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Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes (Sammy Keyes #7)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,590 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Sammy's softball team is in contention for the Junior Slugger's Cup, and all she wants to do is hunker down behind home plate and catch strikes. But some wicked curves are headed her way. Heather Acosta brings new meaning to the term "foul ball" as she schemes to get Sammy kicked off the team. And Sammy is thrown a wild pitch by a frantic girl in the mall. She begs Sammy t ...more
Published by Turtleback Books (first published 2002)
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Nazik
Jan 24, 2011 Nazik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sammy and her friend Marissa were in the arcade room of the mall. All of a sudden, a girl a few years older than Sammy gives her a Sears bag and begs Sammy to keep the bag and return it to her later in the day at 7 p.m. The stranger was in a hurry and in all the confusion of the arcade noise, Sammy agrees. After the stranger leaves, Sammy looks in the Sears bag and sees something very unexpected, a baby. Sammy just got herself into big trouble. She came back to the mall at 7p.m. and waited for h ...more
Cinnamon
Sammy Keyes is a great detective series for upper elementary and middle school readers. There is always enough humor, mystery and adventure to suit a wide audience. Plus, the author often pulls in issues that are current in our society.

Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes has Sammy being drawn into the middle of the gang world in her hometown. One day, while hanging at the arcade, Sammy runs into a girl who is clearly on the run. The girl asks Sammy to watch her shopping bag while she attem
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Patrick
Sep 05, 2015 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
My least favorite Sammy Keyes so far. It's more mature and dangerous rather than inspiring and clever. Teen pregnancy, gangs, set-ups, graffiti, violent kidnappings, and murders are not dealt with in a fairly bleak picture.

A gang-banger girl running from a guy shoves a bag in Sammy's hands at the mall which turns out to have a baby in it. Sammy's challenges with the baby and trying to survive at school are enjoyable.

However, Sammy is stupidly brave in this one, snooping on a gang leader who eve
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Bruce
Sep 07, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sammy’s best friend Marissa wants to know how she gets into these things. They’re just hanging at the video arcade. Marissa’s just finished her game and turns to see Sammy holding the bag that a girl told her to hold because she was afraid some creepy guy was going to kill her. Now the girl that handed Sammy the bag has disappeared leaving them, two seventh-graders, with a bag full of baby! And, as they eventually discover, not any baby, but the son of a member of the notorious South West gang.
Teri Gorleski
I couldnt beleive that someone could actually be shaking to death! The scariest thing in this book yo me is how Wendalin Van Draanen described Raymond Ramirez or snake eyes. I coudnt even picture him I could picture snake eyes but steel for a mouth? Not likely but I still loved everything. It was a horrific but very good book. I loved it. I feel like the Sammy Keyes series could go on forever.
Lisa Rathbun
I didn't even know this was a series; just found it at a book sale and started reading it. It's fast-paced and exciting as 7th grader Sammy plunges into the dangerous, gang-filled world of Tigertown, propelled by a Sears bag left in her care by a terrified girl with strange scars on her arm. A couple uses of profanity but not too prevalent. I want to read more in this series.
Kim
Nov 03, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter, mystery
Calling all of you who love MYSTERIES. Sammy Keyes is an awesome series. Sammy (short for Samantha) lives with her grandma in a retirement community. That means that Sammy has to sneak in and out of the building by the fire escape because kids are not allowed. In this book, Sammy gets mixed up with an abandoned baby and a gang. Sammy is a gutsy kid - you'll really root for her!
Seth Saephan
May 06, 2016 Seth Saephan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because there were violence and a lot of helping.What I feel about this book is happy because I saw crying and people helping others.I would recommend this book to a friend because it's violence and funny.
Christy
Sammy’s softball team is in contention for the Junior Slugger’s Cup, and all she wants to do is hunker down behind home plate and catch strikes. But Heather Acosta brings new meaning to the term “foul ball” as she schemes to get Sammy kicked off the team. And Sammy is thrown a wild pitch by a frantic girl in the mall. She begs Sammy to watch something for her and then dash...moreSammy’s softball team is in contention for the Junior Slugger’s Cup, and all she wants to do is hunker down behind hom ...more
Shelley
I think this one is my least favorite in the series. I felt Sammy was reckless and not a good role model for kids who follow Sammy Keyes books. It was actually very dangerous what Sammy did. I know I wouldn't have done it even as an adult. It also made me really angry that I wanted to throw the book across the room when Sammy & Marissa were trying to tell everyone they were innocent of the crime and yet, once again, no one would listen to them. Yeah I know this is only a made up story, but h ...more
Irah Shaikh
Sep 16, 2012 Irah Shaikh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Read In ORDER
Recommended to Irah by: Yuserera
They are best in ORDER:

1)Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief (April 1998)
2)Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man (August 1998)
3)Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy (April 1999)
3)Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf (October 1999)
5)Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Mustache Mary (May 2000)
6)Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy (February 2001)
7)Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes (May 2002)
8)Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception (April 2003)
9)Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen (October 2004)
10)Sammy Keyes a
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Judy Khalifa
Oct 06, 2012 Judy Khalifa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brave and courageous girl and her best friend have to go through difficult, strange, foreign, and, most importantly, dangerous. Sammy Keyes and her best friend, Marrissa McKenze. Sammy and Marrissa are in the arcade in the mall when a girl runs to them and hands them a bag. She looks like a 21 year old. She's running away from someone, and before they can refuse to take the bag, she's gone. Guess what they find in the bag? A baby. Soar through their adventures with them: stalked by gangsters, ...more
Aranruth
May 28, 2015 Aranruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddie-lit
Sammy is in the arcade with her friend Marissa trying to get her mind off of the upcoming softball tournament when she meets a girl not much older than herself who looks absolutely terrified. When she tries to help she ends up with the girl’s bag after being told not to go to the police and finds a baby inside. When the girl does not return like she said she would, Sammy must find the mother before it is too late. To make matters worse, her archnemesis Heather is trying to frame her and get Samm ...more
Anna Bergmark
When I reviewed book number 6 in this series (S.K. & the Hollywood Mummy) I liked it just fine, but found Hollywood a little bit too glitzy and "unreal" to feel like natural, good old Sammyland. Maybe the author had the same thought and decided to go more gritty this time, and oh boy... Talk about overcompensating!

Teenage pregnancy, child neglect, gang violence, murder, sadistic kidnapping.... The fun and lightheartedness of these books are hard to mix in between things like that. No wonder
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Dru
Jul 13, 2015 Dru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-mystery
Another awesome adventure with Sammy. This one involves a baby, which causes Sammy to confront some feelings about her mother and ponder what life would be as a teen mom. Throw in a softball tournament, gangs, a villain with a snake eyes tattoo and that rotten Heather Acosta and you've got a pretty great mystery.
Jasmine Duong
Aug 25, 2015 Jasmine Duong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I JUST.I JUST CAN'T. THIS HAS GOTTEN ME MINDBLOWNED.
AND IM TRYING TO EXPLAIN PART OF IT TO MY SISTER AND IM JUST LIKE STUTTERING AND JUST CAN'T GET MY SHIT TOGETHER.
OMFG OMFG OMFG. IM SQUEALING BUT IM PANICKING AND I FELT LIKE MY HEART NEVER WILL STOP. BUT THATS A GOOD THING CAUSE IM IN LIVING. WILD. MWHAHAHA.
Andrew Grinnell
Feb 26, 2016 Andrew Grinnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mandy
Mar 17, 2015 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listening to this audio book and others in this series with my children has started discussions about big topics. The topics have included gangs, drugs, personal safety, lying, stealing, homelessness, and others. They are really great books for 'tweens and I'm enjoying them again, too. Sammy and her friends are adventurous and funny.
Kelly
Oct 29, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: written-by-women
Once again, a fun, engaging read that deals with mature enough issues someone outside the middle-school age range can enjoy it. This is probably the first Sammy book that really grabbed my attention almost right off the bat. Lots of tense, exciting sequences as Sammy tries to solve her latest mystery.

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Cinnapatty
I didn't enjoy the subject of this book. Gang bangers, 16 year old unwed mother. Sammy's poor choices. It was just too much. And this is in the children's section at the library! Should be YA.
Susan
Jan 03, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I really like the Sammy Keyes books. Of course, they are totally unbelievable, but they're fun and exciting.

In this one Sammy is handed a sack by a girl while she's in the mall. The girl is hiding from a totally evil man--who has a striking snake tattoo on his arm. She tells Sammy to meet her at 7 p.m. When Sammy picks up the sack, it's really heavy. She looks inside and finds...a baby. Well, of course, the mother never shows up. Although the police are looking, Sammy is a lot smarter than the
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Alycia
Jun 14, 2016 Alycia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sports and drama!
Casey saving the day!
And gangs and babies.
Rithika
Aug 15, 2014 Rithika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
first book i read in 5th grade of the sammy keyes series
Meredith
Good lord, this series is getting hardcore!
Athera
Oct 26, 2014 Athera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gave so much suspension
Soul
Aug 17, 2012 Soul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I extremely enjoy reading the Sammy Keyes series. I have read almost all except for the Hollywood Mummy, i would have to say my favorite would be this one so far because of all the excitement, and back and forth with the mystery. The whole time i been reading this book i been craving to see what was going to happen next, or to see exactly who the culprit was. i give this book a 10/10 and i would most defiantly recommend this book to anyone that is into the mystery series.
Amanda Weaver
Nov 13, 2015 Amanda Weaver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another super mystery with meaningful topics from Wendelin Van Draanen. Love that Sammy Keyes!!!
Kristin King
Listened to the audiobook with the kids. It caught their interest although the girl perspective didn't make sense to my eldest son sometimes. Over all a good romp. Not for under 9 crowd, IMO.
Louis
Jul 06, 2010 Louis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned that sammys soccer team wants to win the game and all sammy wants is to score as much points for her team to win the game,and after they win the game sammy sees a snake that has eyes that look weird and sammy thinks that if she ever has snake eyes people would look at her and say that she looks nice. I like this book because this book is my favorite one from all the books that i've read in my whole life.
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Van Draanen was born in Chicago, Illinois. One of her early influences was Dandelion Wine . According to the author, the book was "about the magic of growing up and [it] reminded me of all the wonderful mischief my brothers and I got into when we were young." Bradbury's work inspired Van Draanen to write How I Survived Being a Girl, which was published by HarperCollins in 1997. Other early influe ...more
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Sammy Keyes (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man (Sammy Keyes, #2)
  • Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy (Sammy Keyes, #3)
  • Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf (Sammy Keyes, #4)
  • Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary (Sammy Keyes, #5)
  • Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy (Sammy Keyes, #6)
  • Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception (Sammy Keyes, #8)
  • Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen (Sammy Keyes, #9)
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