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Review of “Nancy Drew Diaries: The Magician’s Secret”

Nancy Drew Diaries: The Magician’s SecretNancy_Drew_Diaries-The_Magician’s_Secret
By Carolyn Keene
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pages: 156

Most adults know who Nancy Drew is. She has been around since the 1930s. There have many different series about Nancy Drew, including TV shows, movies, and of course books.

Nancy Drew is a detective who goes around the city of River Heights solving mysteries. In some series, she is a young adult, and in others she is a teen. There is even a series called “Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew” where she is a third grader (this is one of my favorites!).

In this book Nancy is a teenager. It starts when Nancy and her friends go to a magic show where the magician makes the River Heights courthouse disappear! But it turns out the courthouse isn’t the only thing that disappears. So does an important box connected to a local jewel heist! However, before they can get the magician to return the box back, poof! He disappears. And all of the evidence about the heist points to the missing magician. Now it’s up to Nancy to track him down and solve the case.

I like the character of Nancy Drew and would love to have her as a friend, especially because she has lots of girl power! She goes on crazy adventures or, in this case, solves mysteries. And without any help from boys! I really like to read about girl heroes, and in some ways, Nancy is a hero. She saves the day and always discovers the bad guys. But, I don’t think I could keep up with all the exciting mysteries and cases! She has so many!

I have to say that book is not one of the better Nancy Drew books I’ve read. The mystery was a bit too easy to solve because the author tells you what kind of person the thief must be, then she introduces you to a character that fits that description exactly, but then Nancy doesn’t even consider that person until the end. Most of the other Nancy Drew stories I have read were much more challenging and I usually had to wait to the end to know who really did the crime.

However, even though this book was not one of my personal favorites, I do think that the book might be a good mystery story for younger kids, especially those who are just learning about mysteries.  When I first started reading mystery and detective stories, I had a hard time understanding what the mystery was about. But it got easier as I read more and more, and now I especially like them when they are really complicated.

Overall, I think this is a good book for girls ages 8-12.


Review of “Little House in the Big Woods”

Little House in the Big Woods
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by Garth Williams
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing
Pages: 256pice

This book is the first in a very famous series of books called The Little House Series, also known as The Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It is about the life of a young girl named Laura, who is about 6 years old and lives in a forest in Wisconsin with her family in the late 1870’s. Back then, kids did not have TVs, computers, or many the things we have now. Other than rag dolls that most girls had, there were not many toys. So they played outside and ran around. I don’t think I could play like that all the time, but then again, they have always played like that since they were babies.

Laura lives in a small log house with her mother and father, and her older sister Mary, and baby sister Carrie, and their dog, Jack. Every day her father, Pa, goes into the woods to hunt animals for meat and their skins. Then he goes to town to trade the skins for fabrics and store food. Because all the animals go into hibernation in the winter, Pa is not able to get fresh meat. So when winter gets closer they must store all the meat in the little house and attic.

I like this book because it helps me learn about life in the 1870’s. Sometimes Laura’s dad says “This is a great age we’re living in.” And I can’t help but wondering what he would think about this age in the 2010’s. I think he would want to know how we came up with all of these neat machines we have, like the washer and dryer, or the cell phone.

One of my favorite parts in the story is Christmas, because Laura and Mary’s Uncle, Aunt and cousins come over to Laura’s house and it was very joyful. I also like the dance at Grandpa and Grandma’s house because all of the family comes over. It reminds me of the holidays when all my family gets together.

The next book in this series is about how Laura’s family moves out of the big woods to a life on the prairie. They have no house on the prairie, so Pa actually has to build their house!

If you are interested in learning more about the Little House series, check out this site.

This book is a great book for girls ages 8-12.