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The Secret of the Golden Pavilion (Nancy Drew #36)

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Nancy is on the case, once again! Her father’s client, Mr.Sakamaki needs help. His deceased grandfather’s estate, Kaluakua has a mystery nobody knows. Its Golden Pavilion may be haunted, and two middle-aged suspects claim to be the grand children of Grandfather Sakamaki and are going to run and take over the estate. Nancy must prove them wrong and stop a terrible gang call ...more
192 pages
Published (first published 1959)
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John Yelverton
Another great addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.
Mary Kate
By this point, reading a Nancy Drew novel is like a visit with an old friend. I first began reading Nancy Drew as a third grader, and reluctantly at that, going on a recommendation from my mother. However, I quickly fell in love with the ever ready sleuth and her faithful friends. The mysteries kept me entertained and I felt a connection with Nancy, a girl who had it all together at all times. Even in the most dangerous of situations, Nancy never lost her cool. She was one of my biggest role mod ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I came across this in the library catalogue when I was trying to remember the name of Island Boy. (Fiction set in Hawaii being my search term.) And I used to love reading Nancy Drew books, so I figured, why not.

And now I wonder ... where they always this, well, terrible? Was the characterization always so thin? Nancy is smart, George is a tomboy, Bess likes to eat? (Seriously. Here that was about it.)

If I were wishing to introduce a young person to Nancy Drew, I would definitely not start with t
This one was amazing; mostly due to the setting. I LOVE Hawaii and hope to get there sometime. In the meantime, the detailed descriptions in this mystery made me feel as if I were there.

The main premise of this is not new to mystery readers - a grand inheritance going to one heir and suddenly other heirs try to prove themselves to get fast cash. Or treasure in this case. A grand treasure is tied to a sprawling Hawaiian estate, but the true heir is unable to figure out the first clue. He hires Mr
A ghostly hula dancer, a black lei, a slippery slope. Many more strange things happen as Nancy tackles this intriguing mystery. When Nancy is told of the mystery at Kaluakua, she immediately goes to Hawaii. However, at Kaluakua, she is surrounded by strange happenings. Slowly, the mystery unfolds as Nancy not only solves the mystery, but learns some Hawaiian cultures and symbols.

One of the many reasons I love this book is that it is always pulling you (or at least me) in to read it. There are t
The Secret of the Golden Pavilion is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 36th book in the Nancy Drew series.

Attempts are made against Nancy's life when she accepts a case in Honolulu. She must decipher strange symbols written on a piece of paper in order to learn the mystery behind an estate inherited by her client. Why won't Mr. Sakamaki's grandfather allow him to sell the beautiful Kaluakua estate until the mystery is solved? Furthermore, who are these mysterious people
Wow, it just struck me how dated these books are. It wasn't the lack of technology that drove that point home, but what was acceptable.

Nancy and her friends land in Hawaii to solve a mystery. Nancy refers to it as the newest state and George gives the readers a lot of facts about the state. Today we would never refer to it as our newest state. The author throws in a lot of Polynesian words and phrases, once again, things I believe writers today would leave out.

What makes it dated is the cultur
Ah, the beloved Miss Drew of River Heights, up to something, somewhere. They're like Nacho Cheese Flavor Doritos. Although they differ from one another, we perceive them as being the same. Which explains the successful formula of Pringles: now, with more more homogeneity.
I remember this was the very first Nancy Drew book I've ever read and it got me started on the Keene mysteries, a big part of my childhood reading. I must have liked it, it caused me to read all the Nancy Drew titles I could get my hands on, initially from our school library, and later elsewhere. (It's all a blur to me now however. I remember liking the stories as a kid, Nancy's titian blonde hair, -- the description stayed with me "titian blonde hair" -- plump Bess, tomboyish George, Hannah Gru ...more
This one opens with Nancy and her dog in a helicopter. They fly over her house just in time to see a burglar sneaking into her attic, and the pilot radios the tower who dispatches police, but they don't catch him. Of course.

This is part of the travelogue series, and Nancy goes to Hawaii in this one! And finds a crappy treasure. Hannah and B&G and the three boys all go too. The bad guy has a distinctive habit of drumming his fingers and touching the tips of his forefingers together.

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My favorite Nancy Drew book! I never get tired of reading it.
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I remember the first time I read Nancy Drew. It blew my mind that there were girls presented with a brain. Most of the stuff I'd read up to that time, was that girls were sugar and spice - fluffy. No brains. To also learn about George who is a tomboy was a nice validation. Carolyn Keene wrote just for me! That is how I felt. When I did more research, I was shocked to find out, Ms. Keene was actually a man ... writing under Franklin Dixon. I also loved the Hardy Boys. No wonder I loved these seri ...more
Nicole Bennett
Not a very good one, pretty boring.
Meryll Anne
I THINK this was my first Nancy Drew story. It's the book that opened me to the world of reading.
Joy Gerbode
Another typical Nancy Drew mystery. In many books I enjoy the fact that I learn something about a new area while Nancy is solving the mystery. In this book I felt like it was mostly about the area of Hawaii, and less about the mystery, though that was certainly there, too. A quick and easy read ...
This was my first Nancy Drew and I bought it as a tribute to my beloved Gram who had just come back from a trip to Hawaii. In those days, a huge undertaking and a very exotic destination even though it had become a state.

One volume made me hungry for all the rest of them.
In this story, Nancy and the gang (including Hannah!) travel to Hawaii to help a man keep control of his inheritance. They have to solve Hawaiian codes, the mystery of a ghostly luau dancer, and learn about native vegetation.
Mandie Compagner
This book had a lot of good description and good vocabulary that made me feel like I was in the book. I got really intense toward the end of the book, but in the beginning it was a little bit boring.
I read them all and I loved every single one of them and I now realise that if I check each one of them I will be here all nite so thank you Carolyn Keene you rawk sister !
this is in honor of the new movie and all of the mysteries that I read as child. I favored Trixie Belden, but I"m going to give this a re-read. found it on my mom's bookshelf.
Anna Elizabeth
awesome! I loved this book,so you probably will too. it was so suspenceful,and there were at least twenty times I was really,really,REALLY tence. READ THIS BOOK!
Catherine Woodman
I read all of these as a teen and loved them--I really wanted to be Nancy Drew--the recent movie of course nixed that wish but it was long held
This was my only disappointment in the Nancy Drew books, the mystery was ok and the end was not great. I would not recommend this to anyone.
What a fitting story for the introduction of Hawaii to statehood. Learned a lot about the local lore and enjoyed a good myistery.
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This is an awesome Nancy Drew book that thankfully branches out from just River Heights. I LOVE IT!!!!!
The Secret of the Golden Pavilion (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, No 36) by Carolyn Keene (1959)
Ashley FL
I really liked this one (and loved the Hawaii setting -- this girl gets to do a lot of traveling!)
Might be my favorite one yet, loved that it was in Hawaii.
See my review for "The Secret of the Old Clock."
Sep 24, 2010 Julia added it
i stoped in the middle i got tired of it
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Carolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.

Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Str
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