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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781606406427
Release Date: 11/30/2000
Grades: 4 - 7
Length:  4 Hr 00 Min 00 Sec
Price: $54.99
 
"The debut mystery that kicked off the popular series about a live-wire girl detective, this Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning story takes place in Sammy's neighborhood -- right across the street from her grandmother's apartment, in fact.While looking out the window with her grandma's binoculars, Sammy witnesses a crime across the street at the Heavenly Hotel. What's worse, the thief saw her spying! As Sammy attempts to find the burglar who has made several other hits in the neighborhood, she finds herself trying to keep him from uncovering her -- or worse, the police discovering that she's living illegally with her grandmother in the seniors-only housing! A modern-day Nancy Drew, the saucy, smart Sammy Keyes is a sleuth whose escapades entertain and inspire teens."
 
 
ISBN 13: 9781606406427

Price: $54.99

Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781606406434
Release Date: 07/31/2006
Grades: 4 - 7
Length:  7 Hr 00 Min 00 Sec
Price: $64.99
 
"Sammy's unreliable mother confesses that she lied about Sammy's age to get her into kindergarten, so Sammy will be turning 13-again! Tara Sands has an uncanny ability to slip into the voice of each character"-AudioFile
 
 
ISBN 13: 9781606406434

Price: $64.99

Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781606406441
Release Date: 03/30/2001
Grades: 4 - 7
Length:  5 Hr 00 Min 00 Sec
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.
 
 
ISBN 13: 9781606406441

Price: $54.99

Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781606406458
Release Date: 08/30/2003
Grades: 4 - 7
Length:  6 Hr 45 Min 00 Sec
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.
 
 
ISBN 13: 9781606406458

Price: $64.99

Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN 13: 9781606406465
Release Date: 03/30/2001
Grades: 4 - 7
Length:  5 Hr 14 Min 00 Sec
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.
 
 
ISBN 13: 9781606406465

Price: $59.99

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