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Tom Swift and his Sky Train, or, Overland through the Clouds (Tom Swift #34)

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Title:Tom Swift and his Sky Train, or, Overland through the Clouds (Tom Swift #34)
Garis, Howard R.  Writing under the pseudonym: Appleton, Victor   
(12 of 19 for author by title)
Tom Swift and his Talking Pictures, or, The Greatest Invention on Record (Tom Swift #31)
Tom Swift and his House on Wheels, or, A Trip to the Mountain of Mystery (Tom Swift #32)
Published:   1931
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap
Tags:adventure, airplanes, boys, fiction, juvenile, Tom Swift (Fictional character)

Tom is working on his latest invention, the Sky Train. First his experimental Sky Train crashed, then the bank denied a crucial loan, then his Sky Train crashed again. Could it be sabotage? The Acton firm is sponsoring another, rival Sky Train in hopes of beating Tom to the market. A World Exposition in which airplanes feature highly is to be held in San Francisco shortly and both want to be the first to be there. It’s a race—both Sky Trains are to take off at the same time and whoever gets to San Francisco first will receive a huge amount of money. Tom overcomes both sabotage and aerial hazards to win the prize. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:122 Info

Author Bio for Garis, Howard R.

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Howard Roger Garis (April 25, 1873 – November 6, 1962) was an American author, best known for a series of books, published under his own name, that featured the character of Uncle Wiggily Longears, an engaging elderly rabbit. Garis and his wife were possibly the most prolific children's authors of the early 20th century. Many of his books were illustrated by Lansing Campbell.

The first Uncle Wiggily story appeared January 10, 1910 in the Newark News. For almost four decades the newspaper published an Uncle Wiggily story by Garis every day except Sunday, and the series was eventually nationally syndicated. By the time Garis retired from the newspaper in 1947, he had written more than 15,000 Uncle Wiggily stories.

By virtue of his accessible characters and engaging plots, Garis was one of the most influential children's authors of his day. Many of his books, especially the Uncle Wiggily books, are still widely read and are readily available over the internet. Milton Bradley produced an Uncle Wiggily board game in 1967 and again in 1988. The game debuted much earlier though and remained popular until the 1970s.

Garis wrote many books for the Stratemeyer Syndicate under various pseudonyms. As Victor Appleton, he wrote about the enterprising Tom Swift; as Laura Lee Hope, he is generally credited with writing volumes 4–28 and 41 of the Bobbsey Twins; as Clarence Young, the Motor Boys series; as Lester Chadwick, the Baseball Joe series; and as Marion Davidson, a number of books including several featuring the Camp Fire Girls. The couple's children also wrote for Stratemeyer. After Edward Stratemeyer's death in May 1930, his two daughters, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892–1982) and Edna C. Squier (1895–1974), ran the company, with the result that Garis stopped writing for the Syndicate in 1933 after several disagreements.--Wikipedia.

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