The Witch Tree Symbol by Carolyn Keene

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On a recent holiday the readers from our group found ourselves in an amazing second hand bookshop, a real treat! While looking through the children’s section I came across a book from my past and decided it was time for a re-read. I was not intending to review this book, it was just for my own pleasure, but since buying this book I have found that there is a Nancy Drew resurgence among my friends’ children and so decided to review the Nancy Drew book The Witch Tree Symbol.

I thought as a girl I had read all of the Nancy Drew books, but in doing some back ground for this review I found that there are over 170 books all written by various ghost writers under the name of Carolyn Keene. The first book was published in the 1930s, but they really took off in the 1950s, and they have been revised and updated since then. There have also been movies and TV series.

Nancy Drew is a sixteen (or eighteen year old) super sleuth who always seems to find a mystery to solve. Along with her friends Bess and George, Nancy uses common sense combines with sleuthing to solve the mysteries that find her. She sometimes ends up in tight spots, but Nancy always solves her case. Nancy is a strong, thoughtful, independent and intelligent girl, and I always wanted to be like her. I also enjoyed trying to solve the mystery before she did.

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The Witch Tree Symbol was always one of my favourtite Nancy Drew stories. It combines all the usual Nancy Drew elements but it was set in the Amish Community in America. As a young girl living in New Zealand the Amish were really exotic and this added to the attraction of this book. A re-read took me right back to my childhood, and gave me a great afternoon’s entertainment.

While indulging my inner child I began to understand why today’s gadget savvy kids still love Nancy Drew. A good story is a good story anytime, and Nancy Drew books are definitely good stories. And Nancy Drew is someone all girls can aspire to be, no matter what generation we are. All of this is wrapped up in a chilling mystery, and who can resist that? And with over 100 books you are bound to find one that appeals to your budding slueth.
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