“Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man” by Wendelin van Draanen

Quick Statistics

  • “Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man” by Wendelin van Draanen
  • Middle Grade Mystery
  • Read in ebook and alternated the audiobook.
  • 4/5 stars
  • Finished September 30, 2017

Official Synopsis

After the skeleton plows them over, Sammy and her friends look to see what he was running from. That’s when they find Frankenstein tied to a chair. Someone’s taking “trick-or-treat” way too far!

When Sammy starts to dig into what really happened Halloween night, she’s amazed at how many people have something to hide. Of course, Sammy’s got a few secrets herself. And more than a few tricks up her sleeve.

My Thoughts/Summary

I’m pretty sure this Sammy Keyes book is my favorite in the entire series. It might have to do with the fact that I used to check out the cassette tape audiobook from the library repeatedly because I loved the story so much.

This is the second in the Sammy Keyes series, and it is just as exciting and witty as the first. I love that these stories actually stand up against the test of time, and that they don’t even really seem that dated (at least in my opinion). Sammy and her friends Marissa and Dot go trick or treating on Halloween, and they decide to knock on the Bush man’s door (the typical creepy house in the neighborhood). However, as they head up to the house, they get run over by the Skeleton Man who actually committed a robbery.

In true Sammy Keyes fashion, every age can enjoy this book, even if you aren’t a seventh grade girl. Snotty Heather Acosta makes her appearance yet again, and it’s a quick read that is extremely satisfying. I love that the mysteries of this book don’t seem super far fetched like the Nancy Drew mysteries did to me when I was younger, and that you see the same characters pop up throughout the series.

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