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Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls

Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls by L. Frank Baum
By: (1856-1919)

The Bluebird Books is a series of novels popular with teenage girls in the 1910s and 1920s. The series was begun by L. Frank Baum using his Edith Van Dyne pseudonym, then continued by at least three others, all using the same pseudonym. Baum wrote the first four books in the series, possibly with help from his son, Harry Neal Baum, on the third.

The books are concerned with adolescent girl detectives— a concept Baum had experimented with earlier, in The Daring Twins (1911) and Phoebe Daring (1912). The Bluebird series began with Mary Louise, originally written as a tribute to Baum’s favorite sister, Mary Louise Baum Brewster. Baum’s publisher, Reilly & Britton, rejected that manuscript, apparently judging the heroine too independent. Baum wrote a new version of the book; the original manuscript is lost. The title character is Mary Louise Burrow.

In this, the fourth book of the series, Mary Louise and friends form a group dedicated to supporting the soldiers in World War I, and she brings Josie O’Gorman in to spoil a treasonous plot against the government.

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Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls

By Edith Van Dyne

Author of "Mary Louise," "Mary Louise in the Country," "Mary Louise Solves a Mystery," "The Aunt Jane's Nieces Series," etc.

Frontispiece by Alice Casey

The Reilly & Lee Co. Chicago

Copyright, 1918 by The Reilly & Britton Co. Made in the U.S.A.

Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls


The object of this little story is not especially to encourage loyalty and devotion to one's country, for these are sentiments firmly enshrined in the hearts of all true American girls. It is rather intended to show what important tasks girls may accomplish when spurred on by patriotism, and that none is too humble to substantially serve her country.

Organizations of Liberty Girls are possible in every city and hamlet in America, and are effective not only in times of war but in times of peace, for always their Country needs them always there is work for their busy hands.

One other message the story hopes to carry the message of charity towards all and malice towards none. When shadows are darkest, those who can lighten the gloom are indeed the blessed ones... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - June 8, 2014
Subject: Review
As always Sevilla does a wonderful job of narration. This is a slow book compared to the rest. But it brings us back to a time that none of us were there for. It's amazing how history repeats.

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