The Happy Hollisters (Happy Hollisters, #1)

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  • Hardcover
  • 184 pages
  • The Happy Hollisters (Happy Hollisters, #1)
  • Jerry West
  • English
  • 13 January 2019
  • 9780448168708

About the Author: Jerry West

The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West was actually written by Andrew E Svenson, a prolific yet somewhat anonymous, writer of books for children Jerry West was the pen name assigned to Svenson when he started writing The Happy Hollisters for the Stratemeyer Syndicate The Stratemeyer Syndicate was a book packager, download books from your favorite authors on Apple Books wellknown for its development of children’s book series including Tom The Happy eBook Swift, The Bobb.

The Happy Hollisters (Happy Hollisters, #1)The adventures for the Hollisters begin as soon as they move into their new house on the shore on Pine Lake in Shoreham First, the moving van carrying their toys and their father's important new invention disappears Next, they learn that their house may be haunted, with a treasure hiddensomewhere inside! Right away they all set out to solve The HappyeBook #180these mysteries Each one of the Hollister childrenPete age , Pam , Ricky , Hollyand Sue plays an important role in finding clues, along with their parents who are always ready to join in on the excitement Even Zip, the collie, and White Nose, the cat, are part of the family, and find thrilling adventures of their own Asthe Hollisters explore their new town and make friends, they discover what happened to the moving van, and learn about the mystery surrounding their new home Excitement abounds when a secret stairway is discovered Then, on the trail of a mysterious intruder, their chase leads them to a deserted hut on nearby Blackberry Island Over seventy actionpacked illustrations make the story and the Hollister family so vivid that the reader has a feeling of really sharing in on the adventures of this lovable and interesting family.

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10 thoughts on “The Happy Hollisters (Happy Hollisters, #1)

  1. booklady says:

    Please understand the five stars is for wholesome reading and nostalgia, not necessarily great literature. And yet, I grew up with this series and dearly loved it as a child. Even then I think I knew it was too-good-to-be-true in a sense ... and yet the Happy Hollister clan are a fully functional family who work, love, and learn together the way families should and would do in an ideal world. So maybe that is what makes this book and series so wistfully appealing. It is that we so want it to be true or perhaps we realize if everyone were all we’re called to be, Life and families could actually be this happy. I am not sure ... just a theory.

    Certainly not everyone (even here) is living up to his/her potential. There is one bully among the children’s friends and there is a mystery. So yes, there are a ‘bad’ guys.

    This is the first Happy Hollister book in the series and the first I have read in a long time. My mother-in-law indulged me a few years back and bought me a few as gifts. One is an evening’s read. I hope to space out the remaining books to savor them...

    A trip down memory lane...

  2. Ellen says:

    Oh how I loved the Happy Hollisters. I read them all. I was around 7 or 8 when I started reading them, and I had quite a crush on Ricky. I guess the fact that I had a crush on a character from a book instead of, say, Ricky Schroder, makes me a gigantic dork. Oh well. What are you going to do?

  3. Jessaka says:

    What a sweet and fun children’s series about the Hollister family. Their motto as I figured out on my own is this: A family that plays together, stays together. This is a mystery series put out by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the same group that wrote mystery books for older kids, like Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Rover Boys, and etc. Of course, I have no idea how old the kids are in Tom Swift or in The Rover Boys. I guess I will have to read each of them someday.

    But I am not sure if I will ever read another book in this series as it is written for 7 and 8 year olds, and I have at least raised my mystery book reading level to teenage mysteries, not liking adult ones.

    In this book the Hollisters move to a new town where their toys are stolen in route, but they keep finding them all over town. Two items were found in junk stores, and one of their daughter’s buggy and doll were found on the street being played with by another little girl.

    Then they have to deal with the town’s bully. I would have thought that this bully would have been taken care of sooner, but I just read on Wikipedia that he is in every book. Ugh.

    And someone is sneaking into their house at night. Scary.

    The Hollister family has a lot of good times together. One tie they went on a picnic to a park where a dog runs off with a link of hot dogs. (I didn’t know that they ever came in links tied together.) So they chase the dog.

    My father used to take us on picnics, and he would barbecue steaks. I loved his basting sauce and have the recipe.* On one such trip we went to a forest near Palo Alto. We parked on a hill and had to walk down a steep path and then walked along a creek to get to the picnic tables. After our picnic, we headed out, but when we passed the creek again there was a cow standing it in drinking water. My dad had us all climb this large boulder that was in the creek in oder to protect us from the cow. My older brother, probably age 10, was wading out in the water ignoring Dad’s pleas to get on board. After the cow left, we got down; Dad grabbed the box of picnic supplies and walked ahead of us. I guess he wanted to hurry to the car before the cow returned. After walking some distance, we saw that the picnic box had been left behind and our dad was nowhere in sight. Mom picked up the box and when we got back to the car our dad was sitting inside. He had seen the cow again and thought it best to run. Born and raised in the city of Chicago my dad didn’t know the difference between a bull and a cowor steer or even know that they were both harmless unless you are fooling with them seriously. My mother was a fearless Texan.

    Back to the Hollisters. The kid’s parents allow them to turn a baby buggy into a cart so they can have their collie dog pull them around. Then the kids decide to have an animal parade. What a fiasco that was, as was having the dog pull the buggy. Then two of the kids are left to take care of their dad’s general store, and that too is a fiasco. Now that I think of it, everything these kids did ended up with problems, but their parents still allowed to do them. They even allowed them to go after the criminals, do detective work.


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    Sometimes this book reminded me of Our Gang (The Little Rascals). Now The Little Rascals would be a fun series for kids and for me, so I just bought the complete collection.

  4. F.C. says:

    I love the life-style of the 50s portrayed in these books! It made we long for an old simpler time when sons admired their fathers, children helped their mother willingly with chores, and small towns were safe enough for kids to roam freely....
    Perhaps that's too idyllic and the past was not like that...but I like to think it was

  5. Terri says:

    I first read these books when I was a little girl. They are aimed at a slightly younger age than Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, and they were the series that began my lifetime love of mystery novels. I believe that they are currently out of my print, but my husband found me a copy of the books for Christmas 2009. I can't give an honest review separate from the nostalgia factor, but I can say that they are a bit dated. The family is fun-loving and joyful, and the books make me feel good when I read them and that's good enough.

  6. Beth says:

    (How many of my favorite series as a child were actually written by conglomerates? All of them?)

    This is ooooold. Reminiscent of those Edward-and-Betsy-books old. Feels older than the Russell-and-Nora-books old. Old. Almost nostalgically idyllic, with one bully marring a charming neighborhood and the barest hints of financial trouble.

    It's almost amazing that you could write a successful series about - well - nothing. Children playing outside. I guess "successful" is relative, though: I have a shelf of these, but they aren't really good.

  7. Melissa says:

    I'm so glad this series is back! As a kid I read the entire series through the Happy Hollister's book club, and regularly lost myself in the mystery of the day. I once asked my Mom if she saw the end of this movie I was watching (I weirdly couldn't remember the movie title, when I saw it, or who played the characters). Turns out the plot I was describing was a Happy Hollisters plot, and I was enjoying the book so much and it was so vividly playing out in my tiny kiddie brain, I mistook the action in the book for a movie! I will have my daughter reading these since I now know they are in reprint in paperback. Sadly, my box of Happy Hollisters was left in an attic, or in a garage, or in a garage sale.

  8. Pamela Shropshire says:

    Last Friday I went to my local library’s annual book sale and literally the first thing I saw was a long row of The Happy Hollister novels. I pulled out my phone and googled them and discovered to my amazement that before me on the table was the COMPLETE SET of all 33 titles!!! Near mint condition, too.

    I read and loved this series as a preteen and I still have a few of them. I decided I didn’t need them and passed them up. But I couldn’t resist going back by them before I left, giving them another look and running my hand along the spines. I went on to my hair appointment.

    After my appointment, I went back to the sale and found a few Johanna Lindseys and some Stephanie Laurens books and a few others that I had overlooked. Just out of curiosity, I had to see if the HHs were still there and intact. They were. Again out of curiosity, I asked if the children’s hardbacks were $1 each, like the adults. The man said it depended on the size of the book. I explained I was really asking about a complete set. He said, “Well, how does $.50 each sound?”

    “I’ll take them,” I replied. I would have paid $1 each. I have a friend who has been trying to complete her collection and she said she had seen a single title sell for $175. 😲

    I brought them home and just had to reread some of them!

  9. Katie Kempski says:

    This is probably one of the best books I've ever read.

    Honestly. What other books contain characters that are NEVER down or weirded out by their inability to escape unfortunate events (i.e. having ALL their toys stolen, falling in quicksand, having their house broken into every night, etc)? And what other book contains such realistic storylines that involve children single-handedly capturing a criminal and throwing an animal parade all in the same weekend?

    Lovely. C:

  10. Linda says:

    A friend recommended The Happy Hollisters to me when my children were very young so I gradually accumulated the entire series. My dear husband read them faithfully each night to the girls and everyone (young and old) thoroughly enjoyed them! Good, clean, family read-aloud material. Highly recommend!!