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Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen (Sammy Keyes #9)

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Sammy’s never been what you might call lucky. But finding a dead cat on her birthday? That ranks up there in her top-10 unluckiest moments. And not just because it was the ugliest dead thing she’d ever seen. No, it was more the chain of events that happened after.
Like getting hosed down by a crazy cat lady who blames Sammy for her pet’s violent end. And being chased throug

Library Binding, 304 pages
Published October 12th 2004 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Marie Gentilcore
May 18, 2016 Marie Gentilcore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, series, audiobook
The kids (boy-11 and girl-9) really enjoyed this book which is part of a series that follows the adventures of Sammy Keyes and in this book Sammy is trying to find out who is killing cats. There were plenty of funny parts and the story moves a long at a good pace. The scene where Sammy fought Heather and her two friends was hilarious. Sammy is great character, she is so entertaining, and I am sure we will be reading more books in this series.
Amy Brown
Sammy Keys and the Psycho Kitty Queen was not my favorite book. The characters were not my favorite either. I wasn't really able to feel Sammy's emotions, and overall think she over reacted in many of the situations. It was hard to even imagine the characters. The characters don't seem relatable to many kids my age. But then again I might be wrong who knows, maybe a lot of kids like to take things off their mind by looking for dead cats. But this book didn't really spark my interest, I would not ...more
Angela Juline
Mar 15, 2016 Angela Juline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My girls love these books...they want to be Sammy. I thought it was about time I got back to the series. I'm not reading them in order. I had previously read Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy, which I loved.
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
I just can't get enough of Sammy Keyes. Even after almost 6 years since I picked up the first book, I still love the mysteries. :)
Mar 13, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!!!
Wendelin Van Draanen has done it again, a great mystery.
Sep 19, 2008 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ha! Batty eyed Barbie... I will never get over that.
Aleisha Z Coleman
I loved this one! I might be a crazy cat lady though, so it might have been just the subject matter, lol!
Catrina Sada
Oct 09, 2016 Catrina Sada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
all of these mysteries are the perfect amount of complex and incredible, but this one had a great touch with the wrestling. i didnt think it was too far fetched that sammy could pick up wrestling so quickly. i also couldnt stop laughing when she fought heather, when she was swinging her around her head haahaha great great book
Oishika Barat
Oct 18, 2013 Oishika Barat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen was a great book because this book has a lot of twists and turns in this story which you would not expect at all, and the characters were described very well, their appearance and their actions. " A super-sized batty-eyed Barbie... She's middle aged, with super-bleached hair and a mountain of makeup- thick lack eyeliner that curves way up at the corners, three-inch fake eyelashes, sparkly gold eye lashes, and pink lipstick... " Who are you?" she snaps, and ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Maya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever felt so unlucky that you think your life will fall apart? Well Sammy feels like that now, maybe even worse. It's Sammy's birthday, and so far its one of the worst days of her life. She finds a dead cat in a dumpster, but thats not the worst part the worst part is the chain of events that follow. Like getting hosed down by some crazy cat lady named Ms. Kitty,who blamed Sammy for her cats violent end. Follow Sammy through this puzzling mystery, that might just end up crazier than it ...more
Divine K
This book so far is about sammy finding out who is killing these cats in her neighborhood. and why are so many cats are dying what's going on. and sammy is put with lots of pressure because she found out that she is one year younger then she suppose to be.Sammy is so confuse and her mom is not even telling her the truth.As Sammy find those cats in the garbage can she realize that cat that she found was murdered by a person and not just dying out of the blue. as soon she finds a whole buch of cat ...more
Michele Wen
May 28, 2013 Michele Wen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-2013
The ending to this book really upset me, not because it was terrible, but because of the truth behind this new mystery. It is Sammy's birthday, but it's just her luck that she finds a dead cat that seems like it has been mauled. She continues to find even MORE dead cats as the week goes on. There were so many cats in the first place because there is a lady who lives in Sammy's neighborhood and owns A LOT of cats. Every day she loses even more cats and they all turn up dead in a dumpster. All tho ...more
Drew Benbow
Again, I have to hand it to Draanen, Sammy Keyes is one of my all time favorite series, and "Psycho Kitty Queen" is no exception. Another wonderful addition to the series, if not a slightly more predictable one. Every book leading up to this one had me sputtering to find answers, and just when I thought I had the culprit, Draanen would pull something on me that I had never seen coming! "Psycho Kitty Queen's" ending, for me at least, was slightly more predictable than the ones in the past, seeing ...more
Sep 05, 2015 Patrick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Sammy is lovable as always, and the family side of things was great reading with her mother admitting various dumb things from the past leading to Sammy finding out that she is a year younger than she thought she was. Heather's birthday turns out to be the same day which obviously causes drama. The pro-wrestling lesson subplot/sneaky connection was funny.

The mystery is scary as Sammy investigates cats disappearing and turning up dead in a gross way. She ends up finding an underground dog/cat fig
Mar 27, 2015 E.F.B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers young and old
Recommended to E.F.B. by: My mom
I first read this book years ago after my mom found it at the library and thought I might like it. It was the first Sammy Keyes mystery I ever read, but to say the least, I fell in love with the spunky little detective, and since then have read all the other Sammy Keyes books too. I love Wendelin Van Draanen's sense of humor and how she creates such fun and interesting characters who all contribute to fun and often exciting, suspenseful, creative, honest and sometimes quite touching mystery stor ...more
WOW, Wendelin Van Draanen is getting into some serious topics in the last two books of hers I've read. This one is about why cats are missing. Now let me tell you without giving away the answer, if you like cats or animals for that matter and don't have a strong stomach, you may not want to find out or read this one. I was cheering Sammy on when she got in an actually hands on fight with some girls, and there was at least once that I can remember laughing out loud at some other incidence. Sammy ...more
**SPOILER** Sammy meets Hudson's neighbor who irrationally accuses Hudson's arthritic dog of attacking her missing cat Snowball. Because of the way the woman acts, Sammy calls her the "Psycho Kitty Queen." But when Sammy comes across two dead cats, including Snowball, in a couple of trash dumpsters, she begins to wonder what's going on. It gets personal when her own cat, Dorito, escapes the apartment and disappears. Who's responsible? "El Gato," the wrestler in a cat costume who practices at Sla ...more
Oct 28, 2009 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick, easy read. I'm not sure that I would have been very interested by these when I was the target audience's age, but I can see their appeal. I sense that plenty of girls will related to Sammie, who lives with her grandmother because her mother is too selfish and self-absorbed to take care of her properly. There's an underlying mystery about who Sammie's father is, and I'm actually rather curious to see who it is. I sense tragedy in her mother's past, and I like that the author isn't com ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Nazik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book starts out with Sammy visiting her old friend Hudson. Suddenly Hudson's neighbor, Miss. Kitty, accuses Hudson's dog of killing her lost cat. After Hudson proves that his dog couldn't have killed a cat, Miss. Kitty leaves angrily. Sammy is suspicious. The next day was her birthday, and Sammy isn't very lucky. She accidently finds Miss. Kitty's dead cat in a dumpster. The next few days Sammy finds several more dead cats in dumpsters in her city. Who is killing all these cats? Sammy is on ...more
This is one of my favorites in the series. I always love it when Sammy solves a mystery with a friend because it's twice as enjoyable.

In this book an odd mystery comes up. Apparently, dead cats have been dumped in dumpsters with a horrifying appearance. Someone Sammy meets in this book is a crazy cat lady who wears a tiara on her head. This woman is upset because some of her cats were found dead. As much as Sammy doesn't like her, she still has to find the culprit to save Dorito, her own cat.
Teri Gorleski
Sep 21, 2011 Teri Gorleski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book was funny getting hosed down by a crazy cat women! I like how Wendelin Van Draanen built up Sammys character. My favorite part is when Sammy whipes out three girls at the same time and only gets scratched by Monets catty finger nails. Sammy always sticks up for her self she's my role model except her sense of fashion. I love pink and purple she doesnt and I still dont know about hightops and if i EVER wear them it will be because of Sammy Keyes. Worood
Anna Bergmark
Nov 21, 2015 Anna Bergmark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Downside: Dead cats. People get murdered left and right in books and in movies, and it doesn't bother me much, but hurt animals, even make believe ones... Turns out they get to me.

Upside: This installment is just as fun and fast paced as the others, and furthermore, it's even more feel good. The development with both Casey and Officer Borsch is heartwarming. The story leaves you with a great fat smile!
Lynda Austin
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Esmeralda Vela
Jan 22, 2015 Esmeralda Vela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is good because there are lots of twists and turns and you are like on the tip of your chair.I rated it a 5 star because it was pretty good book.If you like twist or turn books you should really read this book.If you don't then you should start liking them and read this book.I would recommend this book to people who like twist and turns.The only thing i am going to tell you is nothing because you have to go read the book.
Feb 08, 2016 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sammy Keyes is at it again. This time she's investigating missing cats. The mystery wasn't the best part of the book for me though. I really liked the drama in Sammy's life. I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say Sammy finds out that a really important detail about her life is wrong. It's a roller coaster ride for Sammy this time. If you like Sammy Keyes you won't be disappointed in Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen.
Jun 26, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Sammy's B-day and what better way to celebarate than finding a dead cat in your trashcan. Cats are turning up dead around the city and sammy is scared for her own cat Dorito. There is also this pscho who also has had cats missing. {Sammy wonders how she notices since she has a gazillion other ones.} So SAmmy starts to investigate. She winds up getting hosed down by a pscho, Getting chased down an alley by a butcher with a cleaver, and oh wait did imention that she lost her own cat?
Again, the mystery was much less interesting than Sammy's personal issues until the very end. I continue to be impressed at how Van Draanen incorporates very mature, often frightening but real-life issues into these books.

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Vishnu Brahmandam

This is a very nostalgic moment for me because I'm going through all the old Pennsylvania Reader's Choice Awards Nominee List and I know I read most of them.

This book:
I know I loved this book. I devoured it! I'm pretty sure litte me would give it 5 stars!

Hopefully, I'll read it again!
Aaliyah Smith
i think this book was very good i like the the end of the book when they found out that el gato was the police officer .also i like when it was sammy birthday and cassey gave her a lucky horse shoe and his sister heather was trying to take it off her foot so they follewed her to the mall and thkeyes beat them upsammy keys broke one girl nose then another girl arm i re4aly liked the book
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Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series, and wrote Flipped which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, and became a Warner Brothers feature film with Rob Reiner directing. Her novel The Running Dream was awarded ALA’s Schneider Family Award for its portrayal o ...more
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