Debbie had a lot of complete short stories, both picture and text stories and later photo stories. Some of them had a theme such as the flower series and the famous names. Most didn’t have a theme, but historical settings were popular. Some text stories include:
An End and a New Beginning
Raoul is shattered when his horse Liberty dies. Serina does not want to follow the family tradition of the trapeze. She and Raoul find they love each other and form their own act together with Liberty’s foal Lamorna.
Custard in the Jam
A complete text story about a horse called Custard.
Charlotte has lost a string of servant’s jobs because of clumsiness and hopes she does not lose her current one with Mr James Watt. But her incompetence proves useful when she forgets a kettle on the stove. It helps Mr Watt discover the power of steam.
Fear and the Flames
Complete text story about two children trying to escape the Great Fire of London. Spot Art by David Matysiak
The Girl Who Didn’t Like Horses
Carol has not liked horses since an incident, but changes her mind when she meets Flash. Written by a Debbie reader from Reading
Hard Times at Christmas
Julia looks set to face a hard Christmas because her father has been made redundant. But then she discovers the joy of handmade presents.
No Tears Today
A family is paying a trip to Scotland. The children are not happy except one who has a secret – she is seeing the Loch Ness Monster.
Only a Beautiful Picture
Tracey decides her nana’s birthday present will be an enlarged photograph of her son Eddie, who was killed in World War I. Regretfully, there are no photographs of Nana’s husband as many photographs got lost, perhaps stolen, years before. But then Tracey pays a visit to a strange shop in a lane that no longer exists, and the wedding photograph of Nana and her husband is mysteriously recovered.
The Sefton Street Mystery
A girl receives a letter addressed to Sefton Street and presumes it is a wrong address. She goes to find the address on her way to her evening sewing class. She comes to the address, which looks a bit curious with peeling paint, blacked-out windows, and it and all the neighbouring houses are in darkness. She is further puzzled when the woman who answers is wearing old-fashioned clothes. The woman is delighted with the letter, saying it is from her son Billy in the Army. Then, when the girl does a town planning project, she can’t find Sefton Street anywhere. She is told it was destroyed in an air raid in 1943. She begins to connect the dots, but then prefers not to think about it. (Reprint from Spellbound)
Someone to Talk to…
Liz, Jan and Sue keep noticing an old lady who keeps staring out the window. Jan wonders if the old lady just wants someone to talk to. Meanwhile, Jan takes a fancy to Ron Fleming.
The Stranger in the Woods
A girl helps a man in the woods and then finds he is Charles II, the exiled king on the run from Oliver Cromwell.
The Velvet Cloak
Story set in Elizabeth times. Things go wrong when a girl has to deliver a velvet cloak. The cloak is soiled in an accident, but she gets away with it because it becomes the famous cloak that is tossed across a puddle for Elizabeth I to walk on. Spot art by David Matysiak
The Village School
Leanne is having difficulties with her teacher and hates living in the city. Then she comes across an old school and becomes fascinated in how school used to be before her time.
List of Stories
- The Gift of Beauty – Debbie: #114 (19 April 1975), Art: David Matysiak
- The End of the Road – Debbie: #117 (10 May 1975)
- The Owl – Debbie: #126 (12 July 1975)
- Sunshine Dream – Debbie: #129 (2 August 1975), Art: David Matysiak
- MacDuff to the Rescue – Debbie: #139 (11 October 1975), Art: David Matysiak
- You’ve Got to Believe – Debbie: #141 (25 October 1975), Art: David Matysiak
- The Flower Broach – Debbie: #146 (29 November 1975)
- One Day as I was Working… – Debbie: #149 (20 December 1975)
- Dream Pony – Debbie: #153 (17 January 1976)
- The Girl of the Grey Mists – Debbie: #154 (24 January 1976)
- Someone to Talk to… – Debbie: #155 (31 January 1976)
- The Velvet Cloak– Debbie: #156 (7 February 1976), Art: David Matysiak
- Nothing Ever Happens for Hannah… – Debbie: #157 (14 February 1976)
- The Star – Debbie: #158 (21 February 1976)
- A Horse Needs a Friend Too.. – Debbie: #158 (21 February 1976)
- Rusty Can’t Come – Debbie: #159 (28 February 1976)
- Spring Fair – Debbie: #161 (13 March 1976)
- Who Would Enter the Haunted House?– Debbie: #162 (20 March 1976)
- Monkey Business – Debbie: #163 (27 March 1976)
- One Fried Egg on an Oblong Plate – Debbie: #164 (3 April 1976)
- Wild are the Waves at Night – Debbie: #174 (12 June 1976)
- All on a Midsummer’s Day – Debbie: #179 (17 July 1976), Art: Norman Lee
- The Ghosts – Debbie: #187 (11 September 1976)
- No Tears Today – Debbie: #188 (18 September 1976)
- The Discovery – Debbie: #189 (25 September 1976)
- Custard in the Jam – Debbie: #192 (16 October 1976)
- Fear and the Flames – Debbie: #195 (6 November 1976), Art: David Matysiak
- People Are Always Right – Debbie: #196 (13 November 1976)
- The Stranger in the Woods – Debbie: #197 (20 November 1976)
- The Girl Who Didn’t Like Horses – Debbie: #198 (27 November 1976)
- Strangers on the Moor – Debbie #199 (4 December 1976)
- Hard Times at Christmas – Debbie: #202 (25 December 1976)
- An End and New Beginning – Debbie: #220 (30 April 1977)
- Liz Will Skate Alone… – Debbie: # 227 (18 June 1977), Art: Norman Lee
- The Sefton Street Mystery – Debbie: #260 (4 February 1978)
- The Testing Time – Debbie: #313 (10 February 1979)
- Waiting for William – Debbie: #320 (31 March 1979)
- Only a Beautiful Picture – Debbie: #335 (14 July 1979)
- The Village School – Debbie: #435 (13 June 1981)