The Tower Treasure ; The House on the Cliff

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Grosset & Dunlap, 1987 - Juvenile Fiction - 360 pages
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The Tower Treasure: After a dying criminal confesses that his loot has been stashed "in the tower," the Hardy boys make an astonishing discovery. The House on the Cliff:When Mr. Hardy disappears while investigating a mystery surrounding a vacant house rumored to be either haunted or an abode for criminals, Joe and Frank search for the truth.

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Unfair treatment of Callie Shaw--- she, alone in Bayport, went with Frank to visit impoverished family of the falsely accused man,and urged Frank to clear him yet she was NOT invited to the party he had for thanking the Hardys to mark end of the case. She was so very appealing that it was sad she was to be so wasted, Last-n-the-Cast Callie, and those infamous moments would come when Callie glumly said (first Secret of the Caves, 1929), "Girls just have to stay home," surrendering to insignificance and, even worse, "Callie giggled" at Frank and Joe knowing, with Iola, but only THEY did, that clown Chet saved them from the time-bomb but everyone else thinks HARDYS are the heroes in cover-up conclusion to should-have-concluded-the-very-series-itself second #11 While the Clock Ticked..(see review, alternate plot, not "Callie giggled," instead "Callie GAGGED"--WITH THE BOMB! 

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Starting out with Frank and Joe trying to track down the thief who stole the beloved yellow “hot rod” of their friend Chet Morton, the Hardy brothers find themselves in the midst of their first real mystery to investigate. The brothers discover the disguise the thief must have used. This leads them to seek help from their father, the famous investigator Fenton Hardy. Fenton and the boys suspect that there may be a connection to the recent robbery at the Tower mansion where the only suspect is the father of their friend, Slim. Neither Frank nor Joe believes that Slim’s father could have possibly committed the crime and they are committed to clear his name before Slim’s family is ruined.
I remember when I was much younger and was the age of the target audience of this novel. I could not get enough of the Hardy Boys and read each of the books several times over. Reading them a decade and a half later, I can still easily understand my obsession with the stories. “The Tower Treasure” is fast paced, interesting, and has a mystery that is begging to be solved (though this is one that can’t necessarily be solved by the reader before the brothers solve it). It is fun to read through the Hardy Boys, and this is a good, clean, young adult adventure story (the series is more adventure than young adult). I can only hope that when I have children that they will enjoy the Hardy Boys as much as I did.


CHAPTER PACE I The Speed Demon
The Holdup
The Threat

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Franklin W. Dixon Franklin W. Dixon is actually a pseudonym for any number of ghostwriters who have had the distinction of writing stories for the Hardy Boys series. The series was originally created by Edward Stratmeyer in 1926, the same mastermind of the Nancy Drew detective series, Tom Swift, the Rover Boys and other characters. While Stratmeyer created the outlines for the original series, it was Canadian writer Leslie McFarlane who breathed life to the stories and created the persona Franklin W. Dixon. McFarlane wrote for the series for over twenty years and is credited with success of the early collection of stories. As the series became more popular, it was pared down, the format changed and new ghostwriters added their own flavor to the stories. Part of the draw of the Hardy Boys is that as the authors changed, so to did the times and the story lines. While there is no one true author of the series, each ghostwriter can be given credit for enhancing the life of this series and never unveiling that there really is no Franklin W. Dixon.

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