Thursday, November 24, 2011
Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls by Wendelin Van Draanen
This Halloween is particularly scary...
Alfred A Knopf sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). You buy a copy now at your local bookstore. Check out the others in the series, too.
This is about a young girl who is hiding out with her Gran in an adult's only building. She's had several adventures already, was in a cop's wedding, and is still getting involved in things she probably shouldn't be. That's what makes reading about her fun!
It's Halloween and Sammy and her friends are dressed up as Zombies. They're having great fun until they decide to cut across the cemetery to make the route shorter to the haunted house. They almost get run over by a man carrying a shovel and shouting at another man. They to sneak out unsuccessfully. And they end up with another bag beyond the pillow cases they were using for treats. What's worse is that someone has been killing people and they're afraid that might be who they encountered.
Ms. Van Draanen doesn't write boring stories. Sammy is busy from the beginning to the end of the book and her best laid plans often fall apart before completion. You keep reading to see what she will do or what happens to her next.
If your child has been following the series, they'll definitely want this book. It's the best one yet. If they have not, you can read this one as a stand alone. Or you might want to give them more than one...