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The Official Nancy Drew Handbook: Skills, Tips, and Life Lessons from Everyone's Favorite Girl Detective Hardcover – October 1, 2007

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“Growing up, girl detective Nancy Drew kept us stylishly entertained with her keen mystery solving skills, loyal best friends and classic wardrobe. Now she can help you do the same with the book The Official Nancy Drew Handbook.”—McClatchy-Tribune News Service
 
“Most girls (and quite possibly some boys) who have ever read a Nancy Drew mystery—and Nancy has been solving them for 77 years, so that is a lot of readers—has probably thought at least once: ‘Wouldn’t it be great to be as smart as Nancy?’ Well, yes, it would be. And now there is a book to help girls of all ages (and quite possibly some boys) achieve that goal.”—The Hartford Courant

About the Author

Penny Warner has published more than 40 books, including six mysteries in the award-winning Connor Westphal series. Her Mystery of the Haunted Caves (Meadowbrook Press/Simon & Schuster) won an Agatha Award and an Anthony Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. She lives in Danville, California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; First Edition edition (October 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594741948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594741944
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Penny Warner has published over 60 books for both adults and children. Her first mystery series featuring Connor Westphal, a deaf reporter in the California Gold Country, won a Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, and was nominated for an Agatha and an Anthony Award. Books in the series include, DEAD BODY LANGUAGE, SIGN OF FOUL PLAY, and RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. All are available on Kindle.

Her other mystery series features event planner, Presley Parker, and is set in the San Francisco Bay Area. HOW TO HOST A KILLER PARTY, offers a wedding on Alcatraz, HOW TO CRASH A KILLER BASH, features a Murder Mystery Party at the de Young Museum, HOW TO SURVIVE A KILLER SÉANCE, presents a Séance Party at the Winchester Mystery House, and HOW TO PARTY WITH A KILLER VAMPIRE is set in Colma, the City of Souls. HOW TO DINE ON KILLER WINE offers a mystery in the Napa Wine Country.

Her middle-grade mystery, CODE BUSTERS CLUB: SECRET OF THE SKELETON KEY, was nominated for an Agatha Best Juvenile Mystery Award. It features four kids who solve a mystery by cracking codes in each chapter. The second book in the series, CODE BUSTERS: THE HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE, is set on Alcatraz. (Join the Code Busters Club at www.codebustersclub.com.) Her non-fiction book, THE OFFICIAL NANCY DREW HANDBOOK, was nominated for an Agatha Award.

She writes a column for the local newspaper on family life in the Valley, creates fund-raising murder mystery events for libraries across the country, and teaches child development at Diablo Valley College. She can be reached at http://www.pennywarner.com or pennywarnerink@yahoo.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Leahy Preston on January 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Read this with your daughter - you will get some laughs with her and also teach some nice lessons about preparedness, quick thinking, don't panic but also get a chance to giggle about the silly things like keeping your hair in place while thwarting a kidnapping. For any girl interested in Nancy Drew this is a super, super addition!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on October 24, 2008
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I gave this book to my 12 year old niece and minutes later overheard her and her friends giggling away. If want to know how to apply lipstick while engaging in a high-speed car chase, look stylish while digging up dead bodies, or escape from the bad guys without messing up your hair, you'll love this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By So cute. When you are bored....play this. on January 19, 2013
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I love this book. I am eleven and me and my friend are detectives. We have an organization called the S.S.S. We solve mysteries. This book has helped us SO much in our detective studies. So if you want a gift for a young Nancy Drew lover you need to buy this.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E Consolmagno on May 27, 2010
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I recently received an e-mail from Amazon.com inviting me to review "The Official Nancy Drew Handbook" and "Nancy Drew's Guide to Life". Actually, I think, it was more of a challenge to explain why a 92-year-old geezer would be buying a couple of books culling bits of wisdom from a popular girls' book series of generations past. The answer is a vision of a serious little girl, reading in a quiet corner about life in simpler times, and self-reliance, and courage. She's the mother of three grown men now, twin grandchildren, contemplating retirement from a lifetime of teaching. She's visiting us next month and I want to surprise her. And hear her laugh.
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By Pen Name on December 25, 2014
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I would totally give this book five stars had the publisher not chosen to use a lighter blue ink color for the text. Very hard to see except in the best light. I would love to have seen it done in black ink so I could enjoy it more. Other than that, it's a great gift for girls "of a certain age" who voraciously read Nancy Drew right through the series when they were young.
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By DoctorWhat? on December 16, 2012
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I know in the description it said the book was used and for four dollars I wasn't really expecting much. But when I got this I was really pleased. It was in perfect condition and on top of that, this book is kind of hilarious. I bought it for a friend who really loves Nancy Drew and I know she will be really happy with this.
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Our Daughter is a Nancy Drew lover and we purchased her several ND books for her birthday. This was one of the top three. It is a great choice if you have a Nancy Drew lover in the house.
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This super creative book keeps your mind going and your own creative juices flowing! Some great ideas are between these pages for the young girl in all of us!
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