Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash by Wendelin Van Draanen

This is a Random House Yearling Book written by the Edgar Award-Winning Author, Wendelin Van Draanen. This is the 11th book in the Sammy Keyes series.

Sammy is a little girl who lives in an adult only apartment complex. She has figured out methods to sneak in and out of the building and tells the doorman she's there to work for some of the women who live in the building.

While she's sneaking about to go in her secret way, she runs into someone coming out of the building - and can't understand why he doesn't see her. But when he has an attack, falls down the stairs and can't hardly breath, she tries to help him. He hands her money he was carrying and tells her to throw it away. She complies and then races into the building to get to the phone to call for help. Unfortunately, there's no help for him and he dies.

But that money? It's still out there behind the bushes. And since Sammy lives with her grandmother and they never have much money, it's a big temptation to her. I mean, who's going to miss it? And why waste it?

The book is plotted well, you sympathize with the characters, and you know her troubles are just beginning when she spends the first $100 of the group she's hoarding.

If you want to find out where the money came from and who is looking for it, and how much trouble Sammy gets in, be sure to grab yourself a copy.

Based on how much fun this book was to read, I'm going to watch for other books in the series. This one was a great read!

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