Title: The Mystery of the Chinese JunkHardy Boys #39 - The Mystery of the Chinese Junk
Author: Franklin W. Dixon
Pages: 184
Recommended Ages: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

The Hardys. Nuff said.

The Story.

Frank and Joe Hardy are scratching their heads trying to think of a way to earn a little money over the summer when they hear news of a fantastic offer. Their friend, Jim Foy, has a cousin who works at a shipping company that is trying to sell a beat up Chinese junk that was sent to them by accident. The price is cheap, and the boys may just be able to make a profit if they use the boat to ferry people to the island that lies just off of Bayport.

But the Hardys aren’t the only ones interested in the boat! No sooner do they purchase it, than they get three offers to buy it at spiked prices. What is going on here? Is there something special about this junk that the Hardys don’t know – something to do with smuggled goods and a mysterious gang leader called ‘Chameleon’?


Lots of good fun – the Hardys are always dipping and dodging out of death’s way and the additional presence of Oriental treasure made the story even juicier. Also, Joe demonstrates a scholarly attitude in this pic I shared on my iG feed.

Joe Hardy

It is related that the Chinese believed that a tiger’s soul infused the earth and turned into amber at its death. Of course, none of the characters believe this legend.

Callie Shaw and Iola Morton put in obligatory appearances – after Joe saves her life, Iola plants a “quick kiss” on Joe’s cheek which leaves him “gulping in surprise”.

‘Gosh’ and ‘gee’ are each used once.

Conclusion. I really enjoyed this installment in the Hardy Boys series – also read The House on the Cliff and Hunting for Hidden Gold

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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