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Amy Lignor

Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles.  She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books.  She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben

 
By Amy Lignor
Published on October 14, 2010
 

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
ISBN: 978-0-375-86107-9

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Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
ISBN: 978-0-375-86107-9

For anyone who has yet to pick up one of the wonderful books in this series, I recommend that you go to your bookstore immediately and get to know this fantastic “super sleuth,” Sammy Keyes. Her escapades are beyond funny and extremely charming. In fact, they take me back to The Hardy Boys and The Nancy Drew books that I was absolutely engrossed in when I was a young adult. Yes…these are THAT good!

In this new mystery, Sammy is beyond excited that she’s starting the eighth grade. No longer a measly seventh grader, she has reached the first pinnacle of education and will soon be headed off to the great world of high school. That is the good news. The bad news, however, seems to come at her every minute on day one. First, she finds out that she and her friends – Marissa, Dot, and Holly – only share one class. What’s worse, however, is that only Sammy got stuck with Mr. Vince for history AND homeroom.

Mr. Vince is the most despised teacher in the history of the school, not to mention the world. His nickname is Bad Mood Bob and he, literally, hates kids. He is rude, racist, and anything else he can be in order to make his class be quiet. Not only is this horrid man Sammy’s teacher, but she is also joined in her classes by Heather Acosta – her archenemy.

Sammy has more than one issue with Heather. Not only is the girl extremely hideous, but Sammy is in love with Heather’s brother, Casey. Not only that, but Heather’s father is dating Sammy’s “soap-opera diva” mom, and it looks like they may be taking it to the next level. Which means…how can Sammy still love Casey if he is soon to end up as her stepbrother? Gross! Sammy does still have her friend, seventy-three year old Mr. Hudson, who she goes over to his house and sits on the porch, while he helps her through the rough parts of life she experiences with her absent mom. She also still has Grams, of course, who is her best friend and has raised Sammy most of her life. Officer Borsch, too, is still “watching her back;” and, in this new book, is on his way to the altar to marry Debra – a woman who calls Sammy and begs her to be one of the bridesmaids at her wedding next week.

Marissa, her best friend, and Marissa’s brother, Mikey, are going through an extremely rough time at home. Mikey, an overweight boy, has begun losing that weight and looking better every day. Unfortunately, the turn of events is because his parents are fighting constantly, and Sammy wants with all her heart to help them.

One day in history class Mr. Vince finds a threat scrawled across his blackboard. It reads: Die Dude! The very next day, he finds a dead rat in his desk. Everything at the school blows up around Sammy as people start believing that she’s the one who’s threatening the teacher. Sammy must go on the hunt to uncover the real culprit. It could be Heather trying to set Sammy up again; or, it could be the class clown, Billy Pratt, pulling a fast one; or, it could even be Sasha – a young girl who was homeschooled all her life until this year. Not only is she a little quiet, but she’s also very cold and offers a fierce smile.

Sammy has her hands full with the school, her mother, the boy she loves not speaking to her anymore, trying to take care of her friends, and getting ready for a wedding that she has no idea if she will even survive, seeing as that she has to walk down the aisle in stiletto heels.

This story is a fantastic mixture of humor, drama, friendship, love, and the trials and tribulations of a teenager. I am so happy every time I receive the next book in this series, because very character has come to “feel” very much a part of my own family. I, for one, hope Ms. Van Draanen never runs out of things for Sammy Keyes to accomplish. Great reading for your young teens!


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