The Great Pumpkin Smash

Illustrated by Santy Gutierrez

About The Book

Detective brothers Frank and Joe investigate a crime of smashin’ in the tenth book in the interactive Hardy Boys Clue Book series.

Frank, Joe, and their best friend Chet are attending Bayport Zoo’s annual Halloween carnival. Frank and Joe have a routine planned for Scaryoke, and Chet has entered the pumpkin pie-eating contest—he even brought his own whipped cream!

After their performance, Frank and Joe go to check out the painted pumpkins on display. But when the brothers enter the tent, they see their Scaryoke song wasn’t the only smash hit at the carnival. The floor is littered with bits of pulverized pumpkins! What’s worse, the organizer says that unless the culprits are caught by the end of the day, this will be the last Boo at the Zoo…forever!

Can Frank and Joe find out what happened before it’s too late? Or is this pumpkin crime unpatchable?


The Great Pumpkin Smash

“Hey, Joe. Since when does the Frankenstein monster carry a clue book?” nine-year-old Frank Hardy asked his brother.

Joe smiled as he patted the book in the pocket of his monster costume. “When it’s a boo book!” he joked.

Their best friend, Chet Morton, groaned at Joe’s joke. He knew the brothers loved solving mysteries more than anything. But that Saturday even the best kid detectives in Bayport had other plans. Every kid in town was dressed in Halloween costumes to rock Boo at the Zoo, Bayport Zoo’s annual Halloween party.

Frank was dressed up as Dr. Frankenstein, Joe was the Frankenstein monster, and Chet looked like a giant squeeze bottle of ketchup.

Joe pointed to the can in Chet’s hand. “Why did you bring whipped cream, Chet?” he asked. “Won’t there be enough stuff to eat at the trick-or-treat stations?”

“I’m in the pumpkin-pie-eating contest,” Chet said. “In case they forgot the whipped cream—I brought my own!”

Frank and Joe wished they could watch their serious-snacking friend in the pumpkin-pie-eating contest. But at the same time was another contest the brothers were psyched about.

“Did you memorize our song for the Scaryoke contest, Joe?” Frank asked.

About The Author

Franklin W. Dixon is the author of the ever-popular Hardy Boys books.

About The Illustrator

Santy Gutierrez resides in the seaside city of La Coruña, Spain. He has won acclaim as the Best Spanish Young Editorial Cartoonist and Best Galician Caricaturist, among others.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (September 3, 2019)
  • Length: 96 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534431232
  • Grades: 1 - 4
  • Ages: 6 - 9

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