- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0448448203
- ISBN-13: 978-0448448206
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 4.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hardy Boys starter set Hardcover – 2007
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My parents, in buying these books for me, gave me the greatest gift I have ever received. Because of the Hardy Boys I became an inveterate reader. And because of that, it made my way through elementary school, high school and college much, much easier.
One thing, not so positive, should be pointed out however. The stories published in the 50's and early 60's were rich in language... some of the words were not easy for a snot-nosed kid. So much the better, my vocabulary was greatly improved. But the current books have been dumbed-down something terrific. If you doubt that go to a used book store and find a Hardy Boys mystery that was published in say... 1955 and compare that to a same titled current book. The difference is amazing... alas.
He just finished the second book in record reading time. Even though these books were written quite some time ago, they still can appeal to kids today.
The first thing I found was that these are not the original versions of the stories written in the late twenties and early thirties. The giveaway was when some of the villains stole a case of transister radios, which were not even invented til long after the forties. So this is the series rewritten in the sixties.
That said, the stories were ingenious and well written. Also, I liked the group of friends that were always ready to help the heroes with their adventures. Television lost out on a good thing when they did not mention these guys and girls on the shows.
After reading through the books, I passed them on to some of my friends, who are eagerly reading them, too.
These books are a good read and a fine memento of a time when it was considered possible for a pair of teenagers to take on a gang of criminals and not get killed out of hands.
I found a great series by RT Byrum which is similar to the Hardy Boys but with new modern toys, gadgets and gizmos. In fact, I think the stories are even better written and more entertaining.
The first in the series is Mystery of Shrieking Island. You will love them. I sure did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 8 yr old son loves these books. We got it for him to try and he loved them so much that we ended up buying him the entire set.Published 1 month ago by AP - FL
This was a gift for my nephew. I was quite pleased to learn that he was reading the older versions by Frank Dixon, so I bought this for him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa Britt Gettinger
My grandson loved these books, especially that they were the first five of the series. They arrived on time.Published 2 months ago by Rose M. Turner
This was purchased as a gift, he loves them and has already read most of them !Published 2 months ago by Al
We got the box set of books super fast, but it was missing book 2. It had two copies of book 3.Published 2 months ago by David Cox