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The Mark on the Door (Hardy Boys #13) Hardcover – June 1, 1934

4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 13 of 58 in the Hardy Boys Series

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About the Author

Franklin W. Dixon is the author of the ever-popular Hardy Boys books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Revised edition (June 1, 1934)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448089130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448089133
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,700 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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By A Customer on September 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This review concerns the original 1934 edition. The search for a missing witness leads Frank, Joe and Mr. Hardy to Mexico. I'd more accurately give the book 3.5 stars. The book; although not quite as well written as earlier volumes, was loaded with action and adventure. Chapters 15-23 were very good; however the final two chapters were a major letdown, as the mystery was resolved much too soon. One thing that I did not like about the book was that after the first few of chapters, none of the Hardy's friends were included in the mystery. But still, it was a good book; definately worth reading.
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A Kid's Review on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Title: The Mark on the Door

Published By: Simon and Schuster

Date Released: 1995

Length: 175 pages

ISBN: 0-448-08913-0

Author: Franklin W. Dixon

Price $2.00

"Frank spotted the tapered metal mast to starboard, generating a tiny wave as it moved through the water. `I see it now, Joe!' `Let's take a closer look!' His brother cried. Frank turned the wheel and advanced the throttle as they sped toward the periscope, but suddenly it sank beneath the waves." Have you ever read any of the Hardy Boys Books? If you haven't you don't know what you're missing. They are the best books ever published. They are a mysterious type of book. They put you right in the middle of the action.

My strongest reason for reading this book is because it has a problem that needs a solution. Every good book has a problem. In this case they need to find out what happened to the missing cargo. Did someone steal the cargo, or is it just been miss placed? You have to continue to read to see what really happens.

Another good reason for reading this book is because it has an interesting plot. Most good books have an Interesting plot. This book is about four young men investigating to find out what came about with the missing cargo. They go to Mazatlan, Mexico to speak with people who they think might have some information about the missing people and cargo. Part of what makes this book so interesting is not only the main problem, but the twists and turns along the way. It keeps you on your toes to keep reading.

In a similar fashion this was a good book because it has real life characters. You can picture these characters walking down a sidewalk talking in Downtown, Somerset. They are like normal people.
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This review refers to the original 1934 version written by Leslie McFarlane.
The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, along with their dad, Fenton, travel to Mexico to locate a missing witness in oil stock swindle.
Along the way, they rescue a kidnapped Mexican boy and get invited to his father's hacienda, where they meet a mysterious Yaqui Indian who aids them on their quest.
All the threads come together as the Boys and their father are captured by the murderous Vincenzo and his band of cut-throats.
There's plenty of action and adventure here as the Hardy Boys battle their way free and solve the case!
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By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Frank and Joe try to help stop the kidnapping in this mystery. Every time someone got kidnapped there was a strange mark on the door of there house. Then the Hardy Boys find out what the sign means and solves the mystery!I think you should buy this book if you like adveture, mystery, and a little vilonce.
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Format: Hardcover
It all begins with an interesting encounter with the mysterious speedboat, the Ira Q. I guarantee that the minute you read the first few chapters, you'll not be able to put it down. If you read the first chapter and said,"Oh man, this is so damn boring..." ,just give it a break and continue.

The story itself is creative and original, unlike some of the other Hardy Boys novels I've read. It is bursting with twists and surprises, and you'll find yourself hanging once you reach the climax of the story. The baffling mystery of the mark on the door whisks the boys and their pals far away to both the isolated and busy parts of Mexico, to question villagers and hunt down elusive suspects. You will end up holding your breath when you read about the Hardys misfortune-Capture! Like all the other books, the Hardys escape narrowly and enjoy their success after all the crooks are rounded up.

This is a story you will enjoy thoroughly, recommended for those 8 and above. However, I think this story will appeal more to Elementary and Middle school students.

Buy this book the first chance you get! Enjoy... <3
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As with other books in this series, the Depression-era originals had been rewritten in the 1960s to revive the acceptability of this venerable series.

The improvements are welcome, in some instances, but by and large they serve to undercut the artistic integrity of "F.W.Dixon's" work on the originals.

In this book in particular, Dixon's carefully wrought phonetics of Mexican speech are completely lost. If at all possible get a copy of the original and compare them - you'll see what I mean.

The bigest loss: Dixon's brilliant metaphorical used of the mark on the door (hence the title) and the misguided "reformation" of the one true Catholic church by Martin Luther. It was no coincidence that Dixon placed this story in the heavily-Catholic Mexican province of Meztazlan, and showed that only a force of evil posts things on doors.

Well, it's still fun to read, but not what it once was.

That's all I'm saying, OK?
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