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Book Title: The Secret in the Old Attic|
The author of the book: Carolyn Keene
ISBN 13: 9781557092786
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Edition: Applewood Books
Date of issue: October 1st 2005
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Yellowed musty pages, musty as an old attic; my book is 73 years old. I read it when I was a young girl, remembering only that Nancy Drew was in the attic and there was a black widow spider. Later on I connected it to a real story of the time that my 16 year old brother and I at age 12, began to explore the boarded up cellar at our home. It must have been the window that was boarded up. After taking off the boards, he poked his head in and then when he backed it out a black widow spider was climbing down its thin sticky thread, and had he not pulled his head out at that time, it would have landed right on his head. And then he asked me if I would go into the cellar to explore and to bring things out. And I did. I was brave.
And then my brother added to my story after reading this: He wanted to kill the black widow spiders, so he took some .22 short shells, pulled out the bullets, took a lit candle and dripped wax into them. He then placed them in the refrigerator, and when the wax hardened, he loaded his rifle, taped a flashlight to the barrow so he could see the spiders and went back to the cellar. After placing the rifle inside the cellar, a black widow spider began crawling down its thread, almost landing on the rifle. He gave up that idea but came up with another. He lit a stink bomb and put it down in the cellar, or was I the one to go down into the cellar with it? I forgot to ask. I remember the stink bomb well for the fumes chased the spiders into the house, and for a while we were very busy killing spiders.
There was shelving in that cellar that went went up to the ceiling, and on those shelves were old canning jars. One day I pulled out the shelving, and the room above it, the bathroom, began to pull away from the house. My mom was not too happy. You see the house was built without a bathroom. The original owners had an outhouse. That add-on bathroom was not added on too well, and they just expected that shelving to hold that add-on in place, and for many years it had.
Nancy Drew has her own scary moments in this book as she explores the attic of an old man’s home, looking for his son’s music sheets. One music sheet had already been stolen and was already being played on the radio. She needs to find the others before the thief finds them all. Instead, she finds black widows and kills them. She finds secret rooms and goes looking for clues in a factory where she finds more black widows. I thought, no wonder all I remember about this book was a black widow, but it is so much more than that because she has quite a a few adventures.
What fun to explore an old attic. How I wish that I had had them to explore, but every time Nancy goes up into that old attic and finds things, I am right along side of her.
Note: Copyright, 1944. My name is printed in the book. How strange to look back and see how you use to print. The two Es in my name looked like a U, and the B in my name, an H. And two other names are in the book, Sally Dunsecon? The last part of the name is too faded to tell. And then there is the name, Beir.
When I see that I had kept that book all these years, I think of other things that I wish I had kept. Some mothers keep their children's school work; I wish mine had. I wish I had the painting of a blue bird that the teacher asked my mom to come and look at. The teacher praised it. I was 7 years old at the time. Then I had high school art work, and a story that my teacher read to the class and asked if he could keep. And college term papers. When you are young you don't think of keeping things, but when you get older, I am 75 now, you wish you could see them again. I hope mothers and kids will read this and keep things, even if they are not important to them now.
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Read information about the authorCarolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.
Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Stratemeyer. Edna contributed 10 plot outlines before passing the reins to her sister Harriet. It was Mildred Benson (aka: Mildred A. Wirt), who breathed such a feisty spirit into Nancy's character. Mildred wrote 23 of the original 30 Nancy Drew Mystery Stories®, including the first three. It was her characterization that helped make Nancy an instant hit. The Stratemeyer Syndicate's devotion to the series over the years under the reins of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams helped to keep the series alive and on store shelves for each succeeding generation of girls and boys. In 1959, Harriet, along with several writers, began a 25-year project to revise the earlier Carolyn Keene novels. The Nancy Drew books were condensed, racial stereotypes were removed, and the language was updated. In a few cases, outdated plots were completely rewritten.
Other writers of Nancy Drew volumes include Harriet herself, she wrote most of the series after Mildred quit writing for the Syndicate and in 1959 began a revision of the first 34 texts. The role of the writer of "Carolyn Keene" passed temporarily to Walter Karig who wrote three novels during the Great Depression. Also contributing to Nancy Drew's prolific existence were Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Nancy Axelrod, Priscilla Doll, Charles Strong, Alma Sasse, Wilhelmina Rankin, George Waller Jr., and Margaret Scherf.
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