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Original 1936 book cover art.

Ivory-charm

Revised 1974 book cover art.

The Mystery of the Ivory Charm is the thirteenth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series.

Plot summary

1936

The plot finds Nancy, Bess, and George investigating a mysterious boy from India. The boy, Coya, works for a traveling circus, and is treated poorly by his guardian, Rai, who is in charge of the circus, who is also a native of India. Coya runs away from his abusive guardian and seeks asylum at the Drew home in River Heights. Soon after his arrival, the girls begin investigating property owned by the unusual Mrs. Anita Allison. They encounter a house "with no insides," and a hidden tunnel. The property mysteriously catches fire, revealing a hidden cache of jewels. Nancy traces Coya's parentage and uncovers a sinister kidnapping plot involving both Mrs. Anita Allison and Rai. The climax also reveals a secret about the ivory charm, and its mysterious powers.

1974

This version is very similar to the original text. Some character names are updated or altered (for instance Coya was renamed Rishi), but the plot is largely a condensed, modernized version of the previous edition. Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and her employees at the Stratemeyer Syndicate completed the revisions.

Artwork

The 1936 edition featured cover art by Russell H. Tandy, and for a few printings, four glossy illustrations by him. Tandy updated his frontispiece to a plain pen and ink drawing for printings after 1943. Rudy Nappi illustrated new cover art for the volume's picture cover binding in 1962, and again for the 1974 revision. An uncredited illustrator completed interior illustrations for the revision.

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