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Summary: Nancy's role in a low-budget monster movie set in River Heights goes terribly off script as she and her friends work to uncover the "real" Demon of River Heights. This is the first book in a graphic-novel version of the Nancy Drew® Mystery series.
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 10
Reading Level: 3.6
Young Reader Reaction: review pending
Adult Reader Reaction: As a teen, I was a HUGE Nancy Drew fan. I found this more modern version with its dark (almost Gothic) graphics distracting visually, and lacking the story flow (and imagination) offered by the more traditional books.
Pros: The book is a very fast read and the pictures add "dimension" to the story.
Cons: The format is very different, with curt, choppy text requiring you to move your eye all over the page to follow the dialogue.
Borrow or Buy: Buy if your reader is a graphic novel fan. You'll likely want to skip it if you’re a traditionalist who likes the "old" Nancy Drew.