Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf

Age Range: 9 Years to 12 Years
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Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf

Format:  Paperback,

186 pages

Edition: Knopf Pbk

Publisher: Random House Childrens Books

Publish Date: May 2000

ISBN-13: 9780375802553

ISBN-10: 037580255X

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"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew )""--Midwest Children's Book Revie"w
The Christmas parade gets furry in a hurry when three pranksters dressed as wise men toss some cats onto Sammy's float. Dogs shoot off in all directions, and the prize Pomeranian Sammy's supposed to be watching disappears. Turns out the darn fuzzball's been kidnapped. The owner is demanding that Sammy find her doggone dog . . . and she's a woman who knows how to get what she wants.
But Sammy's a pretty tough cookie herself. Dognappers, blackmailers, and wise men be warned
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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Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Publish Date: May 2000
ISBN-13: 9780375802553
ISBN-10: 037580255X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 186
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.5

About the author

Biography of Van Draanen, Wendelin

Wendelin Van Draanen was born on January 6, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of chemists who emigrated from Holland. She worked as a math teacher and then as a computer science teacher before becoming an author. Wendelin Van Draanen began her writing career with a screenplay and soon switched to adult novels and then children's books. She is best known for her Sammy Keyes series of novels, which she started writing in 1997, featuring a teenage detective named Samantha Keyes.

Her popular Sammy Keyes series had been nominated four times for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children's Mystery and won with "Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief". Her Shredderman series also yielded a Christopher Medal for Secret Identity. She has also written several novels such as: How I Survived Being a Girl and Flipped.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 2003 (United States)

Book description

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

The Christmas parade gets furry in a hurry when three pranksters dressed as wise men toss some cats onto Sammy's float. Dogs shoot off in all directions, and the prize Pomeranian Sammy's supposed to be watching disappears. Turns out the darn fuzzball's been kidnapped. The owner is demanding that Sammy find her doggone dog... and she's a woman who knows how to get what she wants.

But Sammy's a pretty tough cookie herself. Dognappers, blackmailers, and wise men be warned!

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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