@cheri This is very similar to Lucy Daniels - admittedly the latter being a newer "author" (group of authors). I always wanted to write books like Lucy Daniels and was actually quite excited when I found out there were lots of authors behind the books - though I never followed up on that dream! 😏
@pratik @cheri @macgenie @rosemaryorchard While I have fond memories of devouring the Hardy Boys books by the dozen, on reflection, I don't think I can have read all that many. I certainly didn't discover them before the age of 8 or 9 and I lost interest after 12 or 13. So, four years. And I was limited by what the library had in stock. I'm sure I never actually owned any copies, as I did with Biggles and the Malcolm Saville books. And some of the Enid Blyton series.
@macgenie @cheri @Lioncourt But the actual (back)story turns out to have been so interesting. I read a much longer article about this a few years ago that got into the nitty-gritty of the feuding, editing and rewriting of the series (there were some distinct linguistic shifts sometimes that even a kid could pick up on, i.e. there’s one Bobbsey Twins book where the kids inexplicably refer to their parents as “Mother Bobbsey“ and “Father Bobbsey”).
I have fond memories of being introduced to the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew during a visit to my maternal grandparents’ and going down in their basement and choosing another BT or ND (five girls, so no Hardy Boys) book off of the shelf every day or so during our visits, reading the same books my mom and my aunts did growing up. Also, memories of finishing up the three series—within the limits of the library collection—by picking books from the shelves in the old library in the old house just off the square in our town.
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