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Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys Mysteries) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1959

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  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap Inc.,U.S.; 1st edition (1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448089017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448089010
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Franklin W. Dixon is a pen name used by a variety of authors writing for the classic series, The Hardy Boys. The first and most well-known "Franklin W. Dixon" was Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author who contributed 19 of the first 25 books in the series. Other writers who have adopted the pseudonym include Christopher Lampton, John Button, Amy McFarlane, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.


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Format: Hardcover
I recently discovered that the UK publisher's order numbering on the Hardy Boys novels that I read voraciously as a child was completely fictional compared to the order they were originally published in. The Tower Treasure had been labelled '31', but is in fact the first book in the series, and reading it again today (some twenty years later), it definitely comes across as being an introduction to the characters, their world, and indeed being their first adventure.

I'm still reading a UK paperback edition from the 1970s, and I'm aware this isn't the original text - most of the books being 'updated' in the 1950s, and this one being adapted for the British reader from the original US English. It's not just the spellings that seem to have been changed, but the language used too - I'm suspicious of 'Welsh Rarebit' for example (though haven't got a copy of the 'original' text to compare).

It introduces the characters with broad strokes - there's not a lot dropped in to differentiate Frank and Joe after the first chapter, where one is shown as being slightly more reserved than the other, but I was surprised by how many of the recurring characters make appearances in this first story.

The adventure itself is quite simplistic, and there are places where it felt that the author had tried to keep things a little too realistic, with the Hardy Boys themselves not being present for a big part of the action - they, and we the readers, only hear about it second-hand. It didn't quite go how I vaguely remembered, with there being at least one scene which looked like it was setting something up that later turned out just to be there to add a coincidence that helped the plot along.

Overall though I felt it still held up as an adventure story, perhaps nowadays for a younger audience than originally intended, and it was an interesting diversion to revisit the brothers for an hour or so.
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Frank and Joe Hardy, teenage sons of a famous detective, find a mystery to solve on their own when the Tower Mansion is robbed of a fortune in jewels and bonds. The caretaker is arrested, but the boys don't believe he's guilty.

I read the original 1927 edition and it is quite a trip back in time. By today's standards, the language is antiseptic and bland ("No slang please, not in Tower Mansion!"), but it's perfect for boys aged 8-10 who are just beginning to read chapter books. There's no danger, violence, or even much action to speak of; the emphasis is on the boys' resourcefulness and determination. Joe and Frank Hardy are relentlessly optimistic and straight-arrow good guys; in fact everyone in the story is wholesome and uncomplicated. Although the Hardys clearly obstruct justice by hiding clues from the police (who are portrayed as village idiots), they emerge as real teen heroes.

The story was serialized (and made more exciting) on TV in the fifties in The Hardy Boys. The book's straightforward simplicity is reminiscent of "The Boxcar Children," another kids-know-best children's novel.
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Frank and Joe Hardy are the sons of famous detective Fenton Hardy. They occasionally make deliveries for him, and that is just what they are doing when they are almost driven off the road - twice - by a car they later find crashed on the side of the road. When they stop to visit their friend Chet, they learn that his jalopy has recently been stolen. Anxious to prove themselves detectives, they begin to investigate, but as they go along, even more crime begins to hit their town of Bayport. Is there a connection? Can they solve the crime?

It's been years since I read any book in the Hardy Boys series, so I was curious to see what I would think of this book when I reread it. While I was much more aware of the flaws of the book now, I still found myself enjoying it. The characters are pretty flat, and the plot, while connected, was still a bit episodic here - something I don't remember thinking when I read these books as a kid.

Still, I can remember why I loved the series when I was younger. Today's kids might have trouble with a few dated terms (chums, anyone?), and the money involved also dates things, but the adventure and mystery will still thrill middle school kids.
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By A Customer on 18 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
Some people may not want to read this book because it's part of an old series but this book is very good. It is a classic book and is a good read for young adults. So just pick it up and try it.
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Kudos to Applewood books for re-issuing this original text Hardy Boys book that started a line- up of great stories for youth that are still being published today. Most younger baby-boomers will not remember this story in its original form, as the text was substantially revised in the latter 1950's. This earlier, more hearty (no pun intended) story makes the revision pale by comparison. Applewood's reissue of Tower Treasure puts the series in its proper context. This story is truly the reader's introduction to Frank and Joe Hardy, and their mysteries. More than just nostalgia, this book is fun to read. If you read it to your children, you may have to put some of it in proper historical context, but that's part of the fun. I have found all of the original-text stories much more entertaining and substantial than the revised editions. Applewood has released six original-text Hardy's so far. I own them all, and highly recommend each one. In fact, I plan to purchase any of the original text Hardy stories Applewood will issue.
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