I just learned from Nancy Drew Sleuths that the first Nancy Drew was released 84 years ago today. This is perfect timing because a week from tomorrow is the release date of The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill, staring Hazel Kaplansky, perhaps Nancy Drew’s biggest fan. Here’s what the critics are saying:

“Hazel’s inquisitiveness, independence and imperfections are a winning combination.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Rich in period details, strong on family/friendship dynamics, with a cast of well-drawn secondary characters … the book demonstrates how easy it is to get caught up in an atmosphere of fear and suspicion. A light-handed yet thoughtful presentation of a difficult time in U.S. history, Blakemore’s story inspires reflection and discussion.” – Publishers Weekly

“In Megan Frazer Blakemore’s The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill, the sense of the times is seamlessly portrayed.” – Notes from The Horn Book

“Hazel is a wonderfully memorable character, larger-than-life, and so certain of her well-intentioned, but often misguided, ways. Blakemore perfectly captures that fine line between childhood and early adolescence, when tall tales from large imaginations are quickly formed, friendships with boys are still easy, and a young girl sees her place in the world as an unstoppable force.” – School Library Journal

In honor of Nancy Drew, I am running a give away for a package that includes signed copies of both The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill and the paperback of The Water Castle. I will be giving away 5 packages to US Residents who enter using the Rafflecopter. You can earn entries by following me on Twitter, liking my Facebook page, or tweeting your favorite fictional detective with the hashtag #FavSleuth (it’s not required, but I would love to hear why this detective is your favorite).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’ve never run a Rafflecopter giveaway before, so fingers crossed I’ve got this whole thing figured out.

Give Away! Your Favorite Fictional Sleuth

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