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The Sign of the Twisted Candles (Nancy Drew, Book 9) Hardcover – December 1, 1959
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I know many people complain that syndicated series like Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and The Three Investigators are of little literary merit because they are ghost-written. This is not strictly true for Nancy Drew, but even so, I see no real reason to pronounce these books as inferior to single author, non-serial books.
Nancy Drew is leading its fourth generation of girls to reading, something that can't be said of all of the supposedly "better" books.
The Sign of the Twisted Candles is one of the best books in the series, and an early one; as such, it is a great introduction to Nancy Drew (you don't miss anything by not reading the books in order). It's compelling, and just chilling enough for a thrill, but not for a real scare. It's suitable for any girl who reads well enough to read "chapter" books, which can be girls as young as seven. Once a girl picks up the Nancy Drew habit, she is generally hooked for life. She'll read the books into her early teens, and may even occasionally turn back to favorite books as an adult.
The new Sign of the Twisted Candles is available, and the new book is very good, but if the girl for who it is bought keeps up with Nancy Drew, check the used book listings for an older version of the story. The early books were all updated in the sixties, so different versions exist. The 1930's & 40's 200+ page book were not only brought up to date with regard to inflation, cultural references and such, but were also reduced to 176 pages.
Don't let the girls you know miss out on Nancy Drew.
We purchased the 4 DVD set of the Nancy Drew movies that were made during 1938-1939 and absolutely fell in love with them. As a result my wife bought me the first 6 books in a set. These were the yellow cover books that had been revised from the originals.
Then I ran across the Applewood reprints of the original books. For someone my age it is my opinion that the Applewood books are more appropriate. The vocabulary and writing style of the late 1920's and 1930's was something with which I could identify.
Reading the stories was like talking with my parents and grandparents again - wonderful. For me it was a return to the age of innocence that was long lost: Innocence lost due to time and war.
The 'Sign of the Twisted Candles' is a great, fun tale full of twists and turns just as the book title suggests. I count it among my favorites, but then no matter which of the original Nancy Drew books I happen to read it too immediately becomes a favorite.
The story shows Nancy at her best when confronted with a deep mystery and neither she nor you could ever be dissappointed with this 'Twisted Tale". I highly recommend that you read it - and share the book with your Grandfather.
Any Nancy Drew fan will love this book and read it more than once.
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My granddaughter loves the Nancy Drew books - this one included.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca G.
Good story. I loved how Nancy dealt with her friendship with Bess in the story. Again, Nancy is fearless in solving the mystery.Published 8 months ago by Bohemian reader
Youll never guess in a million years whats hidden behind the pictures of twisted candles,Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
It was great. It had creepy elements, like a snake attack, but I love the mysteries.
The story had many cliffhangers to made me want to start the next chapter right... Read more