Nancy Drew 50: The Double Jinx Mystery

Author: Carolyn Keene

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101077511

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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A bird of ill omen is mysteriously left on the Drews’ front lawn. Did the person who put it there do so with the intent of jinxing Nancy and her father? This strange incident involves Nancy in her famous father’s case concerning a rare bird farm threatened with destruction to make room for a high-rise apartment house complex. People who are opposed to the ruthless take-over of the farm are being made the victims of jinxing by bad luck symbols and other threats to their safety. Even Nancy and her friend Ned Nickerson become targets! Nancy soon realizes that helping honest people to overcome their superstitions and fears can be as challenging as tracking down criminals. The young detective’s thrilling adventures will keep the reader in breathless suspense from the first page to the last.

Poppy Pym 2: Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx

Author: Laura Wood

Publisher: Scholastic UK

ISBN: 1407170287

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Page: 224

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From the Winner of the Scholastic Montegrappa Prize for New Children's Writing It's Halloween at Saint Smithen's. When the Brimwell town hall burns down, the amateur production of Macbeth is moved to the school and it's all hands on deck. But when the play is struck by a series of mysterious attacks, it's up to Poppy, her friends and her circus family to save the play and unmask the culprit.
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Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Literature

Author: Tison Pugh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136829164

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature examines distinguished classics of children’s literature both old and new—including L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series—to explore the queer tensions between innocence and heterosexuality within their pages. Pugh argues that children cannot retain their innocence of sexuality while learning about normative heterosexuality, yet this inherent paradox runs throughout many classic narratives of literature for young readers. Children’s literature typically endorses heterosexuality through its invisible presence as the de facto sexual identity of countless protagonists and their families, yet heterosexuality’s ubiquity is counterbalanced by its occlusion when authors shield their readers from forthright considerations of one of humanity’s most basic and primal instincts. The book demonstrates that tensions between innocence and sexuality render much of children’s literature queer, especially when these texts disavow sexuality through celebrations of innocence. In this original study, Pugh develops interpretations of sexuality that few critics have yet ventured, paving the way for future scholarly engagement with larger questions about the ideological role of children's literature and representations of children's sexuality. Tison Pugh is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Queering Medieval Genres and Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature and has published on children’s literature in such journals as Children’s Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Marvels and Tales.

Nancy Drew 13: The Mystery of the Ivory Charm

Author: Carolyn Keene

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101077146

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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What secret life-giving power does the exquisite ivory elephant charm contain? Can the trinket really protect its wearer from all harm? Nancy Drew finds out when the owner of the Bengleton Wild-Animal Show asks her to investigate one of the performers who may be involved in some mysterious illegal scheme.The girl detective’s assignment becomes complicated when the elephant trainer’s young assistant, Rishi, seeks refuge at the Drew home from his cruel foster father, Rai.While following clues to help the boy find his real father, Nancy learns about an eerie abandoned house. She is harassed by its strange owner, Anita Allison, and the fiendish Rai. How Nancy uses the ivory charm, reunites a maharaja with his son, and brings the evildoers to justice will mystify readers from beginning to end.

Bad Times, Big Crimes

Author: Carolyn Keene

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439113327

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

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So I was sitting with Ned in a lecture, and then bam, Ned's in a three-piece suit, and I'm in a city hall meeting on how to get through the beginning of the Great Depression. As in the Depression, in the 1930s. What's more, there's a thief to track down. Someone's robbing local banks of what little money they have. Everyone's panicked about their money, so the thief could be just about anyone. But after spending just a little time in this odd place, I have a hunch there's more to it... Bad Times, Big Crimes

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. . .

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?

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.

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.