The Radio Boys Series

Author: Allen Chapman (Stratemeyer Pseudonym)

Written By:  John W. Duffield (1-12); Howard Garis (13)

Artists:  Walter S. Rogers

13 Volumes (1922 to 1930)

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The Radio Boys First Wireless (1922)

Winning the Ferberton Prize

A captivating tale, showing how several boys of a small town became interested in radiophoning and how they set about making their own receiving apparatus. They had, of course, a number of rivals, and when a rich man of that vicinity offered a prize for the best made amateur set, their rivals did what they could to bring their hard work to naught, even going so far as to make off with the apparatus that was to be placed in the competition. The story gives many direction for building a small wireless receiving set, and also tells of radio work in general, how airships and other vessels have been guided by wireless, how even an automobile has been steered by radio, and how the Government traces an unlicensed sending station. A book any boy will read with avidity and many a grown person will also want to dip into it.

The Radio Boys At Ocean Point (1922)

The Message that Saved a Ship

The action of this volume takes place at the seashore wither the Radio Boys have gone for their summer vacation. They set up their radio receiving set on the shore and get great pleasure out of it. They become acquainted with the operator at a big wireless station and during a big storm this operator is attacked and robbed. Wit the operator senseless there is nobody to run the station until the Radio Boys take hold. Then comes in a call for aid from a steamer upon which some of their friends and relatives are passengers. What the boys did in this awful emergency makes reading that nobody, young or old, would care to miss.

The Radio Boys At the Sending Station (1922)

Making Good in the Wireless Room

The Radio Boys are at Ocean Point fixing a lightning arrester when they see a motor boat dash into a rowboat and several people go overboard. Among those rescued from the waves is a young vaudeville performer who later on obtains a position at a radiophone sending station. This gives the Radio Boys a chance to get on the program, where they recite to their own delight and the delight of their many friends. The boys also help solve the mystery surrounding a robbery at a hotel.

The Radio Boys At Mountain Pass (1922)

The Midnight Call for Assistance

This story opens in the woods where the Radio Boys find themselves confronted most unexpectedly by a big bear. Then, after some interesting experiments with radio, the scene is shifted to Mountain Pass, where the lads, after a thrilling ride through a blinding snowstorm, put up at a big hotel filled with winter guests. Here they presently learn that a Wall Street broker is in danger of being defrauded through a stock transaction and that the man's wife is sick and must have expert medical attention. All telephone and telegraph wires are down, and how the Radio Boys came to the front and got a doctor by wireless, and sent messages through to the Stock Exchange makes reading no one would care to miss

The Radio Boys Trailing A Voice (1922)

Solving a Wireless Mystery

The Radio Boys are listening-in to a concert when they suddenly switch to a private message, given in disconnected words which apparently have no meaning. But they recognize the voice as that of a man who in the past had led a shady life. Later on the lads hear of a number of thefts of automobiles, and then a big truck containing goods belonging to the father of one of the boys is held up and looted. At last the lads follow a man through the woods, see him use a radio receiving set fastened to a tree, and later, obtain a note-book containing the mysterious code.

The Radio Boys With the Forest Rangers (1923)

The Great Fire on Spruce Mountain

The Radio Boys are deep in the pursuit of their favorite pastime when news comes of an explosion of chemicals in the store owned by the father of one of the lads. Of course they go to the rescue, and then receive a visit from an old acquaintance who is a Forest Ranger. He tells the lads of what radio has done to spread the news of forest fires and they become anxious to visit the Rangers. Soon comes an opportunity to join these fearless workers for Uncle Sam, and the particulars are given of a fierce conflagration that proved perilous in the extreme. How the boys built a raft and got out into a lake deep in the woods, and how a number of bears swam out and fought for the possession of the raft, is told in a manner to thrill every boy from eight to eighty.

The Radio Boys With the Iceberg Patrol (1924)

Making Safe the Ocean Lanes

The Radio Boys auto to Maine and while there have a chance to take a sea trip to Halifax. In a dense fog their vessel collides with a lumber schooner and they are in danger of drowning when other ships come to their assistance. The boys are transferred to a naval vessel that is on iceberg patrol, as it is called--sending out warnings to all shops of the proximity of large icebergs. The lads have a strenuous time of it, and when the regular radio men are taken sick they jump in and prove that they can also send out messages through the ether. Once they run so close to a monster berg some polar bears leap to the deck of the ship, causing great excitement, and there is more excitement when a big berg is blown up with TNT. A true to life picture of radio service among the icebergs, as informing as it is interesting.

The Radio Boys With the Flood Fighters (1925)

Saving the City in the Valley

A fire closes the local school and the four Radio Boys receive an invitation to spend a vacation in Horseshoe Valley. They take their best radio set with them and tune in at the farm, much to the delight of Uncle Lon and his wife. There is a dam at the head of the valley and a heavy storm brings on a flood. Then comes a cloud burst which threatens the dam, and all the buildings in the valley are in danger of being swept away. Telephone and telegraph wires are down, but the boys manage to find power enough in the little town to make their radio work and send out frantic calls for assistance. Then they aid the flood fighters in rescuing those less fortunate than themselves. A story replete with hairbreadth escapes and one which teaches another lesson of the value of radio.

The Radio Boys On Signal Island (1926)

Watching for the Ships of Mystery

Starting from the moment that the dilapidated circus wagon broke down, letting loose some of the wild animals, this story is full of fun and keen excitement. How the Radio Boys went to Signal Island, how they watched the mysterious men come and go between the shore and the ships, how they heard of an almost forgotten treasure, and how they made a discovery that quickly brought the United States authorities to the scene, is told in a manner to please all radio fans. For radio plays its full part in this tale of rattling adventure. A story that will surely make this series more popular than ever.

The Radio Boys in Gold Valley (1927)

The Mystery of the Deserted Mining Camp

An old radio operator had inherited the rights to an abandoned gold mine in the far west and he invited the Radio Boys to join him in a tour of investigation. Some unscrupulous men said the mine was worthless and did all they could to keep the others from getting into the valley. From the very start the Radio Boys found themselves in a whirl of excitement as one thrilling happening followed another. They were caught in a wild storm in the mountains, and when the mine was at last reached some of them became lost in the underground passageways while others were captured by Indians who had left their reservation and were working the claim on the sly. How radio came to the rescue of the boys and their friend makes a narrative that will cause any reader's blood to tingle.

The Radio Boys Aiding the Snowbound (1928)

Starvation Days at Lumber Run

This is a tale of a lumber camp that found itself completely snowbound. A few days later the storehouse containing practically all of the food for the camp was burned and the boys, who were at the place for a winter vacation, found themselves, along with the lumbermen, facing starvation. But the boys put the wireless in operation, sent out several calls for assistance, and finally got return messages from a government aeroplane station and supplies were soon delivered through the air.

The Radio Boys On the Pacific (1929)

Shipwrecked on an Unknown Island

In a keen radio competition the boys won a trip to the Hawaiian Islands and back. The steamer on which they took a trip to some of the smaller islands was wrecked. It looked as if the boys, who had become separated, might all be lost. But one after another then gained the shore of an uninhabited island and there, to their dismay, fell in with several of their enemies. They came upon an abandoned yacht and during a violent storm endeavored to bring this vessel around to a safe harbor. How they fought against one peril after another, how they rigged up a sending station and radioed for help, is told in a manner that is true to life. A stirring tale of adventures on the deep with radio playing an important part.

The Radio Boys To the Rescue (1930)

The Search for the Barmore Twins

When the Radio Boys went into camp on the edge of a pretty lake, they little dreamed of the strange and strenuous adventures into which they would soon be plunged. They had both a receiving and a sending set with them, and these proved their worth a little later when a pair of twin children disappeared. At first the Radio Boys were accused of being in with the kidnappers, but later on they not only proved their innocence, but through the clever use of their radio sets they placed the authorities on the watch and then started an investigation of their own which brought forth astonishing results. A vivid picture of what radio today is capable of accomplishing, all told in a style both fascinating and accurate. A well worth while radio story that any one will enjoy reading.




Format 1: (Volumes 1 to 13) Published by Grosset & Dunlap (G&D)

Light Blue Cloth Binding with Gold Lettering outlined in Black on front & Dark Blue Lettering on spine. Radio set on front board.

Endpages are plain white.

Illustrations include a Frontispiece only on glossy coated paper.

Dustjacket is White Coated paper with White Spine and different multi-color illustrations for each book.


Note: For the first 8 titles, the jacket picture matches the frontispiece.