Reviews for Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Fall
In the latest Sammy Keyes mystery, the seventh-grade sleuth investigates a break-in at an art gallery (and uncovers an even larger crime) as she continues to grow closer to school foe Heather Acosta's brother Casey and achieves a new appreciation for her grandmother (who helps catch the criminal here). Another light, fast-moving mystery featuring the spunky, down-to-earth Sammy. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 2003 March
Gr 5-8-In this eighth novel featuring the feisty seventh grader, Sammy's art teacher encourages her students to visit local galleries and while attending an opening reception, the young sleuth foils an attempted robbery. Intrigued by the work, she interviews Diane Reijden to learn more about being an artist, and to try and figure out why her paintings were the object of the thief. Unfortunately, Sammy is not the only one intrigued by Diane. Her good friend, 72-year-old Hudson, is entranced, much to the distress of Sammy's grandmother. There are dead ends and red herrings before the protagonist figures it all out, this time with the help of her grandmother, who turns out to be just as bold, fearless, and gutsy as her granddaughter. Lively, with nonstop action, this novel will be enjoyed by longtime fans of the detective and by those who are meeting her for the first time. Subplots involve Sammy's budding romance with eighth-grader Casey (brother of her arch-rival Heather), and her gradual realization that her grandmother is a separate person with her own emotions and complications.-Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.