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Carolyn Keene is the author of the ever-popular Nancy Drew books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416906037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416906032
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon are the pseudonyms under which many ghostwriters penned the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, respectively. Both series were created by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate book packaging firm, in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Stratemeyer's daughter, Harriet, and syndicate writer Mildred Wirt Benson were the two people primarily responsible for bringing the iconic character of Nancy Drew to life in the minds and hearts of millions of readers around the world.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was one of the best of the new Nancy Drew books. Although Nancy doesn't face many bad times herself, some others get in some serious situations! The culpret was not who I thought it would be. But it got more obvious towards the end of the book. The new Nancy Drew books aren't that good due to a bad reason for the crime, but this is one of the better ones alltogether!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly on July 14, 2006
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Not like I have to have a bloody corpse in every mystery I read, but when the most harrowing incident in the entire book is a scratched wrist that requires a band-aid -- well, let's just say that there isn't much drama between these covers.

The characters? So many flavors of cardboard. The emotional palette stretches from chirpy to pouty and back again. The "modern" Nancy Drew has no more depth than her older namesake.

On the plus side, the book is well-written, reads easily, and the mystery worked -- I didn't guess the outcome in advance, but once it was unveiled, it made good sense.

For better mysteries, I would recommend Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
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awesome. that is one word to discribe this book, totally awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOO MUCH. i just love it.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 2, 2009
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This is my first "modern" Nancy Drew book, and I was disappointed as soon as I started reading it. In the very beginning of the book, when Nancy introduces herself, she says "See, I'm a detective.Well, not really. I mean, I don't carry a badge or a gun, in part because I wouldn't touch a gun even if I could." She goes on to say "But I am old enough to know when something isn't right, when somebody's getting an unfair deal, and when someone's done something they shouldn't do. And I know how to stop them, catch them, and get them into the hands of the law where they belong."
This is the dumbest concept I've ever heard in my life. I mean c'mon, a detective who is afraid of guns? What does she "catch" bad guys with, a fishing net? Wow. Now that is insulting. I mean, I know these are children's books and we wouldn't want to traumatize them with graphic depictions of shooting, but we cannot stray too far from reality here. Would you go after a psychotic criminal unarmed? I sure wouldn't. That's not exactly smart. Has Nancy become suicidal or something?

Not only is this concept ludicrous, but it is also inaccurate. In the original series, Nancy's father had collected guns. This is mentioned in The Clue in the Jewel Box. As many of you may know, Nancy is very close with her father because her mother had died when she was three. If this is the case, then Nancy, having grown up around guns, would be used to them, not afraid of them, wouldn't you say?

It seems these new books have modernized Nancy so much that it doesn't even seem like her anymore. I will stick to the original series, thank you very much!
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