Children's Books Set in the Adirondacks
When we first began The Adirondack KidsŪ series of adventure stories we wondered how many other children's books have been set in the Adirondacks over the years. "How many can there be?" we thought. So we began collecting them. Wow! So far we headed for 100 different children's titles set in the Adirondack published from the late 1800's until today! There are picture books and middle-reader chapter books and a few YA's. We also picked up a few non-fiction children's books along the way. Below is a list of the books we have found for our collection so far. Some are still in print, but many are not. We found the out-of-print books cool bookstores and on websites specializing in old books. If you find a children's book set in the Adirondack not on the list - let us know!
We have put the title first, the author second, the name of the publisher third and the date the book was printed last.
The White Beaver by Harry Castlemon, The John C. Winston Company - 1899
The White Beaver by Harry Castlemon, The John C. Winston Company - 1899
Dick Meriwell in the Wilds or Clear Brain and Sharp Eye by Burt L. Standish (The Merriwell Series #167), Street & Smith Publisher - 1908
Haste and Waste or The Young Pilot of Lake Champlain by Oliver Optic - 1911
Motorcycle Chums in the Adirondacks or The Search for the Lost Pacemaker by Andrew Carey Lincoln, M.A. Donahue and Company - 1913
The Nowadays Girls in the Adirondacks or The Deserted Bungalow on Saranac Lake by Gertrude Calvert Hall, Dodd, Mead & Company - 1915
Go Ahead Boys in the Island Camp by Ross Kay, Barse & Hopkins - 1916
Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks by Lillian E. Roy, Grossett & Dunlop - 1921
NIBS - The Orphan Deer of the Adirondacks by Don Lang, Story Parade, Inc. - 1937
Maida's Little Camp by Inez Haynes Brown, Grossett & Dunlop - 1940
Youngun by Herbert Best, The Macmillan Company - 1944
Adirondack Adventure by Laurence Dwight Smith, Samuel Curl, Inc. - 1945
Giant Mountain by Frances Fullerton Neilson, E.P. Dutton & Company - 1946
Ghost at Garnet Lodge by Frances Duncombe, George J. McCleod - 1949
Bruce Benson on Trails of Thunder by Francis Fullerton Neilsen and Winthrop Neilson, E.P. Dutton & Company - 1950
The Mystery of the Ski Jump - A Nancy Drew Mystery #29 by Carolyn Keene, Grossett & Dunlop - 1952
Jack Jingle's Wish - A Real Adventure in Santa's Workshop, A Rand McNally Book-Elf Giant - 1953
Adirondack Mountain Mystery by Margaret Goff Clark, Funk & Wagnalls - 1966
Traveler from a Small Kingdom by Newbery Medal winter Emily Cheney Neville, Harper & Row Publishers - 1968
Cold River by William Judson, Penguin - 1974
Earthquake by Matt Christopher, Little, Brown & Company - 1975
The Lightning Time by Gregory Maguire, Farrar, Straus and Giroux - 1978
The Hardy Boys Handbook - Seven Stories of Survival (Chapter 3 Set in the Adirondacks) by Franklin W. Dixon with Sheila Link, Simon & Schuster - 1980
Lights on the Lake by Gregory Maguire, Farrar, Straus and Giroux - 1981
Katy Did It by Victoria Boutis, Greenwillow Books - 1982
The Summer War by Harry W. Paige, Frederick Warne - 1983
Jo Silver by Robert Newton Peck, Pineapple Press -1985
Carly's Buck by C.S. Adler, Clarion Books - 1987
Summer Lion by Liza Fosburgh, William Morrow & Company - 1987
Looking for Hamlet - A Haunting at Deeping Lake by Hope Campbell, MacMillan Publishing Company - 1987
The Hardy Boys Casefiles No. 3 - Cult of Crime by Franklin W. Dixon, Pocket Books - 1987
The Great Skinner Homestead by Stephanie S. Tolan, Four Winds Press - 1988
Sam the Adirondack Railroad Cat by Nancy A.Douglas, North Country Books - 1994
A Talk with the Animals of the Adirondacks by Francis Betters, Adirondack Sports Publications - 1994
*Young Voices of the Adirondacks, an anthology of writing by Adirondack children by Nadine Balzer McLaughlin, Graphic Expressions - 1994
The Hardy Boys #135 - The Hypersonic Secret by Franklin W. Dixon, A Minstrel Book - 1995
Mystery At Lake Placid (from the Screech Owl Series #1) by Roy MacGregor, McLelland & Stewart Ltd - 1995
Samantha Saves The Day - A Summer Story (Book Five in The American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp, Pleasant Company - 1995
Thirteenth Summer, An Adirondack Adventure by Jerry Cashion, Sunset Enterprises - 1996
Adirondack Fairy Tales by Lettie A. Petrie, North Country Books, 1996
Tales from Schroon Lake - Hobo Holiday by Barbara Davoll, Moody Press - 1996
Tales from Schroon Lake - The Problem with Prickles, by Barbara Davoll, Moody Press - 1996
Tales from Schroon Lake - Fire in the Bramblewood by Barbara Davoll, Moody Press - 1996
Tales from Schroon Lake - A Visit from Rudy Beaver by Barbara Davoll, Moody Press - 1996
The Boxcar Children #62 - Mystery of the Lake Monster, created by Gertrude Chandler Warner, Albert Whiteman & Company - 1997
Soft Shoulders - An Adirondack Story by Liza Frenette, North Country Books - 1998
Where Harriers Dance by Dean T. Spaulding, Magic Triangle Press - 1998
Buzz the Little Seaplane by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, Grossett & Dunlop - 1999
Backwater by Joan Bauer, G.P. Putnam's Son - 1999
Dangerous Falls Ahead - An Adirondack Canoeing Adventure by Liza Frentte, North Country Books - 2001
Drawing Adirondack Wildlife by Sheri Amsel, Nicholas K. Burns Publishing - 2001
The Adirondack Kids #1, by Justin & Gary VanRiper, Adirondack Kids Press - 2001
The Adirondack Kids #2 - Rescue on Bald Mountain by Justin & Gary VanRiper, Adirondack Kids Press - 2002
Adirondack Fairy Tales II - Tell Me A Story by Lettie A. Petrie, Petrie Press - 2002
Beverly Beaver's Hats - An Adirondack Tale by Joan Cofrancesco, Eastwood Litho Inc. Syracuse, NY - 2002
Adirondack Short Stories for Children by Elizabeth Lipiec Zerbst, Canal Side Publishers - 2002
The Adirondack Kids #3 - The Lost Lighthouse by Justin & Gary VanRiper, Adirondack Kids Press - 2003
Ice Palace by Deborah Blumenthal, Clarion Books - 2003
The Rascals for the Environment #1 - The Stranger by Susan E. Steverman, North Country Books - 2003
A Long Time Ago Today by Sally Warner, Viking - 2003
Adirondack Gold by Persis Granger, Beaver Meadow Publishing - 2003
The Adirondack Kids #4 - The Great Train Robbery by Justin & Gary VanRiper, Adirondack Kids Press - 2004
*Diaries of an Adirondack Boy 1890-1901, Graphics North - 2004
The Adirondack Kids #5 - Islands in the Sky by Justin & Gary VanRiper, Adirondack Kids Press - 2005
Runaway Dax Story & Coloring Book by Justin VanRiper, Adirondack Kids Press - 2005
Dead End - An Adirondack Adventure by Liza Frenette, North Country Books - 2005
*Leave Only Footprints by Joanne Kennedy, Call of the Loon Books - 2005
The Adirondack Kids #6 - Secret of the Skeleton Key by Justin & Gary VanRiper, Adirondack Kids Press - 2006
Adirondack Mouse and the Perilous Journey by Irene Uttendorfsky, Spruce Gulch Press - 2006
The Adirondack Kids #7 - Mystery of the Missing Moose by Justin & Gary VanRiper, Adirondack Kids Press - 2007
The Elves of Loch Fada by Jamie Sutliff - 2001 later re-released as The Elves of Owl's Head Mountain, Cold River - 2007
The Land of the NenUsYok by Jamie Sutliff, Cold River - 2007
Adirondack Nightmare by Rebecca Leonard, Leonard Enterprises - 2007
Henry the Hardware Bear Coloring Book, illustrated by Nichole Sears - ?
The Adirondack Kids #8 - Escape from Black Bear Mountain by Justin & Gary VanRiper, Adirondack Kids Press - 2008
Hey - the X-Men were also in the Adirondacks!: The Uncanny X-Men #215 and #216 - Marvel Comics Group 1986-87
* Non-fiction children's title
Robert Louis Stevenson was the author of the classic book, Treasure Island.
Born in England in 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson traveled to Switzerland, France and the Island of Samoa.
But it was during the winter of 1887 - 1888, when the world-famous author lived and worked six months at Baker Cottage in Saranac Lake, New York.
The cottage where Stevenson lived is still there in the Adirondack community on Stevenson Lane, and is now a museum which holds the largest collection of Stevenson personal artifacts in America. Even the pieces of furniture in one of the rooms are those which he and his family members used more than 100 years ago, including a desk and chair where the author sat and wrote.
Robert Louis Stevenson died in the Samoan Islands in 1894, when he was just 44 years old. Among his most famous stories along with Treasure Island were Kidnapped and Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde.
Photo Caption: The historic Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum in Saranac Lake, New York, holds the largest collection of Stevenson personal artifacts in America. Visit the museum's website at www.Pennypiper.org - photo by Gary VanRiper c 2006 Adirondack Kids Press.
Mail boats once delivered mail to residents of many Adirondack lakes. Mail boat delivery began on the Fulton Chain of lakes at the turn of the 20th century. Local historians have suggested Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States with a camp on Second Lake, was instrumental in securing the service.
The first contract for mail delivery from Old Forge to Inlet was awarded to Maurice Callahan of the Fulton Navigation Company in 1901. W. Donald Burnap took over in 1929 and delivered mail until 1975.
Miss America was the first mail boat used by Captain Burnap and was forty feet long with a cabin for mail and carried 17 passengers. A round trip from Old Forge to Inlet and back was 75 cents.
Common Loons arrive on Adirondack lakes in spring and leave in late autumn. There are only 200 300 breeding pairs in New York state.
Common Loons are about the size of a goose and have black and white feathers and red eyes. They can dive 240 feet below the water surface and can remain for up to three minutes under water to escape enemies. The haunting call of the Common Loon is a symbol of northern wilderness.
There were once nearly 70 fire towers at the tops of mountains in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. The fire tower at Bald (Rondaxe) Mountain dates back to 1917 and is one of just 23 left in the Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) abandoned the towers when it was determined nearly all fires were being reported by private citizens. The fire tower on Bald Mountain has recently been restored by the Friends of Bald Mountain (P.O. Box 206, Old Forge, New York 13420) and can still be enjoyed today. Can't climb a mountain with a fire tower? The 1919 observation tower from Whiteface Mountain is on display at the Blue Mountain Museum at Blue Mountain Lake. Visit www.adkmuseum.org for directions.
Shoal Point Lighthouse
The 25 foot tall Shoal Point Lighthouse on Fourth Lake in the Adirondack was built in the late 1800's and sits on the north shore across from the western tip of Algier Island. The old lighthouse as falling into disrepair and was restored in 2001 under the leadership of the Fourth Lake Property Owners' Association. Once believed lit at night by a kerosene lantern, today the lighthouse shines with a rotating airport landing beacon. There are a few lighthouses on Lake Champlain, but no others in the interior lakes of the Adirondacks.
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