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 of cryptic clues. Once Anthony stumbles across one of the clues in the library, he finds himself stalked by a mysterious, estranged heir who wants to claim the entire Winterborn family fortune for himself!
I absolutely love John Bellairs’ books! They’re not your typical middle-grade novels since they’re full of gothic mystery, suspense, and elements of the supernatural. I actually read all of them when I was a kid, and I enjoyed all three series featuring Anthony Monday as well as two other main characters, Johnny Dixon and Lewis Barnavelt. When I re-discovered these books as an adult, I learned that Mr. Bellairs had passed away and left several unfinished books behind. These were later completed by another author, Mr. Brad Strickland, who had himself read Mr. Bellairs’ books as a child. What an awesome way to continue a legacy!
Fair warning: while neither “The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn” or any of Mr. Bellairs’ other books involve graphic violence or any kind of inappropriate subject matter, they are DOWNRIGHT SPOOKY and may very well keep you awake long after you turn off the lights! If you’re okay with that then rush right down to your library and grab one of these books but whatever you do, don’t start reading it on a school night!