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Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter (Miss Pickerell #2)

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Title:Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter (Miss Pickerell #2)
MacGregor, Ellen   
(1 of 4 for author by title)
Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars (Miss Pickerell #1)
Published:   1953
Publisher:McGraw-Hill Book Company
Tags:adventure, children, fiction

It's a search for uranium that intrigues her now and an encounter with a most unusual young sheriff. Miss Pickerell, of course, is solidly on the side of the law!

Miss Pickerell's now-famous cow is very much part of the story - as are her nephews, Homer and Harry. And her knowledge of geology (after all her rock collection won first prize at the state fair!) comes in very handy - especially when she hears this all-important clicks on the Geiger counter. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:53 Info

Author Bio for MacGregor, Ellen

Ellen MacGregor (May 15, 1906 – March 29, 1954) was an American children's writer. She is known best for the Miss Pickerell series of children's novels.

MacGregor began to write for publication in 1946. A story that she submitted at that time for a class at the Midwestern Writers Conference was later published as the book Tommy and the Telephone. The first appearance of Miss Pickerell, her famous and quirky major character was in the short story "Swept her into Space", published in Liberty during 1950. She expanded it to book length, published in 1951 as Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars, a science fiction novel for children. MacGregor's goal was to provide fantasy literature with correct (for the time) scientific facts that would appeal to children. Miss Pickerell was well received by critics, such as Virginia Kirkus, who wrote: "A lively novelty. Fact and fancy in a new venture for this age group." It was also released as the initial selection of the new Weekly Reader Children's Book Club. Three other Miss Pickerell adventures followed before MacGregor's early death.

Besides these books, many of MacGregor's stories appeared in magazines of that period, such as Story World, The Instructor, and Christian Home.

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