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Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

In this, the fourth book of the series, Mary Louise and friends form a group dedicated to supporting the soldiers in World War I, and she brings Josie O’Gorman in to spoil a treasonous plot against the government.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The police should be notified. Chief Farnum is a clever officer and intensely patriotic, from all I have heard. I think he will have no difficulty in discovering who is responsible for these circulars."

"I shall go to him to-morrow," decided Mary Louise. "I had the same idea, Gran'pa Jim; it's a matter for the police to handle."

But when she had obtained an interview with Chief of Police Farnum the next morning and had silently laid one of the circulars on his desk before him, an announcement of her errand, Farnum merely glanced at it, smiled and then flashed a shrewd look into the girl's face.

"Well!" said the Chief, in an interrogative tone.

"Those treasonable circulars have been mailed to a lot of our citizens," said she.

"I know."

"They are pro-German, of course. The traitor who is responsible for them ought to be arrested immediately."

"To be sure," replied Farnum, calmly.

"Well, then do it!" she excla. . . Read More

Community Reviews

accusation of treason for questioning war, noble crips, jolly black servants, and a mystery, oh my! l. frank baum, you sure were wacky.

This series is excellent and the narrator is outstanding!

People who read this book and gave it low ratings have to remember that it was written in 1917, the World War I era. Americans were very patriotic then and I'm sure that the author was incorporating what people thought of the enemy. Yes, there is some racism because books written then had it. I'm no

Some of the "patriotism" ideas were a bit strong for my taste.

The Mary Louise series is about a girl amateur detective and were written for teenage girls. Set in World War I, Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls explores the themes of patriotism and dissent in wartime. Mary Louise is 17 and teams up with her friends aged 14 to 18 to form the Liberty Girls to help

Although it's sad to see Mary Louise Brewster, Josie O'Gorman, and company putting jingoism before the Constitution, the book is a fast-paced thriller and only two of those who point out the unconstitutionality of Wilson's sedition laws turn out to be actual traitors. The words "unconstitutional" an