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The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  21,938 ratings  ·  878 reviews

In seeking to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion, Nancy uses her courage and powers of deduction and tackles a situation that would have appalled a far older person.

ebook, 192 pages
Published May 1st 1930 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1930)
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Maylee Gaster I don't think so. I read it when I was ten I didn't find it scary, don't read it when your alone and your little though. You might be scared I don't…moreI don't think so. I read it when I was ten I didn't find it scary, don't read it when your alone and your little though. You might be scared I don't know though it just depends.(less)
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I blame these books for my first recess of having to sit on the bench while the other kids played. It was third grade, I was reading one of these under my desk during math time, and totally got caught answering, "Wha-hu?" instead of the answer to a long division problem. It was traumatizing, I had never been in trouble! (Except that one time we got in trouble for throwing snowballs on the playground in the middle of January. No, really.) But it tells you how much I love these books that I didn't ...more
I listened to this on audiotape in my car.

I originally put this book on here a few years ago to represent my love for Nancy Drew, since this one was my favorite.

Upon my "re-read", I found this to still be a fun story. These are definitely dated books, but they're timeless in my opinion.

Nancy can really be annoying sometimes, though. Is there anything she's not perfect at?

I clearly have to give this 5 stars due to my love of this book as a kid.

(original review:
This was the very first Nancy Drew book I read. One of my grammer school classmates gave it to me--sometime when I was in the sixth grade?
Now remember, girls in the 1950's were a LOT less sophisticated than now. I loved this book. To me then, it was a riveting mystery--except for the fact that I thought Nancy was way too independent. (My parents would NEVER let me do that!)
Anyway this book led me into a world of Nancy adventure to beg and borrow for more. At that time the libraries rarely carrie
I loved Nancy Drew as a young girl. This was the first one I ever read.
The Good: As you might expect, this is more of the same that the premiere Nancy Drew novel delivered, but, that isn't a bad thing. The usual suspenseful scenes and twists and turns that have taken place in many a mystery are present here...and that's just what readers are likely expecting. Nothing really to complain about.

The Bad: While there weren't any serious issues, this book wasn't outstanding, which is why I'm only giving it four stars.

Content Concerns:
Sex: None. 5/5
Nudity: None. 5/5
This book was absolutely wonderful to read. It brought a lot of happy childhood memories back and I am so glad that I have decided to start reading them all again. Nancy Drew is the epitome of my childhood, I remember spending multiple nights just sitting and reading about her adventures. These are the perfect books for children of all ages.

Nancy Drew is probably one of literature's best characters, and most well known. This second volume in the Nancy Drew series greatly expresses that through N
"The Hidden Staircase" ...Carolyn Keene/Various Authors.
It took me a couple of hours to read this book , Well really I read the book last night and didn't finish until 3 am. I'm going to admit, I really enjoyed this story.The book really held my attention . The Hidden Staircase had tons of suspense and some small like horror for me with the glowing eyes chapter . I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Nancy Drew , The hidden staircase will hold your attention and really have chills go
John Yelverton
Nancy Drew returns in yet another fantastic story that keeps you turning the pages.
VERY GOOD BOOK! i love this one!
Darcy Stewart
I'm still amazed on how these books hold my attention. These books just seem to get better as you read along.The suspense is great. Nancy is called by her friend Helen Corning to investigate ghost haunting at Twin Elms. In the meantime a Nathan Gomber comes by to warn Nancy to stay close to her father. He says someone is out to hurt him. Nancy tells her father when he gets home. He tells her about a railroad in which an owner Willie Wharton goes missing. Willie says he never signed a contract an ...more
Nancy’s friend, Helen, and Helen’s Great-Aunt Rosemary ask Nancy to solve a mystery at her great-grandmother’s home, Twin Elms, a stately Colonial mansion in nearby Cliffwood. And Nancy is determined to check it out until she hears that her father is being threatened by crooked lawyer Nathan Gomber, who feels Carson, as attorney for the railroad, cheated property owners near a new railroad bridge. Carson Drew, Nancy’s father, tells her not to worry and Nancy and Helen go to stay at Twin Elms whi ...more
Nancy has just gotten a phone call from her best friend Helen Corning (we don't get to meet Bess and George until a few books later). Helen tells Nancy that her great aunt and great grandmother have been living together at Twin Elms. Helen tells Nancy that her great aunt and great grandmother have just gotten a big spook. Helen says they were robbed, heard thumps in the night, and have heard strange music when no one has turned on the radio so she begs Nancy to come to Twin Elms and try to solve ...more
I had not read any Nancy Drew books as a child (I read the Ginny Gordon series). I checked two of the earlier Nancy Drew books from the library. This one is the second in a lengthy series that is still ongoing, almost 80 years later (many different authors, not Carolyn Keene). I enjoyed it, especially the setting and the old time morals of helping people that are elderly, washing dishes, preparing lunch, and obeying the traffic laws, even when trying to capture the bad guys. This book also is al ...more
Caroline R
The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2) by Carolyn Keene was one of the books my mother read when she was younger. I think that the theme in this book is that you should never give up, even when it's troubling. The Hidden Staircase is set mostly at Nancy's friend, Helen's, great-grandmother's house called Twin Elms. Helen's grandmother's old family mansion in Cliffwood. Strange things have been happening at Twin Elms. Helen asks Nancy for some help to figure out what's happening at Twin Elms. Nanc ...more
Utterly ridiculous. Who in their right mind would go out exploring at night, investigating strange happenings and eerie occurrences?

But I love it! The books after this are definitely better though.
Julie Barrett
The Hidden Staircase Nancy Drew Book by Carolyn Keene
Starts out with Nancy helping her dad Carson with railroad business. He has to find a man that signed off on the original railroad property. He has to leave town to do that as he can't locate the man locally.
She gets a visit from the owners of the mansion and it's twin house asking her to help them solve the mystery of the ghost in their house. Strange things have been happening and they want to know what to do about them. This book takes many
Oh Nancy Drew! Like so many other reviewers, I too am not going to look up every Nancy Drew I've ever read, I think I read each and every one I could find. I am not quite sure if this is the exact book that still holds my curiosity, there is one that she finds an old diary that solves a mystery from decades ago. The thought of a hidden diary is such a powerful one, that to this day I still ache to find a hidden diary myself - of course I'm not as adventurous as Nancy so it's not likely to ever h ...more
Petula Darling
I wasn't sure whether I should give this 1 star for being an absolutely terrible mystery or 5 stars for making me laugh out loud so many times, so I split the difference.
I do have to commend Nancy as a role model due to her bravery (even if it is often of the "fools rush in" variety). More importantly, I'd like to thank the book for convincing me to use the term "sleuthing" in daily speech and also for letting me know I should beware of people with shifty eyes (does anyone other than a silent fi
A cute read for what it is, but really this is so unrealistic that it is almost laughable.

The father is kidnapped, Nancy believes he is probably being held prisoner somewhere, drugged, etc., yet she just continues to go nonchalantly along trying to solve the mystery of the ghost in her friend's mansion, with her father just being a sideline thought. Really??? If someone has been kidnapped and missing for many days, THAT should be your TOTAL focus! Hello! But she is having too much fun driving a
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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
Shayla Kellum
I have read this book and I can tell you it is spooky myserios intense and a really great book I would recamend this book to people that love mysteries and eye poping adventure. I give this book way more than just a 5 but I can't do that on this computer so for now I'll just give it a 5.
This book is amazing but don't take my word for it read this book for your self!
Well I told you about my book so feel free to share your books with me. Thanks for reading, and keep on doing it! BY:SHAYLA KELLU
Another good Nancy Drew read. I realized this in the first book, but this is definitely a series for the rich girl reader it seems. Nancy seems to have the world at the tip of her fingers. I still enjoy the stories and she has guts, but when those grown men confessed after two sentences, it's a little cheesy. Although, this is a book for girls, so I shouldn't nag too much. Still a good book to relax with :)
Oh, dear. I've now had to read #2 with my just 6 year old. She loves them! This one was okay. No better or worse than e first, but it did have scary parts. I kept having read past where we agreed to stop because of the end of chapter cliffhangers that were like "she saw two burning eyes shining though the dark." yeesh. On to number 3...
I dont like mass produced adult crime stories so i wouldnt like YA version of it either. Im glad i didnt read this as a kid and missed on this type of books unlike many of my Uni classmates who have nostalgic memories of this series and this type of book.
Revisiting my favorite Nancy Drews (thanks to a cheap used book sale)

Oh, how I loved these books in elementary school - and today I'm impressed with how well they hold up. Nancy Drew forever! :)
Mark Baker
Nancy’s friend Helen asks for Nancy’s help is discovering why her family’s mansion is suddenly haunted. Meanwhile, Nancy’s father Carson is working on a case that leaves him in danger. Can Nancy solve both cases?

I remember enjoying this one as a kid, and I enjoyed it just as much now. The plot is good with enough twists to keep me entertained, although the climax was a bit easy. Likewise, the characters are a tad flat, but not too bad. It’s easy to bit on the flaws, but this book shows why Nancy
Mar 08, 2014 Radhika marked it as munchkin-reads  ·  review of another edition
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Another fun, entertaining entry into the world of Nancy Drew. I've listened to 2 stories so far and though I liked this one very much, The Secret of the Old Clock was a bit better.
Another exciting adventure! Nancy teaches us that with good manners and a bit of feminine charm, wayward criminals will promptly confess their misdeeds and seek to do the right thing!
Asif Zamir
It is the second volume in the series. Nancy is originally asked by her friend Helen to help solve the mystery of Twin Elms. This is the home of Helen's great great Grandmother Mrs. Flora Turnbull and Helen's great Aunt Rosemary. Mrs. Turnbull believes Twin Elms to be haunted as their have been some unexplained occurrences. Nathan Gomber, who says he is representing a missing property owner whose property the railroad has bought to build a bridge, gives Nancy a warning that her father is in dang ...more
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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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  • Nancy's Mysterious Letter (Nancy Drew, #8)
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