SAMMY KEYES AND THE SKELETON MAN by Wendelin Van Draanen

SAMMY KEYES AND THE SKELETON MAN

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The live-wire young sleuth who debuted in Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief (p. 502) catapults into another headlong caper after scotching a murder attempt on Halloween. Nerving themselves to approach a spooky house while out trick-or-treating, Sammy and her friends find the door open, a fire set on the floor and reclusive old Chauncey LeBard tied to a chair. A robbery, it seems—but what’s missing? Books, as it turns out: a collection of high-spot first editions. Being incurably nosy, Sammy commences to pry with a will, meanwhile countering hateful classmate Heather’s latest sly attempt at character assassination by setting up a devastating public denouement. As readers of the first book know, it’s not as if Sammy’s life isn’t already complicated; she lives illegally with her grandmother in modest seniors-only housing while her mother is pursuing Hollywood dreams, has to fend off a suspicious neighbor, and keep up with her schoolwork in the face of multiple distractions. Artfully throwing in clues, red herrings, and well-timed revelations, Van Draanen keeps her heroine on the hop, surrounding her with typecast age mates but distinctly drawn, individual adults, most of whom were introduced in the previous book. Sammy is as resourceful and tough as ever, and the breathless pace of this adventure will rivet readers from page one. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-679-88850-0
Page count: 180pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1998




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