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Breakdown in Axeblade
by Franklin W. Dixon | Teens
Registered by varykino of Greenfield Park, Québec Canada on 9/16/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by varykino from Greenfield Park, Québec Canada on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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A Hardy Boys Mystery

World-renowned private detective, and former ace NYPD sleuth Fenton Hardy seemed to always be off somewhere working on some important case, so that left his two teenage sons, Frank and Joe, to watch over things in Bayport, a thriving town on the north-eastern seaboard. Fortunately, for generations of adolescents, they share their dad's zeal for bringing criminals to justice.
Originally created in 1927 by Edward Stratemeyer, whose New Jersey-based Stratemeyer Syndicate, founded way back in 1906, was also responsible for The Bobbsey Twins, and feminist icon Nancy Drew, as well as Tom Swift, the Rover Boys and dozens of others, the Hardy Boys remain the all-time best-selling series of books for boys, with well over 300 titles published, including three series of paperback books.
Of course, there was no Franklin W. Dixon. He was merely a house name for a long, long string of rotating authors working for the syndicate, a kind of literary sweatshop, working from supplied plot outlines, and following some strict guidelines: -- low death rates, as many action verbs as possible and a ban on kissing. Supposedly, Edward Stratemeyer discreetly scheduled his appointments so writers would not bump into or recognize one other.

In fact, although the syndicate took credit for the house name of Franklin W. Dixon, the actual writer of the first sixteen novels (for a flat rate of a hundred bucks apiece) was Canadian novelist Leslie MacFarlane, who named Dixon after two of his brothers, Frank and Wilmot, who was also known as Dick (hence, both the W. and the Dixon). MacFarlane has also claimed to have had a hand in writing a few of the first Nancy Drews as well.


Journal Entry 2 by varykino at -- Somewhere in Montreal / Quelque part à Montréal in Montréal, Québec Canada on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Released 8 yrs ago (9/16/2009 UTC) at -- Somewhere in Montreal / Quelque part à Montréal in Montréal, Québec Canada


sorry: the cover coner is torn.

somewhere along Rene Levesque Blvd 

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Monday, October 05, 2009

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I found the book on Mountain Street, lying on a low wall along the sidewalk.

I read it (of course). It's been a long time between Hardy Boy books - I'm in my fifties now, and read every Hardy Boy novel I could lay my hands on when I was younger.

I'm not sure exactly what I'll do with the book, but it's going to go travelling for sure, and soon.


Journal Entry 4 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Saturday, February 27, 2010

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I'm about to drop this book in a cybercafe in Mumbai, India.  

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