Sammy: Working for a Living (The Sammy Series Book 3)
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Sammy, the main character, goes through a lot to find out who stole from the church. It is so good that i could not put it down. It was just an amazing book. So if you like mysteries and don't like the page boos then Sammy Keyes is a good book for you! Jan 10, Marie rated it really liked it. One of the marks of a good writer is that they can transport you. When I could practically smell the paint and feel the drips I knew I was in for a good read.
The softball game descriptions practically had my own adrenaline rushing. And I'm always up for a few good laughs, so this book is a winner in my book. May 16, Abbie rated it it was amazing. I mean its about nuns.. The best thing i think is that sammy calls their SUV a "nunmobile".
I forgot how how good these books were. I loved these books as a kid. I loved them so much. So when I was grabbing books from the book sale to refill the book sale shelf upstairs in the library I work at and I saw the entire collection of Sammy Keyes books, which I checked out and read and re-read so much as a kid, I just had to have them.
And so now I get to re-read them, and I just--God, this is like, Nancy Drew, but if Nancy Drew was a badass high-top wearing girl from the late 90s. Like Nanc I forgot how how good these books were. Like Nancy Drew, if Nancy Drew was cool. And I think this series has some really strong characters, and themes--and oh holy hell, I'd forgotten how dark and intense these books could get.
They tackle some rough stuff, and through Sammy's eyes, it's made understandable to the middle-grade readers that these are for. But God this is some good stuff. Oct 27, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: If I were a kid, I'll probably have rated this a 4 or 5 stars. Great "issues" that are an integral part of the story and dealt with in a compassionate and kind way by Sammy. Jan 09, Laura rated it it was amazing. This MG series gets better with each book. I love Sammy and her circle, which widens to include some more characters this go round.
Plus some awesome softball playoff coverage in this book, so if that's your jam, jump on this, you won't be disappointed. May 11, Hannah rated it it was amazing. This was my favorite series from about 3rd-6th grade. Great mysteries for the age group with a fun and feisty narrator. I remember this title specifically being one of my favorites. Mar 19, Ashton Schimmelpfennig rated it it was amazing. This was one of my childhood favorites. I have always loved mystery books, and the Sammy Keyes series has always been one of my favorites. I love the comedy about the nuns and the "nunmobile," but I also like Sammy's keen detective skills.
Young adults, teens, preteen. This Scholastic novel was well written with a preteen audience in mind. Our heroine, Sammy, is a displaced person, living in her grandmother's house after being abandoned by her parents. She is picked on at school by some of the older children, and for the background of this book, is paying for her misbehavior by working at the church as a sort of community service school not court ordered.
While she is at the church, thefts occur, and finger pointing abounds. In order to find out who among th This Scholastic novel was well written with a preteen audience in mind. In order to find out who among the eclectic group that surrounds her is guilty, Sammy starts to snoop, and even though she ignored the person I thought the most likely culprit, for a young girl she did a great job of detecting. I loved the carrot-eating dog mine loved carrots too!
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I especially liked the way that characters from the soup kitchen appeared in other areas of the book in a way that wasn't random, and didn't seem contrived. Overall, this is an excellent book for the 6th-9th grade set, and a very good read for adults. Oct 16, Claudia rated it liked it Shelves: I had recently read RUNAWAY, and in the author's notes yes, I read author's notes, and introductions, and acknowledgements, and dedications I saw it was a companion book to this one.
Holly, the 'runaway' was a minor character in this one. So, I hunted it up. I must say, I prefer Holly's voice to Sammy's.
Sammy tries too hard to be funny and clever But to be fair, this is the third book in the series, so I wasn't there for the first bo I had recently read RUNAWAY, and in the author's notes yes, I read author's notes, and introductions, and acknowledgements, and dedications I saw it was a companion book to this one. But to be fair, this is the third book in the series, so I wasn't there for the first books. Sammy's working off 20 hours of detention by working in the soup kitchen at St. Mary's, with its motley collection of priests, nuns, priests-in-training. She also goes to school, plays softball, and lives secretly with her grandmother.
Her mother's dumped her on Grams, and Sammy has no memories of her father at all. There are arch enemies like only happen in middle school, quirky characters, blow-by-blow softball games The Sisters of Mercy who blow into town and throw everyone in a tizzy. Because I was so taken by Holly, I appreciated the scenes she was in, and liked seeing them through the eyes of Sammy Am reading another Sammy book I think I need to give her another try.
Jul 18, Daisy Honeywell rated it did not like it.
OMG this book is horrible. I love thrillers but with this book I yawned all the time! I tried to understand that this book was written in a very very very simple way because i suppose it is for children. Sammy is not a great character I read 'til page 54 and I did not appreciate any character, and we shouldn't even talk about the plot! Well, I gave it a chance but OMG this book is horrible. Well, I gave it a chance but I just wasted my time so I closed the book and I'll never open it again. If you pay a publicist to tell that your book is full of suspance and mystery please, at least try to write something like that.
When the priest tells Sammy that he thinks she stole something i don't even remember what! Where is the suspance?
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I rated this book 1 star just because I do not even know why. Maybe becase I did not stop it at page 3. Energetic and curious Sammy Keyes is working off her detention by helping at St. Painting walls, working in the soup kitchen, helping the Sisters of Mercy get ready for their three day concert and trying to find out who stole Father Mayhew's ivory cross.
A very busy girl! Father Mayhew is crushed about his missing cross and becomes even more so when two gold chalices go missing. There has never been a theft at St. The list of suspects keeps changing to further confuse the issue. I Energetic and curious Sammy Keyes is working off her detention by helping at St. Is it on of the Sisters? Is it Brother Phil? Meanwhile the three Sisters of Mercy have arrived to put on a series of fund raising concerts for the church.
They also stir up gossip and petty jealousies among the church folk. On top of this Sammy's ball team is in the middle of playoffs against the number one team at school. Can Sammy finish her detention? Can she solve the mystery of the missing items? Will the concerts go off without a hitch? You will have to read the book to find out!
This is an enjoyable series with a cast of good characters. Aug 07, Jasmine Duong rated it it was amazing. This book wasn't my favorite out of the first 3 I read in this series. I did enjoy the parts when they had softball games. I felt like the book was more centered on her school life and her friendships. And I'm glad it did because I get to see her grow a lot more. I love the fact that her Grams and Hudson helped her move past it and not sink to Heather's level.
I know all of these subplots lead to something better. So I knew everything would be alright. I felt like it wasn't focusing on the myste This book wasn't my favorite out of the first 3 I read in this series. I felt like it wasn't focusing on the mysteries that much, which was alright because I got to see her school life more. She and I didn't really think too hard about it until Sammy slowly started to dwell on them.
I'm still impressed by this series and I know that by the time I finish it, I'll be having.. Jan 28, Nyah Ward rated it liked it. I thought that "Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy" by Wendelin Van Draanen was a good book because I liked how in the plot, Sammy tries to prove that she didn't steal the ivory cross from St.
Mary's, a local church, as well as trying to help her new friend find a home. The setting is usually taking place at the church because that's where all the main action happens, including where Sammy does her community service to serve detention. The main characters in the story include Sammy Keyes, Fath I thought that "Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy" by Wendelin Van Draanen was a good book because I liked how in the plot, Sammy tries to prove that she didn't steal the ivory cross from St. Heather Acosta conflict in the story since both of them are competing against each other in the softball playoffs and Heather has a lot of dirty tricks in order to win.
I would probably recommend this to a teen around my age because this may be a mystery they might enjoy. Mar 13, Daniel rated it it was ok. This is a great mystery story of Sammy Keys, an average teenage girl. The mystery starts in the opening chapter, when she is doing community service at a local church. Sammy sees a girl walk in, then a few minutes latter, the head of her church calls her into his office and accuses her of stealing his most prized possession, his cross.
When she denies it, he kicks her out of his office. Sammy doesn't see the mysterious girl again, until latter in the story. They become the best of friends, and a This is a great mystery story of Sammy Keys, an average teenage girl. They become the best of friends, and all Sammy's earlier doubts are cleared. As she slowly eliminates suspects, greater suspicions arise about the remaining people.
The tensions rise as you near the end of the book, and you don't know who stole the cross until the very end. I thought this was a great book, and it was a great way to tie high school life, with mystery. Nov 16, Matisse rated it really liked it. Eh, this one didn't 'wow' me like the first two. The only off element in the last volume was Dot's non-introduction into Sammy's posse; newcomer-to-the-main-credits character Holly gets her own B-plot that's tied to the primary mystery, but this book becomes crowded early on. I didn't mind the crowdedness, but it felt occasionally clunky.
The requisite everyday school drama focused on Sammy's bas Eh, this one didn't 'wow' me like the first two. The requisite everyday school drama focused on Sammy's baseball team, and I'm not a sports guy, so I wasn't interested in that aspect, either. This ends up being a volume that I'd love to have skipped, except I couldn't have, because Holly's introduction and arc is so well-done that it deserves reading.
Mar 14, Jasmine added it. The book i read was Sammy Keyes and the Sister of Mercy. By Wendeline Van Draanen. I did not really enjoy this book because i just kept getting like distracted by other things in the story. The main setting in this book is at sammeys high schools principles office that he is painting.
The main characters are Sammy Keyes and the sisters of St. The conflict in this book is that Sammy had a lot of detention time to make up and the mystery of a homeless girl in the church school. I would not recommend this book only because theirs so much going on at once to me so i could not really catch on. Dec 08, Terri rated it liked it Shelves: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Robin Hardy's Sammy is as irresistible as always in his newest adventure, "Working for a Living. As a lifelong Dallas area resident, it's always fun for me to "recognize" the locations in a book. Even the merciless Dallas heat rings true in "Working for a Living. I can't wait for more books in the series. One person found this helpful.
This newest Sammy book is great! It is funny and I enjoyed it even more than the last one. Everything is going great for Sammy, he has a loving wife, a child whom he considers a miracle, and he's considering finding a safer job. But when he's unexpectedly fired he finds that finding a better job is harder than he thought. Later in the book Sammy is rehired and thrown into a case that will test his courage and faith.
I think this is now one of my favorite Robin Hardy book and I eagerly await the next book in this series. Once a cop, always a cop When Detective Sammy Kidman tries to get into a safer workplace and work at some "normal" jobs, he finds that working outside the force isn't as easy as it looks. Sure, he gets quite a few job offers, but very few "fit" him. The incredible circumstances he encounters, doubled with the smart, touching, humorous writing of Robin Hardy makes for a great read.
Once you start reading the Sammy series beginning with Sammy: Dallas Detective you wont' be able to stop!! Working for a living, book 3, Sammy thinks he needs to grow up and take care of his family. I enjoyed all the different types of jobs that Sammy tries before he goes back to his calling.
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