96 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.3 in
April 27, 2010
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1416991646
ISBN - 13: 9781416991649
About the Book
8 year-old Frank and Joe Hardy solve cases in the Clue Crew-esque chapter book series! #1 "Trouble at the Arcade, " #2 "The Missing Mitt."
Read from the Book
1 Alien Attack! All humans will be destroyed!” a metallic voice rang out. Nine-year-old Frank Hardy gasped as yet another row of hideous aliens appeared over the horizon. There was no question about it. Earth was being invaded! “Ha!” he shouted, and his dark hair fell in his eyes as he dodged a laser blast by doing a somersault through the air. Then he ducked around a huge pile of rocks. Oh no! There were more aliens behind the rock pile. And these were even worse. They were spitting horrible blue goo! BLURP! A wad of goo came flying at Frank. He jumped up and did a flip in midair to avoid the goo. Then he karate-kicked a rock. It crashed down on one of the aliens. SPLAT! Blue goo spurted everywhere. “Gotcha!” Frank cried. “Frank! Are you up there?” For a second Frank thought one of the aliens was calling him. Then he realized it wasn’t an alien. It was his mother. He blinked and looked up from the video game console. BLURP! On the screen, the aliens were still coming. A few seconds later a big blob of goo took over the screen, and then two words appeared: “Rats,” Frank muttered. “I’ll never be ready for the contest if I don’t do better than that.” His mother called his name again. He set down the controls and walked out to the top of the stairs to see what she wanted. “Oh, there you are.” Mrs. Hardy was holding a large spoon in one hand and a book in the other. She was a librarian, and she almost always had a book with her. “It’s Joe’s turn to set the table for dinner,” she
From the Publisher
In Trouble at the Arcade, nine-year-old Frank and eight-year-old Joe Hardy discover trouble lurking at the local arcade and decide they make pretty good detectives—just like their dad!
About the Author
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 Leslie McFarlane who breathed life to the stories and created the persona Franklin W. Dixon. McFarlane wrote for the series for over twenty years and is credited with success of the early collection of stories. As the series became more popular, it was pared down, the format changed and new ghostwriters added their own flavor to the stories. Part of the draw of the Hardy Boys is that as the authors changed, so to did the times and the story lines. While there is no one true author of the series, each ghostwriter can be given credit for enhancing the life of this series and never unveiling that there really is no Franklin W. Dixon.