"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review
Sammy was working off some junior high detention time by helping out at St. Mary's, but now she's the prime suspect in a robbery! The more she pokes around searching for the real culprit, the more amazed Sammy is by all the gossip and petty jealousies bubbling beneath the church's serene surface. This is just like junior high!
Caught up in the mystery are a homeless girl in hightops, a trio of singing nuns, two angry Sisters, and one bumbling Brother. With a crazy cast like this, it's not easy to tell the saints from the sinners. . . .
The Sammy Keyes mysteries are fast-paced, funny, thoroughly modern, and true whodunits. Each mystery is exciting and dramatic, but it's the drama in Sammy's personal life that keeps readers coming back to see what happens next with her love interest Casey, her soap-star mother, and her mysterious father.
"Artfully throwing in clues, red herrings, and well-timed revelations, Van Draanen keeps her heroine on the hop--Sammy is as resourceful as ever, and the breathless pace of this adventure will rivet readers from page one."--Kirkus Reviews
"She's feisty, fearless, and funny. A top-notch investigator!"--Sue Grafton
"The kind [of mystery] you want to gobble up quickly--and in quantities. Samantha Keyes is one tough, smart, resourceful seventh grader."--The Horn Book