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What 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.
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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."
Talk to your kids 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?
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