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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I just received a finished copy of Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye in the mail and was very happily surprised to open it and find custom endpapers! I am attaching a snapshot of them, but they are way better in person, and there's more on the backside of the turning page. It's hard to believe the book will be in stores in three weeks (and two days, but who's counting, right?).



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Average rating: 3.98 · 91,061 ratings · 8,291 reviews · 37 distinct works · Similar authors
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 55,573 ratings — published 2001 — 43 editions
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The Running Dream
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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel T...
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 3,012 ratings — published 1998 — 24 editions
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Runaway
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 2,506 ratings — published 2006 — 12 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Sisters...
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,630 ratings — published 1999 — 21 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Art of ...
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 1,381 ratings — published 2003 — 15 editions
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Sammy Keyes and the Hollywo...
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Sammy Keyes and the Skeleto...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,565 ratings — published 1998 — 25 editions
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,388 ratings — published 2000 — 21 editions
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,342 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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