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Van Draanen, Wendelin
New York : Knopf, 1998
IL 5-8  RL 5.9
ISBN 0679988394

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

You've got your binoculars focused on the windows of the hotel across the street.  Suddenly, you notice a man wearing gloves rummaging through a purse. Sammy Keyes, soon to be in seventh grade and an amateur sleuth, can't help but investigate this unnerving sight.  Her curiosity leads her into the sleazy Heavenly Hotel, a dangerous place even for adults. Will clever Sammy Keyes foil this diabolical thief?  This suspenseful mystery is guaranteed to stump you.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

Booktalk #2

Sammy Keyes witnesses someone take money out of a purse on the fourth floor of the Heavenly Hotel. That same day her friend Marissa came to her door and said that she lost her little brother in the mall and she needed help finding him. So Sammy went with her to look for her brother. they find him eating a candy bars and watching the fish. the day after that was the first day of school and Samantha got suspended for punching a new girl in her seventh grade class. The she couldnt go to school she went on top of the mall with her binoculars so she could get a look around. After that she goes home and in no time school let out. Sammy's friend came over and wanted to go into the hotel and so they did when Sammy wasnt aloud around there. but she dose it anyway. so they go and find a napkin holding the door open. they where on their way to the police office when the saw a cop infront of the hotel. So they take it to him and the cop didnt belive them. find out what happens by reading the book. It a good book to read and very interesting.  (Tyler E. Comfort, student, Mansfield High School)

SUBJECTS:     Grandmothers -- Fiction
                        Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction
                        Mystery and detective stories


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