Nancy Drew Clue Book #8 World Record Mystery is not your grandmothers (or mother’s) Nancy Drew. There have been several covers over the years, some updating the setting and variety of different series. Based on Caroylyn Keene’s concept, this series is a very modern upgrade to our girl sleuth.
She has “one of each” friend (the girly-girl and the tomboy), she has video games and each girl has a cell-phone. They are about third or fourth grade (old enough to be on their own, but still have to “stay within a five-mile radius of their homes). There is nothing familiar about this Nancy and 1930s Nancy. Except, they both love to solve mysteries.
Aimed at second or third graders, sometimes I was frustrated and wanted to yell, “HELLO! GIANT CLUE IN FRONT OF YOU!” But had to stop and think, “What would seven-year-old me be thinking right now?” I am not sure I would have picked up on the obvious clue glittering right in front of me. There are some interactive activities that will help you organize any clues you think you found, the ones Nancy and friends found and other questions.
The story is simple: The girls try and find out who stole a lucky headband. They follow the clues and they solve the mystery. For the adult there is nothing new, but for the kid just starting out in the chapter book format, likes mysteries, likes stories about friends or you are looking for more “girl power” books, this would a series to work with. And while you do not have to read in order, it will be helpful.