By Carolyn Keene
Published by Simon & Schuster
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.