The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
Date Read: August 2012
Genre: Mystery, YA
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.
Publisher: Applewood Books
Series: Nancy Drew #1
Read for Profiling Mysteries (Bought for Myself)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00
(Going to admit that this gets a 5 for nostalgic reasons as well as enjoyment factor)
First Thought When Finished: What a nostalgic trip back into time The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene was. Nancy Drew was a big part of why I fell in love with reading in the first place!
What I Thought of the Case: The Secret of the Old Clock is the first in a long line of Nancy Drew cases. If you have never read a Nancy Drew book (what are you waiting for?) here is what you need to know: the cases are pretty straight-forward and knowledge truly is power! Nancy Drew was probably the first “girl” lead that I remember being super smart, sweet, and wasn’t in it for the boys. She was 18 and really making her mark on the world. Most of the cases come from helping her father at his law practice and her sense to do what is right! It is her sense of right/wrong that plays into the case of the Old Clock! She ends up helping a family that would have no avenue otherwise and the story is one grand adventure!
What I Thought of the Characters: Nancy Drew is a great role model for young women! She is smart, independent, loves her family, and has an amazing sense of what is right/wrong. She has a great ability to work with other people and always tries to find the truth. The rest of the characters are great too! Carolyn Keene writes really well-rounded characters that display all aspects of humanity. These are great books for Middle Graders and are fun to boot. I really enjoyed reconnecting with the characters from my childhood!
Final Thought: Nancy Drew was a refreshing blast from my past and I loved revisiting her world!