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Nancy Clancy Chapter Books #4

Nancy Clancy, Secret of the Silver Key

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Join Nancy Clancy in New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser's fourth Nancy Clancy chapter book about the past, present, and future! Nancy and her best friend, Bree, must go back in time to solve their latest mystery. While Nancy's class learns about time capsules in school, another relic from the past pops up in the present. Nancy buys an old desk at a tag sale and soon finds out that someone left behind a key. In the perfect follow-up to Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth; Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer; and Nancy Clancy Sees the Future, Nancy and Bree set out to unlock the secret of the silver key in the hopes of finding some treasure along the way. But unlocking the mystery soon proves to be more difficult than they had thought, and when the answer isn't what they had expected, Nancy and Bree learn there are some things that remain timeless forever.

Fans of Fancy Nancy will love joining Nancy Clancy in the latest edition to the chapter book series. The central theme of all the Nancy Clancy books shines through, showing the power of positive thinking and the will to never give up.

144 pages, ebook

First published May 6, 2014

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Jane O'Connor

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Since the publication of Fancy Nancy, Jane O'Connor's closet now boasts so many boas, tiaras, and sparkly ensembles that sometimes friends do not recognize her on the street. She still resides (that's a fancy word for lives) in New York City with her family and their canine companion, Arrow. --from the publisher's website

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267 reviews3 followers
February 8, 2015
Katelyn read this for bookclub, and I read it after her. The story was okay. Katelyn gave it 5 stars. I gave it 3. My favorite part revolved around the desk and the secret door. Who wouldn't like to find their old furniture hiding secrets? Besides the book being just okay, I loved the bookclub. It was a mother daughter one for 7-9 year olds, and it was adorable! Katelyn made a time capsule, went on a detective hunt, and made her own necklace for her silver key. Then she got an ice cream Sunday. I can't wait until next book club!
11 reviews15 followers
July 22, 2016
I enjoyed this book for what it is...juvenile fiction. Most of the situations were corny and completely unrealistic-especially the classroom and incredibly clever teacher in the story. I'm sure children everywhere (especially in public schools) are asking: "How come we don't do interesting things like Nancy and her friends in school?" Being married to a school teacher, I realize that the current PS curriculum doesn't allow for things like original thought and creative writing as much as high test score results and cookie-cutter individuality. (Sorry for the slight rant!) It was a nice break from reality and I hope that schools can become more like the one portrayed in Nancy's. I actually grinned as the story came to an end and hide to wipe a tear...touching, unrealistic, and exactly what it should be: juvenile fiction.
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4,985 reviews58 followers
November 8, 2014
My favorite book in the series so far. Nancy and Bree stumble upon a double mystery when they interview their next door neighbor Mrs. DeVine for a school project and learn about her long lost best friend. The other mystery is inherited when Nancy buys a desk from a yard sale with a secret compartment that houses a silver key!

Nancy and Bree trace the desk's history through finding the desk's previous owners, one of which is the glamorous local weather gal. The mysterious key ends up helping Nancy reunite Mrs. DeVine with her childhood friend making for an overall very satisfying story.

Sure some of the plot conveniences make the story a tad unbelieveable, but it's well written and perfectly suited to its intended audience (grades 2-4) so this reader overlooked them for the most part and just enjoyed a good story.

As far as this series goes: keep 'em coming!
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4,991 reviews41 followers
October 1, 2014
Another fun vocabulary expanding read in the Nancy Clancy small chapter book series for young readers. Even though these books are a bit on the younger side for my now teenage daughter, nostalgia demands that we read them as soon as they come out. The days of Fancy Nancy have long past, as have Pet Shop, Skelanimals, and Monster High is sadly also reaching its end; however we can still snuggle up and enjoy sharing a laugh with Nancy and Bree and remember a time that felt only days ago.

In this edition we were not the only ones reminiscing about the past, Mrs. Devine shares stories of her youth and a friendship that faded with time and distance. A lovely old tag-sale desk brings an exciting mystery for our young sleuths, which reveals more than just the answers they originally sought.

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109 reviews
February 21, 2016
Nancy is being fancy once again as she and her friend Bree try to uncover the secret of the silver key found in Nancy’s “new” desk. An old desk, bought at an estate sale, comes with a hidden compartment complete with fancy key. The girls use their detective skills to try and find out what it unlocks. Without giving away the ending, the girls also find out about life-long friendship.

In her usual style, O’Connor uses Nancy’s liking of new words to impart some new vocabulary on her readers. Children will also learn about a time capsule as Nancy’s class is putting one together to be opened in fifty years.
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1,816 reviews
June 15, 2014

I love Fancy Nancy. I have been reading the Fancy Nancy picture books with my niece since she was little. Now that she is eight we have been going through the Nancy Clancy chapter books.

I think that the Secret of the Silver Key is my favorite book yet (of the chapter books).

Nancy gets a new desk at a garage sale. She finds a silver key in one of the drawers. Her and her best friend Bree are detectives and their latest case is to figure out what this key opens.

The mystery was fun. I enjoyed it a lot. If you like Fancy Nancy then this is a must read!
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1,851 reviews120 followers
January 24, 2022
Another cute story where Nancy gets a desk from a garage sale and its got a secret compartment with a hidden key! The girls have to sleuth their way to figure out who the key belonged to and in the process they reunite Mrs. Devine with an old friend. Fun story but I really didn't like how the girls were unkind to Grace in this book. I really hope it stops but for now, 3.5!
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42 reviews1 follower
December 11, 2022
I find it so funny that I literally binged the whole series in one day. also I love Nancy and bree's friendship! its just so cute
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Author 1 book644 followers
November 7, 2014
This is the fourth book in the Nancy Clancy chapter book series by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. It was our favorite of the four and I was surprised that our girls kept asking for me to read 'just one more chapter.'

We have read so many Fancy Nancy books that our girls have become quite familiar with the characters and they feel like old friends to us.

Overall, this is an engaging and well-written story. It has an authentic feel, capturing children in third grade, and I like that the mystery was challenging, but still solvable for a third grader. I also like that the mystery was intriguing, but did not involve a dangerous situation or undue drama.

The black and white illustrations complement the tale nicely and its fun to see Nancy as she gets older. I'm a bit sad that our girls are really growing out of these stories, but we still enjoyed reading this book together.
649 reviews1 follower
December 7, 2014
Nancy Clancy is a girl who loves anything fancy, whether words or clothing or decorations. In this series, Nancy and her friend Bree have set themselves up as detectives at the same time their teacher is having the class make a time capsule to be opened in 50 years. She finds interesting the idea of time passing, of growing older, of her parents and adult friends being young once; and when she finds an old key in her "new" desk, a garage sale find, she sets out to discover where it came from, who put it in the desk drawer, and what it opens. She and Bree solve their puzzle in an unexpected way and learn that some things are timeless for everyone.

I like this series and I like this book. Nancy's pursuit of fancy words is fun, and I like Nancy's and Bree's creativity and determination in looking for ways to solve their puzzle. The illustrations are wonderfully expressive.

2nd grade reader. Girls.
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901 reviews
September 3, 2014
This is book four in the series, but the first one that I have read. It can stand alone, but it is so good I recommend starting from the beginning of the series. As an adult I enjoyed the story. I would enjoy reading it to a younger reader or having a middle grade student read it to me.

I was impressed with Jane O'Connor's introduction of new vocabulary words. She used the word in a sentence, then explained it's meaning. I thought it was a clever way to expand a new readers vocabulary.

The pictures in the book are a nice complement to the story. They will keep a young readers attention if someone is reading it to them.

I would recommend this for anyone who is looking for short chapter books for gifts. I will definitely buy the firsts ones for my granddaughters shelf.

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411 reviews1 follower
August 25, 2014
Young girls will enjoy reading this chapter book as they follow Nancy Clancy and her bff Bree James as they solve another mystery.

Nancy finds a secret key in a desk her parents purchase for her at an estate sale.

Meanwhile back at school Nancy and her classmates have all been assigned the task of bringing something in for their class time capsule as well as interviewing someone who is older and can tell students about growing up in a different time period. Nancy and Bree decide to interview their neighbor Mrs DeVine.

Nancy and Bree's sleuthing leads them on an adventure to solve the mystery.

They learn a very important lesson about the gift and treasure of friendship.

The book has cute illustrations and Nancy enjoys using some French words as well as some interesting descriptive vocabulary words.
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600 reviews13 followers
April 4, 2017
Nancy loves the old desk she and her parents found at a tag sale. With a fresh coat of paint, it's the perfect place for her to write, and she's convinced her writing's more inspired there than at a boring table. When she finds an antique key inside a hidden compartment of the desk, that just adds to its charm and also leads to another of her favorite activities: sleuthing out a mystery. Nancy and Bree are determined to find out who the key belonged to and what it opens. While solving the mystery, they also learn something about friendship and growing older..

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520 reviews13 followers
August 1, 2014
My Review: Nancy Clancy was excited to be attending the estate sale. As estates were like mansions full of big and fancy furniture for sale. Nancy was looking for a desk to do her homework on. She came across a small wooden desk with a top that rolled up and down. In one of the drawers, she came across a silver key. A key to a secret compartment, when opened she found anther key. Now Nancy and her friend Bree must find out who the key belongs to and what it opens. This book is full of fun and will appeal to young girls.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
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56 reviews14 followers
May 25, 2020
Nancy Clancy, Secret of the Silver Key.

In this book Nancy Clancy is looking for ..
1: What does the OTHER silver key open?
2: Who was Mrs.DeVine's BFF?
3: What to put into the class time capsule?
Nancy Clancy is a VERY good book. In this book Nancy goes on an adventure to see what the silver key opens! Along the way, Nancy and Bree find Mrs. DeVine's long lost BFF, Bitsy. I love how Nancy Clancy books have SO MANY mysteries! When I start to read a Nancy Clancy book I cannot put it down! Well, sometimes I have to. Moving on. Scene two. Nancy Clancy dashes upsta-
OOPS! No spoilers!
You can find out the rest on your own! All you have to do is READ THE BOOK!
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Author 3 books17 followers
July 25, 2014
Nancy & her best friend are back at it again trying to the solve mysteries. When Nancy get's a new desk from an estate sale the last thing she thought she would find in it was a secret compartment. Inside the secret compartment is a silver key.

Together Nancy & Bree work backwards tracking down every person who owned the desk in an attempt to uncover what the silver opens. However, what they end up finding is something much better.

Great read for young children. My daughter absolutely loves the Nancy Clancy series and really enjoyed reading this book with me.
15 reviews
January 24, 2020
This book is about Nancy Clancy, a young girl in third grade. When she finds a silver key in a desk she bought at a tag sale, she has another mystery to solve. She and her best friend Bree, go to solve this mystery. She and Bree have too go look to the past to solve this mystery. And they will meet lots of new people on the way.

I liked this book. I think it would be great for younger kids who like mysteries. Nancy reminded me of myself with all the things she tries to do in this book. This book had an interesting story with fun characters. I thought it was a fun read with a cute ending.
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October 11, 2019
2 reviews
October 17, 2016
All three kids loved it

It was a fun, interesting mystery story with beautiful illustrations that engaged not only my 5 year old daughter but also her 10 and 7 year old brothers! I also liked the vocabulary words that were introduced.
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3 reviews1 follower
March 2, 2018
My favorite part of this book is when Nancy found Mrs.Devine’s best friend Elizabeth and her nickname was Betsy. Also,my favorite part was when Nancy found a key.
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190 reviews
May 3, 2018
This was probably my favorite of this cute series. The mystery of the key and friendship. My daughter squealed with delight at the ending.
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Author 3 books1 follower
March 31, 2019
Read with my daughter and she rated it saying she like the book because I quote “Best Friends Forever!”
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187 reviews3 followers
April 10, 2019
Enjoying reading this series to my six year old daughter. The storyline in this one was great and we enjoyed the ending.
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