The Missing Chums

by Franklin W. Dixon
Series: The Hardy Boys #4
214 pages, Mystery
Reviewed by Corin, Edmund's Friend

A quick and hilarious read with great values; one of the best in the series.


Note: This review is about the Applewood reprint of the original Hardy Boys book, though as far as content is concerned this review mostly applies to the blue cover one.

The Hardy boys' friends set out in their motorboat just before a huge storm blows in.
When they don't return after the storm, it's up to the Hardy boys to find their missing chums.


The villains do bad things. Ordinary virtues such as justice and courage are strongly upheld by the good guys.

Spiritual Content



Poisonous snakes inhabit the island where the majority of the story takes place. The boys are threatened with guns several times. There are a lot of other dangers but it is all age-appropriate.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

The Hardy boys each have a girlfriend.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Only playful name-calling.


If you have the time and just want a quick easy
read, I recommend this book. It has good morals and lacks inappropriate content while being an exciting book. If you want to read just one Hardy Boys book (perhaps because they are classics), then choose this one; it is definitely the most enjoyable read of all of them (with a close follow-up being "What Happened at Midnight"). The writing is fairly simplistic, so it may bore older readers.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 11-12

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