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Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the search for snake eyes.

Random House, Dell, Yearling. 277p. c2002.0-440-41900-X. $4.99. J

Mystery lovers will enjoy this new episode in the Sammy Keyes series. Sammy gets into trouble once again when she accepts a package from a girl in danger. In the package is a baby! When mom doesn't come back like she promised, Sammy has to figure out what to do. This is one mystery that may cost Sammy her life; she is not the only one looking for morn A gang member is also looking for her and finds Sammy instead. Sammy calls him Snake Eyes because of the tattoo he has on his arm.

The secondary story line continues the rivalry with Heather, The softball championship game is coming up and Sammy is framed for defacing the other school's property. Taken off the team unfairly, Sammy needs to prove her innocence. She won't get it done in time to play in the game, but Heather finally gets her comeuppance.

Finding the baby's mother is harder and more dangerous because after Sammy finds Lela. Snake Eyes finds Sammy and locks her up with Lela. They manage to escape through an ingenious plan involving a water heater and Quikcrete. While Sammy is not my favorite kind of heroine--she gets herself into trouble, all the while telling you she knows she shouldn't be doing what she's doing--my students love her. Stacey Conrad, Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Author:Conrad, Stacey
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Date:Sep 1, 2003
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