Digging around for a book to read, I saw a copy of The Clue in the Old Album on my mom’s bookshelf. I’d pulled it out, started reading it and I was hooked. When I’d finished that, I took out the other copy on the shelf, The Scarlet Slipper Mystery. And so sparked my interest in the world of teenage sleuths and mystery-solving. I think I was in third or fourth grade then. I started checking out every Nancy Drew book I could find in the school library and when I couldn’t find Nancy Drew books, I would read Bobbsey Twins, Hardy Boys, Perry Mason…
So you can imagine how happy I am that Zoë has discovered Nancy Drew and seems to be as hooked with them as I was back then. She didn’t want to put it down and was reading it through lunch, while walking, on the car ride back home –pretty much any second she could grab. She said that she couldn’t wait to find out who the culprit was. At one point, she and Josh (who was reading parts of it over her shoulder) were having a discussion on who they think was a more likely suspect.
Zoë is reading the Nancy Drew Notebooks series, which seems to be tailored to younger readers and features Nancy Drew as an 8-year old girl detective.
I didn’t even know that they had anything beyond the classic Nancy Drew series. I remember being surprised to see that this “new” series is also written by Carolyn Keene. Wow, she must be really old now, I’d thought. Intrigued, I googled and found out that Carolyn Keene is actually a collective pseudonym. Did you know that? Apparently, ghostwriters wrote the many different Nancy Drew books. I also learned that apart from the Nancy Drew Notebooks, there are now also the Nancy Drew Files, Nancy Drew on Campus, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, and Nancy Drew (All-New) Girl Detective.
I guess now we all know what will make up the bulk of Zoë’s summer reading this year.