Women like Diane Sawyer, Zooey Deschanel, Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor have all cited Nancy Drew as a childhood heroine and inspiration. The plucky teen sleuth has been around since 1930, and she’s as popular now as ever! 

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We’re huge Nancy fans, so when we heard that the publisher had decided to release a new anniversary edition boxed set of the first four books, we knew we had to find out more! The books, The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, The Bungalow Mystery and The Mystery at Lilac Inn, all have brand new covers inspired by the era in which the series was first published.

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To get the inside scoop on the covers’ gorgeous retro redesign, we reached out to Editor-in-Chief Sarah Fabiny.

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What process did you use to decide on the look of the new covers?

The publisher, art director, designer and I sat down several times to discuss what we wanted the new covers to look like. We wanted them to appeal to kids today, but we also wanted then to hark back to the era when Nancy Drew was first published.  And we think we’ve accomplished that. The covers have a nostalgic feel, but are also fun and colorful and energetic.

Do you have a favorite Nancy Drew book?

It’s hard to pick a favorite Nancy Drew, but if I have to, I’ll say “The Secret of the Old Clock.” It’s the first book in the series and it got me hooked on reading the series as a young girl.

What do you love most about the series? 

That it’s timeless. It was originally published in 1930, and it still appeals to young readers today. Nancy is a great role model for girls – she’s intrepid, bright and a good friend. The reaction to the new covers has been great, so much so that we’re reissuing Books 5-8 with new covers as well.”

Love that.

So what’s your favorite Nancy Drew book? Tweet us @justinemagbooks and we may publish your tweet in the next issue!