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The Hardy Boys Clues Brothers Series


Hardy Boys, The Clues Brothers Aimed at younger readers like the similar Nancy Drew Notebooks series, this series of short, simple mysteries recounted the adventures of Frank and Joe's first years in Bayport. In addition to several new characters, most of the regulars from the original series showed up here also.
Published by Simon & Schuster under it's Minstrel Books imprint.
Volumes 1-8 were produced for Simon & Schuster by Mega Books Inc.
All volumes had a color cover and many black & white internal illustrations.
Volumes 1 & 2 had a "Special Introductory Price" of $2.99, after that the price was $3.99.
Hardcover rebindings, primarily for library use, made by Demco and others have been observed.
Due to poor sales, this series was discontinued after 17 volumes.

For Sale items are available from Amazon.com.

Clue Brothers Cover Art Gallery

Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #1 1: The Gross Ghost Mystery For Sale
Release date: September 1997
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Frank Bolle
   Frank Hardy is 9, his brother Joe is 8, and they're the new kids on the block in Bayport. They're looking for new friends and found one--Chet Morton. But they're also finding plenty of mystery, fun and adventure.
   A bully threw Chet's baseball mitt into a spooky old house, but all Chet sees inside are two glowing red eyes! Is it a ghost? A monster? The Hardys go on a search for clues--in a house with a skeleton, a brain, and blood!
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #2 2: The Karate Clue For Sale
Release date: September 1997
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Frank Bolle
   Frank and Joe are learning some awesome new moves in karate class. But one move is no good at all. Brian Ludlow brought to class a black belt signed by action-movie hero Jimmy Han--and somebody stole it!.
   Brian even promised to bring Jimmy to class, but now he says: "No way!" But maybe if the Hardys can find the belt, they'll be the true-blue action heroes of the day!
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #3 3: First Day Worst Day For Sale
Release date: October 1997
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   It's the first day of school, and that's what all the kids are saying. Joe's older brother, Frank, knows it's one big mistake, but it's turned into one big pain--because now nobody wants to be friends with Joe.
   Here's what happened: The fire alarm went off, and Tony Prito got in trouble--because of Joe. Now the Hardys have to prove who really pulled the alarm, or Joe will be in trouble with all the kids--all year long!
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #4 4: Jump Shot Detectives For Sale
Release date: January 1998
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   When Frank tries out for the basketball team, it's Joe's job to videotape the tryouts for the coach. But somebody takes the tape and steals the whole show! So what's Frank and Joe's game plan?
   First, send out a dog to sniff for clues. Second, put a gob of green goop in Chet's hair. Then eat lots and lots of pizza. Dogs? Goop? Pizza? Sometimes detective work is even better than basketball!


Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #5 5: Dinosaur Disaster For Sale
Release date: March 1998
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   How hard can it be to find a missing dinosaur? Well, it's not exactly a real dinosaur, but it's the next best thing: an awesome dinosaur model... a fierce iguanodon that went totally wild in the movies.
   The guy who made the model was supposed to show it at the Hardys' school, but now the iguanodon's gone! Now Frank and Joe face a monster of a mystery as they set out to save the dinosaur and save the day.
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #6 6: Who Took The Book? For Sale
Release Date: May 1998
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   Is Frank Hardy a thief? No way! But somebody's making it look as if he is. A really cool book of baseball statistics was stolen from the school library. Now it's made a sudden and surprising comeback- in Frank's backpack!
   Frank and Joe have a pretty good batting average when it comes to solving mysteries. But this one is no fun, because if Frank gets the blame, he'll miss his basketball team's first game of the season!
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #7 7: The Abracadabra Case For Sale
Release Date: July 1998
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   Brian Ludlow's birthday party should be a real blast. First the Great Merlino magic show...then a chance to watch the latest kung fu video starring Jimmy Han. So why isn't anybody having any fun?
   Because the video vanished into thin air! Frank and Joe are looking for answers and looking for clues. But if they ask the wrong questions, they could end up making their friends disappear!
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #8 8: The Doggone Detectives For Sale
Release Date: September 1998
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   Mike Mendez is one crazy inventor. First he devised the automatic stamp-licker. Then the incredible shoelace untangler. Now he's come up with the unbelievable Beast-o-matic, which turns people into animals!
   But it may have turned Frank and Joe's friend Chet into man's best friend-a dog! Have the boys found a lost mutt...or lost a good buddy? Meatball sandwiches and liver treats will tell the real tale!

Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #9 9: The Pumped-Up Pizza Problem For Sale
Release Date: November 1998
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   Imagine you could invent your own perfect pizza....The enter it in a contest to get on your favorite TV show! That's what the Hardy boys and Chet are doing-and they are positive they're going to win....
   Until their recipe vanishes! No perfect pizza...no chance to get on the Pumped-Up Power Patrol TV program-unless they can find out who took the recipe. And all they have to do is say "Cheese!"
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #10 10: The Walking Snowman For Sale
Release Date: January 1999
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   It's the first snowfall of winter, and Fran and Joe Hardy have built the most awesome snowman. Only one problem: there's a snowman contest in the park and the snowman is too huge to move.
   But when the boys wake up the next day, their snowman is missing. And when they get to the park, they get another surprise: there is their snowman, and he's won first prize- but someone else is taking the credit. Now Frank and Joe have to prove that they made the snowman- and put the deep freeze on a major phony!
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #11 11: The Monster in the Lake For Sale
Release Date: March 1999
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   Frank and Joe can hardly wait for their weekend camping trip with their friend Chet Morton and his family. They're going to Lake Arrowhead for some swimming and fishing. Maybe they'll even catch a glimpse of the mysterious prehistoric fish that lives in the lake.
   But once they set up camp, strange things start to happen. The boys see a slimy, black tentacle slithering into the water! Could Lake Arrowhead really have it's own Loch Ness Monster? Frank, Joe and Chet had better get to the bottom of this mystery before a hungry monster gets them!
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #12 12: King For A Day For Sale
Release Date: April 1999
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   An awesome theme park called Dragon Days has opened in Bayport - and Frank, Joe, Chet and Tony try a cool game called the Sword in the Stone. Whoever pulls out the blade becomes King for a Day. All hail King Chet - he even beat out the middle school's start wrestler! Now he just has to deliver the sword to the Dragon Days sheriff to clain his crown - and a huge feast, just like in the olden days.
   But a mysterious person in a black cloak steals the sword! Was it Grunt Garfinkle, the wrestler? An angry court jester with bad punch lines? Or did a fire-breathing dragon turn the sword into toast? It's time for the Hardys to give this case the royal treatment!

Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #13 13: Pirates Ahoy! For Sale
Release Date: June 1999
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   That's what Captain Sid, the owner of the souvenir shop, says. When Frank, Joe, and Chet meet Sid on their way to go sailing, he tells them about a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Bayport four hundred years ago.
   As the boys head to the boat, they find a strange silver coin on the ground...then an old bottle with a treasure map inside...then a rusty musket ball--the kind pirates used in battle! Could Captain Sid have been right about the shipwreck? Frank and Joe are baffled--and it won't be smooth sailing until they figure out this whale of a mystery!
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #14 14: All Eyes On First Prize For Sale
Release date: August 1999
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   Bayport Elementary School is holding a science fair, and first prize is a gift certificate to a cool store called The Nature Place. The Hardys have projects only a detective could dream up- a fingerprint collection and a special spy-scope. Chet's working on a hot dog cooker powered by the sun. And Mike Mendez is putting a camera in one of his robots to make a burglar detector.
   But when two of the best projects get smashed, bully Zack Jackson blames Billy McGee, the new kid in the fourth grade. Billy can clumsy, but is he really a walking natural disaster? The robot's eye never lies, but will that be enough to save the science un-fair?
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #15 15: Slip, Slide, And Slap Shot For Sale
Release date: October 1999
Cover illustration: Thompson Brothers/Bruce Eagle
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   It's not easy playing hockey when you can barely skate. But Frank and Chect are determined to keep Joe on the team. Even after Joe accidentally slams a slap shot straight into Jamie, a star figure skater. Jamie's furious. Then she accuses Joe of stealing her good-luck charm, a fuzzy white seal!
   Joe and Frank are determined to find the mascot-and the thief. If they don't, Jamie can't skate- and Joe's in the penalty box for good!
Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #16 16: The Fish-Faced Mask Of Mystery For Sale
Release date: February 2000
Cover illustration: Thompson Studio
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   It's Career Week at school. Mr. Frobish the animal trainer is bringing Miles the Cleanup Chimp. Dr. Zekey the anthropologist is showing his Fish of Plenty mask from a faraway island. And Awesome Abe, the chocolate chip cookie king, has goodies for everyone. Frank, Joe, and Chet can practically taste Awesome Abe's cookies when the fire drill begins.
   When they return to the auditorium, the cookies are gone- and the Fish of Plenty mask has disappeared! Who could have taken them? To follow their suspects the Hardys have to crash a costume party- without getting caught. Suddenly they're over their heads in trouble- and further than ever from catching the thief.

Hardy Boys Are The Clues Brothers #17 17: The Bike Race Ruckus For Sale
Release date: April 2000
Cover illustration: Frank Sofo
Internal illustrations: Marcy Ramsey
   Lots of kids are planning to enter the Bike Jamboree. There will be cross-country riding, an obstacle course, and even a contest for funniest bike. Bully Zack Jackson and his buddy Brett call the Hardys wimps. But is someone playing dirty to win the grand prize--a supercool twenty-speed mountain bike?
   Frank and Joe are determined to be good sports, but it's no go. First Brett finds gum on his brake pad. Then somebody messes with Joe's bike seat. Who's behind the nasty tricks? Frank and Joe gear up to find out--before the big bike race ends in a big disaster!