Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes by Wendelin Van Draanen

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"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review

Sammy's softball team is in contention for the Junior Slugger's Cup, and all she wants to do is hunker down behind the home plate and catch strikes. But Heather Acosta brings new meaning to the term "foul ball" as she schemes to get Sammy kicked off the team.

Then Sammy is thrown a wild pitch by a frantic girl at the mall. The girl asks Sammy to watch her bag and dashes off before Sammy discovers that the bag she's left holding contains a baby! When the girl doesn't return, Sammy decides to go find her. A heart-pounding search ensues, and leads to some situations that are definitely not covered in the softball playbook.

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.


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About Wendelin Van Draanen

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WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN was a teacher for many years before turning to writing full-time. Her first Sammy Keyes mystery, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. She lives in Central California with her husband and two sons.
 
Published December 24, 2008 by Yearling. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The navel-ring generation's Nancy Drew gears up for another all-out dash into peril that begins at a video arcade in the mall, and almost ends in a boarded-up basement, looking down the barrel of a gun.

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The intrepid detective lays her life on the line when she hunts down her latest suspect, a reptilian-looking fellow, in Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes, the seventh in the series by Wende

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In the seventh addition to the popular Sammy Keyes series, the intrepid detective lays her life on the line when she hunts down her latest suspect, a reptilian-looking fellow. Ages 10-up. <EMPHAS

Mar 31 2003 | Read Full Review of Sammy Keyes and the Search fo...

KidsReads

Sammy doesn't care much for playing games, but Marissa is a whiz at the games and Sammy tolerates it because she wants to hang out with her friend and talk.

May 28 2002 | Read Full Review of Sammy Keyes and the Search fo...

Chron

Sammy does for softball what Harriet the Spy did for journal writing.

Oct 10 2002 | Read Full Review of Sammy Keyes and the Search fo...

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