Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls

L. Frank BAUM (1856 - 1919)

The Bluebird Books is a series of novels popular with teenage girls in the 1910s and 1920s. The series was begun by L. Frank Baum using his Edith Van Dyne pseudonym, then continued by at least three others, all using the same pseudonym. Baum wrote the first four books in the series, possibly with help from his son, Harry Neal Baum, on the third.

The books are concerned with adolescent girl detectives— a concept Baum had experimented with earlier, in The Daring Twins (1911) and Phoebe Daring (1912). The Bluebird series began with Mary Louise, originally written as a tribute to Baum's favorite sister, Mary Louise Baum Brewster. Baum's publisher, Reilly & Britton, rejected that manuscript, apparently judging the heroine too independent. Baum wrote a new version of the book; the original manuscript is lost. The title character is Mary Louise Burrows.

In this, the fourth book of the series, Mary Louise and friends form a group dedicated to supporting the soldiers in World War I, and she brings Josie O'Gorman in to spoil a treasonous plot against the government. (Summary from Wikipedia and Sibella Denton)

Genre(s): General Fiction, Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - The Mass Meeting Sibella Denton
00:09:26
Play 02 02 - Mary Louise Takes Command Sibella Denton
00:07:42
Play 03 03 - The Liberty Girls Sibella Denton
00:16:04
Play 04 04 - The Traitor Sibella Denton
00:13:23
Play 05 05 - Unconvincing Testimony Sibella Denton
00:08:48
Play 06 06 - To Help Win The War Sibella Denton
00:12:45
Play 07 07 - The Liberty Shop Sibella Denton
00:08:13
Play 08 08 - The Detective's Daughter Sibella Denton
00:10:17
Play 09 09 - Gathering up the Threads Sibella Denton
00:10:55
Play 10 10 - The Explosion Sibella Denton
00:07:15
Play 11 11 - A Font of Type Sibella Denton
00:15:46
Play 12 12- Josie Buys a Desk Sibella Denton
00:15:06
Play 13 13 - Joe Langley, Soldier Sibella Denton
00:05:54
Play 14 14 - The Professor is Annoyed Sibella Denton
00:08:40
Play 15 15 - Suspenders for Sale Sibella Denton
00:10:16
Play 16 16 - Mrs. Charleworth Sibella Denton
00:11:19
Play 17 17 - The Black Satchel Sibella Denton
00:10:09
Play 18 18 - A Hint from Annie Boyle Sibella Denton
00:06:41
Play 19 19 - The Printing Office Sibella Denton
00:12:31
Play 20 20 - One Girl's Wits Sibella Denton
00:08:03
Play 21 21 - Surprises Sibella Denton
00:09:12
Play 22 22 - A Slight Mistake Sibella Denton
00:09:32
Play 23 23 - The Flashlight Sibella Denton
00:12:28
Play 24 24 - After the Crisis Sibella Denton
00:07:06
Play 25 25 - Decorating Sibella Denton
00:02:54
Play 26 26 - Keeping Busy Sibella Denton
00:07:13