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Children's LiteratureEver 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.