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The Happy Hollisters

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Author: Jerry West
Key Words: Fiction, Classics, Adventure, Family, Mystery

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Book Description:

Hooray, The Happy Hollisters are back! First published in 1953, these charming mystery-adventure stories, faithfully reproduced, are now available in paperback for the very first time! Written for boys and girls between the ages of six and twelve, The Happy Hollisters are wholesome books, with an accent on humor and good, clean fun. Integrity always pays off and right wins over wrong. Parents, grandparents, and teachers will love these books for their healthy celebration of life in simpler times. Kids will be thrilled with the fast-paced action and will not want to put them down. This is a perfect gift for the young reader in your life!

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 hidden somewhere inside! Right away they all set out to solve these mysteries. Each one of the Hollister children - Pete (age 12), Pam (10), Ricky (7), Holly (6) and Sue (4) - 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. As the Hollisters explore their new town and make friends, they discover what happened to the moving van, and learn more 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 action-packed illustrations make the story- and the Hollister family- so vivid that the reader has a feeling of really sharing in on the adventures of this lovable and interesting family.


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Children's Bad Words

Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 3 Incidents

Swell, jeepers, and "by George" are all used throughout book a few times

Religious Profanities - 9 Incidents

Goodness, Gee, Golly

Religious & Supernatural - 2 Incidents

At a birthday party, favors (like fortunes from a fortune cookie) are read.

Some children think their house may be haunted but it is not.

Romance Related - 1 Incident

A boy accidentally lands in a boy's lap while playing musical chairs. He is teased about not landing in a girl's lap instead.

Attitudes/Disobedience - 3 Incidents

There is a mean bully in the story (that is cast negatively) and the children learn not to be like him and how to handle his meanness.

Two boys get in a fist fight.

One boy gets mad at a bully and wants to punch him, but thinks better of it.

Conversation Topics - 1 Incident

There is a mean bully in the story (that is cast negatively) and the children learn not to be like him and how to handle his meanness.

Parent Takeaway

The Hollisters are a nice and close-knit family that have so much fun together, whether it's playing, working at the family store, or solving a mystery together. The bully in the story is not portrayed positively, but is there for a lesson of not only what type of child not to be, but how to respond and behave around someone that is mean. Some good life lessons tucked away in here.

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