Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief. NY: Dell Yearling, c1998.
After noticing the popularity of The Running Dream by this author, I found that she had written a series of mystery books starring a 7th grade girl named Sammy Keyes. This is the first book in the series but they continue on until the final book published in September of 2014 titled Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye.
Sammy is spunky, lively, curious and thoughtful, though she does have the habit of leaping into adventures before she thinks. Sammy's life is not like a normal junior high kid. She lives with her grandmother, and that in itself is part of her story. To combat boredom, she begins using her Grandmother's binoculars to look around the neighborhood (let's not use the word SPY), and something she sees begins her first adventure. Sammy and her best friend Marissa get involved in solving the mystery and even though observant Sammy tries to get help from the police, the officer thinks she's just a snot-nosed kid looking for attention. If you like mysteries, you'll like these books, and you will laugh at Sammy's funny observations and scrapes.
Recommended for junior high. Review by Mrs. Belknap