About Margaret Sutton Books

The official site for information about Margaret Sutton and her books.

Margaret Sutton (1903-2001) published her first Judy Bolton mysteries in 1932. The original series, 38 volumes, lasted until 1967, making it the longest lasting juvenile series written by a single author. Sales totaled nearly 5 million, including foreign language editions. The books are noted not only for their engaging plots and thrilling stories, but also for their realism and social commentary. To many young girls Judy was an ideal role model--smart, capable, courageous, nurturing and always unwavering in her core beliefs. 

Every book was based on something that really happened, and fans of the series have enjoyed learning about the events that inspired each book. 

Based on conversations with the author and her family plus extensive research, co-authors Kate Duvall and Beverly Hatfield wrote the last book in the series, The Strange Likeness which was published in 2012, based on Margaret Sutton's suggested title and plans for the future of the series. The book was edited by the author's daughter, Lindsay Sutton Stroh, and illustrated by another daughter, Marjorie Sutton Eckstein. 

Margaret Sutton’s executor is arranging for publication of several previously unpublished works including “Letters to Live By,” scheduled for release in September 2020. This delightful book of alphabet verses and stories was written by Margaret Sutton and two of her daughters, Lindsay Stroh and Marjorie Eckstein. The book, with wonderful illustrations, is designed to encourage discussion of values. A free online discussion and activity guide is included.

An annual Judy Bolton Weekend is held each year in October in the author’s hometown in Pennsylvania. More information can be found at www.judybolton.com.

LATEST NEWS

Annual Judy Bolton Weekend

 The annual Judy Bolton weekend is held every October in Margaret Sutton's birthplace, Potter County, Pennsylvania.  Check www.judybolton.com for details.

 

BOOK: Letters To Live By Available Now!

Letters To Live By Book Cover
Letters to Live By is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers. This delightful book of alphabet verses and stories was written by Margaret Sutton and two of her daughters, Lindsay Stroh and Marjorie Eckstein. The book, with wonderful illustrations, is designed to encourage discussion of values. Letters to Live By is available at Amazon in paperback, hardcover and e-book formats!

For an autographed copy of LETTERS TO LIVE BY (hardback only) email MargaretSuttonBooks@gmail.com for price and details.

Download the Free Discussion and Activity Guide (Word Document)

About Lindsay Stroh

Lindsay Stroh, the youngest daughter of Margaret Sutton, coordinates the annual Judy Bolton weekends in Pennsylvania.  A retired journalist, she published a book of her poems and songs in 2012. She served as editor of The Strange Likeness and co-author of Letters to Live By.  She is now arranging for publication of her mother’s unpublished stories and autobiography.

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BOOK: The Strange Likeness (2012)

Based on conversations with the author Margaret Sutton and her family plus extensive research, co-authors Kate Duvall and Beverly Hatfield wrote the last book in the series, The Strange Likeness which was published in 2012, based on Margaret Sutton's suggested title and plans for the future of the series. The book was edited by the author's daughter, Lindsay Sutton Stroh, and illustrated by another daughter, Marjorie Sutton Eckstein.  The Strange Likenesss is available for purchase at Applewood Books.

Biography of Margaret Sutton

Author Margaret Sutton circe 1949

SUTTON, Margaret  1903-[2001]
(Irene Ray)

PERSONAL:

Born Rachel Irene Beebe January 22, 1903; daughter of Victor and Estella (Andrews) Beebe; married William Henry Sutton, November 3, 1924; children: Dorothy Sutton Wolfe, Marjorie Sutton Eckstein, Eleanor Sutton Kratzat, Thomas Sutton, Lindsay Sutton Stroh. Education: Graduated from Rochester Business Institute, 1920.  Honorary degree from New York University; Religion: Unitarian-Universalist. Born in Odin, Pennsylvania, married in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, then lived in Brooklyn, Crestwood, Baldwin and Freeport, New York.  Married Everett Hunting October 1975 and moved to Berkeley, California and Loch Haven, Pennsylvania.

 CAREER:

Worked as secretary for Stromberg-Carlson, Rochester, N.Y., 1920-21; held various printing jobs in Rochester, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and New York (joined printer's union in 1923). Began writing stories for her step-daughter, and published book reviews and stories in Picture World magazine.  Judy Bolton series first published in 1932 followed by over 50 books. Teacher of adult education classes, Member: Women's National Book Association, Authors League.

WRITINGS:

Judy Bolton mystery series: The Vanishing Shadow, 1932, The Haunted Attic, 1932, The Invisible Chimes, 1932, Seven Strange Clues, 1932, The Ghost Parade, 1933, The Yellow Phantom, 1933, The Mystic Ball, 1934, The Voice in the Suitcase, 1935, The Mysterious Half Cat, 1936, The Riddle of the Double Ring, 1937, The Unfinished House, 1938, The Midnight Visitor, 1939, The Name on the Bracelet, 1940, The Clue in the Patchwork Quilt, 1941, The Mark on the Mirror, 1942, The Secret of the Barred Window, 1943, The Rainbow Riddle, 1946, The Haunted Apartment, Dodd, 1946, The Living Portrait, 1947, The Secret of the Musical Tree, 1948, The Warning on the Window, 1949, The Clue of the Stone Lantern, 1950, The Spirit of Fog Island, 1951, The Black Cat's Clue, 1952, The Forbidden Chest, 1953, The Haunted Road, 1954, The Clue in the Ruined Castle, 1955, The Trail of the Green Doll, 1956, The Haunted Fountain, 1957, The Clue of the Broken Wing, 1958, The Phantom Friend, 1959, The Discovery at the Dragon's Mouth, 1960, The Whispered Watchword, 1961, The Secret Quest, 1962, The Puzzle in the Pond, 1963, The Hidden Clue, 1964, The Pledge of the Twin Knights, 1965, Secret of the Sand Castle, 1967 (all published by Grosset, except where indicated).  Reprinted by Applewood books, currently available in paperback.

Other writings: The Magic Makers and the Bramble Bush Man, Grosset, 1936; The Magic Makers and the Golden Charm, Grosset, 1936; The Magic Makers in Backwards Land, Grosset, 1936; (under pseudonym Irene Ray) Kay Darcy and the Mystery Hideout, Whitman, 1937; (with Pelagie Doane) Baby's Day in Rhymes and Pictures, Grosset, 1938; Summer on the Farm, Grosset, 1938; Lollypop: The True Story of a Little Dog, Grosset, 1939; A Shepherd Boy of Australia, Grosset, 1941; Jemima, Daughter of Daniel Boone, Scribner, 1942; Tommy True: A Little Boy Who Was Hungry, Oxford University Press, 1942; Two Boys of the Ohio Valley, Grosset, 1943; Gail Gardner Wins Her Cap, Dodd, 1944; Gail Gardner, Junior Cadet Nurse, Dodd, 1945; Who Will Play With Me?, Grosset, 1953; Palace Wagon Family, Knopf, 1957; The Weed Walk, Putnam, 1965. Author of several texts and adaptations.