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The Radio Girls on Station Island

Margaret Penrose

"Jessie was not greatly afraid of the elements or of what they could do to the yacht. But she was made anxious by the repetition of the statement that the radio was out of order. They had found that neither the receiving set nor the old wireless set worked well. It looked as though the boys had overlooked something in rigging the new set and the radio girls quite realized that in this emergency a general and perhaps a thorough overhauling of the wires and connections would be necessary to discover just where the fault lay."

The Radio Girls on Station Island; or The Wireless from the Steam Yacht is the third book in the Radio Girls series. Jessie Norwood and Amy Drew have adventures involving the new phenomenon of radio in this 1920s series. In this story the girls decide to vacation off Long Island on Station Island, so named for the the large broadcasting station installed there. Amy’s brother owns a steam-powered yacht that takes them to the island for the summer. Later that summer a pleasure party is cruising on the yacht when it catches fire. The girls on the island hear about it by radio and must spring into action to save the passengers.

In the early 1920s, when radio was just about the most amazing invention to date, girls weren’t left out of the excitement. While there were two main Radio Boys series, one published by Grosset & Dunlap and the other by A.L. Burt, Cupples & Leon published the Radio Girls series, one of the many Stratemeyer Syndicate series. They were written under the pseudonym of Margaret Penrose, a name used for other series as well. Although there were only four books in the original series, they were well-written and show the girls as strong and adventurous. The books were later reissued in 1930 by Goldsmith Publishing as part of the much larger Campfire Girls series.

Book publisher: Cupples & Leon Company, New York
Book copyright:
Book edition: First edition, ~1926 printing
Pages: 204 (222 bound pages)
 5″ x 7-5/8″
Dust jacket: None
Illustrations: Glossy frontispiece by Thelma Gooch
Back matter: 8 pages of ads for Cupples & Leon book series
Digital edition © 2006 Curtis Philips. All Rights Reserved.

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