Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash

Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit Take that Nancy Drew Midwest Children s Book ReviewSammy Keyes has three wads of cold hard cash in her hot little hands An old guy gave them to her

  • Title: Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash
  • Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit Take that, Nancy Drew Midwest Children s Book ReviewSammy Keyes has three wads of cold hard cash in her hot little hands An old guy gave them to her Well, actually, he told her to throw them away Begged her With his last dying breath Which he was taking because Sammy had just scared the life right out of him S The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit Take that, Nancy Drew Midwest Children s Book ReviewSammy Keyes has three wads of cold hard cash in her hot little hands An old guy gave them to her Well, actually, he told her to throw them away Begged her With his last dying breath Which he was taking because Sammy had just scared the life right out of him So she s got to get this man some help She s got to do it without being seen herself And she s got to figure out how to stash that cash Aw, c mon You d keep the money too, right No one ever needs to know The Sammy Keyes mysteries are fast paced, funny, thoroughly modern, and true whodunits Each mystery is exciting and dramatic, but it s the drama in Sammy s personal life that keeps readers coming back to see what happens next with her love interest Casey, her soap star mother, and her mysterious father.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I started reading Sammy Keyes books when I was in the fourth grade. By now I find the writing a little simple. There are still many ironic lines that I enjoy in Wendelin Van Draanen's writing style and this book has many. I liked this new Sammy Keyes. I always enjoy how the plot speeds up at the end so that the mystery clicks for Sammy before I understand what happened and why. Which is part of why I initially liked the series. Unlike other mysteries I hadn't figured out the mystery before the d [...]

    2. I really like this series. Teen mysteries have always been around, but often with mysteries which are just too difficult to believe. These are not about spies or elaborate murder mysteries, just simple, low-key crimes that a teen might stumble across. Well, maybe not so simple in this case, with a victim or a culprit dropping dead at her feet, leaving no clue as to which he is.The moral and practical issues centering around money are at the heart of this story, and there are plot threads hinting [...]

    3. It is impossible not to love Sammy Keyes. She truly makes the best of situations & learns valuable lessons from her mistakes, but not in a forced, cheesy after-school-special kind of way. This particular book raises a lot of interesting questions about the nature of money - having it, not having it, & what you'll do to get or keep it.

    4. Although I loved the plot and I LOVE the series, I read it for the Casey. Gotta love him. And I absolutely hated the awkwardness between Sammy and Casey! I don't want awkwardness- I want romance!

    5. This is the perfect formula fiction young adult mystery novel. Thirteen-year-old Samantha, or Sammy is not your typical teenager. Sammy lives with her grandmother, although she is living their ‘illegally’ considering her grandma lives in a senior only living center. Sammy is forced to be secretive and sneaky as she carefully comes and goes to the place where she is living. Sammy uses the fire escape to come and go, because it makes it easier for her not to be seen. One night while Sammy is c [...]

    6. Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash by Wendelin Van Draanen is an amazing book and I hope to enjoy the series. I recommend this book to all people and especially dare devils! One of the main events is when an old man gives her WADS of cash and tells her to get rid of them! Like who the heck would do that?! Sadly, right after, the old man dies. Sammy is left clueless with what to dowell not really. She decided to keep it but she wondered, why did he want her to throw it away? Well, I guess you’d [...]

    7. Aah, the dangers of having money - something Sammy has never had to face. She learns, that a complicated family life exists in every family. And sometimes the bad guys are actually good guys that just made wrong choices. Throw in a bit of "normal" teen drama and it was a captivating, fast paced, delightful read. Sammy's life never stays boring for long. I loved how Officer Borsch explained the why of the bad choices.

    8. Sammy Keyes has some maturing to do. She is still only 13.As the story begins, Sammy is climbing up the fire escape one evening, only to encounter a man coming out of the fourth floor. She scares him to death, literally. His dying words are to get rid of the cash he has.So why did the man die? Why did he have so much money on him? And why did he want her to throw the money away? These are all questions Sammy must answer.

    9. This book served as my introduction to the Sammy Keyes series, and it did so wonderfully. I enjoyed the effect of introducing Sammy as a girl in the second chapter; it reminded me of the gender ambiguity in "To Kill A Mockingbird." And though Sammy's story is a bit unusual (her mother is a neglectful famous actress), her problems may be familiar to a lot of children (she has to illegally live with her grandmother in a seniors-only communicty and she barely has any money). I loved the set-up of t [...]

    10. I really loved this book because it was a dramatic scene in the beginning of the story. For example when Sammy was coming up the fire escape she scared a man. The man had a heart attacked and died on the floor(p.10). Sammy goes up the fire escape because she is scared that she would get caught beacuse she lives illegaly with her grandma. Another example is when an old women comes and sees the man and tries to help but doesn't call the police right away(p.16). You would like this book if you like [...]

    11. Summertime and the living is easy least it seems that way for the moment for Sammy Keyes.Sammy is still living with her Grams in the Senior Highrise. Still having to use the fire escape to get in and out and not be discovered by anyone. But this time she stumbles on an old guy on her way in. At least it wasn't the manager, but the guy went and had a heart attach right then and there and died! And just before he died, he shoved three big stacks of money at Sammy and said to get rid of it!For Samm [...]

    12. Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash is a fine addition to the Sammy Keyes series. I felt that while mystery was featured more in this story, it did not hold much interest for me. In the beginning, I suspected that the money Sammy received may have been counterfeit though I did not keep this in mind as I kept on reading. Several other situations were explored such as Marissa's crisis and her so-called rivalry with Heather. Sammy was kept well in character as usual and I could sympathize with her. [...]

    13. Sammy Keyes is a young girl who hold alot of adventures. The story begins when an old man give her three "wads" of "cold hard cash" in her hand. He told her to throw the money away and died shortly after that. Sammy wonders, why should she throw away all this money? She thinks of what she can buy with it but comes to the conclusion of buying a camera and a disguise to delve into why the man told her to throw away the money. I enjoyed reading this Sammy Keyes book because I love mysteries. As a y [...]

    14. The first book in this series (Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief) was on my daughter’s summer reading list between 4th and 5th grade. We read it together and were hooked. Inquisitive and resourceful, Samantha (Sammy) Keyes makes a great tween protagonist. We read another book in the series (Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary) as a family, including my husband in the fun. We listened to Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things and this book on CD in the car as we travelled for summer vacation. We [...]

    15. Very inventive plot and characters help you really get into this book. The main character is a teen girl who lives secretly with her grandmother in an apartment building for the elderly. She sneaks in and out and one time, in doing so, finds a man dying who hands her three wads of cash. He tells her to get rid of it. This starts Sammy on the case to discover who the man is and where he got all that money. Sammy is a smart, fast thinking girl who goes through some crazy things to solve the myster [...]

    16. Sammy Keyes is a Nancy Drew-like series. In this book she is currently living secretly in her Grandma's old folks home. Her mother is a self absorbed actress who lives in Hollywood and Sammy would much rather live with her Grandma. While she is sneaking out of her grandma's building by way of the fire escape she encounters a man who is also sneaking and scares him to death. Literally, he has a heart attack and dies but before he does he hands her a large amount of $20s and tells her to get rid o [...]

    17. I thought this book was a very thrilling mystery that left me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Whenever I put the book down and stopped reading, something inside my head would tell me Keep Reading! Keep Reading! And I could never put this book down.There were occasional slow spots, but still, most of the time this book was so interesting and fun to read. I just wanted to find out the culprit of the mystery and finish the book, but at the same time, I didn't want to! Because I knew once thi [...]

    18. have I mentioned how much I love Sammy? I do. This is book 12 in the series and so far there has only been one that I didn't love. That's not common in series that go on for more than a few books.However, this book mostly got me excited for the next one because of all the loose elements at the end - what will happen with Lady Lana and Mr. Acosta? and between Sammy and Casey? how will Heather treat Sammy now (though I'm sure it's safe to assume awful)?Fabulous. If you haven't read them, I recomme [...]

    19. At first,I was like, " How could a girl get three thousand dollars by a man who had a heart attack?" And then,when I read more,I was starting to understand. I wasn't really liking Rex Randolf when he was first introduced. I thought he would be a bad guy in this story and in the end,he was. So,that was a relife. Another thing was I didn't get why the man wanted Sammy to throw the money. He maybe should have just given it to her so she wouldn't have had to do all the secret stuff and the lying to [...]

    20. 3.5 stars. The Marissa-love-life side plot really brought this book down. All the other parts of her story were fine though, especially the sleepover and conversation she and Sammy have. This book was really one of the few times everything felt like a real mystery: a clear whodunnit to solve, suspects, investigating and sneaking around. There was also a nice balance between the personal issues and mystery issues. (view spoiler)[Last line:Maybe it turns out I've been rich all along. (hide spoiler [...]

    21. Not one of my favorites. The plot is a bit weak and the tone "preachy" at times. Being greedy and lying to those near to you is a bad thing - yes, yes, understood.Between geriatric counterfeiters, dressing up as an old woman and using a false leg as a baseball bat and what have you, the story doesn't ring true enough to believe in. It would have suited Stephanie Plum better than Sammy Keyes I think.

    22. What would you do if you found a few thousand dollars lying in a bush? Or were being blackmailed by a sagging-mounds-of-flesh old lady? Or had just saved the life of your mortal enemy? Or inadverantly scared a man to death? Another amusing Sammy Keyes mystery. Because of some of the story details, I put this in the young-adult category.

    23. I really liked this book, it shows how selfish someone can be with money in there hands. It's not about being rich, it's about having a strong heart, a loving family, and good friends. Nobody can take that away, unless you do something really bad so that your family and friends hates you. That is why I love this book!!

    24. This book is about a girl named Sammy Keyes, and an old man gave her cash and he told her to throw it away, but she didn't get the chance to because she died.I really didn't like this book as much, but it was a good book. I feel like it teaches a moral lesson about listening to people and hearing what they have to say.I recommend this book to 7th and 8th graders. Have Fun !

    25. Another 3-1/2 stars. I love Sammy Keyes! I love the series. I just wish I could read them in the order they were written, but when I relay on the library, it's not gonna happen. I loved this book. I don't want to give any giveaways but towards the ending of this story, I was cracking up laughing so hard of what happened.

    26. Money troublesSammy gets an unexpected windfall, but there's a lot of mystery and strings attached so she's doing her best to figure it all out. Mixed in with summer fun, pool parties, and a big surprise concerning her arch enemy, Heather, Sammy comes out ok and even makes a couple new friends!!

    27. I don't know what's the matter with me, but I love Sammy Keyes! I just wish I could get more of the kids at school to follow the adventures of this spunky pre-teen/teen girl and enjoy a good mystery, a hint of romance, and a cast of kooky characters, not to mention a subtile undercurrent of some great values.

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