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The Missing Chums (Hardy Boys #4)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,931 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Two of the Hardy Boys's chums take a motor trip down the coast. They disappear and are almost rescued by their friends when all are captured. A thrilling story of adventure.
ebook, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1930 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1928)
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Jul 05, 2015 Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kids and I read this together and was a trip down memory lane for me.
This was a blast from the past & well done with just a few sound effects to bring the story to life. Well read. I never read much of the Hardy Boys as a kid, but occasionally I'd get stuck some place with nothing else or better. Even as a kid, I quickly learned the formula. It was kind of fun revisiting them, though. I doubt I'll want to read another in the foreseeable future, but they are an important piece of Americana. They have a pretty interesting history of their own. Wikipedia has a p ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sweet i finished it in 2 days that how interesting it was
Michael Emond
Aug 13, 2014 Michael Emond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell you how long it was since I read these as a boy, but I twas given this edition for my seventh birthday and I just read it to my daughter after she turned eight. Does it hold up? As a book for young readers to start reading with - yes. Some of the terms from this older edition are anachronistic but it isn't too bad. What I loved about it then (and now) are the fact that each chapter ends on a "cliffhanger" or "exciting reveal" to get you to want to continue reading. Since there are 2 ...more
Dan Kelly
The Hardy Boys do it again! This time their crime-ridden town is afflicted by smugglers... or hobos... or drunken boat pilots. Something like that. Their good friends The Fat Kid and The Non-Italian Kid are kidnapped. Gorilla, magician, skeleton, and crazy hermit costumes are involved, as well as some light bondage, bum fights, and very expensive Japanese radios. Frank and Joe, who I believe may be the same person, ala Fight Club, stop a nationwide crime wave by putting their heads together and ...more
Richard Ward
Jun 22, 2015 Richard Ward rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore fans of the series only, if them.
I read the easy to find revised version. I can never find the scarce originals. Both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series are wildly uneven in quality. I didn't enjoy this book much. Kids back in the day probably did, I'm sure. The story was formulaic to the point of painful and not well written. Instead of having trouble putting it down, I had trouble keeping it in front of me. Can't recommend it for adults or even for kids, really.
Sep 16, 2014 Coolman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Missing Chums
Another Hardy Boys book. This time Chet and Tony are captured by smugglers. It all started after Frank's date Callie Shaw was holding a party. After, Chet and Tony decided to walk together and talk. When the Hardy Boys leave the party, they see that Chet and Tony are missing. Yes it is true that their car was still there. And since no clues to their sudden disappearance were found the two boys and Chet Morton's sister Iola worried. Where could they have gone? The plot of this b
Oct 15, 2014 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are amazing, if you love a Juicy Mystery Book about Teen Detectives following their professional detective fathers path, with horror, suspense and crime, then this is right up your alley!
Jul 17, 2014 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, audio
I should really give this 4 stars because of the title, but the story is only 3 stars. I enjoyed it well enough. If you like the Hardy Boys, it's worth the read. If you don't, you should. Or at least like Nancy Drew.
Josh Montgomery
While Frank and Joe are heading to their friend Callie's party they hear on their radios that there was just a bank robbery. So after the party they decide to go and try to catch the bad guys and put them in jail. later on they find out that their two best friends (chums) have been kidnapped. I recommend this book to people who love a good mystery and even to people who love action. The Missing Chums by Franklin W. Dixon is in between action driven and character driven book you decide. I think ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Sawyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Missing Chums

I read the book The Missing Chums, it was written in 1997, and has 175 pages. The author is Franklin W. Dixon, and the genre is mystery.
One night the Hardy brothers were going to a party. After the party was over they turned down on ally on the back of the bank to get on there motorcycles. Three men ran out of the bank with sacks full of money. The Hardy boys drove after them until the bay. The robbers got in a boat, and went to sea. The Hardy boys went to there boathouse, bu
May 25, 2015 C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mystery hinges upon many layers that weave its premise together well. “The Missing Chums”, 1928, connects numerous characters in constantly changing scenery. I enjoyed, albeit unseen for the duration, that Biff Hooper & Chet Morton are the focus. The Hardies walk in on aggressive strangers at a costume store and after a Morton party, their friends disappear. Only the store could have lead criminals there. Were the boys nabbed mistakenly? Why was anyone targeted? I praise this series for ...more
Julian Barab
Mar 04, 2015 Julian Barab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The brothers are asked by Police Chief Collig to investigate the fighting that has been going on in the Shanty Town neighborhood in Bayport. When Frank and Joe are on their way to a party thrown by Callie Shaw, they learn of a bank robbery and chase the crooks. This gets them involved into not only the Shantytown fights, but also into investigating the bank robbery as best they can. After the party, the brothers learn that two of their friends, Chet Morton and Biff Hooper, were abducted on the w ...more
Darryl Cole
Jul 21, 2011 Darryl Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read most of this series over the years. These were the books that first got me interested in mysteries, and I've never read a book from this series that i haven't liked.
Ruthie Jones
Jul 25, 2010 Ruthie Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Hardy Boys books (and Nancy Drew) when I was a child. The stories are old fashioned, but that's why I like them so much.
Aug 18, 2010 Christian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christian by: Jenna
I like this book a lot. It had a bank robbery, and it was very mysterious. I like how it ends. Jenna, have you read this book?
Jonathan Asif
Apr 28, 2012 Jonathan Asif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite part about this book is when Joe jumps off the boat and leaves some of his friends on the boat. I like it a lot.
Powers Family
Oct 04, 2010 Powers Family rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben is ripping through these which tells me he is enjoying them. I'm having a hard time telling how much though.
Hardy Boy
Nov 22, 2012 Hardy Boy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i also think its awesome still missing a quarter of the book i think sutton,stark and another guy i forgot his name.
Jim Sampson
Sep 16, 2011 Jim Sampson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series. I read these many years ago. would read them over and over. Loved the stories.
I'm starting to see it now; the stereotype of females always in the kitchen cooking or being ultra protected because they couldn't possibly solve a mystery themselves, the predictable plot (so here are no double crossing? Ever? IT would make it more interesting...),
the time it takes them to figure things out!( So we aren't remembering that really great clue that happened like ten minutes ago? No? Ok, I'll wait till you go a couple of days and then remember that ultra important clue or that real
Darcy Stewart
Aug 21, 2009 Darcy Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Frank and Joe Hardy are called by Chief Colling to investigate fights on this place off the beach. The Hardys go to this place and are hit by two me driving the Black Cat. The boat is damaged. The Hardys later go to party and wake up when they find out two of there buddies have gone missing. The Hardys find their costumes in different places. Frank and Joe learn more about the guys who rammed them by a store owner and the owner of the Black Cat. The Hardys investigate both mysteries carefully. M ...more
Kristine Hansen
Boys, boys, have so many incidents with your motor boat it's a wonder your permits to drive that thing hasn't been revoked. Has anyone thought to tell the coast guard to check their records of how many times you've been at sea, swamped, lost, stolen, misguided, mishapped (is that a word) and otherwise incapacitated in the Sleuth? Oh my...

On the other hand we have a gripping story of missing friends. Lost? Drowned? Kidnapped? No one knows, only that Chet and Biff are gone. Why aren't w
Josh Tudor
They are unable to give chase because of a damaged steering mechanism on boat, and the boys end up going around in circles. It turns out that the boat that nearly rammed them had a purpose for doing so, but the reason why is not revealed until the end of the book.Soon after, the boys prepare to go to Callie Shaw's costume party. They inadvertently stumble upon another part of the rapidly unraveling mystery as they see some unknown men in Mr. French's Costume Shop, who appear to threaten him.Ret ...more
Oct 16, 2009 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery, Suspense, Adventure *****

Franklin W. Dixon's Hardy Boys books are appealing to a lot of young people, because Frank and Joe are always on some sleuthing mission. They look for trouble and find it. I like that Frank and Joe's parents are present in the book but don't play a very large role. Their father always entrusts cases to his boys, lending them great responsibility. I really enjoy getting deeply involved in their Hardy Boys' missions. This book is filled with boat chases, mysteriou
Jan 11, 2016 Ronald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
While an entertaining read. This Hardy Boy's book enjoyably is held back by the explicit sexism, racism and just plane old mocking the characters that were not skinny white males (and therefore smart). This was definitely an older edition of these books than what I read in the 1970s. Anyway this was a great find at the friends of the library well worth the $0.50 spent.
May 01, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, two of the Hardy boys friends get kidnapped and the Hardy's have to figure out it because of their case or something else. I really liked this book, they took less risks in this book because they kept their friend's safety in mind, really loved that.
Aug 13, 2013 Bethany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every red-blooded ten year old in the world
Shelves: ya-fiction
The glorious Hardy Boys cheesiness makes me want to give this book an artificial five star rating, but I'm resisting.

Three stars for being lots of fun, no more than that because, like every other entry in this series, the plot has some pretty huge gaps in it, except of course for the costume store guy who got wrapped up in a gang of bank robbers- that tends to happen a lot with costume store owners. They're always getting mixed up with bank robbers and Japanese radio heists and being forced to
I thought it was intresting, first in the book they go to a party with masks, uh oh scary, and they go home and get a phone call that there friends are missing. So they go looking for them, they go on their boat which is called the sleuth. They have to dress up as homless people to get information and they almost get into fights. Then they get figure out that they were kiddnapped and mistaken for the hardy boys, so frank and joe decide to get kiddnapped to find their friends. But frank and joe a ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Elliot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book I would recommend it to people who like detectives. In this book the hardy boys friends get kid napped and they half to salve another case at the same time.
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Book review Paul Hamblin 1 1 Sep 16, 2015 03:56PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Please merge these two books 11 26 Apr 02, 2015 12:24PM  
  • The Clue in the Jewel Box (Nancy Drew, #20)
  • The Mystery of the Flaming Footprints (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators, #15)
  • The Bobbsey Twins and the Mystery at Snow Lodge (Bobbsey Twins, #5)
Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors (Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author, being the first) who wrote The Hardy Boys novels for the Stratemeyer Syndicate (now owned by Simon & Schuster). This pseudonym was also used for the Ted Scott Flying Stories series.
More about Franklin W. Dixon...

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