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The Mark on the Door (Hardy Boys, Book 13) [Hardcover]

By Franklin W Dixon (Author)
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In this book, originally published in 1934, the search for a stolen boat leads the Hardy Boys to Mexico where they become involved with a band of Indians and a strange smuggling operation.

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Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 5.2" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2001
Publisher   Applewood Books
ISBN  1557092710  
ISBN13  9781557092717  

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More About Franklin W Dixon

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.

Franklin W. Dixon has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Hardy Boys
  2. Hardy Boys (Hardcover)
  3. Hardy Boys (Hardcover)
  4. Hardy Boys Adventures
  5. Hardy Boys Clue Book
  6. Hardy Boys Graphic Novels (Papercutz Paperback)
  7. Hardy Boys: Secret Files
  8. Hardy Boys: The Secret Files
  9. Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers
  10. Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers (Prebound Numbered)
  11. Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers Super Mysteries
  12. Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Super Mysteries

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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
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Once Again, Modernization Compromises Art  Mar 31, 2006
As with other books in this series, the Depression-era originals had been rewritten in the 1960s to revive the acceptability of this venerable series.

The improvements are welcome, in some instances, but by and large they serve to undercut the artistic integrity of "F.W.Dixon's" work on the originals.

In this book in particular, Dixon's carefully wrought phonetics of Mexican speech are completely lost. If at all possible get a copy of the original and compare them - you'll see what I mean.

The bigest loss: Dixon's brilliant metaphorical used of the mark on the door (hence the title) and the misguided "reformation" of the one true Catholic church by Martin Luther. It was no coincidence that Dixon placed this story in the heavily-Catholic Mexican province of Meztazlan, and showed that only a force of evil posts things on doors.

Well, it's still fun to read, but not what it once was.

That's all I'm saying, OK?
The Missing Cargo  Sep 15, 2005

Title: The Mark on the Door
Published By: Simon and Schuster
Date Released: 1995
Length: 175 pages
ISBN: 0-448-08913-0
Author: Franklin W. Dixon
Price $2.00

"Frank spotted the tapered metal mast to starboard, generating a tiny wave as it moved through the water. `I see it now, Joe!' `Let's take a closer look!' His brother cried. Frank turned the wheel and advanced the throttle as they sped toward the periscope, but suddenly it sank beneath the waves." Have you ever read any of the Hardy Boys Books? If you haven't you don't know what you're missing. They are the best books ever published. They are a mysterious type of book. They put you right in the middle of the action.

My strongest reason for reading this book is because it has a problem that needs a solution. Every good book has a problem. In this case they need to find out what happened to the missing cargo. Did someone steal the cargo, or is it just been miss placed? You have to continue to read to see what really happens.

Another good reason for reading this book is because it has an interesting plot. Most good books have an Interesting plot. This book is about four young men investigating to find out what came about with the missing cargo. They go to Mazatlan, Mexico to speak with people who they think might have some information about the missing people and cargo. Part of what makes this book so interesting is not only the main problem, but the twists and turns along the way. It keeps you on your toes to keep reading.

In a similar fashion this was a good book because it has real life characters. You can picture these characters walking down a sidewalk talking in Downtown, Somerset. They are like normal people. We can relate to these characters.

You can relate to this book. These characters experience crime just as we do in our society today. The Hardy Boys are brave enough to go after the bad guys and try to solve the mystery just as our local law enforcement and detectives do today.

I would recommend this book to students in Middle School, male students because it is written for that age level and the main characters are boys. It would be too advance for Elementary students and not challenging enough for high schoolers. I think it is a great book because when you read it you feel like you are right in the middle of the action wondering what's going to happen next. I have read numerous Hardy Boy books and this is one of the best ones yet.

If you have not read any of the Hardy Boys books this is an excellent choice to start with, especially if you like mysteries. If you have read some of the series and you haven't read this particular one, I suggest you read it next. Why are you waiting? Read this book to find out just what happened to the missing cargo.
The Hunt for the Submarine  May 1, 2005
The Hardy Boys become involved in one of their most interesting cases yet. The boys see a periscope in Barmet Bay as they are cruising in their boat, the Sleuth. Shortly thereafter another boat comes dangerously close to the Sleuth, leaving a dent in the boat. The boys soon discover that they have inadvertently become involved in a very complex scheme that spans two countries and two oceans.

The boys learn that their mystery overlaps their father's, and involves a scam artist and a missing bookkeeper. The boys travel with their father to Mazatlan, Mexico, where the mysteries deepen. It appears that in the remote village of Montaraz that people have been disappearing. The disappearances appear to be associated with Pavura. Just who, or what, Pavura might be is a mystery. All the boys learn is that Pavura has a mark that instills terror in those who see it.

As the boys, along with Chet Morton and Tico, a Mexican boy, search for clues in the desert surrounding Montaraz, the boys learn that villagers have seen a submarine in the ocean waters near Montaraz. The mystery deepens further yet when the boys discover a railroad being built from the desert to the Pacific Ocean shore.

As the boys wander the desert attempting to explain these mysteries, they encounter caves, armed and dangerous men, a river that threatens to plunge them into a crevasse, and they actually board and escape from the submarine. In a final showdown the boys join with the Mexican army and helicopters to resolve the many mysteries.

This Hardy Boys mystery is the first to involve submarines. The mystery also involves a product of Mexico that is even more important today than it was when this story was revised in 1967. The boys also encounter a criminal more evil than any criminal they have yet encountered. This story is one of the best of the first thirteen books in this 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.
A Mexican Adventure With The Hardy Boys  Jun 12, 2003
This review refers to the original 1934 version written by Leslie McFarlane.
The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, along with their dad, Fenton, travel to Mexico to locate a missing witness in oil stock swindle.
Along the way, they rescue a kidnapped Mexican boy and get invited to his father's hacienda, where they meet a mysterious Yaqui Indian who aids them on their quest.
All the threads come together as the Boys and their father are captured by the murderous Vincenzo and his band of cut-throats.

There's plenty of action and adventure here as the Hardy Boys battle their way free and solve the case!

Danger South of the Border  May 3, 2003
Frank and Joe are out in their motor boat when they have a run in with a man in another boat driving recklessly. Searching for him again, they find the boat abandoned and spot what looks like a submarine. Meanwhile, there father has started a new case. A bookkeeper, the star witness in a stock [problem] case, has disappeared, and Mr. Hardy must find him. Soon, the trails lead the Hardys down to Mexico, where they must use all their skills to track the men into the wilderness. But what will they find when they get there?

I always wanted to read this book as a kid (something about the name attracted me), but never got around to it. Finally reading it as an adult, I enjoyed being back in the Hardys' presence. Frank and Joe are still able to entertain, although I must admit they couldn't quite mystify as much as they did when I was a kid. Still, their fans will love this adventure with plenty of danger, excitement, and close calls. Not to mention a wonderful escape scene near the end.

These books have captured the imagination of generations of boys for a reason - the adventure. This book will keep readers glued to the page to find out what happens next to their heroes.


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