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Christina's Ghost
Author: Betty Ren Wright   Narrator: Carol Jordan Stewart
ISBN: 9781606406366
Length:  2 Hr 02 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 04/30/2009
Grades: 3 - 6
Price: $34.99
In this adroitly woven tale of suspense and the supernatural, Christina and her Uncle Ralph forge a reluctant but touching relationship when the young girl spends the summer in his isolated Victorian mansion. The two come together on a ghost hunt that may be linked to murders that took place in the house 30 years earlier.

Dollhouse Murders
Author: Betty Ren Wright   Narrator: Carol Jordan Stewart
ISBN: 9781606406373
Length:  3 Hr 55 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 04/30/2006
Grades: 4 - 7
Price: $34.99
The attic is always a great place to look for nuggets of one's family history, but when 12-year-old Amy explores her great-grandparents' attic, she uncovers clues to a chilling family secret.

Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN: 9781606406380
Length:  6 Hr 15 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 11/30/2001
Grades: 4 - 7
Price: $59.99
"In this fifth Sammy Keyes mystery, the normally unflappable heroine encounters a corpse, an arsonist, and an irate policeman -- and her first real experiences with adolescent angst. On a quiet weekend in the country, Sammy and her friends meet Lucinda Huntley and her 200-pound pig, and become involved in a centuries old family feud involving Lucinda's great grandma Moustache Mary. When Mary's pioneer cabin burns to the ground, it's up to Sammy to dig up the cause as the past collides with the present in this highly combustible mystery!"

Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN: 9781606406397
Length:  7 Hr 06 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 07/31/2006
Grades: 4 - 7
Price: $64.99
Irrepressible Sammy Keyes, girl detective, returns to charm young mystery fans in the tenth book in the series by Wendelin Van Draanen. Sammy, who is completing seventh grade, is horrified when a teacher's beloved bird dies. Although Sammy is responsible, the teacher blames her rival, Heather. Sammy sees Heather steal ballots for the Class Personalities election, so she allows Heather to take the fall -- for awhile anyway. Everyone at school is chattering about the school dance and Sammy is dismayed when Casey, Heather's brother, invites her to go with a group of friends as a "non-date" date. Along the way, Sammy gets distracted by a problem concerning urban renewal and begins snooping.

Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN: 9781606406403
Length:  7 Hr 10 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 06/30/2004
Grades: 4 - 7
Price: $64.99
Sammy Keyes, girl sleuth extraordinaire, cracks the case once again in the latest installment of Wendelin Van Draanen's smart, snappy mystery series. 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.

Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN: 9781606406410
Length:  6 Hr 45 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 11/30/2001
Grades: 4 - 7
Price: $64.99
The sixth Sammy Keyes book is one of the most exciting yet, as Sammy and her friend Marissa decide to blow town and take a bus to the seedy, insane town of Hollywood to surprise (and shake some sense into) Sammy's mother, the elusive Lady Lana. When they arrive, they discover that she's transformed herself into the glamorous, platinum-blonde, "25-year-old" actress Dominique Windsor, who certainly could never have spawned a 12-year-old --let alone a scruffy, no-nonsense girl like Sammy. The plot thickens, however, as Lady Lana's masquerade backfires in the most dreadful of ways and Sammy is left to save the day and solve the biggest mystery of her life.

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN: 9781606406427
Length:  4 Hr 00 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 11/30/2000
Grades: 4 - 7
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."

Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN: 9781606406434
Length:  7 Hr 00 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 07/31/2006
Grades: 4 - 7
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

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

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

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

Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Tara Sands
ISBN: 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.

Shredderman: Attack of the Tagger
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Illustrator: Brian Biggs   Narrator: Daniel Young
ISBN: 9781606406489
Length:  1 Hr 55 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 11/30/2008
Grades: 3 - 6
Price: $34.99
Fifth grader Nolan Byrd, otherwise known as the cyber-superhero Shredderman, is at it again. In Wendelin Van Draanen's sequel to Secret Identity, someone is spray painting the town with "dumb baby" faces and Nolan is determined to unmask the culprit. Armed with a digital camera, his bike, and his smarts, Shredderman comes up with a plan to end the Tagger's tricks. Eleven-year-old Daniel Young does an excellent job of bringing Nolan and all of his quirks to life, and provides a unique voice for each character. Listeners will be cheering for more truth, justice, and Shredderman!

Shredderman: Enemy Spy
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen   Narrator: Daniel Young
ISBN: 9781606406496
Length:  2 Hr 10 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 12/31/2008
Grades: 3 - 6
Price: $34.99
The big mystery in this fourth book in the series is "who is Shredderman"? As national media pressure mounts to reveal his identity, Nolan stumbles across a real spy ring, which leads to the arrests of his parents and favorite teacher. Will Nolan's quest for truth and justice mean losing his secret identity?

Shredderman: Meet the Gecko
ISBN: 9781606406502
Length:  2 Hr 02 Min 00 Sec
Release Date: 12/31/2007
Grades: 3 - 6
Price: $34.99
This is the third entry in the Shredderman series, which features short chapters and lighthearted, fast-moving stories, starring Nolan Byrd, cyber-hero. When his favorite television superhero, The Gecko, comes to town, Nolan not only befriends the star but helps him expose a sleazy tabloid reporter known as the Mole.

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