six and twelve, The Happy Hollisters are wholesome books, with an accent on humor and good, clean fun. Integrity always pays off and right wins over wrong. Parents, grandparents, and teachers love these books for their healthy celebration of life in simpler times. Kids are thrilled with the fast-paced action and will not want to put them down. The action-packed illustrations make the story - and the Hollister family - so vivid that the reader has a feeling of really sharing in on the adventures of this lovable and interesting family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781478309826
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/10/2012
Pages:
178
Sales rank:
282,807
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author

The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West was actually written by Andrew E. Svenson, a prolific yet somewhat anonymous, writer of books for children. Jerry West was the pen name assigned to Svenson when he started writing The Happy Hollisters for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book packager well-known for its development of children's book series including Tom Swift, The Bobbsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. Many of these series were intended to have long publishing lives, and were written by multiple authors using the same pseudonym. The Happy Hollisters, however, were all written by Andrew Svenson, whose identity as Jerry West was kept secret until several years after his death in 1975.

Andrew Svenson was born in Belleville, NJ, in 1910, and his interest in writing started early. He was editor of his high school newspaper and yearbook at Barringer High School in Newark, and then went on to study Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. After his graduation in 1932, he worked as a reporter and editor for the Newark Star Eagle and the Newark Evening News. During this time, Andrew Svenson was encouraged by his friend and co-worker Howard Garis (author of Uncle Wiggily) to try his hand at juvenile fiction. Svenson joined the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1948, where he contributed to established series as Franklin W. Dixon (The Hardy Boys) and as Laura Lee Hope (The Bobbsey Twins).

The first volume in The Happy Hollisters was published in 1953 by Doubleday & Company, and he was made a partner in the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1961. As he wrote and developed 33 titles in The Happy Hollisters, he was also creating additional series for children under other pen names: Bret King by Dan Scott and The Tollivers by Alan Stone, the first series written for and about African-American children.

Andrew Svenson wrote more than 70 adventure and mystery novels for children, which were published in 17 languages and sold millions of copies. The Hollister family was modeled on his own family and he often used Svenson family events and travels as the foundation for The Happy Hollisters books. He also kept copious newspaper clippings for story ideas, and interviewed hundreds of school children and teachers for additional suggestions. These ideas were worked into his storylines, adding an educational element that was appreciated by parents and educators alike. Children loved the books for their elements of danger and excitement geared to their comprehension level.

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The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Just fineshed and its the best in the sieries!!:) i love these books and hope you do ti!!!;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the books 1 - 4!! There awesome,fanstastic,outstanding,funny,and adventrous!! Ages 7- 14! Older ages it does not get boring!!! I am eleven almost twelv and there not boring!!!!