In 1927, the first Hardy Boys book appeared on the shelves. In 1930, Nancy Drew joined them, and the two successful series about amateur, adolescent sleuths garnered a loyal following which would span generations.
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Kismaric and Heiferman describe the history of the books and their place in the publishing world. They then examine the characters and stories in the context of the times--how Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys both reflected and influenced contemporary teen culture. The young detectives provided role models for their audience--active, intrepid boys and competent, intelligent girls--while also showcasing the values the authors hoped teenagers would develop.
The review of this Book prepared by Steph