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The Shore Road Mystery (Hardy Boys, Book 6) [Hardcover]

By Franklin W. Dixon & Walter S. Rogers (Illustrator)
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Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.67" Width: 5.36" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1997
Publisher   Applewood Books
Age  10-14
ISBN  1557091498  
EAN  9781557091499  

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Rediscover the simple sense of time, rich language, and enlightening perspective on America's past that make these classic editions even more absorbing than when they were first published. The Hardy brothers try to find out who is behind a rash of automobile thefts that are occurring on Shore Road just outside of Bayport.Recommended for ages 8 to 14.

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More About Franklin W. Dixon & Walter S. Rogers

Franklin W. Dixon Franklin W. Dixon was the pseudonym devised by Edward Stratemeyer for the author of a series of mystery books he was developing which became the Hardy Boys series. The first book, The Tower Treasure, originally published in 1927, was written by Leslie MacFarlane who went on to write 19 more, including #2 through #16. In all, there are 58 titles in the original Hardy Boys Mysteries series published between 1927 and 1979 written by 17 different men and women. Many of the books were later revised, adding another four "Franklin W. Dixons" to the total.

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"Joe Flew Into The Air"  Mar 1, 2009
The sixth installment of the Hardy Boys is a fantastic mystery. I figured that by the time I got this far into the series the characters would be dull, the plot line monotonous, and one book would read like the other. This is not the case! This was a fast-paced book, new characters interspersed with the usual cast; though only Frank, Joe, and Chet are the central characters in this tale.

Cars are being stolen in Bayport and adjacent cities and the crooks use the Shore Road to make their getaway. The Hardy's friend Jack Dodd and his dad are framed for the robberies, and subsequently jump bail (or do they). With their dad, Fenton, away in New York the Hardy Boys work on the case themselves from the land, sea, and air. Mysterious farmers, secret caves, and the Dodds heritage all play a part in this fun mystery.

Why didn't I read these when I was a kid?
A Top Hardy Boys Volume  Apr 30, 2008
First, my standard HB preamble:

There are two major mistakes that readers of the Hardy Boys series routinely make: 1) Not reading (& many times not even knowing about) the ORIGINAL, unrevised versions of the text. In almost every case, the original editions were much superior, and 2) Not researching the books, and assuming that all the HB volumes are basically of equal quality. This is very untrue, and the thing to do is to be selective. These two pitfalls must be avoided if one really wants to enjoy the classic Hardy Boys at their best.

I have researched and then read several installments in the venerable series which enjoy the highest reputations among true and informed HB aficionados. Next I applied my own personal evaluation to each book.

O.K. then, and what of this installment -- The Shore Road Mystery? Suffice it to say that if one had a skinny bookcase, w/shelves only wide enough to fit several volumes across, and if one wanted to reserve the top shelf in that case for only the best of Hardy Boys adventures -- The Shore Road Mystery belongs there.
A Sad Revision  Apr 6, 2006
This is yet another example of how revising the original degrades quality. This book was substantially "updated" in 1964 from the depression-era original, and much is lost in in the process.

In the original, a ring of car thieves is stealing cars (I guess they are pretty much doing what you'd expect a ring of car thieves to do, all right). They ply their illict trade along Shore Road which, in 1931, is a barely-improved, dark, lonely, winding cliff road rising and switchbacking above the crashing turbulence of Bayport Bay.

Why anyone in their right mind would park there is anybody's guess.

But, park there they do. So the boys devise an outstanding ruse (devising ruses is a great way to sharpen your pronunciation of s sounds, too). They by an old junk car which is very ornate but which has a really crummy engine. They then "pimp the ride" by hammering out dents, painting it, polishing it, and getting really spiffy spoked wheels and wide whitewall tires.

Then they hide in the boot in the back, park it along Shore Road, and wait to get stolen. And they do.

Well, that was in 1930. In 1964 they pick up a touch-tone phone, call the police and report a stolen '64 Ford Falcon. They tell the police that the blue exhaust is a dead giveaway.

Now, honestly, which is more exciting??
pretty good book.  Dec 4, 2005
You should read this book because it is really intersting.
Frank and Joe are trying to catch a gang of car theives that keep stealing cars on shore road. And a father and son get kiddnapped. The kiddnapping involves car stealing. So after you finish reading book number 5 or any other of the hardys,
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The Hardy Boys Capture Clever Car Crooks   Apr 1, 2005
A string of car robberies have piqued the Hardy Boy's interest. It appears as though the car thieves regularly elude the police even when the police are hot on their trail. When the Hardy Boys put their minds to the mystery what they discover is that the car crooks are even cleverer than they could ever have suspected.

We follow the Hardy Boys as they try to prove that the Dodds, who car thieves framed and then disappeared, had nothing to do with the thefts. Eventually the Hardy Boys discover that the car thieves have plans far more nefarious than simply stealing cars.

While searching for the car thieves the boys also learn that there is a Dodd family mystery involving missing treasure. The boys also wonder what the mysterious spider-man has to do with the mystery. And why does a certain farmer always seem to be plowing his fields without lights in the middle of the night? As the story nears its conclusion the boys will use a car as a Trojan horse to attempt to trap the thieves. What will happen when the thieves discover the boys? There are many mysteries for the boys to solve. The boys learn that their father has an important mystery of his own, but in the end it turns out that their father's mystery and theirs may be related.

This mystery is one of the most intriguing Hardy Boys mysteries. The author managed to change a simple car theft story into a puzzle for the Hardy Boys. The author also mixed in additional story elements to be sure that it would be relatively difficult for the Hardy Boys to solve the mystery.

As a side note, this mystery has a cave as a key element. It appears that the author was in a cave mood, because caves appeared in each of the previous four stories, and continue to appear in the next stories. Just goes to show how versatile caves can be.

Though the Hardy Boys series is written in a relatively archaic fashion, as reading material for an increasingly younger audience they are excellent. The stories were once recommended for children ages 10 to 14. As children are exposed to more violence and seem to require greater levels of stimulation, the recommended age range has move to 9 to 12. I think any child capable of reading some of the challenging words in these books will enjoy them, regardless of how tame most of the action may be. Once a child has reached age 12 or so the stories may be of less interest, but given the combination of mystery and action, these books remain good safe choices for parents who want to know what their children are reading.

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