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Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys Mysteries) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1959
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i haven't read this book but it sounds good and some of you have wrote good for boys well is it good for girls to or not please answer in your next review and then i will now if i... Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. Bate
I loved all of the mysterious stories and the point when each one was solved. As I said great bookPublished 10 months ago by David R.
I loved this series when I was younger, a great start to a youngsters reading.Published 14 months ago by D.G.
Great value and in excellent condition! An old favourite from my younger days, bought this for my young daughter who is fast becoming an avid mystery reader. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kierono
Enjoyable you should read it can't wait to read the next book hop its as good as this one wasPublished on 10 Jan. 2015 by Kindle Customer
Great condition, better than expected. Delivery as expected. Thanks.Published on 11 Oct. 2014 by J Canavan