Nancy Drew: The Clue in the Old Album By: Sarah Fuller
NANCY DREW:NANCY’S MYSTERIOUS LETTERS BY: CAROLYN KEENE Sarah Fuller Reading- Miss Roche Period 5 May 11, 2012
CAROLYN KEENE: BIOGRAPHY Carolyn Keene was born on July 10, 1905. While growing up she would venture out into the woods and fields behind her farm in Iowa. Nancy Drew, one of her characters, was based off of many of the qualities that Carolyn Keene developed throughout her life. She was very successful by writing the first twenty three of thirty Nancy Drew novels. She has incorporated many of her wild adventures created not only in her mind, but in the woods and fields located behind her family’s farm. Along with the Nancy Drew series, she wrote columns, news articles, and other novels. Unfortunately, on May 28, 2002 she passed away, but her accomplishments are and will still be acknowledged by all generations.http://www.orrt.org/keene/
SUMMARY Nancy Drew: The Clue in the Old Album is about a girl named Nancy Drew who witnesses a purse snatching and runs after the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents, then is asked by the owner, a doll collector, to do some detective work. “ The source of light will heal all ills, but a curse will follow him who takes it from the gypsies.” This is a key clue that Nancy is given to find an old album, a lost doll, and a missing gypsy violinist, Rose’s father. Throughout the novel Nancy’s life is threatened many times including: being poisoned, run off a road, and being warned and threatened to leave the case. Will Nancy find Rose’s father, doll, and the old album? Read on to find.
CHARACTERS Main Characters:2. Nancy Drew: teenage sleuth, titian-blond, blue-eyed3. Mrs. Struthers: grandmother of Rose, doll collector4. Rose: granddaughter of Mrs. Struthers, strikingly pretty girl, 12 years of age5. Nitaka: gypsy, carrot- red hair6. Mr. Pepito: father of Rose, gypsy Supporting Characters: Mr. Drew: father of Nancy, lawyer Mrs. Gruen: the Drew’s housekeeper, hard working, kind hearted George Fayne: cousin of Bess, short dark-hair, companion of Nancy Bess Marvin: cousin of George, blond, slightly overweight, companion of Nancy Ned Nickerson: boyfriend of Nancy, goes to Emerson College, dark hair, brown eyes Tony Wassell: half-breed gypsy, purse crook Zorus: king of gypsies Anton: gypsy, scar on forehead
PLOT Introduction 2. Meet Nancy Drew and friends. 3. Setting: River Heights Rising Action 5. Mrs. Struthers purse is stolen. 6. Rose is almost kidnapped.7. Mrs. Struthers house was robbed of money, valuables, and some of her dolls.
PLOT CONTINUED Climax 2. Rose is kidnapped by the gypsies. Falling Action 4. Nancy finds Rose and Rose’s father.5. Nancy, Rose, and Mr. Pepito are locked up in the gypsies’ trailers.6. Nancy’s father finds them and saves them. Conclusion 8. Nitaka, Anton, and Zorus were put in jail.
NEW VOCABULARY1. tirade- n. extended scolding, denunciation “I thought your conscience would bother you one of these days,” the tirade began.3. subdued- v. to calm down, to bring under control When she finished Miss Struthers asked in a subdued voice, “Who did you say you are?”5. philosophically- rationally or sensibly calm, patient, or composed “The violinist probably wasn’t Romano anyway,” George said philosophically. (pg. 88)7. vindictive- adj. revengeful, retaliatory, mean “Some gypsies are so vindictive.” (pg. 94)9. gesticulating- v. to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech On the floor below, the musician was gesticulating wildly with his bow at the studio director. (pg. 115)11. quandary- n. a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma After promising Mrs. Struthers she would do anything possible to find her granddaughter, Nancy was in quandary. (pg. 153)
STARRING ACTORS: Nancy Drew played by: Dakota Fanning George Fayne played by: Michelle Thachenberg
STARRING ACTORS: Bess Marvin played by: Elle Fanning Hannah Gruen played by: Susan Sarandon
STARRING ACTORS: Carson Drew played by: Pierce Bronsan Mrs. Struthers played by: Betty White
STARRING ACTORS: Ned Nickerson played by: Brett Benowitz Rose played by: Haley Pullos
STARRING ACTORS: Nitaka played by: Kate Winslet Anton played by: Ashton Kutcher
STARRING ACTORS: Mr. Pepito played by: Andy Garcia Tony Wassell played by: Robert Pattinson
SOUND TUNES1. “Pretty Much Amazing” By: Joanna Nancy Drew
RATINGI gave Nancy Drew: The Clue in the Old Album a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.I thought the concept of the book was very well thought out, but wasn’t exciting. Some parts of the novel were expected, which made the novel seem slow and boring.
OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS Other novels written by Carolyn Keene-The Mystery of the Ivory Charm-The Whispering Statue-The Haunted Bridge-Clue of the Tapping Heels-Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk-The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion-The Quest of the Missing Map-The Clue in the Crumbling Wall-The Ghost of Blackwood Hall- The Clue of the Leaning Chimney