Thursday 23 January 2020

The Missing Mitt - Franklin W. Dixon - The Hardy Boys Secret Files Book 2

The Missing Mitt
The Hardy Boys Secret Files Book 2
Franklin W. Dixon
Scott Burroughs (Illustrator)
Aladdin an imprint of
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
ISBN 9781416993940

eISBN 9781416999249


My son and I have read this book twice now 4 years apart to the month. Part of his schoolwork is they like the kids to read at least 20 minutes a day and parents need to sign off on it. When he was younger and really struggling, I would often read to him. This time he read the whole book to me. He read from his paperback edition, and I had the book open on my laptop, following along. That way when he struggled with words or mixed them up, I could help out. He really enjoyed the book and still wants to read the remaining 17 that are currently available in the series. These are very different than the Blue hard Cover Hardy Boys Mystery Stories I had when I was his age. But it was still a fun read.

The chapters in this volume are:
1 The Big Game
2 Racing the Clock
3 Practice Makes Problems
4 The Missing Mitt
5 The Six Ws
6 A Surprise Witness!
7 Strike Three, You’re Out!
8 Triple Play
9 Deep in the Outfield
10 Secret File #2: A Home Run!

And like the previous book there is a short two-page comic strip style vignette at the end. But back to this story. Frank and Joe hardy play for the Bayport Bandits little league baseball team. They are playing in the championship game against the Johnston Jupiters. But right before the big game the Bandit’s first baseman Jason Prime, son of legendary big league pitcher Willy “Winner” Prime, has his prized mitt go missing from their pile of gear. And one of the biggest and best players in the league Connor Hound was seen near their pile of gear. The hardy brothers are trying to figure out what happened to the mitt. Joe wont play without it and them team is always playing short. When the hardy’s get benched by their coach, they know the only chance of winning is to find the mitt and discover what really happened. And unlike their first adventure being outside at a public part almost anyone could have done it. They need to work the 5 W’s and use their budding detective skills. 

But to find out if they recover the mitt and save the game. You will need to pick up this book and give it a read. It is another fun read in a great series of books introducing the hardy Boys to younger audiences. 

The Hardy Boys Secret Files:
Trouble at the Arcade
The Missing Mitt
Mystery Map
Hopping Mad
A Monster of a Mystery
The Bicycle Thief
The Disappearing Dog
Sports Sabotage
The Great Coaster Caper
A Rockin' Mystery
Robot Rumble
Lights, Camera . . . Zombies!
Balloon Blow-Up
Fossil Frenzy
Ship of Secrets
Camping Chaos
The Great Escape
Medieval Upheaval
The Race Is On

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