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Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth (2012)
by Jane O’Connor
128 pages
Ages 7+
Expected publication: April 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins
Format Read: paperback ARC (Thank you, HarperChildrens!)
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Nancy Clancy is growing up and ready for a whole new adventure . . . in her chapter book debut!
Nancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code.
But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case?
Find out in the glamorous start to an all-new chapter book series featuring everyone’s favorite fancy girl!

My Thoughts:
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth Book One, which I finished in about thirty minutes. It was a swift read, where Jane O’ Connor leads me into the world of Fancy Nancy’s adventures as an aspiring detective. I admit, I am not much of a children’s book read anymore. I remember loving the Junie B. Jones series as a child and Nancy echoed some of Junie’s quirks, in the best possible way. Fancy Nancy has her brand of brimming curiosity and vigor, trailing her wherever she goes. Fancy Nancy is fun. She loves her flashy pink trenchcoat, reading Nancy Drew, and conjuring up secret codes with her best friend. She reminds me of my own childhood, in love with secret codes and passing notes (I learned sign language from a picture book in third grade because it was the fad…in third grade. Who likes to be left out if your friends are talking about you?) Connor brings out Nancy’s charms flawlessly.

While Connor weaves in the two mysteries seamlessly, the story ends up jumbled together. The denouement read like a race to the finish. The ending was not as predictable as I thought which was a definite plus. Perhaps its because I haven’t read a Fancy Nancy book before that I was still a stranger to the supporting characters: Bree, the twins, her younger sister. I had no idea who the twins were to Nancy; were they friends or just neighbors? What are they doing in her room? Why is she in their yard?
The book was well paced and raises good moral messages: tell the truth (it will make people less furious with you when you break their stuff) and don’t jump into conclusions and blame your peers.
Overall, a pleasant read though not quite memorable. I can imagine the eight year old me, devouring and befriending the fun, quirky Fancy Nancy in no time.
Rating: B-

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