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Published on August 28th, 2014 | by Julie McClement


The Sammy Keyes Series

Love mysteries? How about laughing? Then you’ll adore Sammy Keyes.

The Sammy Keyes book series is a series you definitely want to check out. Sammy’s a clever (and sarcastic) kid who stumbles onto evidence of crime everywhere she goes, from her middle school to Hollywood.  If you haven’t heard of her before, here’s some reasons why you should be reading her stories:

1. Sammy’s funny
Nobody talks quite like Sammy. She says that her friend “comes flying down the sidewalk like a cat trying to waterski.”


2. Her fights with Officer Borsch
In the early books, she doesn’t exactly get along with officer Borsch. To him, she’s “like a swig of sour milk that he can’t spit out.”


But unfortunately for Officer Borsch they’re always trying to solve the same cases, so they’re stuck together.

3. She’s smart.
Who can piece clues together better than Sammy? She’ll snoop, she’ll spy – and she’ll get things done.

4. The people she meets are really weird.
She meets a man pretending to be a superhero and a woman who earns herself the nickname “Psycho Kitty Queen.” If Sammy ever met someone normal, she’d probably die of shock.


5. She’s brave.
To solve her cases, Sammy has to get tough. She’ll tackle criminals and snoop in some of the scariest places imaginable.

6. She’s a good friend.
Sammy’s constantly dragging her friends into trouble. That’s why Sammy always finds a way to make it up to them.

7. She’ll take on the bullies.
Bully Heather Acosta is always plotting ways to make life tough for Sammy.

mean girls

Sammy always finds a way to save herself though.

8. Life at home is pretty stressful.
Sammy’s mom left for Hollywood and so Sammy’s living illegally in her grandmother’s apartment. If Sammy get’s caught, she’s toast.

9. Sometimes she wears disguises.

Ch 4 What I'm Hungry
It’s awesome.

10. She cares about justice.
Sammy cares about getting her cases solved. She wants to help people and she wants the bad guys to pay.

If you like Ruby Skye P.I. then check out Sammy Keyes!

Choice Quote: “So if she did jump, she would have taken him with her.” He looks all around, then drops his voice. “I think she was pushed.”

Some Books from  Wendelin van Draanen‘s Sammy Keyes Series

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man
Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City
Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye (the newest one that’s coming out soon!)

The Sammy Keyes series is published by Random House.


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About the Author

Julie McClement loves mysteries, but is glad she's never had to solve a real one. She will soon be graduating from Centennial College's Children's Entertainment: Writing, Management program.

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