Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary
Sammy Keyes Series Book #5 of 18
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
|Published on May 9, 2000|
|Age Group: 9 - 13 years|
|Reading Level: ||AR: 4.6 (8.0 Points, Quiz #44716)|
Lexile® measure: 720L
While celebrating the New Year with a friend, Sammy encounters a mystery involving an elderly neighbor, a pioneer cabin, and a century-old family feud.
Marissa McKenze is the last person on earth you should ever accept a ride from.
The normally unflappable Sammy Keyes is reeling - not from her encounters with a corpse, an arsonist, or an irate policeman, these she can handle. No, what completely unbalances her is the teen-scene at a New Year's Eve party. Caught up in this adolescent ambush, Sammy begins to doubt herself. And if she can't trust her own instincts, how can she possibly figure out who burned down a pioneer-era cabin, how a 200-pound pig has disappeared , or why Casey might want to hold her hand?
In this fifth Sammy Keyes mystery, Wendelin Van Draanen gives us her most ambitious work to date. While her prose is as comic as ever, there's a very serious undercurrent here - Sammy is tossed and torn, both literally and figuratively, as she shoots the rapids of this plot. But in puzzling out whodunit and how and why, she manages not only to turn the culprits over to the police, but also to reclaim a belief in her own strength.
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