Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things

Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things

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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

This is not the summer camping trip of Sammy's dreams. She imagined shady glades, meandering streams, a deer or two. What she gets are scrubby shrubs, blazing sun, rattlesnakes, ticks, and scorpions. Her fellow

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

This is not the summer camping trip of Sammy's dreams. She imagined shady glades, meandering streams, a deer or two. What she gets are scrubby shrubs, blazing sun, rattlesnakes, ticks, and scorpions. Her fellow campers are desperate to catch a rare glimpse of an endangered condor. To Sammy, the trip is nothing more than the painful in pursuit of the unspeakably ugly.

But when she and two other girls find an injured condor, Sammy's intrigued at last. As they track down a clue, they stumble onto two classmates and wind up lost. Which leaves three girls and two boys in a canyon with one tent and six billion biting flies. Oh—and an armed and dangerous highstakes poacher.

S'mores anyone?

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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8— Tara Sands skillfully portrays adolescent angst combined with tenacious determination to set the facts straight in Wendelin Van Draanen's 11th Sammy Keyes mystery (Knopf, 2007) in which the spunky middle school detective steps out of her urban comfort zone. It is summer and all of Sammy's friends have skipped town for vacation, leaving her bored and wandering the mall for entertainment. She bumps into Cricket, an eco-conscience Girl Scout who invites her to go camping with her troop to observe endangered condors in the wild. Sammy envisions shady trees and lush forests, but encounters hot and dusty hiking trails, scrubby pines, and poison oak. Of course, that's not all she finds. Their cabin has been broken into and the girls discover a baby condor that has been shot. Sammy and her new friends are hot on the case. It's a race against time to save the bird and find the bird's mother and the culprits. While Sands does not stretch her range to provide a distinctive voice for each character, listeners will easily be able to follow the story line. One production issue of note: tracks range from 10 to 15 minutes long which can make bookmarking cumbersome. Overall, though, this is sure to be a hit with those new to the series as well as with previous fans.—Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill, NJ
From the Publisher
“Quick-witted banter makes this a fast-paced joyride of a read. 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 winning series about a smart, brave young sleuth.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375835254
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Series:
Sammy Keyes Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.53(h) x 1.04(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Wendelin Van Draanen was a teacher for many years before turning to writing full-time. She lives in California with her husband and two sons.

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Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wasnt as good as the other sammy keyes books but you should still read it. It was still pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enough said
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and I cant believe how sammy and casey actually met while camping!:) Love this series and I hope it never ends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book makes you laugh out liud, and it is a great way to mix up the series and change it up a bit. Not that anybody could be bored with the Sammy Keyes series, but this book definitely proves that Sammy can handle almost anything, including bad blisters, tick troubles, and hiking with a hyper friend!
socraticparenting More than 1 year ago
The first book in this series (Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief) was on my daughter’s summer reading list between 4th and 5th grade. We read it together and were hooked. Inquisitive and resourceful, Samantha (Sammy) Keyes makes a great tween protagonist. We read another book in the series (Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary) as a family with my husband. We listened to this book on CD in the car as we travelled for summer vacation. We learned a lot about condors (thunderbirds), and our daughter was excited to see some T-birds on the road as we travelled. I recommend reading this series in order because the characters and relationships develop from one book to the next.
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The best book ever! It has drama and mystery in every book. Read the series.
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Laura Birt More than 1 year ago
It was the first sammy keyes book i had read. And after reading it i just wanted to read more so i got as many as i could and am reading them right now. this is the book that got me started!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! All that Casey and Sammy bonding. He's so sweet and he doesn't even find her weird LOL. I could read this over and over and it won't change my opinion of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
props for this book!!!! sammy keyes and the wild things is packed with major surprises. you cannot stop reading.....! i hope she can write 20 books!! (her descision though:)) i LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good good book. I liked it b/c it was in a different place and it had some different new characters. and it was long. a really, long, good book.