Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief is the first book in the series by Wendelin Van Draanen. It is the debut of Sammy Keyes.


Look out Harriet the Spy! Here comes Sammy Keyes, a resourceful, brave, too-curious-for-her-own-good young sleuth who gets into trouble with her grandmother's binoculars. Sammy was just killing time when she looked across the avenue with the binoculars. She certainly didn't imagine that she would see a thief in the act of stealing something from a woman's purse from one of the rooms at the Heavenly Hotels. The worst part is that the thief saw Sammy spying on him! And what did "smart" Sammy do then? She waved at the thief without thinking! Now Sammy is in loads of trouble. Later the thief slips a threatening note under the WRONG DOOR! That door was nosy Mrs. Graybill's apartment, and now Mrs Graybill thinks Sammy was the one who put the note, and she keeps waiting until Sammy comes along to try to get her kicked out of the building! Can Sammy solve the mystery of the hotel thief before the thief finds her and before the police discover that she has been living illegally with her grandmother at Senior Highrise, and to make sure to keep the secret of living with her grandma? Teens of all ages, shapes, and persuasions (especially reluctant readers) will adore Sammy and her crazy adventures. She is much more than a brilliant detective: Sammy Keyes, who is curious in all the right ways, is the sort of person you'd love to have as a friend.