The happy Hollisters and the mystery at Missile Town (The Happy Hollisters, No. 19)

by Jerry West

Paper Book, 1961






Garden City, N.Y., Garden City Books, 1961.


A slender missile, fire streaming from its tail, rose majestically into the blue sky over the waters of Cape Kennedy. Suddenly it exploded into a thousand pieces, showering the ocean and beaches with debris. This was the first sight to greet the Hollisters on their arrival in Florida for a visit with their cousins, Sharon and Randy Davis. Anxious to help Uncle Walt, a rocket expert at Patrick Air Force Base, they join in the search for the rocket's nose cone, which is lost among the debris. The payload lodged in the nose cone is a very special "treasure," for on it depends on the success of future launchings. The holiday becomes an adventure when their new friend, Lady Rhesus, the space monkey, is stolen and they discover that her tracks lead to a fisherman's beach shack. The secretive manner of the fisherman, plus a strange encounter with his friend, leads Pete to suspect that they are engaged in something more villainous than stealing a monkey. When he finds that their boat is equipped with a powerful radar device for deep-sea exploration, he is certain! From then on the Hollisters race against time to find the three-million-dollar payload first. This new story should be an excellent addition to the series since it brings the Hollisters into the headline-making news of Cape Kennedy. Paperback; 173 pages with 19 illustrations.… (more)

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LibraryThing member LSTEPH1967
Had alot of these books as a kid and would read them over and over. They lose some of the charm re-reading as an adult but still entertaining. Always liked the fact that this series was written by one man and not a syndicate of cheaply paid writers sticking to a script. Wholesome family books.
LibraryThing member jbarr5
The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery at Missile Town (Happy Hollisters, #19) by Jerry West
In this adventure the kids are able to visit their relatives in FL. I am familiar with the area but not the space area.
Love how they are able to get to know the people in the area and how they are also able to
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collect clues about a missing monkey
and a missing nose cone from a rocket that didn't blast off right.
There are many dangers for them along the way but they are able to handle them all, even the neighborhood bully.
Love learning all new things even at their level. Makes such a fun read.
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186 p.; 22 cm


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