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The Secret of the Old Clock: 80th Anniversary Limited Edition (Nancy Drew Book 1) Kindle Edition

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

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  • File Size: 2088 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (January 1, 1959)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 1930
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001R11CJY
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Format: Hardcover
Written by Mildred Wirt Benson from an outline by Edward Stratemeyer, THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK was first published in 1930. It was the first book in the Nancy Drew series, and it and those that followed presented its heroine as a rich, headstrong, and distinctly reckless teenager who sometimes carried a pistol and who wasn't above breaking the law when it suited her purposes.

As the series progressed and other writers began to generate Nancy Drew novels, the character changed and Nancy was "toned down;" instead of flatly rich, she became reasonably affluent; recklessness was replaced by commonsense caution; and while she might be willing to bend the law a bit she would never knowingly break it. In the 1950s and 1960s the earlier novels were re-written to reflect this change in character.

THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK was significantly rewritten in 1959, and the 1959 version is the only version currently in print. Given its era, you will find nothing in the way of cell phones, computers, or the like; Nancy's fashion sense includes gloves; and she always seems find time to whip up a credible meal from scratch for friends. This particular story finds Nancy involved in a search for a missing will. She is assisted in this by her father, who is a noted attorney, and by her older friend Helen Corning. (The re-occuring characters of George, Bess, and Ned do not appear in the earliest books.) As her investigation progresses she not only finds herself at odds with unworthy heirs, but confronting furniture thieves as well.
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Format: Hardcover
This particular edition of The Secret of the Old Clock is a reprint of the original, 1930 text and is NOT THE 1959 REVISION. An easy way to tell is by the cover art. If Nancy Drew is walking through the woods while holding a clock, it is the 1930 text. If she is kneeling down, it is the rewrite.
With this in mind, it is important to understand that there is an extensive section involving racial stereotypes concerning an African American character that some may find offensive. For this reason, this book, in my opinion, is not really suitable for younger children. However, adults and older children who are familar with the Nancy Drew series and have read the 1959 version of this book will certainly enjoy reading this original text.
Having read both the 1930 and the 1959 version, my personal opinion is that the 1930 version is the better book. Unlike in the rewrite, we gain more insight into why Nancy and the Topham sisters do not get along, for example. There is also better character development and these characters seem more authentic. The rewrite suffers somewhat in these respects and should have simply been rewritten to remove the offensive material while leaving the remaining text mostly intact.
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A Kid's Review on March 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
the first time i read this book, i couldn't put it down. it was so interesting. now i have the book and have read it a couple times now. i'm trying to collect the nancy drew hardbacks, and so far, i have #'s 1-15. but out of all the nancy drews that i've read, i think this one was one of the best. it's about nancy trying to find a missing will in a clock that will help nancy's friends receive money. there's so many suspenseful occurences in the book, and this is one of the best parts about it. if you love mysteries and nancy drew, then surely, you'll love this book.....also, if you're trying to collect the nancy drew hardbacks, then you should probably start out with this one, the very first one in the whole series. hope you like the book!
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This review concerns both the original 1930 edition as well as the revised 1959 edition. Josiah Crowley has died and his will states that all of his money is to be left to the rich, snobby Topham family, who only took the old man into their home so that they could get his fortune. However, there are rumors of a second will which would leave the money to people that actually liked and cared for Josiah and who are really in need of it. Desperatley wanting to help these people, Nancy is determined to locate the second will if it exists. The original and revised editions have some differences (aside from the revised being shorter), but basically they tell the same story. Personally, I prefer the original edition. The writing is so much better in the original and the scenes are so well described that you can almost picture yourself there. The revised editions are all stripped of the rich language that characterized the early original editions. The story isn't bad and the mystery isn't very complex, which is understanable given that this is Nancy's first case. This isn't the most exciting book, but it does manage to keep you entertained while you're reading it.
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Format: Hardcover
... I am 10 years old and started reading Nancy Drew booksabout 7 months ago.Now I am very familiar with the charactors,andreally love reading the books. Every time I start a Nancy Drew book, I know that I'm about to get involved in an exiting,adventurous mystery with Nancy Drew and all her friends. Once I pick up a Nancy Drew book, I get so involved that I don't want to put it down.So for, I've really enjoyed all of the Nancy Drew books that I have read.
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She is probably not too young. However, illustrations do not show up well and there are limited children's books available for Kindle. That is why we are not getting one for our 10 year old who loves to read. I do hope that changes soon!
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