Girl Scout Fiction Books 1918-1939
Vintage Girl Scout Fiction books are a challenge to find and sometimes, due to stereotypes
and dated concerns, a challenge to read.
Not all books had the blessing of GSUSA.
Many books were published with different dust jacket covers.
Books are grouped by eras; using the first year an author published a work of Girl Scout fiction.
Many of these books are available FREE on Google Book and other book downloads.
The Girl Scout was reproduced a few times, with different covers. Published first in 1920, it is the story of Aggie Phillips and her amateur patrol.
Welcome to the Girl Scout's Country Life Series
and the lives of fictional Natalie Averill, Norma Evanston and Janet Wardell.
There are 7 titles in the "Mountain Series" of Lillian Elizabeth Roy's Girl Scout books.
Katherine Keene Galt's 3 book series of Girl Scout stories was reprinted several times, and the hardback books come in a variety of colors of cloth binding and book sizes.
The Nancy Girl Scout series of books were sold in the GS catalog for several years.
Highville, A Girl Scout and Prohibition Story
by H. P. Northrop
"Sample" book, 15 cents
This is the story of Henry Freeman, a mechanical draftsman working for the government in New York City in 1927. He is proud of his Puritan heritage and the fact that he never drinks alcohol. He walks away from the "rat-race" and returns to his home town of Homeville to start fresh, only to discover that Homeville has been overrun by people who drink alcohol. He buys some land in the nearby hills, and starts his own community of non-drinkers by renting out the farmland to those farmers he approved of. He sets aside a large plot of land to create a Girl Scout camp. Both the community of farmers, called Highville, and the Girl Scout camp are a success.
The story of the Girl Scout camp is fairly vague and more of a backdrop to the anti-drinking story. The camp is large enough to handle 1,000 girls over the summer, and they live off the fresh eggs and crops grown on the property. Henry builds 3 cottages for the campers. The second floor of each cottage is big enough to hold 40 girls each in their own tiny room! At one point the girls in the camp find and adopt 2 bear cubs and they leash them to take them on hikes. At the end of that summer, the girls simply let the bears go free when the girls go home.
All 6 stories are set in Mississippi and were never reprinted.
Therefore, they are difficult to find.
Although I couldn't find any newspaper reviews, some online reviews note that the racial stereotypes in these volumes are especially difficult to read.
Nancy Nance was the nom de plume of Fern Elaine Nance Shumate (1910-2003), a gifted author of Ozark-focused stories.