Sammy Keyes

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Name: Sammy Keyes series
Abbreviation(s): Sammy Keyes, Sammy, SK
Creator: Wendelin Van Draanen
Date(s): 1998-2014 (books); 2000-2019 (audiobooks)
Medium: books, audiobooks
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
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Sammy Keyes is a series of mystery novels starring a middle-school girl, Sammy (short for Samantha) Keyes. It is known for Fair-Play Whodunnits, deftly weaving the three plots (mystery, family, and school), sassy first-person narration, and

also [being] explorations of modern life in all its messy complexity. [...] Even the supporting characters deal with financial stresses, troubled home situations, and, well, life.[1]

History of the fandom


  • Fans often do something small to celebrate Sammy's birthday (April 6): it may be creating or posting a fanwork, or doing something that reminds them of Sammy
  • When the last book was published in 2014, a librarian in Puyallup, Wash., USA, organized the Goodbye Party for Sammy Keyes, an event that was affectionately nicknamed "the Sammy Con." [1][2][3][4]
  • The Epic Road Trip: a two-part author tour in spring and fall 2014, put together with input from fans on the blog [5][6][7][8]

Example Fanworks




  1. ^ Miller, Ryan (3 September 2014). "Sammy Keyes and the Grateful Author: The long-running series set on the Central Coast comes to an end". New Times San Luis Obispo.