The favorite heroine of most girls when I was a teenager was Nancy Drew. I could hardly wait to finish one of her adventures before moving on to the next one.
It was interesting to find out the changes that have occurred in the Nancy Drew books over the years not just in the format and artwork of the books, but also changes in response to culture and taste. I don't suppose, when I was reading the books in late elementary and early high school that I was much concerned with racial stereotypes, Nancy's assertiveness or femininity, all things that have led to revisions over the years. It was also interesting to read how much Nancy Drew was an influence on many of today's well-known women, former First Lady Laura Bush among them.
My research for this post led me to Nancy Drew which is a fascinating site that covers all things Nancy Drew, a must-read for any fan of the books.