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

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,286 ratings  ·  69 reviews

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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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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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. :)
Ha! Batty eyed Barbie... I will never get over that.
Mar 13, 2008 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!!!
Wendelin Van Draanen has done it again, a great mystery.
Oishika Barat
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
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
Esmeralda Vela
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.
Michele Wen
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
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
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!
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.
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
I used to live in the same town as the author. It is the town she based the books on, however, life there is not as exciting as in Sammy's. Van Draanen was kind enough to sign a copy of Psycho Kitty Queen when I was in 6th grade!
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
Another great entry to the series. Sammy's mom returns to reveal a secret from her past! Heather and Sammy take their hate to the next level! Cats! Wrestlers! Everything and more!
Margaret Behr
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Well-crafted mystery that kept me guessing. I want to get the entire series and introduce to the kids who took out Van Drannen's Shredderman series last year.
Cats are disappearing all over San Martina. Sammy is on the case. There is also an out of town visitor who comes to see Sammy.
Pretty hilarious. Unpredictable. Nice mystery. I think I may read the rest of the books in the series now. I'm on a roll.
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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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
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
Jasmine Duong
Totally loving the relationships developing into something more <3 I JUST LOVE IT.
Lynda Austin
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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?
Teri Gorleski
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
Angela Lesser
This book was a fun mystery. I'm glad to have gotten back into the Sammy Keyes books!
Divine Kandolo
the book i'm reading is aboutsammy right now being chased by the butche knife boynd they don't what to do as they are running for they life ther's a police car that catch up with the two girls and say do you know how you ridiculous you two look as they look behind themthere was no one because it was so weird tand they realize he ran because the police was there this book its really intense.
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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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