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Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man

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Staff Pick

When I was ten I wanted to BE Harriet the Spy. If I were ten now I'd want to be Sammy Keyes! This new series of books by Van Draanen provide the mysteries girls are looking for! Sammy is twelve with great wit, ingenuity, street smarts, and sometimes a little attitude. Great mysteries, a wonderful protagonist, and a breezy prose style will win readers over.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Now in Knopf Paperback, seventh-grade gumshoe Sammy Keyes returns in her second mystery--a Halloween intrigue involving Frankenstein and a skeleton man in a tale of greed, grudges, and getting even.  

Review:

"Artfully throwing in clues, red herrings, and well-timed revelations, Van Draanen keeps her heroine on the hop...Sammy is as resourceful and tough as ever, and the breathless pace of this adventure will rivet readers from page one." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"If Kinsey Millhone ever hires a junior partner, Sammy Keyes will be the first candidate on the list. She's feisty, fearless, and funny. A top-notch investigator!" Sue Grafton

Review:

"This girl sleuth is no well-mannered Nancy Drew. She's endearingly hot-tempered, nosy, and not always obedient — in short, she's someone I want to read about again." Margaret Maron

Synopsis:

What does Frankenstein have that a skeleton wants?

Sounds like a bad Halloween joke. But Sammy Keyes isn't laughing. She's the one who collided with the skeleton while he was making his getaway. And she's the one who discovered Frankenstein tied to a chair with his head twisted around. Someone's taken "trick or treat" way too far.

When Sammy starts to investigate what really happened Halloween night, she's amazed at how many people have something to hide. Of course, Sammy's got a few secrets herself. And more than a few tricks up her sleeve...

About the Author

Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen’s life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memories of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories.

Growing up, Van Draanen was a tomboy who loved to be outside chasing down adventure. She did not decide that she wanted to be an author until she was an adult. When she tried her hand at writing a screenplay about a family tragedy, she found the process quite cathartic and from that experience, turned to writing novels for adults. She soon stumbled upon the joys of writing for children.

Feedback from her readers is Van Draanen’s greatest reward for writing. “One girl came up to me and told me I changed her life. It doesn’t get any better than that,” she said. Van Draanen hopes to leave her readers with a sense that they have the ability to steer their own destiny—that individuality is a strength, and that where there’s a will, there’s most certainly a way.

Wendelin Van Draanen is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children’s Mystery Book for Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief and lives with her husband and two sons in California.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375800542
Author:
Van Draanen, Wendelin
Publisher:
Random House (NY)
Author:
Draanen, Wendelin Van
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Mystery and detective stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Mysteries / Detective
Subject:
Halloween
Subject:
Horror stories
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
General Juvenile Nonfiction
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
mystery;fiction;sammy keyes;ya;humor;scary
Edition Number:
1st Yearling ed.
Edition Description:
Yearling Paperback
Series:
Sammy Keyes
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
RL 4.5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.46x5.16x.56 in. .31 lbs.
Age Level:
10-13

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Product details 176 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375800542 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

When I was ten I wanted to BE Harriet the Spy. If I were ten now I'd want to be Sammy Keyes! This new series of books by Van Draanen provide the mysteries girls are looking for! Sammy is twelve with great wit, ingenuity, street smarts, and sometimes a little attitude. Great mysteries, a wonderful protagonist, and a breezy prose style will win readers over.

"Review" by , "Artfully throwing in clues, red herrings, and well-timed revelations, Van Draanen keeps her heroine on the hop...Sammy is as resourceful and tough as ever, and the breathless pace of this adventure will rivet readers from page one."
"Review" by , "If Kinsey Millhone ever hires a junior partner, Sammy Keyes will be the first candidate on the list. She's feisty, fearless, and funny. A top-notch investigator!"
"Review" by , "This girl sleuth is no well-mannered Nancy Drew. She's endearingly hot-tempered, nosy, and not always obedient — in short, she's someone I want to read about again."
"Synopsis" by , What does Frankenstein have that a skeleton wants?

Sounds like a bad Halloween joke. But Sammy Keyes isn't laughing. She's the one who collided with the skeleton while he was making his getaway. And she's the one who discovered Frankenstein tied to a chair with his head twisted around. Someone's taken "trick or treat" way too far.

When Sammy starts to investigate what really happened Halloween night, she's amazed at how many people have something to hide. Of course, Sammy's got a few secrets herself. And more than a few tricks up her sleeve...

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