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The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn (Anthony Monday Mysteries #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  617 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Did Alpheus Winterborn, the eccentric town millionaire, really hide a treasure in the Hoosac Public Library before he died? Or was he just playing a practical joke? Anthony is sure there must be a treasure - but the clues the old man left are mysterious. Little does Anthony know that Winterborn's evil nephew is letting Anthony find the treasure - only to snatch it away!
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published May 1st 1978 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P (first published 1978)
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Jan 14, 2013 Owen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't feel that this was as strong as some of John Bellairs' other books. The mystery wasn't very interesting and I can't say I was drawn to the characters. Anthony and Mrs. Eells or whatever she is called didn't shine through enough and the villain was too stereotypical. But it is a short, fun middle grade mystery/adventure book so if you don't enjoy some of JB's other books I'd say go ahead and try this one. I didn't have soaring high expectations for it, so it was just about as good as I t ...more
James Vachowski
May 17, 2015 James Vachowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-boys-like
After his father has a heart attack and can’t return to work, Anthony Monday’s family begins to suffer from financial troubles. Anthony works part-time at his local library, but his salary won’t even begin to cover their bills. He worries about money constantly, and becomes obsessed with a local legend about Alpheus Winterborn, the reclusive billionaire who built the library. Old Man Winterborn was rumored to have hidden the bulk of his fortune somewhere in the town, and he left behind a series ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Robyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-or-ya, kindle
Not as enjoyable as the second Anthony Monday book, which I read first. I had come across the second book at the library giveaway months ago, read it, enjoyed it, and decided to seek out the rest of the series. I suspect that book 3 will be better than this one, because I simply didn't care for Anthony in this book. He wasn't at all the same kid he was in book 2, and his mother was just awful here. Since he was more enjoyable in book 2, probably those characteristics continued into book 3 and be ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Natlukens rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jfic, 2016
I read these out of order (last in the series first) so I was a little disappointed that this one didn't have any kind of the spooky/supernatural element to it that the first one I read The Mansion in the Mist did in droves. Hopefully the next book will have a bit of something spooky. I still liked the mystery story and the characters. I like that it show a more realistic portrayal of a pretty dysfunctional family than most books for this age group would.
Annemarie Solon
Nov 18, 2015 Annemarie Solon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annemarie by: family tradition
Shelves: revisited, minnesota
Books by John Bellairs were a huge treat for my brother and me as kids. Going back over them recently, I realized I couldn't remember anything about The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn. After struggling to stay interested enough to finish the book at all as an adult, I have some idea why: it's pretty boring. The friendship between the two main characters remains all kinds of sweet, with white-haired librarian Miss Eells and impulsive 13 year-old Anthony Monday leading readers on mysterious advent ...more
Joshua read this to me as part of his ongoing reading homework. I'm glad he agreed to read it to me -- I must admit to talking him into it, since I remember reading this story when I was a kid and enjoying it. Fortunately, he liked it too. Who can resist a library whose motto is "only believe half of what you read"?

The John Bellairs stories are all kind of the same, whether it's the Lewis Barnavelt, Anthony Monday, or Johnny Dixon series. However, if you like at least one of them (I like several
Tara Lynn
I adore John Bellairs as a rule, and his uncoventional character use has always been a favorite of mine. Throughout his publishing career, his top three childrens series involved Lewis and Rose Rita, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Of them all, I'm sad to say I'd probably list the series involving Anthony Monday as my least favorite, with Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass coming in as my favorites, and Lewis and Rose Rita coming in second.

While the Anthony Monday stories do involve the B
Jan 27, 2009 Phayvanh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intermediate chapterbook readers
Recommended to Phayvanh by: library book sale
Shelves: reviews, 2009, kids
I used to love John Bellairs as a child, and had no idea he'd written so many titles! Until I went to the library boo sale and saw they were clearing out his books. why? Not having enough moolah for the entire collection, I shelled out for two of the more promising titles, of which this is one.

Enjoyed it, must say. And though they story winds up with a "typical" happy ending, I sense that our protaganist, Anthoy Monday, will always lead a life of some hardship. Some people are just born into tho
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Did Alpheus Winterborn, the eccentric town millionaire, really hide a treasure in the Hoosac Public Library before he died? Anthony Monday is sure there must be a treasure--but the clues are so bizarre that he wonders if he'll survive the search. And what if Winterborn's evil nephew is letting Anthony find the treasure--only to snatch it away?" (From Amazon)

A great mystery paranormal children's novel
Apr 10, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is totally awesome!!! Today's books for kids are sugary sweet without conflict, questionable elements, or anything even potentially bad or controversial. How is this realistic? The world has real problems that kids have to face. If this book had been written in 2013, it would never have been published.

Our main character, Anthony Monday, is anything but perfect. His dad runs a bar, his family is dysfunctional, and as the story progresses, we are introduced to even more questionable topi
Jul 02, 2015 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotta love a book with a happily single librarian of mature years (Miss Eels). And I confess I like Anthony Monday best of Bellairs' three primary protagonists, though I can't pin it down. I don't think he's quite as well developed as Johnny Dixon or Lewis Barnavelt--there weren't as many of the Anthony Monday books, for one thing. Certainly a lonelier boy, a more neurotic one.
Feb 26, 2016 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bellairs changes up his pattern again with this, his fourth book for YA readers. Instead of the supernatural gloom of THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS and its two sequels, this book is grounded more in HARDY BOYS territory. Not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, this is a fun, escapist thriller, with our protagonist seeking out the titular treasure, which may or may not be hidden in the local library. There are some fun digressions in the plot, and the hero's relationship with th ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Pinkhope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this young reader mystery and I'm pushing 60. It was well written with good character development and some interesting side stories to go with it. If you are looking for a quick afternoon read this is it. Clean as a whistle and lots of fun.
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Jun 08, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy John Bellairs books you will probably like this book. If you like this book you will probably LOVE other John Bellairs books.
Binky Bowberg
Aug 20, 2014 Binky Bowberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, mystery
A librarian and a boy solve a mystery together - what's not to like?
I think the worst pairing of main characters in the different Bellairs series
Nov 09, 2007 Marjanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mystery stories
Another John Bellairs book, based on a new (for me) character: Anthony Monday. The story was fun, but I did not enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed the Lewis Barnavelt or Johnny Dixon stories. I did not find Anthony or Miss Ells as intriguing as characters in other books. There was mystery in the story, but no magic or anything supernatural, which I think contributed to the feel of the previous stories by Bellairs that I have read. I will probably read the next book in the Anthony Monday series t ...more
David Russell
Mar 16, 2014 David Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
still a good read nearly 30 years after I first discovered this author.
Aug 05, 2008 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrensbooks
I can see how this would have been a fun book for a kid to read, but as an adult who loves kids books, it just had too many holes, bad dialogue, cliches, and annoying little bits that aren't going to teach anyone anything: one of the characters falls and gets a concussion, she's delirious and continually passes out and the main character leaves her alone for at least an hour. Of course, she just comes walking out on her own at the end and she's all ok.
Aug 15, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
The first of the Anthony Monday/Miss Ells character books, it is light on the horror, which I typically enjoy most about Bellairs, but still a strong children's mystery. What I enjoy about this character pair is that Miss Ells is far less cantankerous than the adults in the other series, and she is also a lot more clueless, allowing Anthony the ability to come forward to handle situations more readily than Bealliars' other child characters.
Jul 24, 2009 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009booksread
I was disappointed by this book. I know it's for kids, but the mystery was painfully obvious from the very beginning. I just can't find any books of Bellairs that I like as much as the Lewis Barnavelt ones.
Jun 02, 2016 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was reasonably entertaining. Felt like some bits could have been fleshed out a bit more. For example with Anthony figures things out, the author doesn't even show you the poem again.
Looney Lovegood
It is made by John Bellairs, the man who made The House with a Clock in its Walls, The Figure in the Shadows, and The letter, the Witch, and the Ring, a really good series.
Apr 09, 2012 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young Anthony Monday discovers a mystery the summer he works at the library. With the help of the librarian, Miss Eels, he discovers the secret.
Jan 03, 2011 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: juv, mystery
A fun, rompy story with hidden treasure, old buildings, floods, and a great librarian. Recommended if you want a light mystery.
Apr 10, 2013 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun re-discovery from my youth- this is a series that my 11 year old nephew is now greatly enjoying!
Apr 07, 2008 Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another goodie from my favorite young adult novelist. Now I have to read some of his stuff for adults...
Susan Sommerfeld
Aug 29, 2013 Susan Sommerfeld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
With a wonderful librarian as a main character the Anthony Monday mysteries are a sure hit.
May 12, 2009 Christian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, mystery
Eh. Not the best, and a dull villain. But it's still Bellairs and I am simply mad about the fellow.
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John Bellairs (1938–1991) was an American novelist working primarily in the Gothic genre. He is best-known for the children's classic The House with a Clock in its Walls 1973) and for the pathbreaking fantasy novel The Face in the Frost (1969). Bellairs held a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University and a master's in English from the University of Chicago. He combined writing and teaching f ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Anthony Monday Mysteries (4 books)
  • The Dark Secret of Weatherend (Anthony Monday Mysteries, #2)
  • The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb (Anthony Monday Mysteries, #3)
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