Search Results: "Wendelin Van Draanen"


BOOK REVIEW

SAMMY KEYES AND THE KISS GOODBYE by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Fans may be better served by stopping with the penultimate installment, Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise (2013). (Mystery. 10-14)"
Sammy Keyes has helped to put countless bad guys away during her short sleuthing career. Now, one of those bad guys wants revenge in this 18th and final story. Read full book review >

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THE RUNNING DREAM by Wendelin Van Draanen
FICTION
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"A lively and lovely story. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A girl learns to run again in this inspirational story of recovery from a terrible accident and from insensitivity. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Sammy's hijinks and a surprisingly poignant ending make this a captivating addition to the series. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Sammy has a habit of uncovering mysteries and finding trouble. Read full book review >

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SAMMY KEYES AND THE KILLER CRUISE by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Van Draanen's latest tale combines a fresh adventure and diverting mystery with a heartfelt storyline that enriches the series. (Mystery. 10-14)"
A celebratory cruise leads to mischief and mystery for Sammy as she embarks upon a memorable journey. Read full book review >

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SAMMY KEYES AND THE SEARCH FOR SNAKE EYES by Wendelin Van Draanen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 14, 2002

The navel-ring generation's Nancy Drew gears up for another all-out dash into peril that begins at a video arcade in the mall, and almost ends in a boarded-up basement, looking down the barrel of a gun. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIFE OF LINCOLN JONES by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Readers will love Lincoln Jones. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Lincoln Jones has seen a lot in his time and is struggling to make sense of it all and still fit in in sixth grade. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 13, 2008

"A complex but not entirely satisfying examination of female empowerment and growing up, it's a good introduction for younger teens just starting to grapple with these weighty issues. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Is it possible to go on a kissing spree and emerge with your heart—and reputation—intact? Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Readers will be relieved when Holly finally finds a way to ask for help—and receives it. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Holly is a remarkably articulate 12-year-old runaway, orphaned by her mother's overdose and hardened by a series of unsuccessful placements in foster homes. Read full book review >

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FLIPPED by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It is, nevertheless, a highly agreeable romantic comedy tempered with the pointed lesson (demonstrated by the straining of Bryce's parents' marriage) that the 'choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
Proof that the course of pubescent love never runs smooth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2003

"Still, thoughtful readers will understand from Sammy's anguish, when she sees a work of art that had moved her profoundly destroyed by its larcenous owner, that there are moral felonies at least as wicked as the more conventional legal kind. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Shenanigans take a back seat to affairs of the heart in this teenaged Sherlock's eighth outing. Read full book review >

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SAMMY KEYES AND THE SKELETON MAN by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Sammy is as resourceful and tough as ever, and the breathless pace of this adventure will rivet readers from page one. (Fiction. 10-12)"
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. Read full book review >

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SAMMY KEYS AND THE HOLLYWOOD MUMMY by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Sammy's sixth high-energy whodunit keeps up the breathless pace of its predecessors, and by the end, Sammy has gone a long way toward forgiving Lana for deserting her. (Fiction. 11-13)"
With doughty sidekick Marissa in tow, resourceful, fast-talking Sammy sets out for Tinsel Town, to pay a surprise visit to her wayward, star-struck mother, Lana. Read full book review >