Hardy Boys

The Hardy Boys is a popular series of detective/adventure books for boys chronicling the fictional adventures of teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy. The original Hardy Boys series was produced between 1927 and 1979 by a group of authors under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon.

The Hardy Boys is a creation of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the creators of dozens of successful book series such as the Rover Boys, the Bobbsey Twins and Tom Swift, and later, Nancy Drew. Edward Stratemeyer conceived of the Hardy Boys in 1926 with the creation of plot outlines that would become the first volume of the series. Various ghostwriters were employed, under contract of secrecy, to pen the actual stories. The first author was Leslie McFarlane, whose writing defined the literary style of the series, as well as the personalities and nuances of its characters. McFarlane authored volumes 1—16 and 22—24, which are generally regarded as the best works of the series. His 1976 autobiography, Ghost of the Hardy Boys, provides substantial background information on the series, as well as the Stratemeyer Syndicate as a whole.

From 1959 to the mid-70s, substantial revisions to the first 38 titles were made. This was done to modernize outdated vernacular, reduce story length, age the characters and remove the ethnic and racial stereotypes prevalent in many of the early books. The result of this process varied widely, with some books being changed only slightly while others had their entire plot and storyline thrown out. At any rate, the revised versions are those that are commonly found and are available here at Exodus. You will sometimes find unrevised versions here; these are indicated by two markers: brown covers or specially marked as having brown end papers.

The first 58 stories and the 38 revisions, along with the Detective Handbook and its revision, are considered by many collectors to form the Hardy Boys "canon."

Below is a list of the entire series:

  1. Tower Treasure
  2. House on the Cliff
  3. Secret of the Old Mill
  4. Missing Chums
  5. Hunting for Hidden Gold
  6. Shore Road Mystery
  7. Secret of the Caves
  8. Mystery of Cabin Island
  9. Great Airport Mystery
  10. What Happened at Midnight
  11. While the Clock Ticked
  12. Footprints under the Window
  13. Mark on the Door
  14. Hidden Harbor Mystery
  15. Sinister Sign Post
  16. Figure in Hiding
  17. Secret Warning
  18. Twisted Claw
  19. Disappearing Floor
  20. Mystery of the Flying Express
  21. Clue of the Broken Blade
  22. Flickering Torch Mystery
  23. Melted Coins
  24. Short-Wave Mystery
  25. Secret Panel
  26. Phantom Freighter
  27. Secret of Skull Mountain
  28. Sign of the Crooked Arrow
  29. Secret of the Lost Tunnel
  30. Wailing Siren Mystery
  31. Secret of Wildcat Swamp
  32. Crisscross Shadow
  33. Yellow Feather Mystery
  34. Hooded Hawk Mystery
  35. Clue in the Embers
  36. Secret of Pirates' Hill
  37. Ghost at Skeleton Rock
  38. Mystery at Devil's Paw
  39. Mystery of the Chinese Junk
  40. Mystery of the Desert Giant
  41. Clue of the Screeching Owl
  42. Viking Symbol Mystery
  43. Mystery of the Aztec Warrior
  44. The Haunted Fort
  45. Mystery of the Spiral Bridge
  46. Secret Agent on Flight 101
  47. Mystery of the Whale Tattoo
  48. Arctic Patrol Mystery
  49. Bombay Boomerang
  50. Danger on Vampire Trail
  51. Masked Monkey
  52. Shattered Helmet
  53. Clue of the Hissing Serpent
  54. Mysterious Caravan
  55. Witchmaster's Key
  56. Jungle Pyramid
  57. Firebird Rocket
  58. Sting of the Scorpion

Our Honest Opinion:

These are decidedly not classics. The storylines are formulaic, with the two boys and their chums having all sorts of adventures—usually catapulted into a mystery by some crime or catastrophe. They track down clues, threatening the villain(s) with exposure. Eventually, they are generally captured and threatened with death. But the villain then boasts about how the felony was committed before the boys somehow manage to escape and bring the police to their aid. (This is an area we appreciate: while many books have kids solving mysteries while rebelling against authority, the Hardy boys have the full support and assistance of their father and the police force.)

While the books do include crimes like murder and theft, and occasionally dabble with occultic symbols, we are not too concerned about the content being dangerous for kids (for instance, occultic images are usually meant to be a scare tactic and can be explained scientifically). What we are concerned with is the triviality of the books. They are fun to read, but they are fluff, and little—either in terms of knowledge or in worldview—can be gained from them. Although we don't think it's necessary to prevent kids from reading these, we would recommend that parents keep the time spent reading them to a minimum!

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