Trixie Belden Mysteries

This fun series features a spunky detective named Trixie Belden. Trixie is 14 and a freckle-faced tomboy. Though it's easy to notice the similarities between this series and Nancy Drew (and fans of one will most likely enjoy the other), Trixie is different from Nancy: she's younger, has a temper, and doesn't really enjoy school. She also works with the help of a gang of friends. Trixie lives just outside of New York with her parents and three brothers. In the first book she meets Honey Wheeler, who becomes her best friend and perfect mystery-solving partner (and first member of the gang). The books are fun to read in any order, but Trixie keeps adding members to her detective team, so there are main characters in the later books that are introduced in earlier ones. These are reprintings (the originals were printed in the 50's and 60's), and though the books have been edited for spelling and such, the text has not been updated. Each one includes a handful of black and white illustrations and is about 240-270 pgs, hc. A great series for some mystery-solving fun, but be warned - you may get hooked. ~ Rachel

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