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The Demon of River Heights (Nancy Drew Graphic Novels: Girl Detective #1) Paperback – October 13, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Papercutz (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597070009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597070003
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up-The latest incarnation of children's literature's most famous girl detective is this crisp, stylish graphic novel. Although fully updated with new stories; dark, edgy illustrations; and all the latest technological gadgets, the plot is drawn out in classic Carolyn Keene-style-all action at a brisk pace. Nancy tracks down two missing film students while uncovering a businessman's sinister plot to blow up a depleted iron mine. While investigating, she fights off a bear, gets lost in the woods, falls down a mineshaft, and reveals the identity of the Demon of River Heights, all without a scratch or a hair out of place. The sleuth's 21st-century makeover introduces traditional mysteries to the world of juvenile graphic novels, and is most welcome. Expect new titles in the series every three months.-Karen T. Bilton, Somerset County Library, Bridgewater, NJ
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Reviewed with Scott Lobdell's The Ocean of Osyria.

Gr. 4-6. These graphic-novel-style versions of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew adventures will appeal to young graphic-novel fans as well as readers new to the venerable amateur sleuths. The pocket-size books, first in their respective series, are appealingly presented. The manga-influenced art is very colorful, and the brisk pacing, with just a few frames per page, makes for an easy read--perfect for reluctant readers.

In The Ocean, those well-mannered Hardy boys, Joe and Frank (reimagined as tech-savvy crime solvers), return to fight a new generation of foes, the majority of whom appear to be Middle Eastern and French. Here, the young sleuths travel around the world in an attempt to recover a stolen artifact and save their best friend, who has been framed for the theft. Although this is a modernized version of the classic capers, with the Internet and cell phones playing key roles, the wholesomeness of the boys' principles remains the same.

In The Demon, Nancy, the classic American teenage heroine, manages to solve cases that baffle local police. This time she becomes involved in a student film about a local monster legend, which may turn out to be real, and a suspicious stranger arrives in town. For the most part, the artwork is crisp enough, but several pages appear to be substandard reproductions of original art. Carlos Orellana
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More About the Author

Born in the Bronx, Stefan Petrucha spent his formative years moving between the big city and the suburbs, both of which made him prefer escapism.

A fan of comic books, science fiction and horror since learning to read, in high school and college he added a love for all sorts of literary work, eventually learning that the very best fiction always brings you back to reality, so, really, there's no way out.

An obsessive compulsion to create his own stories began at age ten and has since taken many forms, including novels, comics and video productions. At times, the need to pay the bills made him a tech writer, an educational writer, a public relations writer and an editor for trade journals, but fiction, in all its forms, has always been his passion. Every year he's made a living at that, he counts a lucky one. Fortunately, there've been many.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dale Daniel on September 1, 2010
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Nancy Drew, The Demon of River Heights, is Volume 1 in the full color graphic novel series. Since it is a graphic novel the drawings are absolutely critical. In that department the book is outstanding. The drawings are a treat in and of themselves. Artist Sho Murase, with 3D CG elements by Rachel Ito, creates drawings that pull the reader into the panels in a compelling fashion. One example: pages showing Drew inside a half darkened room, interrupted as she paws through private items, have sunlight passing through the half closed blinds and crossing the apartment-scape and characters in an eye-catching fashion. The effect is mysterious and rather uneasy. Not at all unusual for this graphic novel. The artists really know their craft and put together a mysterious feel that is worth the price of the publication. As this is the heart of a graphic novel, 4 stars.

Sadly, the story itself is insubstantial and in no way lives up to the drawings; however, it is interesting to a point. The story line tends to be predictable and has a definite formula feel. Nancy and her two friends are engaged in an investigation into mysterious goings on with an upstart amateur movie company. They quickly encounter villains and danger without even trying. Ms Drew personally narrates the story and her friends somehow come to the rescue when the plot closes on Nancy's worst dilemma. So what else is new? Doesn't every mystery novel follow this path? Every 10 year old will recognize where this is headed even though the personal narrative keeps the reader in the dark as to what the friends are doing (only in the final instance however; up till then Nancy effectively tells us what the friends are up to even though she is not present when the events occur).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 13, 2005
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Nancy Drew Girl Detective #1: The Demon of River Heights is an all-new, full-color, graphic novel story featuring the brave and ingenious teenage sleuthing heroine whose books have been classics of children's literature for more than 75 years. The bright, colorful artwork flows very much like a cartoon in comic book form, and the story is packed from cover to cover with storytelling excitement. Together Nancy Drew, along with Bess and George, search for missing student filmmakers and the deadly secret behind the urban myth of "The Demon of River Heights" in this excellent graphic novel format addition to an established legacy of beloved adventure stories. First in a "Nancy Drew Girl Detective" series of graphic novels featuring Nancy Drew, The Demon Of River Heights is highly recommended for personal and library collections, as well as a gift books for young people.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Solarstar on April 29, 2005
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My 11-year old daughter absolutely loves this book. She describes it as "a comic book, but good!!!" She can't wait for more to be published. I think the photos are a bit strange (the characters don't look like how I expected them to), but she has read it over and over again happily.
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"The Demon of River Heights" is the first installment in the lastest reincarnaton of Nancy Drew, girl detective. This version takes the form of a graphic novel with rather dramatic comic book style artwork. Nancy Drew, her best friends Bess and Georgina, boyfriend Ned, and father Carson Drew have been reimagined into the 21st century. High tech gear plays its part in the story.

The new series advertises itself as based on the original series by Carolyn Keene. The plot presented here is a new one, in which two art students are making a movie in River Heights based on an urban myth about a local demon. There is of course a mystery behind the movie, that plays itself out in a series of scary encounters with unexpected creatures. The story line is fast-paced and features Nancy's usual sleuthing skills and her talent for getting into trouble. The content is entirely safe for grade-school readers.

"The Demon of River Heights" is meant to appeal to the latest generation of Nancy Drew's young fans, and is recommended to that audience.
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