For young readers who grew up with the bestselling Fancy Nancy picture books, Nancy Clancy is now starring in her own chapter books!
In this first in a series of delightful chapter books, Fancy Nancy takes on the role of detective. When one of Nancy's classmate's most treasured possessions disappear from school, it's up to detective Nancy to solve the mystery and save the day.
With the help of her friend Bree, she follows the clues to an unexpected source. Fans of Nancy Drew's Clue Crew will be among the readers happy to see a new Nancy join the ranks of super sleuths!
Fancy Nancy pirouettes into middle-grade territory with the launch of a mystery series that has her emulating another famous Nancy--Nancy Drew. The stylish sleuth assumes the role with elan, dressed for the job in a pink trench coat and sunglasses, carrying a rhinestone-studded magnifying glass. Initially frustrated by the lack of cases to crack ("I wish we lived someplace like River Heights," she complains. "In River Heights, criminals are lurking around every corner"), Nancy springs into action when her teacher's prized blue marble goes missing. Nancy shows both her trademark flair for translating ("Ooh la la! Nancy felt all tingly just saying the word 'motive.' It meant the reason for doing something bad") and her penchant for humorous exaggeration. As in Nancy's earlier picture books and I Can Read titles, her affectionate interactions with her younger sister, JoJo, and their parents ground the story. O'Connor and Glasser are as in synch as ever, and readers who have grown up with Fancy Nancy will be thrilled to follow her new career path. Ages 7-10. (Apr.)Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.