Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief (Sammy Keyes, Bk 1)
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief - Sammy Keyes, Bk 1 Author:Wendelin Van Draanen Thirteen-year-old Sammy's penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the "seedy" hotel across the street from the seniors' building where she is living with her grandmother.
Sammy Keyes isn't looking for trouble when she trains her binoculars on the Heavenly Hotel across the street. So when she spies a man with gloves pawing through a purse and HE sees HER, there's only one thing to do -- wave! And then maybe tell the police. But nobody believes her so somehow, she's going to prove it.