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Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf
Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf
Playaway

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781606406441
Length:  5 Hr 00 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 3/30/2001
Grades: 4 – 7
Price:  $54.99
Sammy Keyes tries to help out a friend and ends up in a mystery that must be solved or she could lose her home in the book by Wendelin Van Draanen. A prize dog is missing and its owner, who blackmails most of the town, forces Sammy to find the dog. At the same time, Sammy must find out why a little girl keeps running away, discover what happened in her grandmother's nosy neighbor that turned her into a mean old woman, and find a way to get even with her school enemy, Heather. Even with this many subplots, the action moves clearly and swiftly, with each tying into the main lesson of the story forgiveness is as good for the forgiver as for the forgiven. This is the fourth adventure in the series, but stands well on its own. Sammy is a strong heroine who has a hard life. The narrator, actress Tara Sands, gives all the characters their own voices, and makes it seem like 13-year-old Sammy is telling the story. A good choice for libraries looking for mysteries for middle school girls.
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ISBN: 9781606406441
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Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes
Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes
Playaway

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781606406458
Length:  6 Hr 45 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 8/30/2003
Grades: 4 – 7
Price:  $64.99
Not normally a mall rat, young Sammy Keyes somehow finds herself at the video arcade with her best friend one day, blowing off steam before the big junior-high softball tournament. Naturally, fans of this plucky girl detective will not be at all surprised to learn that this innocent outing winds up putting Sammy in the middle of another big, messy, dangerous mystery. In spite of her best intentions, our sleuth is soon exploring the seamy underbelly of her hometown, confronting gang members, pursuing a man with "hatred for eyes, steel for a mouth," and trying to take care of an abandoned infant -- all while remaining undercover at her grandmother's adults-only apartment complex. Newcomers and veterans of the Sammy Keyes mystery series will immediately take to this not-so-hard-boiled seventh-grade detective and her funny yet issue-laden adventures.
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ISBN: 9781606406458
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Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy
Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy
Playaway

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781606406465
Length:  5 Hr 14 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 3/30/2001
Grades: 4 – 7
Price:  $59.99
Actress Tara Sands narrates this third adventure in the series by Wendelin Van Draanen. This time Sammy is serving detention at St. Mary's church where she find herself a suspect when Fr. Mayhew's gold cross is stolen from the safe. Intertwined around this main event are equally riveting ones: Sammy's relentless curiosity about Holly, who she notices while working at the Homeless Shelter; the junior high school rivalry between Sammy and Heather that escalates during baseball season; and the flamboyant manners of the Sisters of Mercy who descend upon St. Mary's. Sands retains the voices, evoking a continuity of images for the more familiar characters. Listeners can almost touch the soft, gray hair of Grams, with her gentle and caring voice, while Officer Borsch's gruff and gravely one epitomizes the image of an overweight, street-smart cop. Adding to her repertoire of voices, Sands stretches her abilities with more subtlety. Meeting the homeless girl Holly, Sands is able to give her a feral-like quality, yet inflict a vulnerability that tugs on listeners' heartstrings. With the Sisters of Mercy, she offers just the right amount of lightness in tone, and her renditions of their singing will make listeners laugh out loud. Sands' voice personifies the Sammy Keyes character, with all its adolescent love, anger, and humor. Listeners who love baseball will delight in this novel, as the playoffs for the championship highlight this story. Mystery fans will enjoy this 1999 Edgar Award winner for Best Children's Mystery.
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ISBN: 9781606406465
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Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man
Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man
Playaway

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781606406472
Length:  4 Hr 32 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 11/30/2000
Grades: 4 – 7
Price:  $54.99
While living a surreptitious life sneaking in and out of Gram's adults-only apartment complex, Sammy observes the unusual in the usual world. Halloween finds her and her friends mustering nerve to wend their way through dense shrubbery to the front door of scary Bush House to trick-or-treat when they are nearly knocked down by a "skeleton man" scurrying away with his loot in a pillow case. Sammy peers into the house to discover it's on fire, rescues its owner, and becomes embroiled in his family history. Her quick switches between adult intuitiveness and childish pranks are in keeping with a personality that neither thinks twice about rushing into a burning house nor about exposing the misdemeanors of a classmate via the school's public-address system. Only Sammy and a few other characters are developed to any extent. The nosy neighbor, the weak grandmother, and the cantankerous cops are examples of stereotyped adults. Sammy's classmates run the gamut of sweet and naive friends to snide and snotty enemies. However, readers will enjoy the mystery, hijinks, plotting, and adult comeuppance. Occasional black-and-white drawings illustrate the book. A fun read, particularly for fans of the previous book about this young sleuth.
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ISBN: 9781606406472
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Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things
Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things
Playaway

Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781616374044
Length:  7 Hr 11 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 5/31/2009
Grades: 4 – 7
Price:  $64.99
In the eleventh book in the always exciting series, Sammy Keyes finds herself in the wilderness helping eco-friendly Girl Scouts save the endangered condor. Leaving behind the city life of her grandma's senior complex and shopping malls, Sammy encounters scorpions, poison oak and biting flies, along with clues that help her uncover the culprit who shot the baby condor and kidnapped its mother. Once again, Sammy's story is a satisfying mix of adolescent issues and fascinating mystery that will thrill listeners.
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ISBN: 9781616374044
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