Posted on 23 April 2012 No comments
In my last post I mentioned that both The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers and Nancy Drew: Girl Detective have come to an end this year, and speculated that perhaps Simon & Schuster had decided to focus on its series for younger readers unless it planned to do new Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew reboots. Turns out the answer was already out there! The Hardy Boys Unofficial Home Page announced a few months ago that the latest Hardy Boys reboot, The Hardy Boys Adventures, will begin in January 2013 with two titles released simultaneously (the first entitled Secret of the Red Arrow), with a third title scheduled for October 2013. It looks likely that a Nancy Drew reboot will also occur.
I’m really glad, and judging by the title Secret of the Red Arrow it sounds like they are returning to a more “classic” format. When I bought the last Undercover Brothers and Girl Detective volumes a few weeks ago the cashier at my local bookstore mentioned that the Hardy Boys are selling really well of late. Apparently when dads look for books for their sons they go with what’s familiar, so perhaps S&S is trying to reach that market.
More on these new series as new details are released!
UPDATE: The second title of the Nancy Drew Diaries series is Strangers on a Train. Wikipedia lists February 2013 as the release date of the first two volumes. Apparently both series will be published in hardcover and paperback simultaneously.
Posted on 28 March 2012 No comments
I haven’t added a new blog entry to this site in almost eighteen months, mainly because there hasn’t been much news to report. At this point, however, it looks like several key series that have been slowing down over the last few years have finally come to an end. The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers has reportedly been cancelled with book 39 (Movie Mayhem), whereas Nancy Drew: Girl Detective has ended with book 47 (Stalk, Don’t Run), both of which appeared earlier this year. The only announced title that is still forthcoming is Stage Fright, the sixth and final volume in the Nancy Drew: Girl Detective and the Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers Super Mystery series, due out this summer. The two ongoing series for younger readers, The Hardy Boys Secret Files and Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, are still going strong, with two or three new titles currently announced for release in each series later in 2012.
A similar pattern has occurred over in the graphic novel front. A third volume in Nancy Drew: The New Case Files series appeared in August 2011, and a boxed set of all three volumes was available last November; so far no future volumes have been announced. Similarly, The Hardy Boys: The New Case Files ended with two volumes, the second of which appeared in March 2011, with no boxed set in sight. It seems unlikely that either series will resume, especially since a new graphic novel series, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, is scheduled to begin in late October.
Given these shifts, it appears that Simon & Schuster and Papercutz have both decided to focus their energies on Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series for younger readers. Unless, of course, another set of reboots is in the works!
Posted on 13 October 2010 No comments
The sixth title in The Hardy Boys: Secret Files will be The Bicycle Thief, released in 2011.
Posted on 6 October 2010 No comments
An article by Frank Kovarik, “The Hardy Boys Need No Eulogy,” appears on the website for an online periodical called The Millions.
Posted on 30 September 2010 No comments
What’s next in for The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers? The Deathstalker Trilogy, whose first title, Movie Menace, is scheduled for publication in May 2011.
Also, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew will be teaming up for a fifth Undercover Brothers/Girl Detective Super Mystery, Bonfire Masquerade.
Posted on 5 August 2010 No comments
Amazon.com and Amazon.ca are now taking pre-orders for the second volume in The Hardy Boys: The New Case Files: titled Break-up, by Gerry Conway and Paulo Henrique, it is scheduled for publication on 15 March 2011 in both hardcover and paperback, six months after the publication of the first volume.
Posted on 27 July 2010 No comments
Since my last blog entry (dated 8 June 2009!), the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew properties have continued to publish steadily. In the last fourteen months, six new titles have been added to The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers (X-plosion #29, The X-Factor #30, Killer Mission #31, Private Killer #32, Killer Connections #33, and The Children of the Lost #34) and to Nancy Drew: Girl Detective: Model Menace #37, Model Suspect #38, Green-Eyed Monster #39, Green with Envy #40, Seeing Green #41, and Secret Sabotage #42). While both series have been publishing bi-monthly since they began in 2005 and 2004, respectively, it looks like the publication schedule is slowing down, which is troublesome if only because both series currently publish trilogies: in the Undercover Brothers series, the first Lost Mystery Trilogy book appeared in May, but the second volume, Lost Brother, isn’t due out until mid-October, and the third, Forever Lost, will be published in early January 2011; in the Girl Detective series, the second book in the Sabotage Mystery trilogy, Serial Sabotage, is also scheduled for publication in mid-October, but the third, Sabotage Surrender, won’t be on sale until February 2011. This is quite a while for readers to wait for the next installment, but perhaps it’s a sign of change ahead. Aladdin Paperbacks also published a fourth volume in the joint Super Mystery series, Gold Medal Murder, this month.
In the series for six- to eight-year-olds, the publication trend seems fairly similar: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew saw six new books since June 2009 as well: Double Take #21, Unicorn Uproar #22, Babysitting Bandit #23, Beauty Parlor Princess #24, Princess Mix-up Mystery #25, and Camp Creepy #26. The next volume in that series, Cat Burglar Caper #27, will appear in September, followed by Time Thief #28, Designed for Disaster #29, and Dance Off #30, all scheduled for publication in 2011. Earlier this year, Aladdin Paperbacks launched a new series, The Hardy Boys Secret Files, with two titles – Trouble at the Arcade #1 and The Missing Mitt #2 – released in April. The next three volumes – Mystery Map #3, Hopping Mad #4, A Monster of a Mystery #5 – are scheduled for publication in August 2010, September 2010, and April 2011, respectively.
Although Applewood Books ceased their publication of facsimile editions of the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries in 2006, they are issuing a boxed set of the first six Hardy Boys Mystery Stories in September 2010! Although it is similar in format to the boxed set they released for Nancy Drew’s 75th anniversary in 2005, there doesn’t seem to be a special occasion prompting this new set.
Over on the graphic novel front, Papercutz is about to issue their last volume of both The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers (Deadly Strategy #20) and Nancy Drew: Girl Detective (High School Mystery 2: The Lost Verse #21) this August. Immediately after that, they will reboot both series in September 2010: The Hardy Boys: The New Case Files and Nancy Drew: The New Case Files.
So, in a nutshell, lots of changes in the last fourteen months, and perhaps a bit of slowing down in the publication schedule. In all likelihood, there will be more changes ahead of us in the months to come, so stay tuned.
Posted on 8 June 2009 No comments
The first two titles in the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew graphic novel series published by Papercutz in 2010 are now available to pre-order: Nancy Drew: Girl Detective #20: High School Musical Mystery, scheduled for publication in January; and The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers #20: Deadly Strategy, scheduled for publication in March.
Posted on 31 May 2009 No comments
Model Mystery Trilogy, Book One
By Carolyn Keene
First Aladdin Paperbacks edition June 2009
Sydney, Bess and George’s cousin and my good friend, is finally getting married to her fiancé, Vic! We’re so happy for her, and we’re sure it’s going to be a beautiful wedding—after all, she’s a famous model and he’s a reality TV stud. Plus, we’re all bridesmaids! Imagine seeing George in a dress….
But that’s where the fun and games stop. As Sydney prepares for her wedding, mysterious things start happening to her and Vic. Vic is almost poisoned, and Sydney’s bridal shower is sabotaged—and there are too many suspects to count. But why would anyone want to ruin Sydney’s special day?
These can’t be coincidences. I’m sure there is something sinister afoot, and I’m determined to find it out and help my friend.
Posted on 18 May 2009 No comments
Galaxy X Trilogy, Book One
By Franklin W. Dixon
Designed by Sammy Yuen Jr.
First Aladdin Paperbacks edition May 2009
ATAC briefing for agents Frank and Joe Hardy:
MISSION: To find out who is trying to sabotage the opening of the brand-new X Games theme park, Galaxy X.
LOCATION: Galaxy X, a new theme park in sunny California.
POTENTIAL VICTIMS: Music producer and Galaxy X owner Tyrone McKenzie and his family, as well as anyone who shows up to the GX premiere week.
SUSPECTS: There are protestors outside the gates, but are there people on the inside who have a motive to sabotage the opening?
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