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Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth (Nancy Clancy Chapter Books #1)

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Nancy Clancy is growing up and ready for a whole new adventure . . . in her chapter book debut!

Nancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code.

But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case?

Find out in the glamorous start to
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins
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Nancy Clancy has everything she needs to be a super sleuth (that's a fancy word for detective): She has a glamorous magnifying glass complete with rhinestones, a totally professional pink trench coat, and a sleuthing partner with awesome code-breaking skills -- her best friend, Bree.

Now all she needs is a good mystery to solve. But when crime strikes right in the middle of her classroom, will Nancy have what it takes to crack the case?

Fancy Nancy is back! Only this tim
Bobby Simic
Fancy Nancy of picture book-fame makes her transition into, well, transitional chapter books in this mystery-lite read. For whatever reason, Nancy (notice she's dropped the "Fancy" at the beginning of her name) has become an amateur detective. Is this an organic progression character-wise? I have no idea as I'm not too familiar with her earlier adventures. At least she's held onto her fanciness in her wardrobe and vocabulary, investigating two mysteries, one involving a missing marble, the other ...more
Fancy Nancy who has been so popular with little girls, is growing up and now appears in her first chapter book for ages (7-10).

Fancy Nancy Super Sleuth, features Nancy and her best friend Bree. Both girls love Nancy Drew books, and have learned a thing of two from them. When her teachers favorite blue marble disappears Nancy, dressed in a pink trench coat and sunglasses is on the case. She and Bree turn the tree house into a detective agency, and are determined to solve the mystery of of missing
Jul 01, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
We have read so many Fancy Nancy books that our girls have become quite familiar with the characters and they feel like old friends to us. So I was quite pleased to see this chapter book featuring slightly older versions of the characters. Just when our girls were starting to outgrow the series, Nancy and Bree grew along with them. Hooray! (I must admit, however, that I do hope that Pinkalicious remains in her little kid niche - I really don't want to revisit with her again!)

Slightly off-topic
Panda Incognito
What a sweet book! I wish that this had been around when I was the target age. Despite the easy reading level, the prose was rich and engaging, and the occasional black and white illustrations were cute and detailed. The content of the story and character interactions were realistic, and I appreciated the sweet portrayal of family. With so many books trying to reflect reality with fractured, broken families, it was a nice change to have a loving, two parent household presented as a healthy norm. ...more
Move over Nancy Drew...Nancy Clancy is on the case! With her stylish pink trench coat, bejeweled magnifying glass and an arsenal of vocabulary words, she will solve any mystery that comes her way. Nancy and her BFF, Bree, are spending a considerable amount of time snooping around trying to find a mystery. Any mystery will do, they just want to practice their sleuthing skills. Their teacher, Mr. Dudeny, has assigned a superb writing assignment which might lead to a mystery for the girls. Having a ...more
Rebecca Klein
Nancy and her friend, Bree are the main characters. They are going to be detectives. When they go to school, crime strikes in Nancy's classroom. A sapphire blue marble was missing. Nancy and Bree are on the case. My favorite character is Bree because I like her black curly hair. My favorite part of book is when they went looking for clues together.
Nancy idolizes Nancy Drew and wants to solve cases just like her favorite heroine, but what do you do when there's no mysteries to solve? Nancy and Bree soon have not 1 but 2 mysteries to solve: the case of the twins and the case of the missing blue marble. Nancy's first chapter book is full of fancy words and secret messages to decode. Illustrations and short chapters make this a title with appeal for newly independent readers. I missed the color from the illustrations in the Fancy Nancy pictur ...more
Ali Orloski
Fancy Nancy wants to become a detective. She has a rhinestone encrusted magnifying glass, cool sunglasses, a floppy detective hat, and her famous pink trench coat. Nancy waits to see if there is some one that is stealing jewels or if there is a kidnapping that is going to occur. Her and her best friend Bree, get all their gear ready and open their own detective agency called Partners in Crime Fiting, and they are ready for whatever comes their way. Nancy and Bree do some snooping. They s
Mary Kate Garst
Nov 11, 2014 Mary Kate Garst marked it as childrensliterature
Summary: Nancy Clancy is an underage super-sleuth with a penchant for crime solving. She and her partner Bree set out to solve a class mystery when her teacher's prized marble goes missing on family day. With the help of photographic evidence, various motives, occasional alibis, and some fabulous detective fashion Nancy sets out to bring the culprit to justice. The class bully, Grace, has the audacity to accuse Nancy of being the thief, so she and Bree work even harder to find the true villain! ...more
Michelle McBeth
First, the good things about this book. It is perfect for an early chapter book for grades 2-5 as advertized. There is something for each of those grades in this book. Nancy is a fun loving character who loves sleuthing, Nancy Drew, and big words. She is very active and has lots of friends. She is a positive role model in that she is not mean to others even when they have done bad things. Her upbeat attitude is contagious. The adults also had good attitudes. I really liked that. The illustration ...more
I loved the illustrations. One of the things I always looked for, in books I read my children, were the illustrations. The story is fun. Nancy and her friend Brie, have their own detective agency. The teachers, beautiful blue marble disappears, and the girls are on the case. Nancy figures out that her little sister, Jojo stole the marble. The girls are glad it wasn't one of their classmates. The parents have Jojo go to the teacher, after all the other students have left for the day, and apologiz ...more
Nancy Clancy offers up the existential questions usually reserved for a Dostoyevsky novel packaged in a little girl friendly series book. I guess that's what happens when you move from a picture book series to a chapter book series.

Mystery books are often written more as intellectual puzzles for charismatic characters to solve. Here, Nancy Clancy does this well...too well. Instead of making the puzzle far-fetched like a pre-teen Agatha Christie, O'Connor makes real girls react in real ways to re
Becky Keir Grace
Nancy Clancy brings the popular Fancy Nancy into a chapter book format which proves to be a fun read for children! Nancy has been reading Nancy Drew books and wants to be a sleuth, the only problem is she needs a case to solve. Nancy and her best friend, Bree, are searching for a case to solve. They are watching twins Rhonda and Wanda play when Nancy overhears that Rhonda did something at Wanda threatens to tell Nancy about. What did she do?

At school Mr. Dudeny invites the students to bring in
Emmalee Nelson
Nancy has always been a fan of the Nancy drew series, so when her teacher looses her favorite marble Nancy and her friend Bree are on the case. Dressed in pink lab coats and armed with sunglasses they attempt to solve the case. A new grown up book for the readers of Fancy Nancy this early chapter book brings the characters you love into a mystery befitting a Nancy Drew fan. Will Nancy find the Marble? Will she be faced with a terrible booby trap? You will have to read it to find out.

Create your
Oct 22, 2014 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 2nd-4th
Shelves: juv-mystery, series
Fancy Nancy is now in a chapter book series. This first title in a mystery series has Nancy Clancy desperate for a mystery. Her adoration (That’s a fancy word for devoted love.) for the Nancy Drew books has inspired her and her best friend, Bree, to start a Sleuth Headquarters in Nancy’s backyard.

When they learn that their teacher’s special blue marble disappears, everyone in the class becomes a suspect. Their list of suspects change throughout the story, leading them from one of Nancy’s wild ex
Jen B.
Nancy Clancy puts her heart and soul into being a Super Sleuth. She has the attire. She has a partner who is her best friend, Bree. Nancy gets an opportunity to solve a mystery right in her very own classroom. She puts her skills to work and uses clues to figure out where Mr. Dudeny's special blue marble disappeared to.

My third grade girls loved this book. They were all over the "Duh-duh-dunnnn" at the end of every chapter, before they shared what new information came along and changed their pr
I read this one with my daughter and she didn't care for it. I thought it was cute. I love this series as it is not dumb downed but uses a large vocublary for young readers. My daughter was bored with it. We will continue searching for her niche.
-This book is recommended for 7-10 year olds. I would suggest it as independent reading for Paige.

-Paige said that she likes mysteries in her interest inventory. This book is about a girl who solves mysteries with her best friend. There are a few "cases" that the girls solve in the book and also a secret code that they use to write notes to each other. I thought it would be a fun book about solving mysteries, without being too scary.

-This book is a fun mystery for you. It gives you some hints ab
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth was a really great book for children who are just starting to read more advanced chapter books than the "I Can Read" type of books, but it's also a great selection for parents to read to their new or emerging readers. While my 6 year old daughter still loves me to read picture books to her, she really enjoyed reading about Nancy's attempt at being a detective. Nancy is a much better character for kids to read about than the bratty and foul-mouthed Junie B Jones. This b ...more
Nancy Clancy is awesome! She even has a rhinestone encrusted magnifying glass to solve crimes with!!
Aug 06, 2014 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
Six year old son enjoyed having me read this to him. I thought it was a decent book too. We haven't read any fancy Nancy but you don't miss snything by not knowing any background.

Lots of new vocabulary, but he quickly learned not to ask me "what's that mean?" because all of the fancy new words are defined right away - mostly in a way that doesn't interfere with the story.

One thing that was occasionally hard for him to follow was keeping track of the speaker during long bits of dialog.

We dove s
Addison Children
Fancy Nancy is moving up, first from picture books to readers, and now to early chapter books. I'm sure fans of Fancy Nancy will enjoy this book. Nancy wants to start a detective agency, but has no mystery. Then a beautiful marble (a shooter) disappears. There was plenty of foreshadowing to aid the reader in solving the crime. Nancy's trademark fancy words are great for building vocabulary, but may present a problem for the beginning chapter book crowd. I read the 3M Cloud Edition. Check it out.
Well, Fancy Nancy is growing up and decidedly so as she's dropped the "Fancy" from her name and is now in her very own chapter book series. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, follows Nancy and her best friend Bree as they start their own detective agency (Partners in Crimefighting). They turn Nancy's fort into their headquarters, write in secret code, and wear splendid trench coats - the only thing they're missing is a mystery. But then something goes missing from their classroom and Nancy and Bree sta ...more
Anastasia Tuckness
This book is a lot of fun and is sure to be a big hit with beginning readers. We get lots of requests for mystery books like Nancy Drew and this book will definitely fit the bill for those about 1st through 3rd grade readers depending on their reading level. The main character is Nancy Clancy who is also known as Fancy Nancy. She enjoys solving mysteries with her best friend Bree, and keeps looking around to find a good mystery to solve. This involves some maps, some codes, some stakeouts, some ...more
This was a very enjoyable, quick read. Definitely not a book for my age range, but my library had a promotional event going on for the Ebook version of it, so I gave it a try, and I did find I enjoyed the book.

Nancy was a fun character to read about, a good sleuth in training, and the author does a great job at capturing her voice. I think a lot of young readers would be able to relate to Nancy, or at least enjoy reading about the "adventure" she goes on.

I did find it to be predictable, but I t
Due 5/10/2012

O’CONNOR, Jane. Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth. Ill. Robin Preiss Glasser. 124p. Harper Kids. May 2012. ISBN: 978-0-06-208293-0. $9.99. F.

Gr 2-4
Nancy and her best friend Bree are on the job. Or, they would be if they had any cases. When Nancy discovers they have a whopper of a case (that means really big), she gets out her jeweled magnifying glass, pink trench-coat and fancy, spying, floppy hat. Nancy uses hero Nancy Drew as inspiration and looks for clues as to who took Mr. D’s fancy m
Teresa Scherping
Nancy is all set to be a detective. She has a pink trench coat (the kind of raincoat detectives wear), special Sleuth Headquarters, and the perfect partner in her best friend Bree. All she needs is a little crime. At first it seems like crime never happens in her quiet suburb, but soon she's confronted with the mystery of her neighbor's strange behavior as well as the case of her teacher's missing memento at school! Nancy is convinced that she can solve both mysteries with the help of detective ...more
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth Book One, which I finished in about thirty minutes. It was a swift read, where Jane O' Connor leads me into the world of Fancy Nancy's adventures as an aspiring detective. I admit, I am not much of a children's book read anymore. I remember loving the Junie B. Jones series as a child and Nancy echoed some of Junie's quirks, in the best possible way. Fancy Nancy has her brand of brimming curiosity and vigor, trailing her where ...more
Lisa W.
Nicely done! Good for Judy Moody, Cam Jansen fans, Ivy and Bean fans. Pictures and lots of white space, warm family interactions.

Reviews Detail:Publishers Weekly Reviews
Fancy Nancy pirouettes into middle-grade territory with the launch of a mystery series that has her emulating another famous Nancy—Nancy Drew. The stylish sleuth assumes the role with élan, dressed for the job in a pink trench coat and sunglasses, carrying a rhinestone-studded magnifying glass. Initially frustrated by the lack
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Since the publication of Fancy Nancy, Jane O'Connor's closet now boasts so many boas, tiaras, and sparkly ensembles that sometimes friends do not recognize her on the street. She still resides (that's a fancy word for lives) in New York City with her family and their canine companion, Arrow. --from the publisher's website
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