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|Sammy Keyes and the kiss goodbye|
Author: Van Draanen, Wendelin
Sammy Keyes has spent the last few years solving other people's mysteries; now her friends (and some foes) come together to unmask the fiend who has put Sammy in a coma.
Sammy Keyes Mysteries
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 170898
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 64675
Kirkus Reviews (-) (07/15/14)
School Library Journal (08/01/14)
The Hornbook (00/11/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2014 Gr 5–8—Sammy Keyes has faced her share of criminals—murderers, thieves, a meth dealer, a gang leader, and so many more—but it's here, in the final book of the series, that she may have met her match. That's right: this one opens with an author's note explaining that something happened to Sammy. Something bad. Kiss Goodbye isn't told from Sammy's perspective, unlike the rest of the series, but Van Draanen's narrative keeps pages turning. Readers soon learn that the middle-schooler is in a coma after being thrown three stories from the fire escape of the seniors-only building that, for the entire series, she illegally lived in with her Grams. Who would have it out for the skateboard-riding sleuth? She's bested many a foe, any one of whom might want revenge, and it's up to the Santa Martina community, from the formerly cantankerous Officer Borsch to her loyal friends old and new, to solve this one. Longtime fans will especially appreciate the references to past books and characters reflecting on their own lives and Sammy's impact. Van Draanen presents a fitting tribute to Sammy, who is as much a heroine for always staying true to herself and striving to do the right thing as she is for any crimes she solved. Series regulars will want to lace up their high-tops and jump right in.—Amanda Mastrull, Library Journal - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.