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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

Miss Pickerell is a Mary Poppins type who likes peppermint candy, her two nephews, nuclear physics and her Jersey cow. She is also energetic and curious and friendly. The result of stirring these and a few other ingredients is that the cow becomes radioactive, and Miss Pickerell, with the help of a Geiger Counter belonging to a redheaded sheriff who has the measles, finds a rich lode of uranium and gets a $10,000 award from the Atomic Energy Commission, which she uses to set up a scholarship fund for the sheriff, who always wanted to be a scientist. The story as Miss MacGregor tells it is impeccably logical and more cheerful than most atomic energy stories.

review by James R. Newman, Dec 1953 © 1953 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, INC. [Suggest a different description.]

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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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