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The Secret of the Caves (Hardy Boys, Book 7) Hardcover – May 1, 1929


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (May 1, 1929)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448089076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448089072
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Franklin W. Dixon is the author of the ever-popular Hardy Boys© books which have been in print since 1927. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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While the detective duo of Frank and Joe Hardy is hot on the trail of a missing college professor, they discover a secret in a complex of caves near a government radar installation. Filled with action and plot twists, the mystery is ably read by Bill Irwin. His delivery is soft, but he has enough variety to keep the listener's interest. The sound effects and music are also appropriate for the production. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Fenton Hardy is trying to find out who is out to sabotage a new military radar installation. At the same time the boys are on the trail of a missing college professor. It seems the further the boys travel in following the missing professor, the more suspicious characters they discover. Some people they encounter who appear suspicious may not be, and others who appear to be uninvolved may be. How will the boys learn where the missing professor is located?

During the boys investigation they come across a huge complex of caves. During their stay in the cavern the boys have their stuff stolen, and are threatened. What could be so important that someone would want to chase the Hardy Boys away?

I have been a big fan of the Hardy Boys since I was a child. However, I found this particular book to be less enjoyable than some of the other books. The main reason is that the author appeared to know little about the military and military construction, and his description of the sabotage at the radar site would have involved the FBI and much heavier security, among other details. However, if you can get over the minor annoyances, the basic story has some interesting twists.

As I noted in my review of Hardy Boys #6, "The Shore Road Mystery," the author seemed to have a fixation on caves. The five previous books in the series had caves and the next story has a cave. I guess caves are just very mysterious places along with being great criminal hangouts.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on December 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"The Secret of the Caves" is book 7 in the Hardy Boys Mystery Series. This review deals with the 1964 Revised Edition and not the 1929 Original. Fenton Hardy, the father of Frank and Joe, is engaged in an investigation regarding a new radar station just outside Bayport. While the brothers want to help their father, they are brought into the mystery of a missing college professor. Their search takes them to the Honeycomb caves as they try to find clues to the location of the professor and what might have happened to him. Through the investigation they find a connection to the case their father is working on.

There is a certain charm to the Hardy Boys. These books are of a more wholesome time in which everybody seems to be part of a Lake Wobegon where all the women are pretty, all the men strong, and all the children above average. Forgive me the comparison, but I am from Minnesota. Seriously, the comparison fits as all the main characters are smart, strong, and courageous and always up to the task, even the girls. On one hand, all the Hardy Boys novels are a little silly, but they are such good tales for young boys and girls, even the ones that are not quite as good. "The Secret of the Caves" has a bit too many fortunate coincidences that are not so much a result of the sleuthing of the Hardys as plain good luck. That is a drawback here, but as with all of the earliest Hardy Boys novels, "The Secret of the Caves" remains good fun.

-Joe Sherry
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I really like this book because I love to go exploring, I like caves, and cave mysteries are great! This was the 7th book I read and it's book number 7! I was really surprised about that! In the book, there were lots of storms, and I like camping in caves when there are storms. I recommend that you read this book for total mystery and action.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Secret of the Caves was a well-paced, well-written book. It's about a crime ring of smugglers operating out of a cave. Franklin Dixon did a great job on this one! I suggest this book to anyone looking for a somewhat fast-paced book and a great mystery!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By big reader on July 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Now that I look back on it, three books and characters dominated my mental universe as a pre-teen and early teen: Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, and Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is tbe best and most advanced, and I read this the latest. Encyclopedia Brown is impressive and fantastical and incredibly clever. Yet The Hardy Boys inhabit a moral universe and time that I think all of us at some level aspire to be a part of and to create in ourselves and in others. And herein lies the charm of these books.

Contrary to other reviewers, this was one of my favorite of the Hardy Boys series. In fact, I can remember many times drawing military fortifications in hidden equipment from 4-7th grade on the sides of my notebooks, in imitation of the criminals who hid their gear in the caves in this book. It is more suspenseful than most, and stylistically and in story line will not appeal to those with a tremendous amount of life experience or grandkids, but for the teenage boy I think that it is nearly universally priceless.

Perhaps the best gift to give a son or a nephew or a close family friend between the ages of 8-14 is a series of Hardy Boys books, this being one of the better ones.

(I should note that though I have read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, as there are only two books, this is not too logistically difficult. By contrast, I have read about 40-55 Hardy Boys books, but I strongly suspect that there are many more than this.)
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