"The debut mystery that kicked off the popular series about a live-wire girl detective, this Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning story takes place in Sammy's neighborhood -- right across the street from her grandmother's apartment, in fact.While looking out the window with her grandma's binoculars, Sammy witnesses a crime across the street at the Heavenly Hotel. What's worse, the thief saw her spying! As Sammy attempts to find the burglar who has made several other hits in the neighborhood, she finds herself trying to keep him from uncovering her -- or worse, the police discovering that she's living illegally with her grandmother in the seniors-only housing! A modern-day Nancy Drew, the saucy, smart Sammy Keyes is a sleuth whose escapades entertain and inspire teens."
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by Wendelin Van Draanen
"In this first in Wendelin Van Draanen's series, Sammy inadvertently witnesses a burglary when she's spying out her Grams's window with binoculars, panics and waves at the burglar (oops), then sets out to figure out what's really going on. Preteens will identify with sassy sleuth Sammy as the next-generation Nancy Drew gets into (and out of) one scrape after another. Tara Sands clearly has fun with the outrageous details and characterizations, some of which are curiously dated and sound as if they belong in a 1930s gumshoe flick. Sands makes Sammy easy to get hooked on--which is good news, since there are many more volumes in the series and many more mysteries for Sammy to solve. J.M.D. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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