Magazine article Curriculum Review

Redrawing Nancy: Teen Sleuth Nancy Drew Shoots for Another Encore

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Redrawing Nancy: Teen Sleuth Nancy Drew Shoots for Another Encore

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If you thought you knew Nancy Drew, think again. It might not be on the level of "Extreme Makeover" or "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," but publisher Simon & Schuster launched an updated version of the teen detective this spring with an eye toward making her adventures extremely attractive to modern girls.

Although Ms. Drew sported red hair when she splashed onto the scene in 1930's The Secret of the Old Clock, her locks are now strawberry blonde. When she's not solving mysteries, the young sleuth pitches in at an animal shelter. Instead of tooling around in a blue convertible, she now drives a gas-electric hybrid car. Plugged into the electronic age, she also relies on cell phones and Web searches. And she now narrates her own tales in the first person, rather than staying on display in the third.

Even as the titles change--Without a Trace replaces The Hidden Staircase, for instance--some aspects of the character never do. …

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