Parents' Guide to

Nancy Clancy: Secret Admirer

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Super sleuths turn matchmakers in fun Valentine caper.

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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Enjoyable, but some concerns

My 7 year old daughter really enjoys this series. However, it concerns me that Nancy and Bree make choices that I feel are risky in this day and age - leaving the house at night, for example, and accepting rides from a guitar teacher in this story. I needed to discuss why these weren't good choices with my daughter.
age 9+


My 6 year old grabbed this book at our school book fair. Fancy Nancy is her absolute favorite so when we settled down to read, I was taken aback by the elements of scheming, plotting, and romanticizing of the babysitter and the guitar teacher. These are not concepts I'm eager to introduce to my first grader! I'm sorry to see Jane O'Connor succumb to the all too pervasive trend of introducing romance at earlier and earlier ages. This book quickly made its way into the donation pile. We'll be sticking with Fancy Nancy and skipping Nancy Clancy for the foreseeable future.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Nancy Clancy and her friend Bree are the kind of exhuberant kids that make life fun, and happy. They are good-hearted, and creative enough to live on the edge of mischief but never step over the line. In their stories, author Jane O'Connor continues to emphasize that using fancy words is fun, dreaming of mystery and romance exciting, and developing strong friendships essential. And, Robin Glasser's sketched illustrations add even more life to the story. If that isn't enough, this NANCY CLANCY: SECRET ADMIRER is a terrific Valentine's Day book, especially for young readers beginning to enjoy chapter books.

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