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The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, Book 5) (original 1931; edition 1980)

by Carolyn Keene

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Title:The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, Book 5)
Authors:Carolyn Keene
Info:Grosset & Dunlap (1980), Hardcover, 192 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Childhood, Children/YA

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The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene (1931)



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  SteppLibrary | Mar 8, 2017 |
loved this series when I was younger ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
Nancy is trying to see in this book what a group of criminals want and she will not only find out, she will discover the truth that has been hidden for 50 years. I love this book because it's full of adventure and mystery.

I love Nancy Drew books because of the great context, the setting and the theme, and overall the suspenseful mystery. I recommend this book because of the great mystery that is unexpected.

I give this book 4 stars because even though it was good, I've read better Nancy Drew books such as the Bungalow Mystery.
  jillfisk8 | Oct 3, 2014 |
I read two different editions of this book. They are completely different stories and different mysteries to solve. The newer edition has much more action and jumps immediately into the suspense. The facsimile edition is slower paced and takes a little longer to build to the mystery. I enjoyed both. I wonder which I read as a child. I was reading used copies from Acres of Books in Long Beach, Ca. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
This continues my series of comparative reviews of the 1930s and 1950s editions of the Nancy Drew books.

Shadow Ranch was the mystery with the biggest divergence of story so far. I've been trying to read them more or less in parallel, but that was pretty much impossible here - they're basically two distinct stories with different plots entirely.

In the 1930s version, there are two main mysteries - what happened to Alice's father, and what's the deal with the little blonde girl who lives with the mysterious old women in the mountain shack. The majority of the book takes place on horseback in the mountains, where the girls have various adventures and Nancy shoots a lynx and a rattlesnake, leads them across raging floodwaters, and finds them shelter when they're lost overnight. Her clever deduction and a telegram back to her father for research solves one mystery, and the other gets wrapped up almost coincidentally.

In the 1950s version, a phantom horse is frightening the inhabitants of the ranch and Nancy learns about the legend of an outlaw's treasure hidden somewhere on the property. Alice's father is still missing, but it's on a much shorter timeframe (months instead of years) and a much less subtle solution. Nearly all of the sleuthing takes place in the farmhouse, with hidden clues and trapdoors and all, or in town. There are a couple of wilderness excursions, but not nearly as many, nor does Nancy do anything particularly butch - even the flood rescue is credited entirely to her "water horse." Obligatory shopping and cooking scenes are inserted, and much is made of the girls' clothes and hair at every occasion.

These are basically not the same book at all, despite the title in common, and the 1930s version is by far the more interesting one. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
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"Here I am, girls!" exclaimed Nancy Drew as she hugged her two best friends.
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In Arizona, Nancy uncovers a strange mystery about a kidnapped child.
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