Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City

Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit Take that Nancy Drew Midwest Children s Book ReviewIn this pivotal book in the Sammy Keyes series Sammy tackles the persistent mysteries of her own

  • Title: Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City
  • Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
  • ISBN: 9780375970535
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit Take that, Nancy Drew Midwest Children s Book ReviewIn this pivotal book in the Sammy Keyes series, Sammy tackles the persistent mysteries of her own life Mysteries like Who is her father And why has her mother kept it such a secret How long can she manage to hide out in Grams seniors only building before someo The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit Take that, Nancy Drew Midwest Children s Book ReviewIn this pivotal book in the Sammy Keyes series, Sammy tackles the persistent mysteries of her own life Mysteries like Who is her father And why has her mother kept it such a secret How long can she manage to hide out in Grams seniors only building before someone catches on Is her mother really planning to marry her boyfriend s father Ew And why, why is Heather Acosta so nasty During one crazy weekend in Las Vegas, with the help of an entire army of Elvis impersonators, Sammy finally gets some answers But of course knowledge comes at a price and solving the mysteries of her own life will cost Sammy than she ever meant to pay 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    • Wendelin Van Draanen

      Wendelin Van Draanen has written than thirty novels for young readers and teens She is the author of the 18 book Edgar winning Sammy Keyes series, and wrote Flipped which was named a Top 100 Children s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, and became a Warner Brothers feature film with Rob Reiner directing Her novel The Running Dream was awarded ALA s Schneider Family Award for its portrayal of the disability experience.Van Draanen is also the author of two short chapter book series The Gecko Sticky books, are fun read alouds, perfect for reluctant readers, and the Shredderman books featuring a boy who deals with a bully received the Christopher Award for affirming the highest values of the human spirit and became a Nickelodeon made for TV movie.Van Draanen was a classroom teacher for fifteen years She and her husband reside in California and have two sons.

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    • Yes, I am still reading books that can be found in the children's section of the library as a senior in college. But it is a testament to the wonderful characters Van Draanen has created that I can't help myself from running to the library when I find out there's a book in this series I've been reading since the 6th grade that I haven't read yet. I love Sammy's character, and I loved how much she "discovered herself" in this installment. She not only found out the long-awaited identity of her fa [...]

    • Sammy gets braver and more daring with every book. This time she gets on a plane for Las Vegas without a plan and without a place to stay, in pursuit of her mother, who may be about to marry Sammy's boyfriend's father. (Sammy and her boyfriend happened WAY before the whole parents-dating thing, which is icky and uncomfortable, but at least not pseudo-incestuous.) She actually joins forces with her evil nemesis Heather Acosta, daughter of the putative groom, as they track their respective parents [...]

    • Light spoilers ahead.I've spent 7 (8?) years with this book series. I have long since past the target age group for this series, but I vowed years ago that I would see it through to the end.The end is near.This is book 16 in an 18 book series.I will save my weepy, nostalgic, wordy, loooooooonnnnnnnnngggggggggggg review for when I finally reach the end of those final pages.Until then, know that THIS book is the one we've all been waiting for.The gamechanger.It is the one where all the series' maj [...]

    • Guess what!!!! I know who Sammy's dad is now!! BWA HA HA HA!!!!This particular installment of the Sammy Keyes series isn't exactly a mystery like all the other ones. Instead, it focuses on the characters in Sammy's life and brings to light a lot of the things that people have been hiding from her. And it still has an exciting plot, of course.It's really good, and it's not to be missed if you are a follower of the saga of Sammy.

    • This book was by far my favorite book in the series. It was not like the typical Sammy Keyes story line, but that didn't mean it wasn't amazing. I can tell this series is coming to a close as Wendelin Van Draanen begins to tie up loose ends. Five stars!

    • Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City is the sixteenth book of a eighteen book series. I really enjoyed reading this part of Sammy’s life! This book is relatable to me because it takes place in Las Vegas! Over the summer I went to Vegas so I really could picture what was going on in the book! Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City is a mystery fiction book. This is a genre that I haven't explored to much. Usually I tend to stick with humor fiction so this book was very refreshing. Sammy l [...]

    • Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City by Wendelin Van Draanen is by far the best book out the series! I recommend this book to everyone because it's so interesting and mysterious! One of Sammy's major setbacks is when she figures out her mom may be marrying her boyfriend's dad. WHAT KIND OF MOTHER IS THAT?!?! Sammy actually sneaks a ride to the airport and hitches the plane to Las Vegas. She went with Marissa and her mom and not long after, she was working with her archenemy, Heather Acosta a [...]

    • Ok, I really liked this book. It was very engaging, and you never knew quite what was going to happen next. There were flights, armies of Elvis's, several hotel rooms, skateboards, fast driving, and loud concerts. Several different threads were all wrapped up in the same story. There was also a lot of humor in this book, making it very fun to read.Heather and Sammy arewell, not quite Heather and Sammy. There's Candy. And Marissa and her mom. Elvis. Lady Lana. Warren. Hudson. Rita. A full cast of [...]

    • I'm sad to say this is the first ever one star a Sammy Keyes book has received from me, but this book dealt so much with everyone's personal problems that it was just too much. One or two problems I can sympathize, but after five or six it's boring.Apparently many Sammy Keyes fans have known that this was the book that would reveal Sammy's father for a long time now, but I'm disappointed.For one, I truly didn't care who Sammy's father was. Sammy's life has been fine without her father. She never [...]

    • Who do you really think is that most famous singer and one of Sammy's favorite pop stars? The genre of this book is a mystery with lots of twists and turns that lead to one of my favorite endings ever.Sammy lives in a small town in her Grandmas house which is an elders home so she isnt supposed to live there. if someone finds out that Sammy lives there, Sammy and her grandmother could get kicked out forever, but Sammy still lives there. Sammy wants to go and see her mom in Sin city but she gets [...]

    • I liked the revelations about Sammy's mother that helped me to better understand Sammy's situation in earlier books, and the revelation about her father's identity. I've only read one of the earlier books, and find Sammy's spunky, adventuresome, and bold character is refreshing. Sammy's insights into her own behavior in this book, in contrast to her tendency to speak and act without thinking many times, make this story a humorous and intriguing read. Re-read or review it in your mind and you'll [...]

    • Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City - Wendelin Van Draanen5. Like Water in a DesertI would describe the author who wrote this book as a very captivating and interesting author because the tone used throughout the book never felt negative but instead the opposite. The mood I felt reading the book was intrigue and anticipation because the authors' tone affected my mood towards the book and what she felt writing the book. Her viewpoint is clear to see, as she writes her books just to entertain [...]

    • Sammy Keyes has solved a lot of mysteries over the last couple of years, but she just can't seem to crack the only one that really matters to her: the one involving who her father is, why he hasn't been in her life at all, ever, & just what the heck her mother has been thinking, well, most of her life. However, all that is about to change when she hears some devastating news from her longtime archnemesis, the evil Heather Acosta: Sammy's mom, who has been dating Heather's (& also her boy [...]

    • Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City was an excellent book and is probably one of the best I've read so far in the series because of the immense mystery behind someone's identity that really help prove the reason why the reader should pick up this book. I couldn't stop reading because the author (Wendelin Van Draanen) drags the events on and doesn't give away any important details until the end. The author did pretty well on using strong dialogues to depict the suspense. For instance, "All o [...]

    • This is the Sammy Keyes book that answers many of the questions about Sammy's life. This was a fantastic book! Sammy is a personality to be reckoned with. She's smart, sassy, and oblivious (mostly) to what others say about her. She is 13, lives secretly with her grandmother in a senior high rise apartment where they both would be kicked out if anyone found out. She has few possessions and dresses in thrift store jeans and ragged high tops. Did I say that she solves mysteries? She has a boyfriend [...]

    • I have grown to love Sammy Keyes like a dear old friend. This has been the case ever since I accidentally stumbled upon book number 15 in the series, read it, and actually found it supremely enjoyable to read. The story was well-paced, crackled with sharp dialogue, and followed a twisty plot-line. Most of all I was intrigued with the compelling and very realistic characters in the story. Needing more detail And hungry for more I went back and read ALL of the books in the series. They are by far [...]

    • Goodness gracious me! I have never been so excited for a book! This is the book I've been waiting for my entire life! Well, since I first read the first book.First of all, I must applaud Wendelin Van Draanen; as much as I was excited for this day to finally come, I was kind of worried that it would be ruined by Sammy's dad not living up to my expectations or the announcement being done in a really bad way. So I apologise and applaud you Van Draanen!This book sure as heck made Psychology revision [...]

    • This is the first book I have read from the Sammy Keyes series. Sammy is thirteen in this book. I would recommend it to kids in 5th grade through 8th grade. I consider it to be realistic fiction with some humor and a mystery to solve. It is about friendships and family relationships and touches on real-life issues like step-family dynamics, a gambling addiction, and bullying, but with a light touch. Sammy is a strong female protagonist who tackles her own problems, which makes this a good book t [...]

    • I love Sammy Keyes! I think one of the reasons I love reading these books is that Sammy is so brave, so confident, and so completely willing to face what seem like impossible challenges. The crazy things she does are nothing like my own personality, so it's fun to read about.I have been waiting for the things that happened in this book for a looooong time! Sammy and Heather teaming up? I always thought that would happen and Van Draanen did it just right! And Sammy finally met her Dad, hooray! Th [...]

    • This book was so much fun. A wild, energetic ride from start to finish; I finished it in one sitting. And there's barely a mystery in it!The Sammy Keyes series has always had these big, overarching questions and issues Sammy deals with each time around. Why does Heather hate her so much and how can she deal with such a bully? Who is Sammy's dad? How long can Sammy keep hiding out in Grams's seniors-only apartment? Finally, this book answers all these questions and more, and thankfully in a satis [...]

    • I read an ARC of the sixteenth book in the Sammy Keyes series. Sammy is on a quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding her own life in this nonstop adventure. Van Draanen gives her readers an action-packed, emotional story that brings resolution to many of the unanswered questions concerning Sammy's relationships with the major players in her life. Once again, the author mixes humor, drama, and suspense to weave an unforgettable story that will delight devoted Sammy Keyes fans and capture first [...]


    • I haven't read Sammy in a loooong time but reading this has made me reach for the next in the series. Always a good indicator of the quality of a book!While I think her age is a little young to be doing these things, Sammy is a great spunky girl with heart as I'm sure Grams would say the same. Sammy has definitely grown up in this book by showing compassion and reaching for an understanding while struggling with her own abandonment. While the author does touch on this she doesn't stay for long. [...]

    • When Sammy Keyes finds out her mother plans to get married (to Heather’s dad of all people!) she takes off on her own to Las Vegas to stop the wedding. But with no idea where or when the wedding is supposed to happen, Sammy has to align herself with her mortal enemy, Heather. Can the two of them (and Heather’s mom) find the happy couple in time to really mess up their special day? Episode #16, and I’m not tired of Sammy yet. Fast moving, funny, and stands alone. Van Draanen catches you up [...]

    • Van Draanen hits another bulls-eye with Showdown! Fast-paced, excellent characterizations; as always, a fun read with Sammy! A tad unbelievable? Sure, but it's fun fiction, not a treatise on modern life as a teen. I enjoyed the psychological analysis (from both Candy and Sammy) of Heather; her behavior FINALLY (as intended) made sense to me!If you haven't read the entire series, do so! If you know a girl 10 or older who loves to read, I MOST HIGHLY RECOMMEND these; incredibly superior to Nancy D [...]

    • Love it! However, this isn't the mystery of the month pattern of the series up until now. Instead, just about all of the slowly building character arcs come to a head--Sammy and her mom, especially Sammy and Heather, ANDSammy finds out who her father is. The only mysteries are about Sammy's life, so it's more of a teen discovery book than a mystery. It wouldn't work at all as a first book of a series. But at this point, for me, a reader who loves Sammy as a character and her whole world, it was [...]

    • I may not be the intended age group for the Sammy Keyes series, but I love them! Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City is the latest story about Sammy and her friends. Showdown in Sin City was a big one--a lot happens in Sammy's life. Sammy travels to Las Vegas and with the help of friends, enemies, and Elvis impersonators she tries to track down her mother before she elopes! Of course, not everything is as it seems. This was a great novel, and we got to learn more about Sammy and her friend' [...]

    • I had never heard of this series before and frankly, I can't figure out why not. The writing was good, the characters very true to life (well, slightly exaggerated in times in that middle-school kind of way, but hardly unexpected for a book aimed at middle-school ages readers) and Van Draanen is really good at the emotional stuff, which is exactly what's needed in a story about a thirteen year old finding out about her father.

    • Now THIS is my favorite book in the series thus far! I LOVED it. Loved it. The things that happen, the interaction between Sammy and Heather and we find out who Sammy's father is! I did NOT see that one coming.A lot of pretty incredible stuff happens in this book and it's not wholly believable, but somewhat believable. Ha ha! Interesting and I couldn't help smiling at the end! Only two more books in the series (unless Wendelin is currently working on another!).

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