If you didn’t already know, Carolyn Keene, of the famous Nancy mystery series, is not a real person. Neither is the Hardy Boys’ Franklin Dixon or Laura Lee Hope of the Bobbsey Twins. They are all the brain child of one of the country’s most prolific writers for children and young adults to date: Edward Stratemeyer. Edward was so prolific, in fact, that he had to eventually hire ghostwriters to help him flesh out his story ideas, which was not an issue until a series he created just before his death became a cult classic.
“Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up” tells of the lives of the three primary creators of the Nancy mystery series and how the plucky, intelligent, resourceful, and famous girl sleuth came to life, along with the controversy that still rages on about who really created the Nancy that millions of readers across the globe have come to know and love.
Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up is a fresh take on one of America’s most popular characters—Nancy Drew. Keleny offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at the dedicated and determined creators of the series. She also reveals the competing—and often conflicting—visions each author had for Nancy. This novel is entertaining, smart, and exceptionally well researched. It is certain to interest anyone who is curious about the surprising mystery behind the Nancy Drew mysteries. ~ Jenna Nelson, PhD
This book was so interesting. I read the Nancy Drew books when I was young. Loved them. Now to find out that Carolyn Keene didn’t exist…. well, what can I say? Very informative. Anyone who read Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and so many more titles, should read this book. You will be taken by surprise about how they went about writing these series. The many talented writers who had to sign a waver, giving up the rights to their stories. I’m glad I read this book. ~ Judy W. (rated 5/5)
This book was very entertaining and informative. I loved reading about how my favorite mysteries growing up came into being, especially “Nancy Drew”.
This book is also one I could see being made into a movie, maybe a Lifetime movie.
I would love to read more books by this author ~Faye R. (rated 5/5)
I grew up reading Nancy Drew books, so I thought this book was GREAT.
All about the great characters and the publishing of the great Nancy Drew,
Just a wonderful read, very interesting. ~ Debbie C. (rated 4/5)