Nancy Drew Books Game ~ Drew Connections

Here’s another fun Nancy Drew word game! 🙂 Callie and Ritu have suggested and requested word association games for The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew! 😀 Thank you both! 🙂

To play the game, click or tap on this link to go to the page – Drew Connections ~ Nancy Drew Books Game! 🙂 As always – have fun!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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Straight from the Books – Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Facts 4 – What Digest Already?

   As Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew fans, we love mysteries! 😎 Sometimes there seems to be a mystery concerning book facts where there’s not an enigma really, just misinformation. The main Hardy Boys series, #1-#190, and the main Nancy Drew series #1-#175,  are the series to refer to about details and facts, in regards to other series or even within the main series, for established character personalities. That real information can be found in the individual volumes consistently reflecting the character’s real characteristics. A small number of books I’ve read in those two series so far have fallen victim to ghostwriters’ discrepancies and errors at times.

   It’s not an unusual occurence to come across something online that is incorrect. One of those inaccurate things would be referring to any of The Hardy Boys books or Nancy Drew books as “Digests”. There’s no such thing as a “Digest” series for the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. It’s a totally made-up fallacy. No mystery about the facts because it is easily confirmed. There isn’t actually a separate series called “Digests” for the Hardys or Nancy. Calling any of the books Digests isn’t accurate – neither the books nor the publishers refer to them as such. The main/real deal/essential series is The Hardy Boys, as referred to in the books and by the publishers, and also as The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories or Hardy Boys Mysteries. Both the Hardy Boys series, started in 1927, and the Nancy Drew series, started in 1930, came from the creative genius of Edward Stratemeyer, whose characters, Frank, Joe, and Nancy, have been solving mysteries ever since then. 😎

   The Hardy Boys main series went into the 21st century, with new mysteries being written and published into 2005. The volumes of this series, not surprisingly, go from #1 through #190 and there’s also The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook. 😎

   The Nancy Drew Mysteries also went into the 21st century, having started in 1930, with newly written and published stories to November 2003. There are 175 volumes in the Nancy Drew series, numbered clearly and for a reason, beginning with #1 naturally, plus the Nancy Drew Sleuth Book. 😎

   The consecutive numbering provide huge clues that those books are the same series. So there’s really no mystery about that for the Hardys or Nancy.

   I don’t understand why anyone would make up some name like Digests that is incorrect and very easily shown not to be accurate. It’s also misleading, I think, and kinda divisive. I’m really not into any of that. I wouldn’t even refer to it on here, but that was one of the things I wanted to address on my blog since you can come across that misinformation online. Finding it on a wiki page or any site simply means someone entered that incorrect info, maybe without knowing it’s inaccurate. I’m sure everyone knows that there are correct things and false things found online, so coming across it on the internet doesn’t make something true.

   Proof of evidence is in the books themselves. If you get any of the Hardy Boys books, whether it’s #100 or #190, check inside the book. Yeah, don’t be surprised when you don’t find the books being called “Digests” anywhere in there.

   Also, I think it’s cool to note that only one series is called “The Hardy Boys” and one series called “Nancy Drew”. The alternate universe series have different series titles. 😎

   Now you know. The Hardy Boys series – Hardy Boys Mystery Stories – #1-#190 1927-2005 – one series. Nancy Drew Series – Nancy Drew Mystery Stories – #1-#175 1930-2003 – also all one series. One of several ways you can tell is from the sequential numbering of the books, as in there’s only one #1 in The Hardy Boys series and the Nancy Drew series. 😎

 

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Happy Anniversary, Nancy Drew!

Nancy Drew #3 The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn KeeneAs I mentioned in a previous post, the 28th of April, 2015 is the anniversary of when the exciting, much-loved, cool, popular series, Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew Mysteries/Nancy Drew Mystery Stories) began being published. The 85th anniversary to be exact. Mystery readers have had the opportunity to read Nancy’s thrilling adventures starting on this date in 1930, with the publication of the first three volumes, The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, and The Bungalow Mystery. That was the start of another successful Edward Stratemeyer series, The Hardy Boys (The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories/The Hardy Boys Stories) series having been established in 1927. Both series being read and loved here and now in the 21st century. That’s pretty cool. The Nancy Drew series continued with new stories from 1930 until November 2003 with #175 (The Hardy Boys went to April 2005 with #190). I have a facsimile edition of books #1-#3 (unread as of yet) and I also have the revised editions, which I have read. 🙂 My favorite of the first three Nancy Drew books is #3 The Bungalow Mystery. 🙂

There are several essential characters who’ve helped Nancy a lot. Her dad, Carson, is a lawyer who loves his daughter, and although he’s always concerned for her safety, he’s super proud of her. Her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, brave, loyal, and smart, lets Nancy know he loves her, not only by telling her, but also showing it with understanding and support. Hannah Gruen, the Drews’ housekeeper who’s been like a mother to Nancy. George Fayne and Bess Marvin, cousins who’ve stuck with Nancy through many dangerous situations. Also Helen Corning, a friend appearing in several books. And my favorite characters, the Hardy Boys, brothers Frank and Joe, fellow detectives and justice-seekers have worked with Nancy.

Important trivia if you don’t want to be wrong: Nancy was 16 years old in the first book. That means she isn’t 85 years old today – because she would have had to have been a baby in The Secret of the Old Clock – and maybe people really matured a lot quicker than us today, but she could drive a car, etc, so that’s just not in the realm of possibility for her to be an infant in the first book. So since she was 16 in the original, she would be 101, but with her being 18 in the revised edition of The Secret of the Old Clock, you could say she’s 103. But it is physically impossible for her to literally be 85 and not 101 or 103. 🙂 So if you read anywhere online that’s she 85, you know that’s incorrect and you know the actual facts. 😎 If you want to get really technical, The Secret of the Old Clock was written in 1929, so that would make her 102 or 104. 🙂

It’s not a mystery at all as to why Nancy (and the Hardy Boys) continue to be important, much-read characters. The answer is that readers who love action and mystery love reading about the adventures of people who have a strong sense of ethics and are willing to take on deadly foes murderously intent on getting away with a number of crimes. Bad individuals and groups get stopped and it’s good to see that. Plus Nancy and the Hardys keep their sense of humor, which also helps them. Smart, brave, loyal, compassionate, resourceful, quick-witted and wise are all words that describe Nancy Drew (and The Hardy Boys 😀 ). And I’m extremely thankful to know that there are people like them for real. 🙂

Nancy not only has a lot of books, but other items as well. My mom and dad got me a book about Madame Alexander dolls and it has in there about the doll made in Nancy’s honor. Plus, there are numerous movies, games, several alternate universe book series, and graphic novels from Papercutz. The games includes PC/Mac/tablet/phone games from HeR Interactive, including one of my favorite ones, The Secret of the Old Clock – which I like more than the book. 😎

So those of us who love an adventure want to read the exciting mysteries Nancy’s solved. You can find them on sale online or in bookstores, or check them out of public libraries in paperback, hardcover, and ebook. Puzzling clues and fascinating mysteries at a variety of locations await you! 🙂

Let me know what you like most about Nancy and if you have a favorite book or game! 🙂

Great News for Nancy Drew Fans!

The Return of the Missing Ebooks! More Nancy Drew mysteries will be re-released in digital form in 2015! One of my favorite Nancy Drew books is Captive Witness (such a cool cover!), which, along with the others listed below, had been available in hardcover and ebook. When the Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap ebooks became unavailable last year, I thought that Simon and Schuster had decided to release them digitally themselves. Looks like case solved. And hopefully this means more will become available as ebooks finally. 🙂 Naturally, I hope that for the Hardy Boys books as well. 😎

3/10/15Nancy Drew 64 Captive Witness by Carolyn Keene
#57 The Triple Hoax
#58 The Flying Saucer Mystery
#59 The Secret in the Old Lace

3/17/15
#60-#62

3/24/15
#63 The Twin Dilemma
#64 Captive Witness

Available from your favorite ebooksellers in 2015! 🙂

More Nancy Drew eBooks!

Whispers in the Fog by Carolyn Keene

Exciting upcoming Nancy Drew eBooks! 😎 Just like there are great Hardy Boys mysteries available digitally with more on the way, that’s also true for Nancy Drew mysteries! 😀 Whatever device you have, whether you read on a Kindle, tablet, phone, or any other ereader or your computer/laptop, there are great mysteries to solve and places to travel to with Nancy, Ned, George, and Bess! 😀 Along with the Nancy Drew mysteries already available as eBooks, the titles listed below will be released this summer and fall! 😎 

~Here are upcoming titles and dates~

Jun. 2013 ~
25th
#171 Intrigue at the Grand Opera
#172 The Riding Club Crime

Jul. 2013 ~
2nd
#80 The Case of the Disappearing Diamond

16th
#78 The Phantom of Venice
#174 A Taste of Danger
#175 Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland

30th
#81 The Mardi Gras Mystery
#82 The Clue in the Camera
#84 The Joker’s Revenge

Aug. 2013 ~
6th
#86 The Mystery of Misty Canyon
#87 The Case of the Rising Stars
#88 The Search for Cindy Austin

13th
#89 The Case of the Disappearing Deejay
#90 The Puzzle at Pineview School
#91 The Girl Who Couldn’t Remember

20th
#92 The Ghost of Craven Cove
#93 The Case of the Safecracker’s Secret
#94 The Picture-Perfect Mystery

27th
#95 The Silent Suspect
#96 The Case of the Photo Finish
#97 Mystery at Magnolia Mansion

Sept. 2013 ~
10th
#98 The Haunting of Horse Island
#99 The Secret at Seven Rocks
#100 A Secret in Time

17th
#101 The Mystery of the Missing Millionairess
#102 The Secret in the Dark
#103 Stranger in the Shadows

24th
#104 The Mystery of the Jade Tiger
#106 The Case of the Artful Crime
#107 The Legend of Miner’s Creek

Oct. 2013 ~
8th
#108 The Secret of the Tibetan Treasure
#109 The Mystery of the Masked Rider
#110 The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery
#111 The Secret at Solaire
#113 The Secret Lost at Sea

15th
#114 The Search for the Silver Persian
#115 The Suspect in the Smoke
#116 The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears
#117 Mystery on the Menu

22nd
#118 Trouble at Lake Tahoe
#119 The Mystery of the Missing Mascot

Announcing “Drew Clue Words”!

Presenting another one of Callie’s fun games she shared with me for everyone to enjoy called Drew Clue Words! 🙂

All visitors are welcome to play the game. 🙂 Word Warrior, as with the rest of the blog, will be overseeing the game and keeping the game flowing with approved posts and edits. 😎

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Hi! 🙂 Happy you came to check out my blog for Frank and Joe Hardy and Nancy Drew – awesome detectives who, with their intelligence, wit, courage, faith, and perseverance, have been solving crimes and disrupting and stopping bad guys’ activities in two centuries and in various places around the world!!! 😀

On this blog I want to share cool facts and trivia I’ve seen in the books I’ve read so far, talk about the many books, including upcoming releases and relevant Hardy and Nancy book news, plus have stories I’ve written that are inspired by the books. 🙂

Thank you to my family and friends who have encouraged and helped me greatly! 🙂 Most of all, I thank the Creator of us all for so many blessings. 🙂

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