So, this isn’t really a review, so much as a nostalgic remembrance. Feel free to ignore if you don’t like serial novels from the early 1900s.
When I was a kid, my mom bought us a huge collection of books called The Robinson Curriculum. I don’t know what it is like now, but back in the day, it was basically a collection of public domain books on CD. Some of the many books included were about 20 of the Ruth Fielding books.
Ruth Fielding was an orphan living in the early 1900s. She gets adopted by her grumpy, miserly uncle who owns a Red Mill (that’s where the first title comes in, Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill). Basically, they have a rocky relationship, but when Ruth discovers some money that he lost, they kind of become friends.
The Ruth Fielding books were very similar to other books written in that period. They were easy to read, focused on detective-style events, and there was always a reward for good service or behavior. Like nearly any other series, Ruth was able to go on amazing adventures and ended up quite wealthy. I do believe, that this was another series that used several different ghost authors. I preferred the original author, rather than the ones that penned the later books in the series. The War Front book, definitely sounds like it was written by a man.
I realize that I probably shouldn’t like this kind of book, because I imagine it was like the Twilight of the day, but I really enjoyed reading about Ruth when I was in middle school and early high school.
Last summer (it might have been the summer before), I became really nostalgic for the series. I went to eBay and tried to find as many of the books as I can. It turns out, the most popular books, including the first one, are much more expensive than the rest of the series. I was able to find about 10 books for less than $10, but a few are priced in the $100 or more range. I probably won’t be investing in those. I do want the first book, though!
I really don’t know what it is about this series, but I like it for young girls. Ruth is respectful and courageous, and for whatever reason, I found her much more likable than Nancy Drew, or most other detective-style books from the past. So, if you’re looking for a fun series from the past, I definitely recommend this one!