When Nancy Drew stole on to the scene of the crime 75 years ago last April, complete with her shiny blue roadster and her finely tuned sense of good and evil, the teen detective was the very model of the independent-minded young lady on a mission. She was invented in the waning days of the Roaring Twenties by a children's...
Our Teenage Heroine at 75
The New York Times
Seventy-five years ago this week, the teenage supersleuth Nancy Drew zoomed into the world -- and the hearts and minds of little girls -- in her blue roadster, wearing a perfect frock and brandishing a formidable intelligence tempered by the gentility of her upper-class milieu. Ever since, and even under circumstances that might have knocked down a lesser detective -- war, the Depression, terrorism -- she has prospered. Just last spring, her current publisher, Simon & Schuster, relaunched the series (which has never gone out of print), and the 10 up-to-the-minute titles released so far have sold briskly.
A Bit of the Old, a Bit of the New, She's Still Our Nancy Drew
The Los Angeles Times
"My name is Nancy Drew. My friends tell me I'm always looking for trouble, but that's not really true. It just seems to have a way of finding me."Meet America's favorite girl sleuth, circa 2004. She's back in town, in Simon & Schuster's newly launched "Nancy Drew Girl Detective" series, and this time she's talking directly to us, in the first person. Of course, Nancy has spoken to American women and girls from the moment she solved her first crime, in 1930's "The Secret of the Old Clock."
'Confessions of a Teen Sleuth': Secret of the Old Crock
The New York Times
She wears flimsy lingerie! She's secretly in love with one of the Hardy boys! She's (gasp) middle-aged! Reader, this is not your mother's -- or even your -- Nancy Drew.Then again, maybe she is. Chelsea Cain's gleeful parody "Confessions of a Teen Sleuth" affectionately hits all the formulaic high points of a Nancy Drew mystery, sending up and yet saluting America's favorite girl detective.