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BILLHEIMERS' BOOK SALE LIST FOR AUGUST 2014 Here's a new sale list for this month, with some exceptionally interesting books for you to examine and perhaps want to buy. They're predominantly vintage books for teens and young adults, but there are some for younger readers and a few that were originally meant for adults. We think you'll find this list fascinating and nostalgic, as well as reasonably priced! We have a lot of fun collecting books and compiling this collection! **** IMPORTANT **** ******We recommend asking your browser to reload or refresh to make sure you have the latest version of our web page. We might delete books several times an hour, as they're sold!******* SOME OF THE CONTENTS!! (Not necessarily in this order) 1. MANY JUDY BOLTON, CHERRY AMES AND OTHER SERIES BOOKS! 2. SEVERAL SPECIAL SALES HERE AND THERE! 3. A BIG SECTION OF YOUNG ADULT MYSTERIES THAT COULD ALSO BE "MALTSHOPS ROMANCES," OR TEEN NOVELS 4. Some CAREER-ROMANCES, a very popular category! 5. FOR HOME-SCHOOLERS, sometimes there are NEWBERY award winners, some non-fiction books, as well as other wonderful books to read. 6. FOR SERIES book collectors: you'll find many new additions of popular as well as unusual series to check out! You never know what I'll come up with! Usually including Judy Bolton Maida Beverly Gray Linda Craig Jean Craig Cherry Ames and some interesting ones you may never have seen before! 7. Lots of additions to the "MALTSHOP" novels from "the nostalgia years." Many used book shops don't bother to stock these categories, so this is an unusual chance to stock up up on these teen-girls' novels from the 40s through 60s. 8. BOOKS BY WONDERFUL AUTHORS!! INCLUDING SOME OF THE FOLLOWING, AND MANY OTHERS Mildred Wirt Elizabeth Hamilton Friermood Betty Cavanna Anne Emery Maud Hart Lovelace Janet Lambert Catherine Woolley hundreds more!! 9. MAINE books from our home state. 10. ALICE'S PICKS -- books that I love best 11 Alice's Wish List 12. And who knows what else? Contents won't be in the same order as this list, but everything is there, somewhere ******************************************************************** PRICES OF THE BOOKS REFLECT Condition Popularity Scarcity My opinion of them! *************************************************************************** We only use a few abbreviations, including these: HB -- hardcover book PB -- paperback book XL -- library discard book DJ -- dust jacket PC -- picture printed on the cover YA -- young adult (teen) book cond == condition If you don't understand something in our sale list, Email and ask us. ******We recommend asking your browser to reload or refresh to make sure you have the latest version of our web page.******* OUR POSTAGE POLICY We weigh all orders, and charge the actual postage that we figure out from a chart. If we feel that we will be using a lot of padding, and packaging, that's figured into the price. . All will be sent Media mail unless you want to pay more for 1st class or whatever. If you want insurance, we'll figure out how much extra that will be FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!!!!!!!!! WE ACCEPT PAYPAL!!! ******************************************************************************************* ALICE'S WISH LIST!!!! WE'LL BE HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT TRADING FOR BOOKS ON OUR WISH LIST Condition isn't important unless I specify that I'm looking for an upgrade. MY WISH LIST! I'd like hardcover copies of the following Janet Lambert books: For Each Other Welcome home, Mrs. Jordan Jean Nielsen -- Walk Under the Trees good hardcover with DJ of Fair Exchange SOME BOOKS BY RUBY RADFORD that I don't have MORE OF MY WISH LIST -- REMEMBER THAT I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TRADING! Jack and Jill magazines from the 30's through 50's. I'm missing a lot from the late 50's. Condition does not have to be perfect, but will affect how much I'm willing to pay! Usually, I've paid $1 or $2 per magazine. Also, American Girl Magazines (not the ones related to the dolls, but the Girl Scout Magazines from the '40s and '50s!) I have some, but would like to have more. Calling All Girls magazines from the 40s and 50s The Fabulous Year (Elisabeth Ogilvie) in HB with a DJ. Or if you have a copy with a DJ, maybe you could make a copy of the DJ to cover my "naked" book! MORE OF MY WISH LIST! Dorrance Doings by Carolyn Wells "Sunshine and Shadow" by Lorraine Beim I have this very good book, but would love to have a dust jacketed copy of it, or a laser copy of your DJ (we'll tell you how to make a laser DJ, and we'll trade one for a laser DJ for the book of your choice if we have it.) Books by Fjeril Hess, including Toplofty, Castle Camp, and others. REMEMBER, THESE BOOKS ARE NOT FOR SALE, THEY ARE ON MY WISH LIST!!!!! Dust jacket for Emery's Bright Horizons Dust Jacket for De Leeuw's Clay Fingers Books by Virginia Fairfax -- Camp Pioneer, Secret of the Halliday House. REMEMBER, THE PRECEDING TITLES ARE MY WISH-LIST BOOKS! (Sorry, but they aren't for sale.) AND REMEMBER THAT I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TRADING SOMETHING ON MY SALE LIST FOR SOMETHING ON MY WISH LIST! --------End of Alice's Wish List ----------- ################################################################# FIRST CATEGORY FOR THIS NEW LIST -- JUST A FEW OF THE BOOKS THAT I'VE RECENTLY ADDED TO THE LIST! THEY'RE ESPECIALLY INTERESTING, OR GREAT BARGAINS. Fireworks for Windy Foot (Frances Frost) 1956. This year's summer vacation includes a special 4th of July festival in their town. Parade, pageant, and of course, fireworks. There is another trip to the County Fair. Toby finds a new friend, though they have to learn to trust each other. And there is quite an interesting lesson about what Independence Day really means! Book is in very good condition, with a copy of our beautiful dust jacket showing Toby, Windy, and a small-town parade. This book is VERY scarce. The cheapest copy on ABE is $44.00, and there are only 3 others, even more expensive. Since I want to share these exceptional books with my friends, so I'm asking $10.00 for each of the Windy Foot books that I have for sale. $10.00 2-book set -- VERY LARGE! Illustrated Bible Story Book: Stories Retold for Children by Seymour Loveland, Pictures by Milo Winter. The 2 volumes are Old and New Testament. These books are very large, about 10x12, and very heavy, too. From 1923 and 1925. With an introduction (to each) by Katherine Lee Bates, of "America the Beautiful" fame. The covers are stunning (blue boards with large full-color paste-down pictures.) Inside, almost every page has at least one picture, some smallish, some covering the whole page, and they're all in color. There are all the stories, plus poems, words to hymns and folk songs, at the end of chapters in the New Testament volume. 126 pages -- and they're big pages! The postage will be higher for these books than for most 2 books, all depending on how many other books you order. We weigh orders and try to charge just what they will actually cost. 2 HBs in very good condition, $7.00 More interesting new additions! Of course there are new additions throughout the entire sale list, but these are some intriguing ones that I wanted to highlight. Circus Boys Across the continent (Edgar B. P. Darlington) subtitle: Winning New Laurels on the Tanbark. 1911. The best thing about this book is the dust jacket! I can't quite read the artist's signature, but it's something like Walter Hayn. Anyway, he painted an amazing scene that would be a beautiful display -- for a circus theme or for showing what wonderful art used to be "wasted" on children's series books. There are elephants, a trick poodle, clowns, of course, a gypsy band, tents with flags flying in the wind, all woven together in a scene of motion, excitement and bright color. The book is in good condition, and there is a different printed picture on the cover (acrobats and high-wire artists.) The DJ is in really good shape, too, just the expected edge wear. Enjoy the story or the DJ -- or both! $6.00 Will Rogers, Wit and Wisdom: Pictorial Edition with 32 full-page illustrations, compiled by Jack Lait. 1936. A small book, but very nice -- with high quality paper, lots of glossy illustrations, and a good DJ (except for a few tiny worn places along the edges.) The hardcover book itself is in nearly-new looking condition. Amazing how timely Will's comments are all these years later. I loved reading this book and looking at the photos! HB, DJ, $2.00 Brothers of the Senecas: An Indian Story for Boys and Girls (Walter E. Butts, Jr.) What I like about this book is the wonderful dust jacket picture. Very colorful, very dramatic, very display-worthy. The book is in nice condition, and has an inscription "To Orville from Edna and Vernon, 1935." The book was new in that year, and would have been an impressive Christmas present for Orville. HB, with DJ, $3.00 ****Big Lot of 7 "Mitford" books by Jan Karon. Have you read her books? If you love the really nice older series books for teens, like Judy Bolton, Trixie Belden, and other favorites of many of us, this series, written for adults, might appeal to you very much. They aren't mysteries, but there is a lot of suspense -- mainly about what will happen next to the characters that you really care about. I'm not much of a reader of adult romances, most of them are either very sentimental or too "adult" if you get my drift. These books about the Southern town of Mitford, are told from the point of view of the Episcopal priest (minister) Father Tim, are realistic but in beautifully good taste with a lot of humor and NO sensationalism! That may be what I like best about them. Father Tim is a middle-aged man, who has never married -- possibly because of issues from his childhood -- but that is soon to change! So there is ample romance, but each book also includes strands of stories about nearly everyone in town, and believe me, you will soon be very eager to find out what will happen next to all of them. Especially, the young boy who wanders into Father Tim's life and involves them both in a long search for members of a family who are scattered afar. Religion comes into the books, of course, as he IS a member of the clergy, but it's handled so naturally that you don't feel that it's being forced down your throat, the way I often feel when I read Christian books written specifically for teens. There are only a few series of books written for adults, which Dave and I have come to love. The Alexander McCall Smith books about the Ladies' Detective Agency are our favorites, and these Mitford books by Jan Karon are quite close seconds. They are definitely a series and best read in order. Here are the first 7. Except for one, They're large-format paperbacks, beautiful covers, in good to very good condition. One is a regular-size paperback, also in excellent condition. There are at least 2 or 3 spin-offs, some Christmas specials, too. I think you'll be able to find the others fairly easily and reasonably, in a library or at a book store or on line. The titles of the books I have for you are: At Home in Mitford A Light in the Window A New Song (maybe my favorite, as it is partly about an organist) These High, Green Hills Out to Canaan A Common Life In this Mountain -- 7 Mitford books by Jan Karon, $13.00 for all MORE VARIED NEW ADDITIONS TO EXPLORE! A Big Lot of 4 books by Frances Weaver, specifically written for adults who aren't quite young any more! These are essays, reminiscences, suggestions, musings, travel, book reviews, photos and sketches, interviews, children, older people -- and lots and lots of humor (the back of one of the books says that Weaver is a cross between Andy Rooney and Erma Bombeck. Right away, it shows how old we are if we know whom they're talking about!) You can get the idea of what she writes about by the titles of the books. By the way, these are large paperbacks, with heavy, good-quality paper and nice covers. I especially like the cover that shows a photo of 4 sisters when they were very young, and below that one, a picture of the same 4 sisters, in the same pose, many years later when they were grandmothers. I loved reading these books! The titles: The Girls with the Grandmother Faces Where do Grandmothers Come from? (and where do they go?) Midlife Musings As Far as I can See -- Set of 4 books for $8.00 The Victory Garden (Lee Kochenderfer)2002. I love to read YA books that take place on the Home Front during WWII. Obviously this one does! It's 1943 and the girl's older brother is in the service overseas. She and her father enjoy working on their victory garden, but when a older neighbor has to spend a lot of time in the hospital, it's really too much for them to expect to keep up HIS garden, too, isn't it? Especially since they and the neighbor have an ongoing feud as to whose garden will be the most bountiful and beautiful. But that's what they do -- work in both gardens all summer. And they have to decide whether or not to use their "secret weapon" to help his garden win the contest! Girl enlists her friends and even some of her enemies in the effort, which makes for a lively summer. The war is far away, but it's on everyone's minds all the time. And the garden rivalry provides a parallel to the real war. Lots of interesting references to life in the 1940s. PB, very good condition, $1.50 MORE INTERESTING NEW ADDITIONS COMING! And don't stop with this section -- because there are new additions all through the list. These are just some that I couldn't quite put into a specific category. One Jump Ahead (Pat Smythe) 1957. Whether or not you like horses, this book is very interesting! Smythe also wrote a series of humorous young adult novels about The Three Jays, a group of boys and girls who ride horses into adventure, mystery and races. In these stories, Smythe herself is one of the characters, playing the role of teacher and adult chaperone. I recently read one of them, and liked it a lot, despite pervasive horse details! This book, though, is a sort of autobiography of the famous horse-woman, or at least she must have been famous, though I'm not very familiar with any of the world of horse-racing, riding, jumping, or anything of the sort. I do know that she is pictured talking casually with all sorts of royal personages, Danny Kaye (one of my favorite actors of all time) and all kinds of other people I think I should have heard of. There's quite a bit about the 1956 Olympics, in Stockholm, where she hob-nobbed with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and won medals. This book is in very good condition, with a very nice dust jacket (a horse jumping over a hurdle with Pat on its back.) HB, DJ, $2.50 Grover G. Graham and me (Mary Quattlebaum) 2001. Boy is in his 8th foster home, and expects to be moved out of that one just as fast as the others. He doesn't want to let anyone get through to him, but a cute baby and pesky little twin girls work on him. When he thinks the baby is going to be hurt by the natural mother, he thinks quickly and does something really stupid. This book doesn't turn out the way I thought it would (romantic old me, right?) but the ending is actually much better for everybody. And extremely satisfying. Nice picture on the front! Dell Yearling PB, in very good condition. $1.50 Mary Jane (Dorothy Sterling) 1959. Nice girl caught up in integration experiment in High School. HB, XL, good picture cover. $2.00 Water Babies (Charles Kingsley) This is a "Young Folks Standard Library" edition, which doesn't sound nearly as beautiful as it is. watery multi-color dust jacket pattern, lots of good illustrations, high-quality paper. $3.00 NEXT, A SPECIAL SECTION OF MAINE BOOKS AND A FEW BOOKS FROM OTHER NEW ENGLAND LOCATIONS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS, TOO. We think that some of the greatest authors in the world live or summer in Maine! Try one or 2, and you may decide to come to Maine yourself. I can hardly believe how much some of these books are getting on Ebay and other places! I knew they were good, but didn't realize that other people knew it, too. My prices are no more than 1/2 of what they are getting other places. Most of my copies are x-lib, but some are very good! Saltwater Farm (Luthera Burton Dawson) 1993. Written by an old (in both senses of the word) of Dave's and mine, a pillar of the church where I've worked for many years, and the unofficial historian of the towns where she lived for so long. Luthera was born in Cushing, ME, just down the peninsula from Thomaston, where we knew her when she lived there in later years. She was a very quiet lady, but if she said something, it was worth listening to! She was called on to speak for quite a few organizations, and was interviewed by the radio and TV, to talk about her memories of early life in Cushing and Tomaston. This book is about her childhood in a remote farm, where she lived and played and learned along with her twin brother. She wrote the essays when she was homesick for Maine, so homesick that after years away, making a living, she returned without a tiny doubt. To our great benefit! Smallish attractive paperback, privately printed and autographed by Luthera. $3.00 Our Way Down East (Elinor Graham) 1943. A couple move to Maine, not out in the woods the way Louise Dickinson Rich did, but to an old, drafty coastal farmhouse. It was during WWII when nothing was available, including heating fuel. The author was an actress who traded Broadway for country living, but kept her interest in world affairs and celebrities of the time. The book covers a huge range of subjects, with lots about gardens and plants, Maine town politics LOTS MORE MAINE BOOKS! Contentment Cove (Miriam Colwell) 2006, from Islandportpress.com. Takes place one summer in the 1950s, in a coastal village in Maine. Told by a true Mainer, born here and lived here most of her life (with time off for the requesite New York years that authors seemed to desire in those days.) This book was written in the 1950s, but never published until a few years ago, so it should ring true. I haven't read my copy of the book yet, but did read the intro, which described it as being about a small Maine town that city people wanted to move to, for the simple life. Then they began to be disillusioned with the town and its people, and started trying to change things. Believe me, this is not a made-up situation. We lived through it at one point, we saw people move in, try to make drastic changes in the schools, the town government and even the town dump -- then eventually move away again in the face of anger and ostracism. That's not the way to influence things in a small town where people love their way of life and don't think they're hurting anyone by living that way. Large PB, like new, with a cover picture that looks like almost every coastal town in Maine. $2.50 MORE MAINE BOOKS AHEAD Here if you Need Me, A True Story (Kate Braestrup) 2007. 15 years ago, the town where we work and where our children went to high school, was shocked and horrified when their favorite Maine State Trooper was killed in an traffic accident while on duty. This book was written by his wife, Kate, who decided to go to seminary after his death, at the Bangor Theological seminary where he was planning to start studying. This is partly the story of the family's life before and after his death, but mainly is about her work as chaplain for the Maine Warden Service. She's a really good writer, inspiring in the best meaning of the word (though she can also preach a pretty good sermon, as I can attest, from her few substitute stints at the church where I work!) The cover says this book was a National Bestseller, and though some of us who work in books laugh at this ubiquitous claim on almost every book you run across, in this case, I think it's true. So it's not just a local oddity -- you will LOVE it if you are interested in search and rescue and in what goes on with the families while those searches are going on. And it's a very clever family tale, also. Large and quite pretty pb in fairly good condition, $2.50 The Lobster Coast (Colin Woodard) 2004. Subtitled Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier. And extremely popular book here in Maine. From the back cover of this large paperback -- "Woodard reveals Mainers' increasingly difficult struggle to hold on to their communities and the early American ideals that have sustained them... in the face of uncontrolled growth and development." Sounds heavy, doesn't it! Well, if you are interested in Maine, in lobsters and how to snag them, or in the history of a place that many people feel extremely strongly about, give it a try. It isn't all that heavy! Big paperback (that originally cost at least $15.00) in fairly good condition, $2.00 The Lobster War (Ethan Howland) 2001. About a boy who wants to be a lobsterman more than anything else, but, young though he is, becomes mixed up in some territorial fights. This isn't all that unlikely, as there are always rivalries and sometimes vicious "wars" in the fishing business. Written by a Maine resident, for Maine young people, this is a pretty realistic story about how a Maine boy has to make up his mind what he should do with his life. HB book, great condition, with a beautiful DJ, not a library copy. $2.00 Fifty Hikes in Northern Maine: Walks, Day Hikes, and Backpacks in the Northern Mountains and Lake Country (Cloe Caputo) This is a good book to read in the winter, by the fire, thinking about how beautiful it would be to hike in some of the nation's last real wilderness. Simple, moderate, very difficult. Short, medium, quite long. Lots of maps and pictures, beautiful descriptions and directions. This book looks nearly new, and you'll soon know about some places that you never realized you'd find in Maine (not an inch of the lobster coast in this book, but some of the highest mountains anywhere in the East coast states, and how many ponds and lakes!!!) Enjoy reading about these hikes, or come along and backpack this wonderful territory! Large PB, like-new condition. $2.50 MORE MAINE BOOKS AHEAD! The Lobster Chronicles : Life on a Very Small Island (Linda Greenlaw) 2002. I'll just copy what's written on the back cover of this book. "After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw... decided it was time to take a break from being a swordboat captain... and return home to a tiny island 7 miles off the Maine coast with a population of 7- year-round residents, 30 of whom are her relatives. She would pursue a simpler life, move back in with her parents; become a professional lobsterman; and find a man and settle down..." As you know, things never work out as you think they will! It's a true story, and you sure will learn a lot about lobstering, as well as what it's like to live on a very small island. Large PB, XL, wonderful condition, $2.50 Books by Anne Molloy, who wrote some really good Maine mysteries and maltshoppy type books. She certainly knew what Maine was like (beyond the touristy veneer) though the biography in back of her books mentions that she actually is a summer visitor. We won't hold that against her! I hope we'll have more books by Molloy very soon. The Mystery of the Pilgrim Trading Post (Anne Molloy) 1964. 3 cousins arrive reluctantly for a visit in far northern Maine, with their older Cousin Mary. She's the village pharmacist, plus lots of other things (this IS a very small town) and pretty much leaves the kids to their own devices. They kids are sullen, mad about having to leave their home towns and summer plans. But something catches hold of them, and after a few days they change their minds about leaving on the next bus. The old family home seems to be much too interesting to several other people, and Cousin Mary is very worried about losing the place. Cover picture shows 3 rather nice-looking kids looking up the rocky shore towards the perfect example of an old New England house, 2 stories, persumably a chimney at each corner, and a fanlight over the front door. Seagulls, rocks, it's Maine allright! HB in very good condition, picture cover. $4.00 Five Kidnapped Indians (Anne Molloy) This one is non-fiction, but as interesting as fiction. On the title page: "A True 17th Century Account of Five Early Americans, Tisquantum, Nahanada, Skitwarroes, Assocomoit and Maneday." Captain George Waymouth kidnapped 5 New England Indians and took them back to England so they could be studied by the English. Not nice at all, but this book also gives the reader a detailed look at a neglected era in the early days of America as well as the same years in England. Politics, attitudes, problems. HB, XL, good condition, good DJ, too. $3.00 MORE MAINE BOOKS COMING UP The Maine Dictionary (John McDonald) OK, we don't really talk like that, of course! But if you want to sound the way you think, or wish, Mainers talk, this is the book for you. If you just want a chuckle, that's another use for the book. I think, from the cover cartoon (which is really quite funny in a dreadful way!) that you're supposed to think this is an all-humor book. But there are definitions of words that I sort of wish we'd understood when we first moved to the absolute sticks, our first few years in Maine. And I'm ashamed to admit it, but I laughed (hard) over some of the shaggy- dog type jokes. Tall and wide paperback, very good condition, $2.50 How Many Days Until Tomorrow? (Caroline Janover) 2000. I don't know why, but this PB book has a price-tag of $11.95, which sounds high for me, but I guess it's from a small press (Woodbine House) and is written especially as the sequel to another book about the same boy, who has dyslexia. In this one, he and his rather mean big brother spend the summer with their grandparents on a remote Maine island. Gramps is better named Grumps, though the grandmother does her best to make the boys happy. Wonderful contrast between the 2 boys, but in the end (and it tells you this right on the cover, so I'm not spoiling the ending) the boy with dyslexia learns that there are other ways to be smart, besides being a good reader. PB in great condition, $2.00 The Maine Reader: The Down East Experience from 1614 to the Present. This huge paperback has chapters by a wide variety of authors including Sarah Orne Jewett ("The Town Poor") and Kenneth Roberts ("Seamen and Sea Serpents") plus Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Longfellow, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Sinclair Lewis ("George F. Babbett Takes a Maine Vacation.") Lots of contemporary writers, too. We like to think that Maine produces the best writers in the world -- who knows why? The beauty? The solitude and long winters that give authors a chance to settle down and write? Well, you can make your own decision, and see the sweep of history through the eyes of many Maine authors of great talent. Very large PB, $3.00 (it may take more postage than most books, but we'll weigh the order to make sure!) MORE MAINE BOOKS HERE -- Lost on a mountain in Maine (Donn Fendler, as told to Joseph B. Egan)1939. All Maine school children read this story and are entranced by it! I didn't grow up in Maine, but I read it when I was about the age Donn was when the story took place, and I never forgt it, and was thrilled to find it when I was an adult. The true story of Donn Fendler, who was lost in the enormous wilderness surrounding Mt Katahdin, and wanders for 2 weeks with almost no food or shelter. Told pretty much in his own words, as related to the co-author. This nice pb edition has pictures, a map, and an Afterword, continuing the story. PB, $2.00 ++++++++++++++++++++++++ EVEN MORE MAINE BOOKS! The Country of the Pointed Firs, and Other Stories (Sarah Orne Jewett) preface by Willa Cather, reprint of a 1925 edition. Jewett has had a lot of attention in recent years, as a very fine American woman author. Most of her books take place in Maine, especially the title story, which shows what life was like in a peninsula town, way out in the ocean, well over 100 years ago. When I read this, after moving to the same town, I was struck by the description of a trip to Thomaston, which was the town where our daughters went to high school, so we sometimes ran up there a couple of times a day, 15 minutes each way. Well, for the people in this story, it was a major trip, not to be taken without days of preparation! This is just one of the lovely reminiscences in the respected and loved story. There are 11 short stories in this book, too. Large PB, very lovely cover picture, fairish condition, $2.00 Books by Maine writer, Lew Dietz. These have had great appeal to young people who really love the back-country forests. He wrote about boys, but anyone would enjoy reading them for the authentic (but very entertaining) stories of life in the wilds. His writing style is breezy, reading these books is great fun along with the adventures you'll love! Especially The Savage Summer -- I laughed a lot while I read it! Savage Summer (Lew Dietz) 1964. 2 boy cousins spend the summer entertaining a 15-year-old girl, who is "a pain in the neck." She's visiting the family of one of the boys, and the boys will get paid for the time they spend with the girl! The DJ picture shows the 3 teens in the Model A Ford belonging to one of the boys, and no one seems to be very unhappy about the situation -- at least at that point. Summer in Maine, with its influx of crazy Summer People, is well portrayed. This book might be read by either boys or girls, but I think it has its greatest appeal to girls. HB, excellent condition, XL, laser copy DJ. $6.00 The Year of the Big Cat (Lew Dietz) 1970. If you are an avid outdoorsperson (even if only from your comfortable chair) you will be fascinated by the cover picture of several views of a "big cat" prowling, snarling, etc. And an anxious-looking young man -- wouldn't you be? But there's more in this story, family life, joy of being in the wilderness. HB, XL OK condition, PC. $3.50 The Year of the Big Cat -- a very nice hb copy with a laser reprint of the original DJ, showing the boy and the "cats" with a snowy background. First ed. $5.00 Another copy of Year of the Big Cat (Dietz) with a very nice dust jacket, $4.00 Wilderness River (Lew Dietz) 1961. How's this for a begining sentence? "It was a warm Indian Summer day in late October that my friend Nick Fales and I found the body in the woods." Deitz wrote "boys' books," but anyone who enjoys reading about adventure in the Maine woods, would love them. Most of them are about Jeff White, but this one stands alone. It's a former library HB, but in almost pristine condition. Someone put a clear plastic cover over the library picture cover, and it would leave marks inside the book if you removed the plastic, so I didn't try. Enjoy it! $4.50 Pines for the King's Army (Lew Dietz) 1955 (first edition if this means anything to you.) Historical 1721. Maine woods when they were the true wilderness, complete with "savages." Several dramatic full-page illustrations. XL, HB, Somewhat worn, but tight binding and clean pages. $3.00 YET MORE MAINE BOOKS! Elspeth Bragdon doesn't have the reputation that many of our Maine YA authors still have (like Ogilvie and Coatsworth) but her children's books are every bit as full of Maine atmosphere and joyous interest as any Maine writers. There is a Tide (Bragdon) 1964. This is something like a Maltshop book, should be of interest to you if you love the Maltshop feeling. Differences -- it's told mainly from a boy's point of view, and it takes place on an island where there isn't a sign of any type of shop, much less a malt shop! But I think you know what I mean about the feeling -- slightly rebellous teens, not happy with their parents, and finding each other. The boy was kicked out of yet another private school, so his father rents a house on a lonely Maine island to try to spend time with his son away from bad influences. The story includes a mystery, and a girl, who somehow is part of the mystery. Even if you don't think you'd like a story about a teen boy, give this one a try -- you really will like it very much. HB in very nice condition, with a laser copy of our DJ. Front cover shows a boy on a rock overlooking the ocean, with a girl and dog on a nearby point of land. Back cover shows the chalet-style summer house surrounded by trees. Lilian Obligado illustrator, one of my favorites. HB, LDJ, $4.00 That Jud! (Elspeth Bragdon) 1957. What a nice story!!! Jud is an orphan, and feels unloved and lonely, even in the close-knit community of Spruce Point, Maine. He spends a lot of his time getting into trouble, or escaping to his "secret" island hidout. Things will go badly wrong unless he can redeem himself. It's a really nice book, a Maine book -- so don't worry too much about this appealing kid! HB with laser copy of the original DJ, looking very attractive (Jud in jeans, sloppy shirt, and wind-blown hair, your typical country boy, with his hound dog, ocean in the background.) HB, LDJ, $4.00 Three Children's books by E. B. White -- this is a large PB and includes his classic books (and when I call something Classic, I really mean it!!) IN very good condition! INclueds Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan, and Charlotte's Web. 2 have the wonderful Garth Williams illustrations, Swan has interesting Edward Frascino illustrations. These are the original art. Pictures of all 3 covers are pictured on the cover of the book. Very nice one-book set. $2.50 Mysteries by Barbee Oliver Carleton, who wrote nicely about the coast of New England. Mystery of the Witches' Bridge (Barbee Oliver Carleton) 1967. Orphan boy returns to Maine or is it MA?) after living most of his life in Europe. He livea in the old family home, but it seems to be inhabited by ghosts -- or are they people who are envious of his background, or trying to keep him from finding out some family secrets? His grandfather seems to believe that it's ghosts, but the boy isn't convinced. Nice coastal story for older teens, even the cover of this pb is creepy in an attractive, compelling way! Good Halloween reading. PB, very good condition, $2.00 (2 copies available) Secret of Saturday Cove (Barbee Oliver Carleton) 1961 illustrations by Charles Geer Dedicated to the boys and girls of Friendship, which is the town right next to the one where we live. And according to the biographical note at the end of this book, the author was born in Thomaston, the town where my children went to HS, and where I work part-time. I do know several Carletons there now! This story is about a girl and boy who try lobstering to help the family, as well as solving the secret mystery! Personal copy in very good condition, HB with PC, $4.00 Also a copy of Mystery of Witches' Bridge by Carleton, fair condition PB, free with this copy of Secret of Saturday Cove. Abbie Burgess, Lighthouse Heroine, Jones and Sargent. Abbie is celebrated in this area where there are still many lighthouses! True story of a young girl who has to keep the lighthouse going during an emergency. Takes place on an island that is so close to here that some of the kids who live there, come ashore to our town for high school. Good quality Down East paperback in good condition $2.50 Abbie Burgess, Lighthouse Heroine in hardcover, XL, fair condition, with very attractive dust jacket picture of wild sea waves, and lighthouse. $3.00 EVEN MORE MAINE BOOKS! WE GROW SOME VERY FINE AUTHORS HERE! BOOKS BY LOUISE DICKINSON RICH If there aren't very many, then I hope to have more books by this popular and very fine author on my next sale list. Probably my only "claim to fame" is that Louise Rich was my first cousin, once removed, in other words, her mother was my grandmother's sister. But that's not why I love her books so much. My own grandfather was also an author, he wrote books about religious education -- and I was so bored that I couldn't get through the first one, though he was very well thought of at the time these books were written. No, Dave and I love Rich's books because they are beautifully crafted and very entertaining, with a surprisingly wide reach for books about tiny places where very few people live! Mindy (Louise Dickinson Rich) 1959. Girl has grown up in a Maine fishing village, and everyone expects her to marry her high-school boyfriend when they graduate. He just can't understand her wish to get further education and see the world beyond their little town. But she has doubts, and after a summer of working hard to help support the family, and seeing what her classmates are doing with their lives, she sees that there are other options. There's no doubt in my mind at all, that this book is absolutely true to life -- over the years we've known girls who could be the models for Mindy and her less ambitious classmates. Like "Blueberry Summer" (by Ogilvie) this book was written by an author who lives in the places she writes about. It's full of feeling for small-town coastal Maine and teenaged girls! HB, good condition, XL, with a laser copy of our dust jacket, showing a girl and boy with a dreamy background of ocean and gulls. $7.00 Only Parent (Louise Dickinson Rich.) 1953. Mrs. Rich wrote beautifully, anything she wrote. In this book, I think she was writing for the people who loved "We Took To The Woods," "My Neck of the Woods," and other books about living in the middle of nowhere in the Maine woods. I imagine these people were wondering what had happened to their favorite author and her children after her husband died and she moved back to town. Like her Maine wilderness books, this one combines humor, practicality, and poignant observations. Very nice DJ picture by Paul Laune, showing pretty dining room and slim, stylish mother looking out the window at beautiful children. Probably some of this picture is only a figment of the artist's imagination -- these people had recently lived in the back of beyond, but it's possibly realistic! HB, fairly good condition, with laser copy DJ that looks wonderful. $7.00 Happy the Land (Louise Dickinson Rich) 1946. A review on the back cover says "This is one of those rare books -- a sequel that is every bit as good as the original." The original, of course, is We Took to the Woods, and it may be an exaggeration to say that this one is as good as that wonderful, very popular and influential book, but it is something you really do have to read if you loved We Took... This copy is a Down East pb reprint, and if you've had any of these high-quality reprints, you'll know that I'm not kidding when I say they are almost "every bit as good as the original!" Very good condition, large PB, $4.00 The Coast of Maine (Louise Dickinson Rich) with photographs by Samuel Chamberlain. Sub titled "An informal history and guide." 1956, revised several times, this is the 1970 edition. You'll find lots more than just facts; there are characters, books, little-known interesting sights to see, and all those very fine photos by Chamberlain who compiled quite a few photographic collections around New England. Chapters on history, of course, islands, all the varied locales in this large state, things to do and see, and Rich's personal, conversational style of imparting information. Very large paperback book, fairly good condition, a cover picture that looks like what you think Maine should look like -- ships, shoreline, and a lobster boat, among other things. You'll even get a kick out of the introduction to this edition! $3.00 (2 copies available) The Peninsula (Louise Dickinson Rich) 1958. Drawings by Grattan Condon, whom I've never heard of before or since, but they're perfect. This is the entertaining story of the Gouldsboro peninsula, but what she tells us about that peninsula, is pretty much equally true of the St. George Peninsula where our family lived for many years, or most of the other fingers of land jutting out from the Mainland of Maine. There's a recommendation by Rachel Carson, printed at the front of this book -- what high praise! Geography, history, lives and livelihood of the people living in that area, "a lot about lobsters and the lobstermen" according to the front DJ flap, names of people and places, food (including recipes that aren't fancy like the ones in gourmet magazines, but taste a lot better!) HB book in good condition, with maps on the endpapers. laser copy of our DJ, which is in good cond except for small pieces out of the top and bottom of the spine -- things like that, come out as white spaces on the copy. $5.00 Here's a book that wasn't written by Louise Rich, but has a lovely introduction that WAS written by her. The book is The Down East Reader, and it's composed of selections from Down East, The Magazine of Maine. Most people who love to read about Maine, would recognize a lot of the contributors, vintage essays, humorous bits, historical reviews, reminiscences, tour guides -- quite a variety! And right at the beginning, you'll find out why parts of Maine are referred to as "Down East," when any fool can see that it's "up North!" Big paperback with beautiful cover and lots of illustrations from woodcuts. Very good condition (and of course it's a Down East publication, which means it's a good quality pb.) $2.50 --------------------------------- A New Hampshire book -- The White Mountains of New Hampshire (Alan Nyiri) A Beautiful PB, brand new, with information, but mostly unbelievably stunning color pictures of the White Mt region. Some taken from the top of Mt Washington, some from the forests, lakes, waterfalls, and woods of this area of great natural beauty. Snow. Fall Color without equal anywhere! $2.00 YES, THERE ARE STILL MORE MAINE (and New England) BOOKS! Mystery of the Black Moriah (David Crossman) a Bean and Ab mystery, 2002. Brand new copy of this book from Crossman's YA mystery series about a pair of kids (girl and boy) who find extremely curious mysteries on the island where they're spending the summer. Author grew up on a Maine island, and now lives in the next town to this one, writes adult mysteries, too. This is a beautiful new cpy of the book, so obviously in great condition, with a mint DJ, too. $4.00 Books by Elizabeth Coatsworth --- One of my all-time favorite authors since I was a little girl! Most of these book could be listed as Alice's Picks. She lived only a few miles from where we now live, but I never met her. I have heard her daughter speak about her mother's works, at several seminars or meetings. She concentrates on her mother's poetry, as the daughter is a poet herself, but I'm convinced that her stories are even better! Coatsworth's historical books are almost as good as her stories about contemporary children. We recently had a wonderful visit from one of our book customers, who had arranged to have all of us visit the farm site where Coatsworth and her author-husband, Henry Beston, lived. It was inspiring to see the view and the lovely countryside that were inspirations for both of those exceptional authors. I couldn't love Coatsworth's books more than I already did, but this was a lovely opportunity to understand their background even better. House-Boat Summer (Elizabeth Coatsworth) 1942. First, let me tell you that the book is in rather poor condition. That said, it's still going to be one of your favorite books for the rest of your life. Last summer, Gail and Dave and I stood on the hill above Damariscotta Lake, looking at the very setting of this story. I could almost see the houseboat down there, and the opposite shore where the children had some of their adventures. The girl and boy are invited to spend a summer with their young aunt and uncle, living in a houseboat on the beautiful lake which is very near where we live. You can see by the cover picture that they were joined by a pair of kittens! There are incredibly lovely illustrations by Marguerite Davis, who worked with Coatsworth on some of her very best books. One of the best things about our own copy of this book is the endpaper pictures of the interior of the house boat, but the endpapers are damaged in this copy. So I've made a copy of ours to include when you buy this book. You'll want to move in! HB, in poor/fair cond, with dust jacket and additional picture. $4.50 Alice-all-by-herself (Elizabeth Coatsworth) 1937. I loved reading this book for so many reasons! Well, it's full of fun and adventure for one. It's about the very town where we spend a couple of days a week on our volunteer job, for another! The illustrations are superb -- what else could they be when they're by Marguerite De Angeli? You have to love the Alice in this story, who could get into trouble and find adventure better and faster than most people! And the author and her family lived so near where the story takes place, in a farm that we were lucky enough to visit this summer, with our friend Gail. How it changes your appreciation of an author's books, to see the places that inspired her! large HB, pretty good condition, with a laser copy of the DJ (a tiny bit too small, but looks good anyway) showing Alice walking down the shady sidewalk of Damariscotta, Maine. HB, LDJ personal copy -- $6.00 The Captain's Daughter (Coatsworth) 1950.Very romantic tale of a teen girl whose father comes back from a long voyage and discovers that his daughter is planning to marry a man he doesn't approve of. So he takes her with him on his next voyage, and she discovers all kinds of things including the truth about her boyfriend. Good quality paperback in good condition. $2.00 The Enchanted (Coatsworth) 1951. She wrote several (3 or 4) what she called Incredible Tales, which you could interpret various ways, but probably you'd lean toward the magical explanation! This one starts out logically enough, a young man buys a remote farm, and fixes it up so he can live there and raise horses. Then he starts to meet his neighbors, the man who tells fantastic stories about what happens in "The Enchanted," an area with a river of the same name. And he meets the large happy family up the road, including Molly. And the strangeness of certain things that happen. You can take my word, this another Maine writer who can delve into the strange -- and it's a lot more subtle than Steven King. A rather slim book, with line drawings that capture exactly the right moods. Suitable for teens and adults. HB, PC, $3.50 Silky (Elizabeth Coatsworth0 1953 -- another of the Incredible Tales by Coatsworth. A beautiful fantasy, set in rural Maine, "hailed throughout the country as a lyric masterpiece" full of the feeling of poetry and silvery beauty as it says in the DJ flap description. Hardcover with misty picture on the laser copy of the original DJ. Art by John Carroll. HB in fair condition, DJ is beautiful. $3.50 Golden Horseshoe (Coatsworth) historical, with adorable, terrific illustrations by Robert Lawson. From the description in the book -- " a tale of high adventure ... a story of Tamar's growing up, loyalties and friendship... the children's picturesque life in aristocratic Colonial household, relations with Indians and slaves and the Quakers..." The girl is half Indian princess and half daughter of a wealthy American father. HB, XL, in very good condition. $2.50 Another copy of Golden Horseshoe, this one with a good library printed picture cover -- $3.00 George and Red (Coatsworth) "is the story of two boys' sharing theclose moments of growing up... a century ago... When the Civil War breaks out, they don't have to create excitement..." Written for youngish readers, with a lot of amazing illustrations. HB, XL, good condition, $2.00 All-of a Sudden Susan (Coatsworth) 1974. She wrote and published for a very long time! This is a story for fairly young readers, but if you collect Coatsworth, you need this in your collection. Includes an antique doll and several animals, plus heroic feats by the young heroine, during a flood. HB, XL, DJ, $2.50 MORE BOOKS BY ELIZABETH COATSWORTH HERE -- Country Neighborhood (Elizabeth Coatsworth) 1944. To begin with, this is a lovely-looking book. Cover picture shows what looks quite close to the home of Coatworth and Beston, a sweep of green field, with a classic Cape Cod house halfway up the hill, the typical New England "continuous architecture" with a woodshed hitching the house to the big red barn. Trees, flowers, and in the background, the hint of a church steeple. The whole effect is as unpretentious as the tales and reminiscences within. As I've been writing this description, I've had to stop and re-read about 3 of the sections, so enticing as they are! Simple sketches and illustrations throughout. HB, DJ, all in very good condition, $3.50 Personal Geography (Coatsworth) "Almost an Autobiography" In her 83rd year, Coatsworth put together this compilation of many selections from her private journals, public writings, poetry, and reflections. The date on the title page is 1968, but there are entries that date from later than that, so this must be a 2nd edition. Nice HB book in good DJ with a picture that covers both back and front of the book. Imposing woman stands in a meadow, overlooking Chimney Pond. $5.00 Sword of the Wilderness (Coatsworth) 1936. Takes place in 1689.Captured by Indians! Trekked through the wilderness, starving, freezing, eventually learning to live together. Much more than just an adventure story, of course, as Coatsworth was a fine author and observer of humanity. HB, PC, good condition, $3.00 Jock's Island (Coatsworth) Sheep dog trying to keep guarding his sheep when the island's inhabitants are evacuated before a volcano eruption. PB, nicely illustrated. $1 Jock's Island (Coatsworth) Volcano formed the island, and now it's suddenly becoming active again. The boy and his wonderful sheepdog have a huge job protecting the sheep. The illustrations in this book are amazing (Lilian Obligado) and full of animals -- from the dog and sheep, to cats, gulls, cattle. And the pictures give you an amazing sense of the power of the volcano and storms. HB, XL, $2.50 Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod (Henry Beston) 1928 I don't usually sell things that could be called Classics, but this one is too good to miss! If you've ever vacationed on The Cape, you probably didn't see anything like what Mr. Beston describes, but when you read this, and you'll know why people are trying to save the Real Cape. A year of almost total seclusion (try finding THAT in the touristy areas of Cape Cod today!) and observation of nature. You probably know that Beston was later married to Elizabeth Coatsworth. PB, $1.50 Especially Maine: The Natural World of Henry Beston From Cape Cod to the St. Lawrence, selected and with introductions by Elizabeth Coatsworth. All that is on the front cover of this lovely and large paperback book, reprinted from the original by a small press in Brattleboro, VT. The blurbs on the back cover seem to indicate that Coatsworth's notes are as important a part of this book as the stories of the natural world by her much-revered author-husband. There are letters, short notes, longer essays, poems.. and personal reminiscences by Coatsworth, about buying their Maine farm, about their daughters, travels and everything! Such a good book, if you love Elizabeth Coatsworth, you'll love to learn more about her husband (includes 2 pictures of this handsome man!)PB, good cond, $2.50 End of books by Elizabeth Coatsworth and/or Henry Beston ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MAINE BOOKS BY DOROTHY SIMPSON All Illustrated by Dorothy Bayley Morse, who probably is one of my 4 or 5 favorite illustrators of children's books -- right up there with Mary Stevens! These books are about the Marshall family, who live on an isolated island off the Maine coast. They are poor from our point of view, but to them, the island life is a wonderful adventure, and they really don't want to leave it for anything, or for anything to change. The books are treasures, from any point of view. that Island in the Bay is the first in this series, but actually it's a stand-alone title. The first in this series is "The Honest Dollar" and "Lesson for Janie" is next. There aren't any of Simpson's books available right now, but you can look for them in thrift shops and book stores, and you can be sure I'll add them to my list when I can find more! A Matter of Pride (Dorothy Simpson) illustrated by Dorothy Bayley Morse. 1959. One of the Janie Marshall series of books. Janie doesn't want her teacher to know that her family is too poor to buy her new shoes when her old ones are too small. The teacher thinks Janie is sassy when she is really only trying to hide her secret. Ths starts a long, long battle between them, though the teacher seems to be trying to bridge the gap. Plenty of humorous school and home situations, plus a lot of Maine island fun and a wonderful teacher, no matter what Janie thinks at first! This HB book has been VERY well loved. OK, actually it's in poor condition. But some thrifty Down Easter mended it, it's all there, and I've covered it with a laser copy of the really lovely dust jacket. This one has a really special picture. HB, LDJ, $4.00 MAINE BOOKS BY ELIZABETH LADD, one of the best authors of authentic Maine YA books from all of the 20th century. She lived just about all her life on a rather remote island, enjoying animals and children, all of which contribute to her wonderful books! Most of them were illustrated by Mary Stevens, another favorite of ours, and another Maine native. Some of Ladd's books form series, but any can be read separately with great pleasure. I'll certainly try to find more book by Ladd very soon. The Night of the Hurricane (Elizabeth Ladd) 1956. Illustrated by Mary Stevens. This story about Judy, her aunt and uncle, and their life on the Maine coast. It starts with preparation for a big blow, then the hurricane hits, then there are repairs to be made. But that's just the beginning! The Maine coastal year continues with town meeting, The Wish Book, snowstorms, Christmas, and always in Ladd's books, animals! I don't know why, but I love to read about big snowstorms and hurricanes, even though they are dangerous and scary. This nice story includes both weather events and much more! HB, personal copy in pretty good condition, small picture (by Mary Stevens) on the front cover. $4.00 The Year of the Pheasants (Elizabeth Ladd) 1957. Illustrated by Mary Stevens. Like the author, the children in this story live deep in the country, close to nature. The girl decides to raise pheasants from eggs, and this book tells about the many things that can happen in a project like this one. Nice family scenes (she has to get have the cooperation of her brother!) and adorable pictures. XL book is in fairly worn condition, but has a nice printed library picture cover, plus a fairly good DJ. HB, XL, PC and DJ -- $4.00 Meg of Heron's Neck (Elizabeth Ladd) 1961. This is the first in the Meg series, and tells about Meg's going to live with relatives, while always wishing that she could still live on the boat with her big brother. The cover is quite worn, but shows Meg with her black pets -- cat and crow -- with an ocean background. As in all the Meg books, there is plenty of action and mystery in this one. PB, luckily it was a good solid Down East reprint to start with, as it's had a bit of a rough life. But it's still holding together, and actually the interior pages are clean, with all those dear Mary STevens illustrations. $1.50 Meg's Mysterious Island (Ladd, with Mary STevens illustrations) 1963. Meg and her brother, Allen, spend the whole winter alone on an island -- something that appeals to Meg even more than it sometimes appeals to most of us! I guess you could call this book a pre-quel to some of the other books about Meg and Allen. As the DJ flap says, "This shivery story tells of her earlier adventures during the carefree days when she and Allen lived aboard their little boat, and of their snug but precarious winter on a snowbound Maine island." Meg shows just how brave she is during an adventure that I'd call a step above the "shivery" in that description. HB, personal copy in beautiful condition, with a good DJ, too. $6.50 A Mystery for Meg (Ladd) hardcover with dust jacket, both in good condition! The so-appealing illustrations of Mary Stevens, showing Meg and "repulsive" the cat, watching what's going on across the water on an island. Book has some stains on the bottom corner of each of the covers, but they don't seem to go any further than the cover, and are more than made up by the very good DJ that covers the book. The only indication that this book might have been a library copy, is the tiny sticker with an upside-down map of Maine, at the bottom of the DJ spine. Other than that, you could hardly find a better-looking DJ. $5.00 Trouble on Heron's Neck (Elizabeth Ladd) 1956. Centering to some extent on Meg's pet crow, this Maine summer story brings Meg into another mystery, with a bit of danger and a quiet message about conservation and caring for animals. Along with the wonderful personality of Meg, who just can't seem to stay out of trouble and even danger! HB, XL, in very good condition, with a good DJ. $5.00 Ironbound Island (Elizabeth Ladd) 1965. This book has an island setting, but in other ways, it's not a lot like the Heron's Neck stories about Meg. A boy, through a series of hard luck, comes ashore on Ironbound Island, where he makes a good life for himself and a family -- when they all need each others' help. Lovely story! XLlibrary copy, good condition, with a good dust jacket, too. $4.00 The Indians on the Bonnet (Elizabeth Ladd) 1971. The Bonnet is a point of land on the Maine seacoast. As with most of Ladd's books, the characters are true Mainers, working and living under the harsh but beautiful conditions of the Maine coast, a life that summer visitors don't see. In this book, the plot goes beyond small-town fun, to touch on the subject of prejudice against Native Americans. I love reading anything by Ladd, whose heroines are always the nicest of girls, and whose settings are always gorgeous! This one, while entertaining reading for sure, also makes you think, and isn't quite as "cozy" as some of her books. Mystery element is especially interesting! HB, XL, in very good condition inside and out. $4.00 END OF BOOKS BY ELIZABETH LADD. MORE MAINE BOOKS COMDING UP! Ben of Old Monhegan (Sidney Baldwin) 1932. Subtitled A Boy's Life Among the Fisher Folk off the Coast of Maine. Ben is a quintessential island boy from the 19th century, when your whole life certainly centered around the island (no phones or email, not much snail mail even!) Very entertaining for child and adult alike, and some really good illustrations. This large PB book is in good condition, except for a curiosity, that the latter half of the book is bound upside down, so after you've read the first half, you turn it over and read the rest of the book from the back to the middle -- no problem, right? Reprint from a publisher right there on Monhegan island (which is off the coast of Port Clyde, near where we lived for many years. It's a place that everyone falls in love with, believe me! When you're there, you can imagine that it's still the years when Ben lived there, it's that romantically remote.) $2.50 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MAINE BOOKS BY MARY C. JANE. She wrote some of the best and most popular mysteries for young people in the '50s and '60s! Each one has a different setting. almost all of them somewhere in Maine. They're nothing fancy, but they show children enjoying their lives amid some pretty mysterious happenings! All of them feature girls and boys equally, which is quite unusual and very pleasing. Animals of several species are quite often part of the stories. Maine kids love them, I love them, and so will you. You really need to have all of them! All have pleasant Raymond Abel illustrations. Mystery back of the Mountain (Jane) 1960. Everyone's favorite plot-starter -- the family inherits a farm from a distant relative, and they go to check it out before selling it. Farm is "back of the mountain" in a remote section of Maine (and believe me, there really are plenty of those!) The old uncle had been the black sheep of the family, and some of the neighboring farmers still hate his descendants. So the kids have to figure out what to do about that, plus helping a strange girl who has bad family problems. PB, pretty good condition, $2.00 Mystery behind Dark Windows (Jane) 1962. There are a lot of old and empty factory buildings in Maine, as in most of New England. In this story, the aunt owns an old factory but is sure it will be reopened eventually, so she refuses offers to buy it for other purposes. She and the 2 children are having money troubles, and at the same time, mysterious things are going on at night in the abandoned buildings. The kids need to figure out what's happening and try to help the family problems. PB in very good cond, $3.00 Mystery in Old Quebec (Mary c. Jane) 1955. One of the very few books she set outside Maine. Sister and brother go on a business trip with their father, to Quebec, explore the city while he's busy working during the day. They meet an unhappy, lonely boy, and while they're enjoying the beautiful old city of Quebec, they help the boy solve his problems. Fun and satisfying! XL, HB, with a picture cover, in fair cond. $2.00 The Ghost Rock Mystery (Mary C. Jane) 1956. Really good reading! I love this one. The kids visit their aunt and cousin at the B&B that she's started up in rural Maine, way off the beaten track. Some of the guests are quite questionable, and that's not all the mystery surrounding this new enterprise! PB in fairly OK condition. $2.00 Mystery at Shadow Pond (Mary C. Jane) Set on a remote farm, near a mountain and pond. Strangers are coming around their home and searching for some old letters that must be very valuable. If the family finds them first, the letters might make them enough money so they won't have to sell their property and lose their beloved horse. PB with the kids-and-robot cover, $2.00 (2 copies available) Mystery on Nine-Mile Marsh (Mary C. Jane) What is that very strange noise over on the island? Crossing the marsh to get there, the children make a wonderful discovery and find a difficult mystery to crack. Excellent story, especially for animal lovers. PB in good condition, $2.50 Mystery on nine-mile marsh, HB, in worn condition, but the picture cover is still nice. $1.50 END OF BOOKS BY MARY C JANE ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ BOOKS BY MAINE'S FAMOUS ELISABETH OGILVIE -- for both adults and young adults My late Maine "neighbor", Elisabeth Ogilvie, wrote some wonderful YA books in the 1950s and 1969s, I should include most of these in the Maltshop section of this list, but they are such true depictionf of Maine life in the area where we live, near the coast and on the islands. Ogilvie, who died a few years ago, lived near here, and was a very nice lady as well as a very talented writer for both adults and teens. I treasure my books by Ogilvie, and love to find duplicates so I can let other people read them! I wish there were more available -- and I will list them when I get any! By the way, I'm still looking for a copy of the DJ for Fabulous Year. If you have a copy with a DJ, and would be willing to make a laser copy of it for my book, I'll happily trade a LDJ for anything in your collection if my copy happens to have a DJ. The Fabulous year (Ogilvie) is a sequel to Blueberry Summer, and tells about Cass's high school year right after that summer when she has lost weight, become a good friend of Adam's, and has gained self-confidence! All together, these things help her to have A Fabulous Year. PB in fairly good cond. $3.00 Masquerade at Sea House (Ogilvie)1965. I recommend this book to you if you like to read about Maine islands, if you like interesting family stories, or if you are a mystery-story fan! Brother and sister return to the US after quite a few years in Europe. They remember the good times with their father when they all stayed in Sea House on a Maine island, so they decide to spend a few weeks there again -- but do they belong there? And what on earth is happening to the place and the people around them? Mystery within a mystery, one for them to figure out and one for you to figure out, too, while enjoying the fun of staying in a cottage on a Maine island with interesting people and the famous scenery. Very good hardcover, personal copy, with a good DJ, too. Romantic cover picture of a girl with her hair blowing in the sea breeze, sand dunes, and two man in the background. HB, DJ, $7.00 Storm Tide (Adult book by Elisabeth Ogilvie) #2 in the Tide Trilogy, reprinted by Down East Books here in Maine. From the back "Return to Bennett's Island with Joanna Bennett, Nils Sorensen, and the other idlands who have come back to their true home after several years of mainland exile." The other books in this trilogy are High Tide at Noon, and The Ebbing Tide. As far as I know all of these are still in print by Down East. Large PB in very good condition, $4.00 I'll list books by Ogilvie as soon as I possibly can! BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THIS IS THE END OF THE MAINE BOOK SECTION! NOW FOR ..... ALICE'S PICKS -- A SPECIAL CATEGORY OF BOOKS I LOVE! I'VE LOVED SOME OF THEM ALMOST ALL MY LIFE! BUT SOME ARE NEW DISCOVERIES THAT I WANT TO SHARE *********************************************************** Little by Little: A Writer's Education (Jean Little) 1987. I had put this book on the list a while back, but at that time I hadn't read it myself. Now I have! I just finished reading it, and absolutely loved it! I've always enjoyed reading Little's fiction, so I don't know why I haddn't delved into this one, which is an autobiography of her life up to the time her first book was published. She is nearly blind, which made her life quite difficult for many years -- teasing from other children, lack of understanding by teachers, and self-doubts. Her family, however, never doubted her abilities or impeded her independence, and eventually she did very well. In the meantime, this book is full of humor as she looks back; it reminds me in some ways of Beverly Cleary in her understanding of the way a child views events. If you've read Cleary's bio of her own young years, don't look for very many similarities between these 2 great writers' childhoods or families. Both of these autobiographies are very much worth reading for insight but more than that -- for sheer enjoyment! HB with DJ, $3.00 His Banner Over Me (Jean Little) 1995. This is something of a biography, in the form of a novel, of Little's own mother, who was the daughter of missionaries, lived in Taiwan for her early years, then was sent to Ohtario to live with unknown relatives. Takes place around the time of WWI. Very attractive paperback in fine cond. $2.00 Listen for the Singing (Jean Little) 1977. Set in 1939, a nearly-blind girl has moved with her family from Germany to Canada. When England entered the war, her family changed in very confusing ways. Good school and home scenes, and an ending you probably couldn't predict. Large PB, very good condition, $2.50 Journey to America (Sonia Levitin) 1970. I just finished reading this excellent book set mostly in Germany in 1938-39. Jewish family wants to leave the country, but it's certainly not an easy thing to do. Father leaves first, mother and 3 daughters eventually make their plans to join him in America. But nothing is easy, nothing is quick, almost nothing is pleasant. Very beautiful story, with parts that make you rejoice in humanity as well as the opposite. Author lived through many of the same experiences as Lisa in the story. Scholastic paperback, middle grade level, good condition. $2.00 The Midnight Train Home (Erika Tamar) 2000. Dell Yearling books are always of good quality, both condition, and content. This is the story of a girl whose whole world fell apart when her mother gave her and her siblings up to the Children's Aid Society -- the people who took children from the New York slums and sent them west on Orphan trains. This isn't a sugar-coated story about a girl who eventually finds happiness in her new home, but she does find a kind of family and a lot of happiness. Written for middle-grade readers, I loved it myself -- it was one of those many stories that kept me reading into the middle of the night. PB, good cond, $2.00 Patricia's Secret (Ruth Daggett Leinhauser) 1956. This story really tickles me! Girl lives with her aunts while her widowed father is away in the Air Force. When he finally comes home and wants her to live with him on an army base, she thinks she'll hate it and miss her former home extremely badly. Her secret is the only thing that keeps her from despair. Life is full of surprises, though! Written for maybe grade 5-6 readers, I still turn back to this book when I need a comfort-read. PB, good condition, $2.00 Ready-made Family (Frances Salomon Murphy) 1953. Another of my favorite books to read when I need to be comforted and feel happier! 3 foster children are placed with a childless couple. These children have been through a lot, and react to a new home in various ways. The older girl tries to be ultra-responsible, the boy in the middle is sullen and tests the parents. The little girl depends on being very cute and babyish. Told through the eyes of the older girl, who worries constantly that they will have to move along again, and she loves this place very much. No fairy godmother waves a wand, but the kid, straight-foreward parents help solve the children's problems very gradually. Some tense moments, but some wonderful ones, too. PB, 2 copies in fairly good condition. $2.50 each MORE OF ALICE's PICKS AHEAD Melindy's Medal (Georgene Faulkner and John Becker) 1945. Unusual story, very nice and appealing. Melindy is what even she calls "a colored girl" living in Boston, 8 years old and feeling guilty because she's the only person in her family who has never won a medal. Her family moves into a new apartment and she's on her way to do something that earns her a medal, but I won't divulge the ending of this lovely but story. HB, fair condition, $1.50 Do you collect Comet books, or wish you had some of these interesting old paperbacks? Sounds like Comic Books, but I didn't make a mistake, it's "comet" all right. Each of these collectible vintage young adult paperbacks features a back cover with 9 square pictures highlighting the action in the book with clever comments. Interior of the books are beautifully presented, with patterned endpapers, tables of contents, and lists of full-page illustrations. There are smaller illustrations, too (all in black and white with a wash of one other color. So vintage-looking!) These 2 Comet books are aimed at boys, but of course girls might enjoy them, too. The books are: #11, Bat Boy of the Giants by Garth Garreau, originally from 1948 and illustrated by Richard Powers. and #27. Forest Patrol by Jim Kjelgaard, originally from 1941 and illustrated by George Meyerriecks. 2 Comet paperback books in fairly good condition. $7.00 Amber, A Very Personal Cat (Gladys Taber) 1970. This isn't particularly a book for young people, but it's one that cat lovers of absolutely any age, would adore. I certainly did! Full of the fun of adoring and being adored by a cat, with pictures to give you an idea of just how adorable this one was! And Taber always infused her books with nature, friends, and humor. This book also slips in some good ideas about taking wonderful care of a cat -- diet, comfort, health. I especially loved the very last sentence of the book. HB, good condition, with a nice DJ. $2.50 MORE "ALICE'S PICKS" AHEAD! Trolley Car Family (Eleanor Clymer) 1947. Illustrated by Ursula Koering except for a new cover picture, which is quite attractive itself, if not just like the original. Father is a trolley car driver, but busses take over the trolley line, and he loses his job. As compensation, the company offers him the trolley car that he had driven all these years, and they move it to the very end of the line, way out in the country. The family converts it into a nice cozy little house, and they move in. I absolutely love the process of making the car into a home, including the nice detailed floor plan and all the interesting things they did to make it liveable. But wait, there's more!!! What about the grouchy man who lives next door to where they had lived in town? And who are those people in the farm on the hill above the trolley lines? When I was a kid, I couldn't get enough of this book, and I've probably read it 3 more times as an adult. It's truly one of Alice's Picks. Nice condition PB, $2.50 Adopted Jane (Helen F. Daringer) illustrated by Kate Seredy, 1947. Jane had lived in the orphanage for most of her life, so she figured that by this time, she'd never be adopted. But even a summer of living in a real home, was a wonderful opportunity, and that turned out to be only the very beginning of the exciting and beautiful changes that came into her life. One of the most memorable books I've read -- I know that, because as far as I can recall, I've only read it once, but the whole book is still imprinted on my mind. So lovely! With quite a bit of adorable humor. Nice hefty PB, good cond, $2.00 A Girl From Yamhill (Beverly Cleary) 1988. Cleary had a strange childhood, really good in some ways, almost unbearable in others. You will understand her writing much better after you read this book. It covers her early childhood and on through high school, all in Oregon. This book will help you understand how Cleary could write with such poignant realism about the feelings of a little girl, Ramona. HB, XL, with nice DJ, in very good condition. $3.75 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Kate Douglas Wiggin) 1903. A classic, very early book for children, and as different as possible from that other early classic, Elsie Dinsmore! Rebecca is candid, a little irreverant, and enthusiastic. At the beginning, she's traveling to her aunts' home to stay, to take some of the burden off her widowed mother, who is bringing up 7 children. It isn't always easy for her, great changes are made in her life. This is a humorous book, a touching book, and one that you would have read over and over with great pleasure if you'd been a child of the early 20th century. Nice Thrushwood HB edition with a pretty DJ. $3.00 The Brownies ("Adapted from Juliana Horatia Ewing and illustrated by Katherine Milhous.") This edition is from 1946. It's the book from "years ago" that gave the name to the Browine Scouts. Adorable little book and imaginative artwork. One interesting note -- on the back DJ flap, someone stuck a Brownie Scout sticker. It seems that a Brownie once owned this book. HB with DJ, both in good cond. $3.00 I always enjoy checking out "recent" (not vintage?) young adult books that I find at sales and thrift stores. If I like them, I often pass them on through this site. Here are a couple I read this week -- A Boy Called Hopeless my M.J. (David Melton) 1977. This was a popular teen book when it came out, spawning a lot of hope for children with autistism and developmental delays. It's been pretty controversal over the years, and since our family includes a dear grandchild with both of those diagnoses, I only wish it could be true -- anyway, it's an interesting book told from the point of view of a teen girl. PB, fair condition, $1.00 HERE ARE MORE OF ALICE'S PICKS FOR YOU! Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis) 1999. I thought it wasn't "my kind of book," but it kept me up way past my bedtime to finish it last night. By the author of the very popular, "The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963," which won a great many awards, this is also set in the past, in 1936. Young boy lives in an orphanage but imagines that his father is a famous musician. When he's sent to an abusive foster home, he escapes and sets out to find his supposed father. Told in the first person by this imaginative and very clever and wise but also childishly innocent boy, it's everything a book should be -- realistic, sometimes scary and sad but often funny in a laugh-through- your-tears way. There are some really lovely characters, including Bud-not-Buddy, but The Depression is a constant reality. HB, personal copy in near-new condition, with a very good DJ. $2.50 Junior Fun in Bed (Virginia Kirkus and Frank Scully)1935. No, I'm not starting a new section of books with suggestive titles. It's a book about things for kids to do while sick, and bored with being stuck in bed. The cute cover shows a boy looking quite peppy though his dotted PJs suggest he may have measles or chicken pox. The large hardcover book contains an amazing collection of puzzles, games, stories, funny poems, short stories. There are patterns for making things that don't require the patient to get up out of bed. I would have LOVED this book when I was a girl and had all the various illnesses that were still going around in the '40s and '50s. My husband was sick for a long time with rhumatic fever, and really could have used this amazing big book. It could be a life-saver even today in the realm of electronic games -- don't kids still love riddles, magic tricks. I was having so much fun with this book that I forgot what I was supposed to be doing -- entering it on this sale list! This vintage book was very popular in its time, too, going through quite a few editions. This copy has a nice DJ, with just a few tears along the edges. There's a nice vintage-looking book plate on the first free page, but I couldn't see any writing inside. Give this as a gift to someone who is recovering from an illness or surgery -- they'll love it! HB, DJ, $10.00 SOME MORE, VERY INTERESTING, ALICE'S PICKS AHEAD Another big lot, but this time its emphasis is on the illustrator! I don't know whether any of you are as enamored as I am, of children's book illustrations. I'm not artistic, can't draw, not good at recognizing famous artists; but since childhood, I've loved certain illustrators for their appealing, detailed, realistic pictures of children. Dave's and my all-time favorite is Mary Stevens, who was a Maine native, and illustrated many series books including a lot of the early Trixie Beldens. Here I'm offering a little pile of "her" books for you. They're former library books, fair+ condition, but full of pictures in great shape! Including: Two Dog Biscuits by Beverly Cleary, with Mary Stevens illustrations. This is my favorite, because of the cats! I've never seen a happier cat, or one who is so satisfied at the end of the book. And the twin children? Priceless! A picture book for little kids. Nobody Listens to Andrew by Elizabeth Guilfoile, a beginning-to-read book illustrated by Mary Stevens. Kids love the story, too The Snake That Went to School by Lilian Moore, with Stevens pictures. For somewhat older readers, maybe about 3rd to 4th graders. Even the printed library cover is hilarious! Wishes and Secrets by Mary Elting with Stevens pictures -- aimed at about 4th to 5th grade -- and I think you'll get a kick out of the book as much as the pictures in this one. 4 books with Mary Stevens illustrations -- $6.00 DO YOU LOVE CATS? LIBRARIES? Well, here's a non-fiction book for you -- Dewey, The Small-Town Cat who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. 2008. Even the cover is beautiful, showing a yellow and white cat with a very sweet face, in front of shelves full of books. As a tiny kitten, Dewey was rescued from the book drop on a freezing cold morning. He lived his whole life in the library, became the pet of the town -- and changed lives all over the world. There's a nice parallel story about the author's life, too. I loved this book, and wouldn't be selling this copy if I didn't have another to keep for myself. HB, personal copy, very good cond with a very good DJ. $3.00 Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie) 1911. This is the original story of Peter and Wendy, not the play or movie version that we're all familiar with. It's a novel, and the play pretty much follows the story, but there are interesting differences that make it a story that's as much for adults as for kids. Very adorable illustrations in this 1950 edition. HB in good condition, with DJ in fair cond (front cover picture intact, but edges are worn.) $2.50 MORE OF "ALICE'S PICKS" RIGHT HERE! BIG LOT of LITTLE HOUSE books. If you don't happen to have all these Laura Ingalls Wilder books, here are 3 in very good condition -- or maybe you can pass them on to a child who loves to read. These are nice paperbacks with the Garth Williams illustrations Included are Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake. All 3 for $4.00 BIG LOT of books that are continuations of the "Little House" books by Wilder. Did you know that other authors have continued the stories of Laura and her family? These books have very good reviews and most of them were authorized by the author herself, or by her heirs. Here are 4 of them. Included are: Missouri Homestead (Book one in The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder) The World's Fair (Book 5 in The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder) The Great Debates (book 7 in The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder) The preceding 3 written by T. L. Tedrow Little House in Brookfield (from The Caroline Years by Maria D. Wilkes) Lot of 4 Little House Continued PB books in good cond. $6.50 MORE OF ALICE'S PICKS AHEAD -- Babyhood Years Step-by-step (designed by Louise Rumley) I think it says 1956, but the writing is faint, so I may be a little off. It does look like that era of adorable illustrating: chubby babies in classic styles of overalls and little dresses, with cute pets and simple toys. It's a record book for keeping track of Baby up to the beginning of school. You can fill in almost all the important information from birth on up, year by year. Just a slim paperback, but if you're a nostalgic person, it would be exactly right for you! The original price-tags are still on the front, just for feeling rueful about what things used to cost (one sticker says 37 cents, the other says 3/1.00.) With inflation and all, how about $3.00? Oh, by the way, nothing has been filled in! When Patty Went to College (Jean Webster) 1903. Author of Daddy-long-legs tackles the popular subject of girls going to college, with her typical humor. This is a very vintage book, and the binding is getting weak. But on the other side of the coin, there is a fancy cover design with a pasted-down cameo-shaped picture in the middle. And a fancy design on the spine. And a few glossy internal illustrations. Nice interesting old book, and a clever story. $2.50 Black River: A Wisconsin Story ( Vera Andrus) 1967. It's not a Maltshop, not a series, not quite a mystery. I've seen a lot of novels labeled "coming-of-age-stories" and I don't really like that designation -- partly because I'm never sure just what it refers to -- but it might fit this small story with a vaguely historical setting. Before automobiles, I think, but after electricity. Farm family runs a very fine creamery where they make award-winning Wisconsin cheese. The girls are free and happy and a bit mischievous, but there is something dark hovering over the family. Not a heavy book at all, and written for middle-grade readers, but well worth an hour of your time. When you finish, you can even use it as a gift, this book is in very nice condition except for a tiny tear on the DJ. Pretty DJ picture and nice internal illustrations (I think they're charcoal.) $2.00 No Children, no Pets (Marion Holland, illustrated by the author) 1956. Northern family, widowed mother and 3 children, inherits an apartment house in Florida and decides to take their vacation to see what they can do with this unexpected gift. The tenants aren't all that friendly at first (see the title!) The kids love it there, and do their best to persuade their mother that they should stay and run the place. A very humorous book, especially the pictures -- I love the vintage Florida scenes. This is one of the most popular books I've ever had for sale, written for middle-graders, but one of those stories that you want to read every few years for the rest of your life. There's even a mystery!PB in fair cond, but good for a few more readings. $1.00 ALICE PICKS OUT SOME COOK BOOKS! SOME COOKBOOKS! I've been cleaning out my cook book collection, and I hope some of them will look as good to you, as they did for me. I've read all of them, which is my favorite way to use cookbooks! Used a few recipes from each, but I didn't cut anything out of them. Have fun! Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cook Book (For Beginning Cooks of all Ages) 1972 Good, easy recipes that you can actually eat. This book has been USED! It's stained and a little bit warped. But it's still nostalgic, with its red and white checked cover and down-home recipes. HB, $1.50 Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cook book -- HB with PC, good condition, $2.50 Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls. This is a small spiral-bound hardcover, nice 1950s cover, fairly good condition. Campfire cooking, Breakgast, Lunch, Dinner recipes, and actually if you like down home cooking, you probably would never need another cook book! Apple Crisp, Mac and Cheese, Chili, Spanish Rice, fancy cakes and cookies, you get the idea! Lots of hints to help the beginning cook. Fairly good condition, $3.00 I'll Have what They're Having: Legendary Local Cuisine (Linda Stradley) Really big pb, nearly 250 pages, recipes from just about every state and region of the US. The book is in great condition, nearly new, and the food is amusing, delicious, odd, or familiar, according to how you feel about it, I guess. $2.50 MORE ALICE'S PICKS COMING UP! All-of-a-kind Family is a series about a Jewish family in New York at the beginning of the 20th century. Probably one of the best children's series ever written, and so loveable! I'll try to have more of these nice books soon. All-of-a-kind Family (Sydney Taylor) first book in this lovely series, fairly good paperback edition. Nice gift inscripion inside front cover. $2.00 (2 copies) All-of-a-kind Family Downtown (Taylor) 1972. This one has adorable Beth and Joe Krush illustrations (think of Gone-away Lake for instance!) 2nd book in the series, and follows right after the first one. PB, fairly good cond, $1.50 Joy in the Morning (Betty Smith) 1963. This is so obviously a VERY popular book. All you need to do is look at the list of printings, up to 33 just in paperback and that's just up to 1973. There have been more since then, for sure. A very young couple, in 1927, struggle through their first year of marriage. The book starts just before their wedding, with some background on their family lives, then takes them through the familiar (to Dave and me, anyway) story of being married while going to college, coping with financial straits and keeping house. Extremely recommended! HB, XL copy of this book, with a dust jacket. It's in poor condition, as someone mended several pages with scotch tape, which has turned yellow and brittle. Oh well, there is a dust jacket, and that tape probably saved the pages, so they're still attached. Enjoy the original DJ picture of a single daisy on the front and a nice picture of Betty Smith on the back. HB, DJ, $2.00 Pets at the White House (Carl Carmer) illustrated by Sam Savitt, 1959. Very nice small book, with super illustrations! On the front cover are a dog and an alligator. So, you might ask, lots of presidents had dogs, but which one had an alligator? You'll find out, and learn about some other unusual pets that once lived in the White house. Great way to learn presidential history! Written for young readers, but I chuckled my way through it, too. HB, $1.50 CONTINUING THE LIST OF ALICE'S PICKS! Jumbo Story Book for Boys -- subtitled "A Collection (from Authentic Sources) of Exciting Adventures, Heroic Deeds and Self-Denying Acts of Bravery." Edited by E. T. Roe, no date, but it certainly looks vintage! Large book, cute cover shows a boy with long blonde curls, and sitting on a bored-looking donkey. The stories aren't as bland as the cover, for sure. Lots of very exciting stories, plenty of frightening pictures (just what boys liked then, I guess, and probably still do.) Lions, bears, savages, floods, and in case you thought the connection between heart disease and cigarettes was just discovered in our generation -- a short paragraph stating that "several boys who were candidates for a naval cadetship from the Eighth Michigan district were rejected because the examining physician found that their hearts had been affected by smoking cigarettes." I think this book comes from around the beginning of the 20th century. Large format HB, fragile but holding together and as far as I can tell, complete. $3.00 The Year at Boggy (Bessie Holland Heck) 1966. If you think the chiodren on the cover look as if they were related to Trixie Belden, you are probably right -- the illustrations are by Paul Frame, who was such a perfect successor to Mary Stevens as Trixie's official illustrator. The year is 1917, and the family has always been on the move as tenant Farmers. Then comes The Best Year Yet, which includes The Best Christmas Ever. all this despite schol problems and the terrible night when one of the children is lost in the snow. HB with adorable picture cover. $3.50 CONTINUATION OF ALICE'S PICKS --- Tornado Jones (Trella Lamson Dick) 1953. Mary Stevens illustrations. Charles W. Follett Award winner (picture of the medal on the cover.) This is a 3-book series about a boy named Tornado! Dave and I love this series very much, and recommend it to just about everyone. the boy's called Tornado because he seemed to appear out of a tornado, and no one knows where he belongs. He lives with Gram, and loves being outdoors, rescuing hurt animals, exploring the wilderness. Then -- the wild country is going to be tamed by a dam, which probably will drive Tornado and Gram out of their cottage home. He's torn between friendship with the son of a man working on the dam, and his hatred for the project. It sounds heavy and sad, but just look at the pictures by Mary Stevens! Her illustrations make you love any kids she draws, and these extra-special pictures show how much fun and adventure the kids have! The mystery of Tornado's past plays a big part in this story, and a surprise romance (don't worry, it's not Tornado!) Love, love, love these books! The other books are Tornado's Big Year, and Tornado Jones on Sentinel Mountain. Tornado Jones, XL HB with a picture cover -- $6.00 Tornado's Big Year (Trella Lamson Dick) 1956. After the move to town, Tornado finds that he sort of likes going to school and doing other things with the kids he meets. Sports, helping needy neighbors, and a huge adventure with Scouts that makes him a hero -- I won't go any further, but it's wonderful. HB, fair condition exterior, very nice interior, with plenty of Mary Stevens illustrations. A book you will love very much. $4.00 Tornado Jones (Trella Lamson Dick) Paperback edition. illustrated by Mary Stevens. 1953. There are 3 books in this impressive and enticing series, this is the first. Tornado lives with his grandmother in a secluded Nebraska cottage, and that's how he likes it! But "progress" is coming, and with it, another boy that he finally allows to be his friend. The rest of the book deals with how Tornado got his very unusual name, and who is making all the trouble around the area. What an amazing ending! We could not make up a better one, that's for sure. I don't find any of the books in this series very often, but here it is in paperback (large) in moderately fair condition. $2.50 The Railroad Children (E. Nesbit) New, large, and exceptionally beautiful edition of this classic about 3 British children whose lives are vastly and positively changed by living close to the railroad and the people who work on the trains. Large HB with a very pretty DJ (and if you lose or damage the DJ, there is also a picture cover just like it, underneath.) Every Child's Bookshelf edition. Nicely illustrated interior, also. $3.00 MORE OF ALICE'S PICKS COMING UP!!! Good Housekeeping's Best Book of Dog Stories (edited by Pauline Rush Evans)1958. A very large hardcover book with tons of stories for dog lovers, or short-story lovers (I'm the latter, and I had a lot of fun with it!) Here are some of my favorite authors who contributed to the book -- Alice Dalgliesh, Lavinia Davis, Marguerite Henry, Carol Ryrie Brink, Doris Gates, James Thurber, and of course, Betty Cavanna. Lots more, too. The book was compiled for young readers, and is part of a series put out at the time by Good Housekeeping. Nearly 400 pages, HB in good condition, with a somewhat water-marked dust jacket, but the DJ is all there, and has a colorful picture. Book is full of pictures, too. $3.00 MANY MORE OF ALICE'S PICKS AHEAD -- Books by Lee Wyndham, author of Maltshop type books, Career-romances, and short stories, as well as being editor of young adult magazines in the Maltshop era, and complier of those very good collections of short stories that I've offered on my list in the past. I doubt if she had it in her to write a story that wasn't really wonderful! If there aren't any here, I'll do my best to find some soon. Candy Stripers (Lee Wyndham) 1958. I'll quote the author's note at the beginning, as it tells you what you need to know. "Candy Stripers is a romance woven around the fascinating hospital field open to teenage girls..information gathered and observed and turned to the fictional uses best suited to the ramifications of my plot." Wyndham was an educator who knew just how to teach about a subject like being a Candy Striper, in the most entertaining manner! I remember how much my daughter's good friend in High School loved this book -- said it was her favorite book. Paperback edition in good condition (I really like the cover on this Scholastic edition) $2.50 Candy Stripers -- hardcover, former library copy -- $2.50 Camel Bird Ranch (Lee Wyndham) 1955. If you don't already know, you're in for a surprise -- a camel bird is an ostrich, and the girl in this story inherits an ostrich ranch in CA! She'd been wondering what to do with herself now that she has graduated from high school, and decides to try to keep the ranch going. It's quite an education for her, and for me, too, since we didn't happen to have any idea what she was getting into! A wonderful book by this fine author, lots of humor, romance, and information about a career that probably none of us will ever follow, but who knows? A really good book, Maltshop, Career-romance, or whatever you want to call it. HB in very good condition, with a laser copy of the interesting dust jacket showing a large ostrich beside a picture of a young man and the girl on horses, wearing Western outfits. $7.00 Gone-Away Lake, Newbery prize-winning and very popular book by Elizabeth Enright, illustrations by Beth and Jo Krush except for the cover, which is new. 1957. Paperback in beautiful condition, 2 copies available. $2 EACH Return To Gone-away, pb copy with original interior illustrations but a decidedly NOT original dust jacket. Good cond PB, $1.25 Return to Gone-away hardcover, 1961. If you love treasure-hunting through a mammoth hoard of precious antiques, this book will thrill you no end! I could hardly contain my envy when I read of one thing after another being brought to light. And plenty of family fun, visits with the older people around the corner in Gone-Away, and of course mystery. What a combination -- Elizabeth Enright is the author, the illustrations of course are by Beth and Joe Krush. HB, X-library, with a library picture cover. Fairly good condition (well read, with some stains, but very sturdy with undamaged pages.) $3.50 Light a Single Candle (Beverly Butler) 1962. Girl loses her sight, eventually learns to do almost everything she wants to do, with the help of a guide dog. This is somewhat autobiographical, and certainly has an authentic feeling. PB, $1.25 A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt (C. Coco De Young) 1999, written about and for middle-grade students, but I loved it, too. Girl's family is doing OK during the Depression, but things changed fast then, as now. She found a beautiful way to help out. book in very good condition with a nice DJ, a small but very good book with some historical notes. HB, XL, DJ, $1.50 MORE ALICE'S PICKS AHEAD!!! Books by Doris Gates, one of the 20th century's best YA authors, in my opinion. Lovely stories, great characters, fine situations and solutions. Especially Blue Willow! Blue Willow (Doris Gates) 1940. About the MOST satisfying books you can ever read. Absolutely sweet story about a very poor migrant farmer girl who wants a home. Newbery Honor book and one of the most deserving! Everyone I know who has read it, loves it very much. The ending will probably make you cry, but with joy. PB in good condition, with the clever original Paul Lantz art. $2.00 PB in fair condition -- I get lots of requests for the book, so I'll offer this as a reading copy for $1.25 A Morgan for Melinda (Doris Gates) 1980. Girl does NOT want a horse -- that's almost unheard-of! Father buys her one anyway, and in a way, the horse teaches her some very good lessons! Horses, people, especially a lovely elderly lady who becomes Melinda's mentor and dear friend. Nice cover picture of a horse in a field filled with flowers, a girl's darling face superimposed over the field. HB, XL, pretty good condition, with a very good DJ. $3.50 The DEAR AMERICA books are beautiful hardcovers, usually with a ribbon book mark to make them look like real diaries. Every one that I've read was wonderfully written, covering a very interesting period of history. On this list, I only include books that I've read myself and love (I usually re-read them in a few years, I like them so much!) They always include historical notes and pictures either of sites and artifacts, or prings of original photos from the time. They are not sugar-coated, but appropriate for pre-teens, so you won't cry too much while you're reading them. Here are some of my very favorites -- Voyage on the Great Titanic, The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, RMS Titanic 1912. Written by Ellen Emerson White. You probably know the basic story! In this version, an English girl has spent years in an orphanage since her parents died. At 13, she gets a job as companion to a rich lady who is taking The Titanic to America, where the girl's brother is supposed to live. Her employer id disdainful of her, but gradually changes hrt opinion, and they are of great comfort and aid to each other when the terrible things happened. HB, beautiful cond, picture cover of a sad girl surrounded by the Great Ship. $2.00 HERE ARE SOME MORE OF ALICE'S PICKS --- Books by Patricia Beatty, an author that I "discovered" a few years ago. She was the main reason that I realized how enticing and engrossing historical stories could be! I don't even know why I started reading one of them, so firm was my prejudice, though of course I DID like the American Girl (doll) stories about Molly, Kit and the rest. And I loved all the Elisabeth Friermood books -- but they were different! However, with the first page of pne of Patricia Beatty's books, I realized that I really do have to judge each book and author on its own merits -- these were so good that I couldn't rest until I found and read all of them. Yes, she writes historical stories, but these girls are NOT fussy, prim Victorians; they are feisty, active, girls who make things happen in a very practical -- and often humorous -- way. I really, really like every one that I've read! Oh, and the author usually includes a historical note, explaining which things in the book are absolutely true, how she researched the history, and friendly notes to the readers. Bonanza Girl (Beatty) After her father had died, girl's mother needed to make a living for the 2 kids, and thinks a schoolteacher would be just what was needed in the new Idaho territory. So they set out and end up in a mining camp, where a teacher is pretty much the last thing anyone needed. So they open a restaurant, and you will LOVE reading about how they cope, the life they live, and the things that go on in a mining camp! Very nice PB with a pretty and interesting cover picture. A favorite book of mine! $2.50 The Nickel-Plated Beauty (Patricia Beatty) 1964. Set in 1886 in Oregon. Seven kids in a very poor pioneer family set out to buy a new stove for their mother, after the old one becomes too rusted to use. This is the story of the many, many things they do to get the stove COD before Christmas. Large and nice paperback book, former library copy, in good condition, with a rather artistic-looking cover. $2.50 Charley Skedaddle (Patricia Beatty) 1987. Takes place during the Civil War, when Charley, only 12 years old, enlists in the Union Army. When he can't take it any more, he deserts, or skedaddles, then has to prove that he isn't a coward. Most of the story is about what happens to him after he skedaddles. pB, good condition, $1.50 I Want my Sunday, Stranger! (Patricia Beatty)1977. Wow, this book includes a long list of books written by Patricia Beatty herself, or with her late husband, John. This is one of her own. Mostly she writes about girls, but this one is about a boy. He loves his fast horse, Sunday, but he's a Mormon boy so his family is against horse racing, which is something he wants to do. In 1863 his horse is stolen by Confederate soldiers, and he leaves his California home to find it. He meets a photographer who is taking pictures of soldiers and battles, and takes him on as an assistant. So this book touches on many subjects -- early photography, religious prejudice, horse racing, travel across the US in those long-ago days, and more. But don't expect it to be ultra-serious! Have fun with the book, along with learning a lot. HB, XL, DJ, all in very good condition. $4.00 EVEN MORE OF ALICE'S PICKS! Big, Big Story Book (no author listed -- Whitman publishing Company) Several dates listed from MCMXLIV (1944?) to MCMLV (1955?) Does this nostalgic book ring a bell for you? The cover picture is a circus, with the crowds, tents, and rides in the background, and an extremely tall thin man, plus a clown, in the foreground. There are 29 little stories, by a variety of authors, most of whom I've never heard of. Obviously something for everyone, as the yard sale ads always say -- stories about circuses, animals, airplanes, cowboys, a lighthouse. Several poems. Very large book, with a very colorful cover, many two-color interior illustrations, fair condition (given that designation because I had to mend the bottom of the spine to prevent further tearing, and the pages are a little brown with age. Otherwise pretty nice.) $2.50 The Littlest Rebel (Edward Peple) 1911. In the Shirley Temple Edition from 1939. Lots of b/w photos of Shirley and the rest of the cast, in historical costume from the time of the Civil war. Colorful cover picture of Shirley in pinafore and pantaloons. HB, PC, very cute, good condition. $3.00 HERE IS A NICE LIST OF BOOKS WRITTEN AND/OR ILLUSTRATED BY TASHA TUDOR. This artist's lovely drawings are exceptionally nostalgic and special. Nature, food, children, and especially animals including her beloved Corgi dogs. Here are some of my own favorites, mostly duplicates of my own books. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) illustrated by Tasha Tudor. This would be a beautiful gift to a little girl, so you can share a book that you loved when you were a child yourself. It's a pb edition, but has the beautiful Tudor illustrations all through it, and a color picture on the pretty cover. Good condition. $2.00 (2) A Little Princess ((Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Tasha Tudor) a paperback HarperFestival Charming Classic edition. And it is, indeed, very charmingly presented in this lovely edition. PB, good condition, $1.50 1 is One (Tasha Tudor) Counting book -- Caldecott Honor book. Very special book, simple illustrations of 1 to 20 items (I love the 16 bunnies!) Each picture tells a little story for a young child. PB copy, in good cond, except for a little fold on the cover. $1.50 1 is One, printed as a board book for very little "readers." Only goes up to 10. Nicely reproduced, and the book is in very good condition. $2.00 Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts (Photos by Richard W. Brown, text by Tovah Martin) A very special book! Some of these crafts are Ms Tudor's own, some are crafts that she admires and collects. Spinning and weaving (there are pictures of really gorgeous yarns) and quilting, pottery, basketry, soap-making and -- wow! -- making miniatures and puppets! It's NOT a guide to doing these things yourself, it's an appreciation of the crafts and ideas that you can use if you are trying to do heirloom crafts yourself. Such beautiful pictures! Large (I think it's the right size to be called coffee-table size) hardcover with dust jacket, both in new condition. $6.50 End of books illustrated by Tasha Tudor A SELECTION OF DOLL BOOKS (THESE COULD BE ALICE'S PICKS, TOO!) When the Dolls Woke (Marjorie Filley Stover) 1985. One of the best things about doll books is always the pictures of dolls and their houses. This little paperback has a few interior illustrations, but the covers show a detailed and beautiful Victorian dollhouse. The dolls know the secret hidden in their house, and they do their best to help the girl figure it out! PB, $1.00 The Orphan and the Doll (Tracy Friedman) 1988. Sweet little paperback book for early readers (grade 3-4) But I had fun reading it, especially the description of the doll trunk full of "an extensive wardrobe.. of a doll" -- the stuff of young girls' dreams! And clues included with the doll and her clothes, might help the orphan to find her family. Nice! PB, $1.00 The Dolls' House, a Do-it Yourself Book (Venus and Martin Dodge) 1983. Large and incredible PB book! Everything from making several types of dollhouses themselves, and the furnishing that's appropriate for each one. Victorian, Tudor, etc. You'd never believe the details of the furniture and accessories -- oh, and there are instructions for making dolls to live in your houses! $4.00 The Handbook of Doll Repair & Restoration (Marty Westfall) Cover says "A Storehouse of Workable Methods and step-by-step directions for the doll collector/restoration artist." This is a huge paperback book, 282 big pages, with incredible details for making old dolls look like new. The book was first published in 1979, this is a new and beautiful reprint. Back cover says "thousands who began using this book as a guide have gone on to develop profitable careers in the restoration field..." Well, you may or may not want to become a professional doll repairer, but even if you just want to restore your grandmother's doll, this is the book for you! Info on kid, wax, leather, and all other body materials, and joints, and wigs -- all you need to know. Like-new condition PB, $3.00 Here is your Hobby... Doll Collecting (Helen Young) 1964. Collecting and making all kinds of dolls, A lovely book in very good condition, with an attractive picture cover. It's in a library binding, but there aren't any signs that it was ever in a library. HB, PC, $3.00 The ABC's of Doll Collecting (John C. Schweitzer) 1981. OId, but entertaining. Large paperback, full of fabulous pictures, both color and b/w, and lots of information. Since this book doesn't talk about values, it doesn't matter that it's 25 years old; the dolls are wonderful! Very large PB, good condition, $2.50 End of Doll Books +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MORE OF ALICE'S PICKS! Books by Eleanor Frances Lattimore. She wrote and illustrated a great many books for young readers, all of them very darling! I've read quite a few of them, and all are quite lovely little stories about children who act a lot like real children, not odd people in strange situations. If you see any of them, grab it! I hope to have more Lattimore books in the future. Books written and/or illustrated by Kate Seredy. I'm listing these in this section because I've just finished writing about Seredy's life (the article appeared in the May, 2007 issue of Whispered Watchword.) If you are intered in reading bookswritten and illustrated by her, or other people's books that she illustrated, here are a few of them. If there aren't many here, I'll try to find more very soon. The Good Master (Kate Seredy) Very highly recommended Newbery honor book. This is a former library hardcover, with printed picture cover, all in excellent cond. HB, XL, PC, $2.00 LOIS LENSKI books -- we really like these books about children from all over the country, mostly living in poverty but usually joyful and adventurous. She wrote and also illustrated all of her books. It took me a very long time to collect the books in HB, so I'll try to find some for you, too. I'll try to have more Lenski books to offer another month. Judy's Journey (Lenski) in the very attractive Dell Yearling edition of these excellent books. All the original illustrations, including the cover (thank goodness, they didn't feel they should "update" the cover art on this set!) Judy is the child of migrant workers who traveled the East coast as various crops ripened. Their parents wanted a real home so badly, but didn't think their dream would ever come true. This isn't any kind of sugar-coated story, but it's adorable in a different way, and I love it very much. Good PB, $2.00 ++++++++++++++End of Lenski Books ++++++++++++++++++ MORE OF ALICE'S PICKS Books by Frieda Friedman. She wrote the most beautiful books for middle-grade girls! Since I was a girl myself, I've loved her books, and re-read them when I need something to counteract the complexities of adult life in the 21st century. Wonderful families in every-day situations, realistic stories, and believable happy endings. New York City settings. Although I didn't understand it at the time, these books also gave me some subtle lessons in tolerance and understanding. I'll be sure to list any Friedman books that come my way. The Janitor's Girl (Frieda Friedman) 1956. I've been trying to figure out which of her books is my favorite, and I can't do it. Either Dot for Short (the first of Friedman's books that I loved) or A Sundae with Judy, or this one.) The family moves into a new apartment, in the basement of the building where the father is the new building superintendant. Or "Janitor," if you want to insult the kids! On the back cover it says "Then, for the first time... Sue feels lonesome and left out." Incredibly appealing Mary Stevens illustrations make the story even better. Scholastic Pb in fairly good condition. $2 (2 copies available.) Carol (original title: Carol from the Country) Frieda Friedman, 1950. Carol is absolutely miserable when the family has to move to a little apartment in NY. She doesn't try to make friends -- how could she enjoy any of those unpleasant city kids? And the kids react as you might predict. Vicious circle! As in all Friedman's books, there are nice family scenes and nice new friendships. PB, pretty good condition, $2.00 END OF "ALICE'S PICKS" SECTION -- AND I HAD NO IDEA THERE WERE SO MANY BOOKS IN THIS SECTION UNTIL I SCROLLED THROUGH THEM. I HOPE IT WASN'T TOO LONG FOR ANYONE! NOW ON TO THE SERIES, MALTSHOP, MYSTERY, AND OTHER GOODIES. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SERIES BOOKS -- HARDCOVER UNLESS NOTED JUDY BOLTON ! Start your Judy library at reasonable prices, or get started on an extra set of the very best of series for your niece or daughter! Or your son -- lots of men love the Judy books, including my husband, Dave. We have made laser copies of the DJs for many of these books, to make them look much nicer than the "undressed" copies. Most of us have a very hard time telling the difference between an original DJ and the copy, the LDJs look so beautiful. The later numbered Judy Bolton books are unfortunately much harder to find than the early ones, and are therefore much more expensive. I looked at Ebay and ABEbooks for guidelines, and tried to be more reasonable than either one. I love to get these wonderful books out to people who really want them! It's shocking to realize that some of my customers/friends don't read Judy Bolton books! So I'm going to try to explain why so many people are in love with this series, which is really different from other series! What I came up with is this -- each book is, of course, a complete story that can be read and vastly enjoyed by itself, the entire series is also a very long, continuing story about a girl, her friends, her romance, and in a way, the history of a town. Judy grows in age and experience, and (in contrast to most of the other series of that era) never forgets what has happened to her in the past. You will get to know what happens to Judy, but also you can follow her friends and acquaintances, as well as her own family. The mysteries are really interesting, and the side stories are full of the kinds of things that most of us love to read about -- summer camp, parties, friendships, marriages, pets. Many people read all the Judy's in order every few years, as if we are reading one long, long continuing story. Here are some Judy Bolton stories -- these are old books, some in fairly good condition, some kind of worn out, and some wrapped up in nice laser copies of the original dust jackets. The pictures are vintage Pelagie Doane art, and in some ways, as collectible as the books themselves. Remember, if you take a laser copy of anything, it will have pictures of the same flaws that appear in the original item, so the LDJs have pictures of holes or tape or creases, wherever the original had any of those things. These were all taken from my own personal copies of the DJs, so my beloved books have these same holes, tapes, or creases! In many cases, what you are paying for is actually just above the cost of making the copies of the dust jackets -- the book comes along for the same price! Dates from the early 30s through the mid-60s. The classic series book era! I'll certainly try to have more Judy Boltons in the near future! #2 Haunted Attic --Thick green cover. The cover is a little stained but not badly! Covered with copy of the original DJ, made by Applewood press. I can't remember why I have this combination of book and cover, but it looks really good. Except for the applewood logo, this could pass for a vintage, white-spined original with dust jacket. $4.00 #4 Seven Strange Clues -- Judy and her friends enter a poster contest. Could Judy have artistic talent after all? Or is her talent for something quite different? This story unravels yet another mystery hidden in the house where the Boltons move after The Flood. Cover picture shows Judy and friends in what looks just like an underground tunnel -- could that be what it is? HB, good condition, with a laser copy of our good dust jacket. $5.00 Warning on the Window -- Judy Bolton #20. Peter is injured, and it's up to Judy, aided by Roberta, to figure out what happened. Quite an emotional book. XL HB, interior pages of the book are in good condition, picture covers are in fair condition. Covered by a copy of our very nice dust jacket, showing Judy fighting a storm, with a background of the shack and its mysterious window. HB, XL, LDJ, $5.00 END OF JUDY BOLTON SERIES, MORE SERIES AHEAD! OTHER SERIES BOOKS INCLUDING GIRLS' AND LITTLE CHILDREN'S SERIES!! First -- books by our wonderful Mildred Wirt! They don't stay on the list for long enough to let very many people see them, but I'll keep trying! By the way, you do know that Mildred W was "Carolyn Keene," and a lot of other writers, as well as writing her best books under her own name. Penny Parker Mystery Series by Mildred Wirt -- A girl whose father is a newsman, and she wants to follow in his footsteps. Mystery follows in HER footsteps wherever she goes, as she revels in danger and adventure! I'd love to have more Penny Parkers for you in the future! Penny Nichols series by "Joan Clark" are actually by Mildred Wirt, and many people consider these to be pretty much clones of the later Penny Parker series. Penny N. is also a lively girl with a slightly less lively sidekick girlfriend, and a widowed father who is in this case, a detective. She zoooooms around town in her little car, and helps her father with his cases. To me, judy as good as the Penny Parker series! I'll try to have more Penny Nichols books very soon! Mildred Wirt is still a very popular author, and her books sell out quickly. Penny Nichols and the Black Imp (Joan Clark, or Mildred Wirt) 1936. This "imp" is a picture in an exhibition contest. Everyone is positive that the prize has been given to the wrong person -- a poor but very talented girl should have gotten it. Penny and Susan try to figure out what happened, but very soon this small mystery is overshadowed by a much more serious one. Much to the enjoyment of the girls -- and to us! I'll tell you 2 more things about this book -- it's only in fair condition, especially the cover, and the dj that I made the copy from, has half the back cover missing, so the laser copy looks as if it does, too. These were VERY cheaply made Depression-era books, and it's a miracle they've made it this far at all. The pages are clean and the book is pretty firm. Read and enjoy! HB, LDJ, $4.00 Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery (Joan Clark (Mildred Wirt) 1939. Penny's father decides to take her on a quiet vacation trip, while he tries to get a complete rest. Well, you can imagine how well this works out with Penny around! It's one thing after another -- I only wish some of our vacations had been this exciting! HB, in better condition than some of the Penny N's, with a laser copy of our dust jacket, which is in surprisingly good condition. $5.00 Some time I'm sure I'll have more Scouting books by Mildred Wirt! She wrote a number of books about Girl and Boy Scouts, Brownies and Cubs. They're mostly mysteries, something she did wonderfully! Each series is very well suited for the age group that would be in that particular branch of scouting, and I think that even scouts of today would love reading them! Several of the books have been reissued, I just found out, but these are "on demand printing" in paperback editions, and quite highly expensive. Anyway, I would far, far prefer the wonderful old original hardcovers with their good, heavy paper and tight bindings. Plus they come with super-beautiful dust jackets, by Marguerite Gayer, who was one of my favorite illustrators, up there with Mary Stevens, Paul Frame, and the Krushes. By the way, these books are truly series books, featuring the same members of a particular Boy or Girl scout troop in all the books about the same branch of Scouts. Most of these books have laser copies of the original DJs, made from my nice originals. These pictures are worth the price of the books! I'll certainly add more Girl and Brownie Scout books whenever I can. In the meantime: The Brownie Scouts at Snow Valley, 1949. A Brownie Scout book by Mildred Wirt! Very seasonal, with the wonderful DJ picture by Marguerite Guyer, snowing the Brownies out of uniform, in snowsuits, building a snowman. I especially like the background of the picture, snow-covered pine trees and the roofs of cozy-looking houses. The book is in fairly good condition. The pages are clean and the binding is firm, but there is some staining along the edges of the first few pages, and there is a slant to the shape of the book. With the laser copy of the beautiful DJ, the book looks very good. $5.00 Dan Carter Cub Scout (Mildred Wirt) Illustrated by Marguerite Gayer. First in the Cub series. Book is in very good condition, and there's a laser DJ showing 3 Cubs in uniform, around a campfire, with log cabin in the background. Beautiful pheasant on the spine of the DJ. A very nice book and jacket. $5.00 Dan Carter and the Great Carved Face (A Cub Scout book by Mildred Wirt) 1952. Hardcover book in very good condition, with a laser copy dust jacket showing a Scout leader, a Cub, and a Boy Scout, all in a cave with flashlights aimed at the carved face on the spine. A bit of the original DJ was missing, so of course the copy looks as if some of it is missing. HB, LDJ, $5.00 Dan Carter and the Money Box (A Cub Scout book by Mildred Wirt, illustrated by Marguerite Gayer) 1950. Hardcover book in good condition. Gift inscription and a little message and a sketch inside the front cover -- cute! The book is covered with a laser copy of my original DJ, showing 3 Cubs and a Boy Scout holding a money box and looking very happy. Spine shows a picture of an iconic New England white church with a spire. $5.00 Dan Carter and the Cub honor (Mildred Wirt) 1953. Plenty of mystery, and fine examples of honorable behavior to inspire us! The HB book is in fairly good cond, except that someone carefully cut around the writing on pages 5 and 6, and then stuck the cut-out part elsewhere in the book. I've taped it back in place, nothing lost, but you won't be able to miss seeing it. Not honorable behavior, surely it wasn't a Cub Scout who did such a thing. HB, with laser copy of our book's dust jacket, showing a Cub and Boy Scout in uniforms, shying away from some unseen shocking danger. $4.00 Dan Carter and the Haunted Castle (Wirt) 1951. Beautiful condition hardcover, with an equally beautiful laser copy of the original DJ, showing a Cub and a Boy Scout gazing at the ruins of what was obviously once an impressive castle. Except for a gift inscription on the first inside page, this is like new. Apparently Marilyn and Patty weren't impressed with this boy story! But like all of Wirt's books, it is impressive to those of us who like a good mystery. HB, LDJ, $6.00 End of Books by Mildred Wirt. I hope I'll have more soon +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MORE SERIES BOOKS! Three books in a newish series of Mysteries in Our National Parks. Written by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguston, these 3 were published in 1999 through 2002 by the National Geographic Society. Each is about brother and sister, Ashley and Jack, who travel with their parents (wildlife veterinarians) to various national parks. Mystery follows them just about everywhere, and solving these mysteries takes them all over the parks where they are living. The 3 that I have for sale here, will give you (or a child you love) a nice overview of the series, each of which includes beautiful maps and friendly notes from officials at each of the parks. These books: Running Scared (Carlsbad Caverns) Escape from Fear (Virgin Islands National Park) Cliff-Hanger (Mesa Verde National Park) 3 high-quality paperbacks in very good condition, all 3 for $5.00 NANCY DREW AND SOME RELATED SERIES BOOKS. Not a Girl Detective (Susan Kandel) A Grace Caruso Mystery -- this is not a teen book, but a murder mystery written for adults. HOwever, the back cover quotes "I spent my entire youth idolizing Nancy Drew. I'm pushing forty now, but some fantasies die hard." Grace loves vintage clothes and is still obsessed with Nancy and Carolyn Keene -- sound like anyone we might know?? The first book in this series (this is the 2nd) is called I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason. The intro gives credit to the Nancy Drew Sleuths and Jenn Fisher, and other people and things we love, too. And you have to love this book, too. PB, fairly good condition, $1.50 Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery -- The Last Resort (1989) As the back cover describes the setting -- it's a glamorous winter playground. There are rock stars, skiing, and movie-making. Plus sabotage, deadly pranks and even "cold-blooded killers." Nice long paperback with a great cover showing Nancy and the brothers in 1980s fancy ski outfits. $1.50 The Quest of the Missing Map -- British Armada edition. If you like quirky and unusual Nancy Drew books, here's one for you! It's a PB copy of the book, from 1971, with an amazingly different cover picture, all in good condition. $2.00 River Heights Big Lot! This lot consists of the first 9 books from the River Heights series, a sort of spin-off of Nancy Drew. On the front of each, they say "From Nancy Drew's Hometown, an exciting new world of fun, friendship, secrets and romance." Nikki and Brittany are the continuing character in this soap opera of love, hate, school, and even a bit of detecting! Nancy appears in a few of the books. Try them out cheaply ! These paperbacks are in perfect condition. Titles: Love Times Three Guilty Secrets Going too far Stolen Kisses Between the lines Lessons in love Cheating hearts The trouble with Love Lies and Whispers 9 River Heights pbs in fine condition -- $9.00 MORE SERIES BOOKS AHEAD! Betty Lee Series -- there are 4 books in this series, taking Betty through her high school years. The dust jacket pictures are all alike, cute Betty with her monogrammed blouse, surrounded by smaller pictures of girls engaged in various activities like playing a violin, skiing, studying. I hope to have more books in this series, very soon. Bobbsey Twins 75th Anniversary Commemorative Edition in a slip case! These are NOT reproduction editions, but the cover of the slipcase has the original, adorable Bobbsey Twins cover picture. This shows a little boy and a little girl, in sweet vintage clothes, sitting in the middle of a field of daisies. The boy is holding a flower under the girl's chin, so it's probably a buttercup. There are 3 hardcover books inside the case, the first 3 original Bobbsey Twins stories - Bobbsey Twins, In the country, and At the Seashore. The books are in near-new condition, with just a former owner's name written inside the front cover. The slipcase has some nicks and rubbed places, but it's pretty darn good! It looks very nice standing up in the book case. A lovely nostalgic set. $5.00 BIG LOT OF 6 BUNNY BROWN BOOKS! The series is actually Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue, and the authorship is given the "Laura Lee Hope" designation, probably to link it with the Bobbsey Twins books. I think these books are aimed at readers of the same age range. Bunny and Sue are 5 and 6, and have to have their adventures and solve mysteries without the help of the older brother and sister that the Bobbseys have. So these are small adventures, and to us, quite cute. Another difference between these and the Bobbseys, is that I don't think there were any further editions of the Bunny Brown books, so they're all oldies but goodies (1916-1924.) The covers are alike and extremely cute, showing a pair of chubby children looking like Dottie Dimple and a friend, in their big hats, sweet clothes, and sandalled feet. Sue is holding a doll and Bunny has a sandpail and shovel, as they walk along the sandy shore. These are paste-down color pictures that cover nearly all the front cover of each book. The books range in condition from fair to very good. The books have pretty frontispieces and a few glossy internal illustrations by Walter S. Rogers, Florence England Nosworthy and Thelma Gooch. The books include: Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue (first book in the series) And Their Shetland Pony At a Sugar Camp Keeping Store At Christmas Tree Cove On an Auto Tour 6 Bunny Brown books, $21.00 for all 5 NOW FOR MORE SERIES BOOKS -- Recent Whispered Watchword reviews rate the Marjorie Dean series highly! Loyal friends, high morals (except for the girls who have low morals!) parties, schooldays, clothes, and a tad of romance. Life of upper-middle class girls in the 2nd to 3rd decade of the 20th century. I'll try to include more Marjorie Dean books in the next list! Marjorie Dean, High-School Freshman -- first book in the series, 1917. If you hope to read all the books in this wonderful, long series, you should start with this one, to get to know the characters and plot threads. Printed picture cover shows Marjorie standing on a stool, cheerleading a bunch of other girls, all in 3 colors. Somewhat worn (it might be almost a century old!) but pretty firm and clean. $3.00 DANA GIRLS MYSTERIES!!! By "Carolyn Keene," so if you love Nancy, you'll love Louise and Jean. The entire series has been re-written, edited, and dressed in a new look, several times over the decades. But always, the 2 sisters are students at Starhurst boarding school (when they aren't on vacation, or taking a trip, or otherwise off campus!) Orphans, their home is with their Uncle Ned, a sea captain, and his sister, Aunt Harriet, that is, if they're ever home very long. They love mysteries but have to ward off the bumbling and jealousy of another student, the ever-hated Lettie Briggs. These are the basic facts, but what a lot of interesting, entertaining, and fascinating plots come out of those facts! If you haven't tried this popular series, here's your chance! By the Light of the Study Lamp (Dana Girls #1) picture cover hardback. Good condition, 1934 date. Shows the girls, one in a skirt and cardigan, one in a 2-piece designer dress, both with pearls and permed hair. So well groomed and beautifully dressed, for spying from behind a tree, while a shadowy figure sneaks into the dormatory. $5.00 By the Light of the Study Lamp (Dana Girls #1) hardcover with a laser copy of the original dust jacket, showing the picture described above. $4.50 Mystery of the Stone Tiger (Dana Girls #1 in the 1972 edition) Picture Cover shows the girls in antique costume, watching a caped figure sneak past a tiger statue in front of a brick mansion. Good cond, except for some rubbing of the cover color, and bumped corners. $4.00 The Secret at Lone Tree Cottage (#2) Tweed book in fairly good condition, with a laser repro DJ showing the 2 girls beside their convertible, with the lone tree and the cottage in the background. I always love books set in lonely cottages (it's amazing how many people and incidents happen in these remote places!) HB, LDJ, $7.00 (another copy with "real" DJ in fairly good condition, $6.00) The Secret at the Hermitage (Dana Girls #5 in the original numbering) 1936. This is a good copy of the edition with the thick dark pink cover printed with the 2 girls using a magnifying glass to examinine a necklace. I'm sorry that my copy of the book doesn't have a DJ, because both this one and mine would be even more beautiful if it did have one! Glossy frontispiece and a few internal illustrations. $4.00 Another copy of Secret at the Hermitage, in fair condition. Cover is good, frontispiece and internal illustrations are good, binding is fairly tight, but some of the pages are stained. Doesn't impede reading pleasure! $2.00 Secret at the Hermitage (Dana Girls #4 in the original thick purple cover.) I'll have to call this a reading copy. Sturdy enough, but worn, and some of the pages are stained. A rousing adventure -- as the Dana sisters always have! The original texts are most people's favorites, including mine. Wish I had a DJ for this edition -- does anyone have a DJ on their copy and might like to trade a laser copy for one that I do have? HB, fair condition, $4.00 The Curious Coronation (Dana Girls #14 in the newer numbering) 1976. White spine with blonde-on-right on the spine. Picture cover shows incredibly tall and thin Dana girls looking at displays of art and sculpture. Very good condition! $6.00 Mystery at the Crossroads (Dana Girls #16 in the original numbering.)Gypsies, ever a popular subject, are helped by the Dana girls in this one. Tweed cover, somewhat worn but the pages are tight and clean except for a few smudges. $2.00 Clue of the Black Flower (#18 in the original numbering.) Is there such a thing as a black orchid? That's part of the mystery! Tweed cover book in old but complete condition, with a tight cover and pages. Smudges on a few of the pages. $2.50 The Mysterious Fireplace (Dana Girls #9 in older numbering) Green cover, sturdy and tight, but some of the pages are a bit warped. $2.50 Ghost in the Gallery (Dana Girls #17 in the numbering.) The girls' school is putting on a play -- but the theater seems to be haunted. Well, Jean and Louise will do something about THAT! Tweed cover, somewhat worn but tight and firm. $2.50 Winking Ruby Mystery (Dana Girls #19) The book has some wear along all the edges, but the binding is tight. There is a laser copy of our attractive dust jacket. The picture shows the girls, immaculately in style as always, kneeling in front of an ancient ruin and gazing at a fallen statue. This mystery takes place in Italy while the girls are traveling on their uncle's ship. HB, LDJ, $6.00 Secret of the Swiss Chalet (Dana Girls #20) Continuing their travels with their uncle Ned and his ship, the girls next stop is Switzerland. The cover shows how exciting their visit turned out to be -- the girls are in snowsuits, walking up a snowy mountain with the trusty St Bernard, but all 3 are in imminent danger of being buried by an avalanche. Chalet in the background. Tweed book in pretty good condition, laser copy of our very good DJ. $7.00 The Haunted Lagoon (Dana Girls #21 in the original numbering) "Pirate treasure! cried Jean Dana." And they are searching for it on Chincoteague island, the place that's famous for the wild ponies, which can be considered treasure themselves. Shipwrecks, a phantom ship, and a frontispiece showing the Dana girls in shorts and bare feet -- something to see, since they are usually impeccably dressed in twin sweater sets and nylon stockings! HB, misty picture cover, fairly good condition, with some wear along the edges of the cover and spine. $8.00 Mystery of the Bamboo Bird (Dana Girls #22) 1960 The girls are in Thailand now, and soon become involved in investigating the theft of a sacred golden bird statue. Quite a romantic story, not your everyday Starhurst School story. A few nice illustrations, and an absolutely beautiful picture on the DJ. Well, on the laser copy of the original DJ, but they look just the same. $7.00 END OF DANA GIRLS BOOKS, NOW BACK TO SOME OTHER GOOD SERIES BOOKS! Ethel Morton at Rose House (Mabell S. C. Smith) 1914. There are 2 cousins, both named Ethel Morton, and they teach us lots of clever things in the course of 6 books in this series. Cooking, re-decorating, flower arrangement, baby care! They work so they can raise money for worthwhile causes. In this volume, they rescue a poor starving woman and her baby who become part of the next project that the Ethels work on -- refurbishing and financing a country house for poor, sick children. Wow! Girls' Series Companion compares this series to the much-later Bob-Whites (Trixie Belden) series. Small HB, pretty good cond, with a fairly good DJ. $4.00 Here are some books by Dorothy Whitehill, who wrote lots and lots of good books -- or at least someone did, whether she was a real person or a pseudenym. Anyway, they're always fun to read and exciting to follow through the years. If there aren't any left here, I hope to have more very soon. The Twins and Tommy Jr (Dorothy Whitehill)1922. There are 13 books in this series, this is the 6th. The twins were separated at birth, and know nothing of each other until they're 13. Once they're reunited, the fun begins! Tommy Jr is their older brother, and responsible for several of their adventures. This is an imaginative and quite interesting seris. This copy of Twins and Tommy Jr is in fair cond, perfectly readable and firm, but not pretty! $3.00 The Twins at Camp (Whitehill) 1928. Glossy frontispiece and several matte internal illustrations. Book in fairly good condition with small printed picture on the cover. Most of us love a story set at a summer camp (this one has log cabins and all the trimmings!) Even one of my daughters, who hated the real thing, loves to read camp stories. This one is sprightly, full of funny slang, and greatly entertaining. HB, good condition, $5.00 Joy and Pam (Dorothy Whitehill) 1927. If you've read Joy and Gypsy Joe, this is the next in the 6-book series. All the books describe both the life of a regular "All-American girl" and her family, along with the story of a Gypsy boy. The dust jacket picture on this book is especially stunning -- 2 girls (dressed not as in 1920s but in probably late-'30s to mid-40s dresses and saddle shoes) sitting in a woodsy glade with rays of the sun behind them. Stunning artwork! Book in very good condition, with laser copy of the original DJ. $5.00 Another copy of Joy and Pam, same description as above, but book in fair cond with laser copy DJ. $4.00 Joy and Her Chums (Whitehill) 1928. 3rd book in the series. Joy and friends to away to school, but there is time to spend with the boys whose pictures, along with the girls', decorate the very colorful and interesting DJ for this book. Also, more about Joy's very good friend, Gypsy Joe. All the fun of boarding school, organizing a "sale of articles" with dainty refreshments, summer plans, all kinds of interesting things! Book in fair condition, with separation of the page block from the front and back covers. There's a laser copy of our beautiful DJ. But it holds together, and with the LDJ, it looks nice. If you buy both Joy and Pam, and Joy and her Chums, you'll have an attractive duo! $3.50. HERE ARE SOME MORE SERIES BOOKS! The Girls of Central High on Track & Field (subtitle, Champions of the School league.) 1914. In this year of its centennial, this book is still fun to read! 5th in the series, it obviously features sports, but here are some of the chapter titles -- The Gypsy Camp and The Gypsy Queen, Five in a Tower, Margit's Mystery -- and others that don't have much to do with sports, either. But at the time this book was new, girls' sports were in their infancy, and very exciting for girls who had always wished they could get out there and DO things. Have fun with them, yourselves! HB, printed picture cover showing girls in long dresses, equipped for various sports. Amazing! Good condition for an oldie, has a glossy frontispiece and the occasional internal illustration, too. $4.00 Nan Sherwood is a nice old series (there are 7 in all) about a girl who starts out facing poverty but like most of these old series, eventually can go to boarding school and chase around the world. I'd like to have more Nan Sherwood books for you in the future! (Written by Annie Roe Carr.) Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp, subtitled The Old Lumberman's Secret. 1916. Are there any other series books that take place mainly in a northwoods lumber camp? This is the book that gives you the background of the rest of the series, but of course any of them can be read separately. Book is in OK condition, maybe a little better than is typical for these really oldies. $2.50 Nan Sherwood's Winter Holiday, subtitle: Rescuing the Runaways. 1916. The girls do good deeds while having fun -- now that's the way to live your life, isn't it? The book is quite firm, though edges of the pages are brown and the cover has a few "age spots." #3 in the series. $3.00 Nan Sherwood at Rose Ranch, or The Old Mexican's Treasure. 1919. Nice book -- quite amazingly firm and clean for its age. Snobbishness is dealt with quickly at Lakewood Hall School. The girls are invited to the former snob's ranch home and there, they encounter a mystery! Good HB with a pretty good DJ, too. $5.00 MORE SERIES BOOKS -- Grace Harlowe series -- one of the longest of the old, old series. Takes Grace through high school, college, helping out during the Great War, and into the world. It's unusual to find any of these books in good condition, as they were not made to last through the ages. However, they hold together, and are complete and readable. Beginning in the year of 1910 and continuing through 1924, with several coming out in some years. I hope to have more Grace Harlowe books soon. Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School (Jessie Graham Flower) 1910. If you like reading about jolly doings of high-school girls who are fairly rich, but like to help people who aren't as fortunate, you will want to read this and all the other books in the series. This is an elderly book, somewhat worn and with brownish pages from age. But it looks really nice with a repro of the original style DJ showing a group of girls sitting on a brick wall with a misty rendition of the high school in the background. One reason I describe these DJ pictures in detail, is that they are artistic and often very beautiful. They show styles of the era when they were painted, clothes, hair, shoes, etc. I like this one a lot! By the way, a plebe is like a freshman! HB, LDJ, $4.00 Grace Harlowe's Junior Year in High School (Flower) 1911. Some lucky girl got this book as a prize for perfect attendance -- it doesn't say where, but it was in 1915, so this book is a survivor! Hardcover with printed picture cover showing 2 girls playing tennis, long dresses, big hats, pointed shoes and all. This is what girls of that day wanted to read about -- they were beginning to understand that they could enjoy sports and adventure, not just being decorative and subservient. And they discover that they have to solve social problems and mysteries along with the boys, too! These books were full of excitement and interesting projects. HB, with PC, fairly good condition for a book that is 98 years old! $3.00 Grace Harlowe's First Year at Overton College (Jessie Graham Flower) 1914. Adjusting to college life, Grace does what she does best -- helping other people to get along with each other and behave nicely. She certainly has her work cut out for herself to effect these changes in Elfreda. There's also studying, sports, and the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas play a big part in most of these older series, to my delight.) HB, good condition, with a copy of the original dust jacket, making this a very attractive-looking book. $4.50 Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College (Flower) 1914. Forming a club, helping the Freshmen now that the gang has a year under their belts, making Christmas brighter for less fortunate people -- you wonder how they ever get any studying done. Book is in fair condition (like any book that might be as much as 100 years old! Printed picture cover of Grace, reading in a window seat $2.00 Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College. No date listed, but presumably 1914 or 1915. Campus problems and rivalries, an Alice in Wonderland Circus (you'll have to read it to find out what THAT is!) More Lady Bountiful acts of mercy, lots of Christmas fun, and maybe some classes in between? Fairly good condition, some of the pages are brown and spotty, but not too bad. $3.00 Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College 1914. I can honestly say that this book is holding together OK, and that there are several illustrations including a frontispiece, and that Grace's senior year is as exciting as her previous college years! HB with printed cover picture of Grace reading, in a nice window seat. $3.00 Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers (Jessie Graham Flower) 1921. There's a small inscription inside the front cover, indicating that this copy of the book was given for a Christmas present in 1922. Grace is through college and off on a riding trip (horseback riding, that is) around the country. This is the 3rd book in this 10-book sub-series. By the way, Grace is married when the set begins. HB in fairly good condition with 3-color printed picture cover. $3.50 END of GRACE HARLOWE BOOKS Polly Brewster Series -- 1920's and '30s. Polly lived at Pebbly Pit in the Southwest, where her family owned a mine. Soon though, she branched out, and lived the life that seemed to be so dear to the hearts of rich series book girls in those days -- traveling, dabbling in business, giving and attending grand parties, going everywhere with a group of loyal friends. She still loved The Southwest (Colorado in this case) and returned there from time to time. I'll try to have more "Polly" books very soon. Author is Lillian Elizabeth Roy. Polly of Pebbly Pit, #1 in the series. 1922 Polly lives on the ranch, and loves it there -- adventure is everywhere. A city girl spends the summer, and they become friends. Each one has something to offer the other, a bit of sophistication is traded for knowledge of the mountains, woods and ranching. You CAN understand the rest of the series, but as always, it's more interesting to read the first one first, to understand "where she's coming from." In this case, that overused phrase really means something. The first book tells about her simple life on the ranch, while later on, she lives pretty much all over the world. Her heart is always in Pebbly Pit, though. So now you can read about it.. in this book, which is in fair condition -- luckily the pages are all firm and intact. Cover is good, and I've mended the spine so it looks good, too. HB, $2.00 Polly of Pebbly Pit (Roy) #1 in the series. See description above. This copy is in very nice condition, and has a pretty good DJ showing Polly looking very dreamy. Reverse side of the DJ has a list of lots of Grosset and Dunlap series books from the era when this book was printed (the date in the nice gift inscription is Christmas, 1927.) HB, DJ, $4.00 Polly Brewster series #2 -- Polly and Eleanor. Polly's richer and more sophisticated friend is staying at the ranch, when they discover a mine -- now Polly can go off to New York, to school, and on to the Great World! HB, Old, but pretty good cond. $2 Polly in New York (Lillian Elizabeth Roy) 1922. #3 in the series. Polly leaves Pebbly Pit to get an education, along with her friends, in New York. School, setting up an apartment, learning about interior decorating and antiques (which are very important in future books in the series.) Going to auctions, last-minute rescues, and lots of mystery. And such pictures! The DJ picture alone is worth getting the book for. 2 long-legged model-looking girls in designer dresses and fancy shoes, one on the phone and the other waiting to find out what very important thing the other is hearing. hearing about. Very bright colors, amazing! HB, pretty good condition, with a laser copy of the original DJ. $6.50 (2 copies available) Merriweather Girls! Here's an unusual series, including 4 books, all about a group of girls who help people and have a whale of a good time while doing it. I'll try to have more Merriweather Girls in the future! The Merriweather Girls in Quest of Treasure (Lizette Edholm)1932. 3rd in this 4-book series, takes place mainly in the Southwestern desert. Yes, they spend their time searching for a lost treasure, and I won't tell you whether or not they found it! HB in fairly good condition (well, these were not sturdy books to start with, but this one is sturdy and well bound.) Laser copy of our DJ showing the picture that all the Merriweather girls books have on their cover -- 4 girls, head and shoulder, in a circle. $5.00 The Merriweather Girls and the mystery of the Queen's fan (Lizette Edholm) 1932. First in the series. You'll love the parts about starting a shop of their own, everything from cleaning the building, setting it up, waiting on customers. Also Christmas, and helping people as a project. Fairly good condition HB with a laser copy of our good DJ, $3.00 THERE ARE MORE SERIES BOOKS AHEAD! ENJOY THEM A LOT! Five Little Peppers Series by Margaret Sidney. This is a very early series book, that seems to have been in print ever since the first one came out at the end of the 19th century! About 5 kids in one family who have tons of small adventures. Despite their age, these books are easy enough to read, and one of the good things about them is that there are a lot of these books, so you can follow them through the years. Of course there are attitudes that seem dated to us, but you find things like that in the early Nancy Drews and Bobbsey Twins books. These books are long enough that you certainly get your money's worth, up to 300 pages in each one. I'll be keeping an eye out for more Peppers in the future! Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, first in series, no date noted, but it has to be well before 1892, because that's the date inside Five Little Peppers Grown UP, which must come well after the first book in the series! This edition is from the late 1930s, and has a nice cover picture, plus some black and white internal illustrations. Book is in fairly good condition, dust jacket is good. This is one of the large-format Saalfield classics, from the "Every Child's Library." HB, DJ, $3.50 Five Little Peppers Grown Up "Complete Authorized Edition." Originally from 1892, this edition is from 1937. The nicest part of it is that Pelagie Doane was the cover artist. There aren't any internal illustrations, but there is a colorful DJ showing the whole family, including kittens, around a piano. The story starts with a family reunion at Christmas, after most of the 5 original Peppers have started careers or are in college. HB in good condition, DJ also looking very good! $4.00 The "Melody Lane" series by Lilian Garis is quite unusual. I guess it's one of those series that you either love or hate. I happen to like it VERY much! It's atmospheric and creepy in some ways, but very down-to-earth and realistic on others. Like Judy Bolton, the girls of Melody Lane lived during the Depression. Carol, the main character has to work at least part time, but has many chances to solve mysteries and expose the same type of evil-doers that Judy does -- scam artists, fortune-tellers, fake ghosts, and people who prey on innocent children. I highly recommend the books, but be aware that some people find them less snappy and concise than the Nancy Drews. 1933 and 1934. I'll try to have more Melody Lane books in the near future! In the meantime, good luck finding some yourself -- I think you will really enjoy them! While you're looking, try some of Garis' other books, which are similar but present other characters. MORE SERIES BOOKS! Betsy-Tacy Books by Maud Hart Lovelace, just about the best of all series books in the whole world! Shame on you if you haven't discovered them, but I can't say much, since I didn't read them until I was an adult. My daughters loved these books when they were young, and Carrie even read them to our oldest grandson when he was little (I like to think that it's one reason he's grown up to be such a nice young man!) About 15 years ago, Dave and I were going to our first PF reunion, in Mankato MN where these books are actually set (its called Deep Valley.) I started to read them out loud to him, After this, I'll always take my daughter's recommendations about books! There's one thing you need to know before you start -- the first book is just right for early readers, and each book gets just a little bit more advanced, until the last book, which is about Betsy's first year of marriage. All the books are indescribably good, but it's best to read them in order, as I fortunately did. They have all been reissued in the past few years, so you can do just that. And remember, they are incredibly good! (If I don't have any Betsy-Tacy books for sale, watch for some in the future!) Betsy-Tacy -- small paperback in moderate condition) $1.00 Betsy-Tacy and Tib small pb $1.25 Betsy and Tacy go over the Big Hill -- pb in pretty good cond $2 Betsy in Spite of Herself (Lovelace) paperback in the really attractive edition, with Betsy showing through an oval hole in the decorative front cover. Original interior pictures. Good condition. $3.00 Heaven to Betsy (Lovelace) PB, Vera Neville interior illus, new, not my favorite, cover illustration. Freshman year in HS. $2.00 (2) Betsy's Wedding (Lovelace) PB, with the original Vera Neville internal illustrations, new cover picture. No need to explain what this one is about, except to say that there is much more than the wedding, lots about the fun, work, home, and of their first years of marriage. Very good condition. $2.50 End of Betsy-Tacy books +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Beany Malone and Belford family series by Lenora Mattingly Weber. OK, I'll say it again, this is one of my all-time favorite series, beginning when I was a high school girl myself. Correction -- there are NOT two "series of books," they're the stories of real people (aren't they?) who will never leave your mind once you've read all the books in the series. They are available in beautiful PB editions from Image Cascade, but most of us want to have the original HBs in our collections. There's just something about touching and owning "the real thing!" There are 2 series by Lenore Mattingly Weber, the Beany Malone (or Malone family) books, and the slightly later, slightly more edgy, Belford family (Katie Rose and Stacey) books. I hope you can take my word that these are just about the 2 best series in the world! I certainly hope to add more Beany books and Belford family books in the near future! Beany Has a Secret Life (Lenora Mattingly Weber) 1955. This copy has the original, very, very appealing Gertrude Herrick Howe DJ art, showing a pensive Beany with a background of quite a few things relating to the story. Things are changing all around Beany, including a new wife for her long-widowed father! Beany seeks the comfort of belonging to a secret society. As you read about it, you want to grab Beany and say "Don't Do This!" But of course she does. Of course each Malone book advances the stories of every member of the family, so if you've read the early books, you'll love this one even more. But if it's your first Beany, you may be hooked for life, as I certainly am. HB, XL, moderately good condition, with a good DJ. $7.00 If there are no Weber books available, I certainly hope to have more at another time. MORE SERIES BOOKS AHEAD! The Maida books are So Beautiful! By the way, the Maida series is just about my favorite series, along with Judy, Trixie, and Beany. Maida is different from any of the other series, and entirely loveable to me! The author is Inez Haynes Irwin. I would like to explain that some people just don't care for this series. Quite different from any other big series, it's about a group of children, probably aged about 12 to 14, who live together in a lovely environment and learn by doing things themselves (with expert adult supervision.) They are enthusiastic and cooperative, and it isn't until well into the series that they start to solve mysteries! After reading all the Maida books, I collected my observations about them, and realized that the overall idea behind the "school" system was that children learn through experiencing and experimenting. Don't worry, there isn't a single line of boring philosophy in the books. Outwardly they're stories of a group of really nice children, having fun and exploring their world. The latter books in the series are nearly impossible to find, or at least at prices that most of us can afford. Since I love the series myself, I do recommend that you try them. I'll TRY to list more Maida books in the future, but in the meantime, maybe you'll spot some and give them a try. Maida's Little Shop (#1 in the series) in the beautiful "Polka Dot Edition." These books have dotted DJs in various colors, with rectangular pictures on the front cover. Also, the endpapers are dotted in the same color as the dust jacket cover. I am 99% sure this is the original format of the books -- I've never seen any earlier ones. Let me know if you have! The picture on this jacket shows the interior of the shop, with lots of toys on shelves, Maida behind the counter, and a group of adorably-dressed children picking out their purchases. HB, browned but clean pages, fairly good binding, and a laser copy of the original DJ with lists of other series books on the back flap and cover. $4.50 Maida's Little House (Irwin) #2 in the series. Maida's friends from her little shop, are invited to visit her at her father's estate, where they eventually spend the rest of their childhood. The sweetest of stories! Book looks rough, but is firm and clean. Nice picture of 4 children, one of them a baby, sitting on a brick wall in front of the "little house" which isn't small except in comparison with her father's mansion. Laser copy of the original DJ. $5.00 Maida's Little House -- "Polka Dot edition" thick yellow covers, with dj bordered in yellow with white dots, and dotted endpapers. Fairly good condition, laser copy of the original DJ. $5.00 Maida's Little School (Irwin) #3 in the series. This is the book that establishes the educational system which is developed all through the series (don't worry, there isn't anything boring or obvious about the way they do this!) Maida's friends spend the winter at The Little House, where various adults entertain them with interesting projects and games. The children love these activities never quite knowing that they're learning things better than they ever would have done in a regular school. I especially like the way the girls "helped" the boys learn to do a few chores around the house! HB, pretty nice condition, with a laser copy dust jacket showing several of the children reading a map that seems to be leading them to a treasure chest! Spine shows several other children sitting with a lady who's reading to them. The DJ that we copied was in fair condition, but the laser copy looks better than the original. Front cover is especially nice. $5.00 Maida's Little Island (Irwin) #4 in the series, 1939. This book is in fair condition, but looks much better due to the copy DJ that we made for it. The book is in OK readable condition, the DJ shows 5 of the Big Eight in what looks to me like mid-1940s casual wear, at a picnic on the island. What a wonderful setting! Their own little island (Spectacles Island) with a cottage where they can spend a few days exploring, swimming, surfing, and solving a few mysteries. The DJ shows 5 of the Big Eight in what looks to me like mid/late 1940s casual clothes (they look like what I wore when I was a kid) sitting or standing around a picnic basket with the Atlantic in the background. As always, the cover is really beautiful. HB in fair condition, LDJ, $5.00 Maida's Little Camp, 1940. #5 in the series. Wonderful combination of one of my favorite settings (a "camp" in the Adirondacks, in one place it's described as a chalet) and Maida's group, the Big Eight. Nature, small adventures, and in the end, a wonderful surprise which I won't spoil for you. Polka-dot edition, good condition, with a near-good dust jacket showing some of the kids on the bank of a stream, with a dream view of the mountains and cottage. I want to go there NOW! $8.00 Here's a somewhat more recent edition of Maida's Little Camp. Exactly the same text, a different format and dust jacket picture. In this one, the children are sitting indoors, around a blazing fireplace, with an interior decor that reminds me of Adirondack camps that I love to look at and wish I could own! There are fine details, one is reading a map, one a book, one is sketching, and someone has just put down some knitting. There is a window looking out at a rustic scene. Thinner book in fairly good cond, map endpapers, laser copy DJ. $7.00 Maida's Little Houseboat (Irwin) #7 in the series, 1943. Can you think of anything more exciting for a group of kids, than their own houseboat? Maida's father bought an old, out-of-commission scow, and fitted it out for the Big Eight to use as a summer playhouse. In the great tradition of series books, the boat drifts away from its mooring, and a lot of the rest of the book is a Robinson Crusoe adventure! These kids are always resourceful and imaginative, but I won't say anything more -- you will love reading about it! HB, fairly good condition, with a good-looking laser copy of our DJ. DJ picture shows 4 of the children in play clothes, enjoying the boat and seashore. $7.00 (2 copies available) MORE SERIES BOOKS AHEAD!!! Lots of books by Catherine Woolley, who was one of my very favorite authors! She died only a few years ago, after living to be 100 years old! One whole issue of Whispered Watchword was dedicated to her, with many very loving reviews of her books (some written by me because I love her books so much!) Now you can read some Woolleys to honor her along with people on Cape Cod, who all celebrated her birthday at the time!!!) All the Ginnie and all the Cathy, Ginnie and Libby series go on my best-loved lists! I'll try to have more of these, as well as other Woolley books, pretty soon. A Room for Cathy (Woolley) 1956. A hugely favorite book! Cathy and her family move to a new home where she gets her own bedroom for the first time. Then -- well, you can discover what happens with her wonderful new privacy! And things don't turn out as she worries it will. PB in very good condition. $2.00 Ginnie and Geneva (Woolley) 1948. I've discovered that this book seems to be scarce, and quite expensive to buy in good condition as a hardcover with dust jacket. This one is a personal copy in very good condition, with a laser copy DJ that looks really nice. The Iris Beatty Johnson illustrations are simple, beautiful and truly right for 1948. I was around the same age as these girls, so I'll guarantee that we looked and dressed like them and our homes looked like theirs. Nice story about a girl who had been home-schooled until she started 4th grade and had a bit of trouble adjusting to the roughness of social life when she did start school. Lots of cats, food, Christmas, school and vacation fun. HB with LDJ, $10.50 Ginnie's Baby-sitting business (Woolley) 1963. Ginnie had no idea how much chaos a few little kids could create when she tried to make a little money baby-sitting in her own home! PB, fair condition, $1.25 Ginnie and the mystery Doll (Woolley) 1960. She's an antique doll of great beauty and value, but she's been missing for many years. The book takes place on Cape Cod, and you'll feel as if you were there to share in the summer season -- an art exhibit, an antiques auction, clamming, a square dance, a nice shingled Cape cottage. HB, XL, worn but moderately good condition, covered by a laser copy of our DJ, showing Ginnie uncovering Lady V, the doll, under some beach grass. But that's just the beginning of the mystery! $5.00 PB copy of Ginnie and the Mystery Doll (Woolley) fair, very readable, condition. $1.25 Ginnie and the Mystery House (Catherine Woolley) 1957. It's winter, and Ginnie is bored, until she gets acquainted with the mystery woman who lives in the mystery house of the neighborhood. Ginnie wants to help with whatever it is that's frightening the nice old lady, especially when the mystery woman knocks on the door and asks to stay at Ginnie's house for the night because "they" are in her house. Ginnie and her friends are having a party that night, and her parents aren't home! Well, is this enough to convince you that this is a wonderful mystery-- complete with school and winter fun, lots of family and lots of good food, and of course a cat. HB with DJ, both in very good condition. $6.00 Ginnie and Her Juniors (Catherine Woolley) 1963. It started with simple babysitting, but soon Ginnie had the bright idea that if she was that good with one child, she could make a lot more money for Christmas presents, if she could take care of several at once -- so she started a home daycare business! For a very young girl, this was quite a job and of course not everything went smoothly. Lovely story with a wonderful Christmas ending. HB, XL, in good condition, with a very nice DJ. $6.00 Schoolroom Zoo (Catherine Woolley) 1950. Written for slightly younger children than the Cathy or Ginny books, but still very enjoyable for anyone who loves the gentle Woolley style and very attractive realism of Iris Beatty Johnson's illustrations. Starts with a red eft that Ellie found during a picnic, escalated after her friend was "adopted" by a homeless cat, and reached a peak during the school's pet show. This lovely book is a showcase for Woolley's love of animals, which is evident in her other books, too. $3.00 YES, EVEN MORE SERIES BOOKS AHEAD!!! CHERRY AMES -- the most popular nurse series ever printed, a nurse with 1,000 specialties, all of them interesting and romantic -- and connected with fascinating myseries! I'll try to have more books in this series very soon! Cherry Ames #2, Senior Nurse -- Finishing up her nurse training, Cherry is slightly more grown-up acting, but still manages to get into mysterious situations plus finding interesting medical problems to help solve. Picture Cover edition, in good condition, with just a few slightly worn corners to the cover. Especially attractive picture of Cherry on the cover of this edition. $4.00 Cherry Ames #17, Boarding School nurse. For me, this is an especially appealing story. I guess we series-book people always love a boarding school story -- add a nurse and a mystery to the mix, and we couldn't be happier. Nice picture cover showing Cherry and a tennis-playing student, smiling up at a young man in bow tie and happy face, who is running towards them under the fall leaves. By the way, how do you feel about perfume? HB with PC, good cond except for some wear around the edges of the cover. $5.00 Cherry Ames #20, At Hilton Hospital. You can tell from the picture on the picture-cover, that this book is about a difficult case. The doctor and patient are puzzling over some papers, while Cherry is obviously cogitating (see that pencil tapping her cherry-red cheeks, and her quizzical expression. It's an amnesia case, and I'm not really giving away anything that isn't right in the first chapter. Really good detective story, as well as the usual helpful nursing procedures. PC, in good condition. $6.00 END OF CHERRY AMES BOOKS. OTHER SERIES BOOKS BELOW! BOOKS BY HARRIET PYNE GROVE -- unlikely name, and I've heard that it wasn't even a pen name! She did write very good stories. I especially like them because they are the attractive, thick Saalfield editions with colorful dust jackets. Some of the different books have the very same DJ pictures, some have their own. I guess in the 1930s, publishers like everyone else did what they could to keep] prices low and attract the few dollars that were around. I can't really promise that there will be more of these good books on my list very soon, but I will promise that I'll do my best. She also wrote the Betty Lee series of books. The Amy And Laura series by Marilyn Sachs is aimed at a younger reader than the Maltshop books, but they appeal to the same audience of adults. 2 sisters move to a new apartment in NY, and deal with a number of problems, including a mother who has to spend a long period in a hospital, being the new kid on the block, and a bad bully. But there are wonderful, nostalgic scenes of jumprope rhymes, school adventures, pets, lots of family scenes. Laura's Luck is a camp story -- always popular! If you like the same books that I do, I can almost guarantee that you will like these books very much. I'll try to have more Amy and Laura books soon! Amy and Laura (Sachs) 1966. Their mother had a terrible accident, but now she's home, in a wheelchair, and everyone's waiting on her and being quiet and good. The girls' aunt takes care of them, and she just isn't Mother. The girls are at sword's point, but they can't fight it out. PB, good condition, $2.00 What my Sister Remembered (Marilyn Sachs) 1992. Not a series book, but by this author who wrote some really good series books. In this fascinating semi-mystery, 2 sisters hadn't seen each other for 8 years, since they were adopted by different people when their parents were killed in one of those car accidents that seem to happen to make orphans out of kids in young adult books. Practically out of the blue, the older sister's family pays a visit to the family of the younger sister, and it just doesn't seem like the warm family reunion that you might have anticipated. The older one is extremely rude and unfriendly, and all the adults seem to want to ignore her behavior. Younger girl can't understand why she still has to be polite and helpful, especially when her sister decides to stay with the other family for a while. And starts to hint that she Knows Something that the other one doesn't know. OK, this is a long intro to a paperback novel that won't set you back much at all, but I want to share this extremely interesting story with someone! PB Scholastic, good condition, $1.50 The Meadow-Brook girls series is an early outdoors-adventure series, based in New Hampshire (I think it's the only relatively major series that is mainly set in New England.) Enjoyable in the mould of the first few Ruth Fieldings or the Outdoors Girls. I hope to have more from this series, quite soon. Meadow-brook Girls across Country (Janet Aldridge) 1913. Anyone who loves camping, would get a kick out of the cover picture on this book. Very beautiful, as well as nostalgic, showing 3 girls in regulation campfire clothes (sailor middy with a necktie blowing in the wind dangerously near the fire, but that's my opinion!) Cooking around the fire, with an open tent to one side, a beautiful lake in the background, girl in a red boat waving to those on shore. So idyllic! Of course the girls have some less-than-idyllic moments, this IS a series book, right? But they keep coming back for more adventures. The sub-title of this volume is The Young Pathfinders on a Summer Hike. Book in good condition, remembering that it might be as much as 101 years old! Laser copy of the original DJ looks great. HB, LDJ, $7.00 LOTS MORE SERIES BOOKS! Kim Aldrich series -- There are 4 books in this series, written for somewhat older readers than a lot of our books, but certainly within the teen years. The Girls' Series Companion compares them somewhat to Nancy Drew Files, but I like them better. Kim Aldrich Mystery -- Miscalculated Risk (Jinny McDonell) 1972. First paragraph -- "Some people are accident -prone, Kim, but so help me, you're adventure-prone" said by her father. They were going to have a nice, quiet day, but you know how seldom that happens to girl sleuths! Cover shows Kim in her wet suit. HB, picture cover, good condition, $3.00 Every Boys Mystery and Adventure Stories, 1935. This isn't a girls' series book, but I have most of the boys' books on sale, so I had to list this one elsewhere. It contains 3 complete books, Brothers of the Senecas by Walter E. Butts, Detectives, Inc by William Heyliger, and Vanishing LIner by George Morse. It's a gigantic volume, as each of these books is about 250 pages long! There is a DJ, pretty nice looking but missing the back flap. DJ has a picture from each of the books that are included in the volume. Book itself in good condition, though I think the great weight has caused a little strain on the spine. But it's an interesting oddity, and very attractive. $4.00 Ruth Fielding series. Ruth starts out as a motherless girl, just like Patti Fairfield and a lot of other old series heroines! But she goes in a different direction, after the first few books full of rollicking adventures in boarding school, in the north woods, and at the shore. In later books of this very long series, she becomes a career girl, role model for feminists, and pre- courser of Nancy Drew and other series females. Yet, she keeps her femininity, and eventually even marries (take notice, Nancy!) I've enjoyed all the Ruths that I've read, from beginning to end. I'll add books about Ruth when I find them for you! Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill (#1 in this series) 1913. Subtitled Jasper Parloe's Secret. HB with Ruth's picture on the cover, fairly good condition. $2.50 Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall, or Solving the Campus Mystery. #2 in the series. Ruth gets a chance to go to boarding school, don't they all? And how do all the series book girls get so lucky that their boarding schools provide them with exciting mysteries? I never went to boarding school, but did live in college dorms for 4 years, and the only mystery I ever ran into was how to pass a few of the hardest exams. This is far from the only mystery that Ruth will ever solve, as she finds them everywhere -- and solves them handily! HB in the usual vintage-book condition, with a copy of our pretty-good DJ, showing a lovely Ruth in nautical attire, sitting prettily under a tree by a stream, with a book in her lap. She won't pass those exams if she doesn't pay more attention to that book! HB, LDJ, $5.00 Ruth Fielding at Snow Camp, subtitled Lost in the Backwoods, 1913. Ruth #3. Don't you love to sit in your cozy. warm house and read about people lost in the snowy forests? Or cringing in cabins while the blizzard roars around them? The book is in moderate condition (worn corners and edges, pages slightly loose, but everything holding together OK. Brown but clean pages.) Covered by a laser copy of the original DJ, which was in fair condition itself, but the LDJs always look better than the originals because they don't have any tears or holes! Front cover picture intact, 5/6ths of the original spine is showing. $5.00 STARTER SET OF 4 RUTH FIELDING BOOKS! Start your set of this long, long series, with this nice selection of the books! If you absolutely love long series, this is almost as good as Nancy Drew! In fact, you probably know that some of the same ghost writers wrote books for both series. So here you are! These 4 books do not have dust jackets, but each one does have a picture of Ruth on its cover. All Ruth F books have one of two cover pictures, depending on when the particular copy was printed. Ruth morphs from a girl with the hair style of the 2nd decade of the 20th century, and a longish skirt below a middy blouse (red sun in background) to the other covers, that have Ruth looking very 1930ish, bobbed hair, short skirt, "pumps" for shoes, sitting on a log, writing in a notebook. The books are in fair to fairly good condition. These 4 books are: Ruth #1 -- Red Mill, subtitled Jasper Parloe's secret. Ruth #3 -- Snow Camp -- subtitled Lost in the Backwoods Ruth #4 -- Lighthouse Point -- subtitled Nita, the Girl Castaway. Ruth #8 -- The Gypsies -- subtitled The Missing Pearl Necklace Four Ruth Fielding books for #12.00 Ruth Fielding #7 -- Sunrise Farm (or What Became of the Raby Orphans) Ruth and her pals spend the summer at her friends' farm (gold-plated farm, that is!) There, they have adventures and solve mysteries that are exciting enough for one of Ruth's later movies. HB in average/good condition, with a laser copy of our very nice DJ. This edition has the icture of Ruth in a sailor dress, with a red sun (or moon?) behind her. $4.00 Ruth Fielding #8 -- And the Gypsies. Most of the old series had at least one book about Gypsies -- come to think of it, so did Nancy Drew. Kind of a complicated plot, but you learn how Ruth can eventually fund her movie company. The book is in pretty good condition, and has a laser copy of my nice dust jacket. It's the newer style, I think it's probably called multi-pic, due to the many small pictures surrounding a very attractive picture of Ruth. $5.50 Ruth Fielding #18, On the St. Lawrence Subtitled, The Queer Old man of the Thousand Islands (shades of Judy Bolton!) 1922. Book in good condition, with a very good ("real") DJ, multi-pic style. $8.50 Ruth Fielding in the Far North -- #20 in series, 1924. We're not talking Maine here, Ruth travels to the FAR NORTH -- "the ice-bound country" -- to make a movie. Book is in pretty good condition with clean pages and tight binding. Cover has some typical wear. $3.50 Ruth Fielding at Golden Pass, or The Perils of an Artificial Avalanche. Well, if you create an avalanche, you ought to expect perils! This story is about another of Ruth's movies, and full of complications. In fact, Ruth has to sub for one of the actresses, and hopes she can succeed as an actress herself. If you know Ruth, you'll bet on her success! Book is in fair condition, with a weak binding. Covered by a copy of our dust jacket, the beautiful multi-pic version showing Ruth in the midst of a number of small scenes from various of the volumes. $5.00 Ruth And Her Great Scenario -- #23 in the series, 1927. This one is getting right up there near the end of the series! This one is especially appealing to me since it takes place on the Maine coast! Book in fair condition, with loose hinges, but it's all there and holding together. Laser copy of the original(older style) DJ. $7.00 End of Ruth Fielding books. OTHER SERIES BOOKS HERE -- Betty Gordon series -- Betty was a penniless orphan, staying with horrid guardians who also had young Bob working for them, and they treated him terribly. Betty and Bob eventually find a much happier home with her uncle, who owns oil wells and takes them all around the country where they help him out by solving mysteries. This series is similar to the Ruth Fielding books in appearance as well as age, and a little like it in plot. I'd love to have more Betty G books soon! Jean Craig series by Kay Lyttleton. This 5-book series is actually about the whole Craig family, and a lot of their friends. Jean features prominently, but all the rest of the family is part of each book. Fairly recent dates, but the books are re-runs of an earlier series, Greenacres. Only the names have been changed to protect the plagerist or at least borrower. Very entertaining, whatever the story may be! Look for Jean Craig books on a future list! Jean Craig in New York (1948) Jean has a chance to live in NY with some relatives, and sample what the big city has to offer. Her family, back at home in the country, have their own fun and adventures. Book in good condition except for tilted slightly, with picture cover showing Jean foreground, skyscrapers background. $3.50 Jean Craig Grows up (1948) First in the Craig family saga, they move to the country for their father's health when he comes home from the war with injuries. Book is in pretty good condition except that an inch or so of the cover's spine is gone. Find out if you like the series, with this low priced book! $2.00 MORE SERIES BOOKS! Billie Bradley Series by Janet D. Wheeler. Between 1920 and 1932. There are 9 books in this series, which take place in suburban NY state, probably not terribly far from Trixie and the Bob-Whites, and they also follow the adventures and mystery-solving of a group of young people. These books are green, with a printed picture of Bilie (and you understand that this is a GIRL named Billie?) in darker green. PATTY FAIRFIELD series. Patty starts out as a motherless girl who stays with various relatives, and is a simple, sweet young thing. She soon becomes acquanited with life in the lap of luxury, and you can visit her there in the many books in this series. Descriptions of parties, costumes, mansions, travels, decorations -- I've never read of more opulant settings! Of course there are adventures and mysteries, friendships, and romances. Patty ends up married in the end of the series. Due to their original good quality, they are sometimes found in fairly good condition, considering their extreme age! Interesting series. I'll add more Patti books as soon as I can, in the meantime, try to find them yourself, I'm sure you'll enjoy reading these extravagant stories! Author -- Carolyn Wells. I will list more books as soon as possible. Also by Carolyn Wells (a very prolific author, if that's her real name) is the Marjorie Maynard series. This is aimed at younger readers than some of our favorite series, but much more fun to read than some of the younger-kid series! This one is about a family with 4 kids who love to do things together. No twins -- this isn't about the Bobbseys, though the time is just about right for the beginning of that series. They're a lively bunch "The fundamental principle of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard's training was common-sense, and this, added to deep parental love, made their discipline both wise and kind." But they get into all kinds of scrapes, anyway, while having a great old time together. I believe these books are written for kids between the Bobbsey Twins' age, and the teens. They are 240 to 280 pages long. Frontispiece, but no internal illustrations. I will be listing more Marjorie books from these and other of her series, as soon as I possibly can. Marjorie's New Friend (Carolyn Wells) 1909. 3rd book in the series. New friend starts out on the wrong foot, but eventually everything evens out. The interesting thing about this book is the way that you learn how serious the precautions, quarantines and laws are, when someone in a household has diptheria. Fairly good condition, $3.50 Marjorie in Command (Wells) 1910. 4th book in series. Marjorie is 12 when her parents leave her (sort-of) in charge of the other 3 children while the parents take a long trip. The older lady who is actually in charge, finds this a very peculiar arrangement, and indeed, there are amazing adventures. HB, moderately good condition, with a laser copy of the original DJ showing Marjorie next to the gatepost, with a lovely house in the background. $3.50 Marjorie's Maytime (Wells) 1911. 5th in the series. All kinds of early-summer, late spring activities for the family! In case you think the books in this series are short because they're about some fairly young children, think again! This one has 241 pages, and is full of nice descriptions of pleasant places, exciting little adventures, family happenings. HB, old but holding its own! $2.00 (2 copies available?) Marjorie's Maytime with a beautiful DJ! The picture shows 3 girls dressed in the lovely long white dresses that girls wore in those days, having a picnic in a flowery glade amid trees and vistas. The colors are sepia or mauve, so I'm not sure if this is how they originally were, but it makes a lovely atmosphere. Book in very good condition, with laser copy of original DJ. $5.00 Two Little Women (Carolyn Wells) 1915. First book in a clever 3-book series. Teen girls are next-door-neighbors, and have to learn to like each other. Eventually they become inseparable and have some amusing adventures. In the 2nd book of builds this series -- you will have to look for it elsewhere -- one of the fathers builds the girls their own small house in the back yard, where they can study in peace, and also have friends visit, and give parties. HB, the usual condition for old hardcovers (fairly good.) $3.00 Two Little Women and Treasure House (Carolyn Wells) 1916. The Treasure House is a darling small house in the back yard of one of the girls. "Oh, two rooms!.. Oh a window-seat!... A kitchenette!... fireplaces..." Admit it, this would have made your greatest dream come true when you were a child! There you could study, have parties, have adventures, get away from younger siblings! HB, fair cond, it has a discolored cover but it's tightly bound and fairly clean inside. Nice frontispiece picture of the girls -- you'll be amazed at their clothes! $3.50 MORE SERIES BOOKS! THE LITTLE COLONEL SERIES! This vintage series was quite popular in its day (obviously, since there are at least 16 books in the series.) The first book follows a very much-loved pattern that will warm your heart! This copy of the first book, is the Shirley Temple edition with endpapers and a frontispiece picturing scenes from the movie. These are Southern books, including some outmoded racial attitudes, and dialect, but they're full of fun, adventure, romance, with a sweet, kind heroine and a slate of interesting secondary characters. The 4 books that follow #1 are the original editions. They are BIG! And I imagine that they were originally very, very decorative. The covers are still very pretty, each one with a different printed picture from the story. These books have 8 very attractive internal illustrations, including a frontispiece. The books are in fairly good condition, quite well bound. They look their age, but not bad at all! Later books concentrate on Mary Ware, who is a character in some of the earlier books. You will be getting: The Little Colonel (by Annie Fellows Johnston)1895. The Shirley Temple edition The Little Colonel at Boarding School (1903) The Little Colonel's Christmas (1905) The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor (1906) Mary Ware, the Little Colonel's Chum (1908) 5 Little Colonel books by Annie Fellows Johnston -- $14.00 Peggy Stewart is a series that takes place in Anapolis area, where Peggy is a naval officer's daughter, and later, at a private school. The description describes the setting as "an old southern estate." There are 3 books in the series, all have the same picture on the cover, Peggy looking serious and dressy, sitting down -- in a carriage? with a cane or whip in hand. You'll read about rich girls and fancy parties and homes, while you'll have to have a tolerance for southern attitudes of a century ago, and occasional dialect. Certainly they are period-pieces and enjoyable as such! These books appeal to me especially, since my mother's first and middle name are Peggy (or Margaret) Stewart. I'll try to have more Peggy Stewart books soon. Ginny Gordon Mysteries (by Julie Campbell, hooray, a Trixie author!) Ginny is another of the Schoolgirl Sleuths, part of a group like Trixie's Bob-whites, called The Hustlers. They are always looking for ways to make money, and run into plenty of mysteries while doing so. Some of their ventures include a "swap shop" which you might term a sort of antiques or highclass thrift shop, a snack shop, and a used book booth. I'll add more Ginny Gordons as soon as I find them! "The Mexican Mysteries" series is about 3 American girls (main character is Jo Anne) who spend their summers in Mexico, helping people and having rather wild adventures. A really great series, I only discovered it a few years ago, but loved it immediately. These are beautiful books, in the thick Saalfield formats, with rather brittle pages, but good sturdy bindings. I'll try to have more Mexican Mysteries (by Randolph) soon. Peggy Lane Theater Series By Virginia Hughes. These books are to a theater career what the Vicki Barrs are to stewardess career, or the Connie Blairs are to an advertising career. The books even look the same as those series, with similar attractive picture covers. The books all look good, they are almost always in very good condition, standing up well over the years. They're the story of a young girl who starts out in her career, and enjoys a variety of theatrical experiences as she advances in the theater world. As in almost all series books, there are mild mysteries in all the books. Series book collectors need to have these interesting and attractive books on their shelves! Of course, they're especially fun to read if you're interested in the theater. But they're entertaining even if you aren't a theater fanatic! I'll add Peggy Lane books when I have more of them. Peggy Finds the Theater (1962) First in the series. Peggy goes to dramatic academy HB with picture cover (edges of the cover are rather worn, I'd call the condition fairly good.) $4.00 Peggy Plays Off-Broadway -- #2 in the series. Condition is fairly good, edges are worn but the cover picture is nice and bright, and the interior is good. $4.00 BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THERE ARE STILL MORE SERIES BOOKS TO GO! The BEVERLY GRAY series is fabulous! It's a long series that was popular from the 30s through the 50s, and is still very much read, especially by subscribers to Susabella Passengers and Friends magazine. We will try to list more Beverly Gray books soon -- they've been very popular! Beverly Gray, Freshman (1st in series) by Clair Blank, 1934. Off to college! Vernon college, to be specific, and Bev soon meets the girls who will be such a huge part of her whole life! Among other thrilling adventures, is the one pictured on the very exciting dust jacket. There is a fire in the dorm, and Bev is shown carrying an unconscious girl from the burning building, while her friends watch in horror. HB in pretty good cond, with dust jacket in moderately good cond -- a few chunks missing but the dramatic cover picture is nearly intact. $4.00 Beverly Gray, Sophomore (2nd in the series.) After the excitement of their freshman year at college, what could possibly happen to top that? Well, the very beginning of Bev's newspaper reporting career, meeting a young man who plays a very important part in her future, ghosts, mysteries, holidays. Yes, this is another thrilling college year! HB, thick with green covers and a laser copy of our original DJ. But this LDJ doesn't quite fit the book -- it's just a little bit smaller than the book. Doesn't look bad at all! Original cover art shows 2 girls trying not to be too conspicuous as they run around a college building. Nice! $4.50 Beverly Gray's Career (Clair Blank) #5 in the series. 1935. The DJ pictures a scene that doesn't look like any career that I ever thought about. A gentleman in a turban is watching while 3 girls gaze into a crystal ball. Beautiful colors, flowing dresses, "cropped" hair. Bev had graduated from Vernon College and has her first job as a newspaper reporter. She and her friends take an apartment in New York. HB, DJ, all in pretty good condition. $5.00 Beverly Gray's Challenge -- #16 in the G&D system of counting these books. Don't worry about the numbers! Just look for titles that you don't have, and enjoy the books in or out of order. Nice Montana ranch setting. Green cover. $3.00 Beverly Gray's Mystery (Blank) #18 in the Clover edition. The mystery involves a horse (obviously a circus horse, as you can see on the interesting cover picture) and a diamond. Both horse and diamond are missing, and it takes all of Bev's and her co-horts' efforts to weave their way through the danger and puzzles. The book ends in the perfect way -- with a Christmas party. HB, PC, good cond. $4.00 Beverly Gray's Island Mystery (#22 in the Clover picture-cover edition) This copy is in better condition than many of the Clover books, with a nice bright cover picture showing Bev at the mouth of a cave, spying from behind a rock, at several men huddled in an obvious conspiracy! $4.00 MORE SERIES BOOKS RIGHT HERE! Patty and Jo, Detectives (Elsie wright) 1948. A nice, clever story. Twins are invited to spend Christmas vacation with their guardian, whom they've never met. When they get to his cottage, he's not there and no one knows where he might be. The girls turn detective and have a more exciting Christmas than they'd expected. This is the first of a 2-book series, if you can call 2 books "a series." They're fun to read, making you wish there were more of them. This one has a rather beat-up cover, but the interior is just fine. $2.00 Dorothy Dixon Series is about a very adventurous 16-year-old who gets her pilot's license and flies around solving mysteries and rescuing people, little things like that! There are 4 books in the series (and a phantom title) all from 1933. They were cheap books to start with, and pretty much always have brown, slightly brittle, pages. I will try to have more Dorothy Dixon books very soon! Dorothy Dixon Wins her Wings (Wayne) 1933. That's just what happens -- she learns to fly after she meets "the famous Bill Bolton" (who happens to have his own series of books.) And of course she doesn't escape danger and adventure even in this first book in the series. Book in good condition, with a copy of our very nice laser dust jacket showing a scene that shows how very dangerous and thrilling her adventures might end up being! $4.00 Dorothy Dixon Solves the Conway Case (Dorothy Wayne) 1933. Fairly good book in a good DJ, altogether a nice presentation. $4.00 Dorothy Dixon and the Mystery Plane (Wayne) 1933. The book is somewhat worn, but it DOES have at least 95% of a dust jacket, and looks pretty nice. $5.00 A series of 3 books about a pony, written by Henry Larom -- all attractive small Scholastic editions with interesting cover pictures, moderately good condition. Mountain Pony Mountain Pony and the Pinto Colt Mountain Pony and the Rodeo Mystery 3 Mountain Pony books for $5.00 Nurses Three is a short (7 books) but very good hardcover nurse series. There are 3 sisters, all nurses, all daughters of a famous doctor that they seem to want to live up to. The 3 girls have different personalities and interests, and each one has a couple of books all to herself. A unique idea for a series, and quite wonderful! The books have attractive picture covers, in a different color for each of the girls. Written by Jean Kirby. Each has several nice internal illustrations. If there aren't any Nurses Three books here, I hope to have more to offer soon! A Career for Kelly -- Nurses Three, a Kelly Scott Story (Jean Kirby) 1963. First book in the series, first sister to go out on her own. Mild mystery, career. Very nice picture cover, front and back. Good condition. I get a kick out of the various original 1961 price tags on the covers. Your 2013 price -- $5.00 First Assignment -- Nurses Three, a Penny Scott Story. Nursing, solving mysteries, a very interesting setting in the Ozark wilderness, and of course, always trying to prove to Dad that she has what it takes to be a devoted nurse. HB with happy nurse in uniform on the picture cover -- all in excellent condition. $5.00 A Very Special Girl, A Tracy Scott Story. Tracy, oldest of the 3 Scott girls, is finished with nursing school, and gets an assignment that thrills her! She is nurse at an Indian Service Hospital, and absolutely loves the work. However, her roommate is another story, and makes life difficult. Excellent story, beautiful copy of the book showing Tracy with a big smile and a Native American doll. HB, Picture Cover, Very good condition, $5.00 Tracy's Little People, a Tracy Scott Story. 1965. A new job at Children's Hospital, and some very difficult new challenges, one of which starts in the very first chapter. She loves the children, and wants to be the best nurse she can be, but it's sometimes hard! Wonderful story, beautiful book with a nice picture cover showing Tracy caring for a young patient on a hospital bed. HB, PC, very good condition, $5.00 Olympic duty, A Penny Scott Story, 1965. To quote from the blurb in the front of this, the last of the Nurses Three books, "The suspense, the fun, the heartbreak of Olympic competition form a thrilling background for Penny's first overseas assignment." It's the winter Olympics, set high in the French Alps, where Penny finds mystery and romance. HB with beautiful picture cover (these books were really well done in every way!) $5.00 STILL MORE SERIES BOOKS! Polly series by Lillian E. Roy. Mostly with light blue covers. The Polly series tells about a girl who started out on a ranch in the southwest, and really loves her life there. The first 2 books are set on the ranch. Many adventures, and a bit of romance. After that, Polly goes out into the big world, and is very successful in every way, but of course it never changes her sweet nature! In a later book that I don't have for sale, she goes back to the ranch for a while, and then sets off for fantastic trips and adventures. Romance intrudes, but as in all of these very old series, it's very mild and treated a bit humorously. Eventually, she marries. This is a fairly long series, and worth collecting and reading. I'll try to list more Polly books very soon! Emergency Rescue!! Trouble at Moosehead Lake (James and Lois Cowan) A short series, I think only 2 books so far, set in Maine. Kids help with the emergency rescue group. Exciting cover shows snowy scene with kids, dog, stretcher being loaded into the ambulance, and in the background, a glimpse of huge Moosehead Lake. PB, $1.00 Kathy Martin nurse series. Kathy Martin books are like slightly more modern Sue Barton or Cherry Ames. A long and very interesting nurse-mystery series.) They were written by Josephine James, starting in 1959. Kathy has a very interesting family, who live on an apple farm in California, she has a nice boyfriend (but just can't make up her mind to marry him!) and she is just as good as Cherry Ames at nursing and finding mysteries to solve. All the books have attractive picture covers, and are Golden Press HB editions to match several other popular series that you probably already have in your collection. I certainly hope to have more Kathy Martin books in the future. A really good series, you should try it! One of the good things about it is that there are 13 books in the series, so you won't run out of them in a hurry! I hope to have more Kathy Martin books very soon! A Cap for Kathy, Kathy Martin book #1. Along with being a very fine story, this book has a darling cover picture -- Kathy in a blue/white striped uniform, with her first nurse cap, and a background of the family's apple orchard in springtime bloom. Reading copy of A Cap for Kathy. Picture cover is fine, pages are OK, but spine is weak. $2.00 Junior Nurse, Kathy Martin #2. You guessed it, Kathy is in her 2nd year of nursing school. Like the rest of the books in this series, her interesting family is a part of the book, and her doubts and human foibles. As I described above, this is one of the best nurse series, full of fun, real nursing situations, and romance. HB with picture cover showing Kathy (so pretty!) at the hospital. Very good condition, $5.00 End of Kathy Martin Series MORE SERIES BOOKS AHEAD! Sue Barton Nurse stories! In my opinion, this is the best of all the nurse series. Yes, they are outdated as far as the nursing techniques and information, but the human interest is exceptional, and the writing is beautiful. If you read them in order, there's no other series that keeps your interest as compellingly as this one, unless it's Beany Malone. One of the things I like best about this series, is that lots of the books take place in New Hampshire. I'd like to promise that I'll have more Sue Barton books soon, but that's a hard promise to keep. I'll certainly try! Timber Trail Riders. Timber Trail is a horse farm, and there are both boys and girls in the riding club. I only started collecting this series recently, but I do enjoy them and want to share them with my friends. They were cheaply made and cheaply bound, so they're never in excellent condition, but they have very attractive picture covers, and well-illustrated interiors. Whitman "cellophane" style. I'll try to include some more Timber Trail Riders books as soon as I can. Complete set of 5 Timber Trail Riders books! These are in fairly good condition, better than you usually find them. Each one has a beautiful picture on the cover, and a firm binding. One of the books has been mended, and isn't in quite as good condition as the rest, but overall they look good and are a nice set. The titles are: Luck of the Black Diamond -- Sunny Saunders story The Long Trail North -- Mike Casey Story The Mysterious Dude -- Dave Talbot Story Texas Tenderfoot -- Dave Talbot story Mystery of the Hollywood Horse -- Peggy Lewis Story 5 Hardcover Timber trail Riders books from 1963 and 1964. $10.00 A FEW MORE SERIES BOOKS FOR YOU TO LOOK AT! BOOKS BY L.M. MONTGOMERY -- The author of "Anne" was a very prolific writer! Here are a few! BUT -- first a book about Anne of Green Gables, but not written by L.M. Montgomery. This is "Before Green Gables" by Budge Wilson, subtitled, "The Prequel to Anne of Green Gables." I'm sure you know that the Anne saga started when she was eleven and sent to live with Matthew and Marilda, after years of living in various homes and orphanages. But what happened before that? Here you'll have the answer, in 387 imaginative and interesting pages! In fact, it starts even before Anne is born, with her loving parents. Sometimes sad, sometimes optimistic, this is quite a story! HB, XL, very good condition with a very good DJ. $3.00 AND! A wonderful biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery by Harry Bruce, 1992. A fairly short book, probably written for young adults, this story certainly gives you a very good idea of what inspired "Maud" (the name of the book) when she wrote Anne, and her other books. A really unpleasant childhood brought up by a grandmother who had all of Marilda's less pleasant characteristics and absolutely none of her redeeming ones. A tormented love life. Years and years of writing before she hit the best-seller list with Anne of Green Gables. There are photographs and a long list of Maud's books, and a map of Prince Edward Island. HB, XL, with a nice dust jacket. $2.50 Anne of Green Gables -- Three volumes in One! This large HB includes unabridged texts of Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne's House of Dreams. There is a ton of reading in here, with the occasional illustration, too. XL book with a pretty dust jacket -- fairly good condition. There's a nice introduction, too. $2.50 Rilla of Ingleside "The Anne of Green Gables Novels #8" according to the cover. This is billed as a Special Collector's Edition, showing a beautiful girl in a filmy dress in the foreground, and in the background, a sea scene with lighthouse and uniformed officer, all under the moon. Nice PB in wonderful condition, $1.75 Some L. M. Montgomery books, great condition, beautiful pbs, and only a dollar each -- Rainbow Valley ("the Anne of Green Gables Novels #7")$1.00 Anne's House of Dreams ("The anne of Green Gables Novels #5") $1.00 Anne of the Island ("Anne of Gren Gables Novels #3") $1.00 Anne of Avonlea ("Anne of Green Gables Novels #2") $1.00 A Tangled Web ("the enchanting classic of two unforgettable families -- ad a most uncommon legacy") PB, $1.00 Mistress Pat, a Silver Bush book. $1.00 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MORE, MORE, MORE -- SERIES BOOKS OUTDOOR GIRLS is a very long series, 23 books in all, about an adventurous group of girls -- if you like the older series about girls who seemed to be paving the way for today's active women, you ought to start collecting these books! Oh yes -- they're really interesting and fun to read, too, historical impact notwithstanding. They can be read out of order with no problem, though later books add characters as the original girls marry and leave the group. By the way, both this series and Moving picture Girls are for much older girls than "Laura Lee Hope's" Bobbsey twins. I'll add more Outdoor girls as soon as I can find them! The Outdoor Girls on Cape Cod (Hope) 1924. If you've ever been to Cape Cod, you'll understand why the girls love it so much. And back in the early part of the 20th century, it was NOT the touristy, teeming, overpopulated place that it has become. My friends who lived there, would take us on a ride and spend the whole time telling us "this is where we used to ride our horses, this is where the beautiful forest used to be, this is where the deserted beach used to be....." and so forth. Well, I still love The Cape, but if you want to read about what it was like when the Outdoor Girls camped there, here is the book for you! HB, worn, but really quite sturdy. Printed picture cover showing the girls cooking over an outdoors fire, with their canoe and their tent in the background. $3.50 THE MOVING PICTURE GIRLS books by Laura Lee Hope. The author's name is fictional, here and in the Bobbsey Twins series. This series is for older girls, and is very interesting. The Moving Picture girls were way before their time, and very modern in their day. I'll add Moving Picture Girls books when I come across any. Good luck finding them yourself, in the meantime! BLYTHE GIRLS are supposed to be written by Laura Lee Hope, but if you're thinking "Bobbsey Twins," forget it! This long series appealed to teens of yesterday and appeals very much to myself and others today! The girls are in their late teens, there are no slapstick situations like those the Bobbseys were always involved in. Mystery, yes, but much more "mature" sleuthing. The girls have been orphaned, and actually have to work hard for a living! Each has a totally different type of job, so there are lots of opportunities for interesting mysteries, and a fascinating look at careers open to girls at that time -- hat saleswoman, personal secretary, artist. You might almost call these books career-romances, but the romance aspect is subdued. Boyfriends and their careers are very much a part of the stories, but as far as I can remember, no Great Romance, mainly parties, fun and adventures. I'll add more Blythe girls books as soon as I can! Rose's Great Problem (Blythe Girls #3) 1928. subtitle, Face to Face with a Crisis. Glossy frontispiece, several internals. I can't begin to tell you all the things that happen in every one of the Blythe Girls books! There are 3 girls, so multiply Nancy Drew's adventures by 3, except that one of the girls has an artistic mind, so she's a tiny bit less adventurous. Nice colorful DJ picture (it's a laser copy of our cover) showing Rose at work in the millinary dept of the department store. Is that someone hiding behind the counter? Book is in good condition, HB with LDJ, $7.50 Blythe Girls -- Helen's Strange Boarder -- this is in bad condition, Spine is missing for instance. But all the pages are there, so you can read it. FREE with any other series book purchase. Somewhat better copy of Helen's Strange Boarder -- This book wasn't well made in the first place, but this copy does have all its spine, and would be fine until you find an even better copy! It's a very clever and catchy story. $2.00 SOME MORE GOOD SERIES BOOKS AHEAD HUGE LOT OF 8 POLLYANNA, OR "GLAD BOOKS" This big lot includes a good portion of the Pollyanna books, all blue vintage hardcovers in at least fairly good condition. No dust jackets. Before you snicker about what you think this excellent series is about, let me tell you the truth about "Pollyanna-ism!" She does what she calls playing the Glad Game, which is to try to make the best of a dicey situation, all the while trying to make things better for herself but even more, for everyone else around her. I'm as guilty as anyone of calling someone "a pollyanna" when that person is too, too sweetly optimistic, but when I do, I know I'm doing a dis-service to a lovely character. Pollyanna grows from an orphan girl in the first book, to a grown-up, to wife and mother, goes through good and bad times, helps people in almost every book. When her beloved husband has to be away, she supports her family, sometimes as a social worker -- what a perfect occupation for her! I think if she'd been named Judy or Nancy, no one would be making fun of her today, only enjoying her books. Which, by the way, are written by several people. Most of the books are in the Grossett and Dunlap editions. Here is the big lot -- Pollyanna, 1912, by Eleanor H. Porter Pollyanna Grows Up, 1914, by Porter Pollyanna of the Orange Blossoms, 1924, by Harriet Lummis Smith Pollyanna's Jewels, 1925, by Smith Pollyanna's Western Adventure, 1929, by Smith Pollyanna in Hollywood, 1931, by Elizabeth Borton Pollyanna's Castle in Mexico, 1934, by Elizabeth Borton Pollyanna's Golden Horseshoe, 1939, by Borton 8 Pollyanna books, good condition, 20.00 Pollyanna's Golden Horseshoe (Borton) #11? in the series, with most of a dust jacket. Pollyanna is a wife and mother, and social worker who helps people attain happiness, but these books are nowhere nearly as sappy as their reputation. In fact, they are quite wonderful career and family books. Nice condition book, DJ has a piece missing from the front cover, otherwise it's quite nice, very colorful, with birds on branches. $3.00 Pollyanna's Western Adventure (Harriet Lummis Smith) 1929. The Sixth Glad Book. The family goes to live for a year in a minding camp "in the far west." They take a mother's helper for the 3 children, and a lot of this story deals with the young men who like this girl. Lots of other threads to the story and Pollyanna's lovely personality makes them all enjoyable. HB in very good condition, with a beautiful dust jacket. $4.50 Pollyanna's Castle in Mexico (Borton) 1934, the 8th Glad Book. Pollyanna takes her loving talents to Mexico and finds lots of scope for making other people Glad, as well as having lots of adventures with her family (her husband and 3 kids!) HB, very good condition, with a laser copy of our very good DJ. $4.50 MORE SERIES BOOKS -- Donna Parker series. All are Whitmans editions with picture covers. You'll probably never see any books from this series in perfect condition. They've deteriorated with age, and weren't too sturdy to start with. But they're colorful looking and very good stories! The books are dated between 1957 and 1964 Complete set of Donna Parker books! There are 7 books in the series, and you will get all of them so you won't have to wait to read them all in order. Donna does a little growing up during the series, has lots of fun and solves mysteries and problems. So good! Their conditions are just about as good you'll ever see for these Donna Parker books. All are hardbacks with picture covers that wrap around the front and back. Books include: At Arawak In Hollywood A Spring to Remember On Her own At Cherrydale Takes a Giant Step Special Agent Complete set of 7 Donna Parker books -- $20.00 Donna Parker -- The Camp Summers, a 2-book set. If you, like a lot of us, love to read about summer camps (campfire songs, hikes, bunks in cabins, mess hall food, frightening mysteries, hostile campmates.....) you should start your Donna Parker collection with these 2 books about her 2 summera at camp. In the first, Cherrydale, she is a junior counselor in charge of 4 little girls. She meets a boy who plays a big part in the other books in the series, and together, they solve a really perplexing mystery. In the 2nd book, Arawak, she is a somewhat less junior counselor at another, bigger and more elaborate camp. Her bunkmate and fellow young counselor, is obnoxious, and Donna ends up doing work that both of them should share. The reason for all this, is the basis for the mystery. I think I didn't figure this out until the last minute. Really interesting! 2 HBs, good cond, $5.50 Donna Parker at Cherrydale (1957) First in the series! Donna gets a job as a junior counselor at camp. Creepy man is watching the camp from the woods, so Donna and her friend Ricky solve their first mystery! Very nice cover on this cello edition, square dancing picture goes around to the back cover, shows the campers in their wonderful "hillbilly" '50s outfits, in a barn, with a couple of cute old guys playing the music. Pretty good condition! $3.50 (2 copies available) Donna Parker, A Spring to Remember -- was reviewed in 's Whispered Watchword and given high grades as a well-written book, a good link between Maltshops and series books, and all-around enjoyable. Cover shows Donna and a good-looking boy, in front of a fence. In this book, Donna is called on to help both this boy, and her girlfriend Ricky, with weighty problems, while growing up considerably herself. Fairly good condition HB, $3.00 (2) Donna Parker in Hollywood -- no, she didn't become a movie star! Maybe she went to Hawaii then? After all, the cover pictures shows her dressed in Hawaiian clothes, sitting by a pool with tropical flora all around and a pineapple beside her. Actually she was given a trip to Hollywood, where her uncle and new aunt lived, and one of their friends gave a Hawaiian luau for her. Being Donna, a mystery appears, and a nice young man to help solve it! She runs into a few movie stars, and some teenagers who are every bit as temperamental as stars are reputed to be. An especially nice Donna Parker, and adorned with Mary Stevens illustrations! HB, moderately good condition, $2.50 End of Donna Parker series! MORE SERIES BOOKS -- Elsie's Holidays at Roseland (Finley) I swore I wouldn't list any more Elsie books, but this one is so pretty that whether you read Elsie or not, you'll like to look at the cover. This is a picture of a lovely girl with big wondering eyes, scads of ringlets, bright red lips, a pretty and demure dress -- gazing at a little canary in a cage. Sky and leaves form the background. They just don't make kids' books this beautiful any more! This is the 2nd book in the Elsie series, from 1868. This copy doesn't have a date in it, possibly so a purchaser won't think it's as old as it is. It's a Red Star Classics edition, from Goldsmith Publishing Co -- no date given for this edition, either. Book and DJ are in very nice condition. $2.00 If you like to read about the outdoors, camping, jolly fun and dangerous adventures, then the Campfire Girls stories will please you as they please me! There are several Campfire series, from various years and by various authors, and this can be confusing, but just dig in and enjoy them when you find them, don't worry about reading them in order or anything. Usually, they're episodic and unrelated to one another, and also, there's always plenty of explanation and descriptions of personalities, so you can catch right up on the previous books if necessary. I'll try to add more Campfire Girls books very soon. A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire (Jane L. Stewart) First in this CFG series. This is more than a story of rituals around the campfire! There is a little abused girl lost in the woods, and found by the CF girls who are camping out. Nice story. One thing is really strange about it -- the cover says "A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire" both on the front and on the spine, as well as inside, the front cover, where there is a list of other boks in the series. However, at the top of every page in the book, the title is "Camp Fire Girls In The Woods." This seems like a more appropriate title, and from what I can find out, it makes this volume a first edition -- if anyone cares. These CFG books are full of publishing surprises! This book is in good condition, another surprise. $3.50 A Campfire Girl's Chum (Jane L. Stewart) 1914. #2 in the Stewart Campfire Girls series. This book is in good condition except that the pages are brown and the binding is just a little weak. It's holding together nicely! Hardcover. $3.00 Campfire Girls in the Maine Woods (Hildegard G. Frey) 1916. First in this particular Campfire series. When I bought this copy, someone cheated me out of the first few pages. Luckily, I had another copy that was all there, so we made copies of the missing pages for you. It's complete now, and you can read the fascinating story of the girls in Maine nearly 100 years ago (I don't suppose the woods have changed all that much, anyway.) Nice copy for one of these originally cheap vintage series books -- picture coverwith a nice printed picture cover, girls in amazing camp outfits, tents, a cook fire, etc. $2.00 MORE SERIES BOOKS! Jane Allen, Center (Edith Bancroft) 1920. Jane is an active, sports-loving young woman who is forced to leave her ranch home and go to an Eastern college. She is sure the girls will be terrible snobs and she'll hate it there. She has ups and downs, friends and enemies -- this is the 3rd in the 5-book series, and by this time, things have calmed down somewhat. "Center" of course referes to her place on the basketball team. Mystery, helping more unfortunate girls, a bit of sports -- what a lot to love! HB in fairish condition, with a laser copy of our very colorful Dust jacket. $4.00 Mary Jane Merrill (Clara Ingram Judson) 1918- 1930. Mary Jane is a little girl, who is just turning 5 in the first of the 19 books in this series. . By the time she and her family have had a great many adventures and traveled all over the world, she's about 9 years old at the end of the series. She has the kind of adventures that the Bobbsey Twins and Honey Bunch have, innocent but a bit scarey, involving animals, being lost, misunderstandings, usually cute and innocent. But you also learn a lot about the countries where they travel, at least what they were like pre-WWII. Nice series for kids or nostalgic adults. I'll try to have Mary Jane books in future lists. Mary Jane, Her Visit (Judson) 1918. Second book in the series. Mary J visits her grandparents on the farm -- back when it seems that all grandparents lived on farms! Very nostalgic story, simple farm pleasures with grandparents who really are crazy about their grandchild. Quilt-making, raising baby animals, learning to cook, a strawberry social! A bit of trouble to spice things up. Glossy frontispiece. HB, clean pages and firm binding, but a bit of damage to the spine. $2.00 Mary Jane at School (Judson) 1923. Finally the family stays home long enough for Mary Jane to go to school (3rd grade this time.) There's a wedding (flower girl) and Christmas at the grandparents. So you see, there is some compensation for staying home once in a while! Nice HB with a beautiful cover picture -- girl in that SO popular style of the day, the sailor suit and beret, playing with a dog in a pretty garden. HB in OK condition, with a laser copy of the original DJ. $3.50 Kay Tracey mysteries ("Frances K. Judd") If you haven't read the Kay Tracey mysteries yet, you're about to get a treat. They are among the long series from what I think of as the Golden Age of "classic" girls series books, the 30s through 50's. Actually, I love all of the series from that era, but Kay is one of the really good ones -- possibly that's because there are quite a few of them, so when you get interested in them, you are happy to find out that there are lots more! You are probably like me, and never want to get to the end of a series, so I'll certainly try to include Kay Tracey books in future lists. There were several editions of the Kay books, from dust-jacketed hardcovers, through attractive picture-covers, to a couple of paperback editions. The books were updated off and on and the numbers were changed from one edition to another. 2 paperback Kay Tracey Mysteries - Books, Inc paperbacks that are the same size and have the same cover pictures and formats as the Books, Inc, hardcovers. A good way to decide whether or not you want to read more of Kay and her friends. These books are re-numbered from the original Cupples and Leon books, but most of the plots are the same as the originals from the 1940s. These were cheaply-made paperbacks, and the ones I have for sale are in fair to good condition, but not perfect. Some have been mended to prevent any further tears. The cover pictures are attractive, action-oriented, and imaginative. The 2 titles are: When the Key Turned The Double Disguise 2 Kay Tracey Paperbacks for $4.40 I will try my best to have more Kay Tracey books in the near future! Linda Craig -- get acquainted with this good series!!! It's gone through several incarnations, including a beautiful hardcover edition (which is pretty hard to find,) a beautiful PB printing of the original edition, and a new, slightly smaller PB set, with mostly new titles and quite a few changes. I've read all of them, and I will admit that I liked the older ones better, but even for a non-horsey gal like me, the new ones were good reading, too. If there aren't any Linda Craigs listed here, look for them when you have a chance, and I'll try to list some of them next time! Linda Craig BIG LOT! (Ann Sheldon) Larger paperback editions, with the original texts from the 1960s hardcovers, but with different covers. They are very attractive, with Linda's name written in rope along the top, and a different picture of Linda and her pony on the front cover of each one. Various colors, making this set a very nice addition to a series-book shelf. Books are in good condition. If you buy both sets, they make an interesting comparison. # 7, 8 and 9 were only printed in this paperback format, so these are the originals. Titles include: #1 The Palomino Mystery #2 Clue on the Desert Trail #3 Secret of Rancho Del Sol #4 Mystery of Horseshoe Canyon #5 Mystery in Mexico #6 Ghost Town Treasure #7 Haunted Valley #8 Old Sleigh #9 Emperor's Pony Big lot -- first nine of the older paperback Linda Craig books. $19.50 Linda Craig BIG LOT! These are the smaller paperback editions, from the 1980s. If you've read the old editions, you might want to read these. I'll tell you about some of the differences (I think of these are "Linda Craig Lite" or Linda the Younger.") In the originals, she's 16, in the newer ones, she's 12. The originals have around 200 pages, the newer ones have more like 120 pages. Those are unimportant changes, you can just figure the new ones are about Linda when she was 4 years younger. However, in the newer ones, her horse is named Amber, instead of the wonderful name of her horse in the originals -- Chica D'Oro. Despite all these differences, the new ones are worth reading, and a great suppliment to the older ones. Here's the big lot - 10 paperback books in the Linda Craig series, all in good condition except for #2, which is a little beat-up. The titles include: 1. The Golden Secret 2. A star for Linda 3. The silver Stallion 4. The Crystal Trail 5. The Glimmering Ghost 6. The Ride to Gold canyon 7. A Horse for Jackie 8. A Star in the Saddle 10. Anything for Kelly 12. Kathy in Charge Big lot of 10 Linda Craigs, $21.00 Linda Craig, Clue on the Desert Trail, taller pb, 1962 edition. PB, former library book, but in good condition. $2.00 Linda Craig, newer pb #10 Anything for Kelly. Try this horse series, see how much you like it! Good condition, $1.50 CONTINUING THE LIST OF SERIES BOOKS! Polly French Takes Charge (Francine Lewis) 1954. You may remember my saying that books in this series are NEVER in good condition. They were very cheaply made, and haven't stood up at all well over the years. This one, #2 in the series, is a bit better than average for the series. I've mended the spine, and otherwise it's not too bad. Front cover picture is really good, showing a group of well-dressed (by today's standards) teens around a fireplace. Polly gets into school government and gets somewhat too big for her britches. The best things about this short series are the illustrations, which are pure mid-50s in every way, especially clothing and hair styles. HB, PC, $2.50 If you need 2 of the 3 books in the Polly French series, here's your chance to get them! "Takes Charge" is in fairly good cond, while "Surprising Stranger" is not quite so good. As usual with this and other series that were constructed as they were, the spine is the worst part of the book, while the pages are no more than yellowed, and the front and back cover pictures are clear, clean and nicely detailed. Set of 2 Polly French series books -- $3.50 The Callahan Cousins series (Elizabeth Doyle Carey) This is a "new" series, which isn't what I usually offer for sale, but what the heck -- it's a New England series, and the books are very attractive, and you'll like them! There are 4 young cousins who don't know each other very well, until their grandmother invites them all to stay with her for the summer at her seaside estate. The cover pictures give you a good idea of what kind of story you'll find inside -- girls sailing alongside the dock, with the town spread out above. The 2nd book shows a nice white picket fence, a flowering hedge, and a very typical Cape Cod house in the background. Penny of Paintrock series by Jane and Paul Annixter. Unfortunatly there are only 2 books in this series! They're very attractive, with strong bindings and beautiful picture covers (they are in the Golden Griffin edition, like a few Trixies and all the Kathy Martin series for instance.) With a Wyoming setting, these are mysteries, horse stories, tales of ranch life. They have something of the "Maltshop" about them, and they're good family stories. I am pretty sure there were supposed to be more in the series, but for some reason they just didn't get off the ground. Too much like Trixie's maybe? I'll try to have more Penny of Paintrock books in the near future. The Phantom Stallion (Penny of Paintrock Story #1, 1961.) Beautiful hardcover with picture cover showing Penny and her horse, with a cowboy on horseback riding toward her, his hat raised in greeting, and snow-covered mountains in the background. Very Western-looking scene -- the series is set in Wyoming. 1961. The book is in good condition, though the pages have turned light brown with age. $3.00 The Adventure Girls (Clair Blank) A short series by the author of the superb Beverly Gray books. You'll only have to find 3 books to complete the series! The name says it all -- they have adventures. HS and early college age girls. If there aren't any Adventure Girls books listed here, I'll try to add some to the next sale list. In the meantime, you can be looking for these interesting books yourself -- good luck! By the way, one of the best things about this series is that the girls live in Maine! But they travel far and wide. I hope to have more Adventure Girls books in the near future. MORE SERIES BOOKS AHEAD -- Vicki Barr series. This is a major series from the same era as the Cherry Ames and Connie Blair books. If you don't have this series, GET STARTED ON IT!!! Vicki is a flight stewardess. This might be one of my very, very favorite series -- I re-read the books every few years, because they are so beautifully written and such great mysteries. If I don't have any Vicki books for sale, I'll certainly be looking for them during our book-searching travels. In the meantime, now that you know about this series, maybe you'll find some yourself! Good luck! ----------------------------------------- Connie Blair series was written by Betty Cavanna under the pen name of Betsy Allen. There are 12 books, from the 40s and 50s, and they're all well written (of course,) neatly bound, and very attractive if you can find them in DJ. The titles all have colors in them. Connie's an artist who gets involved in various mysteries through working for an ad agency. I hope to have more books from this series to offer you very soon, but they're very popular and not always available. Good luck -- they are really good reading!!! Connie Blair #1, Clue in Blue -- Connie gets a summer job in Philadelphia at the store where her aunt works. It's the start of a long career at an advertising agency, art school, travel, and plenty of mystery for Connie! HB in fairly good condition, with a laser copy DJ. $5.00 Connie Blair #2, Riddle in Red -- Now Connie has a regular job in an advertising agency, and a cosmetics company is their biggest account. Mystery and danger comes along with the glamour of the job, just what Connie loves! HB book in very nice condition, with a laser copy of our DJ, showing Connie in matching suit and hat (and gloves, of course) knocking on the door of a house, while a very unpleasant-looking man peers out the window at her. $5.00 END OF CONNIE BLAIR BOOKS -- I'll try to have more Connie books soon! Meg Duncan series (Holly Beth Walker) This is a wonderful series about a "schoolgirl Sleuth," set in Virginia. Other than the setting, these books remind me of Trixie's or Robin Kane's or a few of the other series from that wonderful era of sweet, mild, friendly girl detectives! The books started out in hardcover editions, with very pretty picture covers. Then they came out in nice paperbacks with different, but also attractive, pictures on the covers. If you like YA mysteries and Siamese cats, you can't help loving the Meg books. I hope to have more Meg books soon. Meg Duncan #1 -- The Disappearing Diamonds. 1964. First in this nice series. Cover shows Meg with her black braids and beautiful Siamese cat. Meg and her friend Kerry go to a tea party at the home of a very rich lady who wants to show her fabulous diamonds to her guests. You can guess what happens to them, from the title! Meg sets out on her first detecting adventure. HB, good condition, $3.00 Meg Duncan #2, Secret of the Witch's Stairway. Meg, Kerry, Uncle Hal, and the cute Siamese cat, all work together to help an old couple who remind one of the Baldwin Sisters on The Waltons, except they sell eggs, not "recipe." There is a fabulous doll collection, and a Civil War diary that might provide a clue to where the treasure might be. Oh, how could you resist this one?! PB, in pretty good condition, $2.50 Meg #2, Witch's Stairway, hardcover with picture cover (contemporary scene of girls and uncle in a beautiful Rolls Royce, back cover scene of Colonial-dressed people.) Nice condition. $3.50 Meg #3, The Treasure Nobody saw -- HB in good condition! $2.50 Meg is lonely with her best friend away for the summer. During a terrible storm, she sees a figure in white entering the empty house next door! That's all it takes for Meg to be neck-deep in another myster, this time right there in her own neighborhood in Virginia. Complete with danger and new friends. Meg #3 The treasure nobody saw -- PB in good condition, too! $1.50 Meg #4, Ghost of Hidden Springs 1970. Meg and her uncle are on a picnic near the old mansion, when they have proof that it's haunted -- or is it their imagination? That's the big question in this book, and the cover is a good clue to how interesting the story is. Front cover shows Meg and her friend in costumes from the plantation days (long dresses with pantaloons.) The back cover shows them in modern clothes, looking at an antique picture of people in clothes from the era that the front cover is imitating. HB, pretty good condition! $2.75 Meg Duncan #6, Mystery in Williamsburg (1972) Meg and her friend solve a dangerous mystery while dressed in Colonial garb and helping at a toy show in Williamsburg. You'll like it especially well if you like old dolls and dollhouses. HB, very good cond, $4.00 MORE OF THE NEVER-ENDING LIST OF SERIES BOOKS! Robin Kane Series (Eileen Hill) mid-1960s. These books are very much like the Trixie Beldens, as they are about a group of kids who have fun and solve mysteries, ride horses, and generally have a wonderful time. Like Trixie, Robin's best friend is rich, while she and her family live a middle-class life (though they feel poor, maybe in contrast with her friends.) There are superficial differences from the Trixies, such as the California setting rather than Hudson River area. I think that if there were 39 Robin Kanes, this series would be every bit as popular as Trixie. The real author is Nicolete Meredith Stack, who also wrote some of the Trixies and some very good Maltshop type books. Some Robin Kane books: #1 -- Mystery of the Blue Pelican, 1966. The kids get to act in a movie with one of their favorite stars (thanks to Mindy's father.) Mystery and danger crop up, and Robin leads the assult on these problems. Nice cover picture if you aren't afraid of heights (a canyon, but also a beautiful redwood forest with a cabin under the trees, and Robin leading Nugget, her palomino.) Good condition, $2.50 #2 Mystery of the Phantom, 1966 This book got good reviews in a recent article in The Whispered Watchword! Really nice California setting, and some interesting characters throughout. Fairly good condition -- $2 (several copies available) #3 -- Mystery of Glengary Castle. The creepy cover picture is a good indication of the very good story inside! It looks exactly like a site on the Southern CA shore where we used to walk when my parents lived there and were agile enough to climb a bit. Except for the castle -- unfortunately there wasn't a castle where we hiked! Robin and Mindy have to figure out what's causing an apparent haunting in the castle, so Mindy's father can use it as a movie set. HB, PC, pretty good condition, $3.00 The Ranch Girls series. The ranch is in Wyoming, but as usual in these very old series, the girls soon branch out and travel, first in the SW, then later in Europe. I'll try to add some Ranch girls books very soon! END OF SERIES BOOKS FOR SALE. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ __________________________________________________________________________________ REFERENCE BOOKS TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE SOCIAL LIFE OR AUTHORS FROM THE ERA WHEN MANY OF OUR FAVORITE BOOKS WERE WRITTEN! AND A FEW OTHER REFERENCES FROM MORE MODERN TIMES. YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN LOOKING AT THE NONFICTION SECTION OF THIS LIST, WHERE THERE ARE BIOGRAPHIES AND BOOKS ABOUT AUTHORS WHO WROTE FOR YOUNG READERS. Just for Fun: A collection of Games and Entertainments for use in Home and Church. IHelen J. Currier) 1916. This is a quaint and attractive book with chapters of games for parties, camp, church entertainments. Plays, quizzes, puzzles, riddles, songs, Christmas parties -- I could go on and on! Bright red book looks a lot like letters, has gold lettering, and a red witch riding past a golden lantern. If you love the older series books, like Patty Fairfield and Marjorie Dean, you'll be reading about elaborate parties -- here's the book that these series book characters probably consulted. HB, $2.50 Children's Plays from Favorite Stories (edited by Sylvia E. Kamerman) "Royalty-free Dramatizations of Fables, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Legends." 1959 and 1970. A huge book! There are 50 plays, all written for children in lower and middle grades of school. Some of the familiar stories dramatized in this book -- Princess and the Pea, Three Little Kittens, Robin Hood, Pandora's Box -- you get the idea! Some of the stories are less familiar to us, maybe from other cultures, or other times, but all of them would be very interesting for school-age children. 582 pages, with a long section of production ideas, costumes, lighting, etc. HB, XL, very good DJ, $4.00 MORE REFERENCE BOOKS -- Singer Sewing Skills Reference Book, 1955. A large PB that teaches techniques of sewing the types of clothes that we wore back in the Maltshop years. There are lots of small sketches of people wearing the types of clothes that they're teaching you about (even one in a bridal gown, if you look closely!) This was someone's home ec manual, so there are notes written in some of the exercises, but otherwise, the folio is in great condition for being 50 or so years old. If you're interested in how really fine clothes were tailored, or if you need to make costumes for the Maltshop era, this is your book. $2.00 Play a Part (Bernice Wells Carlson) 1970. There are quite a few plays, puppet plays, and "playlets" in this book, but it's more than that. Instructions, suggestions, and fun! Also a glossary and a bibliography. Cute illustrations. HB, XL, PC, $2.50 That Girl in your Mirror (Vonda Kay Van Dyke) She was Miss America in 1965, and she'd like to tell you what teens of that era needed to know! On the cover it says that she talks sense to every girl about popularity, poise, faith, dating, goals and individuality. From the picture, I wouldn't take advice from her about hair styles, but that was 1965! HB, DJ, $2.00 Special Plays for Holidays -- a Collection of One-Act Plays for Young People. (Helen Louise Miller) 1986. 15 short plays for young people of varying levels of acting ability (according to the introduction.) Plays for quite a few holidays, and even one for Book Week! Suggestions for props, costumes, and sets. Hefty PB, XL, but in good condition, $2.50 MORE REFERENCE BOOKS! Best Books for Children, A Lively, Opinionated Guide, for listeners and readers from birth to Age 14 (this is the title and some of the description from the front cover of this very large paperback book.) By Valerie V. Lewis and Walter M. Mayes. 1998. See if you agree with these authors' opinions -- I'll warn you in advance that our beloved series books do NOT form a big part of these lists! That's MY opinion, for what it's worth. Otherwise, a very, very interesting book of about 700 pages! Huge PB, XL, $2.75 Dear Gay Head: Questions from the Mail Box, answered by Gay Head. This cute little book answers questions mailed to various teen and slightly pre-teen magazines in the 1950s -- the era of our favorite Maltshop books. Dates, school, clothes, family, all the things that concern kids the most. PB, a little old but I'm not kidding when I say it's cute! $1.50 You're Asking Me? Questions from the Mail Box (Gay Head) 1958. Small PB Teen Aged Book Club (TAB) with chapters about families, dating, proms, the future, etc. Also a section of quizzes (for example, "Do you use deodorant after you bathe? ... Do you often have original ideas? ... Can you say NO to a goodnight kiss, and still leave your date feeling happy?" PB $2.00 _________________________________________________________________ "MALTSHOP BOOKS" --TEEN NOVELS FROM THE NOSTALGIA YEARS, AND OTHER GIRLS' ROMANCES AND NOVELS OF THE LAST 65 YEARS!!! Please note that I have mixed hardcover and paperback books in this portion of the list. There will be an indication of whether it is HB or PB Nancy Paschal wrote a lot of Maltshoppy type books, all of them really, really good!!! They usually involve a career, a bit of mystery, and a romantic situation. I'd love to have more Paschal books for you in the future. Big Doc's Girl (Mary Medearis) 1950. Yes, it's about a teen girl whose father is a doctor! And it's about (as the blurb inside the cover says) "boys, parties, dates, young love... laughter and tears." What more could you ask for? PB, with a nice cover picture of the girl sitting on a dock, with a man (hard to tell if it's "Big doc" or a handsome teen at that distance) and a horse in the background. PB, good cond, $2.00 The Charmed Circle (Dorothea J. Snow) 1962. She's starting High School, with a very low opinion of herself and her looks. Her best friend has moved away. Worse, her stellar older sister is going to be in the same school with her, for the first time in years. How on earth will she make a place for herself in The Charmed Circle? Or does she really want to? if this book weren't so much fun to read, it would be practically a handbook for the new high-schooler! All the mistakes, small triumphs, and growing-up. HB, PC, good condition, $4.00 THE FOLLOWING MALTSHOP TYPE BOOKS ARE BY BETTY CAVANNA BETTY CAVANNA, who died a few years ago, was one of the most popular teen authors from the 1940's through the 1960's. She is still extremely popular with all of us who love the "MALTSHOP" type of book. Her earlier books are absolutely wonderful, perfect reading for nostalgia and simple romance. Later, she wrote a lot of mysteries, including the Connie Blair series under a pen name. Every collector of old girl's novels ought to have every Cavanna title! And you can afford them at these prices! Puppy Stakes (Cavanna) 1943. I think this is Cavanna's first book, but many of her best traits are already developed here. A lonely girl goes to stay with her relatives while her mother joins her Army father. Surprise -- her arrival is upstaged by the family dog, who has puppies at the same time. In fact, it turns out to be the pups who give her comfort and a consuming interest. This is very much a story of the times when it was written, with English refugee children coming to stay until it's safe to go home, scrap-metal drives and all. But it's also a story that stands up beautifully so many years later that I can barely believe all the time that's passed since it was new. HB, XL, book somewhat worn but sturdy with a laser copy of our beautiful dust jacket (lovely girl with a litter of puppies.) Also picture cover on the hardcover. $4.00 Puppy Stakes (Cavanna) Free with another Cavanna book. PB -- worn paperback with loose cover. But good enough for at least one more reading. Girls Can Dream, Too (Original Title, A Girl can Dream) Betty Cavanna, 1948. Girl enters a contest at her high school -- and wins the prize of flying lessons. She gets a lot of teasing and even anger at this unladylike activity, but she is determined. Scholastic PB, fairly good cond, $1.75 The Black Spaniel Mystery (Cavanna) 1945. This very early Cavanna is irresistible! Twins, a boy and a girl, find 2 cocker spaniels, which are claimed by a mean neighbor. Just about the same time, they meet a girl who claims that these dogs are hers. The mean neighbor is very rich, the girl is on the edge of poverty. How could the dogs be hers? Underhanded deals, cruelty, and danger. Super story! PB in fair condition, the only real flaws are a stain extending down the back of the spine and across the bottom of the back cover, plus some puckering of the interior pages. The book was damp at some point, but looks good and is very readable anyway. $2.50 Banner Year (Cavanna) 1987. Back cover says -- Cindy Foster's in Love! OK, it's a horse that she's in love with, but eventually there is a boy in the story, too. Nice Martha's Vinyard setting, can't get much better than that! PB, very good condition, $2.00 MORE BETTY CAVANNA BOOKS FOR YOU! Paintbox Summer (Cavanna} 1949. Paperback copy of this very much-loved book. It's the story of a protected and pampered girl who gets a chance to spend the summer at the Cape Cod shop/studio of Peter Hunt, a real artist who employed young artists to hand-decorate furniture and decorator items that were extremely popular at the time (and very valuable "antiques" now.) She loves her new freedom and the companionship of the other young people. Reminiscent of The Seagulls Woke Me, though that one is by Mary Stolz. Both tell about girls whose parents were smothering them, who needed to learn to live independently and develop easier relationships with other teens. As you might imagine, this book is full of Peter Hunt decorations, though the cover of the PB copy has pictures by another artist. It's nice, though! Nice picture of Peter Hunt and Betty Cavanna on the back cover, and a little information about how the book came to be written. You'll love it! PB, good condition, $4.50 Paintbox Summer (Cavanna) see description above. This one is a hardcover copy, in good condition, with a very good dust jacket, too. Rare to find such a nice copy of this very popular book! $10.00 MORE BOOKS BY BETTY CAVANNA Love, Laurie (Cavanna) 1953. Girl's mother has died, she and her father decide to build a new house where there aren't all those memories. Then the father has to go away on a business trip, and the girl has to oversee the construction project. So interesting to learn, with her, about planning and working on a new house. And some of the young men who work on the house are... well, also interesting! Really nice story. Berkley Highland paperback edition, good cond, $2.00 Love, Laurie (Cavanna) 1953. hardcover book is quite worn, but perfectly readable. I've covered it with a laser copy DJ showing the girl in front of the house (under construction) with one of her admirers leaning on the brick wall with a happy expression on his cute face. HB, XL, LDJ, $3.00 Jenny Kimura (Betty Cavanna) 1964. Using her own experiences to help make this authentic, Cavanna writes about a dear young girl from Japan who comes to spend the summer in the United States with her American grandmother. Grandma doesn't seem to approve of anything Jenny does, and seems a very unbending character. The mother of an American boy who falls for Jenny, also is biased against her. I hate to think that these 2 women are typical, but maybe it was a less tolerant age? "In this.. story Jenny compares Kansas City and then Cape Cod to her home in Tokyo, giving readers the... opportunity to see their country through another's eyes...." Fortunately the story is far from sad or serious -- it's lovely in places, and full of romance. Very clean copy in excellent condition -- it was in a library, but the slip indicates that it was only borrowed once. Some library patrons missed a very good story! Dust jacket in excellent condition, too. $6.00 Mystery in Marrakech (Cavanna) 1968. Very nice copy of this hardcover book with a dust jacket. The book is in especially nice condition, the DJ has a library sticker at the bottom of the spine, but it looks as if no one ever read the book! The cover has an intriguing picture, Morrocans in robes and turbans, jeweled background, and 3 American-looking young people in the foreground. This is the story of a girl who goes to Morroco with a roommate and roommate's brother. When the other girl is kidnapped, the girl and the brother take "an anxious trip across the rugged Atlas Mountains to find help" as it's described on the front flap. They see ancient sites, and face danger while always having a good time, as Cavanna's girls always do! As all good Maltshop books, this one has more than a hint of romance! And as all my very favorite Maltshops do, it ends with a Christmas scene -- this time back home in Connecticut. HB in great condition, with very good DJ. $6.00 A Time for Tenderness (Cavanna) 1962. Takes place in Rio, Brazil, where a family from North Carolina is spending a year while the father does some work there. The young boy quickly adjusts to the mixing of several races, and the girl eventually falls in love with a Brazilian, but the mother has a hard time with all this. Then the girl starts to volunteer at a clinic for the poor -- and how do you think her mother feels about her tending filthy, neglected babies among other tasks? A very unusual book, but full of the human interest that pervades all Cavanna's works, romantic twists, family interaction. HB, with very nice picture cover, all in very good condition. $4.00 More Betty Cavanna books -- Joyride (Betty Cavanna) 1974. It was the roaring 20s, and teens were on a joyride without thinking of the future. The girl in this story is mainly an observer of the ride her classmates are taking, as she is shy, somewhat disabled, and worried about whether she'll ever find love. Very entertaining look at teens who seem to be acting a lot like the 1950s teens Cavanna usually wrote about. HB, XL, with good DJ. $4.00 Ruffles and Drums (Cavanna) 1975. One of Cavanna's few historical novels. Takes place in the midst of the Revolution, right there in Concord MA. Romantic, probably as authentic as you will ever come across (Cavanna lived in Concord herself, and loved to do research.) HB, particularly good condition, with a very good DJ. $4.00 Boy Next Door (Cavanna) 1956. What can I say? It's a Cavanna from her best Maltshop period -- from the best of the Maltshop era, actually! He's only The Boy Next Door, the boy she played with when they were both kids, certainly not someone she could possibly have any romantic ideas about! She could date much more interesting people, and she wouldn't mind at al lif he dated interesting girls, right? Well, you know the answer, but reading Cavanna's take on this wonderfully familiar plot, is a comforting and loveable experience. HB, XL with a dust jacket over a picture cover. The interesting thing is that they have different pictures! Neither picture is from the original edition, but the one on the dust jacket is quite appropriate. The picture printed on the book itself, is my least favorite of the cover art for this book, but it's interesting to see it (it's from the last hardcover edition, I think) and you can leave the pretty DJ over it. Good condition Hb with good cond DJ. $5.00 Lasso Your Heart (Cavanna) 1952. Not only a really good book to read, but also it has one of the most interesting DJ pictures of all Cavanna's books. The title is written within a lasso or larriet, and under it, in cowhide brown, is a picture of a cowboy with 10-gallon-hat and guitar, and a girl dressed in what probably was a fashionable square-dance outfit at that time. Girl and her cousins visit each other, the ranch girl trying to fit in at her rich cousin's debut, then the city girl learning how much she loved living on the ranch. Cavanna was the greatest maltshop writer (don't try to argue with me -- she WAS!!!) so this story is about a lot more than that, and a lot of surprises. Oh, and the endpapers show beautiful scenes of ranch life. HB, DJ, very good condition. $5.00 Lasso your Heart (Cavanna) HB, personal copy with DJ, all in fairly good condition. Best Loved Girls' Books edition. $3.00 MORE BETTY CAVANNA BOOKS COMING ALONG' Mystery on Safari (Cavanna) 1970. Kim's grandmother is a cool character, who persuades the headmistress of the girls' boarding school that Kim can go on an African safari during the school year. It's the trip of a lifetime, but it's marred by the realization that someone is poaching and killing precious animals. When I think about this book, I have a vision of the girl and a boy that she meets on the trip, sitting on the 2nd story deck at night, watching the animals drink at the oasis beneath the deck. Very romantic -- very scary! The mystery is dangerous and serious, not a kiddie story -- but just right for teens, and something of a Maltshop for us. HB, XL, with an exciting printed picture cover (not for the squeamish, but probably very realistic.) $4.00 Mystery on Safari (Cavanna) This copy has a very good DJ with the same wild animal cover picture (Range Rover in the background) XL, HB, very good cond, $5.00 Mystery of the Emerald Buddha (Cavanna) 1976. Girl and her photographer father, go to Bangkok to get photos for an art book. Complicating the situation -- the girl barely knows her father, as he's done a great deal of traveling, while she's lived in a French boarding school. She's in for a big change now! And then there's that mystery to solve! Exciting, exotic, but with the usual Cavanna touch that makes you feel as if you could be that girl yourself, things like her getting sick and having to understand a doctor who doesn't speak English or French! HB, XL, with a very colorful and clever dust jacket, all in good condition. $4.00 STILL MORE BETTY CAVANNA BOOKS! Spurs for Suzanna (Cavanna) 1947. This is one of her early, really great, books! Suzanna is a city girl, living the good life, maybe a bit spoiled. Does she need a "spur" to get her going? Well, things are a little unsettled in her family, so she is sent to spend the summer in the country with a big and busy family. There, she has to take responsibility, learn to put up with teasing. But there are compensations -- mainly beautiful horses to ride and train -- and maybe a small romantic interest in one of the country cousins??? HB, XL, fairly worn copy. Has a laser copy of my original DJ, which has a very colorful and exciting picture of 3 riders jumping a fence. $4.00 Spurs for Suzanna (Cavanna) paperback copy, fairly good condition, nice vintage cover on this small Scholastic edition. $2.00 Angel on Skis (Cavanna) 1957. The 3 divisions of this book take Angela from age 14 to 16, and tells about her mother's purchase of a ski lodge in Vermont, the work and fun of running it, and Angel's determination to learn to ski. She didn't have any spare money, so this took a lot of time. On the way, you will enjoy the family, and their new venture. And did I mention a light, typically Cavanna,romance? This hardcover personally-owned (not library) copy is in excellent condition and has a laser copy of the original DJ, showing the face of a beautiful girl, background of a snowy mountain, ski lodge in the distance, and of course a good-looking young man skiing down the mountain. $4.50 PB copy of Angel on Skis in good condition. $2.00 (2 copies available) Even more Betty Cavanna Books --- Every Maltshop collector should have a copy of Going on Sixteen, it's just about the definition of the late 40's teen novel! School life, family, dogs, clothes, dates, a little sweet romance. It's a wonderful early (1946) Maltshop type book. Going on Sixteen -- personal copy, good condition, with a nice laser copy of the original DJ. $4.50 (2) PB copy of Going on Sixteen in good condition, with girl, dogs, and a tree, on the cover. $2.00 (2) END OF THE BOOKS BY BETTY CAVANNA. NOW FOR THE CAREER-ROMANCES! ---------------------------------------------------- CAREER-ROMANCES... and other career novels! ...And I want to apologize in advance if there are very few books left in this category by the time you get to it. They sell out FAST FAST FAST! Sometimes even before I have time to delete the titles. I almost never sell a book from this category if I don't have another copy of it in my own collection! They are a wonderful adjunct to your Maltshop books, as they have the same appeal, while also being accurate descriptions of what it's like to work in a specific occupation (at least at the time they were written.) Check out some of the Maltshop authors for more career-romance, though not officially designated as that category. Jan Nickerson is a good one to look at, and if there are ever any books by Marjory Hall. Cavanna does well with that sort of subject, and so does Marjorie Holmes, and --- and --- Just take a look! Candy Stripers (Lee Wyndham) 1958. Girl volunteers at a hospital as a Candy Striper, and learns a great deal -- including some hints about what she may decide to study after she graduates from HS. Romance, yes, Career, definitely. HB with a very nice cover picture showing several aspects of her job, plus a vibrant picture of Bonnie in her Candy-Striped uniform. HB, XL, attractive book in fairly good condition. $4.00 The Lucia Bride (Louise Bergstrom) 1991 -- WARNING -- this is a "modern" career-romance, not one of the ones we love from the 1940s-1960s. However, it is billed as an Avalon Career Romance, so take a chance and see if you like this genre. The girl is a professional tour guide who travels all over the world. This book, part mystery, part romance, part career story, tells of the girl's search for the artist who painted the picture of herself dressed in the traditional Norwegian St Lucia bride with the crown of candles on her head. If you enjoy travel around the US, and a good mystery -- try it! HB in good condition, with a good DJ. $2.50 Mary Ellis, Student Nurse, sequel to A Cap for Mary Ellis. 1958. Her 2nd year in nurse training, and there are plenty of things to learn, some of them to learn the hard way. There's enough lighthearted student fun and romance, to make this short series quite exceptional. HB, XL, good printed picture cover, very good cond. $4.50 Hold Fast to your Dreams (Catherine Blanton) 1967. The career is ballet dancing. "She is prepared to face every hardship .. if it means getting nearer to her goal -- but what is she to do about an open attack because her skin is brown?" She loves dancing, and most of the story is about her training and her career. Paperback copy of Hold Fast to your Dreams -- $2.50 MORE CAREER-ROMANCE BOOKS! A campaign for Pam (Teresa Holloway) 1970. A girl who is doing temp work, joins the political campaign for a senator, and learns a whole lot about politics -- dirty and otherwise. And about the would-be senator, too! PB in pretty good condition, $1.50 2-book set of the books about Mary Ellis by Hope Newell. They're both Berkley Highland paperback editions, but one is library-bound as a small hardcover. The 2 books are A Cap for Mary Ellis, and Mary Ellis, Student Nurse. They're in good condition, and each one has a pretty picture of Mary on the cover. Both books for $5.00 Dr Kildare Takes Charge (Max Brand) Remember Dt Kildare? I used to watch that show a lot, though I liked Ben Casey even better. This one says "Kildare's choice, his career and a beautiful nurse, or the salvation of two young lovers." I bet he'll figure out a way to have all 3. Original from 1940, this Dell PB, from 1962. $2.00 Some Career-Romances are more "romance" than "Career," but they are similar to the ones that describe careers in detail. Many of these are about nurses, as this was a wildly popular genre for about 30 years from the 40s through 60s. I always enjoy reading these light novels, as they are fairly similar to Maltshops, though aimed at adult women. These "Nurse-Romances" and other adult career-romances, were very common at one time, but are getting harder to find due to their being discarded from many libraries in the past 10 or 15 years. I've read most of these, and I admit to getting drawn into the stories, many of them written by really good authors who use pen names for writing these pop-culture books. Here are some of the most interesting: More Avalon or Arcadia Romances with Careers included: Troubled Kisses (Dorothy Collett) 1984. She's a florist, he's a veterinarian. He feels that his job is important but her job should be to take care of him! There is a bit of mystery, some intrigue, and details about both of the careers. I didn't like her choice of guy, but maybe he really did change for the better in the end! HB, XL, Avalong romance in good condition with a good dust jacket. $2.50 Redheaded Nurse (Bennie C. Hall) 1960 Arcadia romance. Working on a 50-day Mediterranean cruise ship! Nursing situations, some mystery, and shpboard romance. HB in fair condition, with a good (and attractive) DJ. $1.50 And here's a BIG LIST of nurse-romances. I've read some of these, and I also have a pile of about 50 more nurse-romances to entertain me, so I'm going to let these go for now, and hope to find them again when I catch up on the rest! Nurse-romances used to be extremely popular, but somehow the genre has slipped away. You are the lucky ones to get a chance to return to the halcyon days of yore with these goodies! All paperbacks, all romantic, varying conditions. Each one will be $1.50 Hospital Hill (Adeline McElfresh) 1961. Charming old Dell pocket book edition, in fairly good condition. Cover shows tall, dark and handsome doctor looking sternly backwards, cigarette in hand (can you imagine that??? a doctor???) with the inevitable blonde in a sport convertible in the background. "The doctor had come back to the Hill to fulfill a dream that was almost shattered by reality." $1.50 Conflict for Nurse Elsa (Jeanne Bowman) "Something was vitally wrong in Port Haven Hospital, but Nurse Elsa wasn't sure she wanted to learn what it was." Southwest setting. A Nurse Involved (Peggy O'More) Very dramatic cover, with a Ben Casey look-alike doc Nurse in Acapulco (Jane Converse) Nurse Harriet Goes to Holland (Betty Neels) a Harlequin nurse romance Psychiatric Nurse (Jane Converse) Psychiatric Nurse (Fern Shepard) Yes, they both have the same title, different stories. Miss Doc (Peggy Gaddis) Ok, this one is about a doctor. They have romantic problems, too Surgical Nurse (Diana Douglas) (2 copies?) EAch of these books will cost $1.50 each. Or make me an offer on the whole batch! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ END OF CAREER-ROMANCE BOOKS -- BACK TO A VARIETY OF MALTSHOP BOOKS BY VARIOUS AUTHORS!! Never Jam Today (Carole Bolton) 1971. This isn't a true Maltshop, since it starts in 1917. But the author wrote several really nice Malts, including Christy, which is really popular and very close to the definition of a Maltshop romance. So I'm including this story of a teen who decides it's worthwhile to get into the fight for women's right to vote, despite the opposition of her father and her boyfriend. If it sounds like heavy reading, fear not! You'll sail through it and feel as if you probably would have been right there in the midst of things with Maddy and her friends. HB, XL, with DJ, all in excellent condition. $3.00 Wedding Song (Caroline Crane) 1967. Don't judge a book by its cover, because the young couple on the cover of this book look wispy and even a little kooky. What they really are is very young. They're in the midst of a summer romance, and the boy has a job that includes a little house by the lake. So of course they decide it would be fun to be married. Very romantic -- they kept it a secret for quite a while -- but since this is a book that was written at the height of the anti-young-marriage campaign, they eventually have problems. HB, XL with library picture cover, all in fairly good condition. $4.00 Julie Builds her Castle (Hila Colman) 1959. Poor Julie, her family has to move to Cape Cod (how could they do such a thing to her???) Her artist father wants to live close to the ocean, and to be where he doesn't have to conform to strict behavior norms. He embarasses Julie no end! Her father thinks she has no plans for her future, and does things just to go along with her crowd. Gradually, she begins to think for herself, which of course causes almost as many problems as she had before. But now she knows what she really wants to do -- as for the title, remember that The Cape is a great place for building castles in the sand! HB in good condition, with a laser copy of our good dustjacket. $4.50 Julie Builds her Castle (Colman) Book in good condition, with a very good DJ (back of dj is slightly stained) $5.00 Best Friend (Shirley Simon) 1964. It's one thing after another for this nearly-teen girl. Her best friend moves to a different apartment house and makes friends with another girl -- and both of them snub our girl. Then her grandmother moves in with them, and is that woman ever embarassing! This is a book for slightly younger readers then the average maltshop book, but I found it a lot of fun to read, and I've had good reviews of it from other maltshop fans. PB copy of Best Friend -- Good condition -- $2.00 (2 copies available) "Minnow" Vail (Winifred E. Wise) 1962. Well, her name is really Minna, but she loves swimming and the sea so much that people call her Minnow. This year she hopes she's old enough to be one of the glamorous mermaids at the Sea Carnival, but some people (herself included) aren't sure she's grown-up enough to do that. This may not sound like a plot for a Maltshop story, but believe me, it is! As a Whitman Teen Novel, it's part of a group of the best of Maltshop type books. Picture cover shows a very cute Gidget-type girl in rolled-up jeans, with an insert of a mermaid that looks quite a bit more sophisticated! HB, PC, in very good condition, $4.00 The Unchosen (Nan Gilbert) 1963. Gilbert wrote excellent Maltshops -- I wish there were more for you right now. In this one, 3 "unpopular" and probably fairly unlikeable girls team up and try to help each other learn to get somewhere in the social life of their High School. When this scheme actually starts to help, there is some inevitable jealousy. If your favorite Maltshop books are about trying to break into the social scene, and about teen social concerns, you'll like this book as much as I did! If I've made it sound like a bitter story, don't worry! Scholastic PB, $1.50 The Unchosen (Nan Gilbert) see description above -- this is a hardcover copy with a printed library picture cover showing 3 girls -- you won't wonder why they are "unchosen" when you see how morose and annoyed they look. Thank goodness at least one of them learns how to present herself in a much better way. And you'll have fun learning how she did just that! HB, XL, PC, $2.00 Practically Twins (Viola Rowe) 1963. Her widowed father is remarrying, and his new wife has a daughter so close in age to this girl, that she figures she's going to get not only the sister she's always wanted, but one who will practically be her twin! They will share everything (including her room.) OH BOY! What fun this will be! Of course you know what it will really be like. The cover picture shows 2 girls who look like anything but twins, and one of them doesn't look entirely happy. HB, Whitman teen novel with a printed picture cover. Good condition. $4.00 Freckled and Fourteen (Viola Rowe)1965. 14-yr-old girl doesn't want to stop being a tomboy, loves sports and doing "boy stuff." Her best friends start to act silly around boys, and she just doesn't understand. Then she finds out -- I won't spoil it, but it's a big shock -- and feels as if her life is a mess. I really liked reading about how she deals with all this in a way that doesn't compromise her ideals. And it's fun to read about how she deals with her four obstreperous brothers! PB in very good condition, $2.50 MORE MALTSHOP BOOKS AHEAD Adele De Leeuw wrote lots of books, and so far, I've liked every one that I've read! She wrote good career books, Girl Scout stories, just plain Maltshop novels, and more. I certainly hope to have more books by her, very soon! Mabel Esther Allan wrote over 100 good books for young adults! Some are romances, some are more travel stories than anything else, some are mysteries. Most take place somewhere in the British Isles, but there are some taking place in Europe and a few from the US. I'll try to have more Allan books really soon. Drina Dances Alone (Jean Estoril) 1959. You might wonder why I'm listing this book along with Mabel Esther Allan's books -- well, Estoril is one of her pen names, and there are 9 Drina books about a young ballet dancer. I'm not sure how many of them made it into paperback, but this is listed as #3. Fair condition, $1.00 Romansgrove (Mabel Esther Allan) 1975. Father is advised to live in the country, after an illness, so the family moves to a wonderful estate where he's found a job. The children discover a strange secret from the past. Mysterious, lovely, set in the Cotswolds. HB, XL in very good condition, very good dust jacket. $4.50 Sometimes Magic: A Collection of Outstanding Stories for the Teenage Girl. Book was put together in 1965, but the stories are collected from many generations! Some are wonderful classics -- chapters by Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Sarah Orne Jewett. Some are humorous -- I laughed very hard over the one by Shirley Jackson. Some of them remind you very much of a Maltshop! A beautiful big book, in very good condition, and with a pretty dust jacket (a dreamy girl, lots of flowers around her!)320 pages, 22 short stories, a foreward to give you an idea of why these particular stories were chosen, and an afterword to explain why all the stories were written by women! HB, $2.50 (2 copies available) Teenager in Love -- 14 short stories about first love, originally printed in various teen magazines, mostly in the 1960s. I can't keep this book where I can see it, because I keep singing that song "Why must I be a teenager in Love?" The song is quoted at the beginning of the book, so the title is an intentional quote from the song, and some of the stories have the same bitter-sweet feeling. They are also like potato chips -- addicting, and you have to keep eating -- oops, I mean reading -- them until they're finished. Cute little Scholastic paperback. $2.75 BOOKS BY CAROL NORTON -- who wrote mysteries for girls, in the same era when Nancy Drew was getting her start. These books are large, attractive, and fascinating! If possible, I'll have more for you on the next sale list. Books by Jane D. Abbott. She wrote before the era that we think of as the "Maltshop" years, but if you like those stories, you will really enjoy the cute books by Abbott. She wrote about girls in a variety of situations and settings, but I've liked every one that I've read. They are written for the teens of the early decades of the 20th century, co they are fairly long (you get your money's worth!) but fast reading since you are eager to find out what happens next. I hope to have more books by Abbott for you very soon! MORE MALTSHOP BOOKS! Laura Cooper Rendina is the author of the popular Debbie Jones series. She wrote quite a few books about teen girls and their adventures, problems, romances, and mysteries! All with an interesting twist! I'll try to add more books by Rendina, as soon as I can. I think I've mentioned this story before -- but it is amusing to me, so I'll add it to my description of these books. When I was in 6th grade, the first book in the series (Roommates) was extremely popular. One day, a group of the most popular (bossy) 6th-grade girls surrounded me, and demanded that I return "Roommates" to the library, because THEY wanted to read it! I couldn't convince them that I did not have that book out of the library. I guess they thought I was the girl who read the most books, so who else would have borrowed it? That was in the early '50s. Love is a Blanket Word (Honor Arundel) original title, The Blanket Word. 1973 Scholastic paperback. I think of the Arundel books as British Maltshops. Sad things and happy things are happening to the girl in this book, causing her to wonder just what "Love" means. Romantic cover picture! PB, $2.00 MORE MALTSHOP TYPE BOOKS -- BEVERLY CLEARY'S MALTSHOPS are even better than her Ramona books, which are something wonderful themselves. I wish she'd written many more books for older girls, but unfortunately, she only wrote 4. Try them -- you'll discover books that are as good as Cavanna's early novels, or Emery's best. Fifteen is a true Maltshop classic! I think everyone who loves Cavanna or duJardin or Emery, should read this Cleary book, you'll be very glad you did -- and the others are very fine, too. Beverly Cleary: FIRST LOVE: A Treasury of Three Favorites. This one volume includes: Jean and Johnny Fifteen, and The Luckiest Girl. I think the 3 Maltshop novels in this volume are exact replicas of the original HB editions, and the first 2 of these books have the original BETH AND JOE KRUSH internal illustrations, which make the books even more special. Wonderful volume! There's also a long list of Cleary's many books, including the Ramona series. picture cover, big book, includes 3 unabridged novels about teens. One of the stories, The Luckiest Girl, is one of my favorite Maltshops of all. HB, $3.50 Fifteen (Beverly Cleary) 1956. All you have to do is to look at the cute cover picture of this paperback, to know what fun the book will be. Girl in signature "'50s" clothes (rolled-up jeans bobby sox, etc) sitting in a closet, talking on the phone. Girl has never had a boyfriend, but "today I'm going to meet a boy" is the first sentence in the book, and she actually makes it happen! A touching, wonderful first-love book with those unmistakable Cleary touch. PB in very good cond, $2.50 Sister of the Bride (Beverly Cleary) 1963 Girl plans on being part of a big, fancy wedding when her college-age sister gets married. Sis has other plans! Meantime, what about her own love life? Adorable story! If you love to read about wedding plans, this book will be especially entertaining for you, but the Maltshop atmosphere is strong, too. The HB is illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush, another great thing about this book! And if you've read other Cleary books (who hasn't?) you won't be surprised at the fun and humor in this one. Weddings can be funny, and so can families, especially if Beverly Cleary has something to do with them! PB fair copy $1.50 ******************************************************** Maltshoppy books by Phyllis A. Whitney. This author certainly could write well in a number of genres! Mysteries for teen readers, romances for young adults, and of course good novels for adults. In all of her books, there are central problems of family relationships, reactions to changes, and a strong sense of location -- often an unusual setting. All of these things play well in her Maltshop type books -- and I think Whitney's maltshop books are her VERY best. I'll try to add more Whitney maltshops as soon as I can! Willow Hill (Whitney) 1947. A Maltshop book that takes place during the integration of a high school. This is a paperback book made by a library service, into a very small hardcover with the PB cover as its picture cover. Looks very good. $2.00 The Highest Dream (Whitney) 1956. Girl gets a job at the UN, and figure it'll be her dream come true. Being a career-romance, of course there are complications, but overall, this is a wonderful tribute to the United Nations. and living in New York. PB book, reading condition, not bad, but corner-worn, $1.50 Better PB copy of Highest Dream -- $2.25 Linda's Homecoming (Whitney) 1950. Linda's widowed mother re-marries, and Linda has to live with her new step-father and his kids, who weren't at all nice to her. And to move to a small town after living in the apex of wonder, Manhattan? Linda had to go through a lot of trouble before she began to adapt and bring the rest of the family with her. PB, $2.00 +++++++++++++++++++++++++ MORE MALTSHOP BOOKS.... Helen Girvan wrote some of the very best "Maltshop Mysteries." Her settings are always interesting, and her heroines are often trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. If I happen to have any of her books for sale, they will be here in the Young Adult Mystery section, since I've started putting the Maltshoppy type mysteries in this area. MORE MALTSHOPPY TYPE GIRLS' BOOKS! Lavinia Davis is one of the best Maltshop authors! She could write about families, horses, mysteries! She writes about teen girls and boys equally expertly. Plenty of humor, but not laid on with a trowel! Her families are funny and interesting -- you'll love most of the families that she writes about. Nice settings, too. Janey's Fortune (Lavinia Davis) 1957. Things weren't going quite as nicely as she could wish, at home in CT, so it was probably a blessing when the letters were forwarded, inviting her to spend the summer in New Mexico. Her grandfather had died just after he made the plans for her trip, and charged her with trying to find his hidden treasure. "Fortune" had several meanings, a town, a possible bonanza, and Janey's changed outlook for her future. She found new outlook on her future, met quite a cast of interesting people, and, if you look at the beautiful dust jacket picture, she became a true Western girl. There she is, dressed in a western shirt and kerchief, jeans and a 10-gallon hat. Behind her, a ghost-town spread out, and on the other side of the picture, a smiling cowboy in his lively horse. I think Janey has a horse in the picture, too, but it's hard to make it out. Anyway, she's ready to ride! HB, with DJ, both in nearly-new condition. $6.00 Sandy's Spurs (Lavinia Davis) 1951. Written for kids just under the Maltshop age, this is a book that I liked even though I usually find horse stories a little repetitive. A boy goes to stay with a family that pretty much lives for horses, while he has no interest in them whatsoever. He does enjoy the family, and 4H, and the intriguing mystery that comes their way. A Beautiful book, with very nice illustrations by Grace Paull. I'm always fond of pictures of kids wearing clothes of the mid-20th century, cars from the same era, and a few interior scenes. There's a mystery in this comfortable book, too. Virginia setting. Laser copy of our DJ on this HB book. $5.00 Hobby Horse Hill (Lavinia R. Davis) 1939. Scholastic PB in fairish to goodish condition. Girl goes to stay at Hobby Horse Hill where everyone loves horses. She likes them OK, but it takes her a while to get quite as excited as the kids on the farm, when a new and fabulous horse arrives on the same day that she does! A very good mystery story, with lots of family life, hard work and fun, and, of course, horses! A nice vintage book, not really a maltshop, but close enough. $1.00 CONTINUING WITH MORE OF THE MALTSHOP AND SIMILAR BOOKS I love BIANCA BRADBURY's writing, and recently, one of my daughters discovered how much she loved Bradbury, too. She read 4 of them during a very short visit with us, and wants to read the others the next time she visits! There are usually several of Bradbury's books in various sections of my sale list. Those Traver Kids (Bianca Bradbury)1972. Girl's father has deserted the large family, and her mother is remarried to a man the kids really don't like, and frankly, neither will you. The kids are neglected -- and possibly in danger. It's up to the older children to rectify the situation, protect the younger ones, and possibly create a better life for themselves, too. Bradbury's books are really, really good, and catch you up in situations that you hope you'll never be in yourself, but you certainly will or do know people in similar situations. And they are realistic without being brutal. HB, with DJ, very good condition. $5.00 Love is Never Enough (Bianca Bradbury) 1971. One of my all-time FAVORITE books! It's one of those books that are trying to scare teens out of getting married until they're old enough to make a good living, finish education, etc -- but I believe these books only make the whole situation look romantic and dramatic to teens, don't you think? In this case, the guy is in college, the girl dropped out of HS because she was pregnant, and they live in a little trailer on the college campus, with the baby. Life is very tough. The story is full of domestic details, arguments and reconciliations, and of course a lot of learning about life. So interesting!!!!! This book was called A New Penny in the hardcover edition, I have no idea why the title was changed, because it was interesting and appropriate before. Paperback in very good condition, $3.00 Another PB copy of Love is Never Enough in fair condition, $1.50 Lots of Love, Lucinda (Bianca Bradbury) 1966. This Bradbury book is definitely a Maltshop, and very much also a romance! It also has a strong message for a book from the mid-1960's. Lucinda's a poor African American girl from the south, who is chosen to spend her high school years living with a Northern family, in a very affluent Connecticut suburb. It seems to us that the potential problems should be obvious, but to the teen girl in the CT family and her parents, it feels like "something we can DO to help." There are LOTS of lighthearted teen moments in the book! And you might be able to look at the growing tension between the girls as something that might happen to 2 sisters in any family, or to a couple of girls when one of them is a foreign exchange student. Of course there are a few complications that are unique to this situation, in the days when things hadn't changed quite as much as they have today. Thank goodness they have. I imagine people like the nice, average family in this story, helped make those changes happen. HB book with very nice library printed picture cover, showing the 2 teenaged girls reading a book together. $3.50 PB copy of Lots of Love, Lucinda -- very good condition, $2.00 (2 copies available) Lots of Love, lucinda, pb in poor condition, but this is a very good maltshop type book! Free with another book by Bianca Bradbury STILL MORE MALTSHOP BOOKS! Junior Miss (Sally Benson) early 40s stories.(Sally Benson)1939-1941 I think these stories appeared in magazines before they were put together into a charming maltshoppy type novel about a girl, her friends, her pets, and her family. Very funny, and very sweet. If you haven't read it, it's time you Maltshop fans did read it! Here is a beautiful hardcover copy with a DJ (moderately good cond.) The DJ picture is adorable! Pink, with an overall white flower design, there is a cute freckled girl in a fluffy white prom gown, surrounded by what we used to call "callow youths" mainly in tuxes, all obviously trying to figure out how to get the attention of a girl! Meantime, Judy looks unconcerned, her long hair in what I think was called a bob, and a pouf above her brow -- it's a period-piece for sure. There's a nice list of books "for modern boys and girls" on the back cover. I always love to read those, to figure out what books I "need" next, for my collection. By the way, Sally Bensen wrote Meet me in Saint Louis, one of the most amusing family stories I've ever read (amusing in a sly sort of way, and the present book is similarly funny!) HB, PC, good condition, nice cover graphics. $3.00 Another HB copy of Junior Miss, good condition, but the cover has white smudges here and there. HB, $2.00 MILDRED LAWRENCE is one of the unsung Maltshop greats. Some of the settings sound odd but they aren't emphasized to the extent of overshadowing the lighthearted stories. If there are no M Lawrence books at this time, I'll add more as soon as I can. MALTSHOP BOOKS BY JAN NICKERSON Nickerson was one of the finest Maltshop authors, on a par with Marjorie Hall and Betty Cavanna. She often starts by exploring a career choice, but includes lots of the best Malty aspects -- dating, family relations, "teen angst" and school situations. I hope to have more of Nickerson's books again soon! Destination: Success! (Jan Nickerson) 1959. This is a Maltshop with a very interesting premise. Self-centered girl has a high opinion of her talents. She is really mad that her boyfriend is going into the Navy instead of spending the summer after high school graduation at home having fun. So she reluctantly accepts her aunt's invitation to spend the summer helping with the aunt's project -- bringing disadvantaged but talented city girls to her country estate for a vacation from their hard lives. Our girl has plenty to learn. Very pretty DJ (though the edges are worn) showing girls in and around a pool -- a couple of boys, too, of course! Beautiful flowers floating around, and a large house in the background. HB, Best Loved Girls' Books selection, very good condition with a fairly good DJ. $4.00 Mary Jane (Dorothy Sterling) 1959. Sterling wrote a wide variety of books, including cute ones (Cub Scout and Brownie Scout Mysteries), education ones (Caves, Ferns and Mushrooms) and mysterious ones (Silver Spoon mystery and Old Post-Box Mystery.) Here she writes a semi-Maltshop, semi-dramatic book about a nice young girl who is one of the first to integrate her junior high school. It's a very good book about school, home, and friendship, as well as a poignant story that can help young teens learn that people are all brothers and sisters. HB Copy of Mary Jane, XLibrary with nice dust jacket slightly torn, but over an identical picture cover! Pretty girl looks apprehensive but hopeful, in front of a school. $2.50 MORE MALTSHOPS AND MALTSHOP-MYSTERIES!E-mail us
Sycamore Year (Mildred Lee) 1974. A rather dark love story, but very entertaining! Girl's friend has a gorgeous voice, but no confidence and a tough family life. She falls for Mr Wrong. Both girls are impacted by this friend's subsequent pregnancy. Nice family scenes, including little kids. A serious growing-up story. PB copy, $1.25 Elizabeth and the Young Stranger (Mina Lewiton) 1961. Refugee family moves to the small and narrow-minded community, and I'm sorry to say that they are not welcomed by one and all. It takes Elizabeth a long time to realize how special the young man of the family certainy is, and even then, they only see each other in private. Until her father discovers that they're "secretly dating." Lots of other aspects to this essentially Maltshoppy story, school, family, fun, planning for the future. PB in good condition, $2.00 MORE MALTSHOP BOOKS AHEAD! The Paris Hat (Mary Cunningham) 1958. To enjoy this one to the fullest, you have to understand that sometimes a teen girl will aspire to an unrealistic goal, because she has a crush on a boy! I imagine it's happened to a lot of us -- all of us? In this book, teen girl with a family full of characters and responsibilities, decides to become a ballet dancer at an "advanced age" and has quite a few adventures along the way. The Paris Hat refers to a hat in a beautiful box that's delivered to the home in advance of the arrival of her travelling brother-in-law, who helps her to see reality in a very upbeat way. Unusual but popular and lots of fun. This copy is in unusual condition itself, with a hole that was apparently bitten by the original owner's dog. Nice pup didn't chew through the text at all, just took a corner out of the pretty DJ and front cover of the book. HB, interesting condition, all for $1.00 The Paris Hat (see description above) in beautiful condition, with a lovely repo dust jacket. $5.00 Stardust for Jennifer (Jane S. McIlvaine) 1956. Girl figures this will be another summer of interesting work, dating, and fun. Then a Hollywood film company decides to make a movie in town, her boyfriend takes a job elsewhere, and her job turns out to be much more amazing than she had ever imagined. Very clever plot that you won't expect -- and a very interesting picture on the back cover of the DJ. Have fun with Jennifer! HB, Best Loved Girls' Books publication, with a laser copy of our DJ (showing lots of movie details in an unusual design, plus a girl who looks just a little star- struck.) $4.50 A Girl Called Chris (Marg Nelson) 1962. Nelson wrote several very good Maltshop type mysteries, as well as straight Maltshop romances. This is the best. It's one of those books that stick in your mind for the rest of your life, though you probably can't pinpoint exactly why. I love the feisty, ambitious girl, her willingness to work in a job that is anything but glamorous, her love for her lightweight mother and demanding sister. Nelson's books are set in the Pacific Northwest, another thing I like about them. Strongly regional, but appealing to this New Englander! HB, with a library picture cover. The book was well loved by the library patrons, so the pages are somewhat worn. You will love it, too! HB, XL, $4.00 -------------------------------------- Books by Rosamond Du Jardin -- who is one of the 3 best authors from the MALTSHOP era of books for teen girls. Her 3 series, about Marcy Rhodes, Pam and Penny Howard, and Tobey and Midge Heydon, have been reprinted beautifully, but I still like to offer these relatively inexpensive vintage paperback editions that many of us bought from Scholastic when we were in school. Terrific family scenes, social life, school, friends -- and just enough serious thinking to satisfy teachers and librarians, but not so much that it even barely starts to get too heavy! I have a dust jacket for Class Ring to give away. It's really worn but it would make your book look a little better if your copy doesn't have any DJ. Free with any book (I have to wrap it around a firm book so it won't tear.) Practically Seventeen (du Jardin) 1943/1949. First in the Tobey and Midge Heydon series. Simple problems, simpler times, or at least it seems that way from our perspective. Tobey meets all kinds of situations including first romance. The reason for the uncertain publication date is that several of the chapters appeared as magazine stories prior to the full book, which came out in 1949. I read on the back of one of Du Jardin's books, that Practically Seventeen had been printed in Japan and Sweden, and set in Braille! Practically Seventeen (du Jardin) PB with ugly cover picture, but the same really good story inside. $1.25 (2) Practically Seventeen (du Jardin) First in the Tobey and Midge Heydon series, first of du Jardin's wildly popular (and for very good reason!) teen novels. This is a hardcover copy with repro DJ. Tobey is nearly 17, hoping to have a great summer. It starts out well, with her sister's wedding, BUT then procedes to a lake vacation complete with a flirtatious visitor who likes other girls' boyfriends, including Tobey's. DJ picture is not the original art, but gives you a good idea of what happens there at the lake -- it shows a girl who looks rather sleazy if you ask me, looking sideways at a boy who is practically kneeling at her feet, while another girl, angry and sad looking, watches from the background. HB, worn but very sturdy, XL, in a laser copy DJ that looks very good. $4.00 Boy Trouble (du Jardin) 1953. As it says right on the cover, A Tobey Heydon Story. Du Jardin knows how to write about teens with a lot of humor but not so much that it sounds condescending. The summer between high school and college, with a job, a visit from another "blonde bombshell" and a Art Colony at the lake where the family always goes for vacation. And of course lots of boy trouble (remember the title?) Cover gives a little hint -- sailor boy arm in arm with Tobey, while Brose looks on from the background with what can only be called a scowl on his face. HB with PC, XL in excellent condition, with an added laser copy DJ -- the whole thing looks wonderful. $7.00 Showboat Summer (du Jardin) 1955. Third book in the series about Penny and Pam, who starred in Double Date and Double Feature. They work on a river showboat during a college summer vacation. Can their romances stand separation in one case, and propinquity in the other? HB, XL, fairly good condition. Laser copy DJ shows the twins on board, with a pretty river background, practicing their parts in the show. HB, LDJ, $5.00 One of the Crowd (du Jardin) 1961. When her best friend and her steady date are both far away, Midge Heydon, HS sophomore, is drawn into a group of too-sophisticated friends. Like almost everyone, she wants to be part of some group of friends, but should she lose her own personality? HB, XL, in fairly good condition, with a repro DJ that is quite unusual -- all white background, with black line-drawings and touches of red. Attractive and surprising. $4.00 ----------------------------------------------- ***The Following entries are Whitman Authorized editions. Good, fanciful, often mysterious stories, supposedly about famous actresses or comic strip characters. Some are about TV characters or shows, others are about young women who were active in the armed services or the home front during WWII. Good authors! Some of these are MALTSHOPPY type stories. Lots of "atmosphere" in most of them. If you've read one of them and liked it, you'll probably like them all. I certainly do like them!!!! Many illustrations, some very artistic and romantic, some done in cartoon style. No DJs unless noted, but the books are in good condition. Some of the pages are a little fragile, due to the wartime paper they used. These Whitman Authorized editions always have wonderful cover pictures and internal illustrations. Glamour for girls in the 1940s! Ann Sheridan and the Sign of the Sphinx (Kathryn Heisenfelt, and illustrated by Henry Vallely) 1943. Described as An original story featuring Ann Sheridan, famous motion-picture star as the heroine. Well, maybe so, though I don't remember Ann Sheridan, do you? She is certainly beautiful, as the front cover photo shows, along with the sphinx! You probably remember how much I love the pictures in the books from this series. SO romantic, and I love the dresses, hair styles, and especially the hats. This is a very mysterious story, and some of the characters are really creepy! Heisenfelt was mistress of writing in ways to make things seem strange and dangerous. Very enjoyable book! It has a Dj that isn't perfect, but all of the front cover is there, with that photo of Ann, also 9/10ths of the back cover, and at least that much of the spine. The book is in good condition, and has interesting Egyptian pictures on the endpapers. $3.50 Ironside: The Picture Frame Frame-up, a Whitman Authorized Edition from 1969. I used to love that show! The cover on this hardcover book shows Raymond Burr in his wheelchair, with the 3 side-kicks that I was so fond of, on the trail of yet another evil-doer. This book is quite faithful to the show, another thing that I really like about it. Brings back memories of when there weren't all that many shows on TV -- but this was one of the best. HB, PC, good condition. $3.00 Annette books by Doris Schroeder, from 1960 through 1964. These are not really about that popular girl, "Annette" Funicello, from the Mickey Mouse Club, so very recently deceased, but about a girl based on her character, and her adventures in the Southwest. Whitmen's Authorized Editions used Annette's popularity as a draw to sell books, while giving us a really well-written series of 5 books about this girl. They pretty much follow each other in order, but can certainly be read separately if you want to. The covers are very lovely, showing that pretty girl that so many young teen boys had crushes on, each one in a different situation. Two of them feature horses, one has her in a little sailboat, and there's an Elvis-look-alike on the back cover of the 4th. Each book has a picture cover that wraps all around from front to back. Nice-looking series, though they suffer as all the typical Whitman PC "cello" type books -- with weak bindings and mono-color interior pictures. I'll try to have more Annette books soon! Annette and the Mystery at Smugglers' Cove (Doris Schroeder) 1963. Good condition! $3.50 Annette: Mystery at Medicine Wheel (Doris Schroeder) 1964. Annette spends more than she was supposed to spend on a prom dress, and her guardian decides she needs to learn about earning and budgetting money. She gets a job at a "guest ranch" in Wyoming, and learns more than her uncle/guardian had even hoped for. There are plenty of problems, but this girl was as resourceful and smart and nice as the Mousketeer that the character was modeled on. HB in good condition, with a picture cover showing horses on a trail ride, and that beautiful Annette that all the boys fell in love with. $4.00 Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, "Based on the Comic Strip by Russell Stamm." Wonderful pictures, especially the DJ picture of a voluptuous young lady walking beside a shadow of herself, background of a dark cityscape. Scarlet uses her gift of invisibility to help people who need her. This beautiful book tells about one of her best adventures. Book in fairly good condition, Laser DJ that looks really nice -- and on the back of the DJ, a long list of other Whitman Mystery and Adventure Stories, so you can check to see how many you still need. $4.50 MORE WHITMAN AUTHORIZED EDITIONS, MOSTLY SOMEWHAT "MALTSHOPPY" Janet Lennon at Camp Calamity -- subtitled, Singing Star from the Lawrence Welk Show, but in this story she is just Janet, a camp counselor at a camp that's NOT really named Calamity, but that's what it turns out to be when a rich camper is kidnapped, and Janet has to help figure out where she can be. Most of us love stories with a summer-camp background, and this is a very good one. Front cover shows Janet helping a girl learn to float in the pool, and back cover shows a dream-come-true log lodge, with many log cabins around, and in the background, trees, green hills, and high, snow-topped mountains. Let's have a PF meeting there very soon! Good cond, which isn't always the case for this series of Whitman Authorized TV Adventures. $3.50 Janet Lennon and the Angels ("Singing Star from the Lawrence Welk TV show" as subtitle) Fourth in a 4-book series about Janet and her sisters, who are presented as singers who are not working at the time the books take place. They're on vacation, or visiting friends. They are all mysteries, in the mold of the Schoolgirl Sleuths. In this one, Janet goes to a ranch, where she spends most of her timw with a Mexican-American family, the Angels. Such a beautiful cover picture -- Janet in a colorful and wide skirt with frilly blouse, by a fireplace, and next to a very handsome young man! HB, picture cover, Whitman Authorized TV Edition, good condition. $3.50 Janet Lennon: Adventure at Two Rivers (1961) The singing girls go on separate vacations. Janet's vacation takes her to a dude ranch belonging to relatives. Too late, she finds that the ranch is decrepit and actually dangerous, and someone is trying to drive her relatives off the land. From the beautiful cover pictures, you can tell that it's not all detecting and danger -- front cover shows Janet on a beautiful horse, and back cover shows square dancing and a darling puppy, as well as another rider, handsome male variety this time. HB, Whitman TV authorized adventure. Nice condition. $3.00 The Lennon Sisters: The Secret of Holiday Island. 1960. The sisters' father is thinking of buying a ranch, so the family goes to the ranch (on an island) to see if they'd like to buy it as a vacation home. Book is in good condition, with each of the girls' photo on the cover, looking like snapshots in an album, with those wonderful old photo corners holding the pictures in the album. Book in good condition, with a nice printed picture cover -- back cover has Janet's handwritten map of Holiday Island. HB, PC, $3.00 MORE MALTSHOPPY WHITMAN OR WHITMAN AUTHORIZED EDITIONS AHEAD! Ann Rutherford --This cover shows a very, very creepy dark house against a navy blue sky, with lights showing through a few windows and bright red shadows! Also, there's a framed picture of Ann Rutherford, I don't know anything about her, except that the title page says she's "a famous motion picure player." Written by the very talented Kathryn Heisenfelt and illustrated by the equally talented Henry E. Vallely. Book in fairly good cond, with a nice laser copy of the original dust jacket. $4.50 Winnie Winkle and the Diamond Heirloom (1946. "An original story Based on Morton Branner's famous newspaper strip." I used to read this comim strip as a kid. As the front DJ flap says, Winnie was the typical ofice girl and fashion plate of the comic strips. This is a mystery that pulls out all the stops -- Winnie is about to start on her well-deserved vacation when an old friend calls, in tears, asking her to help with a complicated situation. Off goes Winnie, and things are never the same again. Front cover has a picture of Winnie in a frame, next to a huge bag spilling out diamonds and various other jewels. Lots of good pictures, and a very exciting mystery. HB with DJ, both in fairly good condition. HB, DJ, $4.00 Joyce of the Secret Squadron, a Captain Midnight Adventure, 1942. Based on a popular radio series. Joyce is part of Secret Squadron, "an unofficial organization that served as an auxiliary intelligence and air arm for the United States." Headquarters for this adventure are on island 542 somewhere in the Pacific. It's amazing how many girls in these exciting Whitman stories, are responsible for saving the world for democracy. And they invent wonders like the Codograph, and find time to look very, very glamorous (there are a lot of pictures in these Whitman books.) There's humor and romance, entirely a book that's full of escapist fun to read! HB in average condition for these vintage Whitmans, which is fair-to-good, with laser copy of the dust jacket, showing Captain Midnight in his black suit, Joyce Ryan with "as she appears in the radio series" under her picture, and a couple of airplanes. $4.50 Patty Duke and Mystery Mansion (Whitman Authorized TV adventure) Good mystery, Beautiful Patty Duke picture cover. HB, not bad condition.$2.00 Patty Duke and Mystery Mansion in very good condition. $3.00 Deanna Durbin and the Feather of Flame MORE WHITMAN MALTSHOP-TYPE BOOKS Nina and Skeezix of "Gasoline Alley" and the Problem of the Lost Ring (Frank King) 1942. I remember when Gasoline Alley -- often called Nina and Skeezix, was a regular comic strip every day in the newspaper. The many cute pictures in this book are straight from the comic strip, but the story is more romantic, much longer, more detailed, and very exciting. I'm not sure whether the original owner colored in a lot of the pictures, or if they came that way -- they look very good, anyway. Others of the pictures are black and white as if from a newspaper of the '40s. HB, good condition for a Whitman authorized book, $2.50 April Kane and the Dragon Lady -- A Terry and the Pirates Adventure. "A story based on the Famous newspaper Strip Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff.: All this is on the title page! From 1942, you'd have to have been there to know what a popular comic strip this was. These weren't the types of pirates that sailed on a pirate ship and made their victims walk the plank, but they're just as dangerous and this particular book, of course, takes place during WWII. Of course, is a beautiful young lady, as the large picture on the cover shows, and Terry needs her help! The main cover picture shows a weeping being confronted by The Dragon Lady. Around the larger picture, there are 4 smaller pictures of the other characters in the story. Book is in good condition, with 2 slightly torn pages the only flaws that I notice, plus the usual weak hinges. Very nice dust jacket on this HB book. $4.50 MORE WHITMAN AUTHORIZED EDITIONS AHEAD! These are mostly from TV shows, Westerns, humor, etc, rather than the Maltshop type stories. Quiz Kids and the Crazy Question Mystery. There actually was a Quiz Kids program, a radio favorite at the time this book was written (1946.) I don't know whether the kids really did get together and solve mysteries, but if they did, this is what those super-smart kids would have done! From front flap "they are fun-loving boys and girls who do... the same things all boys and girls their age enjoy, from drinking double malteds to picking up a clue and tracking it down." So -- it's really a Maltshop, isn't it! Nice condition book with interesting map endpapers, and a good copy of the original DJ. Back cover has a long list of Whitman "Mystery and Adventure Stories for Girls and Boys" for you to look for. $5.00 Annie Oakley in Danger at Diablo (Doris Schroeder) Whitman authorized edition, story featuring Annie Oakley "of the Famous Television Show." Actually, it's a very nice story about Annie and a young boy and adventure. Very nice cover picture of Annie in her Western regalia, flourishing a pistol. Back cover picture of a Western town and the boy in a big hurry. HB, PC, pretty good cond for one of these books that were made of cheap materials. $2.00 The Beverly Hillbillies: The Saga of Wildcat Creek. 1963. By Doris Schroeder. Front and back covers show the Hillbillies looking just as you remember them, with a swimming pool (or is it?) in the back yard. Good condition. $2.00 Books in the Whitman Fighters for Freedom Series weren't anything like the grim stories that you might imagine. They are wonderful stories about girls in various aspects of the war effort in the early '40s, something on the line of the Cherry Ames books from that era. There are books about Army Nurse, Canteen Girl, Sandra of the Girl Orchestra, etc. I'll try to have more of this interesting series very soon. Sandra of the Girl Orchestra (Ruby Radford) 1946. And example of the excellent authors who wrote these Whitman books in the 1940s. Radford also wrote mysteries, romances, and all kinds of books for young people and adults. This one is a special favorite of mine because of the musical theme. I did find out that there were "girl orchestras" on the home front during WWII because so many of the big bands were off entertaining the troops. Like so many of Radford's books, this one is replete with mystery, as well as about a girl who is pursuing a career. Her valuable old violin is the center of both parts of the story -- and of course there's plenty of romance. HB in good condition, artistic picture on the very good DJ, showing a small framed picture of Sandra, and a large view of the unusual violin. $4.50 ***End of Whitman and/or Whitman authorized editions.*** *************************************** RETURNING TO THE MALTSHOP BOOK AFTER LISTING THE WHITMAN BOOKS! Mystery in Mission Valley (Grace and Olive Barnett) 1947. I've done some searching to try to find out who these authors are, but there isn't much to be found. Are they sisters? Mother and daughter? Or even a married team, since I did find one man named "Olive" on the internet. Anyway, their books are excellent adventures, with boys and girls equally involved. In this one, the father invites a boy to spend the summer with the sister and brother, while the family builds a cabin on a very remote lake in the Montana wilderness. They rebel at the idea of being babysitters for a weakling, but they're in for one of life's big surprises! Many mysteries surround the land where the cabin is planned to be built, especially after the father has to go home to take care of an emergency. Super story for anyone who loves reading about camping, outdoors fun, teens coping with life. I just finished this book, and really loved it. Another thing about the Barnett books is that they have wonderful cover pictures that wrap all around the front and back. I wouldn't mind framing any of them. Personal copy hardcover book with dust jacket, all in good condition. $5.00 Mystery of the Missing Wallet (Grace and Olive Barnett) 1946. Not very far into this story, the missing wallet becomes important. The father of a boy and girl, has been injured in a riding accident -- or was it an accident? The doctor, an old friend, can't understand where the wallet had disappeared to. After all, it seemed very important to him, and he was never seen without it. Was there something very valuable in there? And did someone else want it enough to cause that accident? The kids have to help run the ranch while their father is recovering, a very lengthy process. And they need to figure out why their father might have been hurt by someone whom he trusted. The dust jacket is one of the Barnetts' great beauties, showing the 2 kids on horses with mountains, trees, the desert floor, boulders, and in the distance, a tiny log cabin. If I had to choose my favorite book jackets, the ones on the Barnett books would be serious contenders. HB, personal copy in very good condition, with laser copy of our original DJ. $6.00 MARY STOLZ was my favorite teen-book author when I was a teen. Very emotional, even a bit heavy sometimes! Always extremely well written, realistic and worthwhile. Mary Stolz died, in her late 80s, in December of 2007. To Tell your love (Mary Stolz) 1950. Stolz's first book has several story lines, some ecstatically happy and some not so happy. Main characer is a nice teenaged girl who's in love with a charmer, who doesn't always act as charming as he looks! And her close friend is married (very young) with a baby. Really good contrast between their lives (Extremely realistic picture of the young family, by the way, emphasizing that fearful mistake that writers of that era loved to preach against -- a Young Marriage.) Main character has a wonderful family, including a sister who surprises everyone when she falls in love with... well, you don't need to know everything before you read it! I've read it many times, yet when I sat down to write this description, I had to read it again! a Scholastic PB $2 The Noonday Friends (Stolz) 1965. I've noticed that this book is often suggested reading on school lists -- though in my mind it's no better than a lot of Stolz's wonderful books. Like all her books, this one has lots of domestic details, the girl thinks seriously about herself and her family and friends, and there is a compelling story line. This was written for a somewhat younger reader than her earlier Maltshop books, so the problems are a tad less serious, and there is the possibility of a very happy ending! HB, XL, with a pretty picture cover. $2.00 Ready or Not (Stolz) 1953. Probably my favorite Stolz book, though The Sea Gulls Woke Me is another candidate for that. This is the story of a family, 3 chidren, and their father who barely makes a living for them. The older girl has to run the home and take care of everyone. Like many of Stolz's books, this one is made up of small, domestic, family scenes, or ordinary activities by the teens -- but always fascinating. Things happen, whether you're ready or not. Including, especially, love. Ready or Not, PB, $1.25 Leap before you Look (Mary Stolz) PB $2 (2?) The Edge of Next Year (Mary Stolz)1974 Quite a hard story to read, as it's about a boy whose mother has just died. This is so different from the easy acceptance of parental loss that we see in series books ("her mother had died when she was very young, and a motherly housekeeper took her place...") All of Stolz's books are excellently written, as this one certainly is. XL with PC, also a very good DJ. $3 End of books by Stolz ******************************* MORE MALTSHOP-TYPE BOOKS... BOOKS BY BARBARA CLAYTON, one of the best of Maltshop authors. She wrote about my native New England (Maine, Mass, VT, for instance) And about changes that happen to teenage girls and lead to wonderful new ways to look at life. Some of her books are Skates for Marty, Halfway Hannah, Pepper Pot, Second Best. I'll try to add more Barbara Clayton books soon. Skates for Marty (Clayton) 1959. Marty has always traveled with her actress mother, but mom wants her to have the experience of a stable home for her high-school years. So Marty goes to live with her grandmother in Massachusetts, finds that everything is VERY different from the private schools she's attended before. The grandmother decides that skating lessons would be the key to giving Marty self confidence, so the lessons begin. Whew! Marty is chubby and very shy, but maybe she'll perk up as she makes progress. Lots of Maltshop scenes, at The Sweet Shop, at school, on a few dates, and lots of skating, too. HB, moderately good cond, with a somewhat worn DJ. Front cover is all there, with a rather detailed skating scene showing Marty looking pretty good! HB, DJ with mylar cover. $3.75 Tomboy (Barbara Clayton) 1961. There is a Maine connection with this book, shown by a nice lighthouse picture on the title page. Mostly, this is the story of a girl who really didn't want to be feminine if it meant she had to dress up, get crushes on boys, giggle, and stop playing sports. She disliked the way her friends have started to do all those silly things! The story is very well-rounded and realistic, with a musical brother, family troubles and successes, career exploration, and of course a new appreciation of the joys of being a woman. I may have told you too much about the plot, but it's pretty easy to guess what's going to happen -- the fun is reading about how this came about. And the Thanksgiving trip to that Maine lighthouse! HB, good condition, with a laser copy of our nice dust jacket showing the tomboy plus... $4.50 MORE MALTSHOP AND SIMILAR BOOKS Rich Boy, Poor Boy (Theodora DuBois) 1961. You may think this is the classic "should I marry a poor boy that I love, or a rich boy that I don't love?" book, but it's NOT! The question is -- is he actually a poor-relation of the rich and snobbish cousins that he lives with, or from a rich family? It doesn't matter to the girl, who likes him whichever the case may be, but when he's accused of theft by his snooty relations, he and the girl have to figure out who really did steal the aniques. Tons of fun and adventure, teen-age romance, and of course mystery. The cover shows a girl and boy driving a vintage car. This is a Best Loved Girls' Book edition, which almost totally guarantees that we Maltshop/Series lovers will like it a lot. I think you'll get a kick out of some of the characters in this story, not your average boring little kids or adults! HB, DJ, personal copy, $4.50 Light a Single Candle (Beverly Butler) 1962. Teen girl gradually loses more and more of her sight, and finally goes to a School for the Blind. She is NOT a happy camper for a long time. You'll find this a very amazing book, partly due to the fact that the author writes from personal experience. Getting a guide dog is a very nice part of this story. A book that you really shouldn't miss. PB, $2.00 Along with Light a Single Candle, I'll list this non-fiction book by Beverly Butler, about getting acquainted with a new seeing-eye dog. The book is "Maggie By My Side, from 1987, a small hb with DJ. Ms Butler had just lost her beloved dog at the beginning of the book, and knew she needed to get another one in order to keep her independence. This book tells about going to the training school, meeting her new companion, and the process that gets each of them accustomed to the other. There are plenty of photos, and a bit of the legalities of taking a dog everywhere with a disabled person. This book was written for youngish readers, but both Dave and I read it with great interest as well as enjoyment. HB, DJ, XL, good condition, $2.50 Make-Believe Daughter ("A Mystery Featuring The Three Matildas") by Laura W. Douglas, 1972. A Whitman Teen Mystery. Would you believe 3 girls of nearly the same age, all officially named Matilda? Luckily they have different nicknames. There are lots of other good characters in this mystery, which makes you wish it really were the first of a series about The Three Matildas, as the cover would lead you to believe. Actually it's a single-title mystery, though it looks like a lot of the Whitman picture-cover books. You'll love the city neighborhood, which is described in detail. 'Tilda's father runs the International Restaurant, and the first picture inside the book is the girl, sitting at a restaurant table doing her homework, with all the condiments and bentwood chairs in sight. A tiny dog plays a big part in this mystery, too. Well, you'll like this book a lot! HB, PC that wraps all around the back, too. Fairly good condition. $4.00 MORE MALTSHOPS or similar books! -- Foster Child (Marion Dane Bauer) 1977. "Renny couldn't talk about what happened to her at the foster home..." from the front cover of this PB. I've read this book twice, it's fascinating and powerful, though simple and and easy to read. Young girl always lived with her grandmother, so when the grand has a stroke, she has to go into foster care. It's not a cozy place, to say the least, and there are things going on that shouldn't be happening. PB, fairly good cond, $1.25 Zoa Sherburne wrote quite a few very readable and entertaining books about somewhat serious subjects. You will be very glad you discovered this author of books from the Maltshop era. I hope to have more books by Sherburne in future lists. Almost April (Zoa Sherburne) 1956. Girl hadn't wanted to live with her father in Oregon, after all these years. It was just as she had feared, he thought he knew what was good for her (for example, he didn't think she ought to go around with a certain boy, but what does he know?) Then his new wife has a baby with some problems, which makes a lot of tension in the home. Will her love for a new baby brother give the girl the key to helping all these people become a real, loving family? And what about that boyfriend? PB in good condition, $2.00 Almost April hardcover, with laser copy of the DJ showing a girl and boy standing along the shore, windblown, gazing out at the waves, and wooded hills in the background. XL in fairly good condition (not beautiful but sturdy and perfectly readable) with a very nice repro DJ. $4.00 Stranger in the House (Zoa Sherburne) 1963. Girl's mother has had a mental breakdown, but now she's coming home for good. Girl feels she should be glad and welcoming, but she has one doubt or problem after another. Unusual for a maltshop story, but it does fit into the maltshop pattern. Plenty of romantic problems, friendships going awry over -- of course -- boys, a school play, and so much more. PB, good condition, $2.00 Stranger in the house (Zoa Sherburne) reading copy PB, $1.00 A Batch of the Best (Stories for Girls) 1970. Only frustrating part of this collection is that there isn't a list of where the short stores came from originally. Maybe written just for this book. Anyway, they are all GOOD! 12 stories, all could have come from American Girl or Calling All Girls back in the good old days. Careers, dates, jobs, animals, Christmas, sadness, elation, humor. Most of them have a distinct flavor of Maltshop. Whitman HB with a nice picture cover. Good cond. $3.00 AHEAD -- MORE MALTSHOP TYPE BOOKS! Here is a BIG LOT! These 7 hardcover books are Avalon, Lenox Hill and Arcadia Romances, which are something of a cross between Maltshop Romances and career-romances. On the back cover of most of them, there is a list of other books billed as "Delightful Romances for Teenagers and Adults." So they are perfectly appropriate for teens, but with appeal to adults, too. These books are about young women who have various careers, some problems, a mystery, and a nice romance. There is often a very interesting house and a picturesque setting. A great many books of this sort were written in the 1940s through 1970s, and they are all quite well written. 2 of these 7 books are from the 1960s and the other 5 are from the 1970s. It really doesn't make much difference! They are quite addictive, to be truthful, and fill a spot that might be empty after you've read all the Maltshops that you can find! These 7 books are hardcovers. All have dust jackets, and all but one look almost new (the other one is good, too, just not as nearly new.) The book titles are: Ordeal of Love by Ruth McCarthy Sears The Legend of Devil's Doom by the same The Grangerfjord Monks by the same author The Doctor's Daughters by Rosamund Hunt The Amethyst Quest by Lois A. Sunagel Love Waits at Penrhyn by Pat Phyllips This Darkling Love by William Neubauer 7 Romances in great condition with very good DJs. $14.00 MALTSHOP books By JANET LAMBERT *************** Even though most of the Lamberts are now available in pb reprints, some of us still want to hold the old, hardcover, "originals" in our hands and feel the nostalgia that they generate. I've made laser copies of a lot of the Lambert DJs. They make the hardcover books look really nice! Star-spangled summer (Lambert) 1941. First Lambert book. Chapter headings -- Carrol Meets the Parrishes, Carrol Meets the Crowd, The Moonlight Picnic... It's the start of a very long, pleasing series! PB, good condition, $2.00 Star Spangled summer (Lambert) 1941. Here is a hardcover copy of Lambert's first book. This is the 4th printing of the original edition, not a Locket edition. It's been around for a while, and has 2 different girls' names and/or nameplates inside. I like it when you can see how much these girls loved a book so many years ago. They are probably as old as we are now, and still remembering their old favorites. Worn but sturdy HB with a laser copy of our good DJ showing a girl and a boy on horseback with the buildings of the Army fort in the background. Nice endpaper pictures, too. $8.00 Glory Be! (Janet Lambert) 1943. Penny is 18 and knows exactly what she wants to do with her life -- be an actress. Live is fun and the future is clear. Then Pearl Harbor is attacked, and her family (Army, all of them) have to go to war. This is one of the few Maltshop type books that deal with what happens in the real world, and how it affected teens and adults. PB in fair condition. $2.00 Candy Kane (Lambert) 1943. One of the best things about this book is the adorable picture on the DJ. Candy, the main character, is a very cute young teen with braids and bobby-sox, and the background is candy-striped! The spine features the famous locket design with a #4 in the center. The HB, XL book itself is pretty worn, but very sturdy and well-bound, the laser copy of the original DJ is really beautiful! HB, XL, LDJ, $4.50 Another copy of Candy Kane, HB in somewhat better condition, also with a nice laser copy DJ. $6.00 Up Goes the curtain (Janet Lambert) 1946. In this lovely story, Penny Parrish is not yet the famous actress -- it's her first acting experience on Broadway! And she meets the man she is going to marry, and if you haven't read this book before, I will say no more! HB, XL in fairly good condition. Some of the pages have smudges and fingermarks. It's covered with a copy of our beautiful dust jacket showing very happy-looking Penny -- backstage but dressed for her next entrance. A pivotal story in the Parrish series. $4.50 For Each Other (Lambert) 1959. 2nd book in the Campbell family series, takes place partly in Haiti. Some of the people were worried about being there, and who could blame them? But I guess things weren't quite the same then, so they explored and had fun and found romance. Scholastic PB, very good cond, $3.00 Forever and Ever (Lambert) 1961. "High School junior and she's never gone to a real school before!" is the hype on the back cover. Campbell family story continues, this is the 3rd book in the 6-book series. Scholastic PB, very good cond, $2.50 END of books by Lambert MORE MALTSHOP BOOKS BY VARIOUS AUTHORS AHEAD -- +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Betty Baxter (assumed to be the same writer as Betty Baxter Anderson) wrote quite a few excellent career-romances, mysteries, and nurse novels in the '30s. They all feature girls, many of them in what have been traditionally male positions. I seriously doubt if you'd be disappointed in any of her books! Daughter of the Coast Guard (Betty Baxter) 1938. One of the girls is the daughter of a Coast Guardsman, the other girl's father is a newsman -- so they certainly do have plenty of scope for adventure! Like all of Baxter's stories, this one shows girls being brave, intelligent, and a bit reckless! Lots of fun. HB, fair condition, $2.50 Becky Bryan's Secret (Betty Baxter) 1937. I have to tell you about the DJ picture first. You've never seen anything quite like it before. There's a girl, dressed in the extremely popular sailor middy of the period, but in very, very short shorts, tiptoing along an electric wire from the pole to a rooftop, to rescue a helpless little girl who is crying piteously from the very edge of the roof. Below, several helpless adults are looking on in horror. Beautiful trees, sky and water background. It's a winner! Other than this little adventure, Becky is a normal schoolgirl, with the normal activities like riding her horse, entering school events, helping with the school newspaper, solving mysteries... The HB book is elderly but holding together; the DJ is a laser repro of the original, and makes the book look great! $4.50 Becky Bryan's Secret in better condition, also in a stunning laser DJ. $5.50 High Trail (Vivian Breck) 1948. Breck wrote very good books about the outdoors, for girls who may or may not ever climb a mountain or go white-water boating, but who sort of think maybe they would like it if they ever tried it. Girl is hiking and camping with her father in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas, when her father is injured. She has to find her own way out of the forest and get help. And would you believe that she found romance in these trying circumstances? Of course you would -- you are a Maltshop fan, aren't you? HB, personal copy, very good cond, with a dramatic DJ also in good cond. HB, DJ, $5.00 White Water (Vivian Breck) 1958. Girl had an accident and injured her leg, but still, her dream is to shoot the rapids in her foldboat with the others in her outdoors club. Good co-ed camping and boating trip through Colorado (there's a decorative map of their route, too in which the girl starts to change her bitter outlook. There's lots of teen fun, all the things you like in a Maltshop plus the boat trip! HB, XL, good condition, with a nice DJ that has just a few worn spots. $4.00 Summer of Surprise (Helen Reynolds) 1960. You'll especially like this book if you are a dog-lover (Great Danes) but I'm more of a cat person and I LOVE the book, too. The girl has to figure out how to finance her art school education because her family's finances are in trouble. Several people want her to teach a pottery course, and she eventually expands her art teaching to include other arts and crafts. This is actually a very good career-romance, but it's also one of the Best Loved Girls' Books editions. I include it here in the Maltshop section because of the fun and family scenes; it's truly a summer of surprise -- and romane -- for the girl! HB, very good condition, with a laser copy of our very nice dust jacket. $5.00 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ BOB AND/OR JAN YOUNG, a husband/wife team, wrote wonderful MALTSHOPS. Each book is different from the other, various settings, various problems to be faced, but these writers really know how to grip the reader. Try any or all and you'll be glad (that's not advertising, I just like to introduce Maltshop readers to the best books in the genre!) Janet Randall is the same as Jan Young One Small Voice (Bob and Jan Young) 1961. Girl's life seems to be falling apart when she doesn't get the operetta part she auditions for, and she is involved in an accident while on a date. Because of all this, she begins to he think that life and politics aren't always fair. This makes her so mad that she gets involved in activities that she'd never even thought about until this point, and makes big changes her life -- her love life, her career aspirations, her attitudes, and the world around her. Nice maltshoppy details, and lots of fun. Hardcover book in very nice condition, with a copy of our original dust jacket showing a girl with a ponytail (remember? Everyone had a pony tail that year! and a background of a sort of parade. $4.50 The Undecided Heart (Bob and Jan Young)1963. As their Spanish Club project, a group of kids take up the cause of migrant workers living in a very run-down camp. They're having a lot of fun and satisfaction with this project, but some other kids in the school don't like it very much and cause trouble. There's another really interesting plot that I won't spoil for you. PB, good condition, $2.50 Run Sheep Run (Bob and Jan Young) 1959. Near pristine copy of this popular book. Title is pretty much illustrated by the interesting cover picture -- a girl in playclothes, running along a beach with her hair flying out-- followed by a group of other teens running just behind her. Driftwood, gulls, waves. Girl's mother is sick, and they move to a secluded beach house so she can recover in peace and quiet. The girl develops a scientific and artistic interest in sea life, which causes her former friends to think she's gone crazy. Why follow the crowd like a sheep? But she still hopes her boyfriend can start to understand her. Then, there's the crisis when her sister goes into labor and no one else is around to help. HB, DJ, all in very, very good condition. $5.00 (another copy, nearly as nice, with laser DJ, for $4.50) I'll try to include more books by the Youngs in my next list. they are obviously popular! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MORE MALTSHOP BOOKS COMING UP! Champlain Summer (Marjorie Vetter) 1959. If you've ever seen Lake Champlain, you'll understand the appeal of that enormous lake -- if the Great Lakes weren't so close, you'd think of it as THE great lake of the north. The girl has spent many summers in the family cottage there, and loves the mystique and history of the lake. She does NOT care for boys or dressing up, but things have a funny habit of changing when a Girl meets a Boy. Especially when the girl next door is Elaine, the lily maid, next door attracting every boy in the area. This is a contemporary book (to 1959, anyway) but does touch on history, especially the local historical events inspiring a pageant that you'll be reading about. Boats, lake cottages, lots of family tensions and joys, friendship and rivalry, acting, and a bit of romance, all in this nice Maltshop type book. HB, personal copy in good condition, with a laser copy dust jacket showing cute Kit -- background of the lake. $4.50 All of HOPE DAHLE JORDAN's books could go under "Maltshop Mysteries," but I'm trying them here in the straight Maltshop list, so you can decide which place they fit. Either way, they're suspenseful and wonderful reading. Haunted Summer (Hope Dahle Jordan) 1967. Girl driver hits a child on a bike, then runs away. This is the story of her summer, full of guilt and dread but hope, too. PB, fair condition, $1.00 Merediths' Ann (Elizabeth Janet Gray) 1927. Cover says "They wished for mystery and adventure -- and found both in the White Mountains." The DJ picture is obviously from a later edition, as the girls and boy have 1940s hair styles and clothes. An interesting contrast, the frontispiece looks VERY 1929, with girls in middy blouses and bobbed hair (at least I think that's what they call bobbed! Very short and slick.) The title page lists the date as 1949, which is confusing, but it's really from the earlier date. However, it's a wonderfully readable book about kids who aren't prim or worried about the upper-class traditions that rule in so many of the girls' books from the '20s. Takes place in small-town New Hampshire, where Ann lives, and the others come for a winter vacation. Full of mystery and warmth. Back cover has an interesting list of "young Moderns, a growing library for modern boys and girls.." that you might like to check to see how many of them you want to search for. XL, HB, with DJ, fair condition, looks really attractive. $3.50 Another HB copy of Meredith's Ann, good condition, but no DJ. $3.00 MORE MALTSHOP TYPE BOOKS COMING UP! Marty on the Campus (Bialk) 3rd in the 3-book series about Marty. After all her wonderful adventures as a cub reporter with amazingly good luck, she goes back to college to study journalism. PB in fair condition, 1.50 Dorothy Gilman Butters is one versatile writer! Her adult mysteries (dropping the
"Butters" part of her name, are world-famous. She wrote her YA books before starting the adult books, and of course I love them much more. She wrote very good historical books for girls, and only a few cherished Maltshops. Try them all! The Bells of Freedom (Dorothy Gilman Butters) 1774 Boston setting. Boy apprentice is having a terrible time, when he's rescued by a stranger who buys out his term, and gives him the job of a lifetime, in his printing shop. Boy has enough to eat for the first time, and would do anything for his master. As you may guess, he's put to the test. Lovely book by such a talented author. HB Young America Book Club edition. PC. $3.00 MORE MALTSHOP TYPE BOOKS RIGHT HERE -- Megan (Iris Noble) 1965. I'm including this in the Maltshop section of the list, because of the publication date, the fact that it's a Scholastic book, that it's about an teenaged girl, and that it will appeal to the same people who love maltshop books. However, it's set in 1902, and is about an orphan girl who travels from her native Wales, to western Canada to work and live on a ranch, and finds more love than she'd ever known before. Scholastic PB, very good condition, $2.00 Seventeenth Summer (Maureen Daly) 1952. All about the summer after HS graduation, and the girl's first love, or whatever it was -- even she wasn't sure! A misty, beautiful story, really sweet and dreamy. I wonder if most of the other Maltshop books were trying to emulate this early one? There's a "Seventeenth Summer literary competition" that is named after this quintessential Maltshop. Also, this was a prize novel in the Intercollegiate Literary Fellowship. Which leads me to believe that college juries were pretty smart in those days -- choosing a very lovely Maltshop book for their prize-winner. PB, $2 Seventeenth Summer (Daly) a nice hardcover copy with the most romantic picture on the cover -- trees, sky, lake, sailboat, rolling hills, and a couple standing on the shore, all very misty. XL with library PC, nice copy. $4.00 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ANNE EMERY is one of the Big Three of MALTSHOP writing, and some of us think she was the best! If you haven't read all the Burnaby family stories, for instance, you have the greatest of treats ahead of you. She also wrote very good historical novels for teens! I have a DJ for Sorority Girl, and will give it away with the purchase of any book of the same Maltshop size (it has to be wrapped around a book so it won't tear any more than it already is.) This DJ has a hole and a few tears, but the front cover picture is all there, and the spine. It would be better than nothing if your copy of the book doesn't have a DJ. Mountain Laurel (Emery) 1948. A sweet and unusual story by this wonderful author. The girl was accepted for nurse training, with all expenses paid. This will be her way out of the poverty of the mountain town, where she and the large family try to get along. Then her mother dies (I'm not giving away anything that you won't learn in the first few pages) and she has to stay home to take care of the younger kids and the home. Her boyfriend wants to marry right away, but she fortunately understands that this would just be trading one hard life for another. Folk music is a big part of the story, and there is plenty of happiness and even humor in the story. Very enjoyable!!! PB in very good condition. $2.00 Senior Year (Anne Emery)1949. Burnaby Family, featuring Sally this time. She thinks her senior year is going to be terrible when her best friend moves away. And for a while, she is nearly right about that. A wonderful, excellent, perfect Maltshop book about school, family, friendship, love, and the things that make senior year special for almost everyone. HB, personal copy, very good cond, with a laser copy of our original DJ showing a couple dressed up for Senior Prom. $6.50 Going Steady (Emery) 1950. Sally and Scotty are in love! You'll be enchanted by the story of their wonderful summer together. I'm not giving anything away -- it's all on the back cover of this paperback -- when I tell you that they're trying to decide whether they should get married that summer after High School graduation! Such a romantic story, you will love it a lot! PB in very good condition, $2.50 Going Steady (Enery) 1950. Hardcover copy of this wonderful book about a summer of dreams for Sally and Scotty. Sally's job, a wedding (I won't say whose, but it isn't Sally's!) and the lovely, terribly expensive Orrefors vase. When I read and re-read this, there's such a catch in my throat, tears in my eyes, for the nostalgia of it all -- though it's mainly a very happy book. Read it -- love it! HB, good condition with the small exception that a reader underlined the less familiar words she found, probably practicing up for SATs. It doesn't detract from the condition. DJ in fairly good condition, very romantic picture. $5.00 Sweet Sixteen (Emery) 1956. "An Exciting, magical year in a young girl's life" is what it says on the cover of this paperback.. but like most teenagers, Jane doesn't really think her life is always exciting and magical. This is the 3rd and last book in the Jane Ellison series, and both true to life, and wonderfully nostalgic. PB, pretty good cond, $2.50 Sweet Sixteen (Emery) 1956. Hardcover copy of the book, with a DJ picture that I've never seen before. It's lovely, though the girls and their dates look at least 18 to me. It's the same book inside the cover, anyway. XL book with quite a bit of wear, with DJ in good condition. $3.50 A Spy in old Detroit (Anne Emery) 1963. When Maltshop author, Emery, turned to young adult historical novels, of cousre she wrote some of the best. This one takes place in 1763, when fighting is tearing apart French, English, and Indians. The book is about a young boy who is in conflict about where his loyalties should lie, with his family divided.At that time, Detroit was at the frontier of the land, and pretty much controlled by whoever could wrest it from the others. Very accessible story, family scenes, beautiful illustrations. Clear and attractive maps and diagrams on the endpapers. Good personal copy of this book, with a good dust jacket. Add to your Emery collection! $4.00 A Spy in Old Philadelphia (Anne Emery) 1958. Takes place in 1776. The spy is a fictional but historically accurate boy of 14, who ends up helping Washington's troops! As all of Emery's historical novels, it's a "comfortable" story, with lots of family scenes as well as his spy missions. Good quality large paperback book, good condition. Nice illustrations, too. $2.00 A Spy in old West Point (Anne Emery) 1965. Boy is 14 in 1779, his father has him mending guns for the Army. In the Hudson Valley, where they live, families are even afraid of stating their loyalties to their own neighbors. But it's an exciting time for a boy, who can help his new country. Plenty of homey details, but plenty of action. You'll be reading about Benedict Arnold, among other real people, as well as our fictional hero. Good quality paperback in good condition, with some nice illustrations, $2.00 A Spy in Old West Point (Emery) Hardcover in fairly good condition, though the hinges are loose at front and back. Very attractive cover picture and map endpapers. HB with Laser copy DJ, $3.00 End of books by Anne Emery, more MALTSHOP books ahead ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Almost Year (Florence Engel Randall)1971. About an African-American girl who was invited to spend almost a year of High School in the home of a very well-to-do White family in a suburb. She isn't happy with the arrangement, and the teens in the family are spoiled and resentful. Nobody knows just how to relate to any of the others. Interesting, sad, and believe it or not, something of a Maltshop book. PB, pretty good condition, $1.00 Books by Grace May North -- She wrote at least 2 series in the '20s. Here'e one of her non-series books that would have been a fine additions to any series! Well constructed coherent plot, with interesting characters and attractive settings. I'll try to add more of North's books very soon. Rilla of the Lighthouse (North) 1926. Do NOT read the DJ flap, as it tells far too much about the plot. Unless you don't like any surprises, it's better just to dig in! HB in pretty good condition, except for the almost inevitable separating at the "hinges" front and back. Actually, it's fairly firm anyway. Laser copy of the original DJ shows a boy and girl facing sideways, a common DJ picture for several of North's books, very artistic with a cove or bay in the background. HB, LDJ. $4.50 HERE ARE SOME MORE ***GOOOD*** MALTSHOP-ROMANCES AND SIMILAR STORIES!!! The Tender Time (Denise Cass Brookman) 1958. The perfect Maltshop, the perfect year for Maltshops, and the perfect Maltshop cover picture -- a couple in a Maltshop! They are obviously in love, really good-looking, and happily drinking their soda-fountain drinks dressed in just what you would expect them to wear in 1958, even to the ubiquitous casual silk scarf around the girl's neck. A first-love story with all the twists that this can bring, including -- but I won't give it away even though the DJ flap does. Don't read that summary on the DJ, please, or you won't be able to experience the excellence of this lovely story! HB, personal copy in very good condition, with a good DJ. $6.00 The Tender Time (Brookman) I was surprised to find this PB copy of The Tender Time. Until I spotted it, I hadn't known there was a PB edition of it. This is a gentle story about first love, and certainly was deserving of a larger audience than a hardcover book usually gets. Good condition PB, $2.00 BOOKS BY MARJORY HALL, one of the very, very best Maltshop authors (or would you call her a Career-Romance author?) Her books are all different, but similar in that they deal with a girl who has a lot to learn before she can be thought of as mature, and who is exploring options for her future, in both career and romance. Hall also wrote several historical novels for young adults, and these are very good reading, too! She even wrote several lovely books with slightly lighter subjects, under the name of Carol Morse. I will certainly add more Marjory Hall or Carol Morse books as soon as I can. Lot of 4 Historical Novels for young adult readers, by marjory Hall. If you like Marjory Hall, and you like to read books with a historical setting, here is the bargain of the year! All 4 of the books are about girls who do daring things, have adventures, help their country -- and of course have romances! As a fine author, Hall includes author's notes about the writing of these books, there are bibliographies and a bio of Hall herself, in each book. But don't let this scare you! These books are fun to read, definitely written to entice teen readers. The 4 books are set in 4 different periods -- 1733, 1769, 1777 and 1861 -- obviously Hall did her research for each one. Have fun! The 4 hardcover, former library books include: A Hatful of Gold (with dust jacket) Beneath another Sun (with DJ) See the Red Sky (bright picture cover) The Treasure Tree (picture cover) --- 4 hardcover books, $8.00 for all +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MALTSHOP TYPE BOOKS BY AMELIA ELIZABETH WALDEN: When I was a teen, I read all the Amelia Elizabeth Walden books that I could get my hands on. She was still writing when I left my teen reading years, but I've renewed my friendship with her books since then. She wrote beautifully, about girls in sports, the theater, and school and home life -- as well as quite a few very engrossing mysteries! Most of her books are appropriate for anyone from good readers in the 6th grade, to adults who appreciate beautifully-written suspense mysteries. In particular, they're recommended Maltshop writing! There are 4 books in the Lisa Clark series -- she works with Jake, but often has to strike out on her own. My Sister Mike (Walden)1956. Oh, I loved this book when I was a teen , even though I wasn't in the least athletic, while this book is about a girl (Mike) who played basketball. Back then, I probably concentrated on the romance, of which there was enough to satisfy any teen. Nice Berkley Highland paperback, with a picture of a girl who certainly looks like my idea of Mike, holding a basketball. $2.00 The Case of the Diamond Eye (Amelia E. Walden) 1969. Lisa and Jake's first case as private investigators (after Lisa's father dies and she becomes Jake's ward.) They zoon around the world trying to solve a murder case. Romance adds interest! HB, XL, with a Picture cover. Good condition. $3.50 Valerie Valentine is Missing (Amelia Walden) 1971. A Lisa Clark mystery, takes place in Spain. HB, XL, with colorful picture cover. Very good condition. $3.50 To Catch A Spy (Amelia Elizabeth Walden) 1964 Girl looks just like another girl who was killed during a spy case, so she is coached to take the other girl's place and break into the spy ring. HB, XL, with a good library printed picture cover. Good condition, $3.75 To catch a Spy (Walden) 1964 -- this is a HB copy in good condition, with a striking DJ picture. HB, XL, LDJ, $4.00 The spy with Five Faces (Walden) 1966. "Why are you offering this to me?" "Miss Carlos, you are aware that I am head of a branch of the CIA... I want to send you down to The Golden Angel on a mission." So she goes to Mexico City and finds, as the title pages says "three people: a girl who lost her brother, another girl who lost her beauty, and a spy who lost his courage." Unusual, entertaining! HB, XL, good cond, with good and artistic DJ. $4.00 Where was Everybody when Sabrina Screamed? (Isn't that a good title?) 1973. A Lisa Clark mystery by Amelia Elizabeth Walden, takes place in Morocco. PB, pretty good cond, $1.50 Where was Everybody when Sabrina Screamed? (Walden) 1973. Lisa's partner in the spy business, Jake, is badly injured, and she's pretty much on her own. Romance intrudes, which doesn't help too much, does it ever? She isn't sure whom to trust. HB, XL, nice picture cover, fairly good condition. $3.00 A Spy Case Built for Two (Amelia Walden) 1969 Romance is difficult if you're involved in spying, and these two are really too busy and hard-working, to say nothing of having some very frightening adventures. Lisbon (?) setting. HB, XL, with good library picture cover. Quite good condition. $3.75 The Spy who Talked too Much (Walden) 1968. "Newspaper readers.. would hardly have connected the news item about the CIA, the fashion notice, and the classified ad.." But the men working on a case for the CIA, pick Kim to work undercover for them. Istanbul setting. HB, XLibrary, nice picture cover, good condition, $3.25 The Spy on Danger Island (Walden) 1965. From the author's description -- "This is not the story of a Mata Hari. It is a novel about an impecunious and unsuccessful young actress who was recruited by .. CIA for two reasons: she was notably successful with an unusual hobby, and she was reputed to wear her heart upon her sleeve." How could you resist that??? The special interest, by the way, was scuba diving. West Indies setting. HB, former library book, sturdy, with a slightly smudged library picture cover. $3.00 Escape on Skis (Amelia Walden) 1975. The title is certainly descriptive. Walden wrote about sports, and she wrote mysteries -- both very well. Put them together and she's hard to beat. This story is about training for Olympic Skiing and the mystery concerns some shadowy international Anti-American group that is planning to subvert or sabotage the games. Don't expect the book to be all danger and frightening scenes -- there's romance and fun -- and skiing! HB, XL, very pretty picture cover, all in good condition. $4.00 Some of Amelia Elizabeth Walden's books aren't spy stories.... A Girl Called Hank (Walden) 1951. I was crazy about this book when I was a teen. "Hank" is the first girl in the family, after 4 brothers. They train her to be the 5th on their basketball team. When she gets to HS, she is the star of the girls' team, which brings with it a slew of personality problems with other girls. At the same time, Hank learns what it means to be a girl and like boys as more than members of her sports teams. Something about this story just resonated with me, despite not being into sports in the least. Who knows? HB, This copy of the book is from a library, and was well loved -- in other words, there is wear as well as "decorations" on the first few pre-text pages. Very nice picture on the laser repro DJ -- man in a suit with a big camera, obviously a reporter, watching Hank make a basket. She is slim and in great shape! $3.50 Stay to Win (Walden) 1971. Girl's Basketball. 1971. Girl's basketball, plus all the other subjects that make Walden's sport stories interesting for those of us who never played basketball or anything else. Teen girl has a boyfriend that her parents -- and others -- don't approve of, for good reason. She sees the potential good in him. Maybe she's right? HB, XL with a picture cover -- all in very good condition. $3.50 Heartbreak Tennis (Walden) 1977. Girl is given tennis lessons from a Wimbledon champ, and tries to concentrate on nothing except her game. Romance (of course) rears its head, and complicates everything. If you love tennis, this will be your favorite Walden book. If you don't love tennis, it will be on the list just the same! HB, good condition XL, with a good DJ. $4.00 Three Loves Has Sandy (Walden) 1955. I've just finished reading another book by Walden, and renewed my amazement at her writing -- she knows how to write about teen girls, animals, older people with lots of character (rather than the colorless adults that most authors describe in teen books) and of course, the course of true love, which never does run true! Sandy loves softball! Wyoming Bill loves horses. When they get together, each one teaches the other a lot! Horses, sports, and BOYS. a good paperback copy, $2 Three Loves has Sandy, nice hardcover copy with a good-looking laser copy of the dust jacket. See description above -- this is a book that I've loved since my own teen years, even though I'm not very much into sports! Personal copy, not a library copy! HB, LDJ, $4.50 Go, Phillips, Go (Amelia E Walden) 1974. Another of those wonderful Walden sports stories about a girl with a boy's name, Pete. She has 7 brothers, and knows how to play basketball -- but something is going wrong this year. Sports, family, romance (of course) and as always, a well-written story. Hardcover edition with dust jacket, both book and DJ in fairly good cond. There's a nice list of more Walden stories on the back cover. HB, DJ, $4.50 ++++++End of books by Walden ++++++++++ More Maltshop books Ahead Don't Hurt Laurie (Willo Davis Roberts) 1977. Abused child has to learn to trust and to reach out for help. Very touching, wrenching story, but simply told for middle-grade readers. HB, XL, with DJ. Fair condition. Someone did a bit of scribbling in it, but nothing that keeps you from reading it. $2.00. The American Girl Library is SO good, and SO popular! They rarely stick around on my sale list for more than a day. This series includes short stories originally published in American Girl Magazine in the prime Maltshop years, some from other magazines from those same years, and also several books of advice and other subjects of interest to the teen girl from the 50's (and to us, of course!) They're good-looking books, too. American Girl Book of Pat Downing Stories (Frances Fitzpatrick Wright) these are from AG magazine between 1943 and 1963. Pat is The American Girl personified, smart funny, loving, sometimes not quite well-behaved, friendly, and, as it says in the beginning of the book "never dull. If it isn't boy trouble, it's family trouble, or the matter of a surprising inheritance, or an intriguing older man, or a mystery just begging to be solved." This attractive book includes 10 of the Pat Downing stories published in that excellent magazine, American Girl, and I absolutely love every one of them. HB, printed picture cover (uniform edition with the other American Girl Library) $5.00 American Girl Book of Mystery and Suspense Stories, selected by the editors of American Girl Magazine. 10 good stories that really appeal to Maltshop readers, since they originally appeared in American Girl Magazine between 1945 and 1964! Some of them are mild, some are adventurous, some are a little funny, all of them feature smart, brave girls. One of the stories could be called a Long Short, as as it's nearly 40 pages long. Others are slightly shorter but long enough to develop a lot of suspense! HB, fairly good condition though the corners of the cover are rubbed or bumped. $4.00 American Girl Book of Horse Stories (American Girl Library) Selected by the editors of American Girl Magazine, and illustrated by famed horse artist, Sam Savitt. These 10 stories first appeared between 1946 and 1963. You've probably heard of many of the authors, including the most well-known, Janet Lambert. Nice large HB with a happy, horse-riding girl on the cover. Inside front and back covers, there is the American Girl Library motif of a charm bracelet, charms showing a dog, pennant, soda (malt) with 2 straws, heart, phone, juke box, jalopy, skate, and a lot more Maltshop era teen symbols. $3.00 (3) MORE MALTSHOP AND OTHER TEEN NOVELS AHEAD: Cynthia Steps Out (Erick Berry)1937. I'll quote the front DJ flap: "There is something about Cynthia that makes it impossible for her to keep out of trouble. Although she goes to Europe on a contract to paint covers for a children's magazine, she manages to get mixed up with everything from smugglers to hypnotists to colorful Basque peasants and an elopement. Cover shows a couple of girls really stepping out -- seeming to rise out of the sea, fully dressed in rather fashionable garments, with a beautiful lighthouse in the background. Fun! HB, fair condition, with a repro DJ, made from our pretty-good DJ. If you like the light, fun-loving stories of girls in the pre-WWII days, this is perfect for you. $2.50 Jeannette Eyerly, who died 2 years ago (if you got Whispered Watchword, you probably read my short eulogy to her) was know for bridging the difference between the Maltshop era and the much more modern, graphic depiction of true tragedies that are typical of teen books from the period following the Maltshops. I have read her books, they are well written and keep your attention. They're just not as comfy as earlier books for teen girls. When died at 100, and there were many complimentary articles about her role as go-between in teen literature. Enough Maltshop elements to make us happy, enough newer elements for those of you who grew up in the '60s and '70s. I'll have more Eyerly books in the future! The Girl Inside (Eyerly) 1968. Girl faces several tragic situations, and has to figure out how to grow out of the frightened and sad girl inside, before she can face her life without depression. PB, $1.25 Cress Delahanty (Jessamyn West) Parts of this book were published earlier, in various magazines including Lady's Home Journal and The New Yorker. It was compiled as a novel about 1953. At the beginning, Cress is 12, and yearning to be a poet. Progress in the next section, when she fights with a boy! Continues (season by season) up to her first year in college. In between, all the sweet, innocent, Maltshop elements. Full of humor of my favorite kind -- subtle, tongue-in-cheek, situational. California ranch setting. This, I think, is a book aimed at adults, but I read it as a teen, and absolutely loved it -- loved it again when I read it as an adult. Author of The Friendly Persuasion, which was made into a movie when I was in love with Pat Boone -- who starred in the movie and sang that beautiful song. But I digress! Dust jacket and chapter head illustrations by Joe Krush. HB, XL, moderately good condition with pretty good DJ, $3.00 LOTS MORE MALTSHOP TYPE BOOKS TO COME! Have you discovered Elisabeth Friermood? She may have written one book that you could honestly call a Maltshop, but all her books appeal to the same people that love the MS books. Most of her books haveistorical settings, particularly within a couple of decades of the early 1900s. Her books usually feature plucky girls who either fight for the right to have careers, or just plain work at them. I love several of them very much, especially One of Fred's Girls, which I don't have for sale at this time. But all of them are engrossing, never heavy, full of interesting details and fun. If they took place in mid-20th century, they would be called Maltshops or Career-romances! A few of her books take place in contemporary times, and they're excellent, too. I'll add more Friermood books as soon as I possibly can! Focus the Bright Land (Elisabeth Hamilton Friermood) 1967. Girl goes on a summer trip with her father and brothers, who are traveling photographers. She wants to work with them, but they don't think a female can take pictures! I guess she shows THEM a thing or two! But politely and carefully, as befits a girl in the late 1800's. Another wonderful story by one of the 2 historical-novel-authors that I can't resist (the other is Patricia Beatty) HB, PC, XL, in good condition. $4.00 (2 copies) The Wind Blows Free (Loula Grace Erdman) this could be listed under series book, or malts, but it's really a historical novel as much as either of those things. There are 3 books in the Pierce family series, this is the first, and the story of Melinda, who is 14 at the beginning. The family has just moved to the Texas panhandle, in the 1890s. HB, XL, with a DJ, all in fair condition. $2.50 Many A Voyage (Loula Grace Erdman)1960. This is the story of Fanny Ross, wife of Senator Edmund G. Ross of Kansas. She followed him around the country and helped him in his newspaper business, then in his political career. He was either famous or imfamous, depending on your point of view, and was written up in Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy. Quoting the jacket flap -- "Many a Voyage is the remarkable story of one woman's odyssey in following her husband through the most trying years of America's past..." It's a novel, but author tried to be true to all the facts that she could find in much research. Covers years between 1848-1889. HB with DJ, XL copy in fairly good condition. $2.50 The Edge of Time (Loula Grace Erdman) 1950. Takes place in 1885. Young couple is married in Missouri, then start out to become homesteaders in the Texas Panhandle. The author did something quite similar to what this couple did, many years after they did, but she knows her Missouri and her Texas. She listened to the stories of old-timers and read their letters, to make this a very human story. HB personal copy of the book, in good condition, with a laser copy of our original dust jacket showing a covered wagon traveling away from you. Small picture of a soddy home, too. $2.50 TEENS' and CHILDREN'S MYSTERIES Many Excellent Young Adult Mysteries!!!!******** If you have been reading Richard ZainEldeen's articles in The Whispered Watchword for the past few years, you will know about a lot of these old children's mysteries. I love this genre. A lot of them are similar to "maltshops" in that they deal with young people's personalities as well as the actual mysterious happenings. Most of them have a strong sense of setting, interesting locales or situations. SO ... MANY BOOKS IN THE MYSTERY SECTION ARE "MALTSHOP MYSTERIES" THAT WILL PROBABLY APPEAL TO THE SAME PEOPLE AS THE MALTSHOP BOOKS. MOST WERE WRITTEN IN THE APPROXIMATE SAME ERA AS THE MS BOOKS, AND WITH MANY OF THE SAME ELEMENTS. AND THEY WERE WRITTEN FOR TEEN GIRLS, AS THE MALTSHOP BOOKS WERE! I'VE READ MOST OF THEM AND CAN RECOMMEND THEM HIGHLY. THE MALTSHOP MYSTERIES ARE NOT SEPARATE, BUT MIXED WITH THE OTHER MYSTERIES, SINCE THE DIVIDING LINE IS NOT ENTIRELY CLEAR-CUT! PLEASE ENJOY ALL THESE YOUNG ADULT MYSTERIES. Everygirls Mystery Stories (edited by A. L. Furman)dated 1954, but these stories first appeared in various girls' magazines like American Girl and Girls Today, mostly over the previous decade. This book is part of a series called Everygirls Library, each one having 12 stories in a hardcover book. 3 of the others are Romance, Nurse, and Career Stories. The mysteries in this volume are the type of stories that grab you from the first word! Like the first story in the book, Shingle Shack, about a girl who takes on a summer job as a housekeeper in a mysterious house on Cape Cod. Mystery, exciting location, career possibility (or at least a job) and to add to all this -- she takes along her little sister and when they get there, everyone has gone away, leaving a very strange message. HB, in beautiful condition, with a DJ. $4.00 The Dead Man in Indian Creek (Mary Downing Hahn) 1990. One of those books that I would have thought I wouldn't like, but I would have been sooo wrong! 2 boys find a dead body in the creek near where they are camping, and also see a man that they recognize, sneaking away from the site. OK, it's about boys, but it's also about family life, antique dolls, and a pretty exciting mystery! HB, XL, really good condition, really good DJ! $2.00 MORE, MORE, MORE MYSTERIES! Dexter and the Deer Lake Mystery (Charles Geer, author and illustrator.) 1965. I'll quote the back of this paperback, since it describes the book better than I could. "Nothing could be more dull to Dexter than a trip to Deer Lake. He preferred greasy cars to beautiful scenery. Then Ab came along. For a girl, she could do just about anyting. And together they plunged..into a dangerous mystery.." Wonderful VT lake cottage setting, family scenes that are all too familiar from family vacations most of us have experienced, good mystery, very expressive illustrations. PB in very good condition, $2.00 A large lot of 10 mysteries by Joan Lowery Nixon, "Four-time Edgar Award Winner," as it says on the covers of all these books. Very good recommendation! And in the front of some of the books, there's a list of other awards that she has won, a very, very impressive list! These books were written in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. They're not horror books, which were so popular during those years, but mysteries within the classic definition, having a clever plot, investigation, suspense, some frightening scenes, and a solution. These are not for grade-school kids like many of our vintage mysteries, but for teens. I love the ones I've read! Most of these books are in very good condition. A couple are in fair condition, mainly because one has a bit of "playful pet" damage that I cut right off the cover. The books include: Don't Scream (hardcover with DJ) Playing for Keeps (the other 9 are good paperbacks) The Dark and Deadly Pool Secret, Silent Screams Nobody's There Spirit Seeker The Weekend was murder! A Candidate for Murder The Haunting Shadowmaker 10 Joan Lowery Nixon mysteries -- $12.00 for the lot of 10 Mystery at Thunderbolt House (Howard Pease) 1944. Boy's family inherits a big house and a fortune. This ought to lead to a happy ending, but things don't happen that way. BUT eventually the boy discovers that the library contains many valuable books -- my favorite part of this story, of course! He finds that someone is stealing them, one by one, and has to try to figure out what's happening while also protecting this heritage, which he's begun to love. Their new wealth is causing the family to fall apart -- and then comes the day when the whole world falls apart, because this book takes place in San Francisco just before, during, and after the great earthquake. Though it's about a boy, I really, really loved this mystery, and I think other booklovers will feel the same way. PB, pretty good condition, $2.00 The Secret of Sanctuary Island (A. M. Monson) 1991. 2 boys in a canoe witness a robbery. From then on, they are involved in all kinds of adventure, including trying to help the police. Family scenes, fun, as well as a bit of danger. I think the book was written for about 7th or 8th grade level, but was fun for me to read, too. HB, XL with DJ, $1.00 Second Fiddle, a Sizzle and Splat Mystery (Ronald Kidd) 1988. This is 2nd in a series about kids in a youth orchestra. If you think that sounds dull, you'll be surprised! Not too serious, lots of musical jokes, but also plenty of mystery. HB, XL, with DJ, all in very good condition. $1.50 The Secret in the Old House (Judith St. George) 1976. This is the paperback edition of the hardback book called The Chinese Puzzle of Shag Island. Maine setting! A girl and her business-woman mother leave New York City and spend some time in the family's island mansion which is supposed to be haunted. The old, old patriarch of the family still lives there -- the girl's never met him before and things don't go too smoothly at first, to say the least. After the mother leaves on a business trip and the girl's alone with her great-grandfather, things certainly start to happen. Good reading! PB, $1.00 The Chinese Puzzle of Shag Island (Judith St. George) 1976. This is the hardcover edition of the book that's called The Secret in the Old House, in the pb edition. See description above! This XL HB copy is in very nice condition, with a good dust jacket. The DJ picture shows a large house with a tower, at the top of a hill on a rocky Maine island. The girl is standing on the dock gazing at an impossibly long climb up a zig-zag flight of steps leading to the mansion. She won't gain any weight this summer if she uses those steps very often! HB, DJ, $3.50 What Happened to Amy? (Jane Edwards) 1961. Girl gets a job helping a woman author of of mysteries, and runs into a mystery of her own -- what happened to the author's former secretary? Will the same thing happen to her? Career, mystery, romance! Scholastic PB, $1.50 The Ghost of Five Owl Farm (Wilson Gage)1966. Gage was the daughter of Christine Govan, who wrote a nearly endless list of superb books for children. Gage wrote YA mysteries, too, and a variety of other types of books for young readers. In this onr, the boy and his family move to an old house in the country, where he has the ambition of searching for ghosts. Then his "awful" twin cousins come for a long visit, and he figures that's the end of his fun. Or are they quite that awful? I loved reading this book, it's full of surprises and has a memorable ending! In fact, I'd recommend any and all of Gage's mysteries. HB, XL, good condition, with a library printed picture cover. $3.00 Green Turtle Mystery (Ellery Queen, Jr) 1944. OK, there wasn't really anyone named Ellery Queen, so of course there wasn't any nephew named EQ Jr (Djuna) but it's a lot of fun to pretend or even believe that both of these people did exist. And this mystery is also a lot of fun. I've loved these teen mysteries, many with a color in their titles, almost as long as I've loved Queen's adult mysteries. Scholastic paperback, very good condition, $2.50 Mystery of the Vanished Victim (Ellery Queen Jr) 1962. This book features Gully, another nephew of Ellery Queen, who lives with him in the city, and takes over Queen's cases when Uncle Ellery is away. This time, he teams up with a Sikh boy from Jalpuri, and a mynah bird, to say nothing of Police Inspector Queen, Ellery's father. 3-generation mystery solvers! Nice hardcover book with an exciting picture cover. $4.00 Mystery of the Merry Magician (Ellery Queen, Jr) 1961. Beautiful book! HB with printed picture cover showing a "portly" man walking a tiny white dog through what looks like a rather tawdry neighborhood. Above the head of the merry man you can see a shadow of a hand holding a gun. Gully and his friend on the job! HB, PC, good condition, $3.50 Mystery of the Island Fires (Elaine Macmann Willoughby)1991. Weekly Readers Book Club small hardcover book with cover picture of some very frightened children. Sister and brother find a mystery when they get to their summer cottage on the New Hampshire coast. The mother opens an antique shop and the kids try to figure out who is starting fires. $2.00 Don't Look Behind you (Lois Duncan) 1989. This is really different -- and exceedingly hard to put down once you start. The family's life changes in a second, when they are shunted into the Witness Protection Program. They can't let anyone know where they are, even their relatives -- or the girl's boyfriend, which is what starts even more trouble. Not a cute little lightweight romance, but just right for a teen (or for me.) Duncan, of course, is a major YA writer, and she knows what she's doing, for sure. PB, good cond, $2.00 Down a Dark Hall (Lois Duncan) 1974. A Boarding-school story with an unusual twist of mystery and fear! PB, good condition, $1.50 MYSTERY, MYSTERY, MYSTERY -- MORE COMING UP! Virginia Frances Voight wrote several Maltshop-Mysteries, or that's how I think of them since they feature teenagers with their interests and problems, romances and ambitions. As well as some very good mysteries. Mystery at Deer Hill (Virginia Frances Voight) 1958. Wonderful Maine setting! Somewhat spoiled girl has to give up her usual summer at the shore with the smart young set, for a summer deep in the woods that she hates and fears, near Bear Paw, Maine (ed note: as far as I know, this is a totally fictional town!) with her young aunt. This story is a cross between Catherine Woolley's Libby books, and The Seagulls Woke me -- the girl is quickly in love with the woods and the boy next door. But is he involved with illegal activity? The mystery is pretty easy to solve, but the story is excellent. PB, $2.00 Indian Ghost Mystery (Bonnie Highsmith Taylor) 1986. Girl's mother is pregnant, the girl and her brother get on her nerves! So they go to their grandparents' farm for the summer, and have quite the adventures. PB, very good cond, $1.50 MORE MYSTERIES AHEAD!!! Mystery of Mordach Castle (William MacKellar) 1970. You'll think you've taken a trip to scotland when you're reading this book! This book takes place in modern (1970) times, so it's probably more myth than truth, but it deals with old feuds, old legends, mysterious lights in a castle, and tinkers (gypsies.) Whether it's in the least true, it's a very good story, and I especially like the relationship that develops between the boy who wants to win the biggest race of the year, and the gypsy boy who lives in a tent and has nothing but his nice personality. You'll like the way they team up to figure out what's really going on in the castle! HB book, picture cover, very good condition, $2.50 Mystery Horse (Margaret Goff Clark) 1972. What a good title, combining 2 things that kids love to read about -- mystery and horses! And in case you're thinking that you don't want to read a whole book about learning to ride, falling off, getting back on, and entering a race -- this is a different horse story. It's a mystery, it takes place on an Indian reservation, and features some very nice teenagers, including one non-Indian girl who is boarding for the summer with a family there. It's a mystery, for sure, but also full of community fun, some teen problems, and a bit of romance. Scholastic PB, good condition, $2.00 Mystery of the Missing Stamps (Margaret Goff Clark)1967. Another nice mystery by Ms. Clark -- boy's widowed mother has remarried and they've moved to the step-father's inn in the wilderness of the Adirondacks. It's summer and there are lots of interesting people around the inn, including college kids who work there during vacation, and an old man who buys what seem like VERY expensive stamps! There's the set-up for quite a few mysterious happenings in this really nice setting. HB, XL, in used but sturdy condition, with a picture cover -- $3.00 Mystery of Sebastian Island (Margaret Goff Clark)1976. The old pick-up-the-wrong- suitcase ploy, but this time it goes in a different direction! Set on an island off the coast of Maine, where the girl has come home from boarding school for the summer. She is certainly not looking forward to spending this time with her mother and her new (hated) step-father. So she welcomes the presence of several mysteries on the island. And a couple of interesting boys! Nice HB, PC, $3.50 The Cub Scout Mystery (Dorothy Sterling) 1952. If you are, or have, a Cub, or if you, like me, love young peoples' mysteries, you'll certainly enjoy this book. However, there's a musty odor to it, so even with a beautiful dust jacket, it's going to be a big bargain for you. HB, fair condition, with a good DJ, $2.00 The Silver Spoon Mystery (Dorothy Sterling) 1958. One of the things that's most fun about this book, is that a lot of the action takes place in an old, classic library building. Silver spoons are stolen from the display case, and the Hill Gang (much nicer than they sound -- they're neighborhood kids) are following the clues. A vintage electric car is important in the story, being driven by lady of about the same vintage as the car. Enjoy reading this nice book! PB, $2.00 Secret of the Old Post Box (Dorothy Sterling) illustrations by Grace Paull. 1960. Dorothy Sterling wrote a lot of fiction and non-fict books, listed at the front of this book. I think Silver Spoon mystery and Old Post Box are her best or at least most favorite. In this one, there's a girl who moves to the suburbs from New York City, and loves her new home very much -- even before the mystery appears! Hidden treasure! SEcret codes! A mystery going back to Revolutionary times! Ghosts??? Nice mystery, attractive spooky illustrations, good kids having fun. It's a former library book, sturdy enough, a few of the pages are stained. HB in good condition! $2.00 Secret of the Old Post Box -- nice hardcover with a good DJ! $3.00 LOTS AND LOTS MORE MYSTERIES AHEAD!!! Mysteries by Elizabeth Honness are superb! They usually center around a fascinating subject (care to read about a doll hospital, for instance?) and include both girls and boys. Usually you'll learn something about history while you read these books. No formula-writing, not terribly scary, but compellingly written for kids of maybe 10 to 14. And happily read by me when I crave a really good juvenile mystery. I don't come across them too often, but I'll try to have some more for you very soon. Mystery of the Pirate's Ghost (Elizabeth Honness) 1966. New Haven CT setting. As so many lucky people do in old books, the mother inherits a mansion full of antiques, from relatives who are so far removed that there isn't any grief or guilt at benefitting from their demise. The family moves to the old place, and before long, they run straight into a mystery. Great descriptions of a wonderful old house, full of the requisite secrets. Excellent story, great Beth and Joe Krush pictures. HB, Picture cover, in excellent condition. $4.00 Mystery of the Pirate's Ghost, HB, has all the interior illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush! $3.00 What Janie Found (Caroline B. Cooney) 2000. Fourth in a very exciting mystery series, which starts with the famous "Face on the Milk Carton." One of the most interesting things about this series is that when you finish each one, you think you've solved the entire story of what happened to Janey and her families. Then there is the "onion-peeling" phenomenon, and you find that there are more layers beneath what you thought was solid ground. Just as Janie found out. Since there hasn't been another book since this one came out 10 years ago, maybe everything is finally straightened out. In any case, I was caught up in each of the books in turn, and this one just as much as the others. HB, XL, with nice DJ, $3.00 MANY MORE YOUNG ADULT MYSTERIES COMING UP!!! Mystery on Crabapple Hill (Fredric Martin) 1965. Someone has built a new house on top of Crabapple hill, and it's octagonal! That's odd enough, but then even odder things start to happen up there. And things disappear right from the kids' own house. A nice book, written for younger than teen readers, but one of those comfortable kids' mysteries that I like so much. PB, $1.00 The Case of the Threatened King (Robert Newman) 1982. Andrew Tilbert has to figure out what could have happened to his friend (and partner in solving many mysteries) Sara Wiggins. She never returned from dancing class, and even Scotland Yard can't seem to find her. Then another girl disappears, and Sara proves that she can work with Andrew even when they aren't together. Political and international intrigue. HB, XL, very good condition, with fine DJ. $3.00 Dig Here (Gladys Allen) 1937. Maybe it's a pre-Maltshop YA novel, maybe it's a mystery, who cares -- it's a bit of both, and great fun to read. Girl and her boarding school roommate spend the summer with the girl's unknown aunt (her parents are abroad for a long period) in "a New England village." They expect to be bored by a narrow-minded old woman and a quiet town, but life has a few big surprises in store for the girls. Including a mysterious well, a cat, and a switched suitcase, and some teenagers who don't seem to be too repressed by living in a small town! HB, small picture on the cover. fair condition but firm and clean, $2.50 HELEN FULLER ORTON -- When I was in grade school, it was really not too easy for us to find good mysteries in the library (of course they didn't stock Nancy Drew or Judy Bolton in their children's room.) Helen Fuller Orton books were their very best mysteries for young readers, and I read them over and over again, no matter that I knew the endings by heart. Some happened in the years when the books were written, some have historical settings, but they all feature friendly kids from happy homes, who were able to help less fortunate people (lonely kids, desperate old folks or neglected animals.) When I need something truly satisfying and simple to read, I still re-read Orton's books. Many of them were illustrated by Robert Doremus, who knew just how to draw the nice children in the stories! I'll add more as soon as I can. Here are a great many Helen Fuller Orton books -- try one for yourself, or if you're too sophisticated for them (unlike unsophisticated me)give some of them to a kid who loves mysteries that are NOT dependent on the supernatural! Mystery at The Old Place (Orton) 1943. This one is beautifully illustrated by Sandra James. The Old Place is where these kids lived before moving to a new place. During their summer vacation, they take picnic lunches there and find that something mysterious is happening when they aren't around. HB, with a very nice printed picture cover, all in excellent condition. $4.00 Mystery up the Chimney (Helen Fuller Orton) 1947. One of my favorite Orton books! In this one a girl is invited to visit elderly relatives, but she won't go unless her brother can get this opportunity, too. So they both go, and the lady cousins are livid! He has to prove that boys can be wonderful, too -- by solving an old family mystery. HB, XL, with nice library picture cover. Good solid condition. $4.00 Mystery at the Little Red Schoolhouse (Orton) 1941. Takes place in the early 20th century, which is pictured extremely charmingly by artist E. Emmett Owen. A new girl comes to the tiny country school -- she's been home-schooled up to this time, and doesn't know what class she'll be in. Soon she's at the head of the class, which might cause some problems with the other children! Then things start going badly wrong, missing valuables, a bad storm. HB, XL, with a prtty DJ and a picture cover, too. The book is in good condition, but some of the pages are stained. $3.50 Mystery in the Apple Orchard (Helen Fuller Orton) 1954. A neighbor girl comes to visit, boasting about the valuable ring that she isn't supposed to be wearing. Of course it disappears (this is a mystery!) but the sad thing is that the girl accuses a very nice lame boy of stealing it. This is far from being the only strange thing going on that summer! HB, XL, fairly good condition, with both a colorful picture cover and a pretty good DJ. $4.00 Mystery of the Secret Drawer (Orton) 1945. There was a very good wheat crop this year, and everyone in the family is going to get some special present... UNTIL -- the money disappears from the secret hiding place where it was put to keep it safe. This is one of Orton's historical mysteries, taking place around the turn to the 20th century. HB, XL, well-read but good cond, with a bright picture cover and good DJ. $4.00 Mystery in the Old Red Barn (Helen Fuller Orton) 1952. Girl goes to the barn to fill a basket with the apples they store in there, and hears -- a sneeze! No one wants to believe her, but soon enough, other mysterious things happen. No more clues from me, but another mystery is whether the kids will ever get a horse of their own. HB, XL, PC, all in nice condition. $4.00 Mystery in the Pirate Oak (Helen Fuller Orton) 1949. Orton's mysteries are short, sweet and nostalgic. This one stars 2 nice children who try to help an older neighbor find a treasure, and also befriend a lonely boy. Aimed at young readers, but heartening for the rest of us. I love the cover picture, 2 kids in cute clothes from the '50s, up on a platform in the most wonderful old tree that you ever saw! Tree climbing was an obsession with me for many years, and this one would have been a dream come true for me. good condition PB, $2.00. Fair condition pb, $1 Treasure in the Little Trunk (Helen Fuller Orton) 1932. Takes place in 1823-25. One of Orton's early books, this one is quite decorative. In fact, on the title page, it says "embellishments" (not illustrations) by Robert Ball. There's a nice list of books by this prolific author, opposite title page. This book is listed under the list of Historical Stories, but Orton couldn't resist making it into a mystery! A bit longer than her straight mysteries, but just as full of domestic details and adventure. HB, printed library picture cover, fair but very firm condition. $2.50 Treasure in the Little Trunk (Orton) This is a hardcover copy of the book, in fairly good condition, with a lovely dust jacket in excellent condition except for the library sticker near the bottom of the spine and a bit over onto the front cover. This is a very pretty book, full of beautiful illustrations. Also, a lovely story about a family that moves from Vermont, to western New York state, carrying a little leather trunk that holds a secret. HB, XL, DJ, $3.00 End of books by Helen Fuller Orton MORE MYSTERIES AHEAD! ******************************************* Annette Turngren wrote some of the VERY BEST mysteries for girls. Each one has a different and interesting setting, and includes the elements of a Maltshop as well as a complex mystery story. I'm close to positive that you would really like any of them! I'll include more books by Annette Turngren as soon as I can! Augusta Huiell Seaman's books have been very favorably reviewed in various issues of Whispered Watchword. Her vintage books are always interesting, and were very popular in the 30s through 50s. These vintage mysteries are always interesting!!! Often a nice Carolina shore setting. Sorry if there aren't any Seaman books at this time. I'll list more just as soon as I can get them. Worn copy of Mystery of the Old Violin (Seaman) 1932. Girl's family runs an Inn in a secluded seaside location. When 2 young people stay with them, the 3 kids have to solve several mysteries. Cut, fun -- this pb has one more "good read" in it! $1.00 Riddle of the Lonely HOuse (hardcover title, Strange Pettingill Puzzle) 1935. Paperback Scholastic edition. A Lonely, Deserted Old Mansion! That's all we need to know about any story, to be to be sure we'll love it! Good condition, $2.50 Snowshoe Mountain Lodge (Lisa Eisenberg) 1987. This is one of a nice series of 3 mysteries about Kate Clancy, who manages to get to some interesting locations like this ski lodge and Cape Cod -- and always runs into mysteries. A veritable Nancy Drew! These books appeal to Nancy's fans including me! PB, good condition, $2.00 The Mystery of the Great Swamp (Marjorie A. Zapf) 1967. Okefenokee swamp setting. Boy explores the swamp in his boat, with his pup. This book might appeal more to boys than girls, but if you enjoy wilderness adventure, wild and tame animals (including a pet alligator!) and a totally unexpected and amazing mystery, this is your book. HB, with a PC, in almost new condition -- $3.00 HB, PC, moderately good condition, $2.50 Mystery of the Great Swamp in a PB, $1.50 MORE MYSTERIES AHEAD -- INCLUDING MORE MALTSHOP MYSTERIES, AND BOOKS BY PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY AND MANY OTHERS!!! Mystery of the Lobster Thieves (Elaine Macmann Willoughby) 1978. this is a Weekly Reader Children's Book Club edition, written for pre-teens. Nice hardcover copy, with a creepy cover picture of 2 children in a boat, just off the shore of a place that looks like all the lobster villages on the coast of Maine. However, this one takes place a little south of here, on the NH coast. Family moves to a little house on an island, where they have a great time until the lobster thefts start up and the children decide to solve the mystery. HB, PC, $2.00 The Vandals of Treason House (Nancy Veglahn) 1974. 4 CT teens are convicted of vandalism, their reformatory sentence is suspended if they each write a long essay about vandalism, and put in 100 hours of community service repairing the damage they caused. While they're doing it, they learn to appreciate the historical old house they're working on, and when it's going to be torn down for "progress" they work to save it. Most of the sleuthing is historical, but I've never read any other book anything like it. Good story! HB, picture cover, $1.50 MANY MORE YA MYSTERIES COMING RIGHT UP! The Fireball Mystery (Mary Adrian) 1977. Adrian wrote a whole lot of YA mysteries, many with a scientific background, like this one about kids searching for a meteorite that they saw, falling from the sky. Weekly Reader Book Club HB with PC. $2.00 The Kite Mystery (Mary Adrian)1968. 4 children live in a wildlife refuge where 2 very rare swans disappear. After the official search is dropped, the kids go on looking, and learn a lot about nature (as you will, also, plus kite-flying) while they search. Adrian was well-known for her mysteries that involve nature, science, and suspense, and she also wrote a number of non-fiction nature books. All of them worth reading! HB, with cover picture of a swan and a kite. Good condition, $2.50 Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones (Mary Adrian) 1965. Three children go to Utah to spend their vacation digging up dinosaurs and mysteries. Even if you know a lot about dinosaurs, and even though this book was written for intermediate readers, you'll still learn a lot. The author wrote very popular mysteries that include nature, science, and very good reading. HB, PC, fair condition, $2.00 Skin Diving Mystery (Mary Adrian) 1964. There are 5 in the Skin Diving Club, only one of whom is a girl -- but she certainly holds her own! Oyster growing, strange groans, a lost valuable shell, this group has quite a few mysteries to work on. HB, XL, firm and tightly bound, library picture cover of a diver in fins and snorkle. $2.00 The Dollhouse Murders (Betty Ren Wright) 1983. I don't usually try to sell books that include supernatural or magic elements, but this one is about a dollhouse! Something I can't resist. Dollhouse is just like the girl's aunt's real house, where she finds the dollhouse in the attic. But strange things happen in this little house -- and the girl starts to think that the dolls are trying to tell her about a crime that happened many years before. There is an intricate cover picture of the dollhouse in the attic. PB in good condition, $2.00 CONTINUING WITH YA MYSTERIES! Mystery of the Haunted Hut (Mary Graham Bonner) 1950. I like everything about this book, including the title! Kids visit their friends in a remote village, during Christmas vacation from school. They plan on winter fun, skiing, sledding, skating and all the rest, and it does start out that way. Then they all discover blood in the snow, around a deserted shack. A wonderful story, plenty of fun, but plenty of shivers, both from the mystery and from the weather. As I said, I liked this book (way back when it was first written, as well as many years later!) PB, very good condition, $2.50 The Eisenbart Mystery (Roger Pilkington) 1963. Mainly for boys, but of course anyone can read it. Boy and family escape from East Germany, after a hard life including other escapes. Complicated plot, lots of adventures and new friendships. HB, XL, $2.00 Mystery Mountain (Florence Laughlin) 1964. Arizona setting. Both girl and boy characters. 2 boys, strangers, look like twins. Lost gold mines, trail rides into the desert, research into the past. HB, exciting PC, nice condition from Young America Book Club. $3.00 The Mysterious Schoolmaster (Anckarsvard) Translated from the Swedish, this book is one of a series that are very popular and enjoyable, mild and "cozy" type of mysteries about a group of school kids. In this one, the girl and boy start to notice things about their physics teacher, who is acting very mysterious and sneaky. They follow him, trying to stay undercover, but eventually get into some real danger. Nice that there are both boy and girl characters! This copy is a former library hardcover, with a nice picture cover showing a boy hiding behind a wall, watching a bicycling dark man, with the ocean in the background. Original Swedish version is from 1955. $3.00 The Mysterious Schoolmaster (Karin Anckarsvard) One of the good stories about the children of Nordvik, Sweeden. As you've guessed, this one centers around the school. We've all had some pretty wierd teachers, but could this one actually be a crook? PB in good condition, $2.00 The Robber Ghost (Karin Anckarsvard) 1955. Continuing the adventures of the same girl and boy that you've met in The Mysterious Schoolmaster, involving them in solving the mysterious disappearance of a large amount of money. And at the same time, the appearance of a ghost. Could these things be related? HB, XL but in great cond, with a very good DJ. $3.50 ADDITIONAL MYSTERIES AHEAD!! BIG LOT FROM THE YOUNG READERS BOOKSHELF. Here are 4 books from a very long series of short stories for boys and girls, all from the early 1950s. The stories are predominantly about boys, and the DJ pictures all show boys, but some of the stories are by women, and some of them feature girls. All of them are fun to read; I know because I read them! All 4 of these books are in very good condition, with DJs (one dj is slightly creased.) They would make a nice gift for a 4th or 5th grade reader, or for an animal- or sports- lover. My theory is that the books feature boys because girls are happy to read stories about boys, but boys are prejudiced against reading stories about girls! Just my theory .... Plenty of illustrations in each book. The books are: 1. Young Readers' Mystery Stories (Charles Coombs) 1951. Illustrated by Charles Geer -- you'll recognize his style! There are 6 short mysteries in this book. About 5-6 grade level reading. I don't know if the endpapers have anything to do with the book, I think they are the same for all the books in this series. These illustrations are very attractive, and feature a girl and a boy running through the woods. They're one of the things that lead me to think that these stories are for girls, too. DJ has some folds, but on the whole, it's a sturdy book. 2. Young Readers Dog Stories (edited by A. L. Furman) 9 short stories by well-known dog authors. The book is in nearly new condition, with just an inscription on the 3rd page. Excellent DJ has an adorable picture of a boy and a pup. 3. Young Readers Baseball Stories by Charles Coombs. 5 stories. More than just descriptions of games, there are back-stories about the players and their emotions. Book and DJ in very good condition, 4. Young Readers Football Stories by Charles coombs. 7 stories, similar to the ones I described in the Baseball volume. Again, a good DJ over a very good book. Four Young Readers Bookshelf books, these look wonderful! $9.00 for all 4. MORE MYSTERIES FOR TEENS! The Secret Raft (Hazel Krantz) illustrated by Maine's own Charles Geer. 1965. Complete with very nice map endpapers, this story starts with 3 kids sneaking away from home before dawn, to watch the sun rise and cook breakfast outside. Like everything else Howie does, this gets him into trouble (his dog, too!) But introduces the kids to some scientists who need their help -- and of course a mystery, too. Same author wrote "100 pounds of popcorn," so you can depend on some humor along with the mystery in here, too! And the start of Howie's interest in science. Nice story! Hardcover book in very nice cond with interesting cover picture. $2.50 (2 copies available) The Mystery of Crooknose (Laura W. Douglas) 1963. "A Writer's Conference Assignment turns into a murder case." This is really for older teens, while many of the YA mysteries are written for slightly younger readers. Crooknose is an inn in New Hampshire, where the girl reporter goes to cover the conference. As soon as she gets there, she starts to be involved in the murder case, and her fiance joins right in. Not to give anything away (it's on the back cover) this is a literary mystery, involving plagiarism. Very enjoyable! PB, $2.50 YA MYSTERIES BY PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY always involve a girl who goes to an interesting, unusual setting, finds a mystery, and meets a boy. Together they solve the mystery! These aren't romances, but stories of close friendship. These stories are very nice, very friendly and readable. Try one of them, and I'd be very surprised if you didn't want to read more of them right away. I'll try to have more of them very soon! Secret of the Spotted Shell (Phyllis A. Whitney) 1967. Takes place on the Virgin Islands, where the girl is staying with relatives while her parents are away. No sooner does she get there, than mysterious things start to happen -- disappearances, unwelcoming hosts, a clue that no one can figure out, break-ins. Very good plot, and you'll learn about an unusual setting without heavy-handed travel dialog. HB, former library copy, rather well worn, but covered by a laser copy of our nice dust jacket showing a girl and -- could that be a pirate? $3.50 Secret of Goblin Glen (Phyllis A Whitney) 1968. Wonderful title,isn't it! New Hampshire setting. Girl is spending the summer in the town where her great-uncle was once suspected of robbing the bank. It doesn't seem fair, but after all these years, some people still have suspicions of anyone in the family. Girl wants to clear the name of her long-ago relative, but this involves searching in the creepy Goblin Glen, with other, angry, people searching, too. Dramatic cover picture of the large rocks and twisting paths of the glen, with the searchers looking quite unfriendly! HB, former library copy with a printed library picture cover. This is covered by a copy of our very good DJ, so the whole thing looks very nice. $3.50 Secret of the Samurai Sword (Phyllis A. Whitney) 1958. Girl and her brother travel to Japan (from California) and find -- a mystery, a ghostly spirit, and some lovely friends. You can depend on Whitney to explore people's lives along with their mysteries. PB in excellent cond, $2.50 Hardcover copy of Secret of the Samurai Sword (Whitney) XL with printed picture cover showing a very frightening apparition, plus a real girl who looks pretty frightened! Fairly good condition (some wear to the spine and corners) $3.00 Mystery of the Crimson Ghost (Whitney) 1969. Girl wants a horse more than anything else in the world, but lives in town and can't have one -- until they go to spend the summer in rural New Jersey. Horse country, she hopes! The horse, and the mystery, appear before the first chapter is finished. A weird family, secrets, a ruined old house -- it's all plenty interesting enough to keep you reading avidly. I have 2 paperback copies of the book, somewhat worn for $1.00. Mystery of the Green Cat (Whitney) 1957. This is a mystery, yes, but my favorite thing about it is the story of blending 2 families. Widowed mother with 2 girls marries a widowed father with twin boys. Everyone moves together into a large old house in San Francisco, but nothing is Sweetness and Light. The older girl is a little shy, one of the boys is very unwelcoming. It takes a mystery in a nearby house, to start things going right. Whitney was the mistress of creating strong and believable, well-differentiated characters. This is a perfect example. Don't be fooled by the fact that she wrote dozens and dozens of books, or that they are widely available. They are treasures anyway! PB, good cond, $2.00 Another copy of Green Cat, fair condition -- $1.00 Secret of the Emerald Star (Phyllis A. Whitney) 1964. The Star is an emerald, and that's just the beginning of a very mysterious story! For starters, there's a spooky old woman who seems to be holding a girl captive in her old mansion! Like all the Whitney mysteries the girl in this one becomes involved in helping another young person, as well as solving a mystery. HB, XL, fairly good condition, with a very good and interesting DJ (DJ flaps are partly glued down.) $4.00 PB copy of Emerald Star in fair cond, $1.25 End of mysteries by Phyllis A. Whitney ************************************** Wylly Folk St. John mysteries -- if you haven't tried them, I highly recommend that you try them! Set in various locations in the South, most are aimed at about 8-10th graders, but have a bit of Maltshop appeal in each one, though their dates are just a bit late for Maltshop era. I think maybe the innocence and simplicity of the true Maltshop, can be found in some later books written for younger readers. St. John's mysteries are VERY well written! I had often wondered whether Wylly was a female or male name -- just read a short bio of the author and found out that she's a "she." I'll try to list more Wyllie Folk St John books in a future sale. Mystery of the Gingerbread House (St. John) 1969. Poor condition pb, but there's at least one more "read" in this exciting and beautiful book. I absolutely love the baby-on-the-doorstep plot of this story! And the feisty kids who search for the gingerbread house that they are sure will solve the problem of who the baby belongs to. Atlanta setting. PB, poor cond, $1.00 The Mystery Book Mystery (St. John) 1976. Teen girl takes a course in Mystery Writing, then is involved in a real murder case. She decides to write a book about this true mystery, and things get complicated! Interesting to read about a writers' conference and a murder investigation that's being studied by a group of professional writers. This book hs appeal for high-school age teens as well as the ages that most of St John's books are written for. HB, XL, with a very good and interesting DJ. $3.00 The Mystery of the Other girl (Wylly Folk St. John) 1971. Girl breaks up with her boyfriend when she thinks there's something strange about him. She seems to be right, as even stranger things keep happening, like the strange phone call from "the other girl." XL hardcover with a nice DJ on top of a picture cover! $4.00 Robin Gottlieb wrote quite a few mysteries for young teens, all of them with very interesting subjects and very clever plots. I'd certainly recommend them to fans of teen mysteries. Since that's one of my very favorite genres, you'll probably like these if you like most of the same books that I do! Mystery of the Silent Friends (Gottlieb) 1964. The Friends are very special dolls in the girl's father's antique shop. The girls find mystery and clues -- and all kinds of antiques to learn about. As a matter of fact, when I read one of Gottlieb's books, I usually learn interesting things about antiques! NY City setting. HB, XL, with a very nice DJ. $4.00 MYSTERIES ABOUT JED, LIZA AND BILL, WRITTEN BY PEGGY PARISH. Peggy Parish wrote the Amelia Bedelia books, but she's more than a humorous writer about a maid who takes everything literally! This nice mystery series is about 3 children and various mysteries they solve while spending the summers at their grandparents' summer home on an island Some of the mysteries that they solve had puzzled their own father and his siblings when they were kids in the same area. Beautiful Paul Frame illustrations (he did the art for some of the Trixie books!) Key to the Treasure (Peggy Parish)1966. first the series. A nice hardback, with picture cover by Paul Frame -- $3 Key to the Treasure (Parish) XL HB with a very nice DJ. $3.00 Clues in the Woods (Peggy Parish) 1968. Paul Frame illustrations. In August, the kids are getting a little bored, after solving the original mystery. First they pick out a puppy for their grandparents (or for themselves?) and then they find another mystery to solve before they have to go home at the end of the summer. HB, XL, PC, $2.00 Pirate Island Adventure (Parish) 1975. Paul Frame illustrations. This summer, Liza, Bill and Jed are going with their grandparents, to Pirate Island! When they get there, Grampa gies them a clue to an old mystery, and they have to go all over the island to solve it. South Carolina setting. PB, good condition, $1.75 Haunted House (Peggy Parish) 1971. Very nice condition Collier Books paperback. Family buys their dream house, big place in the country -- but it turns out to be haunted! Or is it some sinister plot? The kids know how to follow clues and break codes, so they love this challenge. This edition does not have the Paul Frame illustrations, but I've hardly ever seen nicer paper in a pb book. $2.00 ------------------------------------------ MORE MYSTERIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS AHEAD!! Mystery of the Red Tide (Frank Bonham) California shore setting. Someone is trying to make trouble for Uncle Mike, a marine biologist. Can the kids figure out this mystery and help their beloved relative? Caves, interesting marine life, a couple of teen boys who might or might not be the trouble-makers -- or possibly just interested in what's going on. Lots of fun, featuring very smart boys and an even smarter (of course!) girl, 1966 XL DJ $2 Mystery of the Red Tide (Bonham) paperback copy, very good condition, $1.50 Mystery in Little Tokyo (Frank Bonham) 1966. Young boy growing up in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. Family runs a gift shop, but the most interesting thing for the boy is a mystery in their Japanese garden. There's plenty of humor in this story, especially in the slang expressions used by people you might have expected to be very formal! And Danny Nomura is a brave boy who ends up helping both of his family's countries! I especially liked the cover picture of him in his Boy Scout uniform, climbing a high wall, while a fancy sword lies below him. Have fun with this mystery! HB, PC, good condition, $2.00 END OF YOUNG ADULT MYSTERY SECTION ----------------------------------------------------------------------- TEENS' AND CHILDREN'S NONFICTION These are books about subjects that I think you would be interested in -- Any that I've read myself, were well written and informative. Non-fiction is pretty much the only genre that I read besides Maltshops, teen mysteries, series books, and adult mysteries. Learn something! Have fun! BIG LOT of BOOKS ABOUT THE TRAPP FAMILY (or Sound of Music) Here are 3 books about the Trapp Family Singers, all paperbacks, all in good condition. They cover the early life of Maria Von Trapp, her marriage to Christopher Plummer -- oops, to the Baron Von Trapp) and their life after they came to America and sang at countless concerts -- plus their home and singing camps in VT. All 3 were at least partly written by Maria Von Trapp, sometimes with another co-author. The books include: 1. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (Maria Augusta Trapp) This is the original book that the movie "Sound of Music" was based on. Much more detail of Maria's life before, during and after the events in the movie. There's a lot about their life after coming to America, which is even more interesting to me than the Austrian scenes. By the way, there isn't a scary chase scene in an Abbey, but lots more about their family music-making, which I enjoyed terrifically. I LOVE their music as I heard it on records "in the old days" and tapes and CDs in the slightly less olden days. This is one of my all-time favorite books, and I'm reading it again (for the 4th? time) right now! Nice cover picture of the entire family. Large PB book, good condition 2. A Family on Wheels, Further Adventures of the Trapp Family Singers. 1959. I particularly liked this book for its travels around America and quite a few other countries. The Wheels refer to the large bus the family traveled in for much of the time. You'll learn about the kids' being what we now call home-schooled, about the concerts and audiences, and the many, sometimes amazing, places they visited. Lots of family anecdotes -- believe as many of them as you care to, she WAS an entertainer, after all! 3. Yesterday, Today, and Forever: The Religious Life of a Remarkable Family (Maria Augusta Trapp) 1966. This is no "Sound of Music" with singing nuns and dancing marionettes: most of this book is about the family's religion. PB, good condition. Three Books about The Trapp Family Singers, $9.00 for all three. MORE NON-FICTION AHEAD Martha, Daughter of Virginia (Marguerite Vance)1947. A very nice book by an author who also wrote quite a few other bio's of women, all written for young adults. Hooray for her, in an era when women weren't thought to be nearly as important as their husbands! This is the story of Martha Washington, and it's beautifully and respectfully done. The illustrations are especially lovely; have you heard of Nedda Walker? I hadn't, but I do like these pictures a lot. Nice biography. HB, XL, good condition, with a DJ that has only a couple of very small missing pieces. I think they're where the former library stickers were, and someone cut them out. Otherwise, a very good dust jacket with a picture of a sprightly, energetic-looking young woman on horseback. $3.00 Forest Fire! (Frances Judge) illustrated by Jo Polseno. 1962. Author lived with her ranger husband and their kids, in National Forests and parks, so she knows what she's writing about. The HB book is in very good condition, with a very good condition DJ. History of fire, fire prevention and fire fighting, safety rules, reforestation. Lots of nice drawings, quite a few photos (including Smokey the Bear as a cute cub.) Good reference book for middle-grade homeschoolers or anyone who wants to write a report -- or learn about forest fires. 1st ed. $2.50 To Dance, To Dream (Maxine Drury) a nice Whitman book, 1965, with true stories of great dancers from early times to the present. Nice line-illustrations. Pretty picture on the cover, a ballerina and a dreaming girl. Fairly good cond HB, $1.50 END OF NON-FICTION SECTION, THOUGH YOU WILL FIND NON-FICTION IN OTHER PLACES ON THIS LIST! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FICTION BOOKS OF MANY KINDS, INCLUDING: A FEW BIG LOTS HISTORICAL NOVELS, MUSIC AND POETRY BOOKS FOR LITTLE CHILDREN FOLK STORIES, ANIMAL STORIES AND LOTS OF OTHER TYPES OF FICTION BOOKS!! SOME OF THESE BOOKS WERE WRITTEN FOR ADULTS, BUT THEY'RE APPROPRIATE FOR OLDER CHILDREN The Poor Little Rich Girl (Eleanor Gates) 1912. Girl is taken care of by servants and can't play with the "unworthy" children that she sees from her window. She has everything a child could want except love and fun. Things aren't too pleasant for the little girl, and then -- well, this is a beloved century-old tear-jerker classic! HB in good condition, $2.00 Mary Poppins in the Park (P. L. Travers) 1952. This is the 4th book in the Mary Poppins series, believe it or not! The endpapers have a map of the places these stories take place, Cherry Tree Lane, The Long Walk, Rose Garden, and other places that sound so innocent until Mary takes the Banks children there! HB, XL, fairly good condition, with a DJ (by the familiar Mary Shepard, illustrator) in very good condition. HB, XL, DJ, $2.50 3 Katie John books by Mary Calhoun. 1960, 1961, 1963. Illustrated by Paul Frame, who illustrated many of the Trixie books, as well as others. What a good series! If you didn't read it when you were younger, here's a 2nd chance to read the first 3 books in a 4-book series. Katie John is impulsive, energetic, even, as one of the book jackets describes her, irrepressible! She gets into quite a few adventures! And there's plenty of humor, just look at the covers of these PB books and you'll know that -- especially the one that shows Katie John scowling, and writing "Boys are Repulsiv.." you have to imagine the last letter! The 3 books are Katie John, Depend on Katie John, and Honestly, Katie John! I've recently had a Katie John fest, reading all of the books in order and loving them again after all these years! 3 paperbacks in good condition, $4.50 MORE ASSORTED FICTION AHEAD -- Janey's Girl (Gayle Friesen) 1998. Girl and her mother drive across the country to visit her grandmother, whom she has never met. No one in the family is much for talking about anything personal, so she doesn't know anything about her family or even her own origins, especially her father. She dreams and thinks about him so often. She's studying piano, but has never before discovered that her mother used to be a fine pianist -- just one example of the secrets this family keeps. I recommend this story, contemporary though it is. Teen level, and has won some awards. Tall PB, nice cover picture. $2.00 All in the Timing (Melody Carlson) 2004 from the Tales from Grace Chapel Inn and Promises to Keep (Rebecca Kelly) 2004 from Tales of Grace Chapel Inn. I didn't think I'd like these stories, as fiction with a Christian slant is often poorly written and too full of coincidences. But these "Tales from Grace Chapel Inn" stories are full of interesting characters, clever plots, nice settings -- and they're quite humorous, too. I got a kick out of All in the Timing, for instance, where 2 really unpleasant teenagers happen to be staying at the inn with their families at the same time, and help each other calm down and become easier to live with! The food descriptions are tasty, too. 2 beautiful hardcover books, with calming, nostalgic cover pictures. 2 like-new hardcovers with picture covers, $4.00 MORE ASSORTED FICTION AHEAD-- The Diary of the Strawbridge Place (Helen Pierce Jacob) 1978. Described inside the book as being about "a family of Quakers operating a station on the Underground Railroad, who spirit slaves from Astabula, Ohio, across Lake Erie to freedom." The back flap indicates that there's another story about them, The Secret of the Strawbridge Place. Adventure, humor, danger. Written for middle grade readers, maybe grade 5-10. HB, personal copy, with a pretty dust jacket. $2.50 Helen's Babies, subtitled "With some account of their ways: innocent, crafty, angelic, impish, witching and repulsive. Also a partial record of their actions during ten days of their existence." Whew! from 1876. A sister asks her brother to stay in the home while she and her husband take a little trip. No problem, there will be a nanny and other servants in the house, but it's SO much better to have a man about the house. Well, of course nothing works out quite the way it's supposed to, and the young uncle learns more about children than he'd dreamed he ever would. Lots of baby-talk that might slow you down, but it's amazingly adventurous. I can imagine our great-grandparents laughing at this book when our great-great grandparents read it to them. Cover shows 2 little boys trying to get a billy-goat to pull a little cart, and the expressions on their faces are priceless! I don't know when this book was printed, but it's in better condition than it would be if it was really over 140 years old! Large HB, picture cover. $3.50 Calico Captive (Elizabeth George Speare) 1957. Takes place in 1754 in New Hampshire. Girl is part of the forced march to Montreal, and thinks she'll never see her family again. Based on a real diary, but made into exciting and suspenseful fiction. good HB, with a good DJ, personal copy. $3.00 MORE ASSORTED FICTION AHEAD -- Books by Charlene Joy Talbot, an author I've gotten acquainted with and really like! An Orphan for Nebraska (Charlene Joy Talbot) 1979. Irish boy arrives in NY after a long ocean trip, during which his mother had died. He figures that his uncle would be easy to find, but unfortunately Uncle Mike was in jail! The boy lives from hand to mouth for a while, then ends up going west on a Orphan Train, and finding a life that he'd never dreamed of. Not a road paved with gold, but in some ways, better! HB, XL, with DJ. Page block is split, but the pages are firmly stuck together, and the story is good enough to overlook this flaw! Nice otherwise. $2.00 Tomas Takes Charge (Charlene Joy Talbot) 1966. Same book, different title, as "Children in Hiding." A book that will make a big impression on you, or at least it did for me. 11-year-old boy has to take care of his younger sister when their father doesn't come home. After a neighbor says they'll have to go to the children's shelter, they hide out in an abandoned building, search for food after the farmer's market closes, anything to bide their time until their father comes back (as they keep thinking will happen.) There's a very good sequel to this beautiful story, A Home with Aunt Flory, I think is the name. $3.00 Call of the Mountain (Cornelia Meigs) 1940. This is a book that catches your eye before you even start to look through it. Bound in a burlap fabric, it has brown outline illustrations on the front and back covers. It's a large book, and the paper is of a quality you don't see any more. I would have thought it was a new printing of the book, but it's a first edition. There are lots of illustrations, some of them 2-color full-page, some of them smaller, black and white sketches. Set in Vermont in the 1830s, a wilderness adventure story among other themes like friendship and love, ard work, survival. It's a true classic, and this is a very good copy of the book. HB, PC, all in good condition, $3.00 MORE ASSORTED FICTION AHEAD -- The Blue Door (Ann Rinaldi) Very exciting story that takes place in 1840 in Lowell, MA, when girls worked long and arduous hours in textile mills. This is the 3rd book from Rinaldi's Quilt Trilogy, which follows a family through 3 New England generations. HB, XL, excellent condition Next, here's a big lot of fiction books! 5 books by EDWARD EAGER , who kept us amused and entertained with fantasy and magic when I was a kid! My favorite was Half Magic. The 5 PBs in this set are in wonderful condition, almost new, and they have new and funny cover pictures, plus lots of internal illustrations by N. M. Bodecker. Fun! The books include: Half Magic (1954) Knight's Castle (1956) Magic by the Lake (1957) Magic or Not? (1959) The Well-wishers (1960) 5 beautiful paperback books by Edward Eager -- $8 for the set of 5 books! If you don't want to spring for the entire 5 Edward Eager books, try just one, and it's my favorite of them, since it takes place in a summer cottage by a lake. Don't you love to read about rustic summer cottages? In fact, I'd like to live in one all year around! HB, XL, with a picture cover. The paperbacks are more beautiful, but this is a HB, so take your choice! Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager --$2.00 More assorted fiction -- Books by Noel Streatfeild (some are fiction, a couple are actually non-fiction, but this is MY list, so I'm putting them here!) Ballet Shoes (Streatfeild, 1937, I think it's her first and I know it's her most famous!) PB edition, formerly in a library, but good cond. $1.50 Theater Shoes (Streatfeild) 1945. I don't think this one needs any introduction, except to say that the cover has the sharp-nosed style, which I guess must have pleased someone somewhere. PB, $2.00 Theatre Shoes by Noel Streafeild, 1945. Dell Yearling Book says "A companion to Ballet Shoes" pb in good condition, 2 copies available, $1.50 each Dancing Shoes (Noel Streatfeild) Yes, another wonderful Streatfeild story of orphans who learn to dance -- and some of them are even quite talented! Plenty of problems but plenty of wonderful fun. PB, in good condition, $2.00 (2) End of books by Streatfeild MORE NOVELS COMING UP AFTER A LITTLE CHRISTMAS SECTION! ********************************************************* Christmas is either over or coming up later on, but you're probably like me, and love to read about it all year long! Here are some Christmas-themed books that are good reading any time of the year. A Treasury of Christmas Plays (edited by Sylvia E. Kamerman) Subtitled "Royalty-free stage and radio dramas for young players."1958, 1972. There are 40 plays in this very large book, all aimed at junior and senior high school students. Some are original to this book, some are adaptations of well-known books like Dickins' Christmas Carol, and The Birds' Christmas Carol and one of my favorites, Christmas Every Day. 509 pages including production notes. HB, XL, good condition, with DJ. $3.00 Bear and Katie in "A Day at Nestlenook Farm" (A Special Christmas) 2004. written and autographed by Loni R. Burchett. These 2 black lab dogs live in Maine, but in this story they travel to New Hampshire to a farm resort, and play in the snow just before Christmas. The pictures (by Patricia Sweet-MacDonald) are precious. If you like to read about New England, winter, dogs, Christmas-time, and aren't averse to a book written for little kids AND adults, you'll get a big kick out of this one. The preface states that these books were written to teach children about the environment, wild-life, geographical locations, etc. Published by a small-press, Black Lab Publishing. Tall, good-quality paperback, $2.50 The Christmas Carol Miracle (Luise Putcamp, Jr.) 1954. Will the orphans EVER win the prestigeous and valuable Christmas carol contest? Not with little Christopher, and his frog-like voice. Sweet story, small hardcover XL in excellent condition, with a very good dust jacket. $2.00 ************** End of Christmas books, back to assorted Fiction books ****************** Caddie Woodlawn (Carol Ryrie Brink) 1935. Kate Seredy illustrations. An early and quite nice edition of this award-winning classic, full of humor and love. The condition of the cover is only fair, but the interior pages are very clean and white, as some of these older books used to be. The many Seredy illustrations are superb -- they remind me of her pictures for The Good Master, especially the pictures of Caddie fighting, ploawing, and on horseback. Vintage Caddie Woodlawn -- $2.00 for this book alone, or combine with Magical Melons below, and the pair will be $4.00 Magical Melons, More Stories about Caddie Woodlawn ( Carol Ryrie Brink) 1939. This one has adorable illustrations by Marguerite Davis. "escapades of that lively family of Woodlawn children who lived on the Wisconsin border in 1860." If you love The Pink Motel and Baby Island, you'll appreciate the humor and wonder of this one, too. HB, XL, with DJ -- all in pretty good condition. The DJ picture is so cute that you might want to frame it! $3.00 for this book, or combine it with the copy of Caddie Woodlawn above it, and pay $4.00 for the pair. Baby Island (Carol Ryrie Brink) 1937. There is a shipwreck, and the 2 girls end up in a lifeboat with the babies that they've been playing with on the ship. When they drift onto a deserted (?) island, they make a new life there with their beloved babies. It's a Robinson Crusoe tale with babies! I'm sure I wasn't the only baby-loving little girl who read this book and longed to have something like that happen to me! A very lovely story. PB, $1.25 Eight Nursery Tales (edited by Watty Piper) the only dates listed in this book are 1932 and 1938. I'm not trying to say this copy is that old, since it's very clean and crisp looking. But who knows, it might be! The DJ shows the controversial Little Black Sambo, looking happy and proud leading a parade of animals and children from nursery tales like Chicken Little, Gingerbread Boy, and Little Red Hen. There is a slight musty odor to this book. HB, DJ with some pieces missing from the very bottom, $3.00 The New Boy (Mary Urmston) 1950. Author of very popular children's mysteries and good career-romances for teens, shows another side of her talents with this book about a 9-yr-old boy and his family, who have to adjust to a new town and school. Very, very cute. HB, XL $2.00 ______________________________________________________________________________________ ANIMAL BOOKS There are lots of animal stories other places, too, but here are a few especially nice ones Copy Cat Mystery (Carol Adorjan) 1990 - Very cute chapter book about a girl and her cat-sitting job, and -- what's causing all those odd things to happen Wyoming Summer (Mary O'Hara) 1963. O'Hara wrote a 3-book series, beginning with My Friend Flicka. But this is a "documentary novel" is about life on the real ranch where those stories were set. There are horses and a lot of other animals, and a group of kids who are attending a summer camp there! And more! HB, good condition, with pretty good DJ. Personal copy. $4.00 Flash of Phantom Canyon (Agnes V. Ranney) 1963. Much more than an animal story, but the dear little colt on the cover plays a big part. Native American boy -- or is he a white boy? He wants to discover his own past, who his parents were, where he belongs. Friendly, easy story, not grim or heavy but just nice! Historical setting in the Northwest when it was the frontier, Good PB. $1.50 Pepper (Barbara Leonard Renolds) illustrations by Barbara Cooney --1964. Very good story of a boy and his pet raccoon. HB, good condition, picture cover, $2.00 The Black Stallion Mystery (Farley) PB good condition! $1.50 _______---------------___________----------------______________-------------- Boys' Books Teen-age Boy Scout Stories (Irving Crump) from the Teen-Age Library. 13 stories about good deeds, adventures, problems that were overcome -- told through entertaining fiction. DJ shows Scouts helping firemen rescue people from a burning building, and aiding the fire victims. Very, very exciting picture. HB with DJ, both in very good condition. $3.00 2 book- lot of Mel Martin Baseball Stories (1947) I don't know anything about this series, but apparently there are at least 3 books in the series, all baseball mysteries. Mel himself is 16 years old. The 2 books I have here, are in very good condition, but lacking DJs. Titles are The Mystery at the Ball Park, and The Southpaw's Secret. 2 HBs, in very good cond, $4.00 FRANK MERRIWELL series by Burt L. Standish. Here are NINE books in this vintage (1898 through 1905) series. One of the things that tickle me about them, is a picture of Frank in his knickers on the front covers! Like all boys who are the heroes of series books, Frank was a sportsman, and had a good many adventures. He was featured in books, on radio, in many short stories. According to what I've read about these books, he was a model for young people, as he didn't smoke or drink, played nearly every sport, solved mysteries and graduated from Yale! How could he be any more upstanding? 9 of these very popular adventure stories in this big lot. They're all sturdy, clean, and tightly bound. Not exactly beautiful, but not too bad, either! They are all in the same format, with the cover picture of Frank in front of what is doubtless supposed to be a building at Yale. Frank Merriwell's Hunting Tour, ... Trip West ... Races ... Victories ... Vacation ... Bravery ... Set-Back ... Down South ... Return to Yale The books are sturdy and tightly bound, but I can't truthfully call them beautiful. Good reading anyway! All nine books for $18.00 REX LEE SERIES BY THOMSON BURTIS Here are the first 5 books in this series about flying, dated 1928 and 1929. The books are in fair to fairly good condition. No major damage to the bindings or text, but 2 of them have stained covers. There are no DJs, but a nice picture of a biplane on the front cover of each one. The books are: Gypsy Flyer On the Border Patrol Ranger of the Sky Sky Trailer Ace of the Air Mail Set of 5 Rex Lee books -- $8.00 TOM CORBETT, Space Cadet Book #1, Stand My For Mars -- 1952. Has a picture cover, and I must say, Tom Corbett is a very good-looking guy, even inside a glass space helmet. Some pages are a little smudged, there's wear to the corners and edges of the cover, but cover picture is clean and the binding is firm. $4.00 BRONC BURNETT-- Flying Tackle -- picture cover. Very small area at top right corner has the color torn off due to a price tag someone apparently pulled off. Exterior corners are somewhat rubbed, but interior is very clean and tight. $4.00 Bronc Burnett #5 -- Eagle Scout. Very nice condition, almost like new. Picture cover shows 2 boys in Scout uniforms, climing on what looks like an extremely scary rock cliff with a river very far below. Author of the Bronk Burnett series is Wilfred McCormick. HB, PC, $4.00 END OF BOOK SALE LIST
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