The Secret of the Old Clock: 80th Anniversary Limited Edition (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 1, 1930 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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A special treat for Nancy Drew fans! Out just in time for Nancy's 80th anniversary, we're releasing a limited number of copies of The Secret of the Old Clock, the first book in the series. It's the exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for 80 years, with a terrific new look and bonus material! Collectors won't want to miss this.

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Good plot, fast read. - Goodreads
LOL Writing was not really the best, I suppose. - Goodreads
Charming introduction. - Goodreads
But, it was a cute story, with a nice moral ending. - Goodreads
What this book does lack is some steamy love scenes. - Goodreads
The prose lacks the essential touch. - Goodreads

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CHAPTER I TheRescue CHAPTER II A MissingWill CHAPTER III An Unpleasant Meeting
Racingthe Storm CHAPTER V A Surprising Story
An Exciting Appointment
The Angry
AForgotten Secret CHAPTER IX Helpful Disclosures
CHAPTER XFollowing aClue
CHAPTER XI AnUnexpected Adventure CHAPTER XII ADesperate Situation CHAPTER XIII The Frustrating Wait
ATense Chase CHAPTER XV Nancys Risky Undertaking
The Capture
Strange Instructions
A Suspenseful Search

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About the author (1930)

Carolyn Keene was the pseudonym that Mildred Wirt Benson and Walter Karig used to write Nancy Drew books. The idea of Nancy Drew came from Edward Stratemeyer in 1929. He also had other series, that included the Hardy Boys, but he died in 1930 before the Nancy Drew series became famous. His daughters, Harriet and Edna, inherited his company and maintained Nancy Drew having Mildred Wirt Benson, the original Carolyn Keene, as the principal ghostwriter. During the Depression, they asked Benson to take a pay cut and she refused, which is when Karig wrote the books. Karig's Nancy Drew books were Nancy's Mysterious Letter, The Sign of the Twisted Candles, and Password to Larkspur Lane. He was fired from writing more books because of his refusal to honor the request that he keep his work as Carolyn Keene a secret. He allowed the Library of Congress to learn of his authorship and his name appeared on their catalog cards. Afterwards, they rehired Benson and she wrote until her last Nancy Drew book (#30) was written in 1953, Clue of the Velvet Mask. Harriet and Edna Stratemeyer also contributed to the Nancy Drew series. Edna wrote plot outlines for several of the early books and Harriet, who claimed to be the sole author, had actually outlined and edited nearly all the volumes written by Benson. The Stratemeyer Syndicate had begun to make its writers sign contracts that prohibited them from claiming any credit for their works, but Benson never denied her writing books for the series. After Harriet's death in 1982, Simon and Schuster became the owners of the Stratemeyer Syndicate properties and in 1994, publicly recognized Benson for her work at a Nancy Drew conference at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. Now, Nancy Drew has several ghostwriters and artists that have contributed to her more recent incarnations.

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