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The Secret of the Sand Castle

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Charles Dresner (781) 271-0055 Applewood Books to Publish Entire Judy Bolton Mystery Series through American Web Books Website Bedford, MA (October 12, 2002) -- Girl sleuth Judy Bolton is coming back! Applewood Books President Phil Zuckerman announced today he has reached an agreement with the estate of Margaret Sutton to bring all 38 of the Judy Bolton Mystery Books back into print in facsimiles of the original editions through Sutton, who died last year at the age of 98, is the author of all the books, making it one of the very few children's book series written by a single author. ""Applewood Books is delighted to be able to make these fabulous books available to a whole new generation of young readers,"" Zuckerman said, ""as well as to their parents and grandparents who grew up with them. Collectors will be especially excited to see them with the original cover art and interior design."" The Judy Bolton mysteries were launched with The Vanishing Shadow in 1932 by publisher Grosset and Dunlap and went on to become one of the most successful series ever in children's book publishing, selling 5,000,000 copies. The last book, The Secret of the Sand Castle, was released in 1967. Judy Bolton books have been highly praised for their realism, fine writing and careful plotting not usually found in children's series fiction. Sutton used actual contemporary events as the basis for her stories and allowed her characters to grow and wrestle with the social issues of the day. The settings are based on places where Sutton and her family lived in Pennsylvania's Potter County. Coudersport, where she grew up, became Farringdon, the setting for many of the books; Austin, PA, the scene of a great flood in 1911, became Roulsville in The Vanishing Shadow. These Judy Bolton books will only be available for purchase at, a division of Applewood Books, Inc. is a new way of keepin

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