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Everyone's favorite girl detective makes her graphic novel debut!An all-new series of full-color Nancy Drew graphic novels, with all-new comics stories based on the series by Carolyn Keene, starts right here! Join Nancy, along with Bess and George, as they search for missing student filmmakers and discover the deadly secret behind the local urban legend known as "The Demon Everyone's favorite girl detective makes her graphic novel debut!An all-new series of full-color Nancy Drew graphic novels, with all-new comics stories based on the series by Carolyn Keene, starts right here! Join Nancy, along with Bess and George, as they search for missing student filmmakers and discover the deadly secret behind the local urban legend known as "The Demon of River Heights." Ages 8 to 12.


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Everyone's favorite girl detective makes her graphic novel debut!An all-new series of full-color Nancy Drew graphic novels, with all-new comics stories based on the series by Carolyn Keene, starts right here! Join Nancy, along with Bess and George, as they search for missing student filmmakers and discover the deadly secret behind the local urban legend known as "The Demon Everyone's favorite girl detective makes her graphic novel debut!An all-new series of full-color Nancy Drew graphic novels, with all-new comics stories based on the series by Carolyn Keene, starts right here! Join Nancy, along with Bess and George, as they search for missing student filmmakers and discover the deadly secret behind the local urban legend known as "The Demon of River Heights." Ages 8 to 12.

30 review for The Demon of River Heights

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alys

    Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Tumblebooks/Graphic Novel Estimate of grade level of interest: 5th grade to teen Estimate of reading level: Not sure???? Guided reading V? Brief description: Nancy Drew is back in her own graphic novel. This book is illustrated in the Japanese style animation, Manga. This is not the Nancy Drew I knew, and I am NOT EVEN OLD! This book is about Nancy Drew and her investigations into the disappearance of some missing student filmmakers. As they Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Tumblebooks/Graphic Novel Estimate of grade level of interest: 5th grade to teen Estimate of reading level: Not sure???? Guided reading V? Brief description: Nancy Drew is back in her own graphic novel. This book is illustrated in the Japanese style animation, Manga. This is not the Nancy Drew I knew, and I am NOT EVEN OLD! This book is about Nancy Drew and her investigations into the disappearance of some missing student filmmakers. As they look for the missing teens, they discover the deadly secrets of the Demon River Monster! Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: This book is a graphic novel and uses multiple pictures on one page to tell as story. They also use talking/speech bubbles and thought bubbles to tell the story. In this book, Nancy phones her father and the speech bubble around his talk is zig-zagged as to portay the use of electronics, or voice carried by electronics. In what ways and how well does the book as a whole serve its intended audience? Here's an example where I detest the book, but would probably have to offer it in my library...for student reading motivation only! It shows a sexist manner in which to view women, and features the typical veluptuous girls in short shorts. Now, with that being said, it is an action packed adventure that features a a character girls can look up to and relate to. Awards if any: none..and if there are any...I can't believe it! Links to published reviews from professional sources e.g. ALA, Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ, etc. if :http://www.amazon.com/Demon-River-Hei...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I have fond memories of my Daddy reading Nancy Drew books to me as a child, and this new graphic novel version doesn't measure up. The artwork is bad, with some crappy CG thrown in just to mix things up a bit. Specifically, the characters' faces are poorly done and all of the women except for George are drawn like Playboy models (even Nancy... sort of... she's got a little too much scoliosis and her boobs are just... strange). It's also just a little too "rah rah women can do everything and look I have fond memories of my Daddy reading Nancy Drew books to me as a child, and this new graphic novel version doesn't measure up. The artwork is bad, with some crappy CG thrown in just to mix things up a bit. Specifically, the characters' faces are poorly done and all of the women except for George are drawn like Playboy models (even Nancy... sort of... she's got a little too much scoliosis and her boobs are just... strange). It's also just a little too "rah rah women can do everything and look like male fantasies" for me. It's tough for me to believe that someone who would spend as much time on her own appearance as Bess would have the ability to tune up Nancy's vehicle and fix a VCR. Most ridiculous scene: Nancy is faced with a grizzly bear in the woods, so while the bear is all getting in her face, her friend George spends time looking up how to behave toward bears on her tablet. She instructs Nancy to fight the bear, so Nancy punches it in the face. a. How would George's tablet work in the middle of the woods, b. Why didn't Nancy get eaten while George was busy surfing the web, and c. She punched a bear in the face. Forget this graphic novel--send your daughters to girl scouts instead.

  3. 5 out of 5

    melissa

    Ok, so maybe I still live under a rock, but when I hear the words Graphic Novel, I still think of superheroes or anime. So when I came across some Nancy Drew at my library, I was excited to pick one up to see how it compared. I was not disappointed at all. I like the idea of graphic novels introducing something like a Nancy Drew (dare I call it a classic?) to kids. It could get kids reading, and it’s a good transition or accompaniment to the original series. Also, I like that these appear to be Ok, so maybe I still live under a rock, but when I hear the words Graphic Novel, I still think of superheroes or anime. So when I came across some Nancy Drew at my library, I was excited to pick one up to see how it compared. I was not disappointed at all. I like the idea of graphic novels introducing something like a Nancy Drew (dare I call it a classic?) to kids. It could get kids reading, and it’s a good transition or accompaniment to the original series. Also, I like that these appear to be new stories. It isn’t just another version of the originals, but new stories unto themselves. Yet, I don’t feel as if the original ‘feel’ has been lost. It does stay true to the original “formula” set our by Carolyn Keen. I love how Nancy Drew keeps running out of gas. With that said, it is formulaic. Still worth the read and I think both kids and adult who grew up with the series will enjoy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Shaw

    I love Nancy Drew....the comic was a bit different. Not bad though, I’ll probably continue when I need a short read in challenges. ☺️

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shonda

    I tend to stick with what I know. Especially with my reading. This year, I’m challenging myself to read more outside of my comfort zone. During my last visit to the library, I found myself feeling very nostalgic. I wandered into the children’s section and headed for straight for Nancy Drew. Ahhh… Nancy Drew… where my love for series first began. Imagine my surprise when I realized Nancy had branched out since I read her years (many years!) ago. So I thought why not allow a childhood favorite to i I tend to stick with what I know. Especially with my reading. This year, I’m challenging myself to read more outside of my comfort zone. During my last visit to the library, I found myself feeling very nostalgic. I wandered into the children’s section and headed for straight for Nancy Drew. Ahhh… Nancy Drew… where my love for series first began. Imagine my surprise when I realized Nancy had branched out since I read her years (many years!) ago. So I thought why not allow a childhood favorite to introduce me to a new genre: graphic novels. I’ve only read one other graphic novel: Wonder Woman: Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult. (Honestly I only read it because Ms. Picoult wrote it and she’s one of my favorite authors.) Not knowing what to expect with the Nancy Drew graphic novels, I decided to check out books one and two. In The Demon of River Heights, Nancy is starring in a movie written by two college students, who are convinced there’s a monster lurking in the woods of River Heights. After filming one night, Nancy, Bess and George invite the guys to meet them later at the local coffee shop. When they fail to appear, the girls return to the woods to look for them. Evidence is left behind that alert Nancy the boys may not be too far off about the monster. Can she shed some light on this myth and save the boys in time? And the answer is: of course she can. After all, she IS Nancy Drew. Ok, I have to admit, the mystery is very light. It’s obvious who the “bad guy” is as soon as he’s introduced to the reader. But, then I had to remember the target audience for this book. I definitely think young readers will love this series. The graphics are vivid, as the characters practically jump off the page! However, I did find the story a bit lacking and almost decided not to read book two. As I continued to flip through the pages, I noticed a sneak peek for Writ in Stone, the second installment. Curious, I read it and wouldn’t you know it ended in a cliffhanger! Of course I HAD to know what happens next. To be continued…

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy Holland

    I didn't really like this. At all. The writing was decently witty at times, but at other times the script cut from one scene to another with no transition, which left the story feeling choppy. Some of the artwork was cool, like the backgrounds that were done with a computer (I don't know all the technical terminology), but I thought that some of the character renderings were downright shoddy. It looked like the artist just scribbled out the drawings in about two seconds. Furthermore, the book wa I didn't really like this. At all. The writing was decently witty at times, but at other times the script cut from one scene to another with no transition, which left the story feeling choppy. Some of the artwork was cool, like the backgrounds that were done with a computer (I don't know all the technical terminology), but I thought that some of the character renderings were downright shoddy. It looked like the artist just scribbled out the drawings in about two seconds. Furthermore, the book was just too short to make it a really good mystery; there wasn't enough time for the author to include red herrings and twists and turns and all those good things that make a mystery really yummy. I would suggest this one ONLY to libraries with large comics collections or a big Nancy Drew following. PS - It annoyed me that Nancy wore a shirt that said "ND." That's pretty egotistical, isn't it? It's like someone from a band wearing their own band tshirt. Lame.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    Copyright: 2005 Genre: Graphic Novel/Mystery Thoughts: The artwork is well done, although the figures on the female characters are exaggerated (way worse than Barbie dolls). The plot tended to jump around. The characters would be in a car on one page and inside having a new conversation on the next. I've never read the original Nancy Drew, but this one is not very smart (forget to get gas and get stuck in the woods twice in one story, really?). And I wasn't convinced that she could fight a bear or Copyright: 2005 Genre: Graphic Novel/Mystery Thoughts: The artwork is well done, although the figures on the female characters are exaggerated (way worse than Barbie dolls). The plot tended to jump around. The characters would be in a car on one page and inside having a new conversation on the next. I've never read the original Nancy Drew, but this one is not very smart (forget to get gas and get stuck in the woods twice in one story, really?). And I wasn't convinced that she could fight a bear or get blown out of a mine shaft by the force of an explosion and live to catch the bad guy two minutes later.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Randomly picked this one up at the library. Not that I can draw, but the graphics were poorly done and look rushed. Story is not remotely believable...Nancy punching a bear in the middle of the woods after George looks up how to scare it off on a tablet? Yeah right. I honestly wish there was a better Nancy Drew graphic novel out there, like there now is for the Babysitters Club...this one didn't come remotely close to doing the original series justice.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bethe

    Bookaday #29. I picked this up thinking a graphic novel version of Nancy Drew could be the introduction for my elem students to the classic girl detective, whom I adored. Wrong! Too mature (it has a YA label from my public library, but then, so did Babymouse) and poorly drawn, with inconsistencies in the vocabulary and character name spellings.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth Huddleston

    To be honest, I saw Nancy Drew as a graphic novel and was immediately intrigued, hence why I picked up this book in the first place. As a first book in a series, and these are personal opinions about first books to begin with, I felt there was not enough time or development of the characters. Since Nancy Drew is a famous character, this book just launched into a story immediately without the exposition of who she was or why she solved mysteries. Just like a tv show, I like my first story to be a To be honest, I saw Nancy Drew as a graphic novel and was immediately intrigued, hence why I picked up this book in the first place. As a first book in a series, and these are personal opinions about first books to begin with, I felt there was not enough time or development of the characters. Since Nancy Drew is a famous character, this book just launched into a story immediately without the exposition of who she was or why she solved mysteries. Just like a tv show, I like my first story to be a pilot or origin story of sorts. Introduce me to the characters and their relationships, don't assume I should already know them. Save those assumptions for book 2. That being said, I was perturbed more by the illustrations than the story itself. Nancy Drew usually is an icon for girls -- a girl with a brain. Yet my eye kept noticing the way the artist drew her breasts. She was ample, but none of the pictures looked as if she was wearing a bra. The fabric just clung to them unnaturally. It was not even like spandex that female superheroes wear, inviting the male reader not so unsubtly. It was more like a Mystique from X-Men bodysuit...for a sweater and skirt set. This just made no sense.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    I’ve always loved Nancy Drew. I have my mom’s copies of the books from when she was a kid, and I still play the games. I was excited to read this graphic novel! It was a pretty good story. I read some bad reviews of this book before I read it, so I didn’t expect much. However, I enjoyed the story. The characters were very familiar. Bess, George, and Nancy had to solve a mystery together. Meanwhile, Deirdre Shannon was getting in the way. The only character I didn’t see was Ned, and I hope to see I’ve always loved Nancy Drew. I have my mom’s copies of the books from when she was a kid, and I still play the games. I was excited to read this graphic novel! It was a pretty good story. I read some bad reviews of this book before I read it, so I didn’t expect much. However, I enjoyed the story. The characters were very familiar. Bess, George, and Nancy had to solve a mystery together. Meanwhile, Deirdre Shannon was getting in the way. The only character I didn’t see was Ned, and I hope to see him in later comics. The graphics weren’t the best. They were flat and one dimensional most of the time. Later in the story, some panels had more depth. The background was blurry so the people in the forefront stood out more. That made it look three dimensional. I enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading the next one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Portia

    Nancy Drew, The novels I was read to and have read and heard of when I was younger. When I saw this book in the library I must admit a bit excited. especially because it was a graphic novel. I started reading it and noticed, the artwork was not impressive and did not live up to expectations, all the girls looked like copy and pasted drawings with different colors pasted on. even the story was a bit patchy and made no sense at all, she punches a bear in the face while up in a tree in complete dar Nancy Drew, The novels I was read to and have read and heard of when I was younger. When I saw this book in the library I must admit a bit excited. especially because it was a graphic novel. I started reading it and noticed, the artwork was not impressive and did not live up to expectations, all the girls looked like copy and pasted drawings with different colors pasted on. even the story was a bit patchy and made no sense at all, she punches a bear in the face while up in a tree in complete darkness? And she survives a explosion caused by chemicals deep inside a enclosed cave? It wasn't very impressive and it did not live up to expectations, sorry for the harsh rating. the only good part is that it was inspired by Nancy Drew.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    AUTHOR Petrucha, Stefan Murase, Sho TITLE The Demon of River Heights DATE READ 12/16/19 RATING 4/B FIRST SENTENCE Hi, that's me, Nancy Drew, the dangling one. I'm considered kind of a detective here in River Heights. GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF YA/ 2005/ Papercutz/ 96 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE #1 Nancy Drew Graphic novel CHALLENGE Good Reads 2019 Reading Goal 189/111; GROUP READ TIME/PLACE 2005/OH CHARACTERS Nancy Drew, Bess, George COMMENTS The 1st in Nancy Drew Graphic novels. Nancy is part of AUTHOR Petrucha, Stefan Murase, Sho TITLE The Demon of River Heights DATE READ 12/16/19 RATING 4/B FIRST SENTENCE Hi, that's me, Nancy Drew, the dangling one. I'm considered kind of a detective here in River Heights. GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF YA/ 2005/ Papercutz/ 96 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE #1 Nancy Drew Graphic novel CHALLENGE Good Reads 2019 Reading Goal 189/111; GROUP READ TIME/PLACE 2005/OH CHARACTERS Nancy Drew, Bess, George COMMENTS The 1st in Nancy Drew Graphic novels. Nancy is part of a student film featuring the Demon of River Heights. An unscrupulous business owner is interested in some old mines in the River Heights area.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Nancy Drew as a graphic novel - love it! I love the updated Bess and George. I love being able to see these people too. Reading the old Nancy Drew books and seeing some of the film/TV adaptations have left me confused about what they look like. Now problem solved. Typical Nancy Drew story with help from friends in a modern setting. Love it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Holli Keel

    I’m just starting my journey into graphic novels, and how could I not pick up Nancy Drew when I saw it?! The story was fun, the graphics were interesting Though I didn’t love how the women are drawn. Can they not look realistic?), and the nostalgia didn’t hurt. Story was rushed and choppy though, and I read it in less than an hour. I needed more substance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    If you want to read a graphic novel version of a beloved childhood series I'd suggest sticking with the BSC...this failed to capture the Nancy Drew atmosphere and feeling of gumption in the original books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adeoye Eniola

    i love this book

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Not as good as the original series and original files.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    2.5 stars As a lifetime fan of Nancy Drew, I was optimistic about this series. Unfortunately, this was a let down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    I adore Nancy Drew, but this was absolutely trash. The artwork was terrible (and not even clearly printed) and reminded me of a child piecing together clip art (with the exception of Busty Bess, who was clearly created by a teenage boy). The story was weak and the characters weren't memorable. There is nothing here that's Nancy Drew. Every page made me mad and I'm so disappointed that this series is how kids are possibly being introduced to such a fabulous character. I am truly baffled this is a I adore Nancy Drew, but this was absolutely trash. The artwork was terrible (and not even clearly printed) and reminded me of a child piecing together clip art (with the exception of Busty Bess, who was clearly created by a teenage boy). The story was weak and the characters weren't memorable. There is nothing here that's Nancy Drew. Every page made me mad and I'm so disappointed that this series is how kids are possibly being introduced to such a fabulous character. I am truly baffled this is an official Nancy Drew series because it looks like a cheap knock off.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lv2readB

    Petrucha, S. (2005). Nancy Drew, girl detective: The demon of River Heights. New York: Papercutz. Summary: This graphic novel is based on the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. In this story, Nancy is an amateur detective who is playing a part in a horror movie, when some of the student film-makers go missing. Her friends Bess and George (female cousins) help Nancy. This the first Nancy Drew graphic novel in the series. *Note: Discussion by Nancy Drew on how cute her boyfriend is and somewhat pro Petrucha, S. (2005). Nancy Drew, girl detective: The demon of River Heights. New York: Papercutz. Summary: This graphic novel is based on the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. In this story, Nancy is an amateur detective who is playing a part in a horror movie, when some of the student film-makers go missing. Her friends Bess and George (female cousins) help Nancy. This the first Nancy Drew graphic novel in the series. *Note: Discussion by Nancy Drew on how cute her boyfriend is and somewhat provocative clothing make this a graphic novel for older readers. Reviews/Awards: Booklist 5/15/2005 Curriculum Connection: Reading/Writing: students are divided into three guided reading groups, sorted by abilities and reading strength. The “not quite ready group” will read the graphic novel then complete a worksheet or activity working on comprehension and vocabulary. The “just ready group” will read the regular version of the story, complete appropriate worksheets for their reading/writing level, then select a project to do relating to the story. The “ready to go group” will read the regular novel and the graphic novel, complete more challenging worksheets or assignments including a short essay comparing the two versions, then select a project. Differentiated assignments from: http://www.vema.gen.va.us/otherpages/... Grades: 5-6

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Admittedly, I wasn't expecting all that much from a middle-grade manga-style Nancy Drew graphic novel, but even so, I wasn't impressed with this. For one, it's REALLY short, even for a graphic novel, which naturally hurts any mystery plot they were counting on. I mean, they did manage to complete their arc, but it's super rushed. More importantly, the characters aren't really in character. They slapped a couple of stereotypes onto them and called it a day, more or less, and not even the stereotyp Admittedly, I wasn't expecting all that much from a middle-grade manga-style Nancy Drew graphic novel, but even so, I wasn't impressed with this. For one, it's REALLY short, even for a graphic novel, which naturally hurts any mystery plot they were counting on. I mean, they did manage to complete their arc, but it's super rushed. More importantly, the characters aren't really in character. They slapped a couple of stereotypes onto them and called it a day, more or less, and not even the stereotypes I remember being in the original books. Also, Nancy's narration was an awkward and clunky excuse for exposition. And I didn't really care for the art style and character designs, although I could have forgiven that if the plot and characterization was good. Basically, if you're hoping this will be like a graphic novel interpretation of one of the Nancy Drew mysteries, I'm sad to say it's far less than that. Even the hokiest of those books has better plot and characterization, which is kind of saying something. I guess I'd give it a 2.5 for not being outright terrible and having SOME overlap with the actual novels (Bess and George's conversations were okay, for instance). Also, Nancy uppercuts a bear in this book. Like literally punches an actual grizzly bear right in the face. I have no idea what to make of that, but if you're thinking about reading this book, you should probably know that.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Catey Steele

    The Demon of River Heights by Stegan Petrucha was an interesting take on a novel. I have to say I find graphic novels sort of distracting, and am not a huge fan of reading them. This story however brought me back to elementary school when I used to read the original Nancy Drew books religiously. "The Demon of River Heights," is about Nancy, and her friends, Bess and George who investigate whether the town urban legend is actually an urban legend. The girls fall into trouble when they run into th The Demon of River Heights by Stegan Petrucha was an interesting take on a novel. I have to say I find graphic novels sort of distracting, and am not a huge fan of reading them. This story however brought me back to elementary school when I used to read the original Nancy Drew books religiously. "The Demon of River Heights," is about Nancy, and her friends, Bess and George who investigate whether the town urban legend is actually an urban legend. The girls fall into trouble when they run into the two who having been putting on this urban legend for years, but between the police and Nancy's keen sleuthing they save the day. The illustrations done by Sho Murase look just like images from a comic book. They sort of fit in that graphic novel feel. Being a graphic novel though, there were many pictures on every page. Sometimes I feel like that is what is most distracting, because there is so much going on then you have text bubbles. These books fit in best for individual reading. They would not fit well with reading aloud. I do not think I would read another graphic novel though, but if that is what a student prefers to read then they should read it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This is the first is a series of Nancy Drew graphic novels. Being a graphic novel it immediately opens itself to possible criticism for how the characters are drawn. The Nancy Drew readers have an idea in their mind's eyes how Nancy and the others are supposed to appear and no one, no matter how good, will be able to meet all the expectations. So, accepting that this is a graphic novel, I think the drawings of the characters are not bad. The series is up-dated to the present time, so that will a This is the first is a series of Nancy Drew graphic novels. Being a graphic novel it immediately opens itself to possible criticism for how the characters are drawn. The Nancy Drew readers have an idea in their mind's eyes how Nancy and the others are supposed to appear and no one, no matter how good, will be able to meet all the expectations. So, accepting that this is a graphic novel, I think the drawings of the characters are not bad. The series is up-dated to the present time, so that will affect the appearance of the clothing. Nancy and George I think are done fairly well. I don't think Bess is done quite as well. There is another character introduced, Deirdre Shannon, who appears to be sort of an arch-nemesis to Nancy much as Lettie was to the Dana Girls, and that's not a bad idea. Since this is the first novel I've read in the series, though, I don't know if Deirdre will be a continuing character or not. The girls and a couple guys are making a movie in the forest. There's supposed to be a legend of some kind of creature in the forest. Nancy does run across one real creature, a bear, and manages to beat it off. The guys go missing, though. This ties in to an adult that is checking on a mine in the area, and it turns out he's not exactly doing wonders for the environment with what he plans. It's a pretty decent story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Title: The Demon of River Heights Author: Stefan Petrucha Series: Nancy Drew Graphic Novels, 1 Format: paperback Length: N/A Rating: 3 stars Synopsis: An all-new series of full-color Nancy Drew graphic novels, with all-new comics stories based on the series by Carolyn Keene, starts right here! Join Nancy, along with Bess and George, as they search for missing student filmmakers and discover the deadly secret behind the local urban legend known as "The Demon of River Heights." Mini-review: I enjoyed thi Title: The Demon of River Heights Author: Stefan Petrucha Series: Nancy Drew Graphic Novels, 1 Format: paperback Length: N/A Rating: 3 stars Synopsis: An all-new series of full-color Nancy Drew graphic novels, with all-new comics stories based on the series by Carolyn Keene, starts right here! Join Nancy, along with Bess and George, as they search for missing student filmmakers and discover the deadly secret behind the local urban legend known as "The Demon of River Heights." Mini-review: I enjoyed this graphic novel. The art was good. The story was a bit weak but it was fun to see Bess and George's banter rather than just imagine it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joy Olivia

    After my Beverly Cleary stage, I spent the rest of my pre-puberty years devouring all things Carolyn Keene. Simply put, Nancy Drew was my hero. So when I heard about a new series of graphic novels starring the savvy gal detective I loved so long ago, I had to check one out. What a disappointment! The story was lame, and the graphics were poorly rendered. Some of the art and type is so bitmapped that it is hard to tell what was happening! I've never seen a graphic novel with such sloppy and inart After my Beverly Cleary stage, I spent the rest of my pre-puberty years devouring all things Carolyn Keene. Simply put, Nancy Drew was my hero. So when I heard about a new series of graphic novels starring the savvy gal detective I loved so long ago, I had to check one out. What a disappointment! The story was lame, and the graphics were poorly rendered. Some of the art and type is so bitmapped that it is hard to tell what was happening! I've never seen a graphic novel with such sloppy and inartistic production values. Next time I get a hankering to walk down memory lane in River Heights, I'll reread one of the originals with the classic yellow spines and kitschy covers featuring a bob-coifed, bobby-sockin' Nancy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Now I'm really glad this was not the first book in the Nancy Drew graphic novels that I started with. In all honesty if it had been I might not have continued and read as many as I have. This was just so incredibly cheesy!! Nancy coming face to face with a grizzly bear....George telling her to FIGHT BACK!!! A grizzly?? Really? She punches the thing in the face!! Yeah right! So unbelievable even for a graphic novel in a fictitious little world. Come on. All that said, the story was only so so. An Now I'm really glad this was not the first book in the Nancy Drew graphic novels that I started with. In all honesty if it had been I might not have continued and read as many as I have. This was just so incredibly cheesy!! Nancy coming face to face with a grizzly bear....George telling her to FIGHT BACK!!! A grizzly?? Really? She punches the thing in the face!! Yeah right! So unbelievable even for a graphic novel in a fictitious little world. Come on. All that said, the story was only so so. And the blast at the end that sends Nancy shooting from the mine completely UNHARMED....even more far fetched than the run in with the bear. Another dud, but I'll keep reading hoping to find less like this!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This is not the Nancy Drew novel that I grew up reading. But it is a contemporary pocket-sized graphic novel rendition of my favorite girl detective series. While the characters, best friends Nancy, Bess and George, are familiar, their high tech tools are nothing like the old-fashioned magnifying glass used by author Carolyn Keene’s crime solvers. The sleuths utilize gadgets like cell phones and WIFI connected tablet PCs. The manga-style illustrations will appeal to a new generation of young read This is not the Nancy Drew novel that I grew up reading. But it is a contemporary pocket-sized graphic novel rendition of my favorite girl detective series. While the characters, best friends Nancy, Bess and George, are familiar, their high tech tools are nothing like the old-fashioned magnifying glass used by author Carolyn Keene’s crime solvers. The sleuths utilize gadgets like cell phones and WIFI connected tablet PCs. The manga-style illustrations will appeal to a new generation of young readers eager to watch the titian-haired Nancy outsmart a bear, solve the mystery of the missing film students and bring justice to an ethically-challenged business man.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruhama

    Nancy, George and Bess are solving crimes in full color! The three girls have gotten involved in a film making project, but things take a turn for the worse when the subject matter of the film turns out to be real: there does seem to be a demon in River Heights! The film crew is missing, and the girls spend most of the book gathering clues and solving this mystery, along with discovering what the monster really is. This one is very much like the Hardy Boys—overall I was disappointed. It seems to Nancy, George and Bess are solving crimes in full color! The three girls have gotten involved in a film making project, but things take a turn for the worse when the subject matter of the film turns out to be real: there does seem to be a demon in River Heights! The film crew is missing, and the girls spend most of the book gathering clues and solving this mystery, along with discovering what the monster really is. This one is very much like the Hardy Boys—overall I was disappointed. It seems to be a little higher level than the HB, but the artwork isn’t anything spectacular, nor is the storyline.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    This was my first graphic novel reading experience. I grew up loving the Nancy Drew stories, so maybe I had too high expectations. But this was not quite what I was hoping for. What I liked included the up-to-date topics included in the storyline. I mean, environmental pollution was brought up and technology was woven throughout the character's activities. These up-to-date features are necessary, I think, for young girls to be engaged in the plot. What disappointed me was the lack of depth that This was my first graphic novel reading experience. I grew up loving the Nancy Drew stories, so maybe I had too high expectations. But this was not quite what I was hoping for. What I liked included the up-to-date topics included in the storyline. I mean, environmental pollution was brought up and technology was woven throughout the character's activities. These up-to-date features are necessary, I think, for young girls to be engaged in the plot. What disappointed me was the lack of depth that this format allowed. It's hard to get attached to characters if you only get small snippets of their dialogue on which to judge. I am glad I gave this a whorl, but won't read another.

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