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Mystery of the Ivory Charm

(Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #13)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,062 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Nancy determines whether an exquisite ivory elephant charm really protects its wearer from harm during her investigation of a circus performer who may be involved in a mysterious illegal scheme. The girl detective’s assignment becomes complicated when the elephant trainer’s young assistant seeks refuge at the Drew home from his cruel foster father. While following clues to ...more
Hardcover, Revised text, 179 pages
Published 1974 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1936)
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Nancy recovers a Raj for the Indian throne. . . .who knew that happened? A number of bad guys and a bad lady, a drifty professor, and Hannah is called Mrs. Gruen through the first part of the book, and towards the end is called Hannah again. . . as in all the first 12.

She does get an ivory charm, and the liquid stored in it is sucked down, saving lives. Now - if someone gave you an ivory charm that was 100's of years old and you could screw off the elephant tusk point on said charm, and you foun
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Standard fare for this series...which wasn't a bad thing.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This is one of the more confusing Nancy Drew books. I liked it but it was very difficult to understand what was going on (especially with Mrs. Allison) I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes Nancy Drew.
MK ( Makayla)
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
"...they caught enough to comprehend that Mrs Allison was speaking of reincarnation .
"She's spooky ,"Bess commented "
"Reincarnation means after you die you'll be reborn as another person or animal doesn't it ?"
"I'll probably be a goat ."George laughed .

Typical George 😂😂💕
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nancy Drew returns for another mystery that even borders on the supernatural.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This installment is one of the few that REALLY dates the series. It is blatantly racist and discusses the country of India and its leaders as if one was talking about something as inconsequential as an ant farm. There are some interesting scenes that take place at a circus and the girls are put in more perilous situations than normal but overall if I re-read again at some point in my life this one will certainly be skipped over.
Ruthie Jones
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read all the Nancy Drew books (and the Hardy Boys) when I was a child, but I will admit that I have read them all again as an adult (a few years ago). The stories are old fashioned, but that's why I like them so much.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cbr12
I only think I read this once as a kid, and I know why now. Simply put, the white colonialism that seeps into the pages is very much out of place with what we know about India now. This is one you can skip.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The reread continues! The mystery here was pretty good, but racism wasn't great. There were also some unnecessarily sexist descriptions in the beginning. They also sort of awkwardly handwaved over the fact that Nancy and her friends did technically kidnap Rishi, even if he went with them willingly. Nancy also definitely got out of some trouble with the police purely on the weight of her father's name, which doesn't bode well for the justice system here.

Wow, that was more issues than I realized.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Another classic Nancy Drew, which my daughter loves hearing (I read these aloud to her) and which I read because my daughter loves hearing them. Follows the basic plot of almost all Nancy Drew stories, with the usual kidnappings and rescues (why do people always get kidnapped in these stories!), with the main plot circling around a mysterious boy from India and a "magical" ivory charm.
Vicki Peters
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The original Nancy Drew books are great to read. In the 1960’s +, the original books were rewritten without many parts and pages of the basic books.
The first 26 books, except #8,9,&10, were written by Mildred A, Wirt. She is an awesome writer!!!! Carolyn Keene is not a real person, just the name in all the Nancy Drew books.
I’ve read most of the original Nancy Drew books by Mildred A. Wirt. Her books are so powerful and quick. The books have 25 chapters as apposed to the rewritten books which hav
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall I thought this was a pretty average Nancy Drew mystery. It didn’t really go anywhere, so I found myself to be kind of bored throughout it...
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Emily V
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great. It was a little confusing and all together just not the best book. I love Nancy Drew and I think I would recommend this book but there are better Nancy Drew’s to start with.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This mystery gave an interesting but brief introduction to India life and religion. A fast paced, light read breather book, I can't help but be excited in the conclusion.. the same way I felt when I first picked the book up in the 4th grade.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
"It was a sunny, warm May afternoon. Nancy's strawberry-blond hair vividly contrasted her teal-blue convertible."

"'You must be very careful about what you do or say,' the lawyer cautioned. 'You are getting into deep water.'
'Not so deep that I can't swim out.' Nancy smiled confidently."
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
wow!! very racist!! would be one star but ned is in here, love that guy
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
"Nancy Goes Indian" Does it bother anyone that initially Nancy kidnaps Rishi? Yes, Rai later reveals himself to be the bad guy and ultimately taking Rishi from the circus leads to the discovery of the stolen jewels of the deposed maharajah and the return of the son to the true father but after that initial trip to the circus Nancy and her potentially criminal gang don't know all of this. Instead they keep Rishi hidden in the house (can't risk Rai finding him) and force him to learn English from ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm is a children's story by Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) and the 13th book in the Nancy Drew series.

While discovering the secret of an ivory elephant charm, Nancy and her friends work to reunite a boy from India with his true father.

I’ve always been a voracious reader. So, as a child, one of my favorite things about summer was the frequent trips to our local library, which was less than a mile from our house. Like most young girls of a certain age (ahem), my
David Rodolfo
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
By today's standards on political correctness, this is by far the worst Nancy Drew story I've read so far. Sure, the pacing is fine, and there isn't any problem with the style since it's the same as in previous novels. The problem lies in the depiction of Indian characters. It is so racist that the argument "oh, but times were different back them" really doesn't suffice. There are many things I overlook when reading Nancy Drew because I enjoy the main character and seeing her solve mysteries is ...more
Ambika ɀסּϛסּ
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
What a stupid book! Yes I understand that books cant be stupid but everything about this story was stupid. I was eager to read it because of the Indian angle but everything about it made no sense. Its one thing to bring orphan girls to stay at your home after getting to know them a bit but she just let Rishi stay,the very same day that she met him!And Mr Drew just picking up the phone and calling someone and asking for clothes which they get in an hours time delivered by the kind soul. Its menta ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I don't remember it from when I was younger, but I know i read it.

There're certainly many exciting elements: kidnapping, poisoning, arson, etc. Nancy gets herself and others tangled into some dangerous situations.

But also just the whole portrayal of the Indians in this book felt, well - not cool. The mysticism and such made me uncomfortable. Now, I admit, I can't say if the way it was written was respectful for the time or how respectful it could be consi
Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading the revised reprint of this book as a kid, but I just finished the original, 1936 version, and it's nothing like what I remember. As far as the original versions of the Nancy Drew books go, this has to be one of the worst... and most painful. As much as I love the originals of this series, I would recommend skipping "The Mystery of the Ivory Charm."
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
A mysterious charm and a traveling circus. One of the more weird Nancy Drew mysteries.
Courtney Stofko
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I can honestly say that I have absolutely no idea what the fuck was all going on in this book.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting read.
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Man, The Original Text (OT) of The Mystery of the Ivory Charm does not hold up well at all. Where do I begin?

"Nancy Drew, you're talking in absolute riddles. But if you think I'll take in a brown-skinned boy to raise, you have another thing coming." Yeah, a whole lot of that throughout the book because The Mystery of the Ivory Charm is about an Indian boy who runs away from the circus because of a cruel master, Rai. Lots of stereotype
Brianna D
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this book “The Mystery of the Ivory Charm” from the Nancy Drew series and authored by Carolyn Keene, the story is about Nancy Drew
and her cousins, George and Bess, and her discovery of a mean man and his son, who was very sweet. His son was named Rishi and him, Nancy, Bess, and George met at a animal show trying to figure out a case going on there. Of course they had little Tommy, a neighbor, come with them. How I am affected by this story is that it always leaves me with suspicion. It alway
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The Revised Text of The Mystery of the Ivory Charm is almost identical to the OT, with a few exceptions. Coya's name is changed to Rishi, and a wealthy Indian who specializes in imported goods and makes his home base in River Heights, Mr. Tilak, are added. Instead of housing Rishi above the garage as in the original, he's ensconced on the third floor of the drew house in an extra guest room. Who in their right mind lives in a house with
Lik C
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
As now I've re-read a quarter of my Nancy Drew collection, I have realized the following:

1. Nancy really has no better things to do other than involve herself in other people's affairs.
2. Nancy is on an eternal summer vacation, or a gap year, gardening in the morning, helping Hannah with meal preparation, and going out with the girls in the afternoon.
3. Nancy attends Ned's many fraternity dances. Almost always that Ned has a fraternity friend from India, Turkey or wherever, who is vital to Nanc
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