Nancy Drew Notebooks


40. Dinosaur Alert (2001)

by Carolyn Keene

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The most annoying boys in Nancy’s class offer her a deal. If she can prove that a giant footprint they’ve found on the school grounds was really made by a dinosaur, they’ll stop teasing her and her friends — forever! Always ready to take on a case, Nancy agrees, though she thinks the boys are wrong. Dinosaurs never roamed River Heights — or did they? But then she gets a mean note: “Don’t go where you don’t belong!” When Nancy finds huge footprints in her own backyard, she’s hunting everywhere for answers. It’s a monster of a mystery, and she doesn’t have a zillion years to solve it!

39. The Chinese New Year Mystery (2000)

by Carolyn Keene

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The third-grade classes at Nancy’s school are learning about Chinese culture, and they’ll celebrate the Chinese New Year with a special parade. The highlight of the parade will be a dragon costume. Nancy’s class is making it out of feathers, sequins, gold tassels, and red silk. But right before the big day, the dragon disappears! Nancy, Bess, and George are in the New Year’s spirit. They’ve enjoyed a delicious feast at the home of their classmate Mari Cheng. She’s even lent the girls special Chinese outfits to wear. But without the dragon, there will be no parade. And that makes Nancy roaring mad!


38. Candy Is Dandy (2000)

by Carolyn Keene

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What could be sweeter than a visit to Zuckerman’s Zonked Candy Factory? Nancy and her class will see how their favorite candy is made, and even get free samples. Mr. Zuckerman himself gives the grand tour past the sparkling machines that spit out Sticky Gummy Goo, Karamel Krunchettes, Frostee Jewels, and more. Then Mr. Zuckerman tells the kids he has dreamed up the perfect candy. He even shows them the paper with the secret recipe. But when the visit is over, the recipe has disappeared and no one can find it! Is the greatest candy lost for good?


37. Dude Ranch Detective (2000)

by Carolyn Keene

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A spooky legend ropes Nancy right in! At the Galloping Grits Dude Ranch, Nancy and her friends hear a creepy story: Any horse that drinks from the lake under a full moon disappears. That night there’s a full moon — and the next day Nancy’s pony, Star, vanishes! Josh Fleckner is the biggest pest in the West, and he really wants a horse. Annie, the ranch manager’s daughter, acts as if Star belongs to her. Now cowgirl Nancy is taking the reins, to corral the most beautiful Star in the West!


36. The Make-believe Mystery (2000)

by Carolyn Keene

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Nancy, Bess, George, and Phoebe Archer team up to write a mystery for a class project. Everyone else in the class is on teams too, and the best story will be printed in the school newspaper. First, snooty Brenda Carlton tells the girls they have no chance of winning — then the notebook in which they wrote their mystery disappears! The girls had a neat idea for a ghost story, and now another team may have stolen it. Things get weird when they find notes written in drippy red writing — with words that come straight from their story! Is the make-believe mystery coming true?


35. Third-grade Reporter (2000)

by Carolyn Keene

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Reporter Alice Stone is visiting her old school, Carl Sandburg Elementary. She’ll sit next to Nancy and become a third grader again. Then she’ll write an article for her newspaper. But right away mysterious things start happening to Alice. First someone messes with her macaroni and cheese. Then her jump rope with the sparkly handles disappears. Snooty Brenda Carlton is pushing Nancy to solve the case. She gave Alice the idea to write the story. Now the school’s good name is at stake. If Nancy can’t come up with a solution, it will be bad news for Carl Sandburg Elementary.


34. Trash Or Treasure (1999)

by Carolyn Keene

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The sign says No Early Birds, but everyone’s already lining up for the neighborhood garage sale. Nancy and her friends are helping out. Each has already spotted something she wants, and they’re all happy except Bess. She loves a beautiful ballerina painting, but it’s too expensive — and at least three other people are interested in it. Bess can’t afford the ballerina unless she sells some of her old CDs — fast! The girls are trying to help her when the painting suddenly disappears. Who took it? Was it a real treasure worth a fortune? Nancy has already lined up some big-name suspects. If she doesn’t solve this one, her detective career will be trashed!


33. The Gumdrop Ghost (1999)

by Carolyn Keene

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She does headstands, she does cartwheels, she can even do a split! Lizzie Benson gives such an amazing performance in a River Heights talent show that she wins a shopping spree at Tremendous Toys. But is Lizzie for real? She looks an awful lot like the actress in a very old movie poster whose name was Elizabeth Benson. And Lizzie says she lives at 10 Tide Street — a haunted house. Nancy’s friends are convinced that Lizzie is a ghost. Nancy says she’ll prove them wrong — but does she have a ghost of a chance?


32. The Black Velvet Mystery (1999)

by Carolyn Keene

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Peppermint Penny’s clothing shop is having a back-to-school fashion show, and Nancy is one of the models. Everything is perfect — until somebody cuts a hole in the show’s star attraction, a black velvet coat from Paris.


31. The Fine-feathered Mystery (1999)

by Carolyn Keene

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Summer is off to a fun start! Nancy, Bess, and George have joined Park Pals, a cool program where they get to learn about nature — stuff like trees, birds, even bugs. Their first stop is an aviary, a place filled with lots of birds, including Carmen, a beautiful hyacinth macaw from South America.

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