Edmund Wallace Hildick

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Edmund Wallace Hildick (1925–2001) was a prolific children's book author, who wrote under the name E. W. Hildick. He wrote, amongst others, the Ghost Squad, Jim Starling, Birdy Jones, Jack McGurk and Lemon Kelly series.

Background[edit]

He was born in Bradford, England in 1925. After two years service in the RAF he became a secondary school teacher, then a writer, before moving to the United States to become editor of a literary magazine. He was one of the very few British juvenile authors of his generation to achieve success in America.

He started writing while he was a teacher in a Secondary Modern school at Dewsbury in the West Riding of Yorkshire in England, his intended audience being "tough, modern kids similar to the ones I teach".[1] He died in London England.

Bibliography[edit]

Series[edit]

Jim Starling[edit]

  • Jim Starling (1958)
  • Jim Starling and the Agency (1958)
  • Jim Starling and the Colonel (1958)
  • Jim Starling's Holiday (1960)
  • Jim Starling and the Spotted Dog (1963)
  • Jim Starling Goes To Town (1963)
  • Jim Starling Takes Over (1963)

McGurk Mystery[edit]

  • The Nose Knows (1963)
  • Dolls in Danger (1974; aka Deadline for McGurk)
  • The Case of the Condemned Cat (1975)
  • The Case of the Nervous Newsboy (1976)
  • The Great Rabbit Robbery (1976; aka "The Great Rabbit Rip-Off")
  • The Case of the Invisible Dog (1977)
  • The Case of the Secret Scribbler (1978)
  • The Case of the Phantom Frog (1979)
  • The Case of the Treetop Treasure (1980)
  • The Case of the Snowbound Spy (1980)
  • The Case of the Bashful Bank Robber (1981)
  • The Case of the Four Flying Fingers (1981)
  • Mcgurk Gets Good and Mad (1982)
  • The Case of the Felon's Fiddle (1982)
  • The Case of the Slingshot Sniper (1983)
  • The Case of the Muttering Mummy (1986)
  • The Case of the Wandering Weathervanes (1988)
  • The Case of the Vanishing Ventriloquist (1989)
  • The Case Of The Purloined Parrot (1990)
  • The Case of the Desperate Drummer (1993)
  • The Case of the Fantastic Footprints (1994)
  • The Case of the Absent Author (1995)
  • The Case Of The Wiggling Wig (1996)

McGurk Fantasy[edit]

  • The Case of the Dragon in Distress (1991)
  • The Case of the Weeping Witch (1992)

Birdy Jones[edit]

  • Birdy Jones (1963)
  • Birdy and the Group (1968)
  • Birdy Swings North (1969)
  • Birdy in Amsterdam (1970)
  • Birdy Jones and the New York Heads (1974)

Lemon Kelly[edit]

  • Meet Lemon Kelly (1963)
  • Lemon Kelly Digs Deep (1964)
  • Lemon Kelly and the Home Made Boy (1968)

Louie[edit]

  • Louie's Lot (1965)
  • Louie's S.O.S (1968)
  • Louie's Snowstorm (1974)
  • Louie's Ransom (1978)

Questers[edit]

  • The Questers (1966)
  • The Questers and the Whispering Spy (1967)

Crown books,one crown[edit]

  • Back with Parren (1968)
  • Here Comes Parren (1968)

Ghost Squad[edit]

  • 1. Ghost Squad Breaks Through (1984)
  • 2. Ghost Squad and Halloween Conspiracy (1985)
  • 2. Ghost Squad and the Prowling Hermits (1987)
  • 3. The Ghost Squad Flies Concorde (1985)
  • 6. The Ghost Squad and the Menace of the Malevs (1988)
  • Ghost Squad and the Ghoul of Grunberg (1986)

Felicity Snell Mystery[edit]

  • The Purloined Corn Popper (1997)
  • The Serial Sneak Thief (1997)

Novels[edit]

  • The Boy At the Window (1960)
  • Bed and Work (1962)
  • Mapper Mundy's Treasure Hunt (1963)
  • A Town On the Never (1963)
  • Lunch with Ashurbanipal (1965)
  • Calling Questers Four (1967)
  • Lucky Les (1967)
  • Time Explorers, Inc (1967)
  • Manhattan Is Missing (1969)
  • Monte Carlo Or Bust! (1969)
  • Those Daring Young Men In Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)
  • Top Boy At Twisters Creek (1969)
  • The Prisoners of Gridling Gap (1971)
  • The Doughnut Dropout (1972)
  • Kids Commune (1972)
  • The Active-enzyme, Lemon-freshened Junior High School Witch (1973)
  • Bracknell's Law (1975)
  • The Weirdown Experiment (1976)
  • A Cat Called Amnesia (1976)
  • Vandals (1977)
  • The Loop (1977)
  • The Top-flight Fully-Automated Junior High School Girl Detective (1978)
  • The Memory Tap (1989)
  • My Famous Father (1990)
  • Hester Bidgood (1994)

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Word for Word: The Rewriting of Fiction (1965)
  • Writing With Care (1967)
  • A Close Look at Television and Sound Broadcasting (1967)
  • Thirteen Types of Narrative (1968)
  • Children and Fiction (1970)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sleeve notes from Jim Starling and the Colonel, 1960 Heinemann (London)

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