We all know Nancy Drew and her amazingly analytical mind that can solve crimes while she toodles around in her coupe with her friends Bess and George. But did you ever meet The Dana Girls? I was introduced to these books by my much older cousins when I was about 9 or 10. I liked the mysteries, since I was really into Nancy at the time, but what I like more was that the books were really old and none of my friends had heard of them! I have 2 of the books, and they are in amazing condition! They are both copyright 1934, however according to research I've done, they are reprints from the 1950s, which is not indicated anywhere in the books. I have books #1 and #25.
"The adventures of resourceful Louise Dana and her irrepressible sister Jean are packed with thrills, excitement and mystery." Louise and Jean are orphans who live at a boarding school. They drive a roadster, another cool 1930s car, like Nancy's coupe! They apprear to be independently wealthy, with their money overseen by an aunt and uncle who are their guardians. Like Nancy, they have lots of independence and are often given special permission to leave the school to solve mysteries. Unlike Nancy, they have an arch-enemy, Lettie Briggs, who is always trying to get them into trouble, but gets caught by the headmistress. "Irrepressible" Jean enjoys playing retaliatory pranks on Lettie.The series was written by 3 different authors under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, author of the Nancy Drew books. Leslie McFarlane is known best for authoring the early Hardy Boys books under the pseudonym of Franklin W. Dixon. McFarlane did not enjoy writing the Dana Girls books and declined to continue the job after he wrote the fourth volume. Mildred A. Wirt Benson took over the duty and was the obvious choice since she was already writing the Nancy Drew books at that time. Harriet S. Adams took over writing the Dana Girls series at about the same time that she took over writing all of the Nancy Drew books.Both the front and back endpapers of every book have the same olive green and cream illustration.The books each have one black and white ink illustration with a quote, facing the title page.
I hope you've enjoyed meeting Louise and Jean Dana this week! I have other mystery-solving friends you will be meeting in the future. I also posted earlier this week about another vintage book, if you'd like to look at it HERE.