Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen

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in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
January 06, 1965




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Wendelin Van Draanen (born January 6, 1965, Chicago, Illinois) is an American author of children's books. She lives in California with her husband Mark Parsons and two sons, Colton and Connor. The daughter of chemists who emigrated to the U.S. from Holland, she worked as a math teacher and then as a high school computer science teacher before becoming a full-time writer. Her books feature spunky lead characters and very real classroom dialogue. Van Draanen is probably best-known for her Sammy Keyes series of novels, featuring a teenage detective named Samantha ("Sammy") Keyes. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief won the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. In 2004-2005 Van Draanen wrote a four-book series for younger readers ca...more

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Sammy's Swoopy Skatepath?

There's a Sammy Keyes documentary being planned. Not a movie, a 20-minute documentary about why Sammy Keyes matters.

The person behind this is also the person coordinating the Sammy Keyes party on October 4th in Washington state, where the documentary will premiere. This is his vision and since he has a doctorate in children's literature and has been enthused about Samm... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.98 · 87,628 ratings · 8,061 reviews · 37 distinct works · Similar authors
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 52,898 ratings — published 2001 — 43 editions
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The Running Dream
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 8,553 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel T...
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 2,925 ratings — published 1998 — 24 editions
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 2,411 ratings — published 2006 — 12 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Sisters...
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,578 ratings — published 1999 — 21 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Hollywo...
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,478 ratings — published 2001 — 18 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Art of ...
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 1,341 ratings — published 2003 — 15 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Skeleto...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,518 ratings — published 1998 — 25 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Curse o...
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,351 ratings — published 2000 — 21 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Search ...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,304 ratings — published 2002 — 20 editions
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“Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss...." He turned to me. "But every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

“My heart stopped. It just stopped beating. And for the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you, and you're floating. Floating in midair. And the only thing keeping you from drifting away is the other person's eyes. They're connected to yours by some invisible physical force, and they hold you fast while the rest of the world swirls and twirls and falls completely away.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

“...Next time you're faced with a choice, do the right thing. It hurts everyone less in the long run.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped


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