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March/April Update

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Welcome to the March/April edition of The Hardy Boys News with a look at upcoming releases and the book of the month, “The Secret of Wildcat Swamp”

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Hardy Boys Adventures #2020: Return to Black Bear Mountain – 02/20
For Sale: PaperbackHardcoverKindleAudio CD
Brother detectives Frank and Joe face the dangers of Black Bear Mountain once again in the twentieth book in the thrilling Hardy Boys Adventures series.

Frank and Joe are back on Black Bear Mountain, the scene of a previous wilderness adventure and mind-bending mystery. This time, the brothers are checking in on Dr. K, a friend they made during their first trip. Dr. K is a fan of living off the grid, but he’s been MIA long enough to cause worry in the small mountain town. And so the teenage detectives Black Bear Mountain relied on before have been called in to help once again.

It’s not a good start to the investigation when Frank and Joe’s ATV is put out of commission by a falling tree. Then their camp, including their radio – their only way to contact the outside world – is destroyed by wildlife searching for food. And when they finally reach Dr. K’s research station, they find his cabin has been cleaned out and abandoned – the only current resident is an angry skunk.

Frank and Joe may have been better prepared for their second Black Bear Mountain adventure, but they’re not having any more luck this time around. In fact, they’ve been downright unlucky. Is someone trying to sabotage their mission? And if they are, how can the brothers stop this invisible foe?

 
Clue Book #11 11: Bug-Napped – 04/20
For Sale: PaperbackHardcover

Illustrated by Santy Gutierrez

Detective brothers Frank and Joe search for a very special beetle in the eleventh book in the interactive Hardy Boys Clue Book series.

Frank and Joe are taking care of their friend’s super cool pet stag beetle named Izumi for the weekend. Not only is this bug fun to watch, but he is also supposed to bring you luck!

The first night with Izumi, Joe learns that stag beetles like to hiss and chirp.a lot. So, Joe decides to leave Izumi on the front stoop so he can get some sleep. But when Joe goes to get Izumi the next morning, he discovers that his lucky friend isn’t so lucky after all. Because Izumi has gone missing! Izumi’s cage is gone so the boys know he didn’t escape on his own. Did Aki’s pet get bug-napped?

Can the brothers find this special bug before the weekend is over? It’s up to Frank and Joe-and you-to solve the mystery of the missing beetle!




Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #1 – For Sale
April 1, 2020
Teen detectives Frank and Joe Hardy have investigated many crimes in their lives, but nothing that hits this close to home. Their best friend died mysteriously after taking down a major crime organization. They must put together the clues to uncover the truth about this shocking crime, but the clues lead them to a stunningly unexpected direction! Written by Ringo-nominated writer Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Luke Cage) and with art by Eisner-award winner Joe Eisma (Morning Glories, Riverdale), this gritty and stylish story is a noir that will attract fans of Nancy Drew of all ages.

coming soon
Hardy Boys Adventures #21

21: A Treacherous Tide – 06/20

For Sale: PaperbackHardcover

Brother detectives Frank and Joe dive deep into the Florida Keys to find a missing person in the twenty-first book in the thrilling Hardy Boys Adventures series.

Frank and Joe Hardy have been invited to take part in a conservation mission by a marine biologist at the Bayport Aquarium. The boys get to go on an all-expenses paid trip to the lush and beautiful Florida Keys to help save sharks!

But the trip’s purpose is suddenly sidelined when a paddle boarder goes missing and rumors start that the disappearance is the result of a shark attack. After spending so much time learning about the local shark population, the Hardy Boys aren’t buying the story.

It will take all of Frank and Joe’s recently acquired knowledge about sharks and their habitat to solve this case. Will they be able to discover what’s really going on before it’s too late?


Clue Book #12

 
12: Sea Life Secrets – 08/20
For Sale: Paperback – Hardcover
Illustrated by Santy Gutierrez
Detective brothers Frank and Joe fish for clues at the Bayport Aquarium in the twelfth book in the interactive Hardy Boys Clue Book series.
Frank and Joe can’t wait for their trip to the Bayport Aquarium. A new tide pool exhibit has just opened where visitors can learn all about horseshoe crabs, rays, jellyfish, and other sea life as they touch and hold the flora and fauna that make up the aquatic ecosystem!
But in the middle of the presentation, an aquarium worker realizes that one of the creatures has gone missing from the tank. It can’t survive for long outside the water, and the clock is ticking.
Can the Hardy Boys follow the clues and find the culprit before the new exhibit sinks?


 
Hardy Boys Adventures #20

Hardy Boys Adventures Special Collection – 09/20
For Sale: Paperback
The Hardy brothers solve Bayport’s toughest mysteries in this beautifully redesigned, collectible set of the first ten Hardy Boys Adventures.
Smart, resourceful, and perceptive, Frank and Joe Hardy can be counted on to crack the case. They’re familiar with encountering danger along the way, but from tracking a jewel thief to surviving a blizzard, the brothers are faced with some of the most perilous adventures yet. In these ten page-turning mysteries, they’ll have to stay on their toes to catch the culprits.and survive the search.

With all-new covers only available in this collection, this thrilling paperback boxed set includes:
Secret of the Red Arrow
Mystery of the Phantom Heist
The Vanishing Game
Into Thin Air
Peril at Granite Peak
The Battle of Bayport
Shadows at Predator Reef
Deception on the Set
The Curse of the Ancient Emerald
Tunnel of Secrets

 
Clue Book Box Set

Hardy Boys Clue Book Case-Cracking Collection – 10/20
For Sale: Paperback
Illustrated by Santy Gutierrez, Matt David
Help detective brothers Frank and Joe solve mysteries in the first ten interactive Hardy Boys Clue Books, now available in a collectible boxed set.
Get to the bottom of Bayport’s biggest cases as these expert kid detectives follow the clues to find the culprits! Frank and Joe track down thieves, thwart talent show sabotage, hunt for buried treasure, and more!

This paperback edition boxed set includes:
The Video Game Bandit
The Missing Playbook
Water-Ski Wipeout
Talent Show Tricks
Scavenger Hunt Heist
A Skateboard Cat-astrophe
The Pirate Ghost
The Time Warp Wonder
Who Let the Frogs Out?
The Great Pumpkin Smash

Book of the Month: The Secret of Wildcat Swamp

Hardy Boys Cover Art 
31: The Secret Of Wildcat Swamp – Collectible Editions For Sale
Original: 1952 William Hallstead, Harriet Adams, William Dougherty (212 pages)
Outline: Harriet Adams
Revised: 1969 Priscilla Baker-Carr (178 pages) – For Sale
Outline: None – Baker-Carr edited the original manuscript.
Revision: Altered
Art: 1952 Bill Gillies (frontispiece: Roy Pellington)
Art: 1969 Rudy Nappi
Notes: Hallstead’s manuscript for the original edition was apparently rejected by the Syndicate and Dougherty was hired to create a new one.
The Hardy Boys head out west to defeat Gerald Flint’s train robbing gang and restore Mrs. Sanderson’s deed to a valuable oil property.
Description of current edition: An invitation from Cap Bailey, science teacher at Bayport High, to accompany him out West to Wildcat Swamp on an archaeological expedition triggers off a series of dangerous events for Frank and Joe Hardy. On their way West the boys and Cap have a near-fatal accident in a private plane which has been sabotaged. Though warned to leave the area, Frank, Joe, and Cap doggedly remain until they have caught the cunning ex-convicts they are up against in this swift-paced adventure.


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