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The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1) [Hardcover]

By Carolyn Keene (Author) & Sara Paretsky (Introduction by)
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Item description for The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1) by Carolyn Keene & Sara Paretsky...

Nancy Drew solves her first mystery when the accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads to an adventurous search for a missing will

Publishers Description
In this first of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will. Her search not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure. This volume presents the original, 1930 version of the story. In 1959 the story was rewritten and condensed and this original version went out of print.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Applewood Books
Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.74" Width: 5.29" Height: 1.23"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1991
Publisher   Applewood Books
Age  9-12
ISBN  1557091552  
ISBN13  9781557091550  

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More About Carolyn Keene & Sara Paretsky

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 (Audio)
  4. Nancy Drew (Hardcover)
  5. Nancy Drew (Paperback)
  6. Nancy Drew Clue Book
  7. Nancy Drew Diaries
  8. Nancy Drew Diaries (Quality)
  9. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
  10. Nancy Drew Notebooks (Paperback)
  11. Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Super Mysteries
  12. Nancy Drew: Girl Detective (Aladdin Unnumbered)
  13. 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 ) > Paretsky, Sara

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1)?

Nancy Drew Vo. 1  Dec 17, 2008
The seller didn't make it clear that the book they were selling was two in one. Since I need only vol. one I had to return. Then I order another on and that company was out.

The refund was fast. Thank you

Seems there should be a way the company can let you know how many vol. of a certain item they have.

Had to purchase it at the store
Want a GREAT mystery?  Nov 7, 2008
A Kids Review
This book is about a slueth whose name is Nancy Drew. She needs to solve a mystery about a missing will. She meets new people along the way while she's solving the mystery. This book is recommended for people who LOVE a good suspense! It is also recommended for ages 8 and up.
Nancy Drew The Secret of the Old Clock  Apr 12, 2008
My granddaughter loved this book. She reads and listens to the CD's that Laura Linney has made for the series. She loves them and can't wait till many more have been made to match her growing collection.
A great mystery story  Feb 22, 2008
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene is a great mystery book. All the characters are fit for the story. This is perfect for anyone who enjoys solving problems and coming up with solutions. An amazing storyline, and until the end it will keep you on the edge of your seat!

The Beginning of a Great Series!  Feb 1, 2008
When I started reading Nancy Drew, I started in the middle. My seventh read was "The Secret of the Old Clock".

I'm glad I started in the middle. This book meant more to me. By the time I read it, I'd done research on the series, the creator, the pen name and the ghostwriters. Although the books I read in the series are revised, I love the introduction of this character. I kept in mind that this series began during a time when girl detectives were at a minimum.

I love the plot, I especially liked the characters, like Nancy's old classmates who were just plain mean. It was a page turner and I was on the edge while Nancy worked hard to escape a locked closet.

I'm happy to be a Nancy Drew fan!

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