I do love Annette Funicello. From adorable child to gorgeous woman, sweet and extremely talented. I, along with her legions of fans, send out good wishes to her for comfort, happiness and love.
These vintage books published by Whitman are part of my collection of Disney books. Sierra Summer (1960) is set in the Sierra foothills - yes, someplace near here! In the fictional town of Lost Creek. No Lost Creek in these parts - we do have a Sutter Creek and a Drytown, though.
In The Desert Inn Mystery (1961), she takes a road trip to Pine Flat, Arizona:
In The Mystery at Moonstone Bay (1962) she's spending her summer on the coast of California in a 16 room house with a private stable!
The Mystery at Smuggler's Cove (1963), she and her friends are planning a luau near Laguna Beach. I want to spend a summer with Annette and her friends!
In The Mystery at Medicine Wheel (1964), she flies to Wyoming to work at a ranch for the summer.
And of course, in this one,also from 1964, she falls for "Merlin Jones, the scrambled egghead, Merlin Jones, the campus kook"
"my heart's whirlin', I'm the girl in love with Merlin Jones!"
Love her, love watching her, love listening to her music!