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|Title:||The Parachute Jumper (Tom Slade series #19)|
|Publisher:||Grosset & Dunlap|
|Tags:||aviation, fiction, juvenile, Scouts|
Tom Slade befriends Billy Donovan, a young man who jumps from planes for a living. There’s something about this kid that intrigues Tom. After Billy makes a disastrous jump, and there is a daring rescue, Tom takes Billy to Leatherstocking Camp to help him recover from the jump. Mystery, fire, and near-death adventures ensue, with a surprise ending that keeps the reader guessing. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Fitzhugh, Percy Keese
Percy Keese Fitzhugh (1876-1950) was an American author. His first known work, The Goldenrod Story Book was published in 1906. The bulk of his work, having a Boy Scouting theme, revolves around the fictional town of Bridgeboro, New Jersey. Characters included Tom Slade, Pee-wee Harris, Roy Blakely, and Westy Martin. Fitzhugh's Scouting based books were very popular with children and adults. His characters became so real to his readers that it was not uncommon for Percy to receive fan mail addressed to the characters themselves. In the 1930's, he began writing the Hal Keen Mystery Series (10 titles) under the pseudonym Hugh Lloyd. They were followed by another mystery series - Skippy Dare - (3 titles). Neither of these series achieved the popularity of his Scout work.
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