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"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book ReviewSammy should have known better than to think 8th grade would be easier than 7th. It's...
"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book ReviewSammy should have known better than to think 8th grade would be easier than 7th. It's...
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  • "The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review

    Sammy should have known better than to think 8th grade would be easier than 7th. It's only September and already the history teacher is receiving death threats. Naturally, Sammy is the prime suspect. To make matters worse, officer Borsch has asked Sammy to help out at his wedding. If she doesn't find the real prankster fast, Sammy will be wearing prison stripes instead of a poofy pastel bridesmaid dress.

    This latest Sammy Keyes adventure blends mystery, comedy, and a dusting of fairy tale magic as Sammy takes off her high-tops, puts on some party shoes, and steps into a whole lot of trouble.

    The Sammy Keyes mysteries are fast-paced, funny, thoroughly modern, and true whodunits. Each mystery is exciting and dramatic, but it's the drama in Sammy's personal life that keeps readers...


  • Chapter One

    I was almost looking forward to eighth grade starting. Not because I missed getting up early or couldn't wait to be saddled with homework again.


    No, I was looking forward to school starting up again for the only reason anyone in junior high looks forward to it.

    I'd get to see my friends every day.

    My best friend, Marissa, was ready, too. Her family is in crisis mode, and I think going back to school seemed like a way for her to escape all that. Plus, we'd be eighth graders instead of lowly seventh graders, and last year's stress of being at a new school would be totally gone.

    But then the first day of school arrived, and I got my final schedule.

    "No!" I cried when I saw it.

    "What?" Marissa asked.

    "I've got Mr. Vince! For homeroom and history!"

    "Eew," she said as she inspected my schedule. "Bad way to start the day."

    Then I leaned over to see her schedule and saw that we only had one class together--drama, at the very end of the day. "No!" I cried again. "This is the worst schedule ever!"

    Our friends Dot and Holly joined us, and I found out that they had three classes the same as Marissa . . . and that all of them had some guy named Mr. Jefferson for history instead of Mr. Vince.

    "This is so unfair!"

    "Maybe you can get switched?" Marissa said.

    So I marched right up to the office. It wasn't just that I had only one class with Marissa, it was that I had only one class with Marissa and they'd stuck me with Mr. Vince.

    Mr. Vince!

    Let's just say that there was no way I would survive the year with Bad Mood Bob. And that's not just because he hates kids. He may teach history, but he and I have history. Last year he covered up a total sabotage of my softball team by one of his players so his team could play at the Sluggers' Cup. That may not seem like a big deal to you, but in Santa Martina, the Sluggers' Cup is huge, and since I was part of why his little shenanigans backfired, anywhere near him is now definitely enemy territory.

    So, yeah. As Grams would say, I had good grounds to demand a change. Trouble is, when I got to the office, I found out from the office lady that my counselor couldn't see me. "She's swamped, sweetie," Mrs. Tweeter said with a tisk. She leaned forward and whispered, "She's new this year, so have a little patience, all right?"

    "But she put me in Mr. Vince's class!"

    Her eyes did some rapid-fire blinking over the tops of her reading glasses, and I could tell she was remembering the Sluggers' Cup fiasco. "Oh my."


    She took a prim breath and a little step back. "Well, Mr. Vince is a professional, dear. And if you stay on your best behavior--"

    "No! This will never work!" I looked past her to the vice principal's office door. "Can I please see Mr. Caan? He'll straighten this out."

    "Hmm. I would see about that," she said, drawing out the words, "but Mr. Caan no longer works here."

    "He what? Wait. Why not?"

    "Didn't you read the August newsletter, dear? He's now principal at the high school. Mr. Foxmore is our new vice principal."

    "Mr. Caan is at the high school?"

    "That's right, dear." She gives me a cheery smile. "So you'll reunite with him next year."

    "Well, what about Dr. Morlock?" I ask. "Can I see him?"

    She looks at me like, You're kidding, right? because Dr. Morlock is a totally absentee principal. I only saw him about three times last year, but one of those was at the Sluggers' Cup tournament, so he knows about me and Mr. Vince.

    "He's not even here?"

    "He was, dear, but he had a meeting." She reaches to answer the ringing phone....

About the Author-

  • WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN was a classroom teacher for many years before becoming a full-time writer. The books in the Sammy Keyes mystery series have been embraced by critics and readers alike, with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief receiving the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best children’s mystery. Wendelin is also the author of many award-winning novels, including Flipped, The Running Dream, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Swear to Howdy, The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, and Wild Bird. You can find her online at WendelinVanDraanen.com and @WendelinVanD, and you can follow Sammy Keyes on Facebook.


  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2010

    Gr 3-6-These hefty, oversize editions of childhood classics include congenial paintings executed by Foreman in previous decades. The artwork is pleasant, but not really dominant here. Though inflated in size, the books employ a traditional layout of illustrated novels with thoughtful, sparing placement of pictures and uninterrupted flow of the original texts. Gentle, often humorous interpretations of characters and events appear in one full-page scene in most chapters; occasional small views and set pieces open and conclude chapters. With paintings that beautifully complement the enduring stories, these might be welcome new editions. Not visually lavish by today's standards, but still showy, they will serve as gift items or for reading aloud in some situations. Libraries with a particular interest in Foreman's work will definitely want them.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

    Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    December 15, 2010
    Grades 5-8 This is the thirteenth in Edgar winner Van Draanens long-legged series starring the gutsy heroine in high-top sneakers. This time out, Sammy gets a rough start to eighth grade when she finds that her archenemy, Heather, is in three of her classes and that she has to suffer the history and homeroom teacher from hell, Mr. Vince. The first day of class, someone has written Die Dude! on Mr. Vinces blackboard, and the threatsincluding a dead ratescalate from there. The chief suspect? Sammy herself. Sammys investigation, friendships, family life, and wiseacre narration make this another rollicking addition to the series.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2010, American Library Association.)

  • Kirkus Reviews "Van Draanen offers such an explosive combination of high-stakes sleuthing, hilarity, and breathlessly paced action that it's impossible to turn the pages fast enough."
  • Publishers Weekly "There's no stopping Sammy."
  • Booklist "An intelligent, gutsy, flawed, and utterly likable heroine."
  • Girls' Life "Move over, Nancy Drew--a new sleuth is on the scene."
  • School Library Journal "Think a combination of Carl Hiaasen's Flush and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books and you'll be right on target."
  • The Horn Book "A high-quality, high-amp mystery series."
  • Cozies, Capers, and Crimes "This funny, clever series is NOT for kids only. I challenge the most seasoned mystery reader to guess 'who done it.'"
  • Orlando Sentinel "Sammy Keyes comes armed with attitude."
  • Arizona Republic "Sammy doesn't find mysteries to solve--they find her."
  • Children's Literature "If you haven't met Sammy Keyes yet, now is the time."

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