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

Carolyn Keene
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A special treat for Nancy Drew fans! Out just in time for Nancy's 80th anniversary, we're releasing a limited number of copies of The Secret of the Old Clock, the first book in the series. It's the exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for 80 years, with a terrific new look and bonus material! Collectors won't want to miss this.

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About the Author

Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene are the pen names for Edward L. Stratemeyer who originally began both series. It is not proven, but said, that his daughters updated and continued the series after their father's death in 1930.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1375 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0448095017
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; 80 Anv Ltd edition (May 1, 1930)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001R11CJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books ever! March 3, 2001
A Kid's Review
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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the 1930 version June 14, 2007
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad For Nancy's First Case April 12, 2003
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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By KatCool
If you are going to publish an 80th anniversary edition then why oh why choose to use the revised text edition? Fans of the series will NOT be happy as this is the REVISED TEXT edition and is readily available elsewhere. So just slap a pretty picture on the cover, make it a hardback edition and call it the anniversary edition? What do the publishers think the average reader is - a fool?! I am not impressed with this and it truly is a disservice to the entire series. It could have been so much more and yet it seems to have been put together on the cheap side to save money. Not worthy of a special anniversary edition. It should have been done using the original text with glossy pictures and perhaps a nice intro and retrospect on the Nancy Drew series. Avid readers of the series will be left frustrated at the lack of care by the publishers. Then again, haven't we all been disappointed with how the series has progressed?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
There was nothing I disliked about this book. It was wonderful! I am a grandmother and is till like to read Nancy Drew.
Published 4 days ago by nana1
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good read for grandaughter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading!
Great Reading! Nancy was apparently ahead of her time. Reading this book was like taking a peak into the past.
Published 9 days ago by belcaroboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love but don't get the audiobook.
I am in my 40's and have all the nancy drew and hardy boys original mysteries in hard back now I am getting them on my kindle app for ipad I love the books and will get the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dorkus
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
That book was amazing! I loved all the mystery in it and all the wonderful people. This book is gonna make a great movie if it already has one! It is so detailed. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Secret
5.0 out of 5 stars The secret clock
I loved it!! All stars! I would recommend it to everyone who can read. I loved the part about the will.
Published 1 month ago by Tiffany Newswander
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries! They are as good as I remembered them to be! Great book! Great reflection of an earlier time!
Published 1 month ago by jillqt
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good book for people who like or love mystery and ...
This is a really good book for people who like or love mystery and like to maybe err figure what's going to figure out what happens next ahead of time.
Published 1 month ago by Sophia Kingsley
4.0 out of 5 stars The story line of the book is fine. In the chapter where the farm...
The story line of the book is fine. In the chapter where the farm house is set on fire, the printed word become very small. This digitizing error needs to be corrected.
Published 1 month ago by P W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Grand-daughter just loved theses.
Published 1 month ago by craftydc
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Too young for a Kindle?
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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