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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

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"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review

What Sammy should have done was put the binoculars down and call 911. What she does instead is tighten up the focus on her right eye to get a better look. There's something very familiar about this thief.

But when Sammy eventually spills her story to Officer Borsch, he doesn't believe her. He treats her like some snot-nosed little kid. Well, Sammy's not going to stand for that. She's a snot-nosed seventh grader now, and she knows what she saw. And somehow she's going to prove it.

The Sammy Keyes mysteries are fast-paced, funny, thoroughly modern, and true whodunits. Each mystery is exciting and dramatic, but it's the drama in Sammy's personal life that keeps readers coming back to see what happens next with her love interest Casey, her soap-star mother, and her mysterious father.

From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 04, 2000 – HYouthful-sounding actress Sands adroitly steps into the high-tops of smart-mouthed seventh-grade sleuth Samantha "Sammy" Keyes in this crisp adaptation of Van Draanen's fast-paced Edgar-winning mystery. Listeners are immediately swept into the story when Sammy relates that she's observed a crime while looking at the Heavenly Hotel through her grandmother's binoculars. Not only did she witness a man stealing money, the man saw her, too--and she waved at him. As the mystery behind the burglary unravels, and Sammy reveals details of her unusual home life (she lives illegally with her grandmother in a senior citizen's residence that doesn't allow children), Sands keeps listeners hooked, balancing shades of adolescent exasperation with exuberance and spunk. The story is further fleshed out with Sammy's misadventures at her new school, including a scuffle with a classroom nemesis and her attempts to keep two steps ahead of a nosy neighbor and an antagonistic police officer who could wreck everything. Young listeners are sure to embrace this solid entry in the Live Oak Mysteries series. Ages 10-up. FYI: The second Sammy Keyes title, Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man, also read by Sands, is being simultaneously released.

Customer Reviews


Loved that book so much but the middle was a little slow but still it was a good book I recommend the book to anybody.


This book is great it has some twist and turns.

Great book

Best book ever

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Mystery
  • Published: Apr 14, 1998
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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