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Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen

Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen

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by Wendelin Van Draanen

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"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review

It's Sammy's birthday, which should be a good thing, except that Dorito, Sammy's cat, is missing, and while Sammy's searching for him, she finds three dead cats in dumpsters around town. Worse still, Miss Kitty, a


"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review

It's Sammy's birthday, which should be a good thing, except that Dorito, Sammy's cat, is missing, and while Sammy's searching for him, she finds three dead cats in dumpsters around town. Worse still, Miss Kitty, a psycho cat lady, blames Sammy when it turns out one of the dead cats belonged to her. As if Sammy didn't have enough on her hands investigating these furry felonies, her mother has a confession to make: she lied about Sammy's age so she could start her in school a year early. So—surprise!—Sammy isn't turning 14 at all, she's going to be unlucky 13 for another whole year.

Better luck next year, Sammy. . . .

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Ever hear of Hercule Poirot? Jessica Fletcher? Colombo? They're nothing compared to thirteen-year-old detective Sammy Keyes. The latest from this gifted detective begins with the discovery of a dead cat in a dumpster. While others may ignore this, Sammy knows that something sinister is going on. When the Kitty Queen, a lady who lives with dozens of cats and likes to be called Ms. Kitty, accuses her of being the culprit, Sammy can't stay out of it. Add to that the wrestling school next door filled with shady characters, her arch enemy Heather trying to steal her good luck charm (given to her by Heather's brother) and her mother's admission that she really isn't turning fourteen, and you have the making of a very bad birthday. Don't worry, though. Just like her adult predecessors, Sammy finds the clues and solves the case in the end. If you haven't met Sammy Keyes yet, now is the time. She is intelligent and vivacious, but is still realistic. She is a strong female character who is looking for more than just a boyfriend. A highly recommended read. 2004, Knopf, Ages 10 to 14.
—Heather Robertson
Children's Literature - Nancy Partridge
America's most amazing young super sleuth is at it again, in this ninth book of the "Sammy Keyes" mystery series. It is Sammy's birthday, and all kinds of crazy things are going on. Her cat disappears and, much worse, she starts finding dead cats in random dumpsters. Could there seriously be a neighborhood cat killer? Dealing with such things is all in a day's work for Sammy, but still, it's pretty gross. Not only that, her mom comes back from Hollywood, only to mess with her head with some pretty upsetting news. Van Draanen weaves a seamless plot full of suspense and adventure, as she also reveals Sammy's inner struggles to believe in herself. Her worldliness gives her a tough and compelling edge, while a relentless honesty is funny and refreshing. It is no wonder this series is so popular.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Once again Sammy Keyes is up to her ears in mystery. When she discovers a succession of cats killed in bizarre ways and left in dumpsters around town, she tries to figure out who would commit such a crime. Then her mother reappears and confesses that she had changed Sammy's birth certificate to get her into kindergarten so she is actually turning 13 on her birthday-again. Sammy, anxious to move beyond the unlucky number, is beside herself. But she learns to cope with the situations in her life and solves the cat mystery as well. Heather, her archenemy, reappears, yet this time Sammy has more good luck than bad in dealing with her-probably due to the four-leaf clover given to her by Heather's brother, Casey. Throughout the book, details refer back to earlier stories but not so much so that readers new to the series will be lost. And Sammy's anger at her mother for abandoning her, mean girls at school, and her ambivalence about her attraction to Casey will strike a chord with young teens. Another hit in a solid series.-Diana Pierce, Running Brushy Middle School, Cedar Park, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
Praise for the Sammy Keyes series:
“Van Draanen offers such an explosive combination of high-stakes sleuthing, hilarity, and breathlessly paced action that it’s impossible to turn the pages fast enough.” —Kirkus Reviews 

“There’s no stopping Sammy.”—Publishers Weekly

“An intelligent, gutsy, flawed, and utterly likable heroine.”—Booklist

"Move over, Nancy Drew—a new sleuth is on the scene.”—Girls’ Life

"Think a combination of Carl Hiaasen’s Flush and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books and you’ll be right on target.” —School Library Journal

“A high-quality, high-amp mystery series.” —The Horn Book
“This funny, clever series is NOT for kids only. I challenge the most seasoned mystery reader to guess ‘who done it.’” —Cozies, Capers, and Crimes
“Sammy Keyes comes armed with attitude.” —Orlando Sentinel

“Sammy doesn’t find mysteries to solve—they find her.” —Arizona Republic

“Humor, romance and adventure; this story is an absolute blast.” —Chicago Tribune
“If you haven’t met Sammy Keyes yet, now is the time.” —Children’s Literature

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
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Sammy Keyes Series
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3 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet 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, The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, and Wild Bird. You can find her online at WendelinVanDraanen.com and @WendelinVanD, and you can follow Sammy Keyes on Facebook.

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Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sammy! If you are obsessed with cats and dont want to read sad stuff about them and you are soft hearted you might want to be careful with what u r reading but the book is still really good just domt say i didnt warn you. Even if u r like that u can still read it just be prepared. Its about really bad things that happen to Sammy on her BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! Poor Sammy! This is stuff u would not want to happen to u. I dont want to spoil anything but.......well if u want to find out read it! Its pretty good so far and u should read it. You would really like it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAMMY!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!! :)Thumbs up if you liked my review:) :D double thumbs up if you liked it and youre a 7th grader Double thumbs up in the air if.........ok ive said too much LOL :D
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Im here.
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If this books a lend me can u lend me please i have a lot of sammy keyes and we can trade for a week or two. Respond to 11300 thanks
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Really goooooooooooooooof
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious laugh out loud read! You know Im kind of glad that sammy is the only one who knows everything that she has done or else everyone will probably die of a heart attack by how bold amazing funny cool charismatic loving caring thoughtful happy and down right awesome she is! Wow that was kind of a long sentence right there... but the point is that this is a great mystery by van draanen and rock on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it awhile ago and i totally fell for it! It is a great read--i completely recommend it.
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I hate Heather. Who agrees?
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Sally Berry More than 1 year ago
Sammy keyes has been my second favorite series since i was in third grade! Fabulous books!
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I loved this book! It was my favorite book in the series! The setting took place 2 days before Sammy's birthday. She finds out that this woman who is opsessed with cats and she tells people to call her kitty. She told sammy that there is a dog somewhere killing all her cats. Sammy searches all of the neighborhoods trash cans and found 2 to 3 cats! The problem or conflict was that there was someone in the neighborhood is killing cats. The enemy is always getting in Sammy's way. That person is Heather Acosta. Her brother is sammy's friend and he gave her a horseshoe and tied it to her sneaker. Casey (her brother) says it is very lucky to have a horse shoe tied to your shoe. Heather got really mad and tries to steal it. But later that day Heather and dher friends tried to beat her up. But sammy beat them up first. Now she is trying to figure out who ElGato is. But in the end sammy and her best friend holl got stuck in a sticky situation. They went up into this abandon building and saw people putting a cat in this thorned up ring. Then they put a dog in the ring and they betted on who would die first after the cat dies they through them away. They also Figured out who ElGato was! Officer Broach! He was under cover trying to prove he was good enough for his job. The next day it was all in the paper' Under cover cop cuffs ringleader saves cats' It all turned out great for Sammy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so awesome!!!!!! Don't hesitate to read this. Even if you are a little skeptical, get it anyway! It is worth the money. I read it in like two days because i couldnt put it down! great work wendelin van draanen. keep em' comin'!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I First got this book I was Like Ugh... But It Actually turned out to be one of the greatest books I have ever Read!! Van Draanen Always gets it Right!