Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth



Chapter book mystery promises more fun for Fancy Nancy fans.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Fancy Nancy books are always a great source of new vocabulary words, and they stress the joy of using them. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth also teaches about sharing mementos, writing good paragraphs, following clues, and finding ways to forgive.

Positive messages

In the end, kids learn that misplaced blame can be hurtful and that jumping to conclusions isn't the best way to solve a crime. Also, we all need to forgive -- and be forgiven -- at times.

Positive role models

Most people know kids like the ones in Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, even Fancy Nancy. She's bursting with enthusiasm and self confidence, tries to uncover truth, is a loyal friend, and cares about doing a good job, whether on her schoolwork or solving a mystery. Her parents are wise and supportive of her individuality, as is her teacher. They know how to let her be herself but when to step in if she needs a little advice.

Violence & scariness

A squabble between twins that ends in a cut lip is more accidental than intentional.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth is the beginning of a new Fancy Nancy series, and Nancy has grown up just a little, right along with her fans. Kids ready for chapter books will enjoy Nancy's new adventures as a "super sleuth." She's still the same perky girl, with a definite interest in the fancy approach, including her pink trench coat, jewel-studded magnifier, and, of course, her knack for finding "vivid, interesting" words. She has found new inspiration in Nancy Drew books and is looking for mysteries to solve.

What's the story?

Inspired by the Nancy Drew mysteries she has been reading, Fancy Nancy is in search of a mystery to solve. Unfortunately, she sighs, there isn't much crime in her neighborhood. But when a special memento disappears from her classroom open house, she and her friend Bree get to work. Of course, Nancy isn't just an ordinary girl detective. She's just as fancy as she used to be (in her popular picture books), and she also still has a flair with words. Nancy and Bree find that tracking down the real culprit is a challenge, and the resulting discovery brings with it an important lesson about understanding and forgiveness.

Is it any good?


It's great to see Fancy Nancy growing up and still bursting with exuberance and individuality. NANCY CLANCY, SUPER SLEUTH keeps that spirit alive while developing a story that's perfect for kids getting into chapter books and looking for a little more challenge. Developing Nancy as a Nancy Drew-inspired "super sleuth" fills the bill, especially for kids who are looking for mystery stories aimed at younger readers.

This series promises to be the perfect next step for readers who want the Nancy Drew experience but aren't quite ready for it yet. Author Jane O'Connor shows she knows kids and captures their world "superbly."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to see Fancy Nancy a little bit older and solving a mystery at school. Do you like her in this chapter book as much as you did in her picture book series? Why do you think the author chose to have her move on to big-girl adventures?

  • Do you think Nancy's fancy words add to her story? Do you like to use special words? What are some of your favorites?

  • What affects Nancy's choice of a special memento to share in school? Why is the teacher's memento so special? What special memento would you choose to share? What would you say about it?

  • Which clues that Nancy uncovers in her search for the marble thief lead her to jump to the wrong conclusion, and how does she finally uncover the truth?

Book details

Author:Jane O'Connor
Illustrator:Robin Preiss Glasser
Topics:Friendship, Great girl role models
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:April 3, 2012
Number of pages:128
Publisher's recommended age(s):7 - 10
Read aloud:5 - 8
Read alone:7 - 10

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Kid, 9 years old April 26, 2012


I am a nine year old girl. I thought this was a great book! I liked solving the secret code. After I finished the book I realized I wanted to be a detective too! I used what I learned from the book to get started. I love NANCY!
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Parent of a 7 and 13 year old Written bynitromomma February 2, 2013


My daughter loves this book and has read it four times already. She is begging for me to find out when book 2 is available. It's a very cute story and very entertaining. My 7 year old loves this book while her older sister loved Junie B. Jones. My 7 year old didn't like Junie B. Jones series as she complained that Junie was too mean and rude.
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Kid, 8 years old April 13, 2012

fancy nancy/super sleuth

all ages!
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