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The Secret of Terror Castle (The Three Investigators #1) Paperback – May 21, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 21, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679811761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679811763
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Originally published in hardcover beginning in 1964, these classic

mystery/adventure stories feature three boys--Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw, and

Bob Andrews--who establish a detective firm with the motto "We Investigate

Anything!" Perfect for summer reading, these suspenseful action stories will

appeal to both boys and girls.




Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

The telephone rang unexpectedly in the secret headquarters of The Three Investigators.  Jupiter Jones hesitated, glancing at his partners.  The phone rang again and Jupiter cautiously picked it up.

"Huh-hello?"

On the other end a faraway voice gasped.

"Stay...away..."

The ghostly voice died out and said no more.  But The Three Investigators knew what it meant.

Stay away from Terror Castle!

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I read this book to my 10 year old son and we both loved it.
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As an educator I also strongly recommend them for parents who are looking for books to get their young boys interested in reading.
M. Grant
Most of the books I read in the series I checked out at the library.
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2001
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All of the Three Investigators books are much more than children's books. Reading this book brought back all kinds of memories from my childhood years, and I enjoyed it almost as much now as I did twenty years ago. The biggest danger of adulthood is forgetting your childhood, and I am somewhat surprised to realize that I have forgotten as much as I have already. How could I have forgotten Jupiter Jones? When I was young, I wanted to be Jupe--the brains, the adventurous spirit, the dauntless courage, the determination and drive to know everything. He was my hero. I dreamed of having my own secret headquarters, with all of those great hidden entrances. I should add here that I was a nerd, and that accounts for some of the admiration I had for the stocky sleuth. Maybe athletes by nature aren't as drawn to these boys as I was, but I always felt as if I knew these guys. Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews are great all-American guys in their own right. All three are very different individuals, but together they do form a powerful team and serve as a wonderful model of the power of friendship. The only thing I can't figure out is why Bob spends so much time working at the library. At one point in this book, he has the task of reorganizing the whole catalogue--I work at a library now, so I know this is a pretty big task to be assigning to a kid.
This book, while eminently readable by youngsters, is more than satisfying to me as an adult. The story is suspenseful and well-contrived. Robert Arthur does a masterful job of allowing the reader to "investigate" the mystery along with the Three Investigators. The boys come across as extraordinary but very real.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1999
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I was first introduced to this series in 5th grade, some 23-24 years ago. This was one of the books in my classroom, and I fell in love with it. I had already read almost all of the Hardy Boys and while I enjoyed them, the Three Investigators books were not as formulaic. You knew of course that they would solve the mystery, but you couldn't specify the events chapter by chapter, they way you can with the Hardy Boys.
I had been looking for these fairly regularly for the past few years and was disappointed that they had been out of print. Now they are back in print, but they have been abridged to remove the references to Alfred Hitchcock. I assume this is a licensing problem with his estate, or possibly a mistaken theory that young kids would not know who he is anyway, but I strongly urge Random House to reconsider this and put them back in.
I remember fondly looking for Alfred Hitchcocks trademark appearance in the cover art. Just like in his movies he was always there somewhere.
I was shocked to see him replaced with Hector Sebastian, who did appear in the later books, after Mr. Hitchcock past away.
In anycase, if you can't find the originals, at least the stories are here for our kids, and they are great stories.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Grant on August 16, 2001
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Being a middle school teacher I try to keep up to date on books aimed for younger readers. As I was browsing through the bookstore I came across The Three Investigaors series. WOW! TALK ABOUT A BLAST FROM THE PAST!
I recalled (back in the late 70's) reading a few of these stories involving the three teens and their mystery solving cases dealing with mummies, sharks, and scarecrows. Of their partnership with Alfred Hitchcock and their secret headquarters buried in a salavage yard. But, would their adventures be as fascinating to a grown up?
The answer (as I briefly pinch my lip) is - YES! I'm happy to say that Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw, and Bob Andrews have held up remarkably well over the years. Granted Mr. Hitchcock is now referred to as Reginald Clarke, but everything else remains the same just a fun-filled mystery. The Secret of Terror Castle does a nice job of starting off the series and introducing readers to the characters and their exploits.
Anyone who grew up with Scooby Doo will love these books. As an educator I also strongly recommend them for parents who are looking for books to get their young boys interested in reading.
For anyone (of any age) that is looking for more to young-literature than Harry Potter, the Hardy Boys, or the Wolrds of Narnia...then The Three Investigaors series will be a great discovery!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1998
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The Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators series was the best juvenile mystery series I ever read, and is of such high quality that I can still read and enjoy it as an adult. In fact, I only need "The Mystery of the Cranky Collector", the last book in the original series, to complete my collection.
For far too long these books have been out of print, though I understand they're still being published in Europe. With their return, a whole new generation of readers can thrill to the adventures of Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews.
In "The Secret of Terror Castle", Jupe, Pete and Bob, whose motto is "We Investigate Anything", investigate an allegedly haunted house in order to prove their mettle. Author Robert Arthur not only gives the boys distinct personalities, rather than making them "types", he also has them conduct their investigation in a logical, methodical fashion, even as they deal with a trouble maki! ng rival. He also plants clues throughout the text to give the reader a sporting chance to solve the mystery.
Arthur and his successors further respected their readers' intelligence by making the endings of the books logical developments of the stories, rather than coming up with a contrived solution. Granted, the means by which Jupe, Pete and Bob become involved in "The Mystery of the Silver Spider", a later book in the series, is a bit contrived. However, that story is also good, and throughout the series as a whole, the writers don't talk down to their readers.
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