Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief Author:Wendelin Van Draanen With this debut book of a new mystery series, Wendelin Van Draanen establishes Samantha Keyes as a crime fighter to watch. Though, actually, the book opens with Sammy watching...a crime in progress. And when the man with the wad of cash in one hand and the open purse in the other catches Sammy watching him, the chase is on--but is Sammy on the t... more »rail of the thief, or is he on hers? If the police don't believe Sammy's story about a thief with black gloves, black glasses, and a black beard, she isn't too surprised. Vice principal Caan didn't exactly believe her either when she explained that she couldn't possibly have broken Heather's nose. Well, Sammy's not putting up with this. Does she look like a liar? She knows what she saw and how hard she can hit. And somehow she's going to prove it. « less
"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 Officer Borsch looks at her like she's some snot-nosed little kid when she does spill her story. Sammy's not about to put up with this. She's a snot-nosed SEVENTH GRADER now, and she knows what she saw. And somehow, she's going to prove it." (back cover)