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Our next #NancyDrewBR is The Clue in the Diary. We‘ll discuss it on May 15th.

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Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! 13h
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Thanks for a great discussion yesterday! Feel free to keep adding to the discussion.

Our next #NancyDrewBR is The Clue in the Diary. We‘ll discuss on May 15th.

If you would like to be added or removed from the tag list, just let me know!

Bookwormjillk Is the diary on a farm? 😉 17h
TheBookHippie Lots of doctoring this week I‘m jumping in when I can! I got both books at once from the library 😵‍💫🤭 17h
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Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk 😂 I also suspect the clue will be in the…wait for it…the diary… 17h
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie No worries! Wishing you well!! 17h
TheAromaofBooks This is one of the few I don't seem to own, so I'm off to the library for it!! 17h
Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks Hope you can find a copy! 17h
Born.A.Reader Goodness me, I'm so far behind. Guess I have a stack to start catching up on this weekend! 15h
Librarybelle No worries, @Born.A.Reader ! 15h
Ruthiella Yahoo! 😃 14h
julieclair @Bookwormjillk Yes, the diary is on a dairy farm. 🐄😉 13h
Allylu Ooh thanks! I will add it to my May list! 💕📚😊 5h
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#NancyDrewBR #SeriesLove2024

Another fun installment of Nancy Drew. This time she encounters a cult and a crime syndicate. I missed having Hannah in this one but we had more Carson Drew. Glad to have George and Bess around but annoyed we had no mention of Ned.

Librarybelle Hooray! Another fun installment indeed! 20h
TheSpineView Fantastic! 20h
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Enjoyed this more than the last one. Nancy‘s genius idea at the end to sell admission to see the cave/counterfeit operation to help save the farm was pretty great. 💵

I don‘t have books 7-10 so will be sitting out the next few. Might jump back in for later books. It‘s been so fun to revisit these with you all! #NancyDrewBR

Librarybelle So glad you could join us! Would you like to still be tagged, in case you‘re able to join us later? 22h
jlhammar @Librarybelle Sure, you can keep me tagged just in case. Thanks! 20h
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Way too many coincidences in this one to suit me. But still a fun read!
#NancyDrewBR @Librarybelle

Librarybelle No matter what, they are fun reads! 2d
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On a shopping trip with George & Bess, Nancy visit a perfume place where they‘ve trouble buying a perfume. On the train home Nancy is approached by a man who recognizes the perfume & wants to know if she has a message from the boss. Also on the train they get in contact with Millie. The friends decide to come home with Millie and help get more visitors to the farm she‘s from. While there Nancy learns that part of the land is rented out to a cult

Librarybelle Another interesting cover! 2d
BarkingMadRead This cover is amazing 2d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2d
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#ReadAway2024 #SeriesLove2024

And it‘s a wrap for Nancy Drew Book 6 for #NancyDrewBR In this one, Nancy with Bess & George in tow are trying to help a new friend save her grandmother‘s farm & are caught up in a couple of mysteries that of course tie together at the end. Milder on the danger aspects & some interesting plot points like a “nature cult” & mysterious code. It was a good book for Nancy‘s noggin-no concussions for her or anyone so our⬇️

DebinHawaii …so the "Nancy Noggin Knockout" count or #NNK is just potential concussions in 3 out of 6 books now! ? And is it just me, or does anyone else read the villains‘ lines in their heads like a bad James Cagney impression or old gangster movies?! Just me? Okay… ??‍♀️ 2d
TheSpineView Fantastic! 💚📖📚 2d
DGRachel @DebinHawaii I get Scooby Doo villain vibes off of all the baddies, but now that you‘ve mentioned James Cagney and old gangster movies, I‘ll never read them quite the same way again. (And now I want to watch White Heat). 2d
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Ruthiella @DGRachel Totally Scooby Doo vibes for me. 👍 2d
DebinHawaii @DGRachel @Ruthiella Definitely “Those meddling kids!!!” vibes too! 😂 2d
Librarybelle I love the comparison to the old gangster movies! 2d
DieAReader 🤣🤭Glad Nancy survived without a knock out! 2d
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Here we go, #LittenDetectives - time for another discussion of Nancy Drew and her friends!

I‘ve posted 5 questions as spoilers. You can find them on my feed, the book‘s feed, or searching for #NancyDrewBR . Join the discussion whenever!

Share any other thoughts below! I‘ll post about next month‘s book, The Clue in the Diary, tomorrow! Thanks for reading with me!!

LibrarianRyan Ohhhhh. Makes me wish I wasn't flaky this year. I have the first 6 in the new cover, and you make me want to dig them out and read them! 2d
Librarybelle @LibrarianRyan Definitely dig them out when you‘re up to it. It‘s been fun to reread through Nancy Drew again! 2d
julieclair This was a fun discussion! 2d
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mrp27 Another fun installment! 21h
kspenmoll I am having so much fun with Nancy after all these years! The discussions are fun! 17h
Librarybelle @julieclair @mrp27 @kspenmoll I‘m enjoying these so much! 17h
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5. Let's talk character development. Usually, there should be strong character development by the time the reader has reached book six. Though the side characters have changed - George and Bess vs Helen - we have seen Nancy through six adventures. How has the character of Nancy developed over the last six books? Has the Nancy character developed? Is character development impacted by the series' creation through a syndicate? #NancyDrewBR

DGRachel I don‘t know that she really has developed, but it‘s hard to separate the Nancy I remember from all of the books I read and the Nancy of just these first six books 2d
bookandbedandtea @DGRachel I agree that Nancy hasn't developed much in these 6 books. From my memories of these books, I don't think she changes at all during the series. She's brave with a side of reckless, always ready to help, and single minded once she catches hold of a new mystery. 2d
CogsOfEncouragement I agree, and recklessness is certainly the right word @bookandbedandtea
The adventure, the mystery, the clues, the skill set seems to propel the story more than anything about Nancy on a journey as a young adult. We dip into her life during the capers to enjoy the story. It will be interesting to take note if Nancy and her friends change much by the end of the series.
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Bookwormjillk I agree with the others. Not much development from Nancy. 2d
AnneCecilie I agree with everyone else, not much development 2d
MariaW So far, Bess and George seem to be very superficial characters. Again, all about shopping, food and boys. But what were we thinking of at that age? 🤪 2d
Ruthiella I don‘t think Nancy and crew are supposed to develop. Kids like consistency. And these books are for middle graders, not angsty teens. (edited) 2d
DebinHawaii Yes, I agree with everyone, not much development with Nancy or any of the characters. I really don‘t think it plays a role in the whole series but maybe I am forgetting about it. It just seemed like everyone stayed the same. 2d
catiewithac I‘m just happy to see that the books encourage independence in young women and supports them having a healthy appetite for food and adventures! 2d
Librarybelle Completely agree, @catiewithac ! I find that there are some continuity issues - and maybe as a kid I would not have thought of them. We had Ned mentioned in the last book at a very random thing. Helen disappears, with George and Bess entering the series also randomly. I don‘t recall ever being confused with these as a kid. And, agree no development of Nancy. It makes me think on the lines of @Ruthiella that she is not necessarily meant to be ⬇️ 2d
Librarybelle ⬆️ developed. I‘m wondering if it is because multiple women are authors of the Nancy books too…I know they are provided with an outline of the story, so no chance to really develop Nancy as a full character. Just my thoughts! @DGRachel @bookandbedandtea @CogsOfEncouragement @Bookwormjillk @AnneCecilie @MariaW @DebinHawaii 2d
julieclair Interesting point, @Ruthiella , that kids like consistency. Very true! 2d
bookandbedandtea That's a good point, @CogsOfEncouragement, that these books aren't about Nancy (or Bess and George) coming off age. They don't grow up in these books, they're perpetually 18. And @Ruthiella, you also make a good point about kids liking consistency. Looking back I believe that as a child I appreciated knowing what I was getting when I read one of these. 2d
kwmg40 These stories definitely focus on plot rather than character development. However, I find myself growing quite fond of Nancy and friends, even if they are rather static as characters. 2d
jlhammar Perhaps she is developing an even greater appetite for solving mysteries and saving the day! Great point @Ruthiella about consistency. 24h
mrp27 I‘ve only read these 6 ND books as an adult so based on that, there has been zero character development for Nancy or any of the characters. For me I‘d like to see some type of growth as the books continue but I don‘t think that is going to happen. 21h
kspenmoll I agree with you all. Nancy is an enjoyable but static character. 18h
dabbe @catiewithac And all the 🍨 you can eat! 😀 17h
dabbe Agree 💯 with all of you. I guess in a way in these stories, the characters are static, but the plot is what is dynamic and always changing. That's interesting to me. And I think the one change you could see of Nancy is in every book she shows a new skill at something that is necessary--like in this one, dressing a snake bite. 17h
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4. A part of the storyline is the cipher that Nancy tries to decode, and quickly does...because Nancy Drew can do anything!

I found this blog entry from the Library of Congress that discusses ciphers and codes: https://blogs.loc.gov/families/2024/03/ciphers-and-secret-codes-no-security-clea...

I can just imagine readers wanting to decode ciphers too after reading this book!

Any thoughts on this part of the book? #NancyDrewBR

DGRachel It reminded me of a code solving type of puzzle that was in Dell word puzzle magazines back in the day. My mom would buy them in the grocery store and she gave me the same tips about word and letter frequencies to try to solve the phrases. So, this section gave me strong warm-fuzzy nostalgia vibes. 2d
CogsOfEncouragement I can‘t remember the sources of my code breaking puzzles as a kid, but we‘ve had a couple provided by the hosts of the the #NoPlaceLikeHolmes BR and I used the same skills I did as a kid to find the answers. lol 2d
Bookwormjillk My friend used to send me all of her letters from summer camp in code and now I‘m wondering if this is where she got the idea. 2d
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AnneCecilie In my translated edition, Nancy doesn‘t figure out the code, but give her notes to the police 2d
MariaW I really liked that part even though it is very unlikely that Nancy deciphered it this fast. I really liked your link, @Librarybelle, I will definitely use it in my next project week to create cipher wheels with my students. 2d
DebinHawaii I have been reading the Lady Holmes series by Sherry Thomas & there is a lot of chiphers & code breaking in the books. It‘s very interesting! (edited) 2d
Ruthiella I loved the idea of codes as a child. That was a great addition to the series. I hope it comes up again. 2d
catiewithac How did Nancy know so much without the internet?!? Her dad must have an encyclopedia set in his library that she read cover to cover. Any other encyclopedia readers out there? I had my dad‘s encyclopedia for kids from the 1960s that I read! 🤓 2d
Librarybelle That‘s interesting about the translation, @AnneCecilie . I wonder why! And @catiewithac , I have my dad‘s 1960s Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia set in a box in a closet! I remember them as a kid and just could not let him get rid of them. I‘m glad you can use the link, @MariaW !! So much nostalgia for ciphers and decoding and puzzles…I loved puzzles as a kid. @DGRachel @CogsOfEncouragement @Bookwormjillk @DebinHawaii @Ruthiella 2d
DGRachel My local grocery store sold Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedias when I was in elementary school (early/mid-80s) so my mom bought them one alphabet letter at a time. 😂 @catiewithac @Librarybelle (edited) 2d
Librarybelle @DGRachel So cool!! 2d
kwmg40 I really liked the use of the code. When I was a child, I loved the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, which featured the young detective frequently cracking codes. 2d
bookandbedandtea @catiewithac Oh my gosh I'd forgotten reading my parent's encyclopedias! I was always looking for something to read, and when there wasn't anything else, I'd pick a letter and start reading. 😂 2d
catiewithac @bookandbedandtea 🙌🏼 encyclopedias 👏🏻 2d
Allylu Nancy must have read her Dad's encyclopedias! She knows a little bit about everything! So cool to think about all of us being so nerdy. LOL 1d
jlhammar I really liked Nancy working out the code. 1d
AnneCecilie @Librarybelle I have no idea, but I knew that something has been missing/ changed in the translation‘s because of the page differences, the translation is 30 shorter and the bigger lettering. The 90s seem to be the period for “creative” translations. 22h
mrp27 Codes and code breaking definitely bring out childhood nostalgia.I would have loved this as a kid. 21h
kspenmoll That was great fun, especially since i am horrible at those kinds of puzzles. She would have worked with British code breakers during WWII! 18h
dabbe @catiewithac I had my mom's from the 1950s. I still found it extremely useful as a kid growing up in the 70s. 🤩 17h
dabbe @Librarybelle @DGRachel ... that reminds me of the FRIENDS' episode where Joey can only afford the letter “V“ and tells everyone about Mt. Vesuvius! 🤩 17h
dabbe @bookandbedandtea YES! I always loved looking up mountains; I have always been fascinated by them. 🤩 17h
dabbe The idea of deciphering codes reminded me of another favorite SH story, “The Adventure of the Dancing Men.“ And just like this book, a lot of discussion goes into how the cipher is solved. I'm horrible at puzzles like that, but I love reading about others who are able to solve them! 17h
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