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Van Draanen, Wendelin.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
IL 5-8  RL 6.0
ISBN 0679988521
Sammy got herself into a bit of trouble at school and is now required to do community service to make up for it.  Shes supposed to be working at the church to stay out of trouble not to get into trouble.  The problem is that right in the middle of scrubbing the dirt off the stained glass Baby Jesus, Father Mayhew accuses Sammy of stealing his favorite cross.  It looks bad for Sammy because the only people in the church are Father Mayhew and Sammy.  Now how could anyone steal from Father Mayhew?  He just isnt the type of person you would steal from.  Its not that hes big and mean.  Its just that hes so priestly.  Not like some of the other priests Sammy has known.  Now Sammy is    on a quest to prove her innocence.  When more things come up missing, the case gets more and more twisted.  Who could be stealing?  Could it be the homeless girl who comes to the soup kitchen, one of the nuns who run the kitchen, or even the merry Sisters of Mercy who are visiting?  Find out in Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy.
SUBJECTS:     Softball -- Fiction.
                        Homeless persons -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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