James Otis (Kaler) (1848-1912) wrote Toby Tyler; or Ten Weeks with a Circus in 1880. Disney made it into a movie in 1960. With the final performance of The Greatest Show on Earth for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on May 21, 2017 future generations of children will never have the fantasy of running away to join a circus except through this classic book and movie.

Marjorie W. Sharmat (1928) began her series about the world’s greatest detective, Nate the Great, in 1972.





Mildred Wirt Benson, aka Carolyn Keene, (1905-2002) published Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock in 1930. Benson authored the first 23 Nancy Drew books.

I have read a few of the original series and some of the more contemporary versions as well as Junior novels. We’ve seen all the movies and I’m sure at some point I saw the TV show (along with the Hardy Boys). If you have never played one of the 33 Nancy Drew Adventures games by Her Interactive–you are missing out! I stumbled upon #13 Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon by accident one Christmas and we’ve been hooked ever since! Secret of the Old Clock was released as the 12th game in the series.