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Authors: Carolyn Keene

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A Race Against Time



A Race

If I’m in the game, I play to win. So as captain of my team in the River Heights Biking for Bucks charity road race, my goals are to bring my team over the finish line first—and to catch a thief along the way!

See, all of the money we raised before the race has been stolen—and I know I can find it. With two days, practically no clues, and a bike race to win, I’ve got my work cut out for me. But with Bess, George, and Ned on my team, what could stand between us and the gold?


Catch my next case:

False Notes




Simon & Schuster, New York
Cover photograph copyright © 2004 by
    Michael Frost
Cover designed by Debra Sfetsios
Ages 8–12


Knocked off course


“This is big, Nancy, really big. The guy that told me is in the know and everything.”

I wanted to reach down into his throat with both hands and pull the words out. But I forced myself to stay calm. Sometimes getting Charlie to tell me something is like trying to get a cat out from under the bed for a trip to the vet.

“It’s okay,” I said in a low voice. “What happened?”

I held my breath so long waiting for Charlie’s answer, I could feel a warm flush in my cheeks.

“It’s the money,” Charlie finally said. “The Biking for Bucks pledges.” He shook his head, and his eyes widened into almost perfect circles.

“What about the money?” I prompted, although I had a feeling that I knew what he was going to say.

“It’s gone,” he said. “It’s all gone.”



#1 Without a Trace

#2 A Race Against Time

#3 False Notes

#4 High Risk


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This book is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


First Aladdin Paperbacks edition March 2004


Copyright © 2004 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.


ALADDIN PAPERBACKS An imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020


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Library of Congress Control Number 2003109055


ISBN-13: 978-0-689-86567-1
ISBN-10: 0-689-86567-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-442-45943-4 (eBook)


Chapter 1:
Ditched in the Creek

Chapter 2:
Where’s Ned?

Chapter 3:
Linking the Clues

Chapter 4:
The Race Is On?

Chapter 5:
Ready, Set . . . Stop!

Chapter 6:
Charlie’s Got a Secret

Chapter 7:
Shifting My Gears

Chapter 8:
Feathering My Brakes

Chapter 9:
Red Light, Green Light

Chapter 10:
Spinning My Wheels

Chapter 11:
My Midnight Sprint

Chapter 12:
A Dangerous Switch

Chapter 13:

Chapter 14:
And the Winner Is?

Ditched in the Creek


My name is Nancy
Drew, and I’ve always had this rule: If you’re in the game, you play to win.

That doesn’t mean I’m cutthroat competitive. But it
mean that if I make a commitment, I’ll see it through to the end.

Unfortunately it’s not always easy. I’ve discovered that sometimes one rule is canceled out by another. And that’s exactly what happened last weekend during the River Heights Biking for Bucks charity road race.

I’m an amateur detective, so another one of my rules is: Solve the crime. And even though I was the sprinter of my cycling team, and it was my job to bring us over the finish line in first place—

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