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Books About Nancy Drew and Similar Series Books:

The following in-depth books on Nancy Drew and similar series and their creators are currently available through book stores such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com for easy online ordering. Other source books that are out of print are listed separately below.

Clues for Real Life: The Classic Wit and Wisdom of Nancy Drew

Compiled by Jennifer Fisher, Nov. 2007, Meredith Books
Copies can be purchased signed by Jennifer Fisher with a collectible bookmark at The Sleuth Shop.

Not a Girl Detective

Author: Susan Kandel, June 2005, William Morrow

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Author: Melanie Rehak, Sept. 2005, Harcourt

Confessions of a Teen Sleuth

Author: Chelsea Cain, April 2005, Bloomsbury USA

American Sweethearts: Teenage Girls in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture

Author: Ilana Nash, Jan. 2006, Indiana University Press

House of Happy Endings: A Memoir

Author: Leslie Garis, July 2007, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Rediscovering Nancy Drew

Editors: Carolyn Stewart Dyer, Nancy Tillman Romalov, Feb. 1995, University of Iowa Press

The Girl Sleuth

Author: Bobbie Ann Mason, May 1995, University of Georgia Press

Nancy Drew & Company: Culture, Gender, and Girls' Series

Author: Sherrie A. Inness, Aug. 1997, Bowling Green University Popular Press

Nancy Drew's Guide to Life

Author: Jennifer Worick, Sept. 2001, Running Press

The Dark Side of River Heights

Author: Renee Walker, 2004, Lulu Published

Edward Stratemeyer: Creator of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew (Who Wrote That?)

Brenda Lange, Kyle Zimmer, Jan. 2004, Chelsea House Publications

The Official Nancy Drew Handbook: Skills, Tips, and Life Lessons

Penny Warner, Nov. 2007, Quirk Books

The Wisdom of Nancy Drew: The Nancy Drew Guide to Solving Life's Little Mysteries

Dominique Christin, Oct. 2007, Cider Mill Press

Mystery Box

Author: Gordon McAlpine, Sept. 2003, Cricket Books

Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths

Authors: Michael G. Cornelius & Melanie E. Gregg, 2008, McFarland & Company

Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths

Author: Carolyn Carpan, 2008, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.


The following Nancy Drew® guide sources are available for ordering/subscribing as noted below.

Farah's Guide, 12th Printing

A 12th Printing is now available. Author: David Farah, to order visit: FarahsGuide.com

A Guide to the Nancy Drew Paperbacks

Author: Lea Shangraw Fox, to order e-mail Lea.


The following are great publications devoted to series and children's books and dime novels and are available for subscribing as noted below.

The Sleuth, a Nancy Drew Sleuths Official Publication

To order, click here. Or send (US subscribers) subscription for $35.00 for 6 issues to: Nancy Drew Sleuths, P.O. Box 128, Higley, AZ 85236-0128

Susabella Passengers & Friends

Editor: Garrett Lothe.

To order, send $23.00 for a one year subscription to Garrett Lothe, 80 Ocean Pines Lane, Pebble Beach, CA 93953.

Yellowback Library

Editor: Gil O'Gara.

To order, send $36.00 for a one year subscription to Gil O'Gara, P.O. Box 36172, Des Moines, IA 50315.

Dime Novel Round-Up

Editor: Marlena E. Bremseth.

To order, send $20.00 for a one year subscription to Dime Novel Round-Up, P. O. Box 2188, Purcellville, VA 20134.

The Lion & the Unicorn. Published 3 times a year, The Johns Hopkins University Press.

To order, click here


Out of Print Sources: available via auctions, the Internet, used book stores:

The Nancy Drew Scrapbook

Author: Karen Plunkett-Powell, Nov. 1993, St. Martin's Press, Inc

The Secret of the Statemeyer Syndicate: Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and the Million Dollar Fiction Factory.

Author: Carol Billman.

The Mystery of Nancy Drew: Girl Sleuth on the Couch.

Author: Betsy Caprio, 1992, Source Books.

The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys

Authors: Marvin Heiferman, Carole Kismaric, Sept. 1998, Simon & Schuster Trade.

Edward Stratemeyer and the Stratemeyer Syndicate

Author: Deidre Johnson, Jun. 1993, Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc

Ghost of the Hardy Boys

Author: Leslie McFarlane, 1976, Methuen

The Secret of Collecting Girls' Series Books

Author: John Axe, 2000, Hobby House Press.

All About Collecting Boys' Series Books

Author: John Axe, 2002 Hobby House Press.

All About Collecting Girls' Series Books

Author: John Axe, 2002 Hobby House Press.

If you have a source or book that is not listed here, please e-mail.



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