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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
Signed copies can be purchased from Jennifer Fisher at The Sleuth Shop.

Rediscovering Nancy Drew

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

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Author: Melanie Rehak, Sept. 2005, Harcourt

American Sweethearts: Teenage Girls in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture

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

Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths

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

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

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

Mystery Box

Author: Gordon McAlpine, Sept. 2003, Cricket Books

Missing Millie Benson

Author: Julie K. Rubini, Sept. 2015, Ohio University Press Biographies for Young Readers Series


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 $24.00 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 $25.00 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.


Confessions of a Teen Sleuth

Author: Chelsea Cain, April 2005, Bloomsbury USA


House of Happy Endings: A Memoir

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

Nancy Drew's Guide to Life

Author: Jennifer Worick, Sept. 2001, Running Press

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

Dominique Christin, Oct. 2007, Cider Mill Press

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

Penny Warner, Nov. 2007, Quirk Books

Not a Girl Detective

Author: Susan Kandel, June 2005, William Morrow

Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths

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

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



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