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Old 06-12-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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I read all the Nancy Drew books when I was a preteen and young teenager in the 1940's. Also read all the other YA girl books of that time--Kay Tracy, Beverly Grey, Cherry Ames. I almost cried when I found out just a few years ago that there was no "Carolyn Keene". All those years I thought "Carolyn Keene" was a real person. Then I found out that the books had been written by a series of ghost writers, who were paid about $100 for writing a book but never shared in any of the royalties.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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I read all the Nancy Drew books when I was a preteen and young teenager in the 1940's. Also read all the other YA girl books of that time--Kay Tracy, Beverly Grey, Cherry Ames. I almost cried when I found out just a few years ago that there was no "Carolyn Keene". All those years I thought "Carolyn Keene" was a real person. Then I found out that the books had been written by a series of ghost writers, who were paid about $100 for writing a book but never shared in any of the royalties.
I couldn't believe it when I found out Carolyn Keene was not only not a person, but a group of various different writers. Are you kidding me? It almost permanently tainted my view of the Nancy Drew books. I love the originals, however; they are the best! And I'm only in my 30s - they are timeless!
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Wrangell, AK
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Trixie Beldon. CherryAmes. Hardy Boys. Nancy Drew. Bobbsey Twins. Happy Hollisters. Anne of Green Gables. Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farm. The Little Princess and The Secret Garden. The black Stallion (Walter Farliegh). Meg & Beth, & Amy & Jo. Mr. Toad.

All some of my favorite companions in the past. Often fondly recalled and dragged over many states as I refuse to give up my old pals. They reside currently in thier crates in my attic in Alaska today.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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I too was disappointed to find out Carolyn Keene wasn't a real person. I read tons of Nancy Drew, all from the library or borrowed from friends, and my brothers read the Hardy Boys. I also recall fondly watching the Hardy Boys series, and just found my favorite theme from the show on YouTube:

Theme from The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure 1956 - YouTube "And pieces of eight, pieces of eight" - it used to scare me silly.

I didn't know there were Bomba books - there was a Bomba TV show in the sixties that I loved to watch during summer vacation. I will have to look for them.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:45 PM
 
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Just remembered there was also a series of books in the 1940's-50's about an airline stewardess named Vickie Barr.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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I'm surprised nobody has brought up Tom Swift yet. Read a few of those, in addition to the Hardy boys.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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I enjoyed the Addie books by Gail Rock.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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Just remembered her....Pippi Longstocking.
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