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Sammy Keyes Series
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Number of Books in Series: 18
Age Group: 9 - 13 years

Reading Level: AR Levels 4.0-5.7
GLE 4.3-6.5
F&P/GRL T-X
DRA 50-60
Lexile® measure 620L-860L

Book 1 Summary: 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.

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Sammy Keyes Book List:



The stories are sequential in terms of character development but the main plots are relatively independent in each book. It's probably best to read these in order, but not critical.

Book 1: Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
Ages 9-13. April 14, 1998.
AR: 4.6 (6.0 Points, Quiz #28507);  GLE: 5.9
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 760L

Book 2: Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man
Ages 9-13. August 18, 1998.
AR: 5.1 (7.0 Points, Quiz #28508);  GLE: 6.5
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 820L

Book 3: Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy
Ages 9-13. April 20, 1999.
AR: 5.2 (8.0 Points, Quiz #32155);  GLE: 6.3
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 850L

Book 4: Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf
Ages 9-13. October 12, 1999.
AR: 4.4 (7.0 Points, Quiz #34513);  GLE: 5.1
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 710L

Book 5: Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary
Ages 9-13. May 9, 2000.
AR: 4.6 (8.0 Points, Quiz #44716);  GLE: 6.1
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 720L

Book 6: Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy
Ages 9-13. February 13, 2001.
AR: 4.9 (9.0 Points, Quiz #48079);  GLE: 5.6
F&P/GRL: X;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 750L

Book 7: Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes
Ages 9-13. May 28, 2002.
AR: 4.0 (9.0 Points, Quiz #61273);  GLE: 5.3
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 650L

Book 8: Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception
Ages 9-13. April 8, 2003.
AR: 4.3 (9.0 Points, Quiz #68572);  GLE: 5.3
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 660L

Book 9: Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen
Ages 9-13. October 12, 2004.
AR: 4.0 (9.0 Points, Quiz #83235);  GLE: 4.3
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 620L

Book 10: Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway
Ages 9-13. September 27, 2005.
AR: 4.5 (9.0 Points, Quiz #100599);  GLE: 6.3
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 710L

Book 11: Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things
Ages 9-13. May 8, 2007.
AR: 4.4 (10.0 Points, Quiz #115049);  GLE: 4.7
Lexile measure: 670L

Book 12: Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash
Ages 9-13. October 6, 2008.
AR: 4.5 (10.0 Points, Quiz #126128)
Lexile measure: 740L

Book 13: Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher
Ages 9-13. October 12, 2010.
AR: 4.5 (10.0 Points, Quiz #140144)
Lexile measure: 750L

Book 14: Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls
Ages 9-13. October 11, 2011.
AR: 4.5 (10.0 Points, Quiz #147385)
Lexile measure: 770L

Book 15: Sammy Keyes and the Power of Justice Jack
Ages 9-13. July 10, 2012.
AR: 4.4 (9.0 Points, Quiz #152491)
Lexile measure: 740L

Book 16: Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City
Ages 9-13. January 8, 2013.
AR: 4.4 (9.0 Points, Quiz #156087)
Lexile measure: 770L

Book 17: Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise
Ages 9-13. September 10, 2013.
AR: 4.7 (11.0 Points, Quiz #161588)
Lexile measure: 780L

Book 18: Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye
Ages 9-13. September 9, 2014.
AR: 5.7 (8.0 Points, Quiz #170898)
F&P/GRL: T
Lexile measure: 860L

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 18 Books


List of Awards:

1998 Edgar Award for Best Children's Mystery
1999 Edgar Award for Best Children's Mystery


Other Websites for Additional Information:

Official or Publisher Website for Sammy Keyes Series
Author Website for Wendelin Van Draanen




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