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In  the early 1970s, a reporter from Weekend Magazine, a free supplement to many local newspapers, including the Vancouver Sun, tracked down Leslie McFarlane  at his home in Winnipeg.  At the time of initial contact, McFarlane, although he had a glassed in book case of his Stratemeyer publisher's copies, thought that they were lesser achievements than what he was currently achieving with CBC (he was head of CBC Drama, either for Manitoba or a larger area).  However, during the  interview McFarlane's young son overheard what they were talking about and was very surprised to hear his father was connected to these very famous books. The Weekend Magazine reporter asked permission to write a full-length book about it, but McFarlane decline, saying he might in fact write such a book himself!   Ghost of the Hardy Boys is the result.

Ghost of the Hardy Boys is the autobiography of Leslie McFarlane, the world's first Franklin W. Dixon. The book was published in 1976 by Methuen/Two Continents, but it was out of print by 1980. This book is considered a must read by all fans of the Hardy Boys, and even other Stratemeyer Syndicate series.

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Ever since he first answered an ad in a trade magazine looking for writers for juevenile fiction, Leslie McFarlane's name has never been mentioned in connection with the Hardy Boys, until now (1976).

Come join the very first Franklin W. Dixon on a trip down memory lane and find out how the world's all time bestselling boys book series got started and managed to find its way into the hearts of millions of kids.




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  • In this book, his autobiography, McFarlane thought that Walter S. Rogers, the original artist for the Hardy Boys, couldn't draw "worth a damn". [1]


  1. Ghost Of The Hardy Boys An Autobiography by Leslie McFarlane, pg. 180
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