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Werewolf in a winter wonderland
Publication Information:
New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2003.
Physical Description:
149 p. ; 20 cm.
Nancy Drew and her friends investigate a possible link between disasters at the River Heights Winter Carnival and the disappearance of wolves from a nearby preserve.


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Things are hairy in River Heights this holiday season. Two wolves have disappeared from WildWolf, the federal wolf preserve just outside of town. Local farmers think the missing wolves are killing their sheep, but there are also rumors of werewolf sightings nearby. At the same time, the annualRiver Heights Winter Carnival is set to begin. When the first two days of the outdoor festival are full of tragic disasters, Nancy can't help but wonder -- is there a link between the carnival's trouble and the missing wolves?After the carnival's beautiful ice palace is destroyed, Nancy's sure there's a wolf at River Heights's door. But is the leader of this pack of crimes human, or beast?

Author Notes

Carolyn Keene was the pseudonym that Mildred Wirt Benson and Walter Karig used to write Nancy Drew books. The idea of Nancy Drew came from Edward Stratemeyer in 1929. He also had other series, that included the Hardy Boys, but he died in 1930 before the Nancy Drew series became famous. His daughters, Harriet and Edna, inherited his company and maintained Nancy Drew having Mildred Wirt Benson, the original Carolyn Keene, as the principal ghostwriter. During the Depression, they asked Benson to take a pay cut and she refused, which is when Karig wrote the books.

Karig's Nancy Drew books were Nancy's Mysterious Letter, The Sign of the Twisted Candles, and Password to Larkspur Lane. He was fired from writing more books because of his refusal to honor the request that he keep his work as Carolyn Keene a secret. He allowed the Library of Congress to learn of his authorship and his name appeared on their catalog cards. Afterwards, they rehired Benson and she wrote until her last Nancy Drew book (#30) was written in 1953, Clue of the Velvet Mask.

Harriet and Edna Stratemeyer also contributed to the Nancy Drew series. Edna wrote plot outlines for several of the early books and Harriet, who claimed to be the sole author, had actually outlined and edited nearly all the volumes written by Benson. The Stratemeyer Syndicate had begun to make its writers sign contracts that prohibited them from claiming any credit for their works, but Benson never denied her writing books for the series.

After Harriet's death in 1982, Simon and Schuster became the owners of the Stratemeyer Syndicate properties and in 1994, publicly recognized Benson for her work at a Nancy Drew conference at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. Now, Nancy Drew has several ghostwriters and artists that have contributed to her more recent incarnations.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

1 A Wild Night at WildWolfp. 1
2 A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?p. 12
3 An Unfortunate Meetingp. 24
4 The Message Is Crystal Clearp. 34
5 Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?p. 42
6 The Hair of the Wolfp. 53
7 A Fortune Comes Truep. 64
8 In the Light of the Full Moonp. 73
9 Wild Weather at WildWolfp. 84
10 A Blizzard of Cluesp. 95
11 Frozen in Midairp. 104
12 When Wolves Flyp. 113
13 Let's Start Overp. 123
14 Howliday on Icep. 131
15 The Culprit Is Icedp. 141