The Happy Hollisters at Circus Island

by Jerry West

Paper Book, 1955



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Garden City, N.Y., Garden City Books, 1955.


The purchase of a houseboat for a customer at Mr. Hollister's sport and toy store, The Trading Post, sends the Hollister family to Circus Island, the home of the Sunshine Circus, in Florida. Before they are to leave, however, Pam enters her dog Zip in a dog show where the theft of two French poodles and an injury to Zip begin a mystery which has some connection with the Hollisters' destination in Florida. The five Hollister children are amazed when they discover the thief at the dog show has preceded them all along the way to Circus Island. Through clues, such as a handbill announcing the Wizard Circus and the disappearance of another dog, they learn the thief's activities are far more sinister than anyone had at first suspected. Along with the strange occurrences of the mystery is the inside story of a circus. The boys learn a tumbling act, Holly tries her skill at tightrope walking, and they all find that a clown's smile is sometimes only a happy mask that hides sorrow. An excellent new Hollister tale, set in a fascinating part of the United States and concerned with a way of life that's almost like another world, this book will provide exciting reading.… (more)

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The Happy Hollisters at Circus Island (Happy Hollisters, #8) by Jerry West
Kids have Zip in a dog show and after he wins the kids are told of someone stealing a poodle but the boys and Zip are chasing the man.
He kids lose the chase but the cops show up and follow the clues but Zip is missing, but
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the poodle has been recovered. The kids were to leave for Florida for their winter vacation for a business trip the dad is taking them all on, but with Zip missing they are holding off doing that.
They do end up flying to Florida with a stopover along the way due to a storm where the kids do more investigating and find more clues as to the dognappers.
When they reach the island they learn a lot more about the circus actually trying stunts themselves and more about the dognappers and their movements. They had kidnapped others trick dogs as well.
They warn others with trick dogs to keep their dogs safe and always by their sides. Love the pretense they pulled on one of the bad guys with a toy doggie. So funny!
All the stories have sketches drawn of scenes, so cool!
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184 p.; 22 cm


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