SAMMY KEYS AND THE COLD HARD CASH by Wendelin Van Draanen

November 17, 2008 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

sammy_keyes1In her latest adventure, Sammy Keyes has to sneak in and out of the Senior Highrise building because she is illegally living there with her grandmother. On one of her forays an unknown man sees her as he rushes down the fire escape. He collapses in pain and tells Sammy to get rid of the wads of money he has on him. Sammy first tries to get him medicine, but all he wants is for her to dump the cash. Sammy tosses the bundles of twenties into the bushes and then gets her grandmother to help. But it’s too late and the man dies. Later, Sammy goes back into the bushes and retrieves the money. At first it’s thrilling for her to be able to spend money freely. But the money comes with problems. Suspicious men are out there and are very eager to find the lost bills. They snoop around Sammy and her grandmother. After spending $1,000, Sammy is horrified to suspect that the money she found might be counterfeit. There are plenty of laughs when Sammy helps her obese neighbor get on her feet from some very compromising positions. In the course of this fast-paced narrative, Sammy dons old lady disguises, discovers her mother’s cheating ways, and helps her best friend get over a caddish boyfriend. Sammy is a wonderful high-spirited girl with boundless energy and love for life. The available easy cash temporarily compromises her true values. But she learns from her mistakes and values her family and friends more than ever.   

 

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