NANCY DREW For Today’s Kids

When Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, noted that she was a fan of Nancy Drew, many wondered if today’s kids are reading comparable mystery series with spunky female teen protagonists to inspire them.

If you want to know more about  the Nancy Drew phenomenon crack open Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her.

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
Melanie Rehak
Retail Price: $14.00
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harvest Books – (2006-09-05)
ISBN / EAN: 015603056X / 9780156030564

Looking for more recently published mystery series featuring a girl detective for the eight to twelve set?

These should do the trick:

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery
Nancy Springer
Retail Price: $6.99
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Puffin – (2007-11-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0142409332 / 9780142409336

Enola, is the fourteen-year-old, much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes.

The most recent title in the series is:

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline: An Enola Holmes Mystery
Nancy Springer
Retail Price: $14.99
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Philomel – (2009-05-14)
ISBN / EAN: 0399247815 / 9780399247811


Chasing Vermeer
Blue Balliett
Retail Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks – (2005-05-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0439372976 / 9780439799270

Chasing Vermeer is the first in the adventures of Petra and Calder who continue to stumble on artsy mysteries in Wright 3 and The Calder Game.

Also available in audio from Listening Library, PlayAway and downloadable from OverDrive.


Down the Rabbit Hole (An Echo Falls Mystery)
Peter Abrahams
Retail Price: $6.99
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins – (2006-05-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0060737034 / 9780060737030

Best selling adult mystery writer Abrahams turns his talents to children’s fare in this first in the Echo Falls Mystery series, followed by Into the Dark and Behind the Curtain. All are now available in paperback and rebind editions.

The series is also available in audio from HarperAudio and downloadable ebook from OverDrive.


For kids looking for a feisty character in the vein of Harriet the Spy and a series with enough volumes for a satisfyingly long run, here’s Sammy (a girl).

Sammy Keyes
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
Wendelin Van Draanen
Retail Price: $10.35
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Scholastic – (2003-01-17)
ISBN / EAN: 0439981239 / 9780439981231

Hotel Thief is the first in the series of twelve, now in trade paperback.

They’re also available in audio from Live Oak Media and downloadable from OverDrive.

One Response to “NANCY DREW For Today’s Kids”

  1. Linda Armstrong Says:

    Unfortunately, I could not read Nancy Drew when I was a child. My father was a teacher and my mom didn’t work, so we had to watch every penny and all of our books came from the public library. The Los Angeles Public Library, at that time, did not carry Nancy Drew or any other popular series because they were not considered literature. : ( My friend, who became a pathologist like her father, read them all. I was envious!