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Franklin W. Dixon

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Franklin W. Dixon

Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors (Canadian author Leslie McFarlane being the first) who wrote The Hardy Boys novels. This pseudonym was also used for the Ted Scott Flying Stories series.

Franklin W. Dixon

Books by Franklin W. Dixon

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery, Mythology

The Hardy brothers and Frank’s new girlfriend, Jones, are attending a local comic book convention on the shore. They meet up with Jones’s friend Harper, a fellow comics super fan, on the boardwalk outside the convention. Jones realizes she switched phones with Harper by accident and she is getting some really scary texts. When they show up at the apartment the next day, they find it totally destroyed and Harper is missing. Frank and Joe start digging into their new friend’s life, hoping to find out where she might have gone, but the more they find out about her, the more mysterious she becomes.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Classics, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Youth Fiction

One of the Hardys’ favorite writers, Nathan Foxwood, has recently died in a tragic car accident. When Joe hears that Nathan’s wife is having a giant estate sale, he drags Frank with him. Nathan’s wife says she wants to get away as quickly as possible; strange things have been happening since their first night there and now her husband is gone and she’s sure the house is haunted. Of course Frank and Joe Hardy don’t believe in ghosts and are positive they can get to the bottom of all this. Could these brother detectives be in over their heads?

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction
The Hardy Boys series, first published in 1927, has sold more than 70 million copies! Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won't want to miss! In HUNTING FOR HIDDEN GOLD, the fifth book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy pursue a notorious gang responsible for a payroll robbery. A special treat for Hardy Boys fans and any reader who's new to the series!
by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Mystery
The Hardy Boys series, first published in 1927, has sold more than 70 million copies! Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won't want to miss! In THE SHORE ROAD MYSTERY, the sixth book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy encounter a perplexing set of mysteries when they agree to help their friend Jack Dodd and his father locate a family treasure. A special treat for Hardy Boys fans and any reader who's new to the series!
by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

On their very first day in the city, the brothers are woken up early in the morning by fireworks. But they are a part of elaborate cover for the heist of a priceless artifact. The theft seems to have been orchestrated by Joe’s favorite street artist, an unidentified outlaw and activist that goes only by the name Le Stylo. From everything they know about Le Stylo, the crime is out of character. Sure, he makes a habit of provoking the authorities, but he’s an activist; not a thief. Could the artist known for his mystique have been framed? Frank and Joe are determined to find out.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's 3-7, Fiction, Mystery

The legend of the Bayport Beast has haunted the town for almost a century. Each summer brings rumors of a gigantic sasquatch creature roaming the nearby woods. However, this summer brings more sightings than usual, causing all kinds of people to flock to town, including a few UFO enthusiasts who are convinced the beast could be some kind of stranded alien. More than that, the sightings cause a media blitz! And when reports surface of the beast attacking people --- including a few friends --- the Hardy brothers are on the case!

 

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction
Joe and Frank are taken aback when Principal Gerther announces that they need more extracurriculars on their school transcript, and he’s signed them up for the basketball team. The Hardys soon find out that their principal isn’t acting out of concern for their college applications; he wants them to solve a dangerous mystery on the team. It turns out that a band of masked players are kidnapping new team members and then beating them up, blackmailing them, and threatening them.
by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

The Wild West hits the East Coast when Welch’s Annual Rodeo and Wild West Show arrives in Bayport. When Frank and Joe catch several ranch hands trying to steal Hondo, they manage to stop it. But as they’re helping the Welch family with the cattle drive back to their dude ranch, a group of dirt bike-riding cattle rustlers surround the herd --- and take Hondo!

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's, Children's 7-11, Fiction, Mystery

When a sinkhole opens up and swallows one of Bayport’s historic statues, Frank and Joe suspect something --- or someone --- shady at play. But in the thick of their search, the boys stumble upon an entire underground city that’s been abandoned for years. Now the city is home to a cultish band of criminals who plan to take over Bayport.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

First a priceless painting disappears from the museum; then two ancient samurai swords vanish from a private collection. A string of robberies has hit Bayport, and all signs point to “the Phantom,” a recently released ex-con who last struck more than twenty years ago. Then the boys begin receiving threatening notes in the mail, each one containing a strange riddle. Can the Hardys crack the Phantom’s code before he strikes again?

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Joe and Frank Hardy are excited to be cast as extras in the zombie movie that’s filming in their hometown. At first it seems like for once Frank and Joe might not have a mystery to solve. But when a stunt goes horribly wrong, the Hardy boys know someone is trying to sabotage the film.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

When Frank wins an internship at the Bayport Aquarium, he’s stoked at the chance to not only earn school credit, but to also geek out about one of his favorite subjects --- aquatic life. And his brother Joe is equally jazzed about taking scuba diving lessons from the super-cute instructor, Aly. But both boys’ excitement comes screeching to a halt when the aquarium’s most valuable asset goes missing: a rare two-hundred-pound sea turtle named Captain Hook.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Bayport goes back in time when a Revolutionary War-era battleship is discovered, along with a treasure trove of historic artifacts. To celebrate, the town stages a reenactment of the historic Battle of Bayport, complete with antique artillery, canons and tricorn hats. But things get a little too real when a stray shot leaves Bayport’s biggest benefactor, Don Sterling, without a pulse.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Frank and Joe are thrilled to spend winter break hitting the slopes at the Granite Peak Lodge ski resort. But their plans hit an unexpected bump when a blizzard blows in, closing the roads and leaving the boys stranded in the lodge with several others. Meanwhile, a series of deadly mishaps threatens to sabotage the resort --- and the lives of its trapped guests.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Daisy Rodriguez is missing. Just like that, gone without a trace. Her father, Hector Rodriguez --- owner of Funspot, Bayport’s local amusement park --- is frantic. He feels he’s to blame, since Funspot was recently the location of another disappearance.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Joe and Frank Hardy are attending the season’s opening night at Funspot, a local amusement park that’s been declining for years, but that recently got new owners and a facelift. Their friend Daisy’s family has everything riding on Funspot’s success: If the revamped park is a failure, her family will be broke! At first, an exhilarating new attraction is a huge hit --- but when one of the riders disappears into thin air, fun and games turns into spine-tingling danger.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Rich girl Lindsay Peyton is throwing the biggest and best Sweet Sixteen bash that Bayport has ever seen. But her party planning is off to a bad start when Frank and Joe discover that someone has keyed her very expensive car --- an early birthday present --- and has put the mean prank up on YouView.

by Franklin W. Dixon - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Teenagers Frank and Joe Hardy are supposedly “retired” from their detective work. But there is a new mystery in Bayport that needs their investigative expertise --- and fast! All signs point to evidence of a crime gang in Bayport, and Frank and Joe undertake the most dangerous investigation they’ve ever encountered. It’s up to them to save their town --- and themselves --- before the Red Arrow gets to them first.