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The Happy Hollisters: Memorable Vintage Series Books
The Happy Hollisters-- Mysteries, Memories, and More with this Great Vintage Series for Children
I discovered the Happy Hollisters in my church library when I was ten years old and I was hooked. I wanted to be one of the Happy Hollisters. Their lives were full of adventure and excitement. Every book focused on a mystery to be solved whether right there in their hometown of Shoreham or on one of their frequent family trips.
As an adult, I was thrilled to find several copies at an estate sale. When my oldest son was five, one of these, "The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery at Missile Town," became our first true "chapter book" to read aloud at bedtime. It was followed by many others and he too became a fan of the Happy Hollisters. Over the years I have collected several other books in the series. Imagine how happy it made me when my now grown up son asked me to borrow "The Mystery at Missile Town". He wanted to share it as a read-aloud with his daughter who had just turned five. In no time they had finished that one and have gone on to borrow and read several more. What a sweet connection for all of us. Sharing the books we love is a great way to build bonds with those we love.
This lens is a tribute to a geat series. Hopefully it will have some information that will bring back good memories to those who remember the series or introduce others to a great vintage series for children.
Who Are the Happy Hollisters?
The Happy Hollisters is a series of children's books about a mystery solving family and their far-ranging adventures. The series, written under the pseudonym Jerry West, was created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate and almost entirely written by Andrew E. Svenson. Helen S. Hamilton illustrated the books. Svenson's series focuses on the adventures of a young family solving mysteries from their home on Pine Lake in Shoreham or on travels around the United States (the family takes lots of vacations). The Hollister family includes five children, their parents, a family of cats, a dog, and a donkey. Pete is the oldest of the Hollister children and is 12 years old. Next in line is Pam, an adventurous ten year old who loves sports and animals. Ricky, the 7 year old, is red-headed, rambunctious and slightly trouble-prone. Younger sister Holly is a 6-year-old tomboy. The youngest, Sue is the pet of the whole family.
Their father, Mr. Hollister, owns a general store named the Trading Post, where he sells hardware, sporting goods, and toys. Mrs. Hollister tries to help her children solve mysteries and is supportive of their efforts.
Joey Brill and Will Wilson appear as rivals of the Hollister family in most books and often try to create troubles for the Hollister children. While not actually villains, they often provide a source of conflict in the stories. Compared with characters from more modern series, Joey and Will are pretty mild bullies, but children reading the series will enjoy seeing them get their well-deserved "come-uppance."
Links to More Happy Hollisters
- Official Happy Hollisters Site
Access personal family memories and information about publications, fan newsletters, etc.
- An Unofficial Happy Hollisters series Site at Happy-Hollisters.com
An extensive informational site that pays homage to the Happy Hollisters series by Jerry West. Brought to you by Rachel Sanfordlyn Shreckengast. I especially like the memories section on this site.
- Join the Happy Hollisters on Facebook
Keep up with the Hollisters.
- The Happy Hollisters | Talk Like a Happy Hollister
May 8 is Talk Like a Happy Hollister Day. Find some "dandy" phrases to use here.
- Happy to have the Hollisters back | TBO.com
Andy Svenson connected in a way most children didn't when he picked up a Happy Hollisters book in the 1960s and plunged into another adventure with the mystery-solving family. Read more about how and why the recent republishing of the Happy Hollister
- The Happy Hollisters | The Trading Post Store
I got an email today about a new Happy Hollisters t-shirt. This is an item I haven't seen before and is being offered by the official web-site. Very cute! They also have all of the reissued Happy Hollisters books and will autograph copies and provid
Find the Happy Hollisters
This is the first in the series. I like to start with the first so you get to know the characters.
This one is a sentimental favorite of mine.
Find Happy Hollisters Books
Sometimes you can find a treasure you've been looking for just by searching a little. (Maybe I learned that from reading the Happy Hollisters as a child).
I welcome any comments. ( I'd love to hear from someone else who remembers these great books).