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BOOK REVIEW: GIRL SLEUTH: NANCY DREW
AND THE WOMEN WHO CREATED HER
BY MELANIE REHAK

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In the introduction the author states "This is the story of how Nancy Drew came to be an American icon and why she stayed one for decades." The author also states "It's in the lives of the man who dreamed her up and the women who shepherded her into existence and molded her character."

No one really knew how successful Nancy Drew would become when a children's book author, Edward Stratemeyer, created her. We all realize now that there was no Carolyn Keene. Carolyn Keene was one of many names dreamed up by Stratemeyer.

Edna and Harriet Adams inherited their father's book company, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, at the time of his death in 1930. In addition to being a businesswoman, wife and mother, Harriet was Carolyn Keene. However, someone else filled this role before her. It was Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson, Nancy Drew's original author.

If you are a Nancy Drew fan, this is a must read book. The author does an excellent job of informing the reader about the history of Nancy Drew and the changes that have taken place throughout the years. This is an interesting look at what happened behind the scenes - the reader would be very surprised because at the time we were reading Nancy Drew we had no idea as to what was taking place in the creation and transformation of the girl sleuth. This book will take you back to old times and many memories and you will now look back at Nancy Drew with some interesting knowledge that you did not have before.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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