Tarpon Springs, FL, April 16, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The Happy Hollisters are back! In the 1960s, The Happy Hollisters was the best-selling series in the U.S. for children in the 7-11 age group, with lifetime sales of over 11,000,000 copies. Over one million children joined The Happy Hollisters Book Club in the 1950s and 1960s. They joined for the excitement and mystery of the 33-volume adventure series, but many of them remained loyal fans through adulthood and became avid collectors, wistfully remembering the books’ wholesome quality and squeaky-clean fun. These long-time fans have been clamoring for a return of the series for more than 30 years; now that time has come for them to share the series with their children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. The Svenson Group, Inc., on behalf of the Hollister Family Properties Trust, is pleased to announce that the first volume in the series, The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West, has been reissued in paperback and is now available at Amazon.com and at www.TheHappyHollisters.com.
Andrew “Andy” Svenson, III, President of The Svenson Group, Inc. is the grandson of Jerry West (a pseudonym for Andrew Svenson, a prolific children’s book author who wrote more than 70 books for children). Andrew Svenson was a partner in the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book packager best-known for the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Bobbsey Twins series. The Stratemeyer Syndicate ordinarily assigned pseudonyms to their series books so that more than one author could contribute volumes. Andrew Svenson, however, was the sole creator and author of The Happy Hollisters, which was originally published by Doubleday & Company. The five Hollister children – Pete, Pam, Ricky, Holly and Sue – were modeled on Svenson’s own family and their adventures growing up in New Jersey.
Andrew Svenson researched and traveled extensively, giving The Happy Hollisters books an educational aspect that was appreciated by parents and teachers. Children loved the mystery and drama of the exciting cases that were solved by the children themselves. Svenson frequently said, “The trick in writing children’s books is to set up danger, mystery and excitement on page one. Force the kid to turn the page. . . Then in the middle of each chapter there’s a dramatic point of excitement, and at chapter’s end, a cliffhanger.” It’s a formula that has not gone out of style, and getting kids to read is more important now than ever.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Andrew Svenson’s birth, The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West is now available again, for the first time ever in paperback edition and as an eBook (Kindle and Nook). The text is identical to the original, with over 70 black and white illustrations by Helen S. Hamilton. The book is available for sale at www.Amazon.com and through the book’s website at www.TheHappyHollisters.com.
The Svenson Group, Inc.
Andy Svenson, President