Her recently-published book, The Lake Mystery: Secrets of the Crossroads, is for and about middle schoolers, said Crofts one day last week, on the telephone from her North Stonington home, and is on the order of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys She then moved back to her hometown to be near Wyassup Lake, the lake cottage she loved so well, and her beloved grandmother, the late Alice Crofts. When their mother dies, their father, a New York City attorney, decides to move them to live near his mother, their paternal grandmother. They not only grow close to their grandmother, and learn from her stories, but they meet a young Black boy named Jesse, whose father has an interesting past and who becomes a trusted friend. Crofts said she actually began imagining her story by placing the girls inside her own grandmother's real cottage on the lake — the cottage she owns today and where she still spends the summer months — then concentrated on the setting and let her imagination take over. The story also includes a popular section of town called the bear cave, and the North Stonington fire tower, a structure that no longer exists but where Crofts spent time as a child. In the book, Crofts said, Cresselley and Robin climb the nine flights up to the fire tower's small observation cubicle, and with only stars in the night sky Soon they learn how to decode the messages being sent by some dangerous bad guys and find themselves in hot water, but they eventually escape, and with Jesse's help, solve the mystery. Crofts, who has been a foster parent for more than 30 years, said writing The Lake Mystery: Secrets of the Crossroads helped her through a difficult time after losing one of her foster sons.
Shelves: young-adult-childrens , s , mystery Acceptable, these things aren't great literature. There's too many errors in all of the books -- science errors, character errors, geographical errors, legal errors, first-aid-errors, just-plain-stupid stuff, racism, horrible portrayals of folks who aren't white-American Adults capacity remember these with fondness, but analysis them now is just painful. At once, Frank and Joe still remind me of all of the boys I used to know and all of the fun times we had all together. These really are fun, wholesome books that anyone can enjoy regardless of gender.
Calmly judging you, CBS. But for a variety of reasons, these stories allow proven perilously difficult to adapt designed for the screen. And one method evidently works better than the other. Nancy Drew jumps at the chance en route for create a completely new take arrange a classic heroine for modern audiences, acknowledging that their girl detective does and should look different than her textual counterpart. Tonally, The Hardy Boys has a lot more in coarse with the original Stratemeyer Syndicate catalog than its CW cousin does, along with its wholesome feel, younger characters, after that colorful, vaguely timeless aesthetic. While this move is understandable on paper, all the rage actuality it robs the series of its most important element: The affiliation between the Hardy Boys themselves. Along with Frank now sixteen and Joe a minute ago twelve, their characters no longer air like equals, or even really akin to friends.