Item description for The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion (Nancy Drew, Book 18) by Carolyn Keene...
Nancy Drew sets out to prove that her father's client was unjustly accused of trying to sabotage the United States space program.
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Studio: Applewood Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.56" Width: 5.35" Height: 1.26" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2003
Publisher Applewood Books
ISBN 1557092648 ISBN13 9781557092649
Availability 0 units.
More About 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.(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...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion (Nancy Drew, Book 18)?
Nancy Drew Book #18 Nov 14, 2008
I bought this book for my niece for her B-Day! She loves Nancy Drew books!! She said this book was pretty good but not as good as some of the other ones she has read. She still enjoyed it none the less!
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Jan 23, 2007
The book was shipped quickly and was received in excellent condition.
True to original version and satisfying (with cautions). Jan 11, 2007
My 9-year-old niece is an avid Nancy Drew fan and enjoyed this entry in the series so I bow to her opinion. Here are a few comments from my reading:
- This edition is faithful to the original story from the Forties (clearly stated up front) and contains a few racial references and stereotypes that make one cringe nowadays.
- The plot seems a bit intricate and complicated for young readers.
- If you're sensitive to violence, be aware that there is a shooting involved (but I suppose that's true in many of these mysteries).
Other than that, my niece and I both found the book satisfying, and I imagine it's typical of the early Nancy Drew entries.
Nancy Drew excels again! Jan 10, 2007
This reprint of the original is delightful as Nancy Drew always. There is a lot of heart-pounding action in this mystery as Nancy Drew has some narrow escapes with burning planes and exotic animals.
The Moss Covered Mansion Jul 24, 2006
The Nancy Drew Collection is incredible! As a collector, I enjoy each of the stories. I love the older originals in particular. They contain more substance and much better writing. I feel the newer ones read like comic books. The older ones challenge us at times to pick up a dictionary. Also, these now make great history books as we read about chains that were put on the tires after a rain because most the roads were dirt. We read of a time of typewriters, telegraphs, telephones (no cellphones)and in the earlier ones no mention of television!Some people are offended because of the so called racial slurs. I don't see anything racial about it. This is our history and these kind of folks did and still do exist whether you are speaking about how black folks speak or folks from lower class neighborhoods may behave. These books are true to what is real. There are crooks in poor neighborhoods! And how many poor but good folks has Nancy helped? Black folks often did service jobs. My own mother had a black cleaning lady. I see nothing wrong with that. Any person regardless of color or race can be anything they choose to be in America. Nancy is just real (outside of the fact that her heroistic feats may be a bit more than the average girl could attaint to). We can not condemn her for being born with a silver spoon. We can certainly learn from her as she was brought up to work hard and respect others despite her wealth; and she even attends church on Sunday! Nancy is the empitomy of good values and love for others. I hope Nancy is around for many, many more years for young people to enjoy. I grew up with Nancy and as a collector, she is still my best girl.