April 16

Nancy Drew

Posted by lori . 6 Comments

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories were my favorite books when I was a young girl.  Nancy was smart, resourceful and always cool under pressure.    The first book in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, was published in 1930 and revised in the 1950’s.  The author Carolyn Keene, was a pseudonym under which many ghostwriters wrote the Nancy Drew series.  The series was created by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate book packaging firm, in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  Stratemeyer’s daughter, Harriet, and syndicate writer, Mildred Wirt Benson, were the two people primarily responsible for bringing the iconic character of Nancy Drew to life.

If you want to read more about Nancy Drew, Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak is a fascinating book.

What did you love to read when you were young?

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6 Responses to " Nancy Drew"

  • Vickie says:

    Grew up reading Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew! I loved being immersed into solving the mystery!

    I am stopping in to say Hey and I look forward to working with you in the Blog Guidebook’s Blog Club Team! I am following you through Facebook. If you have a Twitter or Google Friends account I will follow you through those as well. Have a great day and talk to you later!


  • houndstooth4 says:

    I loved Nancy Drew books, too! I also read a lot of Jupiter Jones, the entire Black Stallion series, the Jim Kjelgard dog books (Big Red is the best known), the Marguerite Henry books, and, oh, I could go on and on. I read nearly everything I could get my hands on!

  • Deb says:

    hello lori,
    i loved nancy drew books too!
    thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself, i look forward to getting to know you too
    best, d

  • RoryBore says:

    Hi there. Stopping by to “meet” those on the Blog Club Team. Been a busy week with a birthday here, so I am a little behind. I so loved Nancy Drew when I was a little girl. I can’t wait to introduce my daughters to this world. I wish I had kept all mine 🙁

  • mel says:

    I had the entire collection of Nancy Drew when a young girl – they were stored with great care in my bookcase headboard. I have kept them and my eldest granddaughter began to read The Secret of the Old Clock on a visit. I did not know, however, that there were that many revisions and different cover images. I also liked Sherlock Holmes at the same time. Seems I liked mystery as a young gal.

    • lori says:

      I didn’t know that! I had them all too…I think I was up to 51? I don’t have mine anymore. I think they have re-published the old 1930’s originals. I would love to read one because apparently the original Nancy Drew was a little different from the 1950’s revision.

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