GALLERY OF TEEN SPACE BOOKS

THE HARDY BOYS : SKYFIRE PUZZLE (circa 1985)

THE HARDY BOYS : SKYFIRE PUZZLE COVER

Copyright 1985 by Simon & Shuster, Inc.


DISCUSSION

The Hardy Boys myteries are an icon of American teenage literature. Like the Tom Swift series, the Hardy Boys find themselves in settings befitting the comtemporary era of their exploits. In the SKYFIRE PUZZLE, the NASA space shuttle becomes the subject of the mystery plot. Gratifying space technology descriptions of a shuttle launch are correctly narrated on page 135 of the novel. Additionally, benefits of space manufacturing on board the shuttle are described.

The back cover describes the adventure in this fashion: "The gloomy mysterious marshes of Okefenokee Swamp and the high-tech splendor of America's space center at NASA provide the setting for this action-packed thriller of international - and universal! - intrigue...Using their new supervan, complete with a computer hookup to police headquarters and a sophisticated new tracking device, Frank and Joe Hardy travel to Florida for one of their most exciting, and important, cases ever."


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