Nancy Drew – My First Chapter Book

Did anyone read The Nancy Drew Notebooks? If you did can you pleaaaase show some love down below? It’s just that I haven’t met many people (even online) that love these junior version of everyone’s favourite girl detective.

The original Nancy Drew mysteries were created in the 1930s with the first novel published in April, 1930. The Nancy Drew Notebooks ran from 1994 to 2005.

I first discovered these at a library book sale. The deal was, how many books you could hold in your hand was a dollar. So if you could hold 50 books, you only need to pay a dollar. Best sale isn’t it. But if you only found one book that interest you, that’s still a dollar. So the natural thing to do was to take advantage of your dollars worth. I had a small pile of chapter books.

This was one of the books in my pile. That’s obviously a painting of real people, but I don’t want to read and picture ‘real’ people renacting the scenes in the book. No! I want cartoons! So the book was left to the side whilst I read the children books that had cartoon illustrations. One day I finished them all and I had nothing left to read during the summer holidays, so I read the snippet. And hey, what do you know, it actually kept me reading.

Let’s discover what Nancy Drew’s childhood was all about, shall we?

#7 Trouble At Camp Treehouse

Nancy wants to go swimming at Camp Treehouse but she doesn’t want to fight with her best friend because Bess hates swimming. They are in their cabin. Ah, camp. This camp story is way better than Camp Counsellors. Nancy’s new friend Lauren says, “You can come swimming with me.” I instantly don’t like Lauren. Can’t she see this is a matter between two best friends and not a newbie (I have my personally issues here).

Their camp counsellor Mary Ann walks into the ‘Bluebird’s’ cabins which is made up of: Nancy, Bess, Lauren, Dana (impatient child), Nora and Joanna (two best friends that dress alike). It’s the first day of camp and everyone needs to sign up for activities. [I never went to camp like these, so all this was very interesting to me.] Everyone is ready to leave the cabin except Lauren, who is red in the face.

“My camera has been stolen!” she cries.

Her bag contains many rolled up items; rolled up sweatshirt, socks, jeans, shorts. There are also her bathing suit, plastic bag with soap and toothbrush, but no camera. No one in the Bluebird cabin would steal her camera,or would they? Apparently this Lauren girl loses everything so she might have lost her camera as well, but who knows for sure. Nancy speaks to Nora and Joanna while Bess speaks to Dana about the camera over breakfast. Dana, Nora and Joanna played cards together last night and Nora and Joanna went to the toilet for fifteen minutes. Nancy writes this in her notebook. Bess tells her to include David Mulholland because he’s such a prankster. He might have stolen it as a joke.

At the treehouse, the male councellor asks if anyone can return Mary Ann’s sunglasses to the Blueberry cabin. David quickly volunteers in hope of setting up a prank for the girls, so Nancy and Bess follow. But David isn’t sure where the girls’ cabin are. The girls decide that he probably didn’t steal the camera after all.

When the girls went to play volletball, Lauren rolls her locket up in tissue. After the game she cries because she thinks she lost it, but it was only Bess protecting it in her own pocket.

Nancy goes back to the cabin and writes down clues and suspects into her blue notebook. I loved the idea of a detectives notebook so much I even owned one myself. Nancy thinks over this mystery and believes maybe it’s just too hard to solve. Nancy, if you can’t figure this one out, no one *cough can!

At the campfire, Nancy sees Dana holding a camera! She follows her but it turns out Dana just found a camera lying on the floor and thought it was Laura’s. It wasn’t.

Finally, the last day of camp has arrived. It is Nancy’s last chance to go swimming so she does, even though Bess is now upset. Aww. Lauren took her watch off and rolled it up in her towel. Her mother “said it’s the best way to take care of things and not lose them”. Nancy just got a bright idea. She runs back to the cabin and shows Lauren her camera is in her rolled up sweatshirt. Mystery solved!

What. The. Hell.

If Lauren knew to roll items safely, wouldn’t the first place she should look is in her rolled up clothing? Wouldn’t she empty her bag and unroll everything?! What were you thinking Lauren! Or not thinking.

This is what I love about The Nancy Drew Notebooks. You can read a mystery and find the solution in less than a day. Nancy also writes a reflection in her notebook after each case, which I believe is sweet. I love Anthony Accardo’s illustrations. Nancy and Bess are so pretty!

Hoorah! Bess isn't scared of water anymore.

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