Spotted on the shelves of my local New Jersey library - a Hardy Boys adventure set in & around the Woomera Rocket Range in outback South Australia. This joint British-Australian weapons testing site actually featured quite often in British, Australian & Franco-Belgian comics & young adult adventure novels during the 1950s, at the height of the Cold War. But I never knew the Hardy Boys made it all the way to Australia! The chapter titles are great, too - "Kangaroo Confrontation" and "Surprised in Port Augusta" being my personal favourites.
The first Hardy Boys book, “The Tower Treasure” by Franklin W. Dixon. A dark, spooky cover save for the boys’ bright sweaters (the opposite of camouflage) and the incredibly-powerful flashlight.
A NANCY DREW AND HARDY BOYS SUPER MYSTERY ~ DOUBLE CROSSING ~~~ NANCY DREW is enjoying a luxury cruise aboard the ship where her friend George is the new social director. It seems like great fun until Nancy overhears a plan to sell CIA secrets to another country. Her vacation turns into a high-risk hunt for a deadly secret agent. Meanwhile... THE HARDY BOYS are working undercover on the same cruise ship--- Joe in the kitchen, Frank as photographer--- trying to track down a dangerous group of thieves who prey on rich passengers. But when murder comes aboard, Nancy, Joe, and Frank find they're in the same boat--- facing death on all sides... (HAVEN'T READ IT) #bookstagram#booksofinstagram#booklover#bookworm#80s#ilovethe80s#booksforkids#booksforteens#booksforadults
June books! 📚
June was busy with two birthdays, Father’s Day and our church conventions, so I am surprised to see I have finished so many. I’ve set a goal to read as many books on our shelves that I have not read. There are so, so, many. 🙈 So, seven checked off the list felt pretty good for a very busy month. And I have a ton of work to get all the quotes in my commonplace book. ☺️ There are still some audiobooks I got to listen to that weren’t on the shelves but sometimes you just need to read something else and my go to books when this happens seems to be historical mystery, usually with a female lead but not necessarily. What is your genre you go to when you need a boost?! 📚
On our shelf:
1. The Tower Treasure - Hardy Boys Series #1
2. Heidi by Johanna Spyri - please see my previous post on this particular edition.
3. And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander- Lady Ashton Series # 1 * those interested in Greek literature and artifacts would enjoy this series.
4. A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander - Lady Ashton Series #2
5. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale - Goose Girl Series #2
6. The Language of God; A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins
7. Moneyball by Michael Lewis 📚
Not on our shelf:
8. A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber- Lady Darby Series #4
9. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
10. Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
11. The Little Book of Likke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking
12. The Clarity Cleanse: 12 Steps to Finding Renewed Energy, Spiritual Fulfillment and Emotional Healing by Habib Sadeghi
“Frank and Joe Hardy clutched the grips of their motorcycles and stared in horror at the oncoming car. It was careening from side to side on the narrow road.”
...so it begins... - - -
In today’s #LiteraryHistory : on June 1, 1927, the first book in The Hardy Boys detective series, #TheTowerTreasure , debuted. Created by Edward Stratemeyer, the books were ghostwritten under #FranklinWDixon ’s name. The “boys” from Bayport, New York are looking pretty good for 91. But Frank is forever 18 and Joe 17 in my mind.
As much as I adore Nancy Drew (who made her book debut in 1930), I also have unending love for Frank and Joe Hardy. (Say what you will about the Super Mysteries featuring both Hardys and Nancy Drew, but I read, reread, and re-reread every single one of those voraciously as a child and teen.)
Sadly, most of my Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys collection is stored at my childhood home, but I just happened to have the first book of the Hardy Boys series—and The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook because I was an aspiring sleuth in my preteen years—in my apartment.
Are these books sometimes cheesy and campy? Yes: but I owe much to the Stratemeyer Syndicate’s books in further spurring my love of literature, adventure, mysteries, and wanderlust. (And I make no apologies for layering a veil of nostalgia over Nancy, Frank, Joe and their friends and worlds.) • • •