Hardy Boys 02: The House On The Cliff

Hardcover | June 1, 1927

byFranklin W. Dixon

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Frank and Joe Hardy are investigating a mysterious old house high on the cliffs above Barmet Bay when they are frightened off by a scream. The boys return to the apparently haunted house when they make a connection between the place and a smuggling case their father is working on. When their father goes missing, they have to investigate the caves beneath the house and confront the smugglers.

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When Mr. Hardy disappears while investigating a mystery surrounding a vacant house rumored to be either haunted or an abode for criminals, the Hardy Boys search for the truth.

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Frank and Joe Hardy are investigating a mysterious old house high on the cliffs above Barmet Bay when they are frightened off by a scream. The boys return to the apparently haunted house when they make a connection between the place and a smuggling case their father is working on. When their father goes missing, they have to investigate the caves beneath the house and confront the smugglers.

Franklin W. Dixon Franklin W. Dixon is actually a pseudonym for any number of ghostwriters who have had the distinction of writing stories for the Hardy Boys series. The series was originally created by Edward Stratmeyer in 1926, the same mastermind of the Nancy Drew detective series, Tom Swift, the Rover Boys and other characters. While Stratmeyer created the outlines for the original series, it was Canadian writer ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 7.58 × 4.97 × 0.71 inPublished:June 1, 1927Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0448089025

ISBN - 13:9780448089027

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dangerous Smugglers The first of the revised Hardy Boys stories, "The Tower Treasure," was relatively tame, even though there were a couple of moments of near danger. In the second book in the series the danger is turned up; the bad guys have guns and they are not afraid to use them! Their father, the famous detective Fenton Hardy, invites the Hardy Boys on a case. This time the Hardy Boys accidentally observe smugglers attacking a man on the ocean. Before the boys can see what happens to the man they hear a cry from an abandoned nearby house, which is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Their search is fruitless, and on returning where they had left an expensive telescope, they discover the eyepieces are missing. The mystery begins. The smugglers are bringing rare drugs into the country, by means unknown. Fenton Hardy believes the leader of the smugglers to be a tough character named Snattman. Fenton Hardy disappears during the investigation, leaving the boys with an even bigger mystery, and their mother with concerns regarding Fenton's safety. As happens often with the Hardy Boys, a group of their friends pools their resources to locate the smuggler's hideout along with who the smugglers are. Along the way they discover that their father was kidnapped and held captive by the smugglers, and they may yet murder him! The exciting conclusion of this book involves the Coast Guard, secret passages, a mysterious cargo ship, and a man named Singh. As the battle between the smugglers, led by Snattman, and the police, the Coast Guard, and Joe, Frank, and Fenton Hardy rages on, everyone is in danger because the smugglers have guns and are not afraid to use them. While the Hardy Boys have not aged well, as reading material for an increasingly younger audience they are excellent. The stories were once recommended for children ages 10 to 14. As children are exposed to more violence and seem to require greater levels of stimulation, the recommended age range has move to 9 to 12. I think any child capable of reading some of the challenging words in these books will enjoy them, regardless of how tame most of the action may be. Once a child has reached age 12 or so the stories may be of less interest, but given the combination of mystery and action, these books remain good safe choices for parents who want to know what their children are reading.
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardy Boys 02 - House on Cliff A classic, I love the original blue Hardy Boys books. This is one of my favourites. It's suspenseful, full of intrigue and lots of mystery. A great book for young readers (aged 9-12, male or female). Hardy Boys books are very easy to get caught up in with all the twists and turns and hard to put down. I also recommend this as a great book for parents and kids to read together. My mom and I read it when I was little and neither one of us would want to go to bed till we were finished.
Date published: 1999-02-10