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Shoreline Sleuthing!

By Mary Anne Smrz


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Copyright 2011 Mary Anne Smrz

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Shoreline Sleuthing!

When I was a young girl in grammar school, I loved to read the Nancy Drew books. Nancy Drew was a fictional young amateur detective created by Edward Stratemeyer. The books were ghostwritten by a number of authors and were published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Nancy first appeared in 1930 and the books were extensively revised from 1959-1971. She is considered a cultural icon, and has been cited as a formative influence by a number of prominent women, from Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Sonia Sotomayor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush.

I could hardly wait until each new edition came out. My Mom and I would get the book and I’d stay up half the night reading page after glorious page. Nancy Drew, being the daughter of a lawyer, was adept at solving mysteries, and every book brought a new challenge. Each chapter ended with a suspenseful occurrence and I could hardly put the book down. At that time, books by Stratemeyer were also published about the Dana Girls and the Hardy Boys, but for me there was nothing like Nancy Drew.

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