The Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper Ship

The Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper Ship


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When lightning strikes a tree outside the Hollister home, it falls on a car, and the children help the injured driver get out. The young man, Tom King, is on his way from Hawaii to Boston. He tells the children that he is searching for a ship captain’s log that may prove he is legally entitled to a large inheritance. The only clue he has are sketches of an unidentified clipper ship which he hopes to find. The children offer to help, of course, and the excitement grows when Gregory Grant and Lisa Sarno, the famous movie stars, arrive in Shoreham. They, too, are on their way to Boston to film a motion picture, and they invite the children to come along to help Tom King—and they offer the children small parts in the movie! The two adventures share a curious connection, and the Hollisters once again prove their abilities as master sleuths in unraveling the clues.

Paperback; 178 pages with 19 illustrations

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949436457
Publisher: Svenson Group, Inc.
Publication date: 03/25/2020
Series: Happy Hollisters , #12
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 583,118
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About 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. He also taught creative writing courses at Rutgers University and Upsala College.

Andrew Svenson was encouraged by his friend Howard Garis (author of Uncle Wiggily) to try his hand at juvenile fiction. He joined the Stratemeyer Syndicate as a writer 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 his own original series, 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, one of the first series written for and about African-American children.

Under various pseudonyms, Andrew Svenson wrote more than 70 adventure and mystery novels for children, which were published in 17 languages and sold millions of copies.

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