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Nancy Drew #002: The Hidden Staircase


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ISBN13: 9780448095028
ISBN10: 0448095025
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After receiving a call from her friend Helen Corning, Nancy agrees to help solve a baffling mystery. Helen's Aunt Rosemary has been living with her mother at the old family mansion, and they have noticed many strange things. They have heard music, thumps, and creaking noises at night, and seen eerie shadows on the walls. Could the house be haunted?

Just as soon as she hangs up the phone, a strange man visits Nancy's house to warn her and her father that they are in danger because of a case he is working on buying property for a railroad company. This warning leads Nancy and  her father Carson to search for the missing Willie Wharton, a landowner, who can prove he signed away his land to the railroad and save the railroad from a lawsuit. Will Nancy be able to find the missing landowner and discover how these mysteries are related?


Teenage detective Nancy Drew uses her courage and powers of deduction to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion.

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Katherine Stuart, October 26, 2008 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
There’s nothing like reading a book I loved as a child to see how much my tastes have matured and been refined. The writing is not noteworthy or even engaging.
A few years ago I read an article for a class I was taking that harshly criticized the Nancy Drew series for its white upper middle class elitist tone. So of course I spent most of the book noticing how valid the critique is. The negative view of the old, aristocratic class in all its decay; the idea that the poor just need a helping hand – a little lift; the portrayal of the African-American servant as being totally belligerent and complicit in the belligerence of her employer. Obviously the Drews were wise to hire someone white as their servant. These attitudes and unspoken comparisons are obvious.
What really caught my attention though is the optimism the writer (for whom “Keene” is only a pseudonym of course) has toward technology. This attitude that is so prevalent in the early twentieth century. A segment of the society, apparently a much larger segment than exists today, believed unequivocally that technology would be the panacea to all the world’s ills. Telephones, electricity, the scientific method. As much as I view technological progress with the jaded eye of my generation I must admit it was a sweet nostalgia to remember once upon a time we, my fellow countrymen and mostly forbearers, believed with untarnished innocence that we were on the verge of utopia heralded by the harnessing of electricity for everyday use and the advent of the automobile. For that optimism alone this was worthy of a couple of hours of an evening.
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Keene, Carolyn
Grosset & Dunlap
New York :
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Mystery and detective stories
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Mysteries / Detective
Juvenile fiction
Drew, nancy (fictitious character)
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Children s Middle Readers-General
Edition Description:
Nancy Drew (Hardcover)
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Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 9
7.56x5.09x.73 in. .50 lbs.
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