The detective work gets very personal in the sixteenth story in the popular series about smart, junior-high sleuth Samantha (“Sammy”) Keyes. Here the setting moves to Las Vegas, where Sammy tracks down her diva mother, who is secretly marrying Sammy’s boyfriend’s dad, who is also the father of Sammy’s worst enemy. Packed with angry spats and surprises, including Sammy’s discovery of her own dad, and set against the wild background of casinos, malls, hotels, and Elvis wannabes, the young teen’s angry, wry account will grab new readers as well as series fans. Grades 5-8. --Hazel Rochman
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About the Author
WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN was a teacher for many years before turning to writing full-time. Her first Sammy Keyes mystery, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief,
won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. She lives in Central California with her husband and two sons.