The Girls of Central High Aiding the Red Cross

March 10, 2007

I recently read The Girls of Central High Aiding the Red Cross, by Gertrude W. Morrison, the seventh book in the Girls of Central High series, which I know absolutely nothing about.

This is the only Girls of Central High book I’ve read, but it sort of doesn’t matter. These series are all pretty similar, and this is one of the ones where the first chapter includes a short recap of what has happened in each previous book. In this case, each previous book appears to have included a lot of sports. This one doesn’t, really, except for a bit of ice-skating.

There’s a gang of teenagers, of course. They’re led by Laura Belding, one of those wise, motherly girls that only exist in books. In fact, her friends call her “Mother Wit”, which seems to me to be kind of an unflattering nickname for a teenage girl.

The only really interesting thing about this book is that the people of Centerport, the town where the series takes place, are wild about the Red Cross. Apparently, the people who don’t spend all their time thinking up new ways to raise money for it, donate large amounts of money at all the fundraisers thought up by the people who do. There’s also a counterfeit money scare, an amnesiac stranger from Alaska in the hospital, and the mystery of who it was that ran him over.


  1. What a pleasant surprise to find someone blogging about some of the older series titles!

    It’s been a while since I read GOCH Aiding the Red Cross, but wasn’t it published during WWI? That probably explains the emphasis — a lot of the Stratemeyer Syndicate girls’ series had the characters involved with nursing and/or the Red Cross during the war.

  2. It seems to have been published in 1919, actually, but it could have been written the previous year, and certainly most of these series have people helping out with the war effort, if not going to war themselves, or sending their boyfriends there.

    I haven’t written about any other Stratemeyer-style series yet, but I probably will — I have quite a few, and I’m awfully fond of some of them — Dave Porter, for one, and Ruth Fielding, for another.

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