Jerry West is the author of a delightful children's series, The Happy Hollisters. Pete, Pam, Ricky, Holly, and Sue embark on a variety of adventures, often associated with trips they take with their parents. Mr. John Hollister is the owner of The Trading Post, a hardware, sporting goods and toy store and his wife Elaine is never too busy to help her sleuthing children on their latest venture.
My Dad came home from work one day when we lived in Belgium with a Happy Hollisters book under his arm. He had no idea how it came to be addressed to me; I can only imagine that through one of those Scholastic book offers or some other such thing at school, the publisher sent the first book with one of those try it or send it back offers. My parents paid the bill and the remaining books (33 in the series) came about every other month. I read the books, my sister read the books, and they traveled from Belgium to England and then to California with us. Sadly, in the late 1980s, they were lost in a fire at my parent's home.
Wanting Sophia to have the same enjoyment, I scouted around second-hand sources to rebuild my collection. I have 29 of the books, some with dust covers and some without and I need to get working on the remaining four. The final book in the series is the most elusive as a smaller number were printed and they are hot ticket items on Ebay.
As I was writing this post and linking to The Happy Hollisters site, I was delighted to find that the books are available again, albeit in paperback. I'd love to gather a set together and put them away for the day when I might have grandchildren asking for Nana to read them a story.