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The nineteenth book in the Nancy Drew series. It was originally released in 1942. This facsimile of its original edition continues the series of Applewood editions.


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The nineteenth book in the Nancy Drew series. It was originally released in 1942. This facsimile of its original edition continues the series of Applewood editions.

30 review for The Quest of the Missing Map

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tabi34

    Well, I've read 19 of the Nancy Drew books - in order. It's interesting to see the progression from the 1930s and now into the 40s. I am beginning to pick out which Carolyn Keene was writing. I believe this was a new person writing. Although I did a bit of research and Mildred Wirth is credited for writing this one too. Her style definitely changed. Nancy is no longer a titan haired girl, but a strawberry blonde. Finally, she's in school. It really bothered me that Nancy and her girlfriends Well, I've read 19 of the Nancy Drew books - in order. It's interesting to see the progression from the 1930s and now into the 40s. I am beginning to pick out which Carolyn Keene was writing. I believe this was a new person writing. Although I did a bit of research and Mildred Wirth is credited for writing this one too. Her style definitely changed. Nancy is no longer a titan haired girl, but a strawberry blonde. Finally, she's in school. It really bothered me that Nancy and her girlfriends didn't seem to do anything except wait for the next mystery to fall in their laps. In this book, the author makes reference a couple of times to Nancy's art school. It's an appropriate choice for a young lady whose father has money and she's just waiting for Ned to graduate from Emerson so they can get married. Marriage is never mentioned, but it's definitely implied. This is also the first book that Ned gets romantic with Nancy. There is a reference to them *gasp* kissing. Ned also gets a little peevish and tells Nancy at the end of the book that he basically wants her attention. Go Ned! This story actually had me a bit worried about the characters. The plot seemed much more menacing than previous ones and we see Nancy tied up in an abandoned building. There seems to be the potential for death. Putting this book in historical context - WW II is looming. I get the impression that the book was probably written in 1940 and published early in '41. It will be interesting to see if subsequent books make any mention to the war or if Nancy and her friends just ignore it. It appears that world events don't apply to this sereies. The Great Depression, soup lines and unemployment don't bother Nancy -she's driving around in a brand new convertible. It does appear that the war does have some bearing on the publishing. Early on, there were several Nancy Drew books published each year, In 1930 there were 4; in 1931 there were 2, but by 1940 there was just one book a year. Well, it's off to find book #20. There are only 34 books that were written between 1930 and 1956. These are the original 25 chapter texts. So I'm nearing the end of the first segment of the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessaka

    What this book laced was suspense even though it was written by my favorite Nancy Drew writer, Mildred Wirt Benson. Sometimes I think that it all boils down to whoever wrote and gave her the outline to follow, which I believe can stifle one’s creativity. Nancy Drew learns of a treasure map that has been torn in half and given t two twin brothers. Finding the other twin and the other half of the map is What Nancy sets out to do, and of course, there are crooks who are also looking for the map. What this book laced was suspense even though it was written by my favorite Nancy Drew writer, Mildred Wirt Benson. Sometimes I think that it all boils down to whoever wrote and gave her the outline to follow, which I believe can stifle one’s creativity. Nancy Drew learns of a treasure map that has been torn in half and given t two twin brothers. Finding the other twin and the other half of the map is What Nancy sets out to do, and of course, there are crooks who are also looking for the map. Strangely, I knew where the map was because it was so obvious to me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Story moved right along - action, adventure, mysteries! Good stuff.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    I have been reading the Nancy Drew stories ever since I was 11 or 12 years old (I am all grown up now). I have also been collecting the original 56 in the hard yellow-and-blue covers and I have about forty of them now. "Quest of the Missing Map" is one of my latest acquisitions. It is easy to tell that all the stories have been written in the pre-WWII period. This is especially evident in the image and treatment of women, even the main characters. For example, the first time George and Bess and I have been reading the Nancy Drew stories ever since I was 11 or 12 years old (I am all grown up now). I have also been collecting the original 56 in the hard yellow-and-blue covers and I have about forty of them now. "Quest of the Missing Map" is one of my latest acquisitions. It is easy to tell that all the stories have been written in the pre-WWII period. This is especially evident in the image and treatment of women, even the main characters. For example, the first time George and Bess and introduced, it is always their physical appearance that is emphasized before anything else. Nancy herself is a perfect lady who is good at all things creative, can dance ballet and ice skate and who never works or goes to school full-time, with the exception of occasional private or public lessons, often in a particular art-form relevant for the story (drawing, making stain-glass windows, dance lessons). Some mysteries also feature minority characters, and it is easy to tell that the stories are... dated, both in the language used to refer to this characters, as well as their personalities, manner of speaking, and overall role in the storyline. However, once one recognizes these elements, inevitable for the time period, the stories themselves are often very enjoyable. The characters are not particularly deep and there is always a correspondance between physical appearance and personality (the villains are never good looking and always have small, cold, sharp eyes). And naturally, somebody always tries to kidnap and/or kill Nancy. But as a one- or two-night reads, the mysteries are a very pleasant way to unwind after a day of work and every now and then provide curious little details about history and art. "Quest of the Missing Map" was not different from the other Nancy Drew stories in these aspects. I found the story overall enjoyable, although a little rushed even for a Nancy Drew mystery. Some elements could have been developed a little more. At the same time, such elements as kidnapping a little girl, only to have her found a page earlier, didn't add much to the story. I wouldn't call this my favorite Nancy Drew mystery, but I enjoyed and will definitely be rereading it in the future, as I do with most other Nancy Drew's that I own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Yet another excellent addition to the Nancy Drew mystery book series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    Okay, let's see what we have here. Nancy is introduced to an unpleasant, wealthy woman who actually turns out NOT to be the enemy. (In Nancy Drew novels, unpleasant people are usually the enemy.) The woman has a daughter who also introduces herself as unpleasant, but during the plot, they both redeem themselves and assist greatly with solving the mystery. Heck, they hire a YACHT for Nancy and all of her friends, so they can go find a treasure. The plot also features a pair of unintelligent Okay, let's see what we have here. Nancy is introduced to an unpleasant, wealthy woman who actually turns out NOT to be the enemy. (In Nancy Drew novels, unpleasant people are usually the enemy.) The woman has a daughter who also introduces herself as unpleasant, but during the plot, they both redeem themselves and assist greatly with solving the mystery. Heck, they hire a YACHT for Nancy and all of her friends, so they can go find a treasure. The plot also features a pair of unintelligent working class people, husband and wife, who on multiple occasions attempt to kidnap Nancy for no apparent reason. The reason seems to be that Nancy always gets kidnapped. If she doesn't survive a kidnapping attempt, this ain't a Nancy Drew novel. And, yes, as stated previously, Nancy and her squad go on a YACHT for the last third of the novel. I think it's kind of a big deal. I like stories with boats in them. Unfortunately, the gang encounters some conflict with the ship's crew. A very unsavory character seems to be poisoning the food, yet again for no apparent reason. And this deadly character just happens to be named . . . Snorky. At one point Nancy pleads with her friend Ned: "Please don't get into a fight with Snorky!" That's my favorite highlight, along with a compliment that Nancy's friend Bess gives to her sleuth friend, praising "Nancy's whizbang brain." It's a great story! Yet not as memorable as some. Nancy Drew is a must for vacation reads!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    4.8 stars, I really liked this one. It is now one of my favorites. Nancy is looking for a missing map ripped apart between two separate twins. Readers find out about a haunted music studio, ghosts, burglars and other exciting things. I like how Nancy helps the Smiths and their relatives. The only part that needs some work part when they search for hidden treasure on an island. I feel like it needs to have some more detail, but other than that, 90% of the book is absolutely amazing!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This one felt a bit stretched out. Nancy kept falling for the most obvious of traps and finding herself stuck in ridiculous situations - kidnapped, ambushed, trapped in an abandoned house, thrown overboard.... it just kept happening.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Whaddayaknow, Nancy is a skilled sketch artist! And she has to make replicas of an old treasure map, with phony intel to throw off the thieves who are trying to steal the map. This one uses the "escape the kidnappers at a red light" trope that I've seen three times in the recent past. Nancy is kidnapped TWICE in this book (by the same couple, even, in one case using the tried-and-true Little Red Riding Hood ruse) and someone else actually tries to kill her. But you can't blame her for these Whaddayaknow, Nancy is a skilled sketch artist! And she has to make replicas of an old treasure map, with phony intel to throw off the thieves who are trying to steal the map. This one uses the "escape the kidnappers at a red light" trope that I've seen three times in the recent past. Nancy is kidnapped TWICE in this book (by the same couple, even, in one case using the tried-and-true Little Red Riding Hood ruse) and someone else actually tries to kill her. But you can't blame her for these mishaps. She is knocked unconscious twice in this book (once by a seven-year-old throwing a mallet at her, once from falling while on a ship) and consequently isn't able to think clearly.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    I've read both versions of this and they are pretty much the same. Which means they are both very dull. Cover art on the original is very beautiful though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mskychick

    Placeholder for reread of Nalini Singh's Archangel's Legion

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I thought that this book was a very suspenseful book. It was about two brothers that were sailors, had and treasure map and split it in half. At the beginning Nancy was intoduced to a girl named Ellen who was looking at a babysitting job (to earn money for a music school), for a lady named Mrs. Chatham and a little girl named Trixie. A few times when Ellen went there with Nancy they saw an unusual thing, that inside a "ship cottage", like a "ghost" and weird noises, so Ellen was not sure if she I thought that this book was a very suspenseful book. It was about two brothers that were sailors, had and treasure map and split it in half. At the beginning Nancy was intoduced to a girl named Ellen who was looking at a babysitting job (to earn money for a music school), for a lady named Mrs. Chatham and a little girl named Trixie. A few times when Ellen went there with Nancy they saw an unusual thing, that inside a "ship cottage", like a "ghost" and weird noises, so Ellen was not sure if she would take the job. It was said that Spike and his crew was luring them in there so they could check the house and try to kidnap Trixie and the map. It was said that their husband and dad died but loved the sea and later found the other half of the map. Many was full of surprises like Nancy getting kidnapped many times by Fred Brown and Irene Brown, who I found out was working with and old sailor named Spike Doty. they did this because they were all so desperate for the Tomilin map to find the missing treasure. Earlier in the book it explained of a man named Mr. Rorke who ended up actually working for Fred, Irine and Spike. When Nancy, Ellen, Mrs. Chatham, Trixie, Bess, Gerorge, Ned and another friend named Bill Tomilin (related to the brothers coincidentally) where taking a boat to Little Palm Island, where they heard the Captain got sick, and some of the other members because one guy "poisoned" or put something in it to distract the members and turn them in another direction because he was working with Doty.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    Nancy Drew is back for another adventure, this time she is investigating a missing piece of map. When the missing piece is coupled with the existing piece it leads to the Smith's family treasure, treasure that the Smith family could use to help send their daughter Nancy's friend to college. But finding the missing map piece is easier said then done; there's ghosts, kidnapping, and lots of twists and turns. But Nancy's determined to get to the bottom of the missing map! When I was going into 5th Nancy Drew is back for another adventure, this time she is investigating a missing piece of map. When the missing piece is coupled with the existing piece it leads to the Smith's family treasure, treasure that the Smith family could use to help send their daughter Nancy's friend to college. But finding the missing map piece is easier said then done; there's ghosts, kidnapping, and lots of twists and turns. But Nancy's determined to get to the bottom of the missing map! When I was going into 5th grade I read this entire series one summer, before that I hadn't been a reader at all more so I was a struggling reader. But reading this series really helped me grow. Each story was slightly different with a new mystery, but they followed the same basic story-line making it enjoyable but not overly difficult to comprehend. I know there's many iterations of Nancy but this originals are my favorite. I'd recommend any of these for anyone looking for a mystery. Especially for someone looking for a series for their struggling 4/5th grader.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Story_Girl

    Nancy Drew hunting for buried treasure on a mysterious Island? You can't get much better than that. Ok but what if you throw in a mysterious inventor who filled his house with secret passages and dangerous devices, a little girl in the middle of kidnapping plot, poisonings, being thrown overboard? Then you get this great little Nancy Drew. It is a little confusing because there are a lot of bad guys, but overall its a great read full of typical Nancy Drew action and coincidence - like you've Nancy Drew hunting for buried treasure on a mysterious Island? You can't get much better than that. Ok but what if you throw in a mysterious inventor who filled his house with secret passages and dangerous devices, a little girl in the middle of kidnapping plot, poisonings, being thrown overboard? Then you get this great little Nancy Drew. It is a little confusing because there are a lot of bad guys, but overall its a great read full of typical Nancy Drew action and coincidence - like you've known the widow of the missing brother you've been looking for all along?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stef

    An unmemorable read. Some fragments: A creepy weirdo lurking behind secret panels. A brat who turns out to not be so bratty after all. Nancy being such a perfect artist she can do immaculate police sketchings now. Nancy getting kidnapped for the 3127532903540936th time to the point where she's not even fazed and actually rejoins her friends, laughing, "What'd I miss?" or something. A map torn in two, separating twin brothers. Buried treasure on an island. Nancy is nearly murdered when she's An unmemorable read. Some fragments: A creepy weirdo lurking behind secret panels. A brat who turns out to not be so bratty after all. Nancy being such a perfect artist she can do immaculate police sketchings now. Nancy getting kidnapped for the 3127532903540936th time to the point where she's not even fazed and actually rejoins her friends, laughing, "What'd I miss?" or something. A map torn in two, separating twin brothers. Buried treasure on an island. Nancy is nearly murdered when she's thrown overboard. She is unfazed by this too!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    The Quest of the Missing Map is a pretty good book. Compared to the rest of the Nancy Drew series (that I have read) this one is one of my favourites, in my opinion. It has a consistant plot and has twists in the story that will make you jump out of your chair. Even though this book is quite old and some of the words the author uses we don't use in modern day english it is still funny and suspensful. Nancy and her friends get themselves into some pretty bad situations (no spoilers!). the story The Quest of the Missing Map is a pretty good book. Compared to the rest of the Nancy Drew series (that I have read) this one is one of my favourites, in my opinion. It has a consistant plot and has twists in the story that will make you jump out of your chair. Even though this book is quite old and some of the words the author uses we don't use in modern day english it is still funny and suspensful. Nancy and her friends get themselves into some pretty bad situations (no spoilers!). the story is sometimes a little complicated, though, involving family tree's that are a bit confusing but it all gets pulled together at the end. That is my review of this book. Overall it was a good book and I recommend this book to people between the ages of 8 and 12.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lik Castañeda

    Nancy meets a new bunch of people who are actually related by blood through a pair of twins separated from a shipwreck. The odds are in Nancy's favor, thus she was able to solve the mystery quick and join the 2 halves of the map to the treasure island. And conveniently, they were able to sail to the treasure island all expense paid. I've grown skeptic reading Nancy Drew mysteries at this age, but I still enjoy them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    April

    These mysteries get more and more ridiculous. Nancy finds herself embroiled in another mystery that involves a long lost relative, and two halves of a map that lead to a treasure. Somehow the lady she is helping is able to procure a yacht and bring Nancy and all her pals to sail to this island to find the treasure!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Calvillo

    I've been reading Nancy Drew books since I was a kid. While the plots are never mind-blowing or deep Nancy Drew always feel very nostalgic to me. Most of these books were written pre-WWII so you have to take that into consideration. If you are into that then you will probably enjoy them but if you don't already have a history with Nancy then these books may not be for you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yoshua David

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I know these titles were written some years ago, but that does not explain or excuse the writing of Nancy to be so stupid - not to mention things would never play out in real life as it’s written. I’ll read the last one I have simply to say I finished the series I have, then they’re going... most likely out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was a fun mystery, complete with a treasure hunt! The bad guys actually had a bit of bite this time, which was a refreshing change. I recommend to any looking for a culturally relevant American read for children.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I haven't read Nancy Drew in a VERY long time, so when this crossed my path, decided to borrow it on a whim. Apparently I've outgrown Nancy Drew. Still would be fun for kids, though. Support your local library!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tami

    Who wouldn't like a story of a lost treasure? The fun part about this book was reading my last name in it. Spike Doty was a thief in this book. I could easily imagine an old ancestors of mine fitting his deception.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tori Kubicki

    Rereading some childhood favorites and for their level they definitely hold up. Still predictable but in a charming way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lyssa

    One of the better Nancy drew books

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cascade

    Picked this up from my childhood bookshelf - and I can understand why I liked these when I was younger - and less jaded! - and could enjoy farfetched adventure, especially when it involves a map...!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Getter

    Revisiting an old favorite to rediscover the appeal.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jerrica

    A quick read, nothing groundbreaking or special. In any case these mysteries are fun if you want something quick and easy. Perfect for a readathon!

  29. 5 out of 5

    MysteryReaderLee

    This book was another great edition to the Nancy Drew series!

  30. 5 out of 5

    IrishFan

    This was another Nancy Drew mystery that was not familiar to me when I began reading it. She sure had her hands full with this one, ha ha.

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