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Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary (Sammy Keyes #5)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,659 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
While celebrating the New Year with a friend, Sammy encounters a mystery involving an elderly neighbor, a pioneer cabin, and a century-old family feud.
Library Binding, 256 pages
Published May 9th 2000 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2000)
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Allison
Sep 08, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: favorites
I just looooove Casey he's the best! in every other one he's in too.
Storylover8
Feb 26, 2011 Storylover8 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Casey is the sweetest thing to hit Earth!
Cinnapatty
Hmm. #5 in this series and it has HEAVY issues in it. If your child isn't in 7th or 8th grade I would skip this book. Sammy finds herself in over her head. All the confusing emotions involving boys and to top it off, some boys who are involved with drugs. But some are not.

So while the story about Mary and her moustache is right out of the wild west and the feuding families are still at it, the whole story is swirling and twirling around drugs and alcohol. The good news is that Sammy knows that's
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Sue
Jul 19, 2008 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sue by: Meg
I LOVE all the Sammy Keyes books! There's some wisdom in each-good old common sense :-) and Sammy herself is such a good kid. Wendelin takes on some tough subjects kids may be exposed to and this book is no exception. Sammy finds out that some kids she knows are drinking and into drugs. This book shows that it's okay to not give into things to be cool and that good friends really do help each other and stick together.
Katy
Jun 19, 2009 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Sammy.

To date, I think this is my favorite of the series because the side characters were so great. Lucinda Huntley, her pig, and Moustache Mary just added so much to an already great series. I'm also interested in seeing where the Casey storyline ends up.
Sella Malin
i like these books- it's my favorite mystery series. the mysteries are really interesting, and sammy keyes is awesome. I love it when I find out who's the culprit a second before sammy does.
Muhammad Salman
Jun 12, 2012 Muhammad Salman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-2012
A thrilling book about mystery. Kept me at the edge of my seat and never stop reading. Sammy and her friends are talking when a lady passes by and tells them a story about Moustache Mary. Her name is Lucinda Hartley. She is the great granddaughter of Mary. Lucinda asks help for the riddle that Mary left to find the gold.
A theme that is present throughout the whole book is for a successful sleuthing mission, it requires more than just one sleuth. Sammy cannot solve the mystery by herself. SHe wi
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Sharyn
Jul 26, 2015 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am listening to the audio books and they are really well done. I am an adult who enjoys Sammy Keyes. Read them awhile ago when my daughters were younger, now have found they are good car listening. This one is particularly interesting because it involves a meth lab and teens doing drugs. It has a very moral point. Sammy is a smart girl and she is great at figuring out what is going on. Everything is from the point of view of a 7th grader, and the reader does an excellent job.
Patrick
Mine is a Yearling paperback, but with this cover only attributed to the hardback.

Good story. I love the lessons that Sammy is learning, but...the balance between the mystery du jour and the rest of Sammy's growing process was a little less focused. A few very different things intertwined, and it was a little weird. But it was awesome too. I loved the twist about Casey, and I'm really liking her relationship with Officer Borsch.
Meherin
I love the Sammy Keyes books and this one in particular. Sammy is smart and sassy, the mysteries are fun, and Van Draanen does a great job of getting middle grade right. A lot of times I find the characters in middle grade books to be too childish or too precocious, but Sammy thoughts and actions are realistic for a smart and tough girl her age (not to mention she is very funy).

For some reason, this installment sat with me enough that I have read it 3 times in the last decade. I really like how
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Meredith
Drinking and drugs and meth labs, oh my. This would have to go on the 6th grade shelf ... although it's not the strongest of the series. Psycho Kitty is my favorite so far. Reading them out of order is slightly confusing in terms of friendship timelines.
Christy Willis
If you are needing to regroup and get in a better mood, this is the series to do it. The protagonist will take you on fun adventures and remind you what it is like to think like a middle schooler again.
Dan Frew
Apr 28, 2015 Dan Frew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tried to read this to my Gr.6 class. 60 pages in and no sign of any substantial plot or narrative direction. Maybe it gets better, but I'm not sticking around to find out.
Garry
Sep 22, 2013 Garry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in this series I've read. A good mystery wrapped around some essential challenges of some challenging years...those awkward, awesome, oh-so-memorable years of 7th and 8th grade when some friends begin heading down different paths and it's hard to know which is the path you should be taking. At first I did not like what seemed like an out-of-place diversion to a High School party, but Van Draanen ties it all together in a compelling and realistic way. A series that could easily get too ...more
Laurie Gray
Aug 20, 2012 Laurie Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series (Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief) was on my daughter’s summer reading list between 4th and 5th grade. I read it with my daughter, and we were hooked. We read this book together as a family. Inquisitive and resourceful, Samantha (Sammy) Keyes makes a great tween protagonist. Be forewarned that there are some alcohol and drug references (marijuana, cocaine and meth) in this book which provided us with the opportunity to talk about these issues very frankly with our 10 ...more
Jenna
Jan 14, 2016 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still one of my favorites of the series. Even now that I'm twice Sammy's age, I still find her extremely relatable and amusing.
Amanda Weaver
Sep 14, 2015 Amanda Weaver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
N and I loved this one. He says best, most complicated Sammy Keyes mystery yet. This series is just so good. I have a wide smile after every book.
Emma
Feb 22, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, yet horrifying. Yeesh. But the introduction to Casey was funny.
Jasmine Duong
Aug 23, 2015 Jasmine Duong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY FUCKIN GOODNESS.
I LOVE HIM.
SO MUCH.
IT HURTS.
I SHIP SO MUCH.
I SHIP IT. FOREVER.
Squeaky
Feb 17, 2016 Squeaky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeping getting better and better.
Sara
Jul 27, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very interesting
Michele Wen
Jun 10, 2012 Michele Wen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sammy keyes is an amazing series. i am massively in love with it. this certain book of the story is of how two didnt families didnt get along but one kid from each side fell in love. it's sort of like romeo and juliet but with a pioneer twist. sammy and her friends were staying at a friend's place and end up going into crazy adventures like running into a guy who may have stolen her skateboard and unraveling a mystery that has been misinterpreted. this book and this series is a must read!
Rebecca
I figure this must be one of the first books to read in the Sammy Keyes series, but this is the last one I read. But I've requested more from the library. The reviews on the back of the hardcover of this book made me read it. I don't know why I delayed to write a review, though. I can't remember what the reviews said. But I'm pretty sure that the book followed through.
Louis
Jul 06, 2010 Louis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned that a girl found out that there was a person wearing a moustache and the person was called mary and the main character in this book was running away from mary because she doesnt want to get caught. I like this book because it was fun to read about people who are always solving a mystery and the book ends in a happy way
Teri Gorleski
Sep 20, 2011 Teri Gorleski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book is so exciting really you should read it. the author such a good job with the problem and solution she gives such good clues for Sammy,Marissa,Holly and Dot to follow. I think the front cover looks funny and fantastic! I hope you get the chance to read this fantastic book! No not this book the whole series yeah!
Sarahsunshine13
May 30, 2010 Sarahsunshine13 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only read two books in the Sammy Keyes series, Hotel Thief and this one, but I'd like to read the rest. Most books say on the back of them that it was a real page-turner, but these books have really only been page-turners for me in my whole life. I literally couldn't put it down!
Anna Nowinski
Cute book for middle grade readers. I appreciated how it didn't pretend that drugs and alcohol don't exist. It treats the reader like real people. Would probably have been better if I was a) in the targeted age group and b) had read the previous books in the series
Dru
Jul 30, 2013 Dru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-mystery
It's been a while since I've picked up some Sammy Keyes, and this one has a bit of everything: Sammy makes a new (older) friend, ghosts, family vendettas, a sleep over, Sammy's first house party, meth(!!!), a boy who likes Sammy, and a two hundred pound pig.
Heather
Nov 29, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, so I totally figured this mystery out early on in the book. Mostly because I (apparently) recognized the basic ingredients for meth before I was even thirteen. Go figure. (And sorry for the spoiler if you haven't read it already.)
Kaelyn Grant
Jan 09, 2013 Kaelyn Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the haunted story of the past included in the mystery of the current life. Also the Sammy faces a drinking party. The author captured the feel of teen partying and the poor choices some chose to make, and some chose to avoid.
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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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