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A Race Against Time (Nancy Drew: All New Girl Detective #2) Paperback – March 1, 2004

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Nancy Drew with a cell phone? George an avid Web surfer? Yes, folks, the girl detective has arrived in the 21st century, just in time for a whole new crop of tween readers. In A Race Against Time, Nancy takes on a particularly mean-spirited crime: in the middle of a River Heights bike race for charity, thieves steal tens of thousands of dollars of pledge money. Torn between her desire to finish her leg of the relay and her commitment to solving crimes, our heroine decides she'll do the most good on the case. And off she goes--on bike--to investigate leads all up and down the river. Whether she's trapped in the middle of the night in a shack full of snakes, searching for her missing boyfriend (Ned Nickerson, of course!), or trying to pry information out of the crusty police chief (again), the new and improved Nancy Drew never spins her wheels.

This contemporary series expands on the classic Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene, adding new dimensions to the poised teen investigator while retaining her honorable nature and sharp mind--as well as all her old buddies: tomboy George, girly-girl Bess, and sweet Ned. Don't miss number one in the sequence, Without a Trace. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Gr. 4-7. Nancy Drew gets an update--sort of. True, she's now using computers instead of driving a roadster, and the text is now written in the first person, but neither the writing nor the plotting screams twenty-first century. In Trace, there are two mysteries. The first--Who is stealing or bashing the neighborhood's zucchini crop?--will hardly have kids on the edge of their seats. The second, about a stolen Faberge egg, has slightly more bang for its buck because several teenage boys from France come with it, but it still has lines like "I thought American detectives were old gruff men, like Humphrey Bogart." Bogie isn't exactly a middle-grade icon. In Race, Nancy, the captain of the Biking for Bucks charity road race, has to find the stolen bucks. Kids love mysteries, and there is a shortage of them, so these offerings, for slightly younger kids than the last Nancy series, will find fans, but as with so many series titles, the writing here is stilted and the characters generic. Try Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes books for mysteries with more substance as well as better style. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Nancy Drew: Girl Detective (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689865678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689865671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
River Heights is a buzz. It's the annual Biking for Bucks charity race. This is a big event in the city and Nancy and her friends are excited to be part of the two day event. But that's before someone lets Ned's car roll into a creek and lets the air out of their bike tires. But the worst is that the money pledged has been stolen. Now Nancy needs to track down the missing money before the rest of the town finds out that the money is missing.
Having really enjoyed the first book of these relaunches, I decided to give the second a try. Again, I enjoyed the characterizations. This time, I felt the plot was lacking more then the first book. Maybe it's because I'm older then the target audience, but I found the dual plots rather obvious. And the bike ride made little to no sense, especially the race aspect of things.
Over all, I think young kids will enjoy these books, but the lack of decent mysteries will make older kids pass on them for the originals.
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By A Customer on March 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
In this book, Nancy has to find out who had stolen the money for the River Heights Biking for Bucks charity Race. The mystery and the suspense were great -- better than the first book. Even the characters were more developed. I'm off to read the next one!
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Its one of the best Nancy Drew book I've read so FAR I say this about a lot of her other books,but I

really mean it about this one! It's short,fast,easy. I would recommend this book to 4-8 grade.
Serious it's #1 !!!! XD
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Nancy Drew....A Race Against Time is an exciting book that kept me at the edge of my seat with every single word that I read. Especially with the part where all the catastrophes started happening, when I say that I mean when all the food poisioning and broken genators started to occur. Like I said earlier, I gave this book a 5 star rating for mainly one reason; the book gave detail. and explained the story like exceptionaly well. I highly recommend this book.
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By A Customer on September 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Nancy is asked to help find a missing horse. At the same time she is starring in a movie made by a college friend. The setting of the movie is an abandoned Victorian house and the stable mysteriously burns down. Other attempts are also made to harass the group. Will Nancy be able to solve these mysteries? You bet ya!
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Risky and tense at times. We don't think Deirdre should have been the winner, but a grand is a grand, after all.
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