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About the Author

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

Macky Pamintuan was born and raised in the Philippines. He moved to San Francisco at age twenty-one and received his fine arts degree from the Academy of Art College.

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Chapter One

Hooray for Hollywood

I can't believe we're in Hollywood!" Nancy Drew said excitedly.

"I can't wait to see all the movie studios," her best friend George Fayne added.

"I can't wait to see all the movie stars," said Nancy's other bestfriend, Bess Marvin. "I packed my autograph book so I can get zillionsof autographs!"

The three girls were sitting in the backseat of a shiny silver convertible, heading down West Sunset Boulevard. Nancy's father, Carson Drew, was in the front seat, driving. Next to Mr. Drew was the Drews' housekeeper, Hannah Gruen. "Housekeeper" didn't quite describe Hannah, though. She had been like a mom to Nancy since Nancy's mother died five years ago.

Mr. Drew was in Hollywood on business. He was a lawyer, and one of his clients, Brett Banner, was a movie director. Mr. Drew had decided to combine his work trip with a family vacation and bring Nancy and Hannah along. He had told Nancy that she could invite George and Bess.

The five of them had landed at Los Angeles International Airport less than an hour ago. Now they were cruising through Hollywood in a convertible, with the top down. What could be more fun? Nancy thought. She loved the way the wind blew through her long reddish-blond hair. She loved feeling the warm sun on her face.

She also loved the scenery. As they drove, they passed pastel-colored houses with red tile roofs and lush gardens full of tropical flowers. They saw funky boutiques and outdoor cafés packed with people. They rode by tall palm trees and giant billboards. One of the billboards said: WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA!

"We're almost at our hotel," Mr. Drew called over his shoulder. "It's in a part of Los Angeles called Beverly Hills, which is very close to Hollywood."

"Our hotel has five swimming pools," Nancy told George and Bess. "Five!"

"We can each have our own swimming pool," George joked.

"Let's check in, and then we can take a dip," Hannah suggested.

"Later this afternoon, we're invited to visit Thunderchickens Studios," Mr. Drew told everyone. "That's the studio where my client, Mr. Banner, is shooting his latest movie. It's called The Aliens Next Door. We'll get a tour and meet the star of the movie."

"Yay!" Nancy exclaimed.

"Awesome," George agreed.

"I'm definitely bringing my autograph book," Bess added.

Mr. Drew chuckled. "You might have a hard time getting an autograph from this particular star, Bess."

"Why, Dad?" Nancy asked, puzzled. "You'll see," Mr. Drew said mysteriously.

• • •

Thunderchickens Studios was a massive complex of buildings on theoutskirts of Hollywood. Mr. Drew, Hannah, Nancy, George, and Besschecked in with a security guard at the front gate. The guard gave themall name tags to wear around their necks.

"Mr. Banner is in Soundstage Number Three, to your left," the security guard told them. "They're not in lock up right now, so you can go on in."

"Soundstage? Lock up? What do those words mean?" Nancy asked the guard.

"A soundstage is another name for a building they make movies in," the guard explained. "A lock up is when they're about to shoot a scene, so they have to make sure no one enters the soundstage who isn't supposed to."

Nancy and the others thanked the guard and proceeded to Soundstage #3. As they passed through the heavy metal doors, Nancy felt like jumping up and down. She was about to enter a real-live movie studio.

And what a place it was! The large room -- the size of the gym at Nancy's school -- was filled with cameras, lights, microphones, cables, and other equipment. In the middle of the room was a fake living room complete with furniture, a TV set, and walls covered with artwork and photographs. A man and a woman were sitting on the couch while another woman with a clipboard stood over them, talking. Other people rushed around, shouting orders and looking very busy.

The woman with the clipboard glanced up when she heard Nancy and her group enter. She was tall and slender, with reddish-brown hair and glasses.

She waved and came over. "Hello, welcome!" she called out. "You must be the Drews. I'm Yasmine, Brett Banner's assistant."

Mr. Drew introduced himself, Nancy, Hannah, George, and Bess. "It's very kind of Brett to let us visit the set," he said.

"Oh, it's no problem," Yasmine said pleasantly. "He's in his office on an overseas call right now. Why don't I give you a quick tour while he wraps it up?"

"Thank you, we would love that," Hannah answered.

"I don't know how much you know about the movie," Yasmine said. "It's called The Aliens Next Door. It's a comedy about a family that moves in next door to the Mitchell family, owners of Fluffington. Fluffington is the only one who can tell that the new family, the Graysons, and their dog, Pompom, are actually aliens posing as earthlings."

"Fluffington?" Bess gasped. "As in, Fluffington, the most famous cat in the whole wide world?"

Text copyright © 2007 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Original edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416939571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416939573
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ca on April 10, 2016
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My daughter loves the Nancy Drew series and the fact that they're eligible for AR points. I liked that I could buy the series for the Kindle and it automatically figured out which we owned, so I didn't re purchase those. Just wish it loaded them in order.
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My daughter is 7 and loves these younger version Nancy Drew books. They are a little hard for her to get through by herself, but she is usually good if she asks for clarification every once in a while. The stories are very cute, and my daughter loves to guess the ending.
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Great Series!! I purchased Books 1-8, for an 8-year old...she absolutely loves them. She enjoys reading, and since she is required to read 30-minutes every night for school, the chapter books come in very handy. She often finds herself reading more than 30-minutes, because she wants to finish a certain chapter, etc. The stories are great, fun, interesting, the illustrations are okay. She looks forward to following the main characters throughout the different series. Also worth mentioning, is the "activity" page within the books; they are projects that can be done later if interested, and if you enjoy doing some craft with your little ones every once in a while, it's a nice addition (sometimes she wants to do them...thankfully not always). Highly recommend the books, and will definitely be purchasing additional series. Lights, Camera . . . Cats! (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #8)
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My seven year old daughter got hooked on Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew when she received a box set that included the first five books in the series; The Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Collection: Sleepover Sleuths; Scream for Ice Cream; Pony Problems; The Cinderella Ballet Mystery; Case of the Sneaky Snowman. Being a huge fan of the original Nancy Drew series, I was thrilled to see that Nancy had been reinvented as a third grader, with her best buds, Bess and George. In this story, Nancy, Bess, and George are in Hollywood, and get parts as extras in a movie. When the star of the show, Fluffington (a cat) goes missing, the Clue Crew springs into action to discover the whereabouts of the famous feline.

The book is well written and includes several nicely illustrated pictures. The recommended age range is 6-9; Grades 1-4. My daughter is in Second Grade and is able to independently read this books (I should probably mention that she currently reads at a 4th Grade level.) When she first received the box set for her 7th birthday last summer, my husband and I would take turns reading the books with her. Now that she is in Second Grade she is able to read them independently. As a parent, I highly recommend the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew books; they are interesting, thought provoking, entertaining, and are age appropriate.
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My seven year old daughter got hooked on Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew when she received a box set that included the first five books in the series; The Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Collection: Sleepover Sleuths; Scream for Ice Cream; Pony Problems; The Cinderella Ballet Mystery; Case of the Sneaky Snowman. Being a huge fan of the original Nancy Drew series, I was thrilled to see that Nancy had been reinvented as a third grader, with her best buds, Bess and George. In this story, Nancy, Bess, and George are in Hollywood, and get parts as extras in a movie. When the star of the show, Fluffington (a cat) goes missing, the Clue Crew springs into action to discover the whereabouts of the famous feline.

The book is well written and includes several nicely illustrated pictures. The recommended age range is 6-9; Grades 1-4. My daughter is in Second Grade and is able to independently read this books (I should probably mention that she currently reads at a 4th Grade level.) When she first received the box set for her 7th birthday last summer, my husband and I would take turns reading the books with her. Now that she is in Second Grade she is able to read them independently. As a parent, I highly recommend the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew books; they are interesting, thought provoking, entertaining, and are age appropriate.
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In Nancy drew and the clue crew Lights Cameras ... Cats! there are so many cats, in my neighborhood there are so many cats! My family and I have some chairs outside covered in cat hair and my little brother Liam thinks it is cat
poop. There is a lose fence pease and our neighbours have a cat that owes gose through the lose fence! I see a cat like 3 times a day! Sometimes the cats are annoying and sometimes the cats are scarey and sometimes the cats are very cute and sometimes the cats are very nice and good! So that is the end of my review for Nancy drew and the clue crew Lights Cameras ...Cats! Hope you had a good time reading my review on Nancy drew and the clue crew Lights Cameras ...Cats!!!
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One of Carson Drew's clients invites him to the movie set of a new film starring Fluffington, the celebrity cat. Now, you can only imagine how great the excitement will be when Mr. Drew invites along not only his daughter, Nancy, but the rest of her friends! Now, the whole clue crew is headed for Hollywood.

Not only will they be able to see a movie being made, they have been cast as extras in Fluffington's film. All is well until the star of the movie goes missing!

What happened to Fluffington? Has he been cat-napped? Fear not, Nancy and the Clue crew to crack the case, despite all the twists and turns.

Lights, Camera...Cats! will be one of your young reader's favorite mysteries, and the setting is especially enjoyable.

Recommended!
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