The novel, “The Phantom Tower,”by Keir Graff, tells the adventure that two 12 year old identical twin brothers go on. These brothers, Colm and Mal McShane, might look the same, but their personalities are different in every way. One of the rare things that they do agree on is that they both don’t want to move Chicago. But their mother thinks it will be good for them to get a fresh start since their father passed away two years ago.
Once the boys spend some time at their new apartment, Brunhild Tower, they realize that something is definitely off. There are strange sounds coming from the walls, a creepy Professor who always seems to be watching them, an irritable Princess who tells the brothers not to wander around the apartment around one o’clock to two o’clock, and an elevator that is missing a thirteenth button. And then, one afternoon when Colm goes exploring, he sees the missing thirteenth button appear in the elevator, and he discovers a secret that could get him into a lot of trouble.
“The Phantom Tower” was a fun mystery that made me feel like I was there in the book. But, as a 7th grader, I also felt like this book was a little young for me. I think this book was ideally made for readers around the age of 9, 10, and 11. That was just my opinion though, and this book would for sure be a good read for readers any age or level. “The Phantom Tower” was a book that kept me up at night reading and thinking, “what’s going to happen?”. All in all, this novel was a good book and even though it was a little young for me, I enjoyed reading it.