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.


Praise for Twain’s Treasure:

 Themes of ghosts, adventure, and friendship abound in this fast-paced story. Sure to be a delight for young readers and a good choice for most shelves.

—School Library Journal


William B. Wolfe’s The Phantom Files is a perfect mix of wisecracks and adventure,
depth and heart. In this story about both ghost hunting and friendship, the spirit of
Mark Twain appears, and he’s never been funnier. This is a terrific read for any kid
who loves creepy fun!

—Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series and The Lost Books

Twain’s Treasure is a delightfully chilling adventure, perfect for readers who love
their paranormal with a dash of history, a shake of snark, and a twist of lost
treasure. Alex, with the help of his buddy Bones, moves from mum to medium,
calling to mind the Twain quote: ‘Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not
absence of fear.’

— Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, author of A Dog Like Daisy, The 13th Sign, and the Story
Collector series.

Wolfe’s debut novel deftly contrasts the fear of being outcast with the need for human connection. Mark Twain is lovingly brought to (after)life through detailed research and gripping storytelling. A rollicking read Twain himself would have enjoyed.
— Dianna Sanchez, author of A Witch’s Kitchen and A Pixie’s Promise