Sunday, November 15, 2009

Kay Tracey added to my Bonanzle booth

I have added several volumes from the Kay Tracey series to my Bonanzle booth this evening. The Kay Tracey series was a creation of the Stratemeyer Syndicate and patterned closely after Nancy Drew. Mildred Wirt Benson, ghost writer of many of the Nancy Drew titles, wrote 11 of the 18 volumes in the series. The books were reprinted several times over the years. Originally they were published by Cupples and Leon, beginning in 1934. The series continued until 1942. It was revised in 1951 with new wrap style dust jackets and red boards. In the late 1950's, they were published again with the same cover art but taller in height. Boards were in green, aqua and blue. Pictorial covers and paperbacks were created throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and then another set of paperbacks apeeared in the 1980s.
Kay lives with her mom and her cousin Bill. She solves her mysteries with her friends, Wilma and Betty. Her cousin is a lawyer, and like Carson Drew his cases are sometimes the catalyst of the mystery. The books are fun to read, and since the majority are written by Mildred Wirt Benson, the parallels to Nancy Drew are heightened.
The copies in my booth are the 1950's printings. They are very nice, with white pages and intact dust jackets. If you have never read a Kay Tracey, you might want to check them out!

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