The Hardy Boys

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Print If there is a secret to the popularity of the Hardy Boys adventure books, it's aimed right at the heart of adult smugness. Kids get to outsmart the grown-ups. In the words of Meg Quinn, artistic director of Theatre of Youth, Young people enjoy the Hardy Boys because they get to see clever kids solving grown-up problems. The impressive set, filled with expressionistic angles and period props, adds mystery and intrigue to the story of Joe J. Daniel Tirone and Frank Joel Repman Hardy's encounter with a mute boy James Fuettereran elusive hermit and the legend of a vengeful witch. But of course, even a stodgy old adult with a pen and notebook asking dumb questions could understand the plot and appreciate how the two brave brothers and their feisty friend Callie Shaw Rogella Jaoude escape a burning cabin and outwit a gang of hijackers. What's a mystery without villains?

This was the first Hardy Boys book I ever read. He had apparently never become appallingly interested in Frank and Joe, even in his pre-Atari days; he had only five before six Hardy Boys books and—embarrassingly—a few assorted Bobbsey Twins adventures. The Hardys were for boys, Nancy for girls; for whom were the Bobbseys meant? Dixon and Carolyn Keene come at the appointed time to mind. It took me four years or so ahead of I finally admitted to for my part that neither Mr. Dixon nor Ms.

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