Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway

Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway

By Wendelin Van Draanen

Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780440419112, 277pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2007

"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew )""--Midwest Children's Book Revie"w
The bad news: Sammy's made a deadly mistake.
The good news: No one knows she did it.
The delicious dilemma: Everyone thinks her archenemy "Heather" is to blame.
Now Heather is in a major jam, and in some ways it's only fair--Heather has pinned more than a few crimes on Sammy. Besides, there are distractions galore to keep Sammy from confessing. Like the end of the school year. And the Farewell Dance. Especially the dance, since she's going with Heather's (dreamy) brother Casey. But Sammy knows the truth has an uncanny way of resurfacing, and when it does, the stench can be more vile than the junior high cafeteria.
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.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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.

Praise For Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway

"Middle-grade readers will relish the gory, scary details of caring for big cats. . . . Solid book bait."—Kirkus Reviews

"This fast-moving read offers suspense, adventure, and a sympathetic protagonist."—Booklist