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Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf

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Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf

In this fourth book in the Sammy Keyes detective series, Sammy is up to her high-tops in mystery and mayhem. Dogs lift their legs on her and lowlifes stick guns in her face. Even worse, Sammy's mother (who doesn't live with her anymore) does a gross TV commercial and then threatens to re-enter her life just when Sammy is happy and comfortable staying with Grams.

As if this isn't enough, Sammy has to crack a tough case: a well-bred Pomeranian is dognapped for $50,000 ransom, and the owner needs Sammy to track down the pup.

Surprise piles on surprise for Sammy. She discovers a tiny elf sitting on a tree root and becomes the elf's new baby-sitter. She finds out that her old enemy, Officer Borsch, is almost human after all. And she learns that another old enemy, snoopy Mrs. Graybill, has to go to a nursing home. But her most difficult enemy, Heather Acosta, still makes life tough on Sammy. And Sammy returns the favor with her usual creative gusto.

All in all, Sammy's high-tops have to do some fancy high-stepping to recover the dognapped dog and keep herself and Grams out of trouble. Don't miss this page-turning adventure!

Reviewed by Tamara Penny on May 9, 2000

Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf
(Sammy Keyes #4)
by Wendelin Van Draanen

  • Publication Date: May 9, 2000
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling
  • ISBN-10: 037580255X
  • ISBN-13: 9780375802553