by Edward Stratemeyer, Illustrated by A. B. Shute
Stratemeyer used a variety of pseudonyms because he found that the titles sold better when thought to be written by several authors. A prolific writer, he collaborated in writing over 1,300 books that sold more than 500 million copies. They included incredibly popular juvenile fiction series such as The Bobsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. To create so many titles, he developed the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book-packaging technique utilizing several long-running series featuring the same characters in a formulaic structure. The Stratemeyer Syndicate was the first book packager to focus on children’s literature.
This new edition is dedicated to Judy Lauder.