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Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash Hardcover – October 14, 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 28 ratings
Book 12 of 18: Sammy Keyes

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Grade 6–8—Sammy Keyes is back, living her second 13th summer because her mother lied on her birth certificate to get her into school early. After two years of sneaking up and down the fire escape at the seniors-only residence where she lives with her grandmother, one would suppose that Sammy would not meet misadventure on her unique entrance to her home. But that's what happens when she assumes she has scared an elderly man to death after he has her toss three bundles of money into the bushes below. That event provides the mystery, and Sammy is off sleuthing again. The money is both trouble and a temptation as she retrieves it, keeps it secret, and spends it at the mall, buying her friend Marissa a bathing suit and giving some to Gram. Sammy is a whirlwind of activity, and the pacing is uneven as she spies on her friends from previous books, spies on elderly suspects, purchases a camera for sleuthing purposes, and gets a disguise. All of her old friends and enemies are back, and her budding romance with Casey Acosta continues. Van Draanen again deals with social issues with wit as Sammy charges through another mystery and walks a narrow line between opportunism and honesty.—Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
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*Starred Review* No matter who asks Sammy Keyes the question “What are you up to?” the answer’s always the same: trouble. While sneaking up the fire escape to Gram’s apartment in a seniors-only complex, where Sammy illicitly resides, she surprises an old man sneaking down. The encounter is apparently too much for the gent, as he suffers a heart attack and (after demanding that Sammy empty his pockets of greenbacks) kicks the bucket. To avoid jeopardizing her living arrangement, Sammy calls 911 from the apartment next door to Gram’s, which is occupied by elderly Mrs. Wedegwood. Then all hell breaks loose, and what seems to be a delicious monetary windfall for Sammy gives rise to both a mystery and a moral quandary. Adding zest and teen interest to the quirky puzzle, whose geriatric backdrop initially seems an odd venue for young readers, are generous helpings of raucous comedy (most involving rotund Mrs. W.’s inability to stay upright on her toilet), a wonderfully cheeky first-person narrative, and smoothly integrated interactions between Sammy and her age mates. The result is an exceptionally good entry in an already remarkable series. Grades 6-9. --Stephanie Zvirin

Product details

  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers; X-Library - 1st edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0375835261
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0375835261
  • Reading age : 10 - 12 years
  • Lexile measure : 740L
  • Grade level : 5 - 6
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.94 x 1.03 x 8.56 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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