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Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception

by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Sammy visits an art gallery exhibition opening hoping to do an artist interview for her art class but a burglary interrupts the event and Sammy finds herself caught up in the mystery of whodunnit, what kind of people the artists Diane and Tess are, and what's so compelling about Diane's painting "Whispers."
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Seventh-grade sleuth Sammy Keyes investigates mysterious happenings at a local art gallery.
  lkmuir | Dec 7, 2015 |
such a fun book i love it i would diffinetly read it again. i often crave reading another but i already read the whol series and im trying to read different books ( )
  liga1996 | Feb 1, 2011 |
I've been meaning to pick up one of these books forever (those be some catchy covers), but never really got to it. Sammy Keyes is a rather appealing snazzy-speaking tween protagonist: skateboarding, making box-mac-and-cheese-and-salsa, and of course, being a nosy mystery-uncover-er. It's all in the mold of some noir mystery but modern with relatable struggles for Sammy (incomprehensibleness of teachers, absentee mom, secretly living with grandma to not violate senior-living-only arrangement, first crush) handled deftly. And I always think feminism is a winner.

Really, I enjoyed a visit her stylized (but still believable) and rich world, populated by a cast of colorful supporting characters. And particularly the snappy dialogue. But I think the book suffers a bit from what I'll call 'series-itus'. Status quo is god, and ultimately, I'm not sure a whole lot of actually happens to the characters- not of any lasting importance anyway. A bigger problem is probably that the central mystery is a dud, although it allows some nice contemplation of the subjectivity of art.

Will I read another Sammy Keyes mystery? Probably not, but it wasn't a bad way to spend a hour. ( )
  kaionvin | Feb 14, 2010 |
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Dedicated to my darling sister Nanine--may your artistic talents continue to blossom!

A chromatic palette of thanks to my excellent editor, Nancy Siscoe, and my ever-creative husband, Mark Parsons. Also, thanks to the mysterious H. Bizot, whose paintings continue to inspire.
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Sammy Keyes, girl sleuth extraordinaire, cracks the case once again in the latest installment of Wendelin Van Draanen's smart, snappy mystery series for readers ages 11 and older. This time, the trouble begins when 13-year-old Sammy ("a magnet for mayhem") attends a fancy reception at an art gallery (wearing high-tops, of course) and ends up tackling a gun-wielding art burglar who crashes the party. He, however, proves to be only one of an entire gallery of rogues. As ever, Van Draanen crafts an entertaining, multi-layered page-turner starring a brash, likable heroine with a big mouth and a big heart. Throw in a little romance at a Renaissance Faire, a whole new side to Sammy's grandmother (what's this about a tricked-out Harley?), and some thoughtful views on the nature of art, and voila! you have one of the best Sammy Keyes books to date. (Ages 11 and older) --Karin Snelson

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