The Message in the Hollow Oak (Nancy Drew, Book 12)

by Carolyn Keene

Hardcover, 1935

Status

Available

Local notes

Fic Kee (c.1)

Collection

Publication

Grosset & Dunlap (1935), 181 pages

Description

Nancy Drew tackles a mystery professional detectives failed to solve--finding a valuable centuries-old message in a hollow oak tree in Illinois.

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1935

Physical description

181 p.; 5.56 inches

ISBN

9780448095127

Barcode

2661

User reviews

LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Nancy travels to Illinois to find someone (later two people) who was kidnapped, find a treasure, and help out with an archaeological dig. Naturally she manages all those things while dragging Bess, George, and Ned along. Though she puts the whole dig in danger, the director insists that she has to stay and solve her mystery. Nancy rides around in a tow boat, chases off a potential love interest, and foils thieves on her way to discovering a treasure from a French missionary.… (more)
LibraryThing member padame
A group of professional deceives challenge Nancy to tackle a mystery that they have failed to solve: find an invaluable massage hidden by a missionary centuries ago in a hallow oak tree in Illinois.
While searching in the woods for the ancient tree, Nancy and her friends live with a group of young archaeologists whoa re excavations prehistoric Indian burial mounds and on nearby farm. A shadowy enemy stalks Nancy and harasses everyone at the dig. The young investigator pursues her dangerous adversary to an outlaws’ cave, and is threatened when she discovers an unusual treasure.
How Nancy, with few clues to go on solves this complex mystery with thrill all readers.
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LibraryThing member djenczyk
This was a tedious story. The mystery(s) were choppy and pretty far fetched. Kadle was crazy obsessed with finding the treasure, yet he didn't find these two massive oaks with big lumps on them? He instead chops a newer oak into a mess? He decides to hire two thugs to harass Nancy and the archaeology crew? Please. The constant barraging of thieves at the dig site was not interesting, even with the walking skeleton. All that driving back and forth from the farmhouse to the town to make phone calls. And don't even get me started on the 'love triangle'! Ridiculous and unnecessary. Oh, here Art. Stand next to Julie Anne a couple of times so that you will like her more than Nancy. Then Bess and Nancy give each other a wink and a smile. Gah!

Additionally, as a fan of archaeology, I was sickened to see how anyone could just pick up a shovel and dig. Yes, I understand that this was a fiction novel. But the lack of order and methodical work on the site with the tiresome mystery storyline just killed the book for me.

The ONLY reason I finished the book was because I was reading it to my 5-year old and I didn't want her to give up easily. I would have tossed the book 3 chapters in.
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LibraryThing member booksandscones
My copy is the Applewood Books facsimile edition of the 1935 book, with the original text. From other reviewers' remarks, it sounds like the revised edition is a poor effort. As a reader of Nancy in the 1950s, with a set of the originals published in the 1930s-40s, I despised Harriet Stratemeyer's revisions even as a 10-year old!

In this older edition, Nancy travels to Canada, her only adventure there, after she wins a radio contest which awards her an interest in a gold claim somewhere in the Northwest. Bess & George accompany her, of course, and for a wonder, squeamish, girly Bess doesn't fall apart at having to ride a horse in the woods and rough it in a tent. There is a lot of chasing around by the bad guys who are trying to drive Nancy away from her claim, and Nancy also helps to re-unite two star-crossed lovers. A joy for me, a Canadian kid, to have my girl sleuth heroine here in Canada!
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LibraryThing member justagirlwithabook
I absolutely loved Nancy Drew growing up. This was a series I latched on to for dear life and never let go. Anytime my mom and I would go to antique stores, we'd peruse the Nancy Drews and add them to the collection (oftentimes my mom had to make deals with me on how many I could buy). So, while I don't remember the exact details of each and every one, the entire series was amazing and really fed my love for reading (especially novels full of suspense and mystery). Thank you, Carolyn Keene, for giving us an intelligent female character to fall in love with in Nancy Drew!… (more)
LibraryThing member booksandscones
My copy is the Applewood Books facsimile edition of the 1935 book, with the original text. From other reviewers' remarks, it sounds like the revised edition is a poor effort. As a reader of Nancy in the 1950s, with a set of the originals published in the 1930s-40s, I despised Harriet Stratemeyer's revisions even as a 10-year old!

In this older edition, Nancy travels to Canada, her only adventure there, after she wins a radio contest which awards her an interest in a gold claim somewhere in the Northwest. Bess & George accompany her, of course, and for a wonder, squeamish, girly Bess doesn't fall apart at having to ride a horse in the woods and rough it in a tent. There is a lot of chasing around by the bad guys who are trying to drive Nancy away from her claim, and Nancy also helps to re-unite two star-crossed lovers. A joy for me, a Canadian kid, to have my girl sleuth heroine here in Canada!
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Lexile

720L

Pages

181

Rating

(154 ratings; 3.7)
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