When was the last time you read a Nancy Drew Mystery novel? May is Nancy Drew Month and in honor of her 85th birthday, I reread #1 The Secret of the Old Clock which was first published in 1930.
I credit Nancy Drew for my love of reading. When I was a girl, libraries did not put Nancy Drew mysteries on the shelves. I’m not sure why but I used my allowance and babysitting money to purchase the books. I spent many nights reading under the covers with my flashlight. And, when I became a children’s librarian, I made sure to keep the shelves stocked with Nancy.
What is it about Nancy Drew? Most of my friends have fond memories of reading Nancy Drew mysteries and of living vicariously through her adventures. The books are filled with clues, secrets, and messages. I love the vocabulary. Have you used one of these words or phrases lately?
- beyond the scope
- something’s afoot
I’m a bit late to the Nancy Drew celebration but it’s not too late to join the fun. Rebecca Flansburg at Frantic Mommy shared her collection of Nancy Drew books and Valerie at Jump Into a Book is encouraging Nancy Drew fans to share photos of their favorite Nancy Drew Books on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag #DrewToYou.
At one time I had two complete sets of Nancy Drew books – the originals from the 1930’s and the editions from the 1960’s. Unfortunately, my mother gave them away while I was at college. (This has created hoarding tendencies with my own children’s books and toys but that’s another story). I am in the process of collecting these editions again.
I did a bit of online sleuthing and discovered the Nancy Drew Sleuths which is an organization which fosters the legacy of Nancy Drew. I am proud to say that I am their newest member! They actually hold conventions which are held in different locations based on the featured book of the year. One is being held in Toledo, Ohio this weekend where Mildred Wirt Benson wrote books 1-7 and 11-25 in the Nancy Drew series under the infamous pen name, Carolyn Keene. The Toledo Library is being honored as a literary landmark. You can read about it here. Nancy Drew has been updated over the years and the racial stereotypes have been removed. I am going to read and compare the old with the new versions to see how a series changes and adapts to specific times.
Did you read Nancy Drew mysteries when you were young? Did you save your copies?
Do you have a favorite?
Why do you think that Nancy Drew has lasted for 85 years?
If you are interested in learning more about the Nancy Drew series you might enjoy:
Girl Sleuth – Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt Books)
The Lost Files of Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keen (Grosset and Dunlap) (interesting stories and memorabilia about the Nancy Drew series).
The Nancy Drew Cookbook – Clues to Good Cooking by Carolyn Keene (Grosset and Dunlap)
If you have a collection of Nancy Drew books, post them in Instagram, Facebook, or twitter with #DrewToYou.