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The clue of the tapping heels
Keene, Carolyn.
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Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [1997]

Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Nancy Drew tries to find a clue to the strange tapping sounds in the house of a retired actress.
Reading Level:
710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 5.0 5612.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 7 Quiz: 13107 Guided reading level: NR.
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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Challenging questions confront Nancy Drew when she attempts to solve the mystery of the strange tapping sounds in the house of a retired actress. Who is the tapper? How does he gain access to Miss Carter's house, despite securely locked doors and windows? Why do the tapping sounds come in Morse code? Is there a sinister motive behind the prowler's actions? While trying to learn the answers to these and other puzzling questions, Nancy finds her investigations complicated by the dishonest administrator of a will and by a thief who steals the actress's prize Persian cats.

Author Notes

Carolyn Keene was the pseudonym that Mildred Wirt Benson and Walter Karig used to write Nancy Drew books. The idea of Nancy Drew came from Edward Stratemeyer in 1929. He also had other series, that included the Hardy Boys, but he died in 1930 before the Nancy Drew series became famous. His daughters, Harriet and Edna, inherited his company and maintained Nancy Drew having Mildred Wirt Benson, the original Carolyn Keene, as the principal ghostwriter. During the Depression, they asked Benson to take a pay cut and she refused, which is when Karig wrote the books.

Karig's Nancy Drew books were Nancy's Mysterious Letter, The Sign of the Twisted Candles, and Password to Larkspur Lane. He was fired from writing more books because of his refusal to honor the request that he keep his work as Carolyn Keene a secret. He allowed the Library of Congress to learn of his authorship and his name appeared on their catalog cards. Afterwards, they rehired Benson and she wrote until her last Nancy Drew book (#30) was written in 1953, Clue of the Velvet Mask.

Harriet and Edna Stratemeyer also contributed to the Nancy Drew series. Edna wrote plot outlines for several of the early books and Harriet, who claimed to be the sole author, had actually outlined and edited nearly all the volumes written by Benson. The Stratemeyer Syndicate had begun to make its writers sign contracts that prohibited them from claiming any credit for their works, but Benson never denied her writing books for the series.

After Harriet's death in 1982, Simon and Schuster became the owners of the Stratemeyer Syndicate properties and in 1994, publicly recognized Benson for her work at a Nancy Drew conference at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. Now, Nancy Drew has several ghostwriters and artists that have contributed to her more recent incarnations.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

I Tap Codep. 1
II Animal Uproarp. 11
III Actor's Surprisep. 17
IV Car Thiefp. 27
V Mysterious Keyp. 36
VI The Secret Roomp. 44
VII The Runawayp. 53
VIII Missing Diaryp. 61
IX Suspicious Salesmanp. 68
X Precarious Climbp. 76
XI Bess Plays Cupidp. 86
XII "Try to Catch Me!"p. 97
XIII Empty!p. 105
XIV Disastrous Rehearsalp. 113
XV The New Leadp. 121
XVI Telltale Handprintsp. 131
XVII Rooftop Escapep. 139
XVIII Spikes of a Human Flyp. 147
XIX An Unexpected Solutionp. 156
XX Amusing Confessionp. 168