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The Secret of the Old Clock/The Hidden Staircase/The Bungalow Mystery/The Mystery at Lilac Inn/The Secret of Shadow Ranch/The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew, Book 1-6) (75th Anniversary Gift Set) Hardcover – Box set, August 15, 2005

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About the Author

Carolyn Keene is the author of the ever-popular Nancy Drew (All New) Girl Detective and Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 1250 pages
  • Publisher: Applewood Books; 75 Anv edition (August 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557091544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557091543
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,123 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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179 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Ouija VINE VOICE on May 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Every girl in America can benefit from reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Unlike a lot of books out there today that are questionable for young girls or have promiscuous elements, Nancy Drew is wholesome fun.

This starter set is an excellent value for anyone who would like to introduce a girl to Nancy Drew. The Secret of the Old Clock is the first book in the series, and it does a nice job of introducing the character and giving us a glimpse into her adventurous spirit. The second book, Hidden Staircase, is perhaps my favorite Nancy Drew book of all time as it has all the great elements of a mystery, complete with a creepy old mansion.

Nancy started solving mysteries back in 1929 when she was 16. Within a few years, she had turned 18, the age at which she would remain for the duration of the series. But Nancy was a mature 18, very smart, self-possessed, shrewd, and unafraid. And I like that about her.

Nancy was definitely middle class (probably more like upper middle class), living in a big brick home set back from the road in the swanky part of River Heights, state unknown. She lived with her dad, Carson Drew, a prominent attorney, and Hannah, their housekeeper. That middle class stability gave Nancy the freedom she needed to do her own thing. And she took full advantage of it. She had her own blue convertible roadster, which was probably a big deal back in the 1930s for a girl her age. She had her own money, but no paying job; a credit card; and lots of opportunities most folks can only dream of, such as flying lessons and trips around the world (which she invited her friends along to boot). She also had a boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, who was a popular football player at Emerson University, state unknown.

There was no funny business between Nancy and Ned.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. on October 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Considering that the Nancy Drew series is 78 years old, I would say that it has stood the test of time. If you're not into the original series from 1930-1979 (56 books in all), there have been many updates and additional series spawned from this character. You may think old when you see these books, but the stories are great, there's always a little edge of danger, cliffhangers on each chapter and it shows young ladies a strong, independent character with drive and smarts. Plus, there's just a great vibe you get from handling the slim hardcover novels and looking the painted illustrations on the cover.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By T. Bickley on July 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I started reading Nancy Drew mysteries in the late 1960s, so most of the books I read had already been updated. I did always seem to prefer the older versions when I could get my hands on them, because I loved the illustrations, but I did not know that even the older versions I read were condensed versions of the original books that were written in the 1930s. Thus, when I found the collectors' edition for sale on Amazon, I just had to make the purchase. Was it worth it? I discovered that I already had copies of most of the mysteries on my bookshelf, which meant that even though the stories were slightly different, it was not like reading a completely new mystery, so I was slightly disappointed on that count. On the other hand, the illustrations in these books are superb, and the old-timey dialogue and character descriptions really make me feel like I have stepped back in time, or maybe just found a treasure chest in an old attic, so I would have to say that yes, it was worth it. In sum, if you have already read the titles in the collectors' edition and you aren't much for re-runs in general, then maybe this Amazon purchase is not for you. But if you used to be or still are a big Nancy Drew fan, and/or if you just have a thing for things of the past, then I think you will love this lovely collection of Nancy Drew mysteries.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By L. Miranda on August 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I disagree with the reviewer who complains of stereotypes and dumb stories in these books. Like that reviewer, English is my second language (I learned it when I was 10 years old). I've been an avid reader from age 3, having read everything from Vanity Fair magazine to comic books to Twain, H.R. Wells, Stevenson, Dickens, you name it... to Nancy Drew. The Nancy Drew mystery stories gave me a lot of joy when I was in 5th and 6th grade, and even now that I have a serious job in a law office. I highly recommend Nancy Drew! The early books may be outdated, yes, but any preteen is smart enough to realize that (they were outdated when I first read them too and we all knew that). What is refreshing about them is that they are plain detective stories, not about sex, not about vulgarity, not about violence. They are Agatha Christie stories for the younger crowd. They are well written and easy to understand, but not dumb. Proof is they are still around after 70 years.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Reader on September 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I normally preview all the books that my 8 year old reads but I confess I have not read every single Nancy Drew book she has been reading. Reason? I feel pretty comfortable that the Nancy Drew series do not contain some outrageously inappropriate material for 8 year olds. Sure, Nancy Drew is not comparable to Dickens or Twain, but they make a fun light read for children. I am particularly relieved because for a while, my child would not read anything except the Harry Potter series (which she has read numerous times). Then she accidentally started on the Nancy Drew series and was finally able to put down the HP books, for once! No offense, Ms. Rowling -- we LOVE your books but I just thought that she should be also reading something else, at least for a while :). In short, you may want to consider the Nancy Drew series if you are looking for some clean, fun, reading for your children. For the reviewer who is concerned about the "dumbing" down of our children, bear in mind that there are also many intellectually challenging books out there to supplement you child's diverse reading list.
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