The hottest sleuth to appear in children's books since Nancy Drew (The Boston Globe) is back Don t miss the third book in the series that's been described as a combination of Carl Hiaasen's Flush and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books (School Library Journal) and hailed as nonstop whodunits (Kirkus Reviews)
I was supposed to be in church to get myself out of trouble. But then Father Mayhew discovers that something's just been stolen. And the only people in the church are him and me. 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 high-tops, 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. . . . Praise for the Sammy Keyes series: If Kinsey Millhone ever hires a junior partner, Sammy Keyes will be the first candidate on the list. She's feisty, fearless, and funny. A top-notch investigator New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton Sammy is smart-mouthed and hard-hitting . . . the sleuth delights from start to finish. Keep your binoculars trained on Sammy Keyes. Publishers Weekly The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew ) Midwest Children's Book Review
About the Author
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, and The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones. You can find her online at WendelinVanDraanen.com and @WendelinVanD, and you can follow Sammy Keyes on Facebook."
"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