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Gr 5-7-Wendelin Van Draanen has perfectly captured the tone, outlook, and attitude of a typical 13-year-old girl in her series of books about the mysteries Sammy Keyes inadvertently finds herself solving. Actress/singer Tara Sands gives perfect voice to Sammy's character in this reading of the 1999 Edgar Award for Best Children's Mystery (Knopf, 1998). The entire novel is told in the first person voice of Sammy Keyes, so it is appropriate that the narrator uses a single voice with some varied inflections to indicate comments made by other characters. Her timbre and pitch sound like a 13-year-old. Each of the 18 chapters is introduced by number as it begins. No special sound effects are used. Sammy and her friends, Dot and Marissa, find themselves outside the "bush" house on Halloween. They discover an open door, a fire set on the floor, and elderly Chauncey LeBard tied to a chair inside. Was it a robbery or attempted murder by the intruder dressed in a skeleton costume? Sammy is also struggling with Heather Acosta's nasty attitude toward her, and Heather's attempts to embarrass her in front of a classmate. Her description of Heather as "welcome as onion slices on a peanut butter sandwich" is comically perfect, as is the revenge she exacts on Heather in front of the entire school. Sammy also tangles once again with oafish Officer Borsch as she sets about solving this crime. Sammy's unconventional living arrangement at her grandmother's seniors-only apartment complex where she has to pretend to be just visiting is typical of the author's zany mix of humor and adventure in this series.-Diane Balodis, Alden Intermediate School, NY
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Loved it. Couldn't put it down all day,
Sammy KEYES is a smart, and clever girl
Who will have u reading for a week straight.
This is the second in the series, but the first Sammy Keyes novel I read. I laughed so hard I had to buy the entire series for myself and another set for my neice.Published 11 months ago by Kathryn Merry
Great book. Great for kids to get them more engaged in reading. My daughter lives it. Recommend for all kids to read.Published 17 months ago by Horrorfan252
Great book once again for Wendelin Van Draanen, and not only does it bring back the previous Sammy Keyes but it also gives all of us plenty of laughs. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another kids' book worth reading by adults, this book has a very surprising story line, with drama, mystery, insight, fear, courage, intelligence, and humor all coming into play. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Prentise K. Wylie
When Sammy and her friends go out to the bush house on Halloween night. They find a skeleton man running away and almost made Sammy, and her friends fall over. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012
This was a very cute book. I enjoyed the story line. My daughter read this book when she was in middle school.
The story starts out on Halloween. Read more
sammy keys is back in full blast. in this book sammy is going tricck or treating and she goes into the haunted house. read this book to find mystery crime and excitment. Read morePublished on October 4, 2009
My grandson loved this book and I have purchased several in the series for him. Living so far from our grandson, it is good to know we can send him something that we know he will... Read morePublished on March 10, 2009 by Linda Walmer