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The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, No 2) [Hardcover]

By Carolyn Keene (Author) & Nancy Pickard (Introduction by)
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Teenage detective Nancy Drew uses her courage and powers of deduction to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion.

Publishers Description
In seeking to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion, Nancy uses her courage and powers of deduction and tackles a situation that would have appalled a far older person.

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Item Specifications...

Format: Facsimile
Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.69" Width: 5.34" Height: 1.21"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1991
Publisher   Applewood Books
Age  8-12
Series  Nancy Drew  
ISBN  1557091560  
ISBN13  9781557091567  

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More About Carolyn Keene & Nancy Pickard

Carolyn Keene Carolyn Keene is the pseudonym of the authors of the Nancy Drew mystery stories and The Dana Girls mystery stories, both produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. In addition, Keene is credited with the Nancy Drew spin-off, River Heights and the Nancy Drew Notebooks.

Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of the Syndicate, hired writers, beginning with Mildred Wirt, later Mildred Wirt Benson, to write the manuscripts for the Nancy Drew books. The writers initially were paid $125 for each book and were required by their contract to give up all rights to the work and to maintain confidentiality.

Benson and Harriet Adams (Stratemeyer's daughter ) are often credited as the primary writers of Nancy Drew books under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene; other ghostwriters who used this name to write Nancy Drew mysteries included James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, Nancy Axelrad, Priscilla Doll, Charles Strong, Alma Sasse, Wilhelmina Rankin, George Waller Jr., Margaret Scherf, and Susan Wittig Albert. Also involved in the Nancy Drew writing process were Harriet Stratemeyer Adams's daughters, who gave input on the series and sometimes helped to choose book titles;(p158) the Syndicate's secretary, Harriet Otis Smith, who invented the characters of Nancy's friends Bess and George;(p140) and the editors at Grosset and Dunlap.[1](p228) The first book in the Nancy Drew series was The Secret of the Old Clock.

In 1978, the Stratemeyer Syndicate changed publishers to Simon & Schuster, a move that the former publishers, Grosset and Dunlap, went to court to prevent the switch, claiming a breach of contract. The decision was made in favor of the Syndicate, stating that they could choose which publisher they would like to use, for subsequent entries in the series. However, since the editors at Grosset and Dunlap were so heavily involved in writing the Drew books, they won the rights to the volumes that they had published.

In 1986, the Syndicate was bought by publishers Simon & Schuster; the Drew books are now handled by Mega-Books, a New York book packager.

Carolyn Keene died in 2002.

Carolyn Keene has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew
  2. Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew (Quality)
  3. Nancy Drew (Hardcover)
  4. Nancy Drew (Paperback)
  5. Nancy Drew Clue Book
  6. Nancy Drew Diaries
  7. Nancy Drew Diaries (Quality)
  8. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
  9. Nancy Drew Notebooks (Paperback)
  10. Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Super Mysteries
  11. Nancy Drew: Girl Detective (Aladdin Unnumbered)
  12. Nancy Drew: Girl Detective (Aladdin)

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( K ) > Keene, Carolyn
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Mystery & Detective > Nancy Drew > Nancy Drew Mysteries
5Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Authors, A-Z > ( P ) > Pickard, Nancy

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Always A Good Adventure  Aug 9, 2008
Nancy Drew
Book Two
The Hidden Staircase

Nancy Drew is on the case of the hidden staircase. The eighteen-year-old sleuth is busy with two mysteries to solve. Her friend, Helen Corning has asked her to come to her family's ancestral home to help solve a mystery, involving a ghost. Just before Nancy leaves, she is visited by a man who tells her that her father is in danger and she had better not let him out of her sight.

Nancy's dad is working on a case for the railroad. Men are protesting the railroad going through their property and a crooked lawyer has told them to hold out for more money. After Nancy's dad assures her that he can take care of himself, Nancy reluctantly goes to help her friend.

Missing jewelry, strange noises, shadows, a moving chandelier, and footsteps at night, all plague the women at the Twin Elms Manor. But when the same strange lawyer comes to the door to the manor, trying to buy the property out from under Helen's great grandmother, Nancy is very suspicious. On top of that, Nancy's dad was last seen by a taxi driver who was taking him to meet his daughter, but he never arrived.

Can the crooked lawyer have something to do with the ghost? Can he also be involved in the disappearance of Carson Drew? How does the ghost get into the manor? And how does the spook always know when the coast is clear?

The suspense will keep you reading from beginning to end, in Nancy Drew's second mystery, The Hidden Staircase.
High on my ND list  May 14, 2008
There are several ND books that I read as a young child and now my daughter reads them too. The Hidden Staircase is one that I put at the top of my recommendations. It is excellent mystery reading for kids age 9 to 12 (or for those of us who just like a trip down memory lane once in a while). The thrill is still there!
Nice little gift item   Feb 25, 2008
I bought this little notebook for my mother who is an old school Nancy Drew fan and she was thrilled with it! It is a nice size to use as a purse notebook, well made binding, quality paper and there are printed illustrations on the pages - so it isn't just a blank book with a Nancy Drew cover - it is a total Nancy Drew themed blank book. Really nice small gift item.
The Hidden Staircase  Dec 26, 2007
This book was for my grandaughter. I read it before giving it to her and found it to be very entertaining and appropriate for my 8-year old grandaughter. She is reading it now and enjoying the book very much.
Nice Copy of Original Book  Nov 24, 2007
I did have to get this third party because it wasn't available when I went to order it. I am glad to add it to my collection. Putting aside what is obviously wrong with it (the derogatory portrayal of the African-American servant) this is a pretty good mystery story. It is much different than the seventies version I had read before, not just the language, but even the storyline changed, with both the elimination and addition of characters. My only problem is the big gold seal on the front of the dust jacket. If this is supposed to be an accurate reproduction of the original book, it should not be "defaced" with a seal stamped on the front advertising "The Originals." I would have preferred that be put inside the book. I did enjoy the internal advertisements of other series in the end pages.

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