The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew Series #1)

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew Series #1)

by Carolyn Keene

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Overview

Read the original Nancy Drew mystery!

The Secret of the Old Clock is the mystery that began it all for America's favorite teenaged slueth. The accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads to an adventurous search for a missing will.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780448095011
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/28/1930
Series: Nancy Drew Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 22,619
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Keene is a pen name used by a variety of authors for the classic Nancy Drew Mystery series. The first author to use the pseudonym was Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote 23 of the original 30 books. Other writers who have adapted the "Carolyn Keene" moniker include Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, and Nancy Axelrod.

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The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 357 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are wondering if you should buy this book don't hesitate. Once you read it you will realize it was worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ENJOYED THIS BOOK VERY MUCH. THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK IS ABOUT NANCY, A VERY ATTRACTIVE BLONDE HEADED GIRL WHO IS TRYING TO HELP HER FRIENDS FIND JOSIAH CROWLEY'S OTHER WILL, WHILE ALSO HELPING THE POLICE DISCOVER THIEFS OF HER FRIEND'S BELONGINGS. I READ THIS 180 PAGED BOOK IN ONE DAY, AND IT WAS VERY HARD TO PUT DOWN. THIS IS NOT THE ONLY BOOK I HAVE READ ABOUT NANCY DREW, I RECCOMEND THE OTHERS TOO.ÜÜÜ
newauthor More than 1 year ago
Wow, for this being the first one, it was really good, and made everyone want to read more, just stick to old nancy drew books, DONT read new ones
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is truly amazing and I would recomend this book for ages seven and up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have fun reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book full of suspence and mystery. This book can be read from ages 6-100 everyone can read it. I am hooked on this series
funbooks2read More than 1 year ago
I just discovered that Nancy Drew is on Nook! Can't wait to read all these old mysteries again, the first time since childhood. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a awesome book!You have to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is one of my favorite Nancy Drew. It is definatly a good first series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't see what the big deal is about these books. They are very boring & all end the SAME way. She gets captured, then escapes with help from her boyfriend, then the bad guys get caught. 2 THUMBS DOWN!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can try to read just this book, but watch out--you'll most likely end up reading the whole series! Filled with mystery, suspence, and adventure, this book is sure to leave you wanting more! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant understand what the book is talking about but Im dislexic so its kinda hard to under stand anything. But I dont like it any way. - ZaneMasterOfIce739
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. You need to read it ! I do not know any body who has not read it, and all of them liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazingand i am going toread book 2 also
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really think the first one is going to be good because i am reading the ghost of blackwood hall
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I recommend this book to any age group. I think adults would love this too!
Isabella Quinn More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. It is very exiting and i think it is great for kids.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Nancy Drew is a classic.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the original version, not the cleaned-up, politically correct one. The most alive character is a black caretaker who speaks in dialect and drinks a bit. Yes, I know this is racist, but this is the cleverest part of the book: "Well, Miss, it was dis heah way: I was out in dah yard a-chorin' around last night and a'thinkin' how I wished I was some place whah I wasn't---just any place, I didn't mind wheah. I was just all fed up bein' a caih-taker and takin' caih o' all dis truck from mornin' till night. It ain't such an excitin' life, Miss, and while I's done sowed all mah wild oats, I still sows a little rye now and den." "Yes, Jeff---I can smell that on your breath right now." Jeff wiped the back of his hand over his mouth in an apparent effort to keep his rye-laden breath from being propagated into the atmosphere. [p. 141]Not only is there the grain wordplay, but this was a time when big words like "propagate" was used in children's books not literary enough to appear in public libraries.
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A few weeks ago, I began reading graphic novels and decided to read Nancy Drew. After finishing the second book in the series, I found myself thinking about the original Nancy Drew. As a young girl, I loved reading about Nancy¿s adventures and was fascinated with her detective skills. So once again I found myself in the children¿s section at the library looking for book one: The Secret of the Old Clock.In The Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy Drew is on the hunt for a missing will. She¿s determined to correct a wrong caused by a greedy family to ensure that the slighted individuals are provided for as Mr. Crowley promised prior to his death.I enjoyed re-reading this mystery. I still can see myself browsing the library at my elementary school for the next book in the series. Who knows, maybe I¿ll revisit this series again. Walking down memory lane has been fun¿
EllieGiles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a series of wonderful stories about Nancy Drew, a girl detective. Throughout the series, Nancy uses her smarts and the clues she finds throughout her adventures to help solve mysteries. These books are great for young girls. (This series could be likened to the Hardy Boys Series for boys.)
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although it took many, many pages to warm up to Nancy, it finally began to happen. I was at first taken aback by her amazing kindness and hospitality; you do not meet many Nancy Drews in 2010 America and she seemed unrealistic and one-dimensional. After I made comments of this sort on my blog, all the Nancy Drew fans ganged up on me and urged me to reexamine my thoughts about Nancy with gentler, pre-2010 eyes. So I did. Who wants to risk being beaten up by a horde of Nancy Drew aficionados?So I will revise my initial impressions of Nancy as a goody-two-shoes to that of a genuinely nice person who has learned to always be kind and helpful to the young and the poor and the elderly. Such a person could exist. Right? One can only hope.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Laura Linney narrates this audio recording of the first Nancy Drew book and she does a wonderful job. Her voice just has that wholesome, old-fashioned timbre that really lends itself well to this story. Music is artfully used in tense spots and it's melodramatic but it fits the story perfectly. As for the story itself, it's fine. These books stick around because they're classic, not because they can hold a candle to the high-caliber children's books being published today.
cherylktardif on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think Nancy drew was the beginning of the end for me. Her adventures and the mysteries that she solved made me yearn to solve my own. This made me inquisitive, leading to a job as a journalist at 14. It also made me want to write.

And here I am...just a few years later (Ok, more than a few), and I'm a writer of suspense, mysteries and thrillers! :) Go figure.

I recommend this book for pre-teens and young teens. It's a great escape. And for women who want to remember a piece of their youth, pick it up and read it now. :)

Cheryl Kaye Tardif
molliewatts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It has been years since I read a Nancy Drew book, but they used to be my favorites. I read the "older" books and the "newer" ones, as they modernized Nancy Drew; but I am sure I have not read the latest editions. I love a good mystery, and the Nancy Drew books were perfect for me - a teenage sleuth and her friends tip-toeing through mysterious places as they followed clues. I need to pick one up, again, just to see.