The Hardy Boys – Trick of the trade ~Book recommendations by children, for children.


The Hardy Boys-Tricks of the Trade, was written by Franklin W. Dixon, and was published by Pocket Books, in New York. The first copy was printed in 1990.

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The Characters are: Joe Hardy, Frank Hardy, Nina, Lorenzo, Larissa, Nat, Cliff, Spector, Clyde, Alan, Mike, Irene, Mrs. Hammond, and two firemen. I liked all of the characters (especially Frank, Joe and Chet) except for Lorenzo, a magician who is also steals using his magic) and Clyde. Lorenzo and Clyde made me feel annoyed and angry. But, on the other hand, Joe and Frank made me fell excited, inquisitive and adventurous.


Plot: Two magicians go to New York to show people some extremely amazing tricks: Larissa and Lorenzo, but one of them is a thief and steals valuable things that they need using their magic. Then, the next day, Joe and Frank were keeping a close eye on Lorenzo and Larissa, and the next thing you know there is no light for three minutes. This time though, it couldn’t have been either Lorenzo or Larissa because they were perfectly still. Is someone helping them? Will Joe, Frank and Chet be able to figure out which one of them is the one who is stealing?


My opinion: I think the book was amazing, and probably one of the best mystery books I’ve ever read. My favourite part was where Frank and Joe were chasing the thief/thieves under the hotel that Joe and Frank were staying at, in the basement where there were loads of pipes sticking out, as well as many secret hidden passages in the most unexpected places. It was my favourite part because it was the part that made me feel most inquisitive about what was going to happen in the end. It made me feel like I was sitting at the edge of my seat. I also learnt that you shall never steal things, as people will always suspect you at some point.


Do I recommend this book? I definitely recommend this book because you never want to stop reading it as it always ends on a cliffhanger at the end of a page or chapter. Also, because it is very adventurous and exciting.

 five stars

by Iris (age 11)

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

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