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THE DEMON OF RIVER HEIGHTS (Nancy Drew® Girl Detective, #1)

Author: Stefan Petrucha

Illustrator: Sho Murase

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Publisher: Papercutz,

Material: paperback

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FORTUNE TELLERS CLUB 7: THE BURNING PENDULUM   THE MISSING CANARY   UNA'S JUNGLE JOURNEY

Educational Themes: This is for personal reading.

Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, graphic novel, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005

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