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The Mystery of Cabin Island (Hardy Boys, Book 8) [Hardcover]

By Franklin W. Dixon (Author)
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A series of adventures begin for the Hardy boys after they sail their-ice boat to the desolate and inhospitable Cabin Island.

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Format: Facsimile
Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.54" Width: 5.19" Height: 1.03"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 1999
Publisher   Applewood Books
ISBN  1557092664  
ISBN13  9781557092663  

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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...
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  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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stiff and glossy  Jan 17, 2009
Got this gift as a sentimental remembrance---we both loved this book as kids. It had the complete original text plus vintage ads in the back for other series--all very nice. The binding was a little stiff and tight. The dustjacket looked cheap--not the best reproduction. Also, I object to the spine of the dustjacket identifying it as a facsimile--that doesn't seem necessary. That being said, the gift worked as a thoughtful piece of nostalgia.
Ever Piloted an Iceboat?  Apr 6, 2006
Not me. I've heard of icehouses and ice floes, ice cream and ice milk, ice and Tina Turner and vous ici. But iceboats?

So I searched Google and found a web page, created in 1995, devoted to iceboats. You can read the page in Swedish, German or English. An excerpt:

"Nothing is like sailing on ice. We know that! But the fun is still greater when we are sailing together and this way of sailing is safer. Here you can get an ice-reports and information about where we are sailing here in Stockholm and a report from our last sailings. Isabella-yachts and Scatesailing, ya sure."

"Welcome, here you'll find resources for wind powered contraptions that travel on frozen H20. This page was set up to answer the many email responses we have received pertaining to the subject. Comments or suggestions are appreciated."

The most recent entry I could see was from 2003.

So for Frank and Joe to pursue this arcane but exacting sport should not be surprising. If this were the pre-1960s version, though, it would have been an ice runabout, maybe, not an ice boat.

And they get the use of the Cabin Island Cabin any time they want, since they found a bunch of stamps that did not belong to the owner. The birth of timeshares...
The Hardy Boys Get the Medals  Apr 3, 2005
The Hardy Boys are out for their eighth adventure, this time on an island in Barmet Bay. It is winter and the boys have received permission from Elroy Jefferson to stay at the cabin he owns on Cabin Island. The boys received this permission because they recovered Mr. Jefferson's car in "The Shore Road Mystery."

The boys and their friends Chet Morton and Biff Hooper go to Cabin Island to check it out. They journey on an ice boat the Hardy Boys built themselves. A brief side note. I had always thought of ice boats as being small. The Hardy boy's ice boat is large enough to hold four people and enough supplies to stay for a week on Cabin Island. I think it is safe to say that the boat is quite large.

Once on Cabin Island the four friends head off to see the cabin. The soon discover footprints and a surly man chases them off the island. The boys visit Mr. Jefferson to ask about the man. Mr. Jefferson believes it is Hanleigh, who has been asking Mr. Jefferson to sell him the island for some time. While visiting with Mr. Jefferson the boys learn that Mr. Jefferson has a grandson, Johnny Jefferson, who has disappeared from his school. Johnny is fifteen years old. The boys also learn that Mr. Jefferson had a collection of highly valuable medals that were stolen some years before. The Hardy Boys have a new mystery!

During their trips to and from the island the boys also encounter bullies who attempt several times to wreck their ice boat. Eventually the boys realize that the bullies are trying to keep them from Cabin Island.

As the story progresses the four friends encounter a ghost in the woods, and numerous attempts are made to drive them from the island. The boys also encounter a blizzard, and have to make at least two rescues. I also pointed out in my last review that the author seemed to have a fixation on caves, as the author had written five and now seven stories in a row that featured a cave. The next story also has a cave important to the story.

This story is an interesting Hardy Boys story. The pacing is good, and the mysteries are kept simple, though the boys must work hard to learn the answers. I found myself reading through this book quickly to understand all the pieces to the puzzle, which the author explained nicely. This book is one of the better books of the first eight.

Note that this review is for the 1966 revision. My understanding is that there is a later revision where the author replaced medals with stamps. If that is true, it is unfortunate. I was wondering how medals in a box would withstand the conditions where the thieves hid them, which I will not give away. Being a stamp collector, I can tell you that stamps require a very controlled environment, and the temperature and humidity conditions of their hiding location would not have been good for them.

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.
the best book i've ever read!  Feb 11, 2005
i've read up to this bok so far. i like them all but this one is different from all the rest. the setting is in bayport at christmas time, on cabin island the island that mr. jefferson owns. he lets them stay on the island until the end of christmas vacation. he asked the hardy's to solve a mystery for him. that intals them to find mr. jefferson's grandson and mr.jefferson's lost medals. when they get to cabin island they found out that this guy is tresspassing on the island. so the hardy's order him off and get their supplies. while theyare on the island they are sent a message from their father that said "the alley cat is after the mice,but feed him well!"so they find out that the medals are hidden in the chimmney of the cabin. they rescue thegrandson and find the medals.
one of the best of the Hardy Boys  Jan 15, 2005
"The Mystery of Cabin Island" is the 8th book in the Hardy Boys Mystery Series. After successfully solving "The Shore Road Mystery" (book 6), Old Mr. Jefferson allows Frank and Joe to use the cabin on Cabin Island for a vacation during the winter. The brothers jump at the chance and invite their friends Chet Morton and Biff Hooper along as well. Mr. Jefferson isn't completely altruistic, however. He gives the Hardys a mystery to solve, though one he hopes will be completely devoid of danger and excitement: his grandson is missing as well as his collection of rare medals.

When the brothers travel on their ice boat to Cabin Island they are chased off by a stranger, one who later turns out to be trying to buy the island from Mr Jefferson. Might he be also searching for the medals and where is Mr Jefferson's grandson?

This really is one of the better Hardy Boys stories. The biggest positive here is just that the book keeps focus very well into the main mystery and the chapters move along at a fast pace. While there is a formula at work here, the author does a good job and telling a good story that is interesting with a decent puzzle midway through.

This review is of the 1966 Revised Edition.

-Joe Sherry

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