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Dave Porter and the Runaways Last Days at Oak Hall   By: (1862-1930)

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Dave Porter and the Runaways Last Days at Oak Hall by Edward Stratemeyer is an engaging and thrilling story that will captivate readers of all ages.

The plot revolves around Dave Porter, a young protagonist who finds himself in a series of unforeseen events during his last days at Oak Hall, a prestigious boarding school. The story takes off when three of Dave's close friends suddenly disappear without a trace, leaving Dave puzzled and anxious to uncover the truth behind their disappearance.

Stratemeyer does an excellent job of building suspense throughout the book. The pacing is well-maintained, with each chapter ending on a cliffhanger that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages. The author's ability to create an atmosphere of mystery and tension is commendable.

Dave Porter is a relatable and likable character, and readers will easily find themselves invested in his journey. His determination, bravery, and resilience make him an admirable protagonist. Stratemeyer manages to skillfully weave in important lessons about friendship, loyalty, and perseverance, making the story not only entertaining but also thought-provoking.

The supporting characters in the book are equally well-developed and add depth to the overall narrative. Each character has their own distinct personality and plays a significant role in Dave's quest to find his missing friends. The friendships and relationships depicted in the story are genuine and believable, which further enhances the emotional investment readers have in the outcome.

One of the standout aspects of this book is its ability to transport readers into the world of Oak Hall. Stratemeyer vividly describes the school's grounds, classrooms, and dormitories, making readers feel as if they are right there alongside the characters. Additionally, the author incorporates elements of adventure and mystery, which keeps the plot engaging and unpredictable until the very end.

Another commendable aspect of this book is the subtle inclusion of moral values and life lessons. Stratemeyer emphasizes the importance of trust, integrity, and the power of friendship, which are valuable messages for young readers to grasp.

However, there are a few minor drawbacks to the story. Occasionally, the plot feels slightly predictable, and a few plot twists may not be as surprising as intended. Nevertheless, these instances do not diminish the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Dave Porter and the Runaways Last Days at Oak Hall is an exhilarating and well-crafted novel that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end. Stratemeyer's ability to create an intriguing and suspenseful narrative, coupled with relatable characters and meaningful themes, makes this book a must-read for fans of adventure and mystery genres. Whether you're a young reader seeking an exciting tale or an adult looking for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, this book is bound to leave a lasting impression.

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[Illustration: HE SAW AN ARM AND A HEAD COME UP. Page 240. ]

Dave Porter Series







Author of "Dave Porter at Oak Hall," "The Lakeport Series," "Old Glory Series," "Pan American Series," etc.




Published, March, 1913

Copyright, 1913, by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.

All Rights Reserved

Dave Porter and the Runaways

Norwood Press

Berwick & Smith Co.

Norwood, Mass.



"Dave Porter and the Runaways" is a complete story in itself, but forms the ninth volume of a line issued under the general title of "Dave Porter Series."

In the first volume of this series, entitled "Dave Porter at Oak Hall," the reader was introduced to a typical American lad, and the particulars were given of his doings at an up to date boarding school.

There was a cloud over Dave's parentage, and in order to solve the mystery of his identity he took a long voyage over the ocean, as related in the second volume, called "Dave Porter in the South Seas." Then he came back to his schoolmates, as told of in "Dave Porter's Return to School," and then took a long trip to Norway, to hunt up his father, the particulars of which are given in "Dave Porter in the Far North... Continue reading book >>

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