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Trixie Belden

The title character in a series of 'girl detective' mysteries written between 1948 and 1986.

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Trixie Belden Continues to Charm Modern Readers

  • Jun 22, 2010
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I began reading the Trixie Belden series as a preteen after seeing my mom re-reading the copies she'd saved from her childhood sparked my curiosity.  I was immediately hooked by the characters and devoured every one of the books my mom or our local library had, eventually buying the rest of them online in my late teens and early twenties (there are 37 books in the series, the first 13 of which are currently in print as of June, 2010).

The series revolves around a very relatable, precocious 14-year-old named Trixie, who starts a community service club with her two older brothers, Brian and Mart, her best friend and neighbor, Honey, and Honey's adopted older brother (and Trixie's crush) Jim, a runaway orphan who Trixie and Honey meet in the first book.  Later additions to the club include Trixie and Honey's classmate, Diana, and a reformed troubled youth named Dan.  The group has many adventures together, solving mysteries along the way of course, in their town in upstate New York and in various locales across the United States and even in Europe (their trips are usually funded by Honey or Diana's wealthy parents).

The mystery plots are at times somewhat far-fetched (although I didn't notice this as a teenager), but this varies depending on the ghostwriter (the creator of the series only wrote the first six, but the others stay true to the original spirit), but this is to be expected of the genre, and I think that compared to other similar series (*cough* Nancy Drew...) the books rank higher due to their character development.

Trixie Belden retains a dedicated following and active online community of fans comprised of baby boomers (mostly women but some men) who remember the books from their childhood, twenty- & thirty-somethings who read the books on others' recommendation, and teens who are discovering the series for the first time thanks to Random House currently republishing the series.  Many of these fans have even published fan fiction online.

Most of the books are easily found for sale used online, and are perfect light reading for summer or a weekend.

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June 23, 2010
Great review of this series! I remember it from when I was younger. I used to read these along with Nancy Drew and the Boxcar Children!
 
June 23, 2010
I've never heard of Trixie Belden before, but now I'm intrigued.  I love girl detectives!  Thanks for sharing.  By the way, I think you might dig these reviews of Nancy Drew :)
 
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Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
I read & loved these books even into my college years because their charm lies in their relatable and fun characters rather than their plots, which really are not bad for the genre.
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Trixie Belden is the title character in a series of 'girl detective' mysteries written between 1948 and 1986. The first six books were written by Julie Campbell Tatham, who also wrote the Ginny Gordon series, then continued by various in-house writers from Western Publishing under the pseudonym Kathryn Kenny. Today the rights to the series are owned by Random House. The series was completely out of print for a number of years, but Random House began releasing a new edition of the books in summer of 2003. As of summer, 2006, volumes 1-15 have been reissued. Fans of the series hope to see all thirty-nine volumes reprinted, especially the hard-to-find volumes 35-39.

Trixie is a young teen living just outside the fictional town of Sleepyside-on-Hudson, in the Hudson River Valley area of New York. She lives at Crabapple Farm, which had been in her family for either three or six generations (this varies between books), with her parents and three brothers, Brian, Mart, and Bobby. The first book establishes her friendship with lonely, sheltered rich girl Honey Wheeler whose family has just moved into the Manor House next door and soon the girls are embroiled in their first case.

Throughout the series, the two girls solve mysteries that baffled authorities and, along with brothers and friends, formed a club called the Bob-Whites of the Glen, have adventures, travel (though not as extensively as Nancy Drew, an older and more sophisticated girl sleuth), and struggle with ...
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