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Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen Paperback – April 11, 2006
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Grade 5-8–Once again Sammy Keyes is up to her ears in mystery. When she discovers a succession of cats killed in bizarre ways and left in dumpsters around town, she tries to figure out who would commit such a crime. Then her mother reappears and confesses that she had changed Sammy's birth certificate to get her into kindergarten so she is actually turning 13 on her birthday–again. Sammy, anxious to move beyond the unlucky number, is beside herself. But she learns to cope with the situations in her life and solves the cat mystery as well. Heather, her archenemy, reappears, yet this time Sammy has more good luck than bad in dealing with her–probably due to the four-leaf clover given to her by Heather's brother, Casey. Throughout the book, details refer back to earlier stories but not so much so that readers new to the series will be lost. And Sammy's anger at her mother for abandoning her, mean girls at school, and her ambivalence about her attraction to Casey will strike a chord with young teens. Another hit in a solid series.–Diana Pierce, Running Brushy Middle School, Cedar Park, TX
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Gr. 5-8. Cats are disappearing in Sammy Keyes' neighborhood, and, worse still, some are turning up dead in garbage cans. The 13-year-old detective won't rest until she and her friend, Holly, track down the perpetrators. A new wrestling school, where Sammy learns a few flashy moves, might just lead them to the villains. Meanwhile, series fans can catch up with the familiar cast of characters as Sammy's unreliable mother visits; her archenemy, Heather, starts a fight; and a hint of romance develops between Sammy and Heather's brother. Sammy continues to be likeable, smart, determined, and sometimes hotheaded as she copes with bad news from her mother and the usual tense routine of living secretly in her grandmother's adults-only apartment building. While readers may need to suspend disbelief as Sammy outwits another crook, they'll recognize the rest of her life as believably complicated and imperfect--like their own. Kathleen Odean
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Top customer reviews
Emma: The last three in this series were the best.
Sophie: These books are really fun to read together.
Emma: We liked it a lot.
Sophie: Sammy is a really interesting person. It's fun to read.
Indeed, the mysteries themselves are less and less engaging and have become almost secondary to the more engaging issues surrounding Sammy and her mother, her friends, her school, and her growing interest in boys. And, Sammy has more insight into herself and her surroundings and is just getting more interesting. She is not a static charcter, (like, say, Nancy Drew). This also suggests, contrary to what the editorial reviews note, that this is probably a series best read in order. It could be disconcerting to bounce around, out of order, from younger Sammy to older Sammy.
It's also nice to have a more urban, more gritty, feel to Sammy's environment, as opposed to the sort-of sleepy Pleasantvilles that so many other characters live in.
So, seems well worth a look for a more adventurous tween reader.
Wendelin Van Draanen has done a brilliant job of bringing out the realistic voice of a young teen in this entertaining book. Anyone who want s a good mystery and is looking for something other than the beloved Nancy Drew should definitely pick this up. Or if you're just looking for a quick read that will send shivers up your spine and belly-laughs through your stomach, this will be perfect for you. Go Sammy!
This book was exciting and suspenseful because of all the action. I liked the ending because the problem was solved. Sometimes I find myself a lot like Sammy and I can picture myself as her in the book. The main problem was very unique, weird, and interesting because the author used dead cats. The characters seemed very real to me because the whole book was realistic fiction.
Wendling Van Draanen uses a deep voice throughout the book. Very few of the words she used were unknown to me. It was interesting that every time I came to an unusual word she described it. Unlike other authors, Wendling ended every chapter in a suspenseful way. I think she has a lot of creativity to come up with this great book.
Out of all the books I've read, this one is one of my favorites. I liked it because between the rising action there are many problems. Every time Sammy solved a problem, I thought the book was going to be over. I recommend this book because it's suspenseful, thrilling, and funny.
Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen might be a little weird at the beginning. You'll want to stop reading because a couple of cats died and there's a weird wrestler that doesn't take off his cat suit. There's a reason to all that, and you need to find out.