Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen

Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen

By Wendelin Van Draanen

Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780440419105, 293pp.

Publication Date: April 11, 2006

"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew )"" Midwest Children's Book Revie"w
It's Sammy's birthday, which should be a good thing, except that Dorito, Sammy's cat, is missing, and while Sammy's searching for him, she finds three dead cats in dumpsters around town. Worse still, Miss Kitty, a psycho cat lady, blames Sammy when it turns out one of the dead cats belonged to her. As if Sammy didn't have enough on her hands investigating these furry felonies, her mother has a confession to make: she lied about Sammy's age so she could start her in school a year early. So surprise Sammy isn't turning 14 at all, she's going to be unlucky 13 for another whole year.
Better luck next year, Sammy. . . .
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 coming back to see what happens next with her love interest Casey, her soap-star mother, and her mysterious father.

About the Author
Author Bio
Wendelin Van Draanen is a high school computer science instructor. She lives with her husband and two children in Santa Maria, CA.