The Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright (1941 – 1951)

I love a series that follows clever, talented and maybe a little down-on-their-luck siblings.  Especially when those siblings have great imaginations and aren’t particularly aware how clever (or poor) they are!

It was fun to discover that Elizabeth Enright was the niece of Frank Lloyd Wright — he was her mother’s brother!

sat.jpgThe Saturdays The four Melendy siblings decide they must stop wasting their precious Saturdays.  So they found the I.S.A.A.C (Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club).  By pooling their ideas and resources, they change their boring Saturdays into the best day of the week! Middle Grade Reading Level, 192 pages, Published in 1941.





four.jpgThe Four-Story Mistake  In The Saturdays, the Melendy family lives in a somewhat dilapidated brownstone in New York City.  But now their family is moving to the country.  Will they like it?  Will they miss their former home and neighbors?  Can they find both adventure and happiness in their new home?  Or was moving to the country one big mistake??  Middle Grade Reading Level, 208 pages, Published in 1942.




five.jpgThen There Were Five  So what happens when the four Melendy children are left alone in the Four-Story Mistake without any adult supervision?  If you guess they meet a new friend and get into some sticky situations — you’re RIGHT! Middle Grade Reading Level, 272 pages, Published in 1944.





spider.jpgSpiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze Randy and Oliver are the only children home for the entire winter.  What will they do without their older siblings to keep things fun and exciting?  Then one morning  they discover someone has set up an elaborate treasure hunt just for them!  This is a clever story for you to unravel right along with the two youngest Melendy children.  Middle Grade Reading Level, 224 pages, Published in 1951. 

About kidsbooksworthreading

Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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