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Nancy goes to the Excello Flying School in the Midwest to take lessons, while her friends Bess and George perfect their horseback riding. At once the young sleuth is confronted with the mystery of a hijacked plane and a missing pilot. Then the rancher's prize pony, Major, is stolen. Nancy becomes a detective in a plane and on horseback to track down the elusive sky phantom Nancy goes to the Excello Flying School in the Midwest to take lessons, while her friends Bess and George perfect their horseback riding. At once the young sleuth is confronted with the mystery of a hijacked plane and a missing pilot. Then the rancher's prize pony, Major, is stolen. Nancy becomes a detective in a plane and on horseback to track down the elusive sky phantom and the horse thief. A lucky find - a medal with a message to be deciphered on it - furnishes a worthwhile clue. Romance is added to mystery when Bess becomes interested in a handsome cowboy. Readers will spur Nancy on as she investigates a strange magnetic cloud, hunts for the horse thief, and finally arrives at a surprising solution.


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Nancy goes to the Excello Flying School in the Midwest to take lessons, while her friends Bess and George perfect their horseback riding. At once the young sleuth is confronted with the mystery of a hijacked plane and a missing pilot. Then the rancher's prize pony, Major, is stolen. Nancy becomes a detective in a plane and on horseback to track down the elusive sky phantom Nancy goes to the Excello Flying School in the Midwest to take lessons, while her friends Bess and George perfect their horseback riding. At once the young sleuth is confronted with the mystery of a hijacked plane and a missing pilot. Then the rancher's prize pony, Major, is stolen. Nancy becomes a detective in a plane and on horseback to track down the elusive sky phantom and the horse thief. A lucky find - a medal with a message to be deciphered on it - furnishes a worthwhile clue. Romance is added to mystery when Bess becomes interested in a handsome cowboy. Readers will spur Nancy on as she investigates a strange magnetic cloud, hunts for the horse thief, and finally arrives at a surprising solution.

30 review for The Sky Phantom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Nancy's #53 adventure has both her and Ned piloting aircraft (equally well, mind you), Bess gets proposed to (and not by Dave!), everyone rides horses, and this is the first time I can remember any acknowledgement of outside world events being given a nod in the books. . . the Cold War is one of the ultimate reasons for the nefarious efforts of the bad guys. It all happens in the Midwest, at Hamilton Ranch, where there seems to be airplanes aplenty . . .at one point, posse-like there are 7 planes Nancy's #53 adventure has both her and Ned piloting aircraft (equally well, mind you), Bess gets proposed to (and not by Dave!), everyone rides horses, and this is the first time I can remember any acknowledgement of outside world events being given a nod in the books. . . the Cold War is one of the ultimate reasons for the nefarious efforts of the bad guys. It all happens in the Midwest, at Hamilton Ranch, where there seems to be airplanes aplenty . . .at one point, posse-like there are 7 planes surrounding the bad guy's non-communicating plane in the sky. Sounds dangerous to me. . . . On to #54 - set to finish this series before the year's out!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Schultz

    I seem to be the only reader on Goodreads who thinks that this is a one-star read, but I really feel that The Sky Phantom is quite possibly the worst of the Nancy Drew yellow spine (the original series) novels. Usually the story centers around one premise - Nancy and her friends visiting a horse ranch, or Nancy taking flying lessons, for example. Instead, The Sky Phantom has Nancy taking flying lessons at the same time that she and her friends are vacationing at a horse ranch, and the attempt to I seem to be the only reader on Goodreads who thinks that this is a one-star read, but I really feel that The Sky Phantom is quite possibly the worst of the Nancy Drew yellow spine (the original series) novels. Usually the story centers around one premise - Nancy and her friends visiting a horse ranch, or Nancy taking flying lessons, for example. Instead, The Sky Phantom has Nancy taking flying lessons at the same time that she and her friends are vacationing at a horse ranch, and the attempt to include events at both the ranch and the flying school, not to mention details about oil prospecting, made everything feel rushed and jumbled. Characters popped in and out of the story even more quickly than usual, so their actions sometimes didn't make a whole lot of sense. Most of the time, Nancy's hunches had absolutely no basis in external clues whatsoever - usually she will have some cursory reason for her hunches. Yet her hunches always turned out to be correct. It seemed like the story itself was willed into being whatever Nancy wanted it to be. And no one seems overly concerned for the safety of the kidnapping victim, just mildly concerned that something is amiss. Not that I expect my Nancy Drew novels to be overly realistic or well written, but usually the plot and the characters make more sense then they do in The Sky Phantom. Another Goodreads reviewer pointed out that in The Sky Phantom, Bess shows more maturity than the other girls, as she is confronted with a marriage proposal and forced to make a choice between her "friend" Dave whom she regularly dates and the young cowboy who asks for her hand. The same Goodreads reviewer also points out that this situation leads Nancy to show more empathy toward her friend than normal. But I disagree with the reviewer's overall assessment of this situation, which I think actually just adds even more noise to the already overflowing novel, as opposed to depth. Said reviewer feels that "Nancy almost shows some compassion for once." Nancy actually shows compassion fairly often, although more so for the victims of crimes, particularly elderly women and young children. In fact, while her actions in The Sky Phantom are often empathetic toward Bess while her friend is sitting in front of her weeping, Nancy doesn't give a single thought to Bess's emotional well being when she is off doing other things. I can say that Nancy gives some decent advice to Bess, showing a bit more insight into serious relationships than she does in other novels. And to her credit, Bess's cousin George actually refrains from teasing Bess about being fat while she's in the middle of her emotional crisis. But both Nancy and George display an out of sight, out of mind attitude towards Bess's very serious emotional situation. In contrast, in other novels, Nancy often considers the plight of elderly women, young children and young mothers that she has resolved to help, even when she is not in their presence. She often goes and gets groceries, helps cook meals, and does other things to assist these people, even while she is also actively trying to solve the mystery and find a longer term solution to their problems. Nancy also usually tends to have/express more concern for the overall well-being of other people, whereas like I said earlier, in The Sky Phantom, no one seems all that concerned about the fate of the kidnapping victim, including our heroine. The pervading attitude is more like, "Oh dear, Roger has disappeared and no one has heard from him for weeks. He is such a nice young man, I hope nothing bad has happened to him. I think we should make a search for him, because we're all somewhat curious as to why he might have disappeared. It's a mystery!" So in this novel, Nancy's compassion and empathy actually seem more confined/limited to me than in most of the novels. Because of the lack of any sort of useful clues to support most of Nancy's hunches, the jumbled and overflowing plot that tries to cram in details about both the horse ranch and the flying school, and the lack of any realistic sense of compassion or pressing anxiety for the kidnapping victim in the story, I just don't feel that The Sky Phantom matches up to mist of the rest of the yellow spine Nancy Drew novels. But hey, I learned a little bit more about flying an airplane, and now I can say that I have reread all 56 volumes of the original series as an adult. And The Sky Phantom is no worse than many of the Hardy Boys novels...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I loved the pilot/planes aspect to this!! I also really enjoyed the cowboy addition and the characters. The only thing I disliked was Bess’s silly and dramatic vacillating between Chris and Dave. I enjoyed the kidnapping angle and the whole mystery, actually.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Therese

    I usually really enjoy a good, nostalgic Nancy Drew mystery. I have most of the earlier volumes in the series and have read them, but I also had this one on my shelves, which I had never read before. I decided to try it out. I don't expect anything fabulous from the series, but I expect a mystery that makes sense and has some cohesion. This book was just all over the place. You weren't even able to solve the mystery yourself with clues. The culprit at the end of the book was someone we had never I usually really enjoy a good, nostalgic Nancy Drew mystery. I have most of the earlier volumes in the series and have read them, but I also had this one on my shelves, which I had never read before. I decided to try it out. I don't expect anything fabulous from the series, but I expect a mystery that makes sense and has some cohesion. This book was just all over the place. You weren't even able to solve the mystery yourself with clues. The culprit at the end of the book was someone we had never met before. The writing was awkward and stilted. It felt like the author had never written a book before. Overall, it was entertaining but just an objectively bad book. Unfortunately, it was probably one of the worst Nancy Drew books I have read. 1/5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So like, this book was pretty much nonsense. I read it aloud to my daughter and she enjoyed it well enough, though she also enjoyed laughing at some of the more...stilted, archaic phrasings and assumptions - but dang. I loved Nancy Drew as a kid, and I'd like to revisit some others, because I suspect this one is just kind of wacky. But it's pretty much not really a mystery in any traditional sense, just a sort of flailing about while decoding secret messages and musing calmly as to where the kid So like, this book was pretty much nonsense. I read it aloud to my daughter and she enjoyed it well enough, though she also enjoyed laughing at some of the more...stilted, archaic phrasings and assumptions - but dang. I loved Nancy Drew as a kid, and I'd like to revisit some others, because I suspect this one is just kind of wacky. But it's pretty much not really a mystery in any traditional sense, just a sort of flailing about while decoding secret messages and musing calmly as to where the kidnapping victim could be and then oh hey suddenly it's over! I appreciated the degree to which Nancy is just automatically the best at everything - no really, I know that's silly but for the target demo I think it's fine. It's not every day that we meet a series willing to assume the female protagonist is just super ultra capable and great at whatever she sets out to do. In this one, she is an excellent pilot and an experienced horseback rider, because of course she is. She's also super chill about all her near-death experiences and pretty much relaxed about her friend's relationship crisis. I don't know, I have feelings. I don't regret reading this, it was just so super weird.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danny Reid

    Love a book that has a dozen red herrings and the villain turns out to be... absolutely none of them. It's some random dude. Hi, random dude, thanks for popping up in literally the last chapter, if it weren't for you, something interesting may have happened. Love a book that has a dozen red herrings and the villain turns out to be... absolutely none of them. It's some random dude. Hi, random dude, thanks for popping up in literally the last chapter, if it weren't for you, something interesting may have happened.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Great Nancy Drew story as she hunts down hijackers... or rather skyjackers!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read The Shadow Ranch instead, because this this one is ri-donk-ulous. Nancy, Bess, and George are somewhere in the midwest... where there are mountains large enough to create a cloud... a cloud that stays in place! It NEVER moves. Nancy is taking flying lessons while staying at this ranch where Bess and George are taking riding lessons (don't they already know how to ride?). Bess has fallen deeply in love with a cowboy who has asked her to marry him! And she's torn because she still likes Dave. A Read The Shadow Ranch instead, because this this one is ri-donk-ulous. Nancy, Bess, and George are somewhere in the midwest... where there are mountains large enough to create a cloud... a cloud that stays in place! It NEVER moves. Nancy is taking flying lessons while staying at this ranch where Bess and George are taking riding lessons (don't they already know how to ride?). Bess has fallen deeply in love with a cowboy who has asked her to marry him! And she's torn because she still likes Dave. Anyway... blah blah blah... tears... guess who Bess picks. This story kills off a horse! A poor horse! So random and sad. Anyway, the plot is that a pilot named Roger Paine disappeared in his plane before Nancy got there. Also Major, the prize horse at the ranch, has been stolen. I don't care. I've never met the horse or the pilot. (Major is not the horse killed). Turns out that one of the cowboys on the ranch has stolen Major and delivered him to local revolutionaries (revolutionaries in the 1970s?) so they can use Major to transport bombs and rifles to bury under the cloud. This cloud that everyone can see and is being studied by scientists! Turns out the villain, whose name I cannot remember (you literally learn his name in the last chapter), has the initials RP, so he decides to kidnap Roger and his plane because he has Roger's initials and... you can only fly planes if you have the same initials as the pilot? So your plan is to use the plan of kidnapped pilot that EVERYONE is looking for and a prize-winning horse owned by the local lawman to transport your secret weapons. Of course, no one is able to find Major or Roger Paine until Nancy shows up to learn flying. From a school full of pilots and planes and RADAR. She find Major fairly early in the story. There was also something about the bad guy putting magnetic something in the cloud to fool the scientists. And then he puts something else in it so it's not magnetic. I was so confused. Also, Nancy flies into the cloud and sees images. And RP was able to do that, somehow. Because SCIENCE! Nancy also randomly finds a cave in a hill that is covered in oil? And mice live there too. Because it would make sense for mice to live in a cave that randomly rains oil. Of course, Ned shows up with Dave and Burt in tow. The old Ned is back, learning to fly so that Nancy isn't better at something. Yay, Ned. But my favorite part is the end. Only Nancy can come up with the plan to use all the dang planes from the flying school to surround the cloud and force the pilot to land. They catch him... this R.P. and he refuses to talk! Luckily Ned gets into the stolen plane and find a convenient notebook FULL of ALL the details! I laughed out loud at that part. This notebook has names, dates, all the missing plot details such as who stole Major. I honestly can't remember why they're revolutionaries, that part of the plot felt way off kilter. Like it was ripped out of 1870s Texas. I think the notebook says why. Anyway. It's weird. Go read "The Secret of Shadow Ranch" which is much, much better and actually makes sense.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    A lot goes on in this 1970s Nancy book. She is taking flying lessons. Also, she and her friends are living nearby at a horse ranch. Readers get to experience a horse/airplane related death-defying mystery. Well, unfortunately, not everyone defies death. The ranchers need to put a wounded horse named Speed Boy out of his misery, because an enemy shoots him in the leg. Nancy and her friends Bess and George attempt to catch the culprits, when Bess isn't busy screaming. But since it happens in the ni A lot goes on in this 1970s Nancy book. She is taking flying lessons. Also, she and her friends are living nearby at a horse ranch. Readers get to experience a horse/airplane related death-defying mystery. Well, unfortunately, not everyone defies death. The ranchers need to put a wounded horse named Speed Boy out of his misery, because an enemy shoots him in the leg. Nancy and her friends Bess and George attempt to catch the culprits, when Bess isn't busy screaming. But since it happens in the night, the villain escapes, and the set of two young men ranchers have the job of saying bye to Speed Boy, and then burying him. How they manage to create a hole in rocky soil, big enough for a full-sized horse, in the middle of the night, is not disclosed in the plot. Bess has a big personal problem. She has a "cowboy friend" named Chuck, who asks her to marry him. She bursts into tears on multiple occasions, because she does not want her "favorite date," named Dave, to discover her mixed feelings. George, Bess's cousin, and by the way, George is a GIRL, which is clearly stated in each and every novel, is predictably heartless about Bess's upset. But hey, on the bright side of Bess's day, at least George is criticizing Bess for her indecision about men, rather than her usual criticism of the things that Bess is eating. What a way to be, George! Lighthearted moments in the plot include a funny video of Nancy driving a plane in reverse on the runway, and also a costume party at the ranch. The MYSTERY is a large cloud that is in the sky every single day, and also the cloud can change shape, to appear like animals in threatening stances. Nancy flies her plane through the cloud and almost crashes. A weird perhaps drug-inspired moment, endured by whatever person was working on the story, occurs when Nancy explores a cave, gets trampled by mice, and then she gets soaked in crude oil and barely slides her way out of the cave alive! It's just a random part of the plot. It has nothing to do with the big MYSTERY of the cloud. And for some reason, when Nancy gets the idea to check out the acreage of ground beneath the cloud, she is the first person to do this. What she finds is a large box clearly labeled, with proper punctuation: BOMBS! I don't think anyone actually finds out what's in the box. I'm not joking.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Ranchers (though not as sexy as in book five) and piloting (Nancy is a skilled pilot, of course). A Bermuda Triangle cloud (seeded with experimental magnetic dust by some bad guys). The mystery is all but non-existent. Some guy goes missing, and Nancy finds a trinket with a coded message on it that hints of a coming revolution. Aviation hijinks ensue (turns out Ned is as skilled a pilot as Nancy). The ending is really abrupt. Almost all the action of the whole story happens in the last chapter. I Ranchers (though not as sexy as in book five) and piloting (Nancy is a skilled pilot, of course). A Bermuda Triangle cloud (seeded with experimental magnetic dust by some bad guys). The mystery is all but non-existent. Some guy goes missing, and Nancy finds a trinket with a coded message on it that hints of a coming revolution. Aviation hijinks ensue (turns out Ned is as skilled a pilot as Nancy). The ending is really abrupt. Almost all the action of the whole story happens in the last chapter. It's as if the ghostwriter drug out the story until she realized "oh crap, it's chapter 20, gotta end this thing!" A completely recycled vignette from Book 5 where an enemy puts a bur under Nancy's saddle and causes her horse to buck while she's riding it. The first instance I've never seen where the author refers to an earlier book's events. She mentions how Nancy is wary at masquerades because she got kidnapped at an earlier one (in reference to The Clue of the Velvet Mask). Except I think it's incorrect, and it was actually George who got kidnapped while pretending to be Nancy, but who remembers pesky details, like whether Ned is selling insurance or working at a summer camp or at Emerson? A death! Someone shoots a horse and wounds it so the rancher has to put it down. Surprising it's taken fifty-three books to get to our first murder. A love triangle! Bess, Dave, and a hot new cowboy beau who proposes to her. Bess stays with Dave, of course. Nobody loses consciousness, but Nancy and Ned have to gnaw their way out of burlap sacks.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This book was ridiculous in all the best ways. Once again, Ned and the boys just take off from school to fly to Nancy for one day, and Bess contemplates accepting a marriage proposal from some random dude she just met!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Another fun Nancy Drew mystery. This time Nancy is taking flying lessons when she discovers something wonky is going on. Nancy and friends solve another mystery, but this one isn't as good as many of the others. Another fun Nancy Drew mystery. This time Nancy is taking flying lessons when she discovers something wonky is going on. Nancy and friends solve another mystery, but this one isn't as good as many of the others.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    Man, I loved Nancy Drew books when I was younger, but this was not one I read back then, so I didn't even have nostalgia to really help me through it. I bought this one from a used book store a while back, unable to resist the call of the yellow cover. But this book was extremely jumbled and disorganized. The only fun part was reading out particularly stilted bits of dialogue to Micah. I kinda wanna go back and read some of the other books now, I am 99℅ sure they were better than this one... Man, I loved Nancy Drew books when I was younger, but this was not one I read back then, so I didn't even have nostalgia to really help me through it. I bought this one from a used book store a while back, unable to resist the call of the yellow cover. But this book was extremely jumbled and disorganized. The only fun part was reading out particularly stilted bits of dialogue to Micah. I kinda wanna go back and read some of the other books now, I am 99℅ sure they were better than this one...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tabi34

    Ok...maybe this one was better than so-so. Nancy almost showed some human compassion instead of focusing solely on solving the mystery. For a while I thought we might lose Bess to a cowboy. Bess is probably the most mature of the girls. She is thinking about getting married, but this time it wasn't to Dave, but a cowboy she meets. Dave hasn't asked her to marry him yet; The mystery is pretty weak. And of course Ned and the fellows have to make an appearance and ruin the girls' fun. George is als Ok...maybe this one was better than so-so. Nancy almost showed some human compassion instead of focusing solely on solving the mystery. For a while I thought we might lose Bess to a cowboy. Bess is probably the most mature of the girls. She is thinking about getting married, but this time it wasn't to Dave, but a cowboy she meets. Dave hasn't asked her to marry him yet; The mystery is pretty weak. And of course Ned and the fellows have to make an appearance and ruin the girls' fun. George is also seeing a cowboy. They show up at the end so they can protect the girls and help solve the mystery. I find their appearance inconsequential except to tell girls of the day that they need a man to finish anything. I do like reading these to see if I can figure out if it's a different writer and so I can watch the characters develop. Ned and Nancy seem to be a bit closer in this book and they actually kiss. Ned is a bit concerned about Dave possibly getting hurt if Bess dumps him. Ah the blissful youth of the early 60s.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    This book was good. The flying aspect was fun and it was funny to have Bess get a little crazy when it came to boys, more so than usual. The only reason I gave it only 3 stars is because a horse gets hurt and has to be put down. I felt that that part could have been left out. If I had read this as a child it greatly would have upset me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shawnee

    Nancy could have used a bit of tact when talking about the dead pony..... I actually liked this book - it was different from the others. Maybe because it never took place in River Heights and her family was never involved. and.... horrors! the marriage word was used! ;-)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    Nancy, Bess and George are vacationing on a ranch in the midwest. While Bess and George aim to improve their horseback riding, Nancy is attending a nearby flight school. During one of her lessons, she and her instructor encounter a mysterious plane. When they investigate, they discover the plane belongs to a pilot that has been missing for some time. Of course, Nancy quickly begins to hunt for clues. This was a strange one. It was oddly political. In the sense that revolutionaries are planning so Nancy, Bess and George are vacationing on a ranch in the midwest. While Bess and George aim to improve their horseback riding, Nancy is attending a nearby flight school. During one of her lessons, she and her instructor encounter a mysterious plane. When they investigate, they discover the plane belongs to a pilot that has been missing for some time. Of course, Nancy quickly begins to hunt for clues. This was a strange one. It was oddly political. In the sense that revolutionaries are planning some kind of attack. What kind of revolutionaries? I have absolutely zero clue. All I know, Nancy and Ned uncovered a cache of bombs and guns. I’m honestly scratching my head over this mystery.  Anyway, there were two moments that made my jaw drop to the floor. The first being super depressing. One of the criminals shoots a pony in the leg. The ranch manager gives a eulogy for the pony, before putting it out of its misery. Bess was too overcome and walked away mid-eulogy. But Nancy and George, with tears streaming down their faces, watched the horse die. One of the most depressing things to happen in a Nancy Drew story.  The second moment was much more drama-filled. Bess became close to Chuck, one of the ranchers. When Ned, Burt and Dave call to tell the girls they’re planning to visit them soon, Bess panics. When George teases her, Bess inadvertently tells her and Nancy that Chuck has proposed to her (!) and wants her to stay on the ranch with him!! Well, color me shocked! Many books ago, Bess accidentally told Nancy that she doesn’t plan to marry Dave until after he graduates from Emerson. Now, she’s over here contemplating playing cowgirl to some cowboy for as long as they both shall live. The boys arrive and it’s all pretty tense. But Bess manages to get her feelings sorted out and hooray for Dave. The poor sap will never know how Bess did him dirty.  So… this book. To be honest, I was more invested in Bess’s love life than the mystery. A missing persons case becomes a weird political plot and the mastermind behind it all doesn’t appear until he’s captured. I have no idea who the guy was. He really only popped up for 2 seconds. Dude who are you?? 

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Classic. That's all I have to say. 5/5 stars. This book has been staring at me on my shelf for a while, and I decided it's time to marathon some Nancy Drew books. Although this was not my top/favorite Nancy Drew book ever, the plot was still amazingly solid and the action was incredible! This however is one of the more violent and tragic books from the series, as a horse is shot in the leg and dies, and Nancy is shot at while out riding! Nancy Drew is taking airplane flying lessons from Excello t Classic. That's all I have to say. 5/5 stars. This book has been staring at me on my shelf for a while, and I decided it's time to marathon some Nancy Drew books. Although this was not my top/favorite Nancy Drew book ever, the plot was still amazingly solid and the action was incredible! This however is one of the more violent and tragic books from the series, as a horse is shot in the leg and dies, and Nancy is shot at while out riding! Nancy Drew is taking airplane flying lessons from Excello to improve her piloting skills, and one day notices a cloud that seems to be magnetic! She is staying at Pop Hamilton's ranch, with Bess and George, and hears talented pilot Roger Paine has disappeared! Nancy and her friends search for clues, avoid mean cowboy Ben Rall, go on pony rides with cowboys Range and Chuck, and even uncover a hidden message depicting "Revolutionary Bomb Site, Under Great Cloud!" Turns out, Roger Paine was kidnapped by a gang and his plane was being used to manipulate the magnetic cloud! How dangerous! The villains are captured in the end, and Nancy and her friends are happy to have solved the mystery.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Story_Girl

    Nancy, Bess and George find adventure on a ranch once again. This time though Nancy spends more time flying a plane then riding a horse,which is how she finds the Great Cloud - a natural phenomenon that hides a dangers secret. And when one of the flying instructors from the school where Nancy is taking lessons vanishes, leaving behind his plane and a strange medal, things get complicated. But not to worry, Bess and George have some new cowboy friends to help along the way. Except one of them want Nancy, Bess and George find adventure on a ranch once again. This time though Nancy spends more time flying a plane then riding a horse,which is how she finds the Great Cloud - a natural phenomenon that hides a dangers secret. And when one of the flying instructors from the school where Nancy is taking lessons vanishes, leaving behind his plane and a strange medal, things get complicated. But not to worry, Bess and George have some new cowboy friends to help along the way. Except one of them wants to be more than Bess' friend. So when Ned, Burt and Dave turn up...well there's more than the usual drama for a Nancy Drew book. One point that does bother me - George is so critical of Bess being so friendly with Chuck, but she is acting the exact same way with Range, so who is she to judge? After a few close calls, a stolen horse, some not so friendly pranks, an oil discovery and a ransom note everything is sorted out with surprising speed. Just the way we like our Nancy Drew books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ayanami Faerudo

    I found out early on that the higher the series numbers go, the worse Nancy Drew books would be. Not all are completely hopeless; but I guess I'm now reading them through the eyes of a grown-up who, although still likes reading Nancy Drew, becomes less enthused with how the mystery and its solution was written. The Sky Phantom, though, is one of those occasional ones in the series where the villain was not quite outright obvious (even if the apparent accomplice was). Nancy remains the perfect Mar I found out early on that the higher the series numbers go, the worse Nancy Drew books would be. Not all are completely hopeless; but I guess I'm now reading them through the eyes of a grown-up who, although still likes reading Nancy Drew, becomes less enthused with how the mystery and its solution was written. The Sky Phantom, though, is one of those occasional ones in the series where the villain was not quite outright obvious (even if the apparent accomplice was). Nancy remains the perfect Mary Sue and the others bask in the brilliance of her person. P.S. Bess remained as silly as ever and I am annoyed as ever.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Well. This... Had really no plot. This book was Nancy goes on vacation and flies planes and goes horseback riding and kinda solves a mystery but it was really lacking in a mystery. A missing pilot, but why is he missing? Who knows? An angry cowboy, but why is he angry? Because he's a jerk. Bess has boy problems? Oh, and they have to put down a horse. Yeah. RIP Speedy Boy. Yes, that is literally the horse's name. Best line, though: George, reading an envelope: " 'To whom it concerns'. We're concerned." Well. This... Had really no plot. This book was Nancy goes on vacation and flies planes and goes horseback riding and kinda solves a mystery but it was really lacking in a mystery. A missing pilot, but why is he missing? Who knows? An angry cowboy, but why is he angry? Because he's a jerk. Bess has boy problems? Oh, and they have to put down a horse. Yeah. RIP Speedy Boy. Yes, that is literally the horse's name. Best line, though: George, reading an envelope: " 'To whom it concerns'. We're concerned." *proceeds to open the envelope*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Cannon

    As other reviews have noted, this mystery is haphazard and stretched beyond rational understanding. At most the story deserves 2 stars, BUT I was so impressed in how many different, random things the author shoed in that I had to award an additional star. Flying lessons, cowboy ranching, oil prospecting, unexpected marriage proposals, revolutionaries, cloud climatology, and run-ins with the FBI would be a hard sell in the best of circumstances. In the confines of a Nancy Drew children's mystery, As other reviews have noted, this mystery is haphazard and stretched beyond rational understanding. At most the story deserves 2 stars, BUT I was so impressed in how many different, random things the author shoed in that I had to award an additional star. Flying lessons, cowboy ranching, oil prospecting, unexpected marriage proposals, revolutionaries, cloud climatology, and run-ins with the FBI would be a hard sell in the best of circumstances. In the confines of a Nancy Drew children's mystery, it's a hopeless, unintentionally hilarious jumble.

  23. 4 out of 5

    LobsterQuadrille

    The Sky Phantom is easily one of the most suspenseful and page-turning Nancy Drew mysteries I have read so far! The solution to the mystery is wrapped up very quickly and not fully explained, but the story overall is great fun. Bess gets a big subplot of her own, which added more depth and inner conflict than is usual for this series. Even with its flaws, The Sky Phantom is a breath of fresh air after reading a string of so-so Nancy Drew stories!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Shockingly, this one was actually a mystery! Nancy did nearly all of her sleuthing from an airplane (because she's now a pilot), but it was still a fun read. Bess was super annoying, and the appearance of the boys added nothing. A fun, but not memorable, Nancy Drew read. Also, this book uses "by the way" incorrectly, and frequently. It was maddening! I recommend to fans of Nancy Drew, or those looking for a marginally diverting juvenile mystery. Shockingly, this one was actually a mystery! Nancy did nearly all of her sleuthing from an airplane (because she's now a pilot), but it was still a fun read. Bess was super annoying, and the appearance of the boys added nothing. A fun, but not memorable, Nancy Drew read. Also, this book uses "by the way" incorrectly, and frequently. It was maddening! I recommend to fans of Nancy Drew, or those looking for a marginally diverting juvenile mystery.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I read this book for the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys category in my local library's 2018 book challenge. My rating of 1 star probably isn't very accurate since it was hardly written for a geriatric reader such as myself, though I was an avid ND fan about, oh, 60 years ago. Tastes change! The style, vocabulary, conversations and plot really haven't stood the test of time very well, in my opinion. I read this book for the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys category in my local library's 2018 book challenge. My rating of 1 star probably isn't very accurate since it was hardly written for a geriatric reader such as myself, though I was an avid ND fan about, oh, 60 years ago. Tastes change! The style, vocabulary, conversations and plot really haven't stood the test of time very well, in my opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This was a little different for a Nancy Drew book. It ended abruptly without really resolving some of the little mysteries and personality conflicts that occurred throughout the story. These are always easy reads where all conflicts are resolved and everyone lives happily ever after. This one just seemed to lack something. It was okay but kind of a chore to finish.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The ending is a real letdown. The culprits' plan makes no sense and nothing is explained. (Well, the culprit tries to explain, but it made me more confused rather than less confused). The good part of the book is Bess's subplot. Yeah, longtime readers will know where her love triangle is going, but it's nice to get a glimpse into her life that's not part of the mystery. The ending is a real letdown. The culprits' plan makes no sense and nothing is explained. (Well, the culprit tries to explain, but it made me more confused rather than less confused). The good part of the book is Bess's subplot. Yeah, longtime readers will know where her love triangle is going, but it's nice to get a glimpse into her life that's not part of the mystery.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Woah, Nancy! You’re supposed to be easy-reading, but this airplane/fuselage/electromagnetic junk was way too much for my brain! Not to mention that the “sky-monsterish” look of the phantom was never really explained. I don’t know which ghostwriter wrote this one for the “Carolyn Keene” series, but I hope they only wrote this one!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim Johnson

    I enjoyed the adventures and the mystery overall. I just felt like there were some things that weren't concluded well, such as the motive of the villains. I feel like it could have had more closure. But overall, it was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the adventures and the mystery overall. I just felt like there were some things that weren't concluded well, such as the motive of the villains. I feel like it could have had more closure. But overall, it was an enjoyable read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lik C

    I was entertained here in Bess' dilemma over 2 boys, and not on the mystery of the sky phantom. It was a nice change of scenery for Nancy though, and a change of activities for her (here she learns to fly a plane). I was entertained here in Bess' dilemma over 2 boys, and not on the mystery of the sky phantom. It was a nice change of scenery for Nancy though, and a change of activities for her (here she learns to fly a plane).

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