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June 2014 Update

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“While The Clock Ticked”
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New Books Announced!

17: The Great Escape - 4/15 For Sale
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And Hardy Boys Adventure #8  Due 2/15
Deception On The Set For Sale

May 2014 Update

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“What Happened At Midnight”
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 Adventures #7
7: Shadows at Predator Reef - 10/14
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Frank and Joe might be in over their heads when they discover an aquatic smuggling operation in this chilling Hardy Boys adventure-a fresh approach to a classic series.
When Frank wins an internship at the Bayport Aquarium, he's stoked at the chance to not only earn school credit, but to also geek out about one of his favorite subjects-aquatic life. And his brother Joe is equally jazzed about taking scuba diving lessons from the super-cute instructor, Aly. But both boys' excitement comes screeching to a halt when the aquarium's most valuable asset goes missing: a rare two-hundred-pound sea turtle named Captain Hook.
Frank and Joe stumble upon a network of underground tunnels hidden beneath Bayport.and realize the aquarium is a secret entry point. Could the aquarium be the newest target of a sinister aquatic smuggling ring? And can the boys snag the gang's mastermind before they end up in treacherous waters?  

Secret Files #16
16: Camping Chaos - 08/14 For Sale
Frank and Joe do their best to avoid a camping catastrophe in this Hardy Brothers Secret Files adventure. Frank and Joe are excited to go camping with their friends in Bayport State Park for the annual "Fun With Camping" event. They are ready for hiking, bonfires, and s'mores-and especially for the tent decorating competition, which the boys are determined to win. But just a few nights into the trip, decorations start to go missing. First Frank and Joe hear strange noises outside their tent. Then they see a set of unique footprints at the campsite. It seems like someone-or something-is out to sabotage the decorating contest. Can Joe and Frank figure out who the campsite culprit could be?

April 2014 Update

Many Hardy Boys Digests are now available for Amazon's Kindle!
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“The Great Airport Mystery”

'True Detective' gets a Hardy Boys makeover

Detectives Rust and Marty have fun finding clues and getting into trouble in these retro book covers inspired by The Hardy Boys. Artist Todd Spence reveals why his homage works so well.
Thanks to Paul Mular for bringing this to my attention.


March 2014 Update

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 The Mystery Of Cabin Island
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New Hardy Boys Secret Files
16: Camping Chaos - 08/14 For Sale
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New Hardy Boys Adventure Announced
7: Shadows at Predator Reef - 10/14
FOR SALE: Paperback - Hardcover - Kindle
No information yet. 

February 2014 Update

No new releases this month :(
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“The Secret Of The Caves”
Original Text Edition For Sale - Revised Text Edition For Sale
Comments and reviews are welcome.
Original: 1929 Leslie McFarlane (210 pages)
Revised: 1964 Andrew Svenson (175 pages)
Revised Outline: Andrew Svenson
Revision: Completely Different
Art: 1929 W.S. Rogers Art: 1944 A.O. Scott Art: 1960 Rudy Nappi
The Hardy Boys locate the missing Todham Todd, an amnesiac living a bizarre existence in the caves by Barmet Bay.
Revision: The Hardy Boys locate a missing college professor and solve the sabotage of a local radar station.
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January 2014 Update

 Happy New Year!

Paul Mular reported a new box set of 10 Hardy Boys books is available from Costco.
Paul also discovered a printing error on the cover of "The Shattered Helmet".

15: Ship of Secrets - 08/14 For Sale
Frank and Joe solve a mystery on the high seas in this Hardy Brothers Secret Files adventure.
It’s finally summer vacation, and the Hardy family is headed on a cruise to the Caribbean. As they board the ship with their parents, Frank and Joe can’t believe all the fun that’s in store for them. There are three-story slides, playgrounds, ball pits, four pools, and an arcade. There are concerts and magic shows at night, while jugglers and clowns wander the deck during the day.
In addition to all of the fun, the Hardys discover that former pop idol and lead singer of the Lightening Bolts, Izzy, is now performing on the ship. That night, as the family eats dinner, they hear a commotion at the other end of the massive dining room. Someone has stolen a very valuable and sentimental pocket watch from Izzy. Can Joe and Frank solve the case before the ship docks in the first harbor? Or will time run out on this case?

6: The Battle of Bayport - 06/14
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Paperback - Hardcover - Kindle A reenactment battle marches into Bayport in this Hardy Boys adventure—a fresh approach to a classic series.
Bayport goes back in time when a Revolutionary War-era battleship is discovered, along with a treasure trove of historic artifacts. To celebrate, the town stages a reenactment of the historic Battle of Bayport, complete with antique artillery, canons, and tricorn hats. Even Frank and Joe Hardy are decked out in full Colonial costume, fighting over freedom and taxes on opposite sides of the battle line.
But things get a little too real when a stray shot leaves Bayport’s biggest benefactor, Don Sterling, without a pulse. Wait a minute—weren’t those muskets supposed to be unloaded? And even though the Hardy Boys have technically retired from solving mysteries, they can’t help but get involved, especially when a favorite teacher turns out to be a prime suspect. Is someone trying to frame Mr. Lazin? And who would want Don Sterling dead? Murder by reenactment is one the Hardys haven’t seen before, but don’t think they’re not up for the challenge! 

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“The Shore Road Mystery”
Original Text Edition For Sale - Revised Text Edition For Sale
The Hardy Boys - Lucky Fellows by Phillip M. Pollock
The following is my review on Amazon.com in which I gave it 3 Stars of a possible 5:
The Hardy Boys - Lucky Fellows is a short, illustrated reminiscence of the Hardy Boys mystery series books.
There are pictures of 40 dust-jacket covers in full color, 2 to a page, accompanied by the aforementioned reminiscence.
The author got some of his facts wrong and some of the dust-jackets have seen better days.
If you are a die-hard fan of the Hardy Boys, you will probably enjoy this book.

December 2013 Update

The Hardy Boys - Lucky Fellows by Phillip M. Pollock 
The Hardy Boys - Lucky Fellows is the author's look back at the book series that intrigued him at the age of twelve. Through full-color photos of the books, quotes and a solid recall on the Hardy Boys' adventures over forty volumes, a genial and sensitive story is told about why juvenile readers fell in love with the boy detectives. The author confesses that the vivid colors and designs of the dust covers on the books were the original selling point in his desire to read every Hardy Boys book available to him as a young reader. The cover illustrations were stunning, and even today, they are a major reason why collectors look on used book store shelves for these fiction gems. The stories are almost secondary in the desire to own the books, but if you read them, you see just how outlandish and quirky the stories were. After all, two 15 and 16 year-old brothers were solving major crimes in a town called Bayport - crimes that the police and their father, famous private detective in his own right, could not solve. They frequently faced death-defying situations, only to be, almost comically, "lucky" to escape. The author has subjectively chosen the series' end as the fortieth volume, even though many more books were printed. The chosen number was not arbitrary. The fortieth book in the series signaled the end of the beautiful dust jackets, with later volumes printed less impressively by having the artwork applied directly to the linen hard-cover backing of the book. So, in addition to the author's story about these cool-as-a-cucumber young detectives, The Hardy Boys - Lucky Fellows serves as a beautiful, full-color reference to the artwork of those first forty books. If you are are Hardy Boys juvenile fiction fan, you'll need to own this. 
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“Hunting For Hidden Gold”
Original Text Edition For Sale - Revised Text Edition For Sale
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November 2013 Update

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“The Missing Chums”
Original Text Edition For Sale - Revised Text Edition For Sale
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  A Secret Files Box Set has been announced for an August 2014 release. 
Contains Trouble at the Arcade; The Missing Mitt; Mystery Map; Hopping Mad; A Monster of a Mystery

October 2013 Update

Hardy Boys Adventures #6: "The Battle of Bayport" has been announced for a June 2014 release.
For Sale: Paperback - Hardcover - Kindle
Secret Files #15: "Ship of Secrets" has been announced for an August 2014 release.
For Sale

  Amazon is releasing the old Clues Brothers series for their Kindle readers.

The Spotlite Book this month is volume 3, "The Secret of the Old Mill".

September 2013 Update

14: Fossil Frenzy - 4/14 For Sale  
A missing dinosaur tooth makes for a massive investigation in this Hardy Brothers Secret Files Mystery. Frank and Joe are excited for their field trip to the Bayport Museum of Natural History with their science club. Not only will they get to see some awesome dinosaur skeletons on display, but they also get to go on their very own fossil dig on the museum grounds. At the dig, fellow classmate Tico uncovers an old dinosaur tooth— even though Tico’'s biggest competition in the club, Aisha, claims she found it first. And when Tico realizes his tooth is missing—, a tooth that turns out to be immensely valuable, —all signs point to Aisha. But is she really the culprit? It’s up to Frank and Joe to dig deep for the answers in a case that is bigger than they ever imagined!

 The Spotlite Book this month is "The House On The Cliff".

James Keeline turned me on to a fairly new Hardy Boys-like series, The Brixton Brothers.
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity
Danger Goes Berserk
The Ghostwriter Secret
It Happened on a Train

August 2013 Update

Cover art for Secret Files #14: Fossil Frenzy
For Sale from Amazon.com
The Spotlite Book for August is "The Tower Treasure".
Discuss it at the Hardy Boys Fan Forum
Original Text Edition For Sale - Revised Text Edition For Sale
For those of you who haven't picked up any of the new Adventures series yet, there will be a Hardy Boys Adventures Box Set due out this November.
Secret of the Red Arrow; Mystery of the Phantom Heist; The Vanishing Game; Into Thin Air
For Sale from Amazon.com

July 2013 Update

Hardy Boys Adventures #5: Peril At Granite Peak has been announced for a 02/14 release.
FOR SALE: Paperback - Hardcover - Kindle
No story information available at this time.

Secret Files #14: Fossil Frenzy has been announced for a 4/14 release.

The Spotlite Book for July is #43: The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior.

June 2013 Update

Hardy Boys Adventures Box Set announced for November release.
For Sale from Amazon.com

The Spotlite Book for June is Volume 66 - "The Vanishing Thieves"
For Sale From Amazon.com

Flashlight editions volumes 59 thru 66 out of print.
It appears that G&D is no longer publishing these volumes.

May 2013 Update

Cover art for "Into Thin Air" released
Paperback - Hardcover - Kindle
When the daughter of an amusement-park owner goes missing, it’s anything but fun and games in this Hardy Boys adventure—a new take on the classic series.
Daisy Rodriguez is missing. Just like that, gone without a trace. Her father, Hector Rodriguez—owner of Funspot, Bayport’s local amusement park—is frantic. He feels he’s to blame, since Funspot was recently the location of another disappearance. Could Daisy’s vanishing be somehow connected? Joe and Frank Hardy figured out the first Funspot mystery and are up to their necks in this one, too. Daisy doesn’t seem to have an enemy in the world; no one has a bad word to say about her. So who in Bayport wants this girl gone?
Plot summary for "Balloon Blow-Up" announced. For Sale
The Green Crawler is one of the coolest superheroes around, and Frank and Joe are some of his biggest fans. And thanks to a contest, the Hardy boys get to be two of the handlers for the new Green Crawler balloon in the annual Fall Festival parade in Bayport!
But the day before the parade, disaster strikes: someone has ripped the Green Crawler balloon! The people in charge think Joe did it—and the Hardys need to clear his name fast. Was it Bayport bully Adam Ackerman, who was green with envy that the Hardys won the contest? Or could the culprits be loyal fans of Nutty the Squirrel, the cartoon character whom the Green Crawler replaced? And Mo Mantis, the Green Crawler’s archenemy, has a few tricks of his own…
Can the brothers figure out who tried to ground the Green Crawler? Or will Joe and Frank be watching the parade from the sidelines this year?
The Spotlite Book this month is Volume 42, “The Viking Symbol Mystery”.

April 2013 Update

The Spotlite Book this month is Volume 39, "The Mystery of the Chinese Junk".

Amazon.com is now offering many of the Digests for their Kindle reader.

The Paperbacks section of the Hardy Boys Unofficial Home Page has been newly updated with scans and plot summaries.