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.

COLLECTOR'S 1963 vintage true first edition children's hardcover book with original unclipped dustjacket - The Happy Hollisters and the Castle Rock Mystery by Jerry West. Illustrated by Helen S. Hamilton. On dust jacket flap is the $1.50 price. Written for boys and girls between the ages of six and twelve.

This is book 23 in the Happy Hollisters mystery series. Wonderful full page red illustrations and black and red illustrated endpapers. Publisher: Doubleday & Company. Copyright: 1963. Not ex-library. No ISBN. Not book club. Not later printing.

PLOT: An abandoned rock quarry, mysterious flying objects, and a valuable deposit of titanium lead the five Hollister children -- Pete, Pam, Ricky, Holly, and Sue -- into their latest thrilling adventure. When a package of instruments from a weather balloon is parachuted onto their front lawn, the Hollisters are baffled and very excited. Just what is the meaning of the orange parachute and its dangling white box? The Hollisters connect the balloon with the strange lights which have been appearing at night over their Shoreham home, and once again they start off on a trail of detection. A chance visit to a local "rock hound," a man who collects minerals, proves to be the clue to the puzzle.

Then their detective work takes them to a fantastic, spooky rock quarry which turns out to be the location of a hidden laboratory for weather experiments and also the scene of an attempt to steal some valuable titanium. As always, the Hollisters have several breath-taking experiences along the way to solving their mystery. Pam accidentally falls into the cold, green waters of the quarry pool where a monster is said to live! Pete and Ricky inspect an old-fashioned open cockpit airplane and suddenly find themselves flying into the sky without a pilot -- without knowing how to land! As the Castle Rock mystery thickens, the Hollisters make an unexpected visit to New York where they see their old friend Hootnanny Gandy who helps them get to the bottom of another fascinating adventure.

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. 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.

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. Pete represents Sevenson's real-life son Andrew Jr., Pam represents his daughter Laura, Ricky represents Eric, Holly represents Jane, and Sue is a composite of Svenson's two youngest daughters, Eileen and Ingrid. Even the dog and cat have real-life counterparts: "White Nose" is really the family cat, Mickey, and the collie "Zip" is the real-life Border Collie Lassie.

Svenson 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. Some are based on stories from his children’s Girl Scout Camp and Boy Scout Camp escapades.[The children loved the stories for their elements of danger and excitement geared to their comprehension level.

Hardcover, unclipped DJ, $1.50 on flap, red cloth boards with black illustration, 174pp, 8.3" x 5.5". Binding tight. Fine vintage condition. Cover fine/bright/clean/minimal shelfwear. Pages fine/bright/clean/no writing or tears/minimal shelfwear. DJ excellent/bright/clean overall/general shelfwear includes light edgewear-spine end chipping-small tears-corner bumping/back discoloration-rubbing-foxing.

Do not pass up this collector's gem; will make a FABULOUS gift for yourself or someone special in your life!!


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1963 The Happy Hollisters and the Castle Rock Mystery, SCARCE First Edition, Original Dustjacket $1.50 Flap, Volume 23


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