Making it? Or faking it?
The ancient Japanese art of raku pottery is highly dramatic -- the colorful one-of-a-kind pots are pulled from the kiln, glowing and red-hot. But when Nancy and her friends visit a local crafts village, Bess is the one who nearly goes up in flames when she's showered with sparks! And that's only the beginning.
Nancy's been alerted by Theresa Kim, a rising young artist at the village, that someone is producing brilliantly made fakes and selling them as antiques -- for lots of money. Now the pressure is on for others to join the illegal operation. When Nancy starts to investigate, she discovers that amid the beautiful treasures lurks a very clever -- and dangerous -- counterfeiter. If Nancy doesn't watch her step, she may be the one going up in smoke!
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February 26, 2001
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Excerpt from The Secret of the Fiery Chamber by Carolyn Keene
"Exactly who is this Theresa Kim?" George Fayne asked Nancy Drew one sultry Sunday afternoon in July. Nancy, George, and their friend Bess Marvin were standing beneath a blue-and-white banner welcoming visitors to the Third Annual East River Junction Crafts Festival.
"Whoever she is," Bess interrupted, "I'm glad Nancy decided it was worth the trip here to see her." Bess finished slathering sunblock on her shoulders and straightened the straps of her pink halter top. "I adore crafts fairs, and this one is supposed to be really special."
"All I know is that Dad got a call from a lawyer colleague, John Kim, who said his daughter was here for the summer, and he left her e-mail address for me," Nancy said.
"So you e-mailed her we were coming today?" Bess asked.
"Actually, no," Nancy replied with a sheepish grin. "I thought it would be fun to walk up and surprise her. To see if we still recognize each other."
"Then you have met before," George said.
"Once, ages ago," Nancy explained. "Dad had some business with Mr. Kim and took me along to see him in Boston. I was about ten, and Theresa had just graduated from high school. She was too old for us to be friends. I did like her, though. She was already a pretty incredible artist and had won some big scholarship to study ceramics at a famous college in Upstate New York."
"Theresa must be pretty terrific," Bess said. "This place has a great rep in the crafts community. I can't believe it took me so long to check it out in person, considering we live only two hours away."
"Two long, hot hours, even in a convertible," George remarked, pushing back the red baseball cap that covered her short, dark curls.