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Nancy Drew Classic Series: Grosset & Dunlap News:

May 2014: Penguin will release 4 special editions of the classic currently in print (meaning revised) texts of The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, The Bungalow Mystery, and The Mystery at Lilac Inn. These hardcover editions are just special issues--they do not replace the artwork currently in print on the yellow spine flashlight glossy hardcovers.


Laura Marchesani, Assistant Editor at Grosset & Dunlap, Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Scoop on The Secret of the Old Clock 80th Anniversary Limited Edition:

Q: HOW DID THE IDEA FOR THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION COME ABOUT?

A: We knew the 80th Anniversary of the first book in the Nancy Drew series was coming up, and we wanted to do something special for readers. There’s always a lot of excitement in-house about Nancy Drew—everyone loves the series, and feels proud that we are the house that publishes the original series—so we knew that whatever we did to celebrate this anniversary, it would have to be really special. We knew from the beginning that there was no way for us to change the content of the book, except perhaps to add an additional page of material—but that alone wouldn’t be enough. So instead we focused our attention on changing the look of the book. Our goal was to put a limited edition of The Secret of the Old Clock on the shelves with a beautiful cover design that captures the essence of who Nancy Drew is. It was also very important to us that the price remain the same, so that the only thing that separates this Limited Edition from the current editions already available is the gorgeous new look and the page of bonus material.

Q: WHAT SPECIAL CONTENT IS INCLUDED IN THE LIMITED EDITION?

A: We spent a lot of time brainstorming ideas for what we could include in the Limited Edition to make it even more special for readers. We decided to go with something timeless and commemorative of the anniversary that would appeal to every Nancy Drew fan. That was when we contacted Jenn Fisher from www.nancydrewsleuth.com, and she drafted a page of really great “fun facts” about Nancy that we knew would appeal to adults, kids, readers new to the series, and longtime fans—in short, everybody!

Q: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE COVER DESIGN FOR THE LIMITED EDITION?

A: One of our most talented designers, Meagan Bennett, was assigned to tackle the new cover design. She was inspired by the silhouette of Nancy with a magnifying glass from the original cloth-bound version of the book, and set out to capture that vintage look. She also wanted to incorporate elements of design from the book’s plot, which is why, if you look closely, you’ll notice that the background behind the silhouette is made up of clocks, which she cleverly put together in a repeating pattern. We think that what we came up with is both modern and classic at the same time.

Past Classic News & Releases:

A new repackaging of The Secret of the Old Clock was released in 2007. Thanks to Kim for the photos of the book! It has a dust jacket overlay.

Grosset & Dunlap put together a great Nancy Drew kit for retailers--features a neat activity book that includes great memory cards and a fun word puzzle. Also buttons featuring the fingerprint/silhouette image of Nancy from The Sleuth Book and the slogan, "Everything is Evidence." This will be a hard to find kit!

A reprinting of the classic Nancy Drew Sleuth Book, Nancy Drew Pocketbook Mysteries, and The Lost Files of Nancy Drew are shown above. Also a gem from the 2005 75th anniversary: promotional poster. Released Sept. 2009: A repackaging of the first six flashlight books with a neat boxed set nod to classic Nancy!

From the publisher:

"If it's classic Nancy Drew you're looking for then you're going to love the three books that Grosset & Dunlap is publishing in May 2007. One is a reissue of an old favorite-The Nancy Drew Sleuth Book-updated and revised with a beautiful new cover. Another-Nancy Drew Pocketbook Mysteries-is a fashionable repackaging of The Secret of the Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase, the two books that started it all. Last but definitely not least, we have The Lost Files of Nancy Drew-a behind-the-scenes look at the history and mystery of Nancy Drew as told by Nancy Drew! This beautiful, keepsake book has an elegant padded cover with embossed foil stamping, lamination, and a lenticular. And there are ingenious novelty elements throughout the book, such as lift-the-flaps, pull tabs, envelopes and letters, and so much more. A celebration of the original super sleuth, The Lost Files of Nancy Drew is a must-have for every fan."

If you are familiar with the Pirateology or Egyptology books, this is the format for the Lost Files book.

Grosset & Dunlap currently reprints the classic Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, volumes 1-56. They have now licensed the paperback stories from Simon & Schuster and will be reprinting them in sets of 8 in the yellow spine glossy picture cover format. In April 2005, they released the first set of 8: volumes 57-64 in the flashlight picture cover format. There are no plans at this time to print anymore of the digest paperback texts, but in the future, anything is possible! In October 2005, they reprinted the Nancy Drew Cookbook and a set of Nancy Drew® Mad Libs. Below are previews of the new covers. (Thanks Jim!)

Grosset & Dunlap issued 2 Collector editions, "The Best of Nancy Drew Classic Collection." These are 3-in-1 editions. Volume 1 includes, The Secret of the Old Clock, The Bungalow Mystery, and The Mystery of the 99 Steps. Volume 2 includes, The Hidden Staircase, The Ghost of Blackwood Hall, and The Thirteenth Pearl. One thing to note, Thirteenth Pearl is missing one internal illustration which would have been page 155 of the original or flashlight editions. The frontispieces have also been left out. These are nice matte books that appear sturdy and the spines have nice images of Nancy. Shown above is a set of 6 Grosset & Dunlap new issues with a new bookmark. These have been spotted at Costco stores.


Simon & Schuster Digest Paperback Nancy Drew - Old News

Found remaindered at Borders bookstores, are 3-in-1 paperback sets but in a hardcover version:

Features the following stories: The Bike Tour Mystery, The Riding Club Crime, and Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland.

This was an edition specially printed for Sweetwater Press by Simon & Schuster, that apparently wasn't going to be for sale to the general public, but now they are being remaindered. This may turn out to be a hard to find collectible! You can also find them at Books A Million online! It has a copyright/printing date of October 2004. Thanks to Paul Mular for providing the scan of the book and a copy!

The Classic series came to an end with volume #175, in November 2003. Existing volumes in print will be allowed to stay in print as long as demand allows, then will go out of print. So, if you are missing any volumes, better stock up now!

For more details on volumes still in print, visit Simon & Schuster at SimonSaysKids.com/nancydrew.

A brief synopsis of Werewolf in a Winter Wonderland:

Things are hairy in River Heights this holiday season. Two wolves have disappeared from WildWolf, the federal wolf preserve just outside of town. Local farmers think the missing wolves are killing their sheep, but there are also rumors of werewolf sightings nearby. At the same time, the annual River Heights Winter Carnival is set to begin. When the first two days of the outdoor festival are full of tragic disasters, Nancy can't help but wonder -- is there a link between the carnival's trouble and the missing wolves?

After the carnival's beautiful ice palace is destroyed, Nancy's sure there's a wolf at River Heights's door. But is the leader of this pack of crimes human, or beast?

To date, in the new style of cover with Nancy looking through the magnifying glass, the following titles have been re-done with this cover:

  • volume #79, The Double Horror of Fenley Place
  • volume #83, The Case of the Vanishing Veil
  • volume #85, The Secret of Shady Glen
  • volume #105, The Clue in the Antique Trunk
  • volume #110, The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery
  • volume #116, The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears
  • volume #122, The Message in the Haunted Mansion
  • Nancy Drew Ghost Stories

This style of "Spyglass" Digest paperback began with the release of volume #160, The Clue on the Crystal Dove.

Aladdin Imprint News:

Aladdin is now the imprint on the Digest paperbacks and also Nancy Drew Notebooks. The Aladdin symbol is a lamp and began being featured on digest #164, The Mystery of the Mother Wolf at the top of the spine. Note above, the new style that has shown up recently with a two color spine with the border color from the cover at the bottom and top of the spine! Not many have been spotted yet in this style so this may be the new look or an unusual trend for some volumes. More on this below.

The books are also a little bit taller than the Minstrel Digest paperbacks were so you'll notice the difference when you put them side by side on your shelves. The spines appear to all be coming out in yellow and the Hardy Boys in blue so this appears to mimic the Grosset & Dunlap picture covers.

Thanks to fellow Sleuth members and collectors for helping me keep track of the following Aladdin styles. If you find one not on the following lists, let me know:

Note: Volumes 166 to present have been printed with the yellow spine. To date, the following titles have been re-printed in the Aladdin imprinted with the yellow spine:

  • volume #79, The Double Horror of Fenley Place
  • volume #83, The Case of the Vanishing Veil
  • volume #85, The Secret of Shady Glen
  • volume #104, The Mystery of the Jade Tiger
  • volume #105, The Clue in the Antique Trunk
  • volume #110, The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery
  • volume #112, Crime in the Queen's Court
  • volume #116, The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears
  • volume #120, The Case of the Floating Crime
  • volume #122, The Message in the Haunted Mansion
  • volume #125, The Teen Model Mystery
  • volume #126, The Riddle in the Rare Book
  • volume #128, The Treasure in the Royal Tower
  • volume #129, The Baby-Sitter Burglaries
  • volume #132, The Fox Hunt Mystery
  • volume #134, The Secret of the Forgotten Cave
  • volume #135, The Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle
  • volume #136, The Wedding Day Mystery
  • volume #137, In Search of the Black Rose
  • volume #138, The Legend of the Lost Gold
  • volume #139, The Secret of Candlelight Inn
  • volume #141, The Wild Cat Crime
  • volume #142, The Case of Capital Intrigue
  • volume #143, Mystery on Maui
  • volume #144, The E-mail Mystery
  • volume #145, The Missing Horse Mystery
  • volume #146, The Ghost of the Lantern Lady
  • volume #147, The Case of the Captured Queen
  • volume #149, The Case of the Gold Doubloons
  • volume #150, Mystery at Moorsea Manor
  • volume #151, The Chocolate-Covered Contest
  • volume #152, The Key in the Satin Pocket
  • volume #153, Whispers in the Fog
  • volume #154, The Legend of the Emerald Lady
  • volume #155, The Mystery in Tornado Alley
  • volume #156, The Secret in the Stars
  • volume #157, The Music Festival Mystery
  • volume #158, The Curse of the Black Cat
  • volume #159, The Secret of the Fiery Chamber
  • volume #160, The Clue on the Crystal Dove
  • volume #161, Lost in the Everglades
  • volume #162, The Case of the Lost Song
  • volume #163, The Clues Challenge
  • volume #165, The Crime Lab Case

To date, the following titles have been re-printed in the Aladdin imprinted with the 2 color spine--color on top/white on bottom:

  • volume #79, The Double Horror of Fenley Place
  • volume #83, The Case of the Vanishing Veil
  • volume #85, The Secret of Shady Glen
  • volume #105, The Clue in the Antique Trunk
  • volume #110, The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery
  • volume #116, The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears
  • volume #122, The Message in the Haunted Mansion
  • volume #160, The Clue on the Crystal Dove
  • volume #162, The Case of the Lost Song
  • volume #163, The Clues Challenge
  • volume #164, The Mystery of the Mother Wolf
  • volume #165, The Crime Lab Case
  • Nancy Drew Ghost Stories

To date, the following have been reprinted using the old Minstrel spine, just replacing the name/logo with the Aladdin name and logo and the top/bottom spine borders:

  • volume #127, The Case of the Dangerous Solution
  • volume #128, The Treasure in the Royal Tower

To date, the following have been reprinted using the Aladdin spine, and with the top/bottom spine gold borders:
  • volume #112, Crime in the Queen's Court
  • volume #122, The Message in the Haunted Mansion

Most of the yellow spine Aladdin paperbacks do not have a "#" sign by the volume number on the spine. But some do also appear with the "#" sign. To date, the following have been printed with a # by the number on the spine: (Keep in mind, some of these are only found with the # by the number and not without it and those are: 136, 152, 158, 159.)
  • volume #85, The Secret of Shady Glen
  • volume #112, Crime in the Queen's Court
  • volume #136, The Wedding Day Mystery
  • volume #137, In Search of the Black Rose
  • volume #143, Mystery on Maui
  • volume #152, The Key in the Satin Pocket
  • volume #158, The Curse of the Black Cat
  • volume #159, The Secret of the Fiery Chamber



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