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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.


Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception marks the eighth title about the spunky detective. To fulfill an assignment, the sleuth attends an art opening. When a bandit crashes the event and yanks paintings from the wall, Sammy attacks. But the real detective work begins when Sammy seeks the truth about a so-called painter. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Gr 5-8-In this eighth novel featuring the feisty seventh grader, Sammy's art teacher encourages her students to visit local galleries and while attending an opening reception, the young sleuth foils an attempted robbery. Intrigued by the work, she interviews Diane Reijden to learn more about being an artist, and to try and figure out why her paintings were the object of the thief. Unfortunately, Sammy is not the only one intrigued by Diane. Her good friend, 72-year-old Hudson, is entranced, much to the distress of Sammy's grandmother. There are dead ends and red herrings before the protagonist figures it all out, this time with the help of her grandmother, who turns out to be just as bold, fearless, and gutsy as her granddaughter. Lively, with nonstop action, this novel will be enjoyed by longtime fans of the detective and by those who are meeting her for the first time. Subplots involve Sammy's budding romance with eighth-grader Casey (brother of her arch-rival Heather), and her gradual realization that her grandmother is a separate person with her own emotions and complications.-Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Praise for the Sammy Keyes series:

"Van Draanen offers such an explosive combination of high-stakes sleuthing, hilarity, and breathlessly paced action that it's impossible to turn the pages fast enough." -Kirkus Reviews

"There's no stopping Sammy."-Publishers Weekly

"An intelligent, gutsy, flawed, and utterly likable heroine."-Booklist

"Move over, Nancy Drew-a new sleuth is on the scene."-Girls' Life

"Think a combination of Carl Hiaasen's Flush and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books and you'll be right on target." -School Library Journal

"A high-quality, high-amp mystery series." -The Horn Book

"This funny, clever series is NOT for kids only. I challenge the most seasoned mystery reader to guess 'who done it.'" -Cozies, Capers, and Crimes

"Sammy Keyes comes armed with attitude." -Orlando Sentinel

"Sammy doesn't find mysteries to solve-they find her." -Arizona Republic

"Humor, romance and adventure; this story is an absolute blast." -Chicago Tribune

"If you haven't met Sammy Keyes yet, now is the time." -Children's Literature

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