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The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys, Book 1) [Hardcover]

By Franklin W. Dixon (Author) & Leslie McFarlane (Introduction by)
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Item description for The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys, Book 1) by Franklin W. Dixon & Leslie McFarlane...

Joe and Frank discover the location of stolen jewels and papers and help remove suspicion from an innocent man

Publishers Description
Grownups will remember Frank and Joe Hardy and their ability to solve even the most baffling of mysteries. The first book was published in 1927, and over the years the series has sold over 50 million copies. But mysteriously, the original books have disappeared. Now, Applewood is pleased to present The Tower Treasure, the very first Hardy Boys mystery ever published.

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Item Specifications...

Format: Facsimile
Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   214
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.67" Width: 5.32" Height: 1.21"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1991
Publisher   Applewood Books
Age  9-12
ISBN  1557091447  
ISBN13  9781557091444  

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More About Franklin W. Dixon & Leslie McFarlane

Franklin W. Dixon Franklin W. Dixon was the pseudonym devised by Edward Stratemeyer for the author of a series of mystery books he was developing which became the Hardy Boys series. The first book, The Tower Treasure, originally published in 1927, was written by Leslie MacFarlane who went on to write 19 more, including #2 through #16. In all, there are 58 titles in the original Hardy Boys Mysteries series published between 1927 and 1979 written by 17 different men and women. Many of the books were later revised, adding another four "Franklin W. Dixons" to the total.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( D ) > Dixon, Franklin W.
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Mystery & Detective > Hardy Boys

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more doubles would be better  Feb 24, 2009
2 of the very early originals; I wondered how people were in the 1920s.
The structure of a double back-to-back book in unconventional but intriguing.
I wish there more Hardy boox like this one (or double I should say).
the tower of treasure  Dec 10, 2008
this is a gift for my granson who has been looking forward to reading this.
Swell fun for young fellows, chaps, and chums!  Nov 15, 2008
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 bumbling 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 simplicity is reminiscent of "The Boxcar Children," another kids-know-best children's novel.
The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew (among other juvenile series) first came out in the 1920's and 1930's as part of the wave of the Golden Era of mysteries.
The adult counterparts in this post-war included Ellery Queen, Philo Vance, Hercule Poirot and many more. The juvenile books were rewritten - without changing the titles - many times over the years ("Franklin Dixon" and "Carolyn Keene," the putative authors, did not exist), with the worst coming after the 1959 decision to simplify vocabulary and syntax (Nancy's hair is no longer auburn) and to correct the descriptions politically (no more swarthy villains). (This may come as a surprise to some readers, but not everybody living in early 21st century American is enamored with the feminist/racially conscious/censored literature agenda now imposed upon us and OUR CHILDREN). Applewood Publishing has performed a great service in making several of the original stories available, but MAKE SURE it's Applewood or pre-1959 editions you're getting, because ANY revision may be sold under the same title (for example, no original or pre-'59 story was ever in paperback or audio).
Incidentally, the Ken Holt series, which was probably the best of the genre, is now also available as facsimiles. They were never subjected to the Marxist censor, but were long out of print. Check the Internet.
A Dangerous Adventure  Jul 24, 2008
What would happen if you had to figure out a mystery and find the person that stole from the tower?

The characters are Frank, Joe, and Chet. Frank has black hair, dark eyes, and is eighteen years old. Joe has blond hair, blue eyes, and is seventeen years old. Chet gets crazy when somebody steals his car.

My favorite character is Chet because he's weird and funny. He screamed at the top of his lungs and asked Frank and Joe for help when somebody stole his jalopy, which means old, broken-down car. I don't know why he calls it his Queen. He is also kind of fat.

My favorite part is that Frank and Joe get trapped in a flood because the person that stole from tower pulled this handle in the water tower water came pouring out. They almost died luckily there was a hole and they escaped.

Frank and Joe are usually at the tower trying to find the treasure but wrecked it instead.

Read this book because it is a great book to read.

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