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The Great Airport Mystery (Hardy Boys, Book 9) Hardcover – May 1, 1930

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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 ghostwritten 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 Hardy Boys Mystery Stories to the total.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; 4th Revised edition (May 1, 1930)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448089092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448089096
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors (Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author being the first) who wrote The Hardy Boys novels.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascimile of the original book. A nice copy and a nice idea. So far they have released about 8 of these fascimile editions in the Hardy Boys series and several in the Nancy Drew and Tom Swift series also.
The Great Airport Mystery is a tale of early flying, mail plane robberies, and races across the countryside in a roadster. It was a long ago time when kids had to pass exams to graduate from High School. No revisionism and mindless updating to make the stories "relevant" to the contemporary reader. This is not great literature, but updating is really little more than colorizing black&white movies.
This is just plain fun, and thanks to the publishers for giving us an opportunity to see what fun was for kids 75 years ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This tells the story of a group of thieves who steal platinum. The Hardy Boys track the thieves from Bayport to Ile de la Mer, an allegedly uninhabited island, to a mountain hideout in Montana. While solving the case they also find a hidden cave, the ghost of a dead pilot who haunts his guilty former partner and a plot that incorporates airport workers on every level. Thrilling and entertaining. Good for people of all ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shakiel D. on September 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book was okay, just okay. In my opinion, it didn't have as good adventures as the others books had. There were some exciting parts, true; but to, me the whole book wasn't worth it. The end was disappointing and somewhat predictable.

Try reading: "While the Clocked Ticked" the Hardy Boys book #11. Now that is some really good fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin on November 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Frank and Joe Hardy are amateur detectives that have successflly solved many cases. Of course, this story starts out normal enough. They are just driving home to assist their professional Private Investigator father, Fenton, in another case. Then something really strange happens when they decide to take a short cut. They stumble upon what turns out to be part of their case. From there, it is pure excitment and
sleuthing.
I thought this book was an enjoyable read. I loved all the twists and turns and suspensful moments. The only reason I took of the fifth star was it went too fast even for me. One moment the hardys could be sitting eating, and then boom! Something completely big will happen. The point is the plot was sometimes filled with holes. Other than that, I loved this book
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This review concerns the original 1930 edition. Frank and Joe are arrested following the theft of valuable mail bags from the airport and must track down the real thieves in order to clear their names. While there is nothing spectacular about this book to make it stand out from the rest, it is by no means a bad book. The mystery is interesting and there is a decent amount of action. One thing that I did like about this book was that the criminals were featured prominently thoughout the book, unlike in some other volumes where Frank and Joe don't come across the criminals until the last few pages. Many readers will find it odd that the Hardys and their friends graduate from high school in this book (especially since in #10, they are back in high school), apparently, with the beginning of the Great Depression, the author must have been unsure as to whether or not the series would continue. This is an above average book any Hardy Boys fan would enjoy reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a man called Clint Hill who supposedly drowned in an aviation accident.Instead he was cared for by some natives and eventually got back home.The man who was in the aircraft with him took the only life raft and left Clint to drown because he wanted Clint's job.When clint got back home to the United States he sent some eerie messages over the radio because he wanted to scare the other man,Len Peterson.
This is a great book and I reccomend it to anyone between the ages of 10-15.Although this was published 67 years ago it's still relevant for the nineties.ENJOY:))
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Hardy Boys have an adventure that takes place partially in the air this time. Someone is stealing parts containing platinum from Stanwide Mining Equipment Company. The problem is that no one can seem to figure out how it is happening. The Hardy Boys get involved when they are taking a short cut through the country and a plane almost crashes on the roof of their car. Soon the Hardy Boys are trying to learn the source of ghostly whistling and voices.

The Hardy Boys' investigation takes them to an island in the Caribbean Sea, a cave with multiple secrets, and a cabin in Montana. This adventure also contains some of the most dangerous villains the Hardy Boys have encountered yet.

The author continued the use of caves as an integral part of the story. This book is the eighth that uses a cave. In this story the cave is quite large. I am imagining that the United States is filled with caves, at least as far as this author is concerned.

The author paced the last couple of stories nicely, keeping the action going and with sufficient mystery to make a reader want to continue onward. I am impressed with the author's ability to write ever more interesting stories as this series has progressed. I am looking forward to the next novel, "What Happened at Midnight."

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.
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