If you were one of those million children who read the Happy Hollisters books back in the 1950s and ’60s, you will remember how special they are. How could you forget the exciting exploits of Pete, Pam, Ricky, Holly, and Sue as they solved mysteries around their Shoreham home?
Finally, by popular demand and after more than 40 years, the Happy Hollisters are back! Long a revered classic sought by collectors, new paperback editions of the series are now available. Now you can share your memories of the Happy Hollisters with your grandchildren, nephews, nieces, but without giving up your prized collector’s editions!
The Happy Hollisters series was 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; for example, Franklin W. Dixon and The Hardy Boys or Carolyn Keene and the Nancy Drew series were written by multiple authors. Unlike those books, however, Jerry West was not a shared pen name. The Happy Hollisters books were all written by Andrew Svenson.
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 Bobbsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. Many of these series were intended to have long publishing lives, and were written by multiple authors using the same pseudonym.