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The Secret of the Old Mill (Hardy Boys, Book 3) [Hardcover]

By Franklin W. Dixon (Author) & William G. Tapply (Introduction by)
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Item description for The Secret of the Old Mill (Hardy Boys, Book 3) by Franklin W. Dixon & William G. Tapply...

In this Hardy Boys mystery, counterfeit money was in circulation and the limit was reached with Mrs. Hardy took some from a stranger. This original edition is back--the way it was when it was first written in the 1950s.

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Counterfeit money is in circulation, and the limit is reached when Mrs. Hardy takes some from a stranger. Then the Hardy boys and their high school chums are warned to stay away from the old mill. Their curiosity plunges them into peril of the most unexpected kind.

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Item Specifications...

Format: Facsimile
Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 17, 1995
Publisher   Applewood Books
Age  10-14
Series  Hardy Boys  
ISBN  1557091463  
ISBN13  9781557091468  

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More About Franklin W. Dixon & William G. Tapply

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
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Mystery & Detective > Hardy Boys

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a Christmas present for my nephew  Jan 13, 2009
My 10 year old nephew was excited to receive this for Christmas as he's starting to read the Hardy Boys books.
"Joe had to act fast to avoid being crushed beneath the turning wheel!"  Jun 16, 2008
Granted, this is only the third book in the series, however, I think it is the best thus far! The whole cast is here, Joe and Frank Hardy along with their parents Fenton and Laura (and new introduction of Aunt Gertrude), Friends: Chet, Callie, Iola, and Tony, not to mention regulars: Oscar Smuff and Chief Collig. In this story most characters play a very small role and the adventure mainly revolves around Joe, Frank, and Chet. It is fast-paced as well as entertaining. The events could even be considered relevant to current day issues. Basically, I am trying to say that looking back through the books, some of the events and situations are quite 'dated.' This adventure, however, is not.

The boys take on tracking down a counterfeiting ring that has descended upon Bayport. Meanwhile, their father has a top secret mission of his own and can't tell the boys anything about it. Soon both mysteries intertwine with one another. The boys, their father, and even Chet begin receiving threats. The adventure centers around a company called "Elekton" and the renovated "Old Mill" on their property. High security around this plant doesn't keep saboteurs away and soon the Hardys find themselves searching for The Secret of the Old Mill!
An enjoyable read - published the way it was meant to be.  Jun 27, 2007
I am not really a politically correct person I guess. I think it was a total travesty to edit and "modernize" these books so that they are more politically correct. History is exactly what it should not be edited, changed, or made more palatable to cover up things that were done in the past that might be offensive now. Instead, study history and open up a dialogue about why something changed, etc. It's called LEARNING! Whitewashing does not make things better. With all that said, this really is an enjoyable and breezy read, and the suspense between chapters makes it difficult to put down. Open up your child's mind and imagination with a book; put the computer down and stop the spoon feeding. Thanks so much to Applewood Books for republishing these stories exactly as they were first released...typos and all.
Secret Of The Old Mill  Mar 11, 2007
I have read many Hardy Boys books. From them The Secret Of The Old Mill is one of the best. The Boys have a case of counterfeiters who are using an old mill as the base of their operations. Meanwhile, their father is involved in an highly confidental case(about which the boys come to know later) of a gang of saboteurs who are trying to sabotage an company named Elekton which lies near the old mill. The boys come to know that both the cases are related.Do read this exciting thrill-packed mystery.

Atypical Hardy boys adventure because it was so early in the series. Interesting to read the early development of the characters  Mar 5, 2007

This book is the original story, written in 1927. It was also the third book in the series, and reading it in retrospect, it is easy to see that the long-term plot lines were just being developed. They are still very much portrayed as young boys, they complain about school and play absurd jokes on each other. Chet Morton is portrayed as a practical joker that simply will not let up. The story also has an interesting and absurd event that dates it. The Hardy boys, Chet Morton, Biff Hooper, Tony Prito and Jerry Gilroy are out walking on country roads en route to a picnic. Fed up with Chet's practical jokes, they turn the tables. They capture Chet and "forcibly divested him of his hiking-boots, socks and necktie." The idea that a sixteen-year-old boy would wear a necktie on a hike in the country is absurd now, yet not unusual in the 1920's.
The story itself is typical early Hardy boys, before they became fighters and were knocked unconscious on a regular basis. A gang of counterfeiters has moved into Bayport and the Hardy boys are among the many people who lost money. This is also the episode where they acquire their speedboat "The Sleuth" and it figures prominently in the solution of the case. The boys discover that the counterfeiters are producing the money in an old gristmill and wisely get their father and the police rather than challenge the criminals. The criminals are captured and the Hardy boys are once again praised for their intelligence and detecting ability.
This is an old story that is probably of interest only to people who are interested in the development of the Hardy boys series from the start in the middle of the 1920's to what it is today.

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