A prolific writer of over eighty books, Catherine Woolley published so many children's books that her publisher recommended using a pen name for some of her works. Ms. Woolley's Ginnie Fellows series was and continues to be a reader favorite across generations.
Pen name: Jane Thayer.
Pen name: Jane Thayer.
When Cathy's family moves to a house from a cramped apartment, she is thrilled at the idea of having her own room. But when family finances are threatened, she must swallow her disappointment and give up her room to share with sister Chris.
Ginnie and Geneva are best friends - they walk to and from school together every day and play together every afternoon. Geneva's companionship means a great deal to the less self-confident Ginnie - until the new girl comes. Then all Geneva's time and interest seems to be devoted to Marcia, and Ginnie feels lonely and hurt. At first she is miserable, but gradually she develops other resources. Ginnie finds out what happens when she seeks her own solutions to her problems.
"But Ginnie," said Miss Wade, "it couldn't have been my old doll. Not after 30 years!" But it is! Ginnie had really seen Lady Vanderbilt, the beautiful doll that has been missing so long. And then mysteriously she disappears again. Why does the doll suddenly turn up at an auction? Who is the woman who buys her? Who steals the doll from the red car, and why? And where is the preciousl jewel that Lady Vanderbilt once wore? What begins for Ginnie as just a pleasant summer at Cape Cod ends up with an exciting mystery to solve.
It sometimes seems to Ginnie that the other girls are prettier or smarter or more sure of themselves than she is. She is enchanted at the prospect of spending a summer at the lake, but when she gets there she discovers there is one thing that stands between her and complete enjoyment: she doesn't know how to swim! With even the smallest children swimming or jumping fearlessly off the float, Ginnie feels that her feeble efforts make her conspicuous. But Ginnie's practice and determination help her find her way among her friends. At last Ginnie finds out how much fun she can have when she learns
Ginnie is delighted when she is asked to be a junior bridesmaid. But her joy is short-lived. Her first shock comes minutes after reading the invitation. A hard-packed snowball, tossed in fun by her friend Geneva, strikes her on the cheekbone, grazing her eye - which begins to turn black. A bridesmaid with a black eye! Impossible! There is nothing to do but to cancel plans for joining the wedding party. That calamity, however, is only the beginning. One crisis follows on the heels of another as Ginnie and her parents arrange to attend the ceremony as guests of the groom. The Christmas wedding i