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Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth

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Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth

written by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

How can Nancy Clancy resist the urge to become a detective? She has a rhinestone-encrusted magnifying glass, smashing sunglasses, a floppy hat and, most importantly, a pink trenchcoat. Now she can sit back and wait for a jewel heist or kidnapping to occur. She and her BFF, Bree, gear up by opening their own detective agency called Partners in Crime Fighting. They are ready to solve the most devious and challenging crimes of the decade.

"Jane O’Connor is an amazing author who introduces children to lush vocabulary with a flourish of style, and Robin Preiss Glasser's splendid illustrations let Nancy's personality shine through."

To get the ball rolling, Nancy and Bree do some snooping. They slip into the neighbor’s backyard and eavesdrop on an argument between Wanda and Rhonda. Wanda yells that she is going to tell Nancy what Rhonda did. Nancy and Bree retreat to sleuth headquarters to debate what they overhear. All the fun comes to an end when Nancy’s mom stops by to tell her to do her homework.

Nancy’s teacher, Mr. Dudeny, wants each student to bring in a memento and write about its importance. Then they will get a chance to guess who owns it. At first, Nancy wants to bring in her Nancy Drew book, but she knows that Bree will figure it out right away. She eventually makes up her mind.

On Family Day, Nancy brings her mom, dad and little sister, Jojo. Bree takes photos of the kids with their mementos. As the families mill about looking at the creative activities, the students prepare for the family unit. Nancy smiles at Jojo, who is pretending to be a big sister by taking another little child by the hand and pointing out the objects. After all the excitement is over, it’s time to go.

The next day, Mr. Dudeny’s marble is missing. Everyone looks around, checks the floor and searches the trash can, but it's nowhere to be found. One student, Grace, mutters that she thinks someone stole it. Nancy and Bree are hot on the case. It’s a good thing Bree has photos to review for clues, as they try to establish a time of the crime. Fortunately, one of them is of a clock showing 11:00 and the marble is in the picture. They are on the right path.

Nancy and Bree have the tough job of solving two mysteries: What did Rhonda do, and who stole the marble? Good detectives need proof, and the young sleuths hate thinking that someone from their class is a thief. It’s a case too close for comfort. How will Nancy feel when the truth is revealed?

In the end, Nancy realizes an important lesson. She learns about human nature, forgiving others, and putting it all in perspective. Discovering the truth isn’t a simple black and white answer; it is complex and rich with feelings.

Jane O’Connor is an amazing author who introduces children to lush vocabulary with a flourish of style, and Robin Preiss Glasser's splendid illustrations let Nancy's personality shine through. NANCY CLANCY: SUPER SLEUTH is Fancy Nancy's first chapter book, and we hope another one will be on the way very soon.

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell on June 1, 2012

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth
(Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Chapter Books #1)
written by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

  • Publication Date: April 3, 2012
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0062082930
  • ISBN-13: 9780062082930