Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

Brady Bunch coverThe Brady Bunch
“The Treasure of Mystery Island”

Okay, we don’t usually do fiction, but frankly I was starting to just get annoyed with old career books and a few humorless librarians that have told me I am hurting America, libraries and civilization as we know it.  Yeah. Sure. So in order to expand the discussion a bit,  and just share some awesome stuff that has happened to float our way, Holly and I are sharing a few choice fiction titles from time to time.  Because I was a Brady Bunch fan back in the day and probably the original target market for this book, I am going to lead the way with some spectacular tribute to the cultural phenomenon that is Brady Bunch! (Youngsters, feel free to Google if you need to!)

Anyway I really truly wanted to be like Marcia, but I am sure I had the self esteem of Jan.  I would like to think I was smarter than Jan. (A black wig? Fake boyfriend? Freckles? Poor Jan!)  The Bradys did have the life. Sigh.

Of course I ran to worldcat to see if anyone still had holdings and yes, believe it or not,  this is still out there in library land.  I was particularly happy to see Michigan State University had a copy and absolutely need to give a shout out to the folks in Special Collections.  This is where these kinds of books belong. Maybe you loved this as a kid, but I doubt your average teen or tween would read this. Good rule of thumb, if the book is older than the target audience, maybe you should reconsider.  I, however, am thrilled that MSU is doing their part to preserve the awesome cultural contribution of the Brady Bunch!

Mary (aka Mrs. George Glass)

Brady Bunch back cover

Brady Bunch teaser

pictures of the kids

pictures of the kids


  1. That’s what I was thinking, Zoe. It looks like they ripped off a Scooby Doo plot. But I don’t know which one came first!

  2. I don’t know, I’m only 21 and can’t honestly say I know of anyone who hasn’t at least seen the Brady Bunch (and knows every word to the theme song). I don’t think that show will EVER go away. (To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if it did. I like it and all, but it’s sort of annoying at the same time. They miraculously get along far too well after episode 1.)

  3. This was standard for novelizations in the seventies. I remember Partridge Family and Bobby Sherman books that also had mystery plots.

  4. @Fraser–It also seems to have been pretty common for really long series type books in the 80s, like the Baby-Sitters Club, Sweet Valley High…it’s like everyone wanted some part of the Scooby Doo/Nancy Drew thing.

  5. This show lived on in syndication far past its original run. I don’t think it’s on as much now, though. Good item to sell, because somebody will want it for nostalgia’s sake!

  6. Honestly, I think the bigger problem with the book is that the Bradys expected a relaxing vacation on a place called “Mystery Island.” There are “mysterious forces at work”? Really? On Mystery Island? WHO WOULDA THUNKIT. 🙂

  7. Love me some Brady Bunch. I was born in ’80. My cousin (who was a year younger than me) and I thrived on watching the reruns when we were growing up throughout the 90s. By the time I got to be older though I was sick to death of watching every episode fifteen hundred times in synidcation. If you had cable back in the day a couple different channels showed it. So I had not watched it in at least a decade until a couple of years ago when a local channel began showing them on Sundays. Alas, it renewed my love for the show. plus it is fun to see the late 60s/early 70s look of the show.

  8. Okay, I’m gonna say it: I always hated “The Brady Bunch”. Fake and cheesey and not in a charming way. I’d weed this ASAP! And I agree it looks like a “Scooby-Doo” rip-off (Scooby-Doo, IMO, being far superior).

  9. The only BRADY BUNCH episodes that really interested me were the ones where Bert Mustin’s father had been murdered by Jesse James & the UFO one.

  10. Michigan State University probably has the second biggest collection of pop culture artifacts, and a Brady Bunch book would definitely be a major addition to their collection. The university which is the #1 source for pop culture, would be Bowling Green State University.

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