The Tower Treasure

The Tower Treasure

Book - 1959
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The story begins with Frank and Joe Hardy barely avoiding being hit by a speeding driver whom they notice has bright red hair. Later, this same red-haired driver attempts a ferryboat ticket office robbery and successfully steals a yellow jalopy called Queen from the Hardys' friend, Chet Morton. Due to one witness reporting that the villain had dark hair, the Hardys assume he is using a red wig. It is learned that the thief returned to Chet's home to steal a tire, helping Frank and Joe to find Queen abandoned in a public wooded area. The excitement of finding Queen is quickly gone when it is reported that there has been a robbery of forty thousand dollars in securities and jewels from the Tower Mansion owned by siblings Hurd and Adelia Applegate. Hurd Applegate is convinced that the Tower's caretaker, Henry Robinson, is the guilty party. The Hardys are especially concerned by this accusation because Henry's son, Perry, is a friend of theirs who will have to quit school to work since his father can no longer get a job as a result of Applegate's accusation. The only 'proof' of Henry Robinson's guilt is that he was suddenly able to pay off a debt, and refused to reveal where he got the money to pay off the debt. The Hardys suspect that the red-haired man may be involved with the Tower robbery and search the place where The Queen was found, finding the red wig. The Hardys' dad, detective Fenton Hardy, learns that the wig was manufactured in New York City. The three Hardys go to New York and learn of a criminal named John "Red" Jackley who is fond of using disguises. Soon, Jackley is injured in a railroad handcar accident causing him to be hospitalized. About to die, Jackley confesses that he committed the Tower Mansion robbery and put the loot "in the old tower" Jackley dies before he is able to explain further. After searches inside and outside of the Tower Mansion the stolen loot is still not found. Frank and Joe decide to go to the railroad where Jackley used to work to find out more information. While investigating, they see two water towers nearby. The Hardys realize that Jackley was referring to the old water tower and not the Tower Mansion. Inside the water tower they find the stolen items but are locked in the tower by a man calling himself Hobo Johnny. Johnny feels that anything in the tower belongs to him. Frank and Joe break out of the water tower and return the securities and jewelry. Then they are rewarded a thousand dollars for returning the missing jewels. Adelia reveals that she loaned Henry Robinson the money to pay off his debt. Following the revelations and with the stolen loot returned, Hurd re-hires Henry with an increase in salary and Hurd builds the greenhouse that Henry has been wanting. - Wikipedia.
The robbery of the treasure in the tower proves to be an exciting challenge to Frank and Joe. Frank and Joe attempt to foil a ruthless espionage ring in their effort to sabotage the United States space program.
Publisher: New York :, Grosset & Dunlap,, [1959]
ISBN: 9780448089010
0448089017
Branch Call Number: J FIC DIXO
Characteristics: 180 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

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Yavin
Aug 21, 2018

I read these all the time as a kid and decided to start rereading them. Originally published in 1927, this was significantly revised in 1959. Even so, it doesn't feel terribly dated. Granted, some of the dialogue sounds of the fifties as well as some outdated words (such as chums or jalopy - chums really threw me when I discovered these in the late 90s). Really the only things that majorly date this is the lack of modern technology such as cell phones and computers. The story is a fairly simple one and introduces all the main characters well.
The story starts with Frank and Joe making a delivery for their famous detective father. After nearly getting run over by a car, they soon discover that their friend Chet's car has been stolen. A robbery a short while later is soon connected to the theft and the boys are off.
With absolutely no language and little violence, this is good mystery for kids of any age. Easy for reading on their own or read aloud with parents this is one of those books that both kids and adults will enjoy. The first in a long series that will hopefully keep readers of all ages coming back for more.

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Aug 22, 2017

Brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are two high school students from Bayport who want more than anything else to follow in the footsteps of their father Fenton Hardy, who is a famous detective. But things get a little out of hand when their best friend Chet Morton’s car is hijacked and a theft at the tower mansion puts their friend Peter Robinson on the suspect list. Will it be too much for them to handle? No! The Tower Treasure gives a colourful cast of characters such as Chet Morton, the self-absorbed and inexperienced Oscar Smuff, Hurd Applegate and the Hardy Family. It’s so wide, it’s hard to think there’s room left for any new characters in the next books. Franklin W. Dixon amazingly creates quick and smooth changes of humour from sadness to excitement to danger and seriousness to humour and back again, all when you least expect it. He describes Bayport and his main characters in depth without getting too dark. If you like Scooby-Doo, you’ll love the Hardy Boys. And this book says “where better to start than with their first stories?"
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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JKMahr
Aug 12, 2016

Good Book

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theboss5000
Apr 07, 2016

this book is not half bad

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msemos
Jul 26, 2015

I remember this dimly from my childhood and reading it now it is still good. it comes from a time long ago in America, my childhood and some of the words are no longer used that much eg. chums and jalopy. in all good clean fun

This is a captivating book filled with action,adventure, and plenty of mystery!

DavidHScott Jul 24, 2013

The very first book in the Hardy Boy series. A lot of fun to read.

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splashkid
Jul 10, 2012

Me and my dad love the hardy boys before he died he gave me all the hardy boys books.

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lisahiggs
May 17, 2010

In this wholesome and adventurous mystery story, the Hardy Boys show us that doing your legwork by following each clue to its end really pays off.

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"A chest! I've found a buried chest!"

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The Hardy boys get in on an exiting mystery sent out from Mr Hurd Apllegate. since i don't want to spoil it for anyone i will just ask... is Mr Robinson really who he seems?

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