Andy Svenson 
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Re: “Guilty Treasures

Hi Anneli,
I enjoyed your article about Guilty Treasures in the East Bay Express, particularly your reference to the wholesome Happy Hollisters, and wanted to introduce myself. My grandfather, Andrew Svenson, wrote all 33 volumes in The Happy Hollisters series under the pseudonym Jerry West. The Hollister children were patterned on the personalities and adventures of his own children: my father, aunts, and uncles. In the 1960s, The Happy Hollisters was the best-selling series in the U.S. for children in the 7-11 age group, with lifetime sales of over 11,000,000 copies. Over one million children joined The Happy Hollisters Book Club in the 1950s and 1960s.

I thought you might be interested to learn that after being out of print for many, many years, the Happy Hollisters are making a comeback! Over the years we've heard from many fans who have fond memories of the wholesome Hollister family and their exciting adventures. They appreciate the squeaky-clean adventures and want to share the stories with their children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews – but don't want to give up their prized collectors' editions. To meet this demand, we have recently reissued the first three books in the series in paperback and eBook editions: The Happy Hollisters, The Happy Hollisters on a River Trip, and The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach. The stories are identical to the originals, with their family-friendly dialogue and charming illustrations by Helen S. Hamilton. We are currently working on producing the 4th and 5th volumes in the series, and intend to produce several volumes each year until the series is completed again.

If you'd like to learn more about our project, and see pictures of the "real" Hollister family, please visit our website: or join our Facebook group… Of course, you may also contact me directly if you’d like more information at any time!

Thank you again for mentioning The Happy Hollisters! They would certainly provide a wholesome balance for some of the steamier summer reading you mentioned!

Andrew E. Svenson III

Posted by Andy Svenson on 05/11/2011 at 7:07 AM

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