If you want to be sure of getting a mystery book that’s age-appropriate for kids aged 8 and up, with no strong language or adult situations and starring a girl detective with plenty of smarts, check out the Nancy Drew series of tween mystery novels that are now available in 80th anniversary editions in Kindle format. There are no plot points that hinge on the use of modern technology in these books and no references to recent pop culture touchstones, but there’s also no strong language, violence or adult situations.
After receiving a call from her friend Helen Corning, Nancy agrees to help solve a baffling mystery. Helen’s Aunt Rosemary has been living with her mother at the old family mansion, and they have noticed many strange things. They have heard music, thumps, and creaking noises at night, and seen eerie shadows on the walls. Could the house be haunted?
Just as soon as she hangs up the phone, a strange man visits Nancy’s house to warn her and her father that they are in danger because of a case he is working on buying property for a railroad company. This warning leads Nancy and her father Carson to search for the missing Willie Wharton, a landowner, who can prove he signed away his land to the railroad and save the railroad from a lawsuit. Will Nancy be able to find the missing landowner and discover how these mysteries are related?
While driving a motorboat around the Twin Lakes, Nancy and her friend Helen get caught in a dangerous storm.
Luckily, they are rescued by another teenage girl in a rowboat.
They soon learn that their rescuer is Laura Pendleton, whose mother has recently having passed away.
Laura has come to meet up with her new guardians, but something isn’t quite right about them. Nancy investigates the situation, and soon she stumbles upon a shocking surprise in the cellar of a bungalow!