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These are minor characters in Maryellen Larkin's series.

The Bateses[]

A family residing on Palmetto Street. They consist of Mr. Bates, his son Louis and their Dalmatian Spots.


A former coworker of Kay Larkin and Florence during World War II who lives in New York.

Dave Blanchard[]

A Navy buddy of Stan Larkin's. In The Sky's the Limit: My Journey with Maryellen, the Larkins drive to Washington D.C. to drop off their Airstream trailer to Dave, who had asked to borrow it.

Mr. Brad[]

An ice cream man in Daytona Beach. He loves dogs and often hands out treats to the dogs in Maryellen's neighborhood.

Atherton Buckley[]

The owner of a metal detector company he bought and renamed after himself. He's an avid treasure seeker and lives in a stone mansion on Ocean Avenue.

Mr. Carey[]

The principal at Maryellen's school.

Evelyn Danzinger[]

A clerk who works at Daytona Beach's post office.

Miss Deeny[]

Maryellen's fifth grade science teacher.

The McDoogal Sisters[]

A trio of girl singers who have a hit song in 1954, "Time to Go."

Mrs. Farr[]

A resident on Palmetto Street. She has two younger children--whom Carolyn Larkin sometimes baby-sits--and a tiger cat named Stripey.

Mr. Fenstermacher[]

Davy Fenstermacher's father.

Mrs. Fenstermacher[]

Davy Fenstermacher's mother. She is a good seamstress.


A former coworker of Kay Larkin and Betty during World War II in New York.

Mr. Garcia[]

Maryellen's fifth grade teacher.

Grandpop and Grandmom[]

Maryellen's maternal grandparents and Kay Larkin's parents. They reside in Georgia.

Mr. Hagopian[]

A fifth grade teacher at Maryellen's school. He is bald, and his face and the top of his head is often pink and shiny.

Miss Hopkins[]

An employee at Bark Haven, a dog rescue organization.

Mrs. Humphrey[]

Maryellen's fourth-grade teacher. She previously had Joan and Carolyn as students; mentioning this to Maryellen makes her feel once again overlooked and just one of many.

Lieutenant Jenkins[]

A solider stationed at Cape Canaveral. He leads Maryellen, Stan Larkin, Carolyn Larkin and Davy Fenstermacher on a tour of the area in The Runaway.

Pete Jones[]

Mr. Buckley's assistant. While Mr. Buckley uses his metal detector, Mr. Jones uses his clam digger to scoop up sand and see what the metal detector had found.

Jimmy Lansing[]

A student in Maryellen's grade level and class. Due to alphabetical seating for three years, she has gotten to know the spindly back of his neck.


A girl Maryellen and Sophie meet while visiting Cedar Top, North Carolina in The Sky's the Limit: My Journey with Maryellen. She's an aspiring archeologist and collects arrowheads.

Douglas Newswander[]

Carolyn Larkin's boyfriend. He's seen attending a sock hop with Carolyn in Taking Off and the Rock Around the Clock in The Finders-Keepers Rule.

Ron Oser[]

A doctor working in Daytona Beach. In Taking Off he requests Maryellen to make a poster for his office, to promote vaccinations.

Julia Palmer[]

A resident on Hibiscus Street. In The Runaway she informs Maryellen about the disappearance of her white poodle, Pinky.

Mr. Palmer[]

The owner of Palm Tree Jewelry and Gifts. He organizes the Rock Around the Clock dance in The Finders-Keepers Rule, doing all the publicity, overseeing the decorations and hiring the band.

Betty Plotnick[]

A secretary who works for the mayor of Daytona Beach.

Officer Polansky[]

A police officer in Daytona Beach. He assists Maryellen in solving a rash of dog disappearances in The Runaway.

Junie Pursley[]

A classmate of Beverly Larkin's. She informs Maryellen on the theft of her family's beagle in The Runaway.

Suzanne Pursley[]

Junie Pursley's younger sister. She's in the first grade and has no front teeth.

Jerry Ross[]

Joan Larkin's boyfriend, and later fiancé and husband.[1] He trained as a diver and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He becomes a student at the university.


Nancy's brother. In The Sky's the Limit: My Journey with Maryellen he takes an arrowhead Nancy had found, but is foiled by Maryellen and Sophie.


The owner of Sandy's Beach Hut. He employed Joan Larkin sometime before The Finders-Keepers Rule.

Skip (Student)[]

A sixth-grade boy at Maryellen's school. He was in the Rocket Club and insists on being captain of the team she, Davy, and Wayne are placed on, calling themselves the Launchmen. He does not take any of the younger students' suggestions and expects Maryellen to take the notes, saying that since she is the girl she has to be the secretary. He talks over everyone and insists that his plan is the best without considering any other opinions or ideas, especially not Maryellen's. Maryellen thinks he's a tyrant, and Davy calls him stuck up and a bully. The Launchman's plans for a rubber band powered balsa wood plane do not do as well as Maryellen's team, the Loony Balloonies.

Skip (The Finders-Keepers Rule)[]

A close friend of Jerry Ross. In The Finders-Keepers Rule he and Jerry assist Tank with studying a sunken ship he discovered, appointing Skip as the navigator because he owned a boat.

Theodore Tenker[]

An oceanography professor at the university. In The Finders-Keepers Rule he enlists Jerry and Skipper to help him study a sunken ship he had discovered off the coast. He's mainly addressed by his nickname "Tank".

Phil Thompson[]

A security guard at Daytona Pharmaceuticals. He went to school with Joan Larkin.

Carol Turner[]

A girl in Maryellen's fourth grade class. She speaks up that her mother thinks vaccinations are dangerous and that it involves putting a "dead virus" in you, so she doesn't think she'll get it.

Winky and Gladys Winkler[]

Stan Larkin's boss and his wife, seen in The Sky's the Limit: My Journey with Maryellen (online endings). They're invited to eat Thanksgiving dinner with the Larkins and bring along their black poodle, Tinkerbell.

Patty Zender[]

A girl in Maryellen's fourth grade class. When Maryellen shows up to the first day of fourth grade in her poodle skirt, she learns that not only did Karen Stohlman copy her, but that Patty has the same skirt. The three girls pretend to be the McDoogal Sisters and sing their hit song, "Time to Go."


  1. The Finders-Keepers Rule, pg 6: Maryellen's sister Joan, who was now Mrs. Jerry Ross, was working at a food stand at the beach.