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Who Let the Frogs Out?

Illustrated by Santy Gutierrez

Detective brothers Frank and Joe must solve a muddy mystery in the ninth book in the interactive Hardy Boys Clue Book series.

Bayport Elementary is hosting a Mud Run to celebrate spring! A particularly muddy part of the town’s park will be set aside for the race and Coach Lambert has even managed to make more mud by using the park’s hoses and shovels. Frank and Joe can’t wait to splash through the muck.

But on the day of the race, the runners are stopped in their tracks by croaking, blurping bullfrogs! Lots of people in the town had been annoyed that the park was being taken over by a bunch of muddy kids. Could someone have sabotaged the race with buckets of frogs?

Who Let the Frogs Out?

“Is this mud run going to be cool or what, Frank?” eight-year-old Joe Hardy asked his brother. “How often do I get to be dirty from head to toe?”

“Hmm,” nine-year-old Frank joked, rubbing his chin thoughtfully. “Every day?”

Their friend Chet Morton chuckled, “Funny, Frank!”

“Yeah,” Joe said with a smirk. “Very funny.”

It was Monday morning and the first day of spring break. It was also the day before the first annual Mud Bud Run through the muddiest part of Bayport Park.

“Hi, guys,” a voice called. “Ready to get muddy?”

The boys turned to see Coach Lambert, a gym teacher at Bayport Elementary School, walking over. He had organized the mud run.

“I’m not sure I want to enter the run, Coach Lambert,” Chet admitted. “Unless maybe there’s a yummy prize at the end?”

“Yummy?” Coach Lambert asked.

“Like something good to eat!” said Chet with a smile.

“There is no prize, Chet, because it’s not a race,” Coach Lambert said, smiling too. “Just a chance to get muddy and have fun.”

The coach pointed to the sign-up table and said, “But you do get a free T-shirt if you sign up.”

“Okay, thanks, Coach,” Chet sighed.

“Don’t forget, guys,” Coach Lambert told the Hardys and Chet, “the Mud Run kicks off at eleven o’clock sharp tomorrow morning.”

Santy Gutierrez resides in the seaside city of La Coruña, Spain. He has won acclaim as the Best Spanish Young Editorial Cartoonist and Best Galician Caricaturist, among others.

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