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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Morgan Brickey
Sammy Keyes cannot keep away from mysterious happenings—even aboard a relaxing cruise to Mexico. Previously, Sammy was finally able to meet her long-absent, rock-star father, Darren. They decide to go on a bonding vacation. Darren will be performing on the cruise so he brings his band mate, Marko, and Sammy brings her friend, Marissa. As the group is entering the ship, they meet up with the very wealthy and very troubled Kensington family. They bond with the one trustworthy family member, Kip, who is adopted from Africa and thinks the Kensington's are just as odd as Sammy does. The head of the family recently died. On the cruise, his will is going be divulged, and everyone wants a piece of the family fortune. Just after they announce the scandalous will, Kip's grandmother disappears. Kip, Sammy, Marissa, Darren, and Marko all want to crack the case—which includes coded messages, dead ends, and surprise twists galore. This newest installment in the Sammy Keyes series does not fail to entertain. The novel incorporates many plot points seen in classic "who dunnits," and executes them flawlessly. The author is able to keep suspense high, while also developing the relationships between Sammy and other characters, especially her father. The characters of Sammy and Marissa foil one another nicely, and put together with Marko and Darren, a very dynamic and engaging foursome is formed. The book can be read independently of the Sammy Keyes series, but readers who have followed Sammy's journey will be able to fully appreciate the title. Reviewer: Morgan Brickey
Kirkus Reviews
A celebratory cruise leads to mischief and mystery for Sammy as she embarks upon a memorable journey. In this second-to-last title in the long-running series, Sammy is in the midst of transition. In addition to her BFF Marissa's impending move and her grandmother's second marriage, Sammy has just begun establishing a relationship with her recently discovered father, Darren, who happens to be a famous musician. In honor of Sammy's 14th birthday—and in an endeavor to further their relationship—Darren invites Sammy and Marissa to accompany him on a cruise where his band will be performing. Nautical life quickly becomes complicated for the irrepressible sleuth. After meeting JT and Kip, members of the wealthy Kensington family, Sammy and Marissa inadvertently become embroiled in their family drama. When the Kensington family matriarch goes missing midcruise, Sammy joins Kip in his quest to discover what happened to his grandmother. Van Draanen provides a satisfyingly convoluted mystery for Sammy—and readers—to unravel. Secret codes, greedy heirs and ambiguous clues test Sammy's sleuthing mettle. However, at the center of this tale is the emotional journey Sammy takes as she navigates her fledgling relationship with her father. Their emerging bond reveals a new emotional dimension to the savvy teen. Van Draanen's latest tale combines a fresh adventure and diverting mystery with a heartfelt storyline that enriches the series. (Mystery. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307930620
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Series: Sammy Keyes Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 211,854
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendelin Van Draanen
Wendelin Van Draanen
Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen’s life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memories of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Avid mystery readers and Sammy Keyes fans won't want to miss thi

    Avid mystery readers and Sammy Keyes fans won't want to miss this who-done-it cruise ship mystery as Sammy, her newly-discovered dad, and their best friends, Marissa and Marko, set sail on the high seas.

    This is a classic Sammy Keyes mystery...with the dysfuntional Kensington family, heirs to a perfume dynasty, as the main cast of suspiciou characters in this wild adventure story. The suspense builds as Sammy and friends kick into crime-solving mode when the Diamond Dame of the Kensignton family, Kate Kensington, suddenly goes missing aboard ship and no one except her adopted grandson Kip seems to care.

    In the next-to-the last book in the series, Wendelin Van Draanen pays tribute to the mystery genre as she cleverly and meticulously unfolds a well-plotted suspense story that sequentially lays out all the clues to "decode" a mystery that keeps readers guessing to the very end. Along the way, the relationship between Sammy and her dad develops into a trusting, caring father-daughter bond that is truly heartwarming. Put this poignant page-turner mystery on your must read list for a great fall read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014


    Very addicting to read.... started @ 11:00pm and finished @ 1:00am :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    By far, one of the best!

    I literly just finished the book. It was amazing! I loved the father-daughter relationship between Darren and Sammy. I can't get over Kip's past, it's so sad :( l really excited and really sad that the last book is coming out. I don't want it to end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Need to read book

    My favoter so far

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013


    I cant wait for the next one! She is amazing! Theres 230 pages in it in case u want to kno cuz alot of ppl like knoing for some reason.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Very funny!

    One of the best Sammy Keyes books I have read!

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