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Footprints Under the Window (Hardy Boys, Book 12) [Hardcover]

By Franklin W. Dixon (Author) & J. Clemens Gretta (Illustrator)
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Footprints lead to the breakup of a ring smuggling Chinese aliens. Published originally in 1933.

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Format: Facsimile
Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   218
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.69" Width: 5.33" Height: 1.14"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   Applewood Books
Age  9-12
ISBN  1557092702  
ISBN13  9781557092700  

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More About Franklin W. Dixon & J. Clemens Gretta

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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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( D ) > Dixon, Franklin W.
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Boys & Men > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Mystery & Detective > Hardy Boys

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"I enjoyed it very much" Footprints Under the Window  Apr 3, 2007
One of the books I read that Grampa bought me was Footprints Under the Window. I enjoyed it very much. It was about the Hardy's and Chet having to find a machine that the bad people took. They also had to try to find out who left the footprints under the window but, it turns out that Mr. Fenton Hardy was the one who left the footprints under the window. Mr. Hardy is the father of Frank and Joe also known as the Hardy's. Fenton had to be very quiet while sneaking the house to get some papers because no one could know that he was there. The Hardy's thought that the papers were stolen. Brianna Rose 8 1/2
Where Else Would You Expect To Find Footprints?  Jul 26, 2006
...on the ceiling?

The original Depression-era version of this book was much better than this revision. "Micro-Eye" is just not Rooseveltian, in my estimation.

Anyway, the rewritten version has the boys overtly trespassing on what would today be heavily protected against terrorist attack. There is no motion detection, infrared video surveillance or spring gun set up at Micro Eye, much to Frank and Joe's benefit.

Do they catch the bad guys? Yes, they sure do. My only remaining question was one of payability of their fee from the view of Micro Eye - are they protected by child labor laws in an innately hazardous environment??
Pretty good  Jun 5, 2005
Ever wonder what it would be like to have a father that was a secret agent? Well the Hardy brothers, Joe and Frank, do. In Footprints Under the Window, written by Franklin W. Dixon, the Hard brothers are getting mixed up in tons of mystery. Their father has left on a top secret mission, and Micro-Eye has something top secret under development. This is when the setting takes place, when the Hardy brothers help to save the Micro-Eye project from being discovered and/or stolen! They get mixed up in even bigger things than they knew when they took on this case because now they are being chased by machete men, being offered rewards for the capture of a fugitive, and not to mention all the trouble they will get into later on in the book.

I was a bit confused with this book, being the first Hardy boys' book that I read, but I managed to figure it out. That is what I find is a true trait in a good book. I loved the mystery because of how they could keep you guessing, but what you guessed was sometime correct. I find that this book can be confusing because of how they never really describe the setting that well, and I really don't know where half the places are in the world. The twists are so amazing that I would have never seen it coming, and I was surprised at the dialogue in this book. I would recommend it for any first time mystery readers, but if you have read many mystery books that you can probably see what is coming.
By Alex Shung
Great Book!!!!  Apr 29, 2005
I acuttally don't own yhis book, I borowed it from a library. It's a very,very fun book. In the end there trapped in a sinking ship (just like in The Hidden Harbor Mystery.) I think Danger on Vampire trale is much funner. This book is about people who are trying to steal Micro Eye's secret device,the bad guys have a secret hideout in an old tomb. I recommend this book for mystery lovers!
Spies!  Apr 29, 2005
The Hardy Boys become involved in a series of mysteries that involve a foreign dictator, missing people, stolen luggage, and secret work at Micro-Eye, a plant doing some kind of top secret work for the government. Mixed into all this action are mysterious people who run from the Hardys, but also run from those the Hardys believe to be criminals. Furthermore, what does Orrin North, the shipping magnate, have to do with all these mysteries?

As the mysteries unfold, the Hardys learn that people who have been smuggled from a Caribbean dictatorship have been disappearing. An investigator sent to learn more has disappeared. It also appears that someone is after the top secret project at Micro-Eye. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that Orrin North's ships are no longer accepting passengers.

While this book contains some interesting mysteries, I was less impressed with the action and the story than some of the previous stories. The story is interesting, and you want to get to the end, but the mystery is less well developed than in other books up to this point. While giving four stars is probably being generous, the story seemed worth more than just three stars. However, this book is not the one which I would use as a starting point for the series.

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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