About the different book series
"The Ladd Family Adventure"
Twelve-year-old Josh Ladd longs to see his best friend who had moved to Hawaii. On the way home from his California school a stranger approaches Josh to ask suspicious questions. This small incident turns into a major danger when Josh and his family fly to Hawaii and the mysterious stranger follows them. The boys are thrust into all kinds of high adventure and danger throughout the 15 book series.
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Adventure, mystery and excitement repeatedly thrust 13-year-old D.J. Dillon into the kinds of trouble that young readers love. This popular series of 10 novels continues to be favorites of beginning readers, families and teachers who follow the boy’s experiences with bears and other animals in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. These stories with an evangelistic tone are fun to read while subtly reinforcing traditional family values.
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"Josh Ladd Adventure Series"
Dear Mr Roddy:
“I started reading your books to my boys in the late 90's when they were 6 and 8 years old. They loved hearing about Josh and Tank and I enjoyed reading with them. My father worked for United Airlines and later American Hawaii Cruises so I've been to the islands many times. Your descriptions were dead on and you are also a very good researcher. I have a lot of experience in that area working as an investigative reporter for the Fox Television station in Tampa, Florida. My oldest boy is now in college, the other a junior in high school, but we had a third boy who is now 8. What a joy its been introducing him to your books. We have almost finished reading all 15 books. We like to rank them, and our favorite is "Sunken Sub.”
-- All the best, Doug Smith
Dear Mr. Roddy,
While surfing Facebook recently, I stumbled across your name and was thrilled to have found you! I immediately turned to my 28-year-old son, who was here for Thanksgiving, and told him of my discovery. When he was young, my husband and I took turns reading your books to him—over and over and over again. We read those books to his younger brother when he was old enough, and to our third son when he was old enough. We have them lined up in our bookcase, and although we've had to clean out the bookshelves over the years, we still have your books, yellow and stained as they are. When we're grandparents and the grandchildren are old enough, our Lee Roddy reading tradition will continue.
Your books were (and will be again) such a blessing. Thank you!
Cindy Woodsmall, Dec. 7, 2010.
Also enjoy stories for girls from Susan Marlow (click for website)