The Girl Sleuth


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University of Georgia Press
Publish Date
5.54 X 0.52 X 8.53 inches | 0.53 pounds

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About the Author

BOBBIE ANN MASON is the author of Feather Crowns (winner of the 1994 Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction), Shiloh and Other Stories, Love Life: Stories, In Country, and Spence + Lila. She resides in Kentucky.


Thoughtful and funny . . . [Mason] argues that the books are worthy of serious study because analyzing them helps us to discover who we really are, and who we want to become.

--Boston Globe

Marvelous . . . Would make a wonderful present for any nostalgic veteran reader of Nancy, Cherry Ames, Judy Bolton and the Bobbseys.

--Washington Post

Insightful, sometimes amusing, observations about the social implications of these series which offered girls the promise of adventure without straying too far from conventional expectations.


Mason's engaging analysis . . . allows a new generation of adults to understand what made the series so irresistible.

--Christian Science Monitor

Nostalgia with a mordant flourish . . . A delightful exposition of our flawed but nourishing earliest heroines.

--Barbara Grizzuti Harrison "author of An Accidental Autobiography "

A lively, readable, rueful look back . . . It's a celebration of the tamed but still heartening message that Nancy Drew provided--the comforting assurance that the world was a mysterious place but that its secrets could be solved by any girl smart and brave enough to try.

--San Jose Mercury News

The well-known writer of adult fiction remembers the girl detective series books she read as a child and takes a critical look at the pleasures and effects of reading these mysteries.

--Portland Oregonian

Indispensable to the history of women's reading in the U.S. Mason is observant, funny, and opinionated when it comes to her girlhood reading.

--Janice Radway "author of A Feeling for Books "