- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Revised edition (January 1, 1956)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780448089355
- ISBN-13: 978-0448089355
- ASIN: 0448089351
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Clue in the Embers (Hardy Boys, Book 35) Hardcover – January 1, 1956
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About the Author
Franklin W. Dixon is a pen name used by a variety of authors writing for the classic series, The Hardy Boys. The first and most well-known "Franklin W. Dixon" was Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author who contributed 19 of the first 25 books in the series. Other writers who have adopted the pseudonym include Christopher Lampton, John Button, Amy McFarlane, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.
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As the mystery progresses, Frank and Joe quickly learn that the criminals are after a set of medallions that may hold a clue to a fabulous treasure located in Central America. Unfortunately, the boys do not have all the medallions and the lack may hamper their investigation. In order to investigate the mystery further the boys travel to Guatemala, where their enemies and Mother Nature strike. At one point in the story I wondered how the boys were going to escape lava. Later the boys along with Tony Prito and Chet Morton are about to be thrown into a hidden tomb to die.
While this story could have been fleshed out better, I still enjoyed it. The action was nicely paced and I found myself speeding through the chapters to learn how the mystery ends. While Frank, Joe, Tony and Chet violate more than a few modern rules of archeology, and while it would be unthinkable to provide them with a souvenir of what they find, if you can ignore the fantasy that they boys would even be allowed to dig at an archeological site without getting in trouble then this story turns out to be a page turner. I consider this Hardy Boys story to be above average and I would recommend it to a first-time reader of the Hardy Boys series.
The Hardy Boys series is recommended for ages 8 to 12 because the series is relatively tame for the previous target audience of ages 10 to 14. This particular book is a good fit for both age ranges. This book contains a number of problems regarding how the boys are so readily able to travel in certain areas of Guatemala and then excavate an archeological ruin. Today there are areas of Guatemala that are considered unsafe for foreigners, and I believe excavation of archeological ruins is very tightly regulated. However, in the fantasy world of Frank and Joe Hardy, who perpetually remain the same age, perhaps the actions they take are reasonable. Perhaps there should be a caution in the new editions: Do not try this in real life.