The "old" Nancy Drew series
by Pat Fenner
First Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock
I grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries whenever I could! I have vivid memories of my mother hiding my books, just so I would get my chores done or because the family was waiting on me to get ready to go somewhere. :-)
Now, it's been years since I've read them, but what I remember loving about Nancy was her absolute confidence that she could "figure out" the current mystery...no matter what.
She was smart and independent, yet willing to seek/use help when she needed it; she went the extra mile to get the job done but cared about others in the process. She was not swayed or dismayed by close calls, brick walls or distractions, because she had her eye on the goal.
Yup, it's entirely possible that I have "gilded my memories" a bit - but, nevertheless, those are the characteristics that she inspired in me to personally develop.
I have no idea if the contemporary series is as motivating - my 2 cents is to take the little bit of extra trouble to find those old editions. ;-)
Thanks for the opportunity to reminisce....
Pat Fenner is the author and webmaster of Help 4 Your Homeschool
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