Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

Author(s): Wendelin Van Draanen


With this debut book of a new mystery series, Wendelin Van Draanenestablishes Samantha Keyes as a crime fighter to watch. Though, actually, thebook opens with Sammy watching...a crime in progress. And when the man with thewad of cash in one hand and the open purse in the other catches Sammy watchinghim, the chase is on--but is Sammy on the trail of the thief, or is he on hers?If the police don't believe Sammy's story about a thief with black gloves, black glasses, and a black beard, she isn't too surprised. Vice principal Caandidn't exactly believe her either when she explained that she couldn't possiblyhave broken Heather's nose. Well, Sammy's not putting up with this. Does shelook like a liar? She knows what she saw and how hard she can hit. And somehowshe's going to prove it.


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Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen's life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memories of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories. Growing up, Van Draanen was a tomboy who loved to be outside chasing down adventure. She did not decide that she wanted to be an author until she was an adult. When she tried her hand at writing a screenplay about a family tragedy, she found the process quite cathartic and from that experience, turned to writing novels for adults. She soon stumbled upon the joys of writing for children. Feedback from her readers is Van Draanen's greatest reward for writing. "One girl came up to me and told me I changed her life. It doesn't get any better than that," she said. Van Draanen hopes to leave her readers with a sense that they have the ability to steer their own destiny--that individuality is a strength, and that where there's a will, there's most certainly a way. Wendelin Van Draanen is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children's Mystery Book for "Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief" and lives with her husband and two sons in California. "From the Hardcover edition."

General Fields

  • : 9780679892649
  • : Alfred A. Knopf
  • : Alfred A. Knopf
  • : 0.138
  • : November 1999
  • : 195mm X 137mm X 14mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Wendelin Van Draanen
  • : Paperback
  • : 813.54
  • : 10-13
  • : 144
  • : illustrations