The arrival of a crate of pineapples and an odd pet at the Hollister home in Shoreham is the first of many unusual events in this new and exciting adventure. The sender of the pineapples—Mrs. Villamil—is a girlhood friend of Mrs. Hollister’s and now lives in Puerto Rico with her Spanish husband, their son Carlos, and daughter Maya. The Villamils invite the Hollisters to their home at Lizard Cove for the children’s winter vacation. The trip turns out to be more than just a sight-seeing tour when Carlos shows the Hollister youngsters an old tower on the Villamil property where they discover a stone that proves to be one of the clues to a pirate’s treasure. Along with the search for the location of the treasure, and the sinister threat of two strange men who try to stop the Hollisters, there is the fun of learning new customs and a different language. Last, but not least, suspense runs high when the girls enter the contest for the choice of Pineapple Queen of Puerto Rico. Here is an exciting Hollister story, in this popular and fast-selling series, of interesting new places and thrilling mystery.
Paperback; 169 pages with 19 illustrations.
About the Author
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.
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.
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. 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 then worked into his storylines, adding an educational element that was appreciated by parents and educators alike. The children loved the stories for their elements of danger and excitement geared to their comprehension level.