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Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth

(Nancy Clancy Chapter Books #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,750 ratings  ·  339 reviews
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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Emily Actually not dumb. Very much geared to seven-year-olds, but the mystery is plausible and reasonably interesting.

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth (Nancy Clancy Chapter Books #1), Jane O'Connor

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 an all-new chapter book series featuring everyone’s
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Bobby Simic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the back of the book:

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
La Coccinelle
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Since I've been enjoying the Fancy Nancy picture books, I thought I'd give one of the chapter books a try. This is my first foray into the Nancy Clancy series, and I have to say, I'm not that impressed. They may be aimed at a slightly older audience than the picture books, but I actually found this book more difficult to enjoy than the books featuring six-year-old Nancy.

The illustrations, while still done by Robin Preiss Glasser, are all in black and white, so some of the magic is lost there. I
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
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Michael Neno
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A fun and cute updating of Fancy Nancy for a slightly older audience. In homage to Nancy Drew, our Nancy wants to become a sleuth with her friend Bree, and solve their own mysteries. Jane O'Conner's short book is supportive and encouraging to the book's target audience, and sure to appeal to them; it's a good introduction to the mystery genre for that age set. It's also lavishly illustrated in an almost too-cute manner by Robin Preiss Glasser. ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Read this one with my five year old and we both really enjoyed this first Nancy Clancy chapter book. We've been a big fan of the picture/story books for a while, and this was a nice transition as she moves to more involved books. We read a chapter a night over a period of time, and the book kept her attention, and she was super excited, and involved in the story each night! ...more
This is a beginning chapter book, so it's quite simplistic for an adult to read. However, it did have some charm especially with all of its references to Nancy Drew and the rhinestone magnify glass.

2018 challenge: a book that was being read by a stranger in a public place (the library of course!)
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The 8-10 me has fallen on love with this series. I love the Nancy Drew reference, the innocence and the simplicities and the complexities of how a child thinks and feels and processes. Right between the eyes!
Elizabeth Sund
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-felicity
The mystery in this book was exactly the right level for my six-year-old. She's looking forward to reading #2. ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg, read-in-2019
A mystery series that will appeal to those in 2-4th grade. Plausible mystery and fans of Fancy Nancy will enjoy this one!
Amanda Artist Cat
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
So cute! I remember those happy childhood days I ran around with this book all the time. I pestered my mum to buy a trench coat for me, wrote my own secret code, and even made my own Mystery "Craker" detective business cards. Other little girls have their Disney princesses, I have my detectives xD ...more
Rebecca Klein
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nancy Clancy is awesome! She even has a rhinestone encrusted magnifying glass to solve crimes with!!
Lauren Cunningham
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nancy Clancy is a sequel to the popular picture book Fancy Nancy. Nancy Clancy is a mystery series of 8 books that started being published in 2012, and the last book was published in 2017. In this story, a classmates prize possession goes missing and it’s up to Nancy Clancy to help solve the mystery. I think that this would be an appropriate read aloud in kindergarten and first grade. It may be a book club or independent book for 2nd-5th grade. I’m not sure if it would interest students above 5t ...more
Katie Miller
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm335
This series is about a young girl in the third grade, who is absolutely obsessed with Nancy Drew and solving mysteries. In this book, Nancy and her classmates have a show and tell day where they bring in their most prizes mementos. They spent the day presenting to their classmates and parents their mementos and what they mean to each other! Somehow during the day, Nancy's teacher's memento, a special marble, goes missing. Nancy and her best friend Bree, use their detective skills and kits to try ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations in this book are beautifully detailed. From her colorful red hair to her shoes, the pictures grab the audience’s attention no matter the age.

Summary: 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.

Response: It' a great precursor to introducing younger readers to the clas
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth is about this little girl that has always wanted to be a detective. She has all of the supplies she would ever imagine for her future job. One day she was in class and they had a memento game that they had to guess which one is who's. She had got all of them right when finally Mr. Dudeny had his turn. HE brought a marble and everybody wanted to learn how to play the game. Once everybody learned, the next day the marble went missing. Nancy has to figure out whos tole it ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A decent transition from the Fancy Nancy picture books, to an early chapter book series. Nancy is still fancy, but the focus moves to a more mature character with integrity, forgiveness and family values at its core. She may not be an outrageous character in her adventures, but I like that she is values-driven, and a decent kid (even though she can feel cross about things, and dislike certain kids in her classroom - a normal kid!). I thought the introduction of fancy words was done subtly and we ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute and very well done. The author leaves clues like breadcrumbs that will allow kids to figure out the two mysteries alongside Nancy and Bree, one mystery is more there to help solve the larger one. Why is Fancy Nancy a detective now? I don't know other than she really likes Nancy Drew because of an old edition she was given (I'm jealous Nancy) and wants to emulate her. And she is pretty good at it. She makes sure to examine evidence and not jump to conclusions. She is also still the Fanc ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
My 7 year old and I read this one together and it's a typical Fancy Nancy book, only in chapter book form! With a nod to Nancy Drew, it's a fun option for the younger readers.

So 8 years later and I’m reading this with my youngest, also 7 years old, and she really enjoys it. I’m glad that she can enjoy Fancy Nancy in an older iteration. The mysteries are cute and age appropriate. I’d say this is best with 1st-3rd grade. Lost of pictures, but still full chapters. She and I will be starting
My daughters each read this series in 1st grade. It's a nice step up from the "Fancy Nancy" series, taking much of what there was to like about that series and aging it up so that it is a great for for girls who are above easy readers but not ready for the drama that too often comes too early. I really appreciate the way this series handles the issues it touches in later books - esp in books 2 - "Secret Admirer" (sweet look at playing matchmaker) and 3 - "Sees The Future" (Nancy thinks she can t ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
She's all dressed up in her pink trench coat and rhinestone-encrusted magnifying glass, but unlike her idol Nancy Drew, fancy Nancy Clancy can't find a single mystery to solve. That does not stop her from having an excellent time with her best friend Bree sneaking around and writing coded messages. Then her cool teacher Mr. Dudeny's beautiful marble vanishes. It is up to Nancy and Bree, partners in crime solving, to solve the case and save the day. A fun little mystery with enough codes, clues, ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been working on reading chap books as I have very little knowledge about them and I'm frequently asked for recommendations for them at my work. I've previously read the Princess in Black and that was a fun one. This too is a really sweet, fun one, about a Nancy Drew wannabe who creates her own legend, in time. The age range is a little older than PIB, but it's an easier read than most Young Readers (Middle Grade) books, making it a nice transitional title. ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the cute Fancy Nancy books for teaching kids vocabulary words and I enjoyed this chapter book with the same characters. This is the first chapter book that my 6 yr old felt motivated enough to pick up and read by himself. (After I had read it aloud first.) He loved the secret code and has always loved that next-door neighbors, Nancy and Bree, have a special delivery service between their two windows.
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