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Tom Swift and his Giant Magnet (Tom Swift #35)

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Title:Tom Swift and his Giant Magnet (Tom Swift #35)
Garis, Howard R.  Writing under the pseudonym: Appleton, Victor   
(9 of 19 for author by title)
Tom Swift and his Great Oil Gusher or The Treasure of Goby Farm (Tom Swift #27)
Tom Swift and his Flying Boat or The Castaways of the Giant Iceberg (Tom Swift #26)
Published:   1932
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap Inc.
Tags:adventure, boys, fiction, juvenile, Tom Swift (Fictional character)

It has been six months since the Sky Train made its successful flight. Fame and Glory have brought much new business to Swift Construction (SCC) in spite of the Great Depression. A local scrap yard owner comes to Tom with a desire to have a bigger better and more powerful magnet made so he can process all the metal coming through his yard more efficiently. A rival dealer who specializes in marine salvage, also approaches Tom and a competition ensues to see who gets their bigger/better magnet first. Tom, of course, is up to the task, and dives right in, literally speaking. (While working on a midnight test of the waterproof version of the magnet, he gets a blast of electricity, falls into the test tank, and nearly drowns.)

As luck would have it, he and the marine version of the magnet are in the neighborhood when the Navy’s latest sub, the SVJ-13 is disabled during her shakedown and only a Giant Magnet can save the sub and crew.—JP Karenko, www.tomswift.info. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Garis, Howard R.

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Howard Roger Garis (April 25, 1873 – November 6, 1962) was an American author, best known for a series of books, published under his own name, that featured the character of Uncle Wiggily Longears, an engaging elderly rabbit. Garis and his wife were possibly the most prolific children's authors of the early 20th century. Many of his books were illustrated by Lansing Campbell.

The first Uncle Wiggily story appeared January 10, 1910 in the Newark News. For almost four decades the newspaper published an Uncle Wiggily story by Garis every day except Sunday, and the series was eventually nationally syndicated. By the time Garis retired from the newspaper in 1947, he had written more than 15,000 Uncle Wiggily stories.

By virtue of his accessible characters and engaging plots, Garis was one of the most influential children's authors of his day. Many of his books, especially the Uncle Wiggily books, are still widely read and are readily available over the internet. Milton Bradley produced an Uncle Wiggily board game in 1967 and again in 1988. The game debuted much earlier though and remained popular until the 1970s.

Garis wrote many books for the Stratemeyer Syndicate under various pseudonyms. As Victor Appleton, he wrote about the enterprising Tom Swift; as Laura Lee Hope, he is generally credited with writing volumes 4–28 and 41 of the Bobbsey Twins; as Clarence Young, the Motor Boys series; as Lester Chadwick, the Baseball Joe series; and as Marion Davidson, a number of books including several featuring the Camp Fire Girls. The couple's children also wrote for Stratemeyer. After Edward Stratemeyer's death in May 1930, his two daughters, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892–1982) and Edna C. Squier (1895–1974), ran the company, with the result that Garis stopped writing for the Syndicate in 1933 after several disagreements.--Wikipedia.

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