Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher by Wendelin Van Draanen

Sammy Keyes can get in more trouble in one day than most people do all month.  And she's doing it all over again...

This is an Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers hardcover (thanks for the review copy) and is now available at your local bookstores.  It's written for ages 10 and up.

I love the character Sammy Keyes.  She's living a non-traditional life, has friends of all sorts, and gets involved in mysteries and adventures that almost unbelievable - but they could be true...

She's in the eighth grade now, and she's still got a crush on Casey.  Of course, his sister Heather is in her class and hates her so it's a bit of a challenge to have a relationship with Casey.  Then she finds out her movie star mother think she's in love with Casey's father.  Oh no, what a disaster!  She doesn't want Casey as a brother!

Grams is her usual lovable self and the story is action packed.  Imagine Sammy wearing a frilly lavender dress with heels?  Me neither.  But her police officer friend is getting married and the other bridesmaid can't be there, so...

She also has this teacher she hates (so does everyone else) who is being harassed.  For some reason they think she is the doing it.  What a mess.

My favorite part of this book was the reference to "foofoo juice".  That was my husband's aunt's word for perfume.  Anyone who put too much on was informed they were wearing too much foofoo juice.  Nice to see someone else use the term and remind me of Aunt Sigrid.

If you like fast moving action with a mystery thrown in, this book will work for you.  I enjoyed the previous book I read about Sammy, too, so check out the others in the series when you visit your favorite bookstore.  Let your young adult enjoy reading a humorous, fun tale with a little danger thrown in.

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