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Nancy Drew Books - What Age?

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I read all of Nancy Drew's books when I was a child, I just don't remember how old I was. My granddaughter is 7 1/2 and I would like to get her started on them and she is an excellent reader, but is she too young? Thanks for your input.

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Melliezap1291775281.41315660 PostsRegistered 6/1/2009

They're written on about a 4th-5th grade level. I say if her reading level is there, go for it. Has she read many chapter books? Nancy Drew is fairly long, so hopefully she'll stick with it.

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IN2BE1291775303.25802 PostsRegistered 7/11/2007

I don't think she is too young. I remember reading two Nancy Drews per day! She will probably love them.

Melliezap1291775392.16315660 PostsRegistered 6/1/2009

I remember reading that series around 5th grade. I always read really quickly and got done with my library books before we had library again, so my teacher would let me go check out another book. I remember the day I walked into the library to get another Nancy Drew and I realized that I had read them all. It was a very sad feeling. :(

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Idacat1291775451.3674707 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005Idaho !!!!

She's not too young.

When I started school my mother bribed me with Nancy Drew books.

At the end of first grade I was reading them.

colson1291775507.9737437 PostsRegistered 10/23/2007East Coast

I remember my cousin and I were total Nancy Drew addicts, we would read and reread and pretend we were her. We didn't have Harry Potter or too many role models back then I guess. I think if her reading level is up to it, why not get her started!

funinthesun1291775513.9137305 PostsRegistered 11/11/2006Colorado

both of my nieces tried to read them but the language isn't current so it was hard for them to get into them, they love to read too. you might want to try another series like goosbumps or something.

haddon91291775595.7176015 PostsRegistered 10/18/2005Bucks County, Pa

I remember being in 4th grade and loving them! My dd also read some of them but didn't love them as much as I did. I also remember that they had easier and simpler as well as some more modern versions when my dd was young. If your granddaughter enjoys reading them I would get her some.

Melliezap1291775647.97315660 PostsRegistered 6/1/2009

By the way, there is a newish Nancy Drew series that's more modern. They're still chapter books, but they aren't as long. They're called Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew.

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Lindsays G­randma1291776464.424251 PostsRegistered 5/3/2007Arizona, formerly San Fernando Valley, CA

Thanks to all of you. I will look into the new Nancy Drew and the Clue.

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CarolynFro­mLongIsland1291776618.432682 PostsRegistered 10/12/2006

I started buying them for my neices at 7...I also bought them the movie...which fueled their interest in reading the books

Carolyn

JLLH3581291780313.0275028 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I LOVED these as a child. They have been changed over the years - vocabulary not as strong, I think, so I would go with the originals. HTH!

CarolynFro­mLongIsland1291780440.922682 PostsRegistered 10/12/2006

I think there sould be certain rights of passage for young girls, and that includes reading

Nancy Drew, The Little House Series, Little Women Trilogy and Judy Blume

Carolyn

Melliezap1291780530.36715660 PostsRegistered 6/1/2009

I would also recommend The American Girl books for that age.

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pupcakes1291780901.03721277 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

I read all of them before 12 over & over. I don't think she's too young, it's healthy reading.

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kittysexton1291781100.32118 PostsRegistered 10/25/2010

My friends and I were HUGE Nancy Drew fans. We used to love going to our big, beautiful,marble library and check them out and go home to read all about her adventures!! I think she would enjoy them a great deal.

ratdog1111291798725.34314924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

My son is an advanced reader. He started the Hardy Boys books around the fifth grade.

I think 7 1/2 (second grade?) might be a bit young to start. But There are versions for younger kids called "The Clue Crew"

Maybe try the A to Z mysteries or the Clubhouse Mysteries at that age and save Miss Nancy for another year or two.

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1291801147.18310048 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Yes, there are several different "levels" of Nancy Drew books now, for different age readers.

There's Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew (as MissLToe suggested)- for younger

Nancy Drew- All New Girl Detective- a little older

If you search Nancy Drew at Amazon, you should be able to find the ones that fit your needs. I've given many to my husband's great niece. She adored both levels.

KathyPet1291811087.688025 PostsRegistered 1/25/2006Beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

She might be a little young. I loved those books when I was growing up but I think I started with them at about age 10


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happy2writ­e4u1291813007.3034579 PostsRegistered 10/21/2007

My sisters had them all, I read them all, but can't remember the age, thinking 3rd to 4th grade.

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belleandme1291813359.7878642 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009southern illinois
On 12/7/2010 CarolynFromLongIsland said:

I think there sould be certain rights of passage for young girls, and that includes reading

Nancy Drew, The Little House Series, Little Women Trilogy and Judy Blume

ita!.....but save blume til she's 10-12.Wink

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belleandme1291813478.5378642 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009southern illinois
On 12/8/2010 ratdog215 said:

My son is an advanced reader. He started the Hardy Boys books around the fifth grade.

I think 7 1/2 (second grade?) might be a bit young to start. But There are versions for younger kids called "The Clue Crew"

Maybe try the A to Z mysteries or the Clubhouse Mysteries at that age and save Miss Nancy for another year or two.

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"...There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars...Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:25a, 28

Linders Ba­ck1291814083.638503 PostsRegistered 9/4/2005Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

My granddaughter got a boxed set of the first 4 in the original series last Christmas and she was 7. She loves to "solve mysteries" and has a very inquisitive mind. She is a very good reader and thought these were a bit too easy (She's read all the Harry Potters herself).

If you r GD is an avid reader she is not too young for these books.

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duke mom1291814469.3531442 PostsRegistered 7/12/2009

I started reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon when I was in 4th grade (9 years old). I loved those series. I've stared collecting both of them. I always check thrift stores for them.

I've started a collection of Hardy Boys books for my son. He's only in first grade now but loves to read just like his father and I. He's still a bit too young for them now.

Linders Ba­ck1291815148.928503 PostsRegistered 9/4/2005Second star to the right and straight on till morning.
On 12/8/2010 Duke Mom said:

I started reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon when I was in 4th grade (9 years old). I loved those series. I've stared collecting both of them. I always check thrift stores for them.

I've started a collection of Hardy Boys books for my son. He's only in first grade now but loves to read just like his father and I. He's still a bit too young for them now.

What a flashback memory! Trixie Belden was a favorite of mine. I think I still have "The Red Trailer" down in my basement. I seem to remember these stories were more serialized than Nancy Drew: you couldn't wait to get the next book.

I was also a BIG fan of The Hardy Boys. Nancy Drew was a bit too girly for this tomboy. Smile

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ratdog1111291816745.54714924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

What about the Black Stallion Series? Probably need to wait on that series a few more years.

Maybe the Bobbsey Twins (is that even still in print?)

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