Crisscross Shadow (Hardy boys mystery stories/Franklin W Dixon) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1972
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And this is what I love about Dixon's books: They display to their readers a time when goodness, thoughtfulness, honor, respect, and caring were not seen as something to mock, but something to hold up as a model for (particularly young) members of society.
My wife and I have given the first 15 of these books to some friends who have just given birth to a beautiful baby boy (it'll be a while before he can read them, of course!), and the remaining 8 to our seven year old nephew. We hope that these books will be able to transport them - in some small way - to a time when the virtues listed above were something to be cherished and honored. Sure, these times weren't perfect (just look at all of the rotten bad guys!), but at least Dixon's characters like the Hardys and their friends bring a counter-balance to the 'bad stuff'!
In a time when folks like Tim Tebow are openly made fun of, and Reality TV "celebrities" who seem to live only for themselves are thought of as, well ... "celebrities!", it is refreshing to read stories about characters who actually stand for something. Now if only we could have more of that in real-life!