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The Happy Hollisters

(Happy Hollisters #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,840 ratings  ·  162 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published August 1st 1979 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1953)
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Georgianna Miller I think you may be confusing this series with another, more popular one, "The Bobbsey Twins". This was about siblings, but they were two sets of frate…moreI think you may be confusing this series with another, more popular one, "The Bobbsey Twins". This was about siblings, but they were two sets of fraternal twins. One pair being about 9 and the other about 6.(less)

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Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of Dick and Jane books
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 ...more
Nov 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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?
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 w
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terri by: Allan Barger
Shelves: 2010, reread, fiction
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 re ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
(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 sh
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Age appropriate for kids who love mysteries in the 8 to 12 age group.
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 actio ...more
Katie Kempski
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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:
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Pamela Shropshire
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
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 anoth
Luisa Knight
The Happy Hollisters books are wonderful; and there's 33 of them!

The Hollisters are such a nice and close-knit family, and they have so much fun together, whether it's playing, working at the family store, ... or solving a mystery together! Each one of the Hollister children - Pete (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. These books remind me a lot of the Nancy Drew an
Four ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for nostalgia and the joy this series brought me as a child.

I grew up on the Happy Hollisters & plowed through all the books when I was in first grade. My brother who had challenges reading, didn't believe I read as fast as I did & would quiz me on the books.😆When I found them on Kindle Unlimited, I thought I'd reread a few.

Definitely dated (what I'd expect from a book first published in 1953) & reading them on an e-reader lessens the charm-but still a fun, quick nostalgic read.❤
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This series gets checked out a lot from the Logos Library, so I was curious. It's written in the 1950's when kids could still roam all over small town America. It's a fun little mystery - along the lines of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys for younger kids 2-4th grades. It did remind me a bit of my own childhood when our little town was our playground, and all the people one's neighbors and friends. ...more
Kathy Barnett
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-as-a-kid
I LOVED The Happy Hollisters when I was a kid and have read them all! I sold a bunch on eBay for quite a bit of money a few years back, so they're kind of collectible. I tried to get my nieces to read these when they were younger, but they have so much reading in school these days, which I think is good, but it doesn't give them much time for pleasure reading. They even have reading lists for over the summer now. ...more
Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it
I read all of these and received an award from the school librarian for my commitment to reading even though they were cheesy and formulaic which was just what a grade school reader looks for in a book. The same man chastised my sister for not expanding her reading because she was reading too many of the Little House books.
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children 8 and up
Shelves: mystery
I received my first Happy Hollister book many, many Christmases ago. I think I was around eight years old. I distinctly remember falling in love with this series and kept reading them well into my early teens. It is about a large family living during the 1950's that solve mysteries together.

Katie Fitzgerald
There are seven people in the Hollister family: Mr. Hollister, who has just opened a store called the Trading Post in his new hometown of Shoreham, his wife, and their five children: Pete, Pam, Ricky, Holly, and Sue. In this first volume of the mystery series named for this cheerful family, the kids try to solve two mysteries. One is that the small moving truck containing all of their toys never shows up to their new house, but the toys keep appearing in the possession of different people all ov ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enter a simpler and happier time with Jerry West’s classic book “The Happy Hollisters,”the first installation in the eponymous series. First published in 1953, the quaint story features the charming Hollisters, a traditional family comprised of five children—Pete, Pam, Holly, Rick, and Sue—their parents, and their faithful collie, Zip. The premise of the narrative is a simple, rather mundane mystery. The Hollisters move to Shoreham, and somewhere en route the moving van goes missing, along with ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit-history
I have seen these books in antique stores for years, but really knew nothing about them. Until my blog entry on the Statemeyer Syndicate and an e-mail from one of the descendents of the author.

If I had first discovered these books as a kid, they would have been 4 or 5 stars. They're funny, with just enough page-turning adventure. The kids are smart and given the freedom and opportunity to do a few things on their own. The charactesr are all genuinely likable, except for Joey Brill. What is up wi
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My eight year old was enthralled with this book. She could not wait for the next chapter to be read and begged for "just a little more" each night. The chapters end with cliff-hangers and I would have to read just a page or two more to satisfy here. The mild suspense was
delightful to her. The picture of a happy family is ver encouraging and we learned a lot about how to treat our siblings from this book.
We're searching the library for the next in the series!
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Every one of the Happy Hollister books was an adventure and joy to behold! Of course, I read them back when I was 6-8 years of age, so the fact that I can remember them after forty plus years should encourage all the oldsters to recommend these books to their young reading aficionados! :)
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
My mother subscribed to this series for me when I was a kid. I have about 30 of them somewhere in my mother's attic. I loved them! Brings back memories... ...more
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've read actually all of these, but I just put one on the list. These are wonderful children's books that were a mainstay in my life. ...more
Douglas Wilson
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
No idea what I would think of this series now. But I do remember reading them.
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grade-school
I loved these books when I was growing up. My brother introduced the series to me.
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This was one of my favorite series as a kid.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute. Sort of a Nancy-Drew-sensibility for the younger set.
Ashley Lambert-Maberly
Loved the Happy Hollisters (more than the Bobbsey Twins, even!) but struggled to find their adventures in print, and celebrated whenever I stumbled upon one. They were so good-natured and the plots simple yet engaging. I'm sure they're not great literature, but I was literally reading them in between Jane Austen as a precocious eight year old, and loved both.

Re-read it recently. The cast isn't diverse (no apparent non-white characters) but that's at least a step up from reinforcing stereotypes a
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They certainly are a happy family

I'm really not sure how I missed reading these Happy Hollister books when I was a kid, but if the first book in the series is any indication they're going to be fun to read.

I've also had a chance to listen to the audio book. While I am definitely a fan of reading a book for myself over having a book read to me, there is something fun about having a Happy Hollister book read to you. Narrator Sarah Breidenbach has a pleasant reading voice that kept me listening as
I read this title and one other book in the series. My sister and brothers read them avidly. For some reason, the name Joey Brill sticks in my head. He was the troublemaker. Maybe his name was used as a warning in our family. I should read one of these books again so I can refresh my memory.
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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, well-known for its development of children’s book series including Tom Swift, The Bobb ...more

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Happy Hollisters (1 - 10 of 33 books)
  • The Happy Hollisters on a River Trip (Happy Hollisters, #2)
  • The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach  (Happy Hollisters, #3)
  • The Happy Hollisters and the Indian Treasure (Happy Hollisters, #4)
  • The Happy Hollisters at Mystery Mountain (Happy Hollisters, #5)
  • The Happy Hollisters at Snowflake Camp (Happy Hollisters, #6)
  • The Happy Hollisters And The Trading Post Mystery (Happy Hollisters, #7)
  • The Happy Hollisters at Circus Island (Happy Hollisters, #8)
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