Twain’s Treasure: The Phantom Files, Book 1 by William B. Wolfe | A promising beginning to a new Children’s Fiction collection!

the phantom files

When I was little, I constantly asked my parents to buy me more books. I think it was the only thing I ever asked for. My favorite book series back then was something similar to Nancy Drew – crime, mystery solving stories within a large collection of adventures.

When I picked this book up from NetGalley, I didn’t even realize that it was going to have that same adventurous vibe that I used to love in children books.

39779227GoodReads Blurb:

Dead men tell no tales. Except to me. When I’m around, they can’t shut up.
My name is Alex April, and I see ghosts. Worse, they see me. If my paranormal-obsessed best friend Bones knew, he’d be crazy happy. But only one thing happens when I acknowledge their presence. Trouble. I’ve gotten so good at hiding my ability, everyone believes it. Even the ghosts…most of the time.

Except now I’ve got the nightmare of all homework assignments: write a book report about Mark Twain. Trouble is, I have to go to the library to check out a book. Not just any library—the Hannibal, Missouri’s Free Library. It’s the most haunted building in town. And it’s haunted by none other than Samuel Langhorne Clemens, himself.

Now this spook is haunting me. Following me everywhere I go, desperate to find the legendary Twain Treasure. What exactly is that treasure? Not even Sam can say.

Well, Bones has always wanted to go on a real-life ghost adventure. I just hope this one doesn’t land us both in ZIP code 63409-DEAD.

Twain's Treasure: The Phantom Files, Book 1

Disclaimer: *Thank you NetGalley and Dreaming Robot Press for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.*

Alex April can see ghosts.

It turns out that ghosts are not just scary, but mostly very annoying, especially when you are trying to live a normal life. Imagine that you wouldn’t be able to go to the library because libraries are the most haunting place. One step inside and you are surrounded by weeping, hurting, vengeful ghosts, who have no concern about this thing called “private space”.

Unlike us, bookworms, Alex April didn’t suffer from the lack of library visits. In fact,  he was rather indifferent to it. Until his teacher made it one of the requirements for his student to get a library card and make a presentation on one of Mark Twain’s books.

That is when the fun began.

I found the story very compelling and interesting. First person narrative made it so much more engaging and Alex April was the most hilarious character I’ve had a pleasure to read about in a very long time.

Great. Bones was leaving me alone with Dead and Deader. The two ghosts locked eyes on me like hungry dogs waiting for a biscuit.

Bones, Alex’s ghost-hunting friend, was just as entertaining and their interactions might have been my favorite parts of the book. When someone like Alex April who can see and talk to the ghosts, tries to avoid ghosts at any cost, of course, his best friend would be obsessed with ghosts and everything paranormal.

My rating:

Highly recommend this to anyone who loves adventures, funny dialogues and CHildren’s FIction with mystery solving elements. My 12-13-year-old self would love to collect all of the books about Alex April (I presume there is going to be quite a few of them) and re-read them over and over again during school breaks.

What was your favorite book when you were little? Were you able to keep all of the books from your childhood? Let me know in the comments down below.

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