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The Missing Chums (Hardy Boys, Book 4) [Hardcover]

By Franklin W. Dixon (Author)
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When the Hardy Boys set out to solve the mystery of their missing chums, they discover a gang hide-out in a cave on an island along the way.

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Two of the Hardy Boys's chums take a motor trip down the coast. They disappear and are almost rescued by their friends when all are captured. A thrilling story of adventure.

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Item Specifications...

Format: Facsimile
Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.7" Width: 5.34" Height: 1.13"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1996
Publisher   Applewood Books
Age  10-14
Series  Hardy Boys  
ISBN  1557091471  
ISBN13  9781557091475  

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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.

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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 > Series > Mystery & Detective > Hardy Boys

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"I hate to think what that costume means, if it's a signal, Joe said"  Jul 14, 2008
While the book was very enjoyable it did not keep my attention as the other books in the series have. Chet and Biff, mistakenly identified as Joe and Frank Hardy, have been abducted. The Hardy Boys spend the book searching for them, but their searches are very repetitive. They begin in Northport, then to Shantytown, then home to Bayport, back to Shantytown, another clue leads them to Northport, they run back to talk to the sheriff in Bayport who in turn sends them looking for more clues in Shantytown, not to mention a couple of runs out to "hermit island." The mysteries they solve along the way are minimal and the supporting cast of friends, including their relatives, take on a very minor role compared to previous novels.
Yet Another Nautical Nightmare  Apr 6, 2006
If your friends were named Chet and Biff, two questions:

1. Would you call them "chums?"
2. If they went missing, would you go looking for them?

Frank and Joe decide to do just that, and, as the cover picture hints, they use their dad's wonderful Chris Craft "woody" to do so.

I say again, if your friends were missing and you suspected that they were in the water, would you call them "chums?" I mean, isn't that the stuff they use as shark bait?

Anyway, lest you worry, this story does have a happy ending. And it's the first major platform for Fenton's "sister," Aunt Gertrude, to exercise gestures of discipline and control. Of course, we have only Fenton's word that "Aunt" Gertrude is, in fact, his sister. If Frank and Joe were real detectives, they'd head down to the Bayport Hall of Records as quickly as they could. While widower Fenton has every right to happiness, Frank and Joe are just the boys to insist that pops make an honest woman of Gertrude.

It's the decent thing to do.

Biff and Chet. Chet and Biff. Very, very different young men, but treasured by Frank and Joe. The same trip to the Hall of Records might reveal what their names were before they became Chet and Biff, too....
The Missing friends  Nov 27, 2005
after Chet goes to a party and disappears, frank and Joe find a costume that looks like a sign to them.
Multiple Mysteries  Mar 21, 2005
Thus far each of the first three books in the Hardy Boys series has increased the drama and complexity of the stories. The fourth book raises the ante once again by having at least four, apparently different, mysteries.

At the beginning of the book the boys take their new boat, the Sleuth, out on the bay. While they are cruising on the bay another boat nearly rams them. They would have chased the boat but the steering on the Sleuth broke, and the boys ended up going around in circles. It turns out that the boat that nearly rammed them had a purpose for doing so, that we do not discover until the end of the book.

Soon after, the boys prepare to go to Callie Shaw's costume party. Frank likes Callie romantically and she is a recurring character in the Hardy Boys stories. They encounter another mystery as it appears that men in Mr. French's costume shop appear to be threatening Mr. French.

Returning home the boys frighten their Aunt Gertrude with their costumes. Aunt Gertrude is yet another recurring character in the series. Soon the boys are off to the costume party on their motor cycles. On the way they realize that the bank is being robbed. They follow the criminals until they lose them at the docks, where they hop into a boat and escape into the fog.

After notifying the Coast Guard, the boys gain permission from Chief Collig to search for the criminals in the Sleuth, but the boys discover the Sleuth has been stolen! The boys search for the bank robbers in Tony Prito's boat, the Napoli, but are unable to find them in the thickening fog. The boys return home, explain to their father everything they saw at the bank and during the chase, and then head out to the costume party.

The next day the boys awaken to learn that Chet Morton and Biff Hooper never made it home from the party. The boys not only have to learn who stole the Sleuth, but where their missing friends went, and who robbed the bank. As the story develops the boys learn that expensive radios that may have been stolen are turning up. Lastly, a hermit on a tiny island with a shotgun threatens the boys.

The Hardy Boys face many mysteries and yet the author managed to clearly explain how the mysteries did or did not relate to each other. Each of the first four Hardy Boys mysteries were quick, enjoyable reads, and I would recommend them for children in the age range of about eight through whatever age the series holds their interest. 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.
best book ever  Oct 19, 2004
I liked this book because every page was interesting. I also liked that there was no confusing part in the story. Then I liked how the Hardy Boys help people with there problems. I also liked how every mystery they solve is very interesting

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