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Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist

Growing up in Ladora, Iowa, Mildred "Millie" Benson had ample time to develop her imagination, sense of adventure, and independence. Millie left her small hometown to attend the University of Iowa, where she became the first person to earn a master's degree from the school of journalism. While still a graduate student, Millie began writing for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which published the phenomenally popular Hardy Boys series, among many others. Soon, Edward Stratemeyer tapped Millie for a new series starring amateur sleuth Nancy Drew, a young, independent woman not unlike Millie herself.

Under the pen name Carolyn Keene, Millie went on to write twenty-three of the first thirty books of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. In all, Millie wrote more than a hundred novels for young people under her own name and under pseudonyms. But there's more to the story: Millie was also a journalist for the Toledo (Ohio) Times and The Blade. At the age of sixty-two she obtained her pilot's license and combined her love of aviation with her passion for writing, sharing her travels and adventures with readers. Follow the clues throughout Missing Millie Benson to solve the mysteries of this ghostwriter, journalist, and adventurer.

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"Rubini frames the story as a mystery, asking why, despite Nancy Drew's fame, most people have never heard of Benson and tracking down clues and evidence to uncover more information about the life of this little-known author. Chapters are referred to as clues and given appropriate names ('Ghostwriter Appears: The Case of the Missing Ghostwriter'). Included are some of the 'Nancy Drew' book covers, Benson's awards and recognitions, and a chronological list of works she wrote." -- Minerva Alaniz, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 13
Author Julie K. Rubini
ISBN 0821421840
Publication Date Sep 22, 2015
Publisher Ohio University Press
Series Name Biographies for Young Readers
Language English