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The Rover Boys at School; Or, the Cadets of Putnam Hall (The Rover Boys #1)

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Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was an American publisher and writer of books for children. He wrote 150 books himself, and created the most famous of the series books for juveniles, including the Rover Boys (1899 and after), Bobbsey Twins (1904), Tom Swift (1910), Hardy Boys (1927), and Nancy Drew (1930) series, among others. Stratemey ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published September 24th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1899)
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Samantha Glasser
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Larry Piper
In reading something about the author of the Hardy Boys series (Lesley something or other, a Canadian), I got interested in Edward Stratemeyer, who masterminded a number of popular youth series, including the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and the Rover Boys. Well, I'd never read any Rover Boys, which seemed to be Stratemeyer's first series and one he largely penned himself. Many of the others he outlined and then farmed out the actual writing to others, for a fixed price ...more
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This was the very first series Edward Stratemeyer wrote which led to the creation of the Stratemeyer Syndicate which gave birth to the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
The Rover Boys are portrayed as healthy, wholesome American boys - so it's surprising to see how prejudiced the writing is and how much trouble the boys get into while still being viewed as terrific. (Actually, I guess the prejudice is not surprising because that is a big part of American history - past and present.)
Jul 25, 2009 Tabi rated it it was amazing
The Rover Boys at school is the first of a series of 20 books about Dick, Tom and Sam Rover. The series was started in 1899 and so the language is very "old-fashioned" and many words don't mean quite what they mean today, so it would be easy to be offended if you weren't smart enough to realize that. The series starts off a little slow, but it's fun to watch the characters grow up. The brothers are sent away to a military school in this book and make friends and enemies among the students and te ...more
Jeff Miller
This is a early juvenile that predates The Hardy Boys, though has much in common with those books. Since The Hardy Boys were my first love as a young reader decided to check this out since it is in the public domain on Project Gutenberg and Librivox.

The book was enjoyable as an 1890's young adult literature. Nothing great, but bun in its way and nicely innocent. This is a first in a series so plot elements play out in other books.
Feb 18, 2012 A.J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read this one by way of research. In many ways a typical school story - sporting events, a bully to deal with, a mean teacher and a damsel in distress. Very much of its time though, in the moralising tone of the author, who isn't afraid of putting his own opinions into the story. He also had a rather annoying habit of blatantly promoting the next books in the series.
Oct 15, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published pre-1923. Takes place in the 1890s as the boys go off to a military academy. Their father is missing, and their Uncle is not up to raising a spirited group of boys so off they go on their adventures at school. Their father's watch, left with one of the boys, is stolen and leads to quite a few situations until it is recovered at the end of the book.
Aug 31, 2016 jy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intro to military school

This story shows just a glimpse of a military school life of a cadet. Meanwhile ,it has the same action adventure as any other Rover Boys book.
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Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) was the founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. In addition to managing the business and plotting most of the early books it produced, he wrote under his own name and two main personal pseudonyms, "Arthur M. Winfield" and "Capt. Ralph Bonehill."
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