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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

by Wendelin Van Draanen

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This is one of my favorite middle grade mystery series, and I kinda think it doesn’t get talked about enough. I don’t know WHY, either, because they’re really good books. The writing: excellent. The characters: layered and complex and amazing. The mysteries: not super complicated, but still interesting and (y’know) mysterious.

What hit me the most during this reread is how much Sammy is like a tiny Veronica Mars. The book series came out before the TV show, and I am seriously wondering whether the writers of the show had read any of the Sammy Keyes books beforehand. Sammy’s sarcastic and clever and she doesn’t pull punches, and though the book series isn’t as dark and/or depressing as Veronica Mars sometimes got, it’s still got a lot of emotional maturity running throughout.

Read the rest of my review at my blog. ( )
  herebebooks | Jul 3, 2013 |
Sammy Keyes witnesses a man stealing from a hotel across the street from her Grandmother's apartment and, without thinking, waves to him. She then must track down the thief before he finds her and keeps her from talking. The Sammy Keyes series are all fun, quick reads geared towards tweens. A great "starter mystery" for middle school girls. ( )
  TheMadHatters | Apr 4, 2013 |
A great mystery with a great main character! I love Sammy Keyes. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Aug 17, 2011 |
The Sammy Keyes series is similar to the Nancy Drew series, in the fact that there is a teenage girl sleuth who solves a different mystery in each stand alone book in the series. Sammy Keyes is quirky, she lives secretly in her grandmother’s retirement community (because kids are not allowed), and wears Converse tennis shows. She is a feisty and modern Nancy Drew. This book is appealing to middle school girls. These books are fun and quick reads, nothing too deep, but fun mysteries none the less.

In Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, Sammy witnesses a robbery across the street and calls the police. However, the police don’t believe her, since she is just a kid, so it is up to her to solve the case. ( )
  lellis04 | Apr 18, 2011 |
Sammy Keyes has a knack for finding trouble. In this book, she becomes the police's prime suspect in a string of robberies after she witnesses one of them. She's got to solve the crimes on her own in order to keep from being a 7th grade parolee!
  A.Pilgrim | Apr 11, 2011 |
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Look out Harriet the Spy! Here comes Sammy Keyes, a resourceful, brave, too-curious-for-her-own-good young sleuth who gets into trouble with her grandmother's binoculars. Sammy was just killing time when she looked across the avenue with the binoculars. She certainly didn't imagine that she would see a thief in the act of stealing something from one of the rooms at the Heavenly Hotel. The worst part is that the thief saw Sammy spying! And what did "smart" Sammy do then? She waved at the thief! Now Sammy is in loads of trouble. Can she solve the mystery of the hotel thief before the thief finds her and before the police discover that she has been living illegally with her grandmother? (Oh, don't ask--it's just another stressful situation in this young detective's life.) Teens of all ages, shapes, and persuasions (especially reluctant readers) will adore Sammy and her crazy adventures. She is much more than a brilliant detective: Sammy Keyes, who is curious in all the right ways, is the sort of person you'd love to have as a friend.

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Thirteen-year-old Sammy's penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the "seedy" hotel across the street from the seniors' building where she is living with her grandmother.

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