The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
My review: The writing is a bit stilted and old fashioned, but the book was written in the 50s so I can accept these things. Back then, children did things they wouldn’t dream of doing now (or their parents wouldn’t allow them to anyway), and I kept having to remind myself that things were different back then.
Letting those things go, I still enjoyed reading the first adventure of the Hollister children. They are well-mannered, polite children who have been taught values and morals. That is clear. I believe there’s no harm in allowing our children today to be exposed to these good characteristics; that some may say are dying off.
This is the first story in a collection of 33 (I believe). I do have a couple of others, although they are not books 2 and 3. I highly doubt I’ll read all 33 books, but parents who want their children to read nice stories should consider this series.