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The Radio Boys at Ocean Point

Allen Chapman

"His voice ended almost in a scream. At that moment what he feared happened. The pipe broke beneath Joe's weight. The lad felt it going and grabbed frantically at the upper part that was still fastened to the roof. He caught it and held on, his legs dangling in the air directly over the pile of rocks more than twenty feet below. To fall on those rocks meant broken limbs or death!"

The Radio Boys at Ocean Point; or The Message That Saved the Ship is the second volume in Grosset & Dunlap’s “The Radio Boys Series,” written by Allen Chapman (pseud.) and including a foreword by Jack Binns. The boys in this series are followed in their daily lives, school activities, adventures and scuffles, and of course their enthusiastic radio pursuits. In this story they are vacationing at Ocean Point for the summer and get involved with radio and a ship in distress.

In radio’s early, experimental days of the 1920s there were two major series of juvenile fiction identically titled The Radio Boys; this Grosset & Dunlap series was the trademarked The Radio Boys and is the more juvenile and commercial of the two series. Allen Chapman was a pseudonym assigned by the Stratemeyer Syndicate to anonymous authors, while the Burt series was credited to its actual author, Gerald Breckenridge, who was a journalist and author of a couple of  books for adults. The actual authors behind the Allen Chapman name seem to have been John William Duffield and Howard R. Garis, who collectively wrote hundreds of books for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. The Syndicate was run by Edward Stratemeyer and produced over 100 series and well over 1000 titles including such legendary series as Tom Swift, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

There were additional minor radio-themed series, not particularly successful, but there was also a well-written series published by Cupples & Leon Company written about girls in radio, titled appropriately The Radio Girls.

Book publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Book copyright: 1922
Book edition: First edition, ~1925 printing
Pages: 218 (230 bound pages)
Size: 5″ x 7-5/8″
Dust jacket: Yes, color
Illustrations: Glossy frontispiece
Back matter: 6 pages of book ads for Grosset & Dunlap juvenile book series
Digital edition © 2013 Curtis Philips. All Rights Reserved.

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