Carolyn Keene


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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 Stratemeyer. Edna contributed 10 plot outlines before passing the reins to her sister Harriet. It was Mildred Benson (aka: Mildred A. Wirt), who breathed such a feisty spirit into Nancy's character. Mildred wrote 23 of the original 30 Nancy Drew Mystery Stories®, including the first three. It was her characterization that helped make Nancy an instant
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The Secret of the Old Clock...

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The Hidden Staircase (Nancy...

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Nancy Drew: #1-64

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The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy...

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The Sign of the Twisted Can...

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The Secret of the Old Clock The Hidden Staircase The Bungalow Mystery The Mystery at Lilac Inn The Secret of Shadow Ranch The Secret of Red Gate Farm The Clue in the Diary
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The Clue in the Diary The Clue in the Old Stagecoach The Clue of the Dancing Puppet The Clue of the Broken Locket The Secret of Mirror Bay
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Secrets Can Kill Deadly Intent Murder On Ice Smile and Say Murder Hit and Run Holiday White Water Terror Deadly Doubles
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Without a Trace A Race Against Time False Notes High Risk Lights, Camera... Action! The Stolen Relic
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Sleepover Sleuths Scream for Ice Cream Pony Problems The Cinderella Ballet Mystery Case of the Sneaky Snowman The Fashion Disaster The Circus Scare
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“Read, read, read. That's all I can say.”
Carolyn Keene, The Secret of the Old Clock

“Do act mysterious. It always keeps them coming back for more.”
Carolyn Keene, Nancy's Mysterious Letter

“Nancy, every place you go, it seems as if mysteries just pile up one after another.”
Carolyn Keene, The Message in the Hollow Oak

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May 2016 Juvenile Fiction Genre BOM: mystery/thriller

The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
Published in 1922
This droll whodunit from the creator of Winnie the Pooh sparkles with witty dialogue, deft plotting, and an amusing cast. In between taking tea and playing billiards, an amateur detective and his chum investigate their genial host's disappearance. A series of lighthearted capers ensues, replete with secret passageways, underwater evidence, and other atmospheric devices.

 
  2 votes, 50.0%

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1) by Carolyn Keene
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (Pseudonym for Mildred Wirt Benson for the original 1930 edition, she was born in July)
Published in 1930
Nancy Drew has to help Mr. Crowly’s friends find his missing will, before the evil Topham family steals his full inheritance.

 
  1 vote, 25.0%

The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May author)
Published in 1971 | Newbery Honor (1972)
When the four Stanley children meet Amanda, their new stepsister, they're amazed to learn that she studied witchcraft. They're stunned to see her dressed in a strange costume, carrying a pet crow, and surrounded by a pile of books about the supernatural.

It's not long before Amanda promises to give witchcraft lessons to David, Janie, and the twins. But that's when strange things start happening in their old house. David suspects Amanda of causing mischief, until they learn that the house really was haunted a long time ago.

Legend has it that a ghost cut the head off a wooden cupid on the stairway. Has the ghost returned to strike again?

 
  1 vote, 25.0%

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