Nancy Drew on Campus Booklist

Nancy Drew on Campus

It only took about 65 years, but in 1995 the Nancy Drew on Campus series sent her to college, accompanied with the usual stress and pressures of such an ordeal. However, the change was not well received and the series only lasted for three years and 25 books. Our “perfect” Nancy had been too “normalized” and was involved more in romantic escapades with stories like New Lives, New Loves than she was with solving a good mystery.

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Nancy Drew on Campus Book List

Publication Dates:  1995 - 1998

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Book 1

New Lives, New Loves

For Nancy, it's a time of change...  a change of address... a change of heart...

Nancy, Bess, and George have set off on their greatest adventure: life in a coed dorm in their first semester at Wilder University. It's a world of new friends and new feelings, new hopes, and new heartbreaks -- a world away from River Heights.

Nancy's first days at Wilder are full of distractions. First, a series of thefts from her dorm leads Nancy to question the secret lives of her new classmates. Then there's Peter Goodwin, the handsome pre-med student living on the floor below, who could prove a major test for Nancy. And finally, the biggest distraction of all is Ned. They're so far apart in so many ways -- and so much is changing in Nancy's life...

Book 2

On Her Own

Nancy's breaking the story... and it's sure to break some hearts.

Life at Wilder University is proving to be full of surprises and scandals. Bess is beginning to think that Brian Daglian is different from all the guys she's gone out with before... and she's about to find out why. And George has been asked out by the most popular guy around -- quarterback Scooter Berenson-- only to end up the most hated person on campus!

Nancy, meanwhile, has signed on with Wilder Times, the university paper, and she may soon break a story about Scooter that could leave him in disgrace or even in danger. But first, she must deal with Ned, who's coming up for the weekend. And the way she's feeling about her new life, his visit could mark the biggest break of all.

Book 3

Don't Look Back

When affection turns to infatuation, Nancy must come to terms with a new kind of threat...

Everybody's buzzing with the news: Casey Fontaine, star of the hit television series The President's Daughter has enrolled at Wilder University, and she's moving into Nancy's suite at Thayer Hall. But while interviewing the actress for the campus newspaper, Nancy makes a shocking discovery: Casey fears for her life!

Bess, meanwhile, is also feeling the pressure. For weeks she's known the ugly truth about a certain guy on campus -- a secret she must now reveal, no matter the risk. And even though Nancy's relationship with pre-med student Peter Goodwin is starting to send off sparks, she's finding that the line between love and danger can be razor thin.

Book 4

Tell Me the Truth

Nancy's full of questions... and unlike some people she wants honest answers!

Isn't it time she came up with a big feature story for the campus paper? What exactly does fellow reporter Jake Collins want from her? Is her budding romance with Peter Goodwin about to blossom -- or shrivel? And what about Ned, calling her up and bringing back such bittersweet memories? How much more complicated can Nancy's life get?  Plenty.

Peter's not telling her the whole truth about his past, and she wants to know why. George may take a major step with boyfriend Will, and it could spell heartbreak. And someone at Wilder has stolen a bio exam. If Nancy doesn't find out who, it could be Bess who faces failure. Nancy has her work cut out for her, but she's not about to fail the test.

Book 5

Secret Rules

Taking chances... on a different kind of friendship, a different kind of love.

Everyone at Wilder is talking choices and changes, and Nancy's the one doing the listening. George has just come back from a camping trip with Will, and she's got some major news. Architecture student Liz Bader has a new study-mate, Daniel Frederick, and they're drawing some very special designs. But Nancy needs time -- to make choices and changes of her own.

At Wilder Times she's working on a story about a frat prank that got way out of hand, and she wants to get at the truth without getting anyone hurt. And speaking of Wilder Times, fellow reporter Jake Collins is giving Nancy plenty to think about. The problem is, she can't be sure if the guy is good news or bad news... or just a passing feature in her life.

Book 6

It's Your Move

How do you keep cool when life is getting hotter by the minute?

That's the question Nancy's asking, and she's having a tough time finding an answer. Like Bess, television star Casey Fontaine is pledging Kappa, and the whole sorority is in an uproar. The reason is, Casey's getting special treatment, and there could be an investigation... meaning Kappa is in serious danger of losing its charter.

Meanwhile, the drama department's first play is opening, and Bess and Brian are in the cast. But someone's threatening to reveal a secret that could make Brian an outcast with his family. Nancy's offered to help... while dealing with a dilemma of her own. Lately, romance has spelled trouble and she wants to cool it. But with all the moves Jake is making, she's feeling the heat!

Book 7

False Friends

Sometimes getting what you want isn't all it's cracked up to be...

In training for the upcoming 10K race, George is working up a heavy sweat, determined to do well and ensure qualification for the track and field team. But at times, winning can be deceiving, and Nancy's beginning to wonder if her promotion at Wilder Times is on the up and up... or if Jake's been pulling strings.

Speaking of deception, what's the deal with REACH? Dawn Steiger has already joined the group, which promises to work for peace and understanding, but Nancy suspects REACH has a different goal and she's out to get the story. Bess, meanwhile, wants to know Paul Cody's story: Is he for real... or just another guy out for a good time?

Book 8

Getting Closer

It's a season of sweet surprises.

Nancy's stunning exposé in the Wilder Times about the cult-like group REACH is making headlines.  But that's certainly not the only news on campus.  The breaking story concerns Will Blackfeather, whose exhibit of Native American artifacts could turn into a disaster -- if Nancy doesn't find out who's stealing the show.

For Bess, the story is Paul, who sent her on a treasure hunt, in which she's bound to make some unexpected discoveries.  Ginny and Ray are also looking to find something special together... if her parents don't stand in the way.  As for Nancy, item number one is still Jake.  He's taking her out to celebrate her success, and if she's willing, he'll do it with a passion!

Book 9

Broken Promises

Lessons in betrayal... Lessons in love...

Ginny and Ray are majoring in romance, but they've got some major problems to deal with as well -- like the little white lies Ginny's been telling her mom and dad, which could now come back to haunt her. Bess has a problem, too, but it's not about boyfriends. Her roommate, Leslie, has a shocking story to tell... about one of her professors.

Nancy, meanwhile, is on the organizing committee for the gala Black & White Nights fundraising event, and she's asked Jake to lend her a hand. But now they've got something else to collaborate on -- for the Wilder Times. Leslie's story is spreading across campus, and it's getting more shocking by the minute: Her professor has turned up dead!

Book 10

Party Weekend

You are cordially invited to attend a formal weekend of fun and surprises. Dress up and look out!

Bess' new boyfriend, Paul, is on the organizing committee of Black & White Nights, a weekend charity event featuring plenty of music, dancing, and games. Nancy and Jake, who've been together a lot lately, both volunteer to help out. The first night is a huge success, but before the party's over, the blast could go bust.

One distraction is the arrival of Charley Stern. He's Casey's boyfriend and a hot TV heartthrob, and he's got a major surprise for her -- if he ever gets a chance to spring it. Matters are heating up in the charity casino, as well. Someone has walked off with the first night's proceeds. When the chips are down, it's up to Nancy to make a play... and catch a thief!

Book 11

In the Name of Love

Some people will do anything for love... others will do anything to stop it.

Andy Rodriguez has given Nancy's suitemate, Reva, a token of his love -- a bracelet with a gold charm. But Reva's life is anything but charmed. She's been mugged, and the incident has the entire campus on edge. Nancy suspects that there's more to the crime than meets the eye. She's determined to break the story and make sure the whole truth comes out.

Casey, meanwhile, is facing her own moment of truth. Her boyfriend, TV heartthrob Charley Stern, has proposed marriage, but on one condition: that she leave Wilder. Love has always been a risky business, but lately, as Nancy's about to discover, if you fall for the "wrong" person, there are those who will go out of their way to cut you down.

Book 12

Just the Two of Us

Doing the right thing -- it can be the toughest test of all.

Making choices. That's what college is all about. True or false? A, B, C, or none of the above. But sometimes you can't find the answer in a book. You have to search your heart. Charley Stern has popped the question, and now it's up to Casey to make her decision. The future is in her hands... but what does it hold?

Stephanie has her hands full, too, trying to get her father's attention. Money can't buy love, but who knows what a credit card can do? Nancy, meanwhile, has found a cause - animal rights - and a cause for concern. But the movement may be headed in the wrong direction, leading Nancy into a trap!

Book 13

Campus Exposures

The focus at Wilder is on full exposure... and setting the record straight.

Nancy's suitemate Eileen O'Connor just can't seem to keep up with her friends. Her social life has gone south: No dates, no guys, no fun! Football player Emmet Lehman could change all that. Sure, nobody's perfect, and maybe it's a big mistake, but he's smart, he's handsome, and he's asked Eileen to the upcoming party at her sorority.

Nancy, too, is looking for answers... to two questions, both related to a campus film festival. 1) The truth behind an unsolved, three-decade-old crime -- a scandalous case in which a movie ended in murder. And 2) The reason for her attraction to one of the festival's organizers. His name is Terry Schneider, and he looks exactly like Ned!

Book 14

Hard to Get

It's time to party, and everyone on campus is playing games.

What's with Emmet, anyway? Eileen just can't seem to figure the guy out. Great-looking, fun to be with, but just when the going is good, he's sure to say or do something guaranteed to kill the mood. And talking about awkward.

The only thing Stephanie likes about her job is her manager, and she likes him a lot. Problem is, he may be running a major scam on the side.

Maybe Nancy can get to the bottom of it... if she can find the time. She's got her hands full, running a scam of her own -- on Jake! One of his articles has been picked up by the Chicago Daily Herald and Nancy's planning a celebration. It'll involve secrecy, deception, maybe even a bit of melodrama, but if it works, it'll be a night Jake will never forget.

Book 15

Loving and Losing

Sure, love hurts. But speed kills. At Wilder, the pain is hitting home.

A big-time cosmetics company is on campus looking for fresh faces to use in their ads, and both Pam and Reva are taking a shot. But their boyfriends, Jamal and Andy, aren't exactly offering support. In fact, the guys seem more interested in cutting the girls down. They act as if they know everything, but if they don't lighten up, they'll find out what it's like to lose a girlfriend.

Nancy, meanwhile, is dealing with a real loss. Bess went looking for romance and found tragedy. A motorcycle ride with Paul was cut short by a hit-and-run driver. She was seriously injured -- and Paul was killed. Nancy knows there's no simple answer to her best friend's anguish, but she's determined to find the driver and make him answer for Paul's death.

Book 16

Going Home

Sometimes it's hard to know the real deal if you're not hanging with the right crowd.

Exams are finally over, and Nancy and George have big plans for the long weekend. They're heading home to River Heights, not only to check on Bess who's in the hospital recuperating from her accident but to spend time with Jake and Will -- which means introducing the guys to their families. And they thought all the tests were done!

But Nancy has plenty to keep her busy -- like the hot new audiotapes Jake's found. Too hot, in fact: They're counterfeit copies, and someone could end up paying a high price if caught selling them. Meanwhile, back on campus, Stephanie's wondering if the new guy in her life is offering true romance or counterfeit affection -- which also can exact a painfully high price.

Book 17

New Beginnings

Even when your hopes are sky-high, the past can break your heart...

Bess has returned to Wilder, but she's far from her old self. Behind her brave smile, the tragic accident is still taking a secret toll. And while Bess is back on campus, George may soon be gone. Her tuition money has vanished in a scam, and if Nancy can't get to the bottom of it, George will have no choice but to drop out of school!

Jonathan, meanwhile, has come out and said the words Stephanie has longed to hear: "I love you." So why is she suddenly flirting with every guy she meets? Nancy, however, is just flirting with trouble. As good as things are with Jake, she's met someone who's brought back memories of the good old days... with Ned Nickerson!

Book 18

Keeping Secrets

Revealing the truth can be a real pain.  Especially the truth about yourself...

All her life Stephanie's been looking for a guy like Jonathan. But now that she's found him, she's going out of her way to mess up -- and finding plenty of guys willing to help. Bess, meanwhile, can't get past the tragic loss of her boyfriend. But she may find the support and comfort she needs in the most surprising place...

The place to be, though, is Club Z and Nancy wants to check it out. She's working on an expose for Wilder Times that could put her at odds with her editor and with Jake. Everybody's feeling the pressure, and opening night at the club will be a time to blow off steam... or blow the lid off all the secrets on campus!

Book 19

Love On-Line

Everyone's looking for the key to love...

Soozie Beckerman thought her sorority sister Holly was crazy to surf the Internet for a date, but who's to say it won't work out.  Following in her sorority sister's steps to find the man of her dreams online... and she seems to have found him -- until Mr. Wonderful's messages start turning very, very weird.

Nancy turns computer sleuth and her subsequent investigation causes the young detective to reconsider her own problems.  But, it may be easier to find a solution to Soozie's problem than her own -- uncrossing the wires between her and Jake - and - her and Terry.

Book 20

Jealous Feelings

In the geometry of love, everyone has a different angle...

The heat's on between Nancy and Jake.  Romance?  No way.  Anger?  Jealousy?  Resentment?  You bet!  And just because Nancy went to the movies with Terry.  Maybe it's time to cool it with Jake, like George is doing with Will.  He thinks she's found another guy, too.  But the truth is far more complicated... and far more scary!

Meanwhile, Ginny Yuen, who's volunteering at the hospital, can't figure out what's going on with the handsome young doctor Malcolm Hendrix.  Is it chemistry or is it a con?  The truth may come out in an exposé Nancy's writing for the Wilder Times.  But Nancy has to deal with Jake's jealousy and her own:  Her old boyfriend, Ned, is coming to Wilder -- to see Bess!

Book 21

Love and Betrayal

Sometimes, if you don't slow down, you're bound to run into trouble...

Stephanie can't seem to get her love life on track. Loving Jonathan is no problem. Staying faithful is another story. Now she thinks she's found the perfect solution: marriage -- and right away. Nancy says, go slow. But then, who is she to talk? Lately, as far as romance goes, her track record hasn't been so hot either...

Nancy saw it with her own eyes: Ned Nickerson, her old love, getting close with her friend Bess. Talk about betrayal! And Nancy's in no mood to forgive. But maybe handsome track star Judd Wright can at least help her forget -- until their relationship takes a startling turn...

Book 22

In and Out of Love

Exciting possibilities... shocking developments!

After his breakup with Nancy, Jake swore no more dating, no more women, no more romance. But when beautiful Russian transfer student Nadia Karloff enters the picture, Jake decides to make an exception. There's just one catch: Dating Nadia means dealing with Nadia's suitemate -- Nancy Drew!

But Nancy's got problems of her own. Is her father going to spend all of his time with his new girlfriend? And what happened to photographer Gary Friedman? Did he fall or was he pushed to his death? Working on the story for the Wilder Times, Nancy will also have to work things out with -- who else? -- Jake.

Book 23

Otherwise Engaged

Live from Wilder U. It's Nancy Drew!  But the hottest news is off camera...

TV station WWST is devoting an hour to campus news and views, and Nancy's running the show. Maybe. First, she has to deal with Michael Gianelli. He's smart, he's handsome, and he's got an ego the size of Lake Michigan. And he thinks he's running the show. But that's just one of the items setting Wilder U. abuzz...

Item: Who has a shocking announcement to make about the new girl in his life? Item: Who's looking to add excitement to her marriage, even if it means going to extremes? Item: And whose life could secretly spin out of control unless Nancy intervenes? Stay tuned: Big stories are coming to a boil, and the truth is about to come out!

Book 24

In the Spotlight

Anger, frustration, secrecy and sabotage!  It could be love.

Crazy.  That's the word of the month at Wilder U.  Like Stephanie's idea that the way to save her marriage is to have a baby.  Then there's Montana throwing herself at Ray when he's not there to catch her.  And talk about crazy:  As if Bess didn't already have enough troubles, now she's the target of a mad bomber!

Meanwhile, Nancy's co-host on the campus cable TV show is just plain driving her crazy.  Michael is ambitious, he's stubborn, and he's so competitive.  Sound familiar?  A bit like...  Nancy Drew?  Maybe there's more going on between her and Michael than either cares to admit.  Crazier things have happened!

Book 25


A storm is brewing... and passions are running high!

Nancy's out in the cold when a snowstorm hits Wilder U., except she has company--her costar and rival Michael. Investigating an investment scheme that may be a scam, they get a hot lead that takes them off campus and directly into the path of the blizzard. And when the storm hits, they may make some surprising discoveries--about each other!

Getting snowed in can be exciting, unpredictable, and a little dangerous. And at Wilder U., the fun and games are just beginning. Ray broke up with Ginny and pushed Montana away. Now he's having second thoughts - about both. But he may not get a second chance with either. He may just end up out in the cold.


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