The Happy Hollisters
Published by Doubleday & Company, Inc
33 Total Books

The Happy Hollisters series is a children’s mystery/adventure series of books started in 1953 by the Stratemeyer Syndicate and author/partner Andrew E. Svenson, using the pseudonym Jerry West.

It was customary practice for the Stratemeyer Syndicate to assign pen names to series books, so that more than one author could contribute to the series; however, Jerry West was not a shared pen name. The Happy Hollisters books were all written by Andrew Svenson.

The Hollister family – Pete, Pam, Ricky, Holly, and Sue – were modeled on Svenson’s own children and their family life in Bloomfield, NJ. Mr. Hollister owns The Trading Post, a hardware store and toy shop in fictional Shoreham, and is often assisted at the store by his tight-knit family. The family has fun and adventures together, but when the mysteries arise, the independent Hollister children become amateur sleuths and are allowed to investigate and solve the mysteries on their own.

The Happy Hollisters were designed to appeal to young readers, particularly those between the ages of 4 and 12 – the ages of the Hollister family children. Children love The Happy Hollisters for the excitement and intrigue, but parents and teachers also love them for their carefully detailed educational themes. Andrew Svenson’s goal in writing the youth mystery novels series was to encourage a love of reading in children; each book was planned so that the first page would draw the reader in with a dangerous or mysterious situation, and each chapter would end with a cliffhanger or exciting twist that encouraged the child to turn the page and keep reading.

Doubleday & Co. published the first four titles in the series in 1953, and four titles were usually added to the series each year. When the series was completed in 1969, there were 33 volumes, published in the U.S. and nine additional countries. Over the course of their publishing history, over 16 million copies of The Happy Hollisters series books were sold.

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Books in this Series

The Happy Hollisters
The Happy Hollisters and the Castle Rock Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Cowboy Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Cuckoo Clock Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Ghost Horse Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Ice Carnival Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Indian Treasure
The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Monster Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery at Missile Town
The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery in Skyscraper City
The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Golden Witch
The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little Mermaid
The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Mexican Idol
The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Midnight Trolls
The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Totem Faces
The Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper Ship
The Happy Hollisters and the Punch and Judy Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Scarecrow Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Sea Turtle Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Secret Fort
The Happy Hollisters and the Secret of the Lucky Coins
The Happy Hollisters and the Swiss Echo Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Trading Post Mystery
The Happy Hollisters and the Whistle-Pig Mystery
The Happy Hollisters at Circus Island
The Happy Hollisters at Lizard Cove
The Happy Hollisters at Mystery Mountain
The Happy Hollisters at Pony Hill Farm
Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach
The Happy Hollisters at Snowflake Camp
The Happy Hollisters On A River Trip