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Hardy Boys starter set Hardcover – 2007
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It's 6 books about the legendary Hardy Boys! This boxed set - just right for any kid who hasn't yet discovered these mystery classics - contains: The Tower Treasure, The House on the Cliff, The Secret of the Old Mill, The Missing Chums, Hunting for Hidden Gold, The Shore Road Mystery
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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.
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.