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The Sign of the Twisted Candles (Nancy Drew, Book 9) Hardcover – December 1, 1959


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Revised edition (December 1, 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448095092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448095097
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I read it in my youth as a library book and have been unable to find a copy to purchase in recent years until now.
B. Robinson
Unlike some of the earlier stories, this one read like a more sophisticated mystery story: good plotting, interesting characters, although still fairly stock villains.
Joanne Walen
These series of Nancy Drew mystery stories by Applewood Books are reproductions of the original editions circa 1930s.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dana H. Pasterjak on July 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the finest in the Nancy Drew series. It is classic Nancy Drew. The Applewood facsimile books, "As you remember them!" are the only way to enjoy Nancy Drew in my opinion. I love the old fashioned clothing, sayings and settings much more than the yellow spine books of today that are so condensed they read all the same. The old style books are written with quality in mind and evoke a different period in our American history.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rivkah Maccaby on July 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Nancy Drew is like Betty Crocker or Paul Bunyon, a famous American who never really existed. But to girls who read these books, Nancy Drew is as real as a best friend.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nancy drew on March 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
i really loved this book.there were some sad and exiting parts in this suspenceful book.nancy goes to the sign of the twisted candles inn where rumors are heard that asa sidney,bess's and george's relative is being held prisinor in his own mansion.this is true and when nancy meets carol wipple,who lives in the inn with her foster parents.thats when asa sidney seeks mr.drew to come to the inn to make a will for him.on the way out of the tower room nancy looks out the window to see frank jemmit,carols foster dad burring a chest.but nancy is sure she saw the chest the other day in asa sidneys tower room.is frank jemmit and emma jemmit being dishonest to carol and asa sidney?in mr.sidney's will he leaves alot to carol,but why??find out in this exiting mystery.oh and the most exiting part to me is the 19 chapter where nancy climbs up a ladder to the tower room to see if emma and frank are taking hiding in there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barry L. Adams on November 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First of all, I am an older person, a 64 year old happily married man. Whilst I have been aware of the Nancy Drew books all of my life I had never read any of them.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Robinson on January 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's wonderful to find the original version of this to purchase. I read it in my youth as a library book and have been unable to find a copy to purchase in recent years until now. Though my daughter prefers the updated versions of Nancy Drew books, we have both read this one and agree, with some debate, that it is our second favorite book in the series. Sadie's plight with the abusive guardians; the friction between Bess, George and Nancy; the hundred-year-old man, and the fortune makes this story an extremely interesting read for all ages of girls, even older ones like myself. We will be reading this over and over again for many years to come.
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