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The Boltons move into a large rambling house reputed to be haunted. Even the brave Judy is thoroughly frightened by the eerie "crying ghost."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Charles Dresner (781) 271-0055 firstname.lastname@example.org Applewood Books to Publish Entire Judy Bolton Mystery Series through American Web Books Website Bedford, MA (October 12, 2002) -- Girl sleuth Judy Bolton is coming back! Applewood Books President Phil Zuckerman announced today he has reached an agreement with the estate of Margaret Sutton to bring all 38 of the Judy Bolton Mystery Books back into print in facsimiles of the original editions through AmericanWebBooks.com. Sutton, who died last year at the age of 98, is the author of all the books, making it one of the very few children's book series written by a single author. "Applewood Books is delighted to be able to make these fabulous books available to a whole new generation of young readers," Zuckerman said, "as well as to their parents and grandparents who grew up with them. Collectors will be especially excited to see them with the original cover art and interior design." The Judy Bolton mysteries were launched with The Vanishing Shadow in 1932 by publisher Grosset and Dunlap and went on to become one of the most successful series ever in children's book publishing, selling 5,000,000 copies. The last book, The Secret of the Sand Castle, was released in 1967. Judy Bolton books have been highly praised for their realism, fine writing and careful plotting not usually found in children's series fiction. Sutton used actual contemporary events as the basis for her stories and allowed her characters to grow and wrestle with the social issues of the day. The settings are based on places where Sutton and her family lived in Pennsylvania's Potter County. Coudersport, where she grew up, became Farringdon, the setting for many of the books; Austin, PA, the scene of a great flood in 1911, became Roulsville in The Vanishing Shadow. These Judy Bolton books will only be available for purchase at AmericanWebBooks.com, a division of Applewood Books, Inc. AmericanWebBooks.com is a new way of keeping America's historic literary tradition alive by making it possible for people to bring back into print favorite books from childhood or other historic works just as they remember them. Visitors to AmericanWebBooks.com can suggest books for publication or become "partner publishers" with the company. --more-- Applewood Books (www.awb.com), publishers of facsimile editions of original Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Tom Swift books, specializes in books from America's living past. Founded in 1976 by Phil Zuckerman, Applewood publishes 25 to 30 new books a year and has over 500 books in its backlist. Imprints include Books of American Wisdom and Quote/Unquote. ### For more information, contact: Phil Zuckerman, President Applewood Books 128 The Great Road Bedford, MA 01730 (781) 271-0055 email@example.com -OR- Charles Dresner, Director of Sales & Marketing Applewood Books 128 The Great Road Bedford, MA 01730 (781) 271-0055 firstname.lastname@example.org
When Judy Bolton and her family move into a haunted house, she is determined to solve the mystery of the ghost in the attic.
The Bolton family moves into their new residence in Farringdon. Belonging once to an infamous family of thieves, the home is reputedly haunted by the ghost of the previous owner who was murdered in the house. It certainly appears haunted. Judy and Horace hear strange noises from the attic, and Horace vows to discover the source and unmask it at a ghost party. Meanwhile, Judy finds herself in the middle of a very difficult situation when she is forced to choose between two groups of new friends. Horace's ghost party provides the backdrop for a reconciliation of friends and the amazing revelation of the true identity of the ghost residing in the Bolton's new home.
About the Author
Margaret Sutton was born Rachel Irene Beebe in Odin, Pennsylvania in 1903. She was the daughter of Victor Beebe, a well-known historian, and Estella Andrews Beebe. Being a spirited nonconformist, she dropped out of high school, but in 1920, graduated from the Rochester Business Institute. After graduation, she worked for several years as a secretary and in printing. During that time, she met William Sutton at a church dance in New York City. After a courtship exchanging poems and playing chess, they were married in 1924, and she began writing stories for her husband's daughter, Dorothy. Her first Judy Bolton Mystery was published in 1932 under the pen name Margaret Sutton. Ms. Sutton wove many real events and places into the Judy Bolton stories through the 35-year history of the series. She also wrote numerous stories for children and young adults. She was also active in social causes, joining the historic March on Washington in 1964. In 1965, her husband of more than 40 years died. In 1975, after traveling extensively, she married a long-time family friend, Everett Hunting. They moved to Berkeley, California and made their home there until 1993 when they moved back to Pennsylvania. Mr. Hunting died shortly after they moved. In 2001, at the age of 98, Margaret Sutton died in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, not far from her native Potter County.