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Wendelin Van Draanen was born on January 6, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of chemists who emigrated from Holland. She worked as a math teacher and then as a computer science teacher before becoming an author. Wendelin Van Draanen began her writing career with a screenplay and soon switched to adult novels and then children's books. She is best known for her Sammy Keyes series of novels, which she started writing in 1997, featuring a teenage detective named Samantha Keyes. Her popular Sammy Keyes series had been nominated four times for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children's Mystery and won with "Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief". Her Shredderman series also yielded a Christopher Medal for Secret Identity. She has also written several novels such as: How I Survived Being a Girl and Flipped. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Flipped 3,554 copies, 146 reviews
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief 934 copies, 23 reviews
The Running Dream 906 copies, 63 reviews
Shredderman: Secret Identity 592 copies, 19 reviews
Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man 469 copies, 8 reviews
Runaway 364 copies, 19 reviews
Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf 331 copies, 5 reviews
How I Survived Being a Girl 284 copies, 3 reviews
Swear to Howdy 237 copies, 11 reviews
Wild Bird 232 copies, 8 reviews

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