With this debut book of a new mystery series, Wendelin Van Draanenestablishes Samantha Keyes as a crime fighter to watch. Though, actually, thebook opens with Sammy watching…a crime in progress. And when the man with thewad of cash in one hand and the open purse in the other catches Sammy watchinghim, the chase is on–but is Sammy on the trail of the thief, or is he on hers?If the police don’t believe Sammy’s story about a thief with black gloves, black glasses, and a black beard, she isn’t too surprised. Vice principal Caandidn’t exactly believe her either when she explained that she couldn’t possiblyhave broken Heather’s nose. Well, Sammy’s not putting up with this. Does shelook like a liar? She knows what she saw and how hard she can hit. And somehowshe’s going to prove it.
WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN was a classroom teacher for many years before becoming a full-time writer. The books in the Sammy Keyes mystery series have been embraced by critics and readers alike, with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief receiving the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best children’s mystery. Wendelin is also the author of many award-winning novels, including Flipped, The Running Dream, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Swear to Howdy, The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, and Wild Bird. You can find her online at WendelinVanDraanen.com and @WendelinVanD, and you can follow Sammy Keyes on Facebook.
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