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Julie Campbell (1908-1999) was from Flushing, New York, and shares the same birthday as her character, Mart Belden. As the daughter of an Army Officer, she travelled widely during her childhood. When she was eight years old, she won her first short story contest while living in Hawaii. In 1933, Campbell married Charles Tatham Jr., and they worked together on many magazine stories and articles. Campbell lived in a remodeled farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons when she began writing the Trixie Belden series. The series was set in fictional "Sleepyside," but was based on the town Campbell was living in at the time in the Hudson River Valley near Ossining. Her home, "Wolf Hollow," was the model for Crabapple Farm, and Campbell actually lived on Glendale Road. Julie Campbell passed away in 1999 at the age of 91. Even at 91 she was still spirited and determined, just like Trixie.
Gr 3-6-Published more than 50 years ago, the now-classic girl sleuth comes to audio format. Trixie isn't looking forward to being stuck in Sleepyside for a boring summer taking care of her little brother, but things get a lot more exciting when Honey, a millionaire's daughter, moves in next door. Honey and Trixie discover a runaway boy hiding out in the old mansion on the hill. Could he really be the long-lost heir to the old miser who lies dying in the town hospital? Is there really a fortune hidden in the old house? The story's 1948 copyright is clear in the wholesome phrasing and gosh-golly interactions among the characters, but the day-to-day struggles of making friends and negotiating the pitfalls of growing up are timeless. Narrator Ariadne Meyers (Emma on Kate and Allie) strives to give each character a unique voice, from Trixie's eager tones, to her brother Bobby's petulant lisp, to Honey's breathless quivering. Young girls will enjoy this story that sits at the corner of reality and an old-fashioned vision of ideal American girlhood.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.