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The crisscross shadow
Dixon, Franklin W.
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Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [1997]

Physical Description:
177 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The Hardy boys find the missing deed to an Indians' land, prevent a phony salesman from carrying through a reckless scheme, and help their father solve a top-secret case.
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 5.0 5656.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.3 10 Quiz: 16774 Guided reading level: NR.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Series
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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When a man selling leather goods door-to-door steals the key to their detective father's file cabinet, Frank and Joe Hardy set out to track him down. An odd mark on a key case which the man sold to their mother leads the teenage sleuths to an Indian village, whose chiefs begs them to help him find valuable tribal possessions and the deed for his land. How Frank and Joe find the missing deed and Ramapan treasures, how they prevent the phony leather-goods salesman from carrying out a ruthless scheme and how they help their father solve the top-secret case he is working on for the U.S. government makes exciting reading for all fans of the Hardy boys.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

I A Strange Salep. 1
II A Clever Alibip. 10
III A Dangerous Visitp. 18
IV The Telltale Moccasinp. 28
V Buried Treasurep. 39
VI An Elusive Suspectp. 49
VII A Lucky Breakp. 58
VIII A Desperate Attemptp. 69
IX Conflicting Reportsp. 75
X Tom-tomsp. 84
XI A Jeweled Daggerp. 91
XII A Puzzling Telegramp. 99
XIII The Hunter's Moonp. 109
XIV A Rough Tripp. 119
XV The Hideoutp. 126
XVI A Moonlight Searchp. 133
XVII A Parted Ropep. 144
XVIII A Perilous Rusep. 150
XIX Mousetrappedp. 156
XX A Victory Feastp. 169