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Sammy Keyes and the kiss goodbye
Van Draanen, Wendelin.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
Physical Description:
236 pages ; 22 cm.
"Sammy Keyes has spent the last few years solving other people's mysteries; now her friends (and some foes) come together to unmask the fiend who has put Sammy in a coma"--
Reading Level:
860 Lexile.


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Material Type
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Audubon Library J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Central Library J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area
Clearfield Library J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Frank E. Merriweather Library J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Series
North Park Branch Library J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Series
Niagara Branch Library J FICTION Juvenile Fiction On Display
City of Tonawanda Library J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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The final mystery starring Sammy Keyes: "the most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" -- Midwest Children's Book Review
Sammy doesn't go looking for trouble, but she seems to find it everywhere. She's forever sniffing out clues and chasing down bad guys--and driving her friends a little nuts. She's gone up against thieves and counterfeiters and gangsters and blackmailers and murderers, and always stayed one step ahead.
Until now.
Last night, one of the bad guys caught up.
Last night, someone followed Sammy up the fire escape and pushed her from the third story.
Now she's in the hospital, out cold. And her friends are left with the questions Sammy's always been so good at answering: Why? How? But most of all . . . WHO?
In this emotional conclusion to her beloved long-running series, Wendelin Van Draanen shows just how many lives one nosy girl can touch and pays tribute to a life well sleuthed.
Praise for Sammy Keyes:
"If Kinsey Millhone ever hires a junior partner, Sammy Keyes will be the first candidate on the list. She's feisty, fearless, and funny. A top-notch investigator!" --Sue Grafton
"Sammy's brave, resourceful, observant and a loyal friend, but this girl sleuth is no well-mannered Nancy Drew. She's endearingly hot-tempered, nosy, and not always obedient--in short, she's someone I want to read about again." --Margaret Maron

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Recently Sammy Keyes seemed to have it all: an awesome boyfriend, a rock-star dad, and a home with Grams and Hudson. But this series finale opens with Sammy comatose, the result of a push off of a fire escape. Clues are scarce, but Sammy's friends rally to solve the case. Meanwhile, a parade of quirky adults (characters from past stories) makes ICU visits, unwittingly foiling the would-be killer. Before capturing the perp, Van Draanen ties up many series loose ends (identifying the Nightie-Napper and addressing Billy's abusive father, for example), making this a satisfying conclusion.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Sammy Keyes has faced her share of criminals-murderers, thieves, a meth dealer, a gang leader, and so many more-but it's here, in the final book of the series, that she may have met her match. That's right: this one opens with an author's note explaining that something happened to Sammy. Something bad. Kiss Goodbye isn't told from Sammy's perspective, unlike the rest of the series, but Van Draanen's narrative keeps pages turning. Readers soon learn that the middle-schooler is in a coma after being thrown three stories from the fire escape of the seniors-only building that, for the entire series, she illegally lived in with her Grams. Who would have it out for the skateboard-riding sleuth? She's bested many a foe, any one of whom might want revenge, and it's up to the Santa Martina community, from the formerly cantankerous Officer Borsch to her loyal friends old and new, to solve this one. Longtime fans will especially appreciate the references to past books and characters reflecting on their own lives and Sammy's impact. Van Draanen presents a fitting tribute to Sammy, who is as much a heroine for always staying true to herself and striving to do the right thing as she is for any crimes she solved. Series regulars will want to lace up their high-tops and jump right in.-Amanda Mastrull, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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