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  • Hardcover
  • 214 pages
  • The Tower Treasure
  • Franklin W. Dixon
  • English
  • 15 January 2017
  • 9781557091444

10 thoughts on “The Tower Treasure

  1. says:

    Published in 1927, The Tower Treasure is the book that introduced the teenage heroes, Frank and Joe Hardy, and which also began the series that would introduce generations of young boys to the world of crime fiction. The series ran until 2005 and consists of one hundred and ninety volumes, although some purists insist that only the first fifty-eight novels constitute the real Hardy Boy Mysteries. The books were written by "Franklin W. Dixon," the pen name used by a stable of writers who worked for the publisher that produced the books. This first volume was written by a Canadian author, Leslie McFarlane.

    As the book opens, Frank and Joe, sixteen and fifteen respectively, are riding their motorcycles down a narrow road, when a speeding car nearly runs them off the road. Later, the car is found wrecked and the driver has apparently stolen a yellow roadster belonging to one of the Hardy boys' chums. (There are a lot of "chums" and "lads" in these books.)

    The first mystery to be resolved in the book then, involves finding the stolen car. But soon, another more serious crime is committed when the house of one of the town's wealthy families is robbed. the caretaker, who is the father of one of Frank and Joe's sons, is the prime suspect. He's fired and later arrested, with devastating consequences for his family. The Hardy boys are the sons of the famous detective, Fenton Hardy, who agrees to look into the case. But when he can't come up with a solution, it appears that only his sons may be able to solve the crime and save the family of their friend.

    This is the sort of tale, along with others like it, that prompted many a young lad to race home from the third or fourth grade on a winter afternoon, grab a couple of cookies and a glass of Kool-Aid, and curl up with a book for the rest of the day, sometimes ignoring his own chums who were outside playing at one thing or another.

    Later that lad might get to be eleven or twelve years old and discover in his father's library Erle Stanley Gardner's The Case Of The Vagabond Virgin. And sadly, once a lad has moved on to books with titles like that, there's no going back to the Hardy Boys. One can only move forward to Raymond Chandler, Lawrence Block, John D. MacDonald, John Sandford, Michael Connelly, and a host of other writers that might well tempt a man in his thirties or forties to bag work early in the afternoon, pour himself a beer or two, and settle in with a good book. But whatever his age, he'll always owe a debt of gratitude to those authors who got him started.


  2. says:

    I know, this book is not a great book, not by any stretch of the imagination--and the whole series is dated now but I give the book five stars because the Hardy Boys' books was the series that made me a voracious reader when I was in elementary school. How much do the Hardy Boys's books mean to me? One of the best days of my life was the last day of school at the end of the fifth grade. One of my friends was cleaning out his desk and he had a stack of seven or eight Hardy Boys' books that he didn't want to have to carry home. I said I'd take them and he gave them to me. I had to walk a mile to my house, and the books were uncomfortable. I remember I had to keep shifting them in my arms, and their hard corners hurt my wrists. . .but it was worth it because it meant I had a good series of books to read at the start of my summer vacation.


  3. says:

    Ah, childhood. When life, as well as the pleasures, were simpler. And one of those simpler pleasures was reading these books about two brother detectives, their friends, and the adventures they had fighting criminals in their fictional hometown of Bayport and elsewhere in the world.

    I have to give credit to the library in my grade school for introducing me to their extensive Hardy Boys collection. I used to eagerly await the end of classes to get the chance to borrow a worn book at least once a week and read it at home.

    In an age of innocence, the Hardy Boys series provided a rich fare for the imagination and fantasize about being a detective oneself. Reading their adventures takes one around Bayport, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida; and other countries, imagined or otherwise: Mexico, Canada, Morocco, and many more.

    In a way, the Hardy Boys series is an imagination of America. In it, you will find two teen-age detectives who can be said to be the author's idea of an ideal American: tall, intelligent, technology-adept, and living in a small, nuclear family.

    Yet, you can also find criminals who can be said to be the complete opposite of gangsters like Al Capone or Lucky Luciano. Can you imagine criminals who do not seem to kill? Villains who would just knock or gas their victims or the Hardy boys, and only try to kill them near the end of the story? Unbelievable. But then, the series is made for kids and teen-agers.

    In contrast to today's superheroes with superpowers like Spider-Man, the Avengers, or Batman, the Hardy Boys series provided that middle ground where one can be a hero and still keep your feet on the ground.

    So despite its flaws, the Hardy Boys series is one great read and deserves to be in every school library's collection. Heck, every grade school boy (or even girl) should read at least two of the books. Who knows? It can set the kid to a love for reading. Now that's a simple pleasure with profound consequences.


  4. says:

    ★★★★★★★☆☆☆[7/10]

    ✅Frank Hardy is eighteen, OK? He could definitely do well to handle a case which doesn't have the culprits leaving bread crumb trails, particularly keeping in mind to make sleuthing easy for the young detectives.

    ✅The older detective could do well to remember that his sons are capable of doing this dirty job all on their own and get off their case.

    ✅Famous Five adventures have more nail biting moments than this one and Famous Five is only a bunch of kids!


  5. says:

    When I was a teenager I loved reading the Dana Sisters by Carolyn Keene. I own all of the old ones that were written before they were edited in 1959, and years later I began reading and buying the older Nancy Drew series. Here I am in my older years, and I am still reading them, but now I have added The Hardy Boys to the list of books I am in the process of collecting, but only if they, too, were written before 1959. I tried reading a Hardy Boys book several years ago, but I didn't care for it. Too much action; too unrealistic. Then I bought one at our library book sale and finally I liked them.

    This book, the first in the series, is a 1st edition written in 1927, and I got it cheap at a used book sale because the endband is missing and is taped with paper tape, which I had to replace. Then some pages near the end of the book looked like the factory cut them a little bit or maybe some kid had. Then there is a hole in one page, but it didn't destroy the words on the page, just gave the book more character.

    I wonder who owned this book? Why did they keep it for all these years? Books that are this old and are well read must have been really loved.

    So now the story: Frank and Joe Hardy are driving their motorcycles along Shore Road when a speeding car almost drives them over the cliff. They got a good look at the guy, a guy who will play an important part in this mystery. They drive on and come to a culvert and see and overturned car, but it was empty. Maybe the car that passed them had also run this car off the road, they wonder, or maybe the wreck was days old. They continue on and come to the Morton farm, their destination. Their friend Chet Morton was waiting for them and informed them that his roadster had just been stolen. And the mystery begins.


  6. says:

    I wish I would have started reading these sooner. I am really enjoying it and plan to continue with the series


  7. says:

    Lol my brother read this to me and it was very fun and cute


  8. says:

    The Hardy Boys was another series that was super popular in my youth. As the outcast, loser-ish nerd of the class I striked against these books and would not read them! I was "too cool" and only wanted to read the books the popular kids didn't like (Bunnicula, Goosebumps, a Series of Unfortunate Events and Twilight to name a few). In my adulthood, I found this book at a local charity book store and decided to pick up the first book in this series. And... I was kind of disappointed. Why? I'm an adult.

    This book is clearly an older novel. The references are absolutely amazing! This book did not age well at all. As someone who loves anything "vintage" or "old" this book was right in my wheelhouse. It had my chuckling and feeling nostalgic as it reminded me of my youth and all the things my parents used to say. The book was first published in 1927, so it is a REAL gem. I didn't know it was that old so I was super shocked. Clearly, my grandparents sayings were passed along to my parents.

    Like Nancy Drew, this series is written by a large majority of ghost writers. Out of curiousity, I want to continue this series to see how the books change (there is almost 200 books so good luck to me. It's going to be a life long goal...).

    The original YA novel is full of mysteries that aren't easy to follow. Things just happen suddenly and appear, and isn't as "smart" as I thought it would be. It's still beautifully written and truly marvelous (this book is almost one hundred years old... and the youth back then read it... and now I'm reading it... my mind is blown). Mystery after mystery occurs and of course it is solved in the end. Our two leads are also nearly adults, and somehow are just as good at solving mysteries as their Detective Father.

    This book definitely has it's flaws, but it's a total nostalgia trip. It's a cool book that I'd highly recommend readers pick up whether they want to get into young reader books or if you want to travel back in time.

    Two out of five stars.


  9. says:

    For a few years now, I've been interviewing my twins after they finish reading their books, posting those interviews on their own goodreads profile. My boy, Miloš, finished reading The Tower Treasure a couple of weeks ago, and I reread it just this week (I always reread the books they've read.) You can see my interview with him at this link. And you can see his interview with me right here:

    Miloš: Why was the book just okay?

    Pa: Well, I enjoyed it for what it was. The mystery was fun, and I really liked that most of the mystery was about finding the actual treasure rather than finding the thief, but the fifties world that they lived can't have really existed, except in books and on early TV, and I didn't like the attitudes that Dixon, he's the author, had about society and good & bad. That kind of stuff.

    Miloš: Okay ... which character did you like better, Frank or Joe?

    Pa: Are they different characters?

    Miloš: Yes.

    Pa: I don't know. They seemed kind of hard to tell apart. I liked Oscar Smuff best actually. But I guess if I had to pick one of the brothers it would be Joe because he fell over the railing in the old Tower and caught himself. I think hints at a more physical role than Frank's, maybe he'll be more impetuous in other books.

    Miloš: Do you want to know why they're different?

    Pa: I'd rather "how" they're different, but you can tell me whatever you think.

    Miloš: This really has nothing to do with it, but Joe is lighter haired than Frank, and Frank is older than Joe.

    Pa: But those are purely physical things. It's not like they're behaviour is different at all, is it?

    Miloš: I don't know.

    Pa: Why not?

    Miloš: It is different in a way.

    Pa: What makes Joe Joe? Cause I know you like him best.

    Miloš: The fact that at the very end he suddenly popped out good ideas, and he was the one that actually really made them find the treasure because he figured out where it was the old water tower.

    Pa: He was the one who said it was there, but Frank was thinking the same thing, remember?

    Miloš: Yeah.

    Pa: Is it that Joe wasn't afraid to think out loud, to maybe make a mistake, and Frank was keeping things to himself, and maybe was more self-conscious?

    Miloš: Yeah.

    Pa: Okay.

    Miloš: But at the same time, Frank is sort of the hero of the tale.

    Pa: So you like the underdog, the supporting character.

    Miloš: Yeah, sometimes I do the same thing with villains. I like the villains better sometimes like the Evil Emperor Zurg, or something like that.

    Pa: I do too. Which is why I like Smuff.

    Miloš: Because he's an underdog. Yeah Smuff was a really cool character, and it was very rude to make him miss his flight.

    Pa: I wasn't impressed with the Hardy's treatment of Smuff. Like you, that bothered me. it also bothered me that they always assumed Smuff was being "greedy" and wanted the reward, when they wanted exactly the same thing. So how can be better than Smuff when they have same motivation?

    Miloš: True. And at the end there, you can see he sort of says something about, or he arrives last on purpose because he doesn't really like the Hardys, does he?

    Pa: Or is it because he expects that they're going to humiliate him, so he isn't keen on showing up.

    Miloš: Exactly. He doesn't want get mocked for not finding the treasure, and at the end he sort of tells us that since he's been a detective he never is the one to figure it out it is always someone else, which makes him feel even more stupid because he hasn't found anything. So he tells them that.

    Pa: Yeah, poor Smuff. So do you have any other questions for me?

    Miloš: Not other than, "Was it a good book?"

    Pa: It was okay. I'm not sorry I read it again, and I am looking forward to reading the second one --

    Miloš: -- The House on the Cliff. Besides sometimes the third or the second can be better than the first.

    Pa: Looking forward to you getting through it, after James and the Giant Peach of course.

    Miloš: Okay.


  10. says:

    Pa: So you finished The Tower Treasure last week after a long, long read. How're you feeling about it now?

    Miloš: Good.

    Pa: Just good?

    Miloš: Not exactly. I really did like the book. I like how they were private detectives. I like how it is set on the grounds of a tower, and I don't know, I just liked it and how it was set in the 50s, but I read it in the hundreds, whatever it's called.

    Pa: I suppose it's the teens now. It's not the noughties anymore.

    Miloš: Yeah.

    Pa: So who did you like better?

    Miloš: Umm ... Joe.

    Pa: How come?

    Miloš: Well, I like this moment in it somewhere at the end where Joe just starts thinking of stuff right off the bat.

    Pa: Like Sherlock Holmes?

    Miloš: Yeah. I guess I like both of them, though. Frank is the star of it; he's older by a year. They're both reall cool.

    Pa: Are you going to read more Hardy Boys?

    Miloš: Yeah. But first I am going to finish Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace, then read James and the Giant Peach, then read book two.

    Pa: Wow. That's ambitious. Where's James and the Giant Peach?

    Miloš: I dunno. But I'll try and find it.

    Pa: I couldn't find it the other night.

    Miloš: You couldn't? Not in the house.

    Pa: None of the places I looked. We can both look again. Maybe it should be a Hardy Boys mystery? You could clues and hunt it down.

    Miloš: I think I know where it is?

    Pa: So I lookked for a half an hour and after two seconds of thinking you know wehre it is?

    Miloš: Where?

    Pa: Didn't you just say you know where it is?

    Miloš: Oh! In the car.

    Pa: I see. I'll check when I go to work.

    Miloš: I can check now.

    Pa: Anything else to say about the Hardy Boys?

    Miloš: No.

    Pa: You're effusive.

    Miloš: Although it was cool.

    Pa: I'm going to read it again soon. So we can chat about it. Maybe we should do this interview thing for my review. You can ask me questions.

    Miloš: Sure.

    Pa: Groovy. Go look for your book.


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About the Author: Franklin W. Dixon

Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors (Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author, being the first) who wrote The Hardy Boys novels for the Stratemeyer Syndicate (now owned by Simon & Schuster). This pseudonym was also used for the Ted Scott Flying Stories series.