WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN was a classroom teacher for many years before becoming a full-time writer. The books in the Sammy Keyes mystery series have been embraced by critics and readers alike, with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief receiving the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best children's mystery. Wendelin is also the author of many award-winning novels, including Flipped, The Running Dream, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Swear to Howdy, The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, and Wild Bird. You can find her online at WendelinVanDraanen.com and @WendelinVanD, and you can follow Sammy Keyes on Facebook.
Praise for the Sammy Keyes series: "Van Draanen offers such an explosive combination of high-stakes sleuthing, hilarity, and breathlessly paced action that it's impossible to turn the pages fast enough." --Kirkus Reviews "There's no stopping Sammy."--Publishers Weekly "An intelligent, gutsy, flawed, and utterly likable heroine."--Booklist "Move over, Nancy Drew--a new sleuth is on the scene."--Girls' Life "Think a combination of Carl Hiaasen's Flush and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books and you'll be right on target." --School Library Journal "A high-quality, high-amp mystery series." --The Horn Book "This funny, clever series is NOT for kids only. I challenge the most seasoned mystery reader to guess 'who done it.'" --Cozies, Capers, and Crimes "Sammy Keyes comes armed with attitude." --Orlando Sentinel "Sammy doesn't find mysteries to solve--they find her." --Arizona Republic "Humor, romance and adventure; this story is an absolute blast." --Chicago Tribune "If you haven't met Sammy Keyes yet, now is the time." --Children's Literature