The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West was a 33-volume mystery series for children written from 1953 through 1969 for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book packager which also introduced the Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, and Nancy Drew. Jerry West was actually a pseudonym for the author, whose real name was a carefully guarded secret for many years, but is now known to have been Andrew Svenson, my grandfather. The Hollister children were patterned on the personalities and adventures of his own children: my father, aunts, and uncles.
I am really excited to spread the word that The Happy Hollisters are back! The books have been out of print for 40 years, but over the years we kept hearing from people who remembered the series fondly and wanted to share them with their children and grandchildren without giving up their prized hardcover editions. We recently reissued 13 books in the series in paperback and eBook editions: The Happy Hollisters, The Happy Hollisters on a River Trip, The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach, and The Happy Hollisters and the Indian Treasure, The Happy Hollisters at Mystery Mountain, The Happy Hollisters at Snowflake Camp, The Happy Hollisters and the Trading Post Mystery, The Happy Hollisters at Circus Island, The Happy Hollisters and the Secret Fort, The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery, The Happy Hollisters at Pony Hill Farm, The Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper Ship and The Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House Mystery. The stories are identical to the originals, with their family-friendly dialogue and charming cover art and interior illustrations by Helen S. Hamilton. We have been happy to learn that young readers are still eating these stories up, and we intend to produce several volumes each year until the series is completed again.
I know that my grandfather would be tickled to know that people still have fond recollections of his books, and that his legacy is living on through blogs and the internet. We’ve been very fortunate to reconnect with a lot of his former fans, and have a lot of fun interacting with them through Facebook. If you’d like to learn more about our project, please check out our Facebook group www.facebook.com/TheHappyHollisters or visit our website: http://thehappyhollisters.com/.
Andrew E. Svenson III
On behalf of the Hollister Family Properties Trust