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The Hardy Boys #1: The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys #1)

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After a dying criminal confesses that his loot has been stashed "in the tower," the Hardy boys make an astonishing discovery.
Published May 28th 2002 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 1927)
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Steve Sckenda
My thoughts return to Old Mill Elementary School in Wall Township, New Jersey. In the fall of 1976, I was a fifth grader, a fervent Jimmy Carter supporter, and an aspiring detective. I took a short cut home from school through the woods so that I could spend more of my afternoon with Frank and Joe before somebody nagged me about doing my chores or my homework.

There were three channels on television-- and a fourth, only if you positioned the rabbit-ear antennas just right. There was no internet,
Michael Gerald Dealino
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 w
Just for a laugh, I decided to read this first installment of the famous Hardy Boys mysteries. As a kid, I had read one or two of the original stories, as well as a handful of the "Hardy Boys Casefiles" series-- the updated, more contemporary adventures of Frank and Joe Hardy (at least for the 1980s)-- but I never fully got into them; now I wish I had. Going back to the first book of the original series, there are certainly lots of anachronisms to laugh at: referring to friends with nicknames li ...more
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 did ...more
Miloš & Brontë
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?

As a kid, I read the whole series. My dad bought us a subscription, so I would get one every month. I can honestly say these books taught me the love of reading. When I got one in the mail, I would tear into it and not be able to put it down. I loved the suspense at the end of each chapter. Even today, the use of a hook will keep you turning the pages. I loved the simple adventures and the cool things the "chums" were able to do. There were boats, cars, and motorcycles, not to mention the cool r ...more
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
Nostalgia. When I was a young man, or younger than a young man, I delved and consumed Hardy Boy books as if they were the best thing ever. I remember that they had a section of these for sale in May Company in the mall. And if the next book in the series wasn't there on the shelf, we were devastated, and needed to bug our parents to come back again and again to get it. Maybe even travel over to another bookstore and hope that they might have it. Bookstores were not everywhere when I was unable t ...more
Richard Ward
OK, so it ain't Mark Twain. But this first Hardy Boys book from 1927 has survived the test of time. It is for sale at Books-A-Million even as we speak, along with dozens of others from the set (and dozens of Nancy Drew books, too). At my public library, they cycle out books that nobody borrows, since they just don't have room for everything. The Hardy Boys books, banged up from decades of use, have never been cycled out because kids continue to borrow them.

Frank and Joe (and their teenage friend

Brooke Skouson
I read this book because it filled the time period requirement for my class, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have touched this book otherwise. With all its "this is swell" and how people acted, it is very clearly a 1950's book. I can live with the word "swell" but I have an issue with the way girls acted in this book. Honestly, how many mothers are okay with their children throwing themselves into danger over a car? As far as I know, none. But, the Hardy Boys mother is not only okay with them hun ...more
Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
What a swell stroll down my childhood memory lane!
J. Scott
My older son is still a couple years shy of reading these, but I have very fond memories of the Hardy Boys books. They introduced me to so many basic concepts of storytelling, and (to my young mind) they were exciting as all get out. I'm not going to put every single one of them on my Goodreads shelf ... just the ones that especially stand out in my memory.
John Yelverton
Classic mystery tale as two boys attempt to find a hidden treasure.
Every book should have a bad hobo.
I'm currently in the process of reading (and with Nancy Drew re-reading) children's mysteries for an upcoming project. As a kid, I read Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys SuperMysteries, but have never spent time with the Hardys on their own.

The Tower Treasure is Frank and Joe's first adventure and the audiobook is well read by Bill Irwin and produced with delightfully campy sound effects. I was surprised by how indistinguishable Frank and Joe are in their first outing, as I remember them having very distin
This is not the usual kind of book I pick up and read. I purchased the first five Hardy Boy books for my son and I read this one out loud to him (we are beginning the second one tomorrow). It is not necessary to state that this book is not a literary classic but there are several reasons why my son and I enjoyed this book.

1. This book upholds traditional family values
2. The two brothers are hard-working and resourceful
3. Mr. Hardy allows his sons to do real work and to tackle something difficul
I decided to start reading this series because a few years ago my father gave my brother and I the complete boxed set of Hardy Boys books for Christmas. I felt bad because I never finished reading them, so I am going to try and read all of them. *I know I am missing a few because I dropped one in the pets' water bowl, but I think you can read them in any order.

I had trouble with this one. The beginning to the middle was very slow and choppy. Also, the culture in this book is so old and the way t
Though not yet of reading age, my son has several of the Hardy Boys books on his shelf, and I wanted to check them out and form an opinion about them. Having now read this first book of the series, I find myself concerned, but keep wondering if I need to lighten up a bit. My concerns stem largely from the way the characters related to one another, which I found to be somewhat disturbing. The Hardy boys, their friends and their family are all perfection and sentimentality -- can't slap each other ...more
Genre: young Adult Novel / Fiction

The Hardy boys start off their exciting book series with a treasure hunt! As a criminal is lying on his death bed, he announces that he hid his secret stash in the towers. But these towers have been search and search but nothing was ever recovered. So the boys take it upon themselves to solve the mystery of the hidden treasure. My father read all these books when he was a young boy and once I was reading on my own, he introduced these series of books to me. Sin
David Baltzer
It's clear, from various reviews on this site, that some people have read the original 1927 version and others have read the revised 1959 version. They are significantly different and it's unfortunate that the reviews have been all mixed together.

I just finished reading the 1927 version. It was very poorly written, wildly implausible, and quite an insult to the intelligence of anyone at any age.

It's bad enough that society in that era wanted to keep women 'in their place' as virtual domestic sla
Michael Emond
I'm making my way through the Hardy Boys for some reading for my eight year old daughter - we started with the Missing Chums and then went to this - the first Hardy Boys books. I remember reading and loving them as a young boy because of their easy to read quality and their cliff hanger chapter endings and their solid mysteries.

I will say this one suffered in comparison to the Missing Chums. There was a lot less action and a lot of the main mystery solving was done by their father off camera. T
Rugg Ruggedo
This was the beginning of The Hardy Boys series, and this version is an exact reprint of the original text. The version that have been printed after 1959 are updated,rewritten and condensed,from these originals that first saw print in 1927.
I read this series when I was growing up and I recently purchased the first 33 volumes in earlier editions. So I figured it was time to revisit this boys that I enjoyed spending time with at a very young age.
This first story finds the sons of an "international
Jacob Tomasovic
As Frank and Joe Hardy were riding their motorcycles, a man with a red wig was driving a car. He crashed his car and left to another place. When the Hardy Boys talked to their friend Chet Morton, he told them that his car was stolen. The Hardy’s made an observation that it probably was the same person that they saw when they were riding their motorcycles. Later on, they had found out that there was a robbery at the tower mansion. They predicted that it was the same person who stole the car. Whe ...more
Muhajjah Saratini
Saatnya menyadari bahwa ini sudah bukan umurnya saya membaca buku begini.
Ada beberapa hal yang janggal di buku ini, yang kalau saya baca pas SMP mungkin nggak kerasa.

1. Frank dan Joe kurang menarik karakternya. Nggak ada pembeda jelas. Bandingkan dengan Sport, Trio Detektif, atau mungkin Lima Sekawan.
2. Ayah mereka, Fenton Hardy, cara kerjanya masih biasa, nggak luar biasa. Meneliti setiap jengkal halaman rumah menara menurut saya tindakan yang kurang bijak untuk seorang detektif andal.
3. Dete
I recently read the hardy boys tower treasure and it was really attention grabbing, but it was also leisurely paced which, to me, was very enjoyable. But there were a few parts that had so much info that I got a bit lost, for example, when mr. Hardy talked about interrogating the suspected robber he said so much that I got lost in the info.
Laura Bang
Listened to this one on the way back from the pop culture conference (after listening to Nancy Drew #1 on the way there). I'd never actually gotten around to reading a Hardy Boys book before, despite growing up on Nancy Drew so it was interesting to hear some of the differences between "girls" and "boys" series books. Nancy Drew has a lot of fashion descriptions, while the Hardy Boys do a lot of eating (seriously a lot -- they're always going on picnics and one morning they have waffles with hon ...more
Classic nostalgia.....what a "swell" book

Read this book before around early 90s I reckon...was a great childhood series and the platform for many of the mystery/police procedurals I enjoy today
Greg Paulson
Read all these books when I was little and loved them. From what I can remember it was good stuff for kids...fosters the adventurist spirit without a lot (or too much) of modern propaganda.
Mark Baker
When their friend Chet's jalopy is stolen, Frank and Joe think it is their chance to prove they can be detectives. But when they find his car, it just leads them to more mysteries.

This is my first time reading a Hardy Boys book in years, and I found it interesting. The characters were still as shallow as I remembered, but I was surprised to find the plot was episodic and their father did some big chunks of the investigation without them. Still, I enjoyed it and think kids today will, too.

Read my
I wanted to check out a few books that I thought were 'swell' when I was kid. I wondered if I would enjoy them, how the vocabulary was and if the story was any good from an adult perspective.

I would definitely be encouraging my kids (if i had any) to read these. I jotted about 30 more advanced words that I would be surprised if knew in 3rd grade.

Decent story. Quite short and free of bloviated details that I am used to after reading Koontz and King for so long :)

Looking for clues (just writing t
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  • The Mystery of the Moaning Cave (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators, #10)
  • The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport (Bobbsey Twins, #1)
  • The Mystery Off Glen Road (Trixie Belden, #5)
  • The Secret of Terror Castle (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators, #1)
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  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch (Encyclopedia Brown, #2)
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.
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Other Books in the Series

The Hardy Boys (1 - 10 of 241 books)
  • The House on the Cliff (Hardy Boys, #2)
  • The Secret of the Old Mill (Hardy Boys, #3)
  • The Missing Chums (Hardy Boys, #4)
  • Hunting for Hidden Gold (Hardy Boys, #5)
  • The Shore Road Mystery (Hardy Boys, #6)
  • The Secret of the Caves (Hardy Boys, #7)
  • The Mystery of Cabin Island (Hardy Boys, #8)
  • The Great Airport Mystery (Hardy Boys, #9)
  • What Happened at Midnight (Hardy Boys, #10)
  • While the Clock Ticked (Hardy Boys, #11)
The House on the Cliff (Hardy Boys, #2) The Secret of the Old Mill (Hardy Boys, #3) Hardy Boys Complete Series Set Books 1-66 (The Hardy Boys #1-66) The Missing Chums (Hardy Boys, #4) Hunting for Hidden Gold (Hardy Boys, #5)

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