Hardy Boys 11: While The Clock Ticked

Hardcover | January 1, 1932

byFranklin W. Dixon

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A banker who has been receiving threatening notes enlists the help of the Hardy boys. Before long, the young sleuths find themselves entangled in the investigation of a notorious band of thieves.

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A banker who has been receiving threatening notes enlists the help of the Hardy boys. Before long, the young sleuths find themselves entangled in the investigation of a notorious band of thieves.

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. Whi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 7.63 × 5.06 × 0.69 inPublished:January 1, 1932Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0448089114

ISBN - 13:9780448089119

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Explosive Action The Hardy Boys have taken on several complicated mysteries, but this one may be the most complicated yet. The mystery begins a visitor looking for Fenton Hardy, the famous detective. Mr. and Mrs. Hardy are on vacation, to the distress of Mr. Dalrymple. The boys explain factually to Mr. Dalrymple that they also solve crimes, but they do so without bragging and without trying to convince him. Mr. Dalrymple suggests the boys take a hike to the Jason Purdy house and look around. While hiking, a big black car nearly hits the Hardy boys and their friends Chet Morton and Biff Hooper. Once the group reaches the Purdy house they look around without seeing anything too suspicious, but when they report later to Mr. Dalrymple the boys learn that Mr. Dalrymple locked the gate, which they found open, the night before. The boys also learn that the Purdy house has a secret room in it which Mr. Dalrymple has been using when working on especially difficult contracts. In the room, with its one entrance that has a time lock, Mr. Dalrymple has found threatening notes. One such note read, "Death while the clock ticks!" Mr. Dalrymple has searched the room carefully and determined there is not other entrance. The boys agree to investigate the mystery. The boys also become involved in a mystery involving harbor thieves, who have been robbing ships and boats in Bayport. The boys also discover that someone has used their boat, the Sleuth, and Tony Prito's boat, the Napoli, to commit some of the robberies. In one chase between the boys and the crooks, one of the boats sinks! To further complicate this story, we learn that Hurd Applegate, who we met in the very first Hardy boy's mystery, "The Tower Treasure," has had valuable jade jewelry and a chess set stolen from him. Mr. Applegate is upset over how brazen the thieves were. Even more interesting, Mr. Applegate believes that Mr. Dalrymple is one of the thieves. This already complicated story gets even more complicated when a mysterious man named "Mr. Smith" asks the boys' Aunt Gertrude questions about the boys. Who is the mysterious stranger? Is he a criminal involved in one of the mysteries the boys are investigating? Is it possible he intends the boys harm? This story gets quite involved, involving hidden places and characters the boys do not meet until late in the story. Some of those characters will turn out to be crooks, and others may not be. The boys will have to sort it all out in an ending that involves the boys being captured by a criminal mastermind and being threatened with a bomb! This story has as much action or perhaps more than any Hardy Boys book that I have yet read. The action was reasonably easy to follow, though a couple of times I had to go back and re-read short sections. There is a lot of information crammed into few pages. My edition in the 1962 revision, which attempted to update the series and while the update succeeded, there are a few places where the author could have provided additional details. Even so, this book is one of my favorites in this series. Though the Hardy Boys series is written in a relatively archaic fashion, 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: 2009-08-03