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Mystery of the desert giant
Dixon, Franklin W.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [1989]

Physical Description:
182 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 6.0 5676.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 10 Quiz: 16764 Guided reading level: NR.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Series
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Series
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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In a search for the missing Willard Grafton, Frank Hardy and younger brother Joe, encounter a gang of criminals intent on defrauding the US government, and are lead across California and even into Mexico.

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 Missing Airmenp. 1
II The Desert Giantsp. 10
III Clue Huntingp. 23
IV A Warningp. 32
V The Mob Scenep. 39
VI New Evidencep. 49
VII An Exciting Identificationp. 60
VIII A Treasure Huntp. 69
IX The Dust Devilp. 75
X The River Chasep. 83
XI Strandedp. 93
XII The Escaping Strangerp. 102
XIII Spanish Hardysp. 112
XIV Exchanging Namesp. 122
XV An Important Discoveryp. 132
XVI The Disguised Cowboyp. 140
XVII The Chemical Fogp. 149
XVIII Sleuthing by Camerap. 158
XIX The Attackp. 167
XX Treasure!p. 175