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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; New edition edition (May 1 1930)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448095033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448095035
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carolyn Keene is the pen name for Edward L. Stratemeyer who originally began the series. It is not proven, but said, that his daughters updated and continued the series after their father's death in 1930.

Laura Linney's extensive film credits include her Academy Award(R) nominated role in You Can Count on Me, as well as The Truman Show, Absolute Power, Primal Fear, and The Mothman Prophecies. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Crucible and starred in the critically acclaimed PBS miniseries Tales of the City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"LOOK at those black storm clouds!" Nancy Drew pointed out to her friend, Helen Corning, who was seated beside her in the bow of the small red motorboat. Read the first page
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By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 30 2012
Format: Hardcover
I own a little of the infamous "Nancy Drew" series from childhood and since I don't remember the stories, it is my pleasure to start them anew. I'm surprised to find myself liking them so much in my thirties and see that I'll have to acquire them all!

I give three stars because "The Bungalow Mystery" doesn't have the tantalizing atmosphere of hidden rooms, artifacts, or codes. I get most excited about ancient buildings, ghosts, or something paranormal. However Mildred A. Wirt's writing stands well in our 2000s era. Truth be known, Carson was abnormally liberal with `in the trenches' legwork that his eighteen year-old handled... for 1930 or otherwise. I don't see my parents concurring that sneaking through a second-storey window to spy, is a good idea! Especially after being imprisoned beneath a trapdoor, they'd be wont to let me frequent a grocery store thereafter. Nancy is made of strong stock, to regard ordeals only as setbacks and to remain hungry to consider future cases!

If a few elements feel implausible, we can concede that fiction is entertainment like motion pictures. Oddly, the bungalow has almost nothing to do with the novel but plenty of action turns the pages. Thrill factor definitely replaces atmosphere in this volume III. From the first sentence, Nancy & Helen are in peril on a speedboat. I liked witnessing our protagonist with a friend other than Bess or George. The boating pair meet a younger teen, Laura, who mistrusts newly-appointed guardians. Different from stories in which Carson requests her input as a lawyer, Nancy & Helen's involvement and desire to help Laura makes sense.
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By J. Thiel on Jan. 29 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
This review concerns the original 1930 edition and the revised 1960 edition which follows a similar plot to the original, with a few changes. Nancy becomes friends with an orphaned girl named Laura when she rescues Nancy and her friend Helen after their motorboat sinks during a violent storm. Upon meeting Laura's new gaurdian, Nancy immediately dislikes him. After Laura runs away from him, Nancy's suspicions of him are aroused even more. Nancy goes to confront the man only to discover that Laura's gaurdian is not who he seems to be. It's unfortunate that this book has the title that it does because I imagine that very few people were enticed to read the book based on its title. Those that passed over this book missed a very interesting and original story for either this series or the Hardy Boys. The book is very well-written (the original version, anyway) and from chapter 10 onwards is hard to put down. Something that I particularly liked about this book was that Nancy actively had a hand in capturing the criminal (criminals in the revised edition). Don't passover reading this book because of its blah title. I believe that most people who read this book will enjoy it.
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Format: Hardcover
When Nancy and her friend Helen's boat sinks during a vicious storm they are rescued by a girl named Laura Pendleton. The three girls seek shelter from the storm and in a bungalow.

Laura tells Nancy and Helen that her mother passed away a month ago and that she is now an orphan. Laura then finds out that she is to be cared for by the Aborns.

Upon Nancy and Helen meeting the Aborns they both develop an uneasy feeling about them. Later on when Nancy gets a phone call that was suddenly cut off it sets her on a adventure.

Nancy's father has asked her to help crack and swindling case. The case may involve Laura and her inheritance. Clue leads Nancy to the Aborns and when Laura runs away to Nancy's house she becomes even more suspicious of them.

This book was a good book to read. It had all kinds of excitement, and adventure. It had great interaction with the criminals as well.
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Format: Hardcover
See if you can get the "Bungalow Mystery" in an Applegate edition, which preserves the original language and attitudes of the 30s. The updated versions are fine too, but the originals, although fixed in an earlier period, are remarkable for their descriptive, exact language.
Carefully plotted and deftly written, the "Bungalow Mystery" finds Nancy coming to the aid of a new friend who has rescued her during a storm on the lake near her summer camp. There is the trademark Carolyn Keene blend of exciting situations and Nancy's remarkable resourcefulness. I recommend all the Nancy
Drew yarns to the girls of my piano studio. Wholesome and winsome, Nancy has aged well, and continues to delight young readers.
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Format: Hardcover
I am really enjoying reading the original Nancy Drew books that Applewood Publishers has been turning out.The illustrations by Russell Tandy are great!I read the whole series 20 years ago in grade school.Now I'm a teacher and getting a kick out of collecting these books and rereading them!The language from the 30's is hilarious.The language is dated, but a scream to read these books. A real piece of Americana.If you loved these books as a child, reread the originals, they are far superior.
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By k on July 27 2001
Format: Hardcover
This was the 2nd best book in the series, only to its predecessor, The Hidden Staircase. The book kicks into action around page 70 and is non-stop suspense from there on. Its actually one of the few books that has a good mystery in the story and the cliff hangers at the end of each chapter are well thought out. In my opinion most of the Nancy Drew books were awful. The set is over rated. Of the original 56 books, about 25 of them are good. Half the set. This ranks in at #2 with me.
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