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Mary Louise

Mary Louise 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 Burrows. In the first books of the series, she is a fifteen-year-old girl with unusual maturity (though the other girls in her boarding school find her somewhat priggish). She is suddenly confronted with the fact that her beloved grandfather is suspected of no less a crime than treason against the United States. With the help of old and new friends of Mary Louise … the truth is uncovered. The novel features a federal agent named John O’Gorman; he is assisted by his daughter Josie, a young woman he has himself trained to function as an investigator. (The Josie O’Gorman character, despite preceding Nancy Drew by more than a decade, is much less traditionally feminine.)

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MARY LOUISE

By

Edith Van Dyne

Author of "Aunt Jane's Nieces Series" "The Daring Twins," etc.

TO YOUNG READERS

You will like Mary Louise because she is so much like yourself. Mrs. Van Dyne has succeeded in finding a very human girl for her heroine; Mary Louise is really not a fiction character at all. Perhaps you know the author through her "Aunt Jane's Nieces" stories; then you don't need to be told that you will want to read all the volumes that will be written about lovable Mary Louise. Mrs. Van Dyne is recognized as one of the most interesting writers for girls to day. Her success is largely due to the fact that she does not write DOWN to her young readers; she realizes that the girl of to day does not have to be babied, and that her quick mind is able to appreciate stories that are as well planned and cleverly told as adult fiction.

That is the theory behind "The Bluebird Books." If you are the girl who likes books of individuality wholesome without being tiresome, and full of action without being sensational then you are just the girl for whom the series is being written... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 21, 2015
Subject: Mary Louise
Sweet little story, quite fun.
Reviewer: - March 1, 2015
Subject: Mary-Louise
Not a deep book, just a little light entertainment, well narrated.
Reviewer: - June 9, 2014
Subject: Review
This was a fun book. Quite different then his other series but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Narration was very well done.
Reviewer: - May 22, 2014
Subject: Review
I really enjoyed this book. Sevilla did a wonderful job of narrating it. Now onto the next of the series! :0)


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