Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

By Wendelin Van Draanen

Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780679892649, 176pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 1998

Description
The hottest sleuth to appear in children's books since Nancy Drew (The Boston Globe) is back Don t miss the first book in the series that's been described as a combination of Carl Hiaasen's Flush and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books (School Library Journal) and hailed as nonstop whodunits (Kirkus Reviews)

Grams told me my binoculars were going to get me into trouble. I just didn t believe her. Until I saw a man stealing money from a hotel room across the street and he saw me.
What Sammy should have done was put down the binoculars and call 911. What she does instead is tighten up the focus to get a better look. There's something really familiar about this crook. And then in a quintessential Sammy move she waves.
Thus begins the inadvertent sleuthing career of a regular kid, just trying to make it through junior high. Sammy doesn t go looking for trouble, but it finds her with frequently hilarious results.
Praise for the Sammy Keyes series:
If Kinsey Millhone ever hires a junior partner, Sammy Keyes will be the first candidate on the list. She's feisty, fearless, and funny. A top-notch investigator New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton
Sammy is smart-mouthed and hard-hitting . . . the sleuth delights from start to finish. Keep your binoculars trained on Sammy Keyes. Publishers Weekly
The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew ) Midwest Children's Book Review


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, and The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones. You can find her online at WendelinVanDraanen.com and @WendelinVanD, and you can follow Sammy Keyes on Facebook."