Monday, November 03, 2008

First Clues Review: Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Sammy Keyes and The Psycho Kitty Queen by Wendelin Van Draanen

Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen by Wendelin Van Draanen

Random House (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-440-41910-7 (0440419107)
ISBN-13: 978-0-440-41910-5 (9780440419105)
Publication Date: April 2006
List Price: $5.99

Review written by Tiffany, Age 11, Grade 6. Date of review: October 2008.

Review: Have you ever read a dull book? Too boring to comprehend? Well if you want some change and spice in your book selection, Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen by Wendelin Van Draanen is the book for you! Sammy's back and she's got attitude! Sammy and Holly don't mess around when they find a dead cat in a dumpster! They decide to get to the bottom of this mystery and go digging around for clues. Read along as Sammy and her friends find the sick minded person who did this!

Wendelin Van Draanen manages to pull you into the story as you read this book. In the following excerpt you can see how well Van Draanen captures the moment of fear and excitement: "But then a very scary thing happened. The guard started walking our way. And just as we're starting to panic, thinking maybe he's spotted us, something bumps inside the van." See that moment of excitement and fear? When you read this book you feel as though you're there, going through all the emotions Sammy does. I would suggest this book to older and more mature children (ages 10-14) due to mild language and violence.

All in all, this was a fabulous book and once I told my friends about it they just couldn't stop reading! It has a sense that all children can relate to; being trapped, not knowing what to do, falling behind, living through middle school, and of course dealing with your arch enemy. I would suggest this book any day.

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