Nancy Drew 39: The Clue of the Dancing Puppet

Author: Carolyn Keene

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101077405

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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When the eerie performances of a life-size puppet begin to haunt the old Van Pelt estate, where an amateur acting group – The Footlighters – have their theater, Nancy Drew is called upon to unravel the baffling mystery. From the moment the detective and her friends Bess and George arrive at the mansion, the dancing puppet puzzle is further complicated by Tammi Whitlock, the Footlighters’ temperamental leading lady, and Emmet Calhoun, a Shakespearean actor. Nancy’s search of the mansion’s dark, musty attic for clues to the weird mystery starts a frightening chain reaction. A phone call from a stranger with a witchlike, cackling voice warns her to “Get out!” Next an encounter with two jewel theft suspects adds another perplexing angle to the puzzle. When Nancy finally sees the life-size puppet flitting across the moonlit lawn and chases it, she learns that someone with a sinister motive is determined to keep her form solving the case. Is it one of the Footlighters? Or is it an outsider?

Hardy Boys 41: The Clue of the Screeching Owl

Author: Franklin W. Dixon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101076545

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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When dogs and men suddenly disappear, and strange screams fill the night, fantastic stories of vengeful ghosts are almost believable. It is these strange happenings which bring Frank and Joe Hardy to the Pocono Mountains to help their father’s friend solve the mystery of Black Hollow. But when the Hardy boys and Chet Morton arrive at Captain Thomas Maguire’s cabin on the edge of the hollow, he has disappeared. Frank and Joe are determined to find the captain, despite Chet’s misgivings after a night of weird and terrifying screams. Strangely, it is a small puppy that discloses a most unusual and surprising set of circumstances, involving a mute boy, an elusive hermit, and a fearless puma trainer. From the Hardcover edition.

The Singing Suspects

Author: Carolyn Keene,Jan Naimo Jones

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 141690087X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 69

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Nancy and her friends form a singing group called the Spy Girlz and enter a contest to win tickets to an Eric Stanley concert, but they find themselves in the middle of a mystery when their borrowed sunglasses, that once belonged to the singer, disappear.

Bad Times, Big Crimes

Author: Carolyn Keene

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0689878834

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 139

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Nancy and her friends find themselves magically transported back in time to the 1930s and find themselves investigating a series of back robberies.

Strike-Out Scare

Author: Carolyn Keene

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442483490

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

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The girls have joined the Mahoney Marlins junior baseball team! Nancy will pitch, Bess will catch, and George will play shortstop. The girls are excited, but Bess worries that baseball isn’t exactly her thing. However, Bess turns out to be an amazing hitter and she quickly earns the nickname “Home Run Bess.” Bess thinks her newly found talent is thanks to her lucky bat, which she calls “Magic Bill.” But one day she discovers that Magic Bill is missing! Can Nancy find Bess’s bat in time for the big game, or is Bess destined to strike out?

Getting Burned

Author: Carolyn Keene

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439113181

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

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Another great installment in a New York Times bestselling series! In #20: Getting Burned the local animal shelter burns down, and if it doesn't find the money to rebuild, Rackham Industries will buy the land and build another warehouse. Nancy is sure the fire was arson even though police and fire chiefs agree it's merely a case of faulty-wiring. She's determined to save the shelter and there are only two ways to do it: 1) prove that someone from Rackham Industries caused the fire, or 2) raise enough money so the shelter can afford a new building. . .

Girl Sleuth

Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Author: Melanie Rehak

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547539894

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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The true story behind the iconic fictional detective is “a fascinating chapter in the history of publishing” (The Seattle Times). An Edgar Award Winner for Best Biography and a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year The plucky “titian-haired” sleuth solved her first mystery in 1930—and eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties (when she was taken up with a vengeance by women’s libbers) to enter the pantheon of American culture. As beloved by girls today as she was by their grandmothers, Nancy Drew has both inspired and reflected the changes in her readers’ lives. Here, in a narrative with all the page-turning pace of Nancy’s adventures, Melanie Rehak solves an enduring literary mystery: Who created Nancy Drew? And how did she go from pulp heroine to icon? The brainchild of children’s book mogul Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy was brought to life by two women: Mildred Wirt Benson, a pioneering journalist from Iowa, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a well-bred wife and mother who took over her father’s business empire as CEO. In this century-spanning, “absorbing and delightful” story, the author traces their roles—and Nancy’s—in forging the modern American woman (The Wall Street Journal). “It’s truly fun to see behind the scenes of the girl sleuth’s creation.” —Publishers Weekly “As much a social history of the times as a book about the popular series . . . Those who followed the many adventures of Nancy Drew and her friends will be fascinated with the behind-the-scenes stories of just who Carolyn Keene really was.” —School Library Journal “Sheds light on perhaps the most successful writing franchise of all time and also the cultural and historic changes through which it passed. Grab your flashlights, girls. The mystery of Carolyn Keene is about to begin.” —Karen Joy Fowler

The Dark Side of River Heights

Observations of the Untold and the Unflattering

Author: Renee Walker

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1411618793

Category: Fiction

Page: 124

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A comical yet critical review of Nancy Drew and her friends in River Heights. Begin your own investigation of the untold and unsavory secrets in the world of Nancy Drew! Who does Nancy Drew manipulate? What do Togo and Nancy Drew have in common? When does Nancy Drew break the law? Where is Nancy Drew when Bess needs defending? Why does Carson Drew spoil his daughter? How does Nancy Drew solve all of these mysteries and stay only eighteen? Find out the answers to all of these questions and more in The Dark Side of River Heights.