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|Title:||The Black Schooner|
|Publisher:||The Reilly & Lee Co.|
|Tags:||adventure, boys, fiction, nautical|
Mystery & adventure - the two magic passwords to a boy's interest - abound in this book. Here's a story where the mystery begins with the very first line, when Johnny Thompson & Pant are sent out to the big wood to keep their eyes open for - well, they're not told what! But there is plenty for the eye to see - a Black Schooner that runs at racing speed without noise or smoke, a safe sunk in deep water, a woods cabin with eight smokestacks, a sawmill that runs without power. Oh, that's just a beginning!
Johnny is an ex-champion light-weight boxer, while Pant is a mechanical genius whose stunts will make you gasp. Together they go through enough breath-taking adventures to make you vote this the most thrilling book you ever read. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Snell, Roy J.
(1878-1959) US author of at least eighty-five Young Adult novels under his own name and as by David O'Hara, James Craig and Joseph Marino, most of them specifically directed to boys, though he wrote at least one associational series of mysteries for girls; his tales for younger children, beginning with Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends (1916), verge routinely on Animal Fantasy, though Hi! Ho! Pinocchio: The American Boy (1940) as by Joseph Marino is an interesting example of the Pinocchio-in-America book. Of more specific sf interest is his contribution to the Radio Boys vogue of the early 1920s, with his Radio-Phone Boys series, beginning with Curlie Carson Listens In (1922) and closing with Invisible Wall (1928); within the sequence, two novels—The Seagoing Tank (1924) and The Flying Sub: A Mystery Story (1925) are full sf tales, but every title, typical of the category this series contributes to—flirts with Inventions just beyond the actually developed. Further Inventions tales include two titles in the loose Mystery Story for Boys series, Lost in the Air (1920) and its sequel, Panther Eye (1921), both starring Johnny Thompson, an adventurer and entrepreneur searching for gold in post-1917 Siberia; in the second volume, a Yellow Peril is encountered, and an ambiguous Utopia is sighted from a Balloon in Mongolia. Two further titles in the Mystery Story for Boys grouping – Red Lure (1925) and Forbidden Cargoes (1927)—feature Lost Races in Central America. Snell also published two World War Two tales, Secrets of Radar (1944) and Jet Plane Mystery (1944), the latter featuring a mysterious wailing jet hidden on a Pacific island; his Big Little Books set in that conflict are associational. [JC]
—The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
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