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The Radio Boys Rescue the Lost Alaska Expedition

Gerald Breckenridge

"Mr. Hampton proceeded to relate the story of the "Lost Expedition" so-called, the expedition headed by Thorwald Thorwaldsson, the Norwegian explorer, which had outfitted at Seattle the previous Spring, set out for an unnamed destination in the Far North, and had never been heard of since. A great deal of secrecy as to its objects had attended the departure of this expedition in its sturdy schooner, and many were the wild guesses and surmises concerning it advanced in the papers and among the hangers-on along the Seattle waterfront."

The Radio Boys Rescue the Lost Alaska Expedition is the fifth volume in the Radio Boys series written by Gerald Breckenridge and published by the A.L. Burt Company in 1922. The series revolves around the adventures of three teenagers, Frank Merrick, Bob Temple, and Jack Hampton. With well-to-do parents they travel to worldwide destinations and find adventure and mystery, and radio always serves an important role. In this story, the boys are in Seattle after returning from their South American adventure. They learn of a lost expedition to Alaska and that Jack Hampton’s father has been tasked with trying to find them. First the boys need to return to Yale for a semester, but when the summer weather arrives they set off to Alaska to try to learn the fate of the expedition.

In radio’s early, experimental days of the 1920s there were two major series of juvenile fiction identically titled The Radio Boys; this series by A.L. Burt and a more commercial series by Grosset & Dunlap written under the name Allen Chapman. Of the two series, these Breckenridge stories were written in a somewhat more adult style and involve more exotic locations. (There was a third series published by Cupples & Leon Company for girls, titled appropriately The Radio Girls.)

Book publisher: A.L. Burt Company, New York
Book copyright:
Book edition: First edition, likely first printing
Pages: 227 (262 bound pages)
Size: 5″ x 7-5/8″
Dust Jacket: Yes, color
Illustrations: Semi-glossy frontispiece
Back matter: 18 pages of series listings from A.L. Burt Company
Digital edition © 2005 Curtis Philips. All Rights Reserved.

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