Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls by Wendelin Van Draanen

Sammey Keyes and the Night of the Living dead is the fourteenth book in the Sammey Keyes mystery series. Sammy is an eighth grade girl who, along with having the regular problems of a teenager, is constantly getting caught up in crimes. This time, she and her friends bump into a man in a graveyard on Halloween, and accidentally end up with the sack he was carrying. The discovery of two skulls inside, and more suspicious activity around the graveyard, leads Sammy to think she can find out why people in Santa Monica have been going missing. Hopefully she can figure out what is going on... before someone else disappears!
Sammey Keyes and the Night of the Living Dead was an excellent addition to the Sammy Keyes series. The main characters were every bit as interesting as in the previous books, and the new ones were unique and well-described. The inclusion of Sammy's family and school problems, as well as the interesting relationships she has with the Acosta family, gives Sammy many different sides and makes her easy to like. The book being told in Sammy's casual, down to earth tone really involves the reader in the story, with plenty of clues to be found in Sammy's sharp thinking. The plot is fast and creative, with many twists and sub-plots that are fun and easy to follow.  I would recommend this book to any child or young teenager that likes mystery, humor and adventure.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Harleysville, Pennsylvania USA