The Secret at Shadow Ranch is the fifth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1931 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, and was ghostwritten by Mildred Wirt Benson. This book, as of 2001, ranks 50 on the list of All-Time Bestselling Children’s Books, according to Publishers Weekly, with 2,347,750 sales since 1931.
Summaries (original edition)
In this book, you are introduced to Nancy’s best friends, Elizabeth “Bess” Marvin and George Fayne, complete opposites. George is a brave, sporty tomboy, while Bess is a girly, shopping, scaredycat. One of Bess and George’s cousins, Alice Regor, travel with Nancy to their Aunt and Uncle’s ranch in Arizona where the cousins’ aunt attempts to keep up a ranch she received as payment of a debt.
Nancy reunites Alice with her long-lost artist father, who is suffering from amnesia. She also uncovers the mystery behind why an old mountain woman is guardian of a beautiful young girl, all the while enjoying mountain life, including horseback riding, a flash flood, being lost in the mountains overnight, and a dangerous mountain lion.
Nancy Drew #5 The Secret Of Shadow Ranch First Edition Book Identification Points
Only the first few printings of the first/second year are included. Printings codes are based on the Farrah Guide, 12th printing. Please refer to the guide for later printings.
Note: Glossy+: Glossy frontis + 3 glossy internals.
|Printing||Frontis||Copyright Page||Rear Book Ads|
|1931A-1||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-5||This isn't all (box)|
|1931B-2||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-5||This isn't all (box)|
|1931C-3||Glossy+||Nancy Drew #1-5||This isn't all (box)|
Nancy Drew #5 The Secret Of Shadow Ranch First Edition Dust Jacket Identification Points
ao: Among other titles.
|Printing||Front Flap||Rear Cover||Rear Flap||Reverse/Inside||Format|
|1931A-1||Nancy Drew #1-5||Amy Bell Marlowe(10)||Blythe Girls #1-10||Nancy Drew #1-3 ao||1|
|1931B-2||Nancy Drew #1-5||Amy Bell Marlowe(10)||Blythe Girls #1-11||Nancy Drew #1-5 ao||1|
|1931C-3||Nancy Drew #1-6||Amy Bell Marlowe(10)||Blythe Girls #1-11||Nancy Drew #1-5 ao||1|
- Farah’s Guide to Nancy Drew, 12th printing