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  •  Hardy Boys, definitely (18+ / 0-)

    Since Nancy Drew was for girls, I don't think I ever read any of those, but probably read most of the Hardy Boys that were around in the early sixties.  However, I preferred the original editions published in the 1920s and 1930s.  I had to hunt those down in thrift stores.  By the sixties, there was a new series of rewrites out that talked about hot rods and rock n' roll, but I thought they were a lot blander than the originals.  I remember "The Disappearing Floor (original version)" as being my favorite.  

    I didn't care for the Tom Swift Jr books, but there was a similar science-based series called Rick Blaine that I liked a lot (don't know whether it was part of the Stratemeyer group).  

    I also quite liked the Bobbsey twins (original versions).  I remember thinking they must be really lame family stories, but they turned out to be rather good mysteries for the most part.  There were two sets of Bobbsey twins, by the way, one older and one younger.   I later tried to find the original versions for my own kids, but had problems running them down.   Now with the internet I'm sure you can find anything.  

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