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Sammy Keyes has a lot of nerve. Wearing high-tops to a fancy reception at an art gallery. Asking why a framed orange splot is worth $10,000. Eyebrows rise. Noses turn up. But then Sammy tackles a thief who tries to break up the soiree with a stickup. Now the patrons of the arts are glad she has a lot of nerve. Or are they? Sammy may have stopped a criminal, but the real cri Sammy Keyes has a lot of nerve. Wearing high-tops to a fancy reception at an art gallery. Asking why a framed orange splot is worth $10,000. Eyebrows rise. Noses turn up. But then Sammy tackles a thief who tries to break up the soiree with a stickup. Now the patrons of the arts are glad she has a lot of nerve. Or are they? Sammy may have stopped a criminal, but the real crime has yet to be discovered. The real crime is more subtle, more artful, than anything Sammy's ever seen. She had no idea art could be so dangerous. . . . This edition also includes a free cd including an interview with Wendelin, a reading from "Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes," and "The Sammy Keyes Song."


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Sammy Keyes has a lot of nerve. Wearing high-tops to a fancy reception at an art gallery. Asking why a framed orange splot is worth $10,000. Eyebrows rise. Noses turn up. But then Sammy tackles a thief who tries to break up the soiree with a stickup. Now the patrons of the arts are glad she has a lot of nerve. Or are they? Sammy may have stopped a criminal, but the real cri Sammy Keyes has a lot of nerve. Wearing high-tops to a fancy reception at an art gallery. Asking why a framed orange splot is worth $10,000. Eyebrows rise. Noses turn up. But then Sammy tackles a thief who tries to break up the soiree with a stickup. Now the patrons of the arts are glad she has a lot of nerve. Or are they? Sammy may have stopped a criminal, but the real crime has yet to be discovered. The real crime is more subtle, more artful, than anything Sammy's ever seen. She had no idea art could be so dangerous. . . . This edition also includes a free cd including an interview with Wendelin, a reading from "Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes," and "The Sammy Keyes Song."

30 review for Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception

  1. 4 out of 5

    n

    2019 reread: ❤️❤️❤️ 2016 reread: THESE BOOKS WERE EVERYTHING TO ME AND I JUST DISCOVERED.... THERE ARE MORE.... THERE ARE MORE SAMMY KEYES THAN I HAVE READ........ IT'S LIKE IT'S CHRISTMAS I MIGHT CRY 2019 reread: ❤️❤️❤️ 2016 reread: THESE BOOKS WERE EVERYTHING TO ME AND I JUST DISCOVERED.... THERE ARE MORE.... THERE ARE MORE SAMMY KEYES THAN I HAVE READ........ IT'S LIKE IT'S CHRISTMAS I MIGHT CRY

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    I really liked the book Sammy Keyes because the book is a mystery and it is one of my favorite genres. The main event is where a character tries to steal paintings from a painter that was at an art gallery, but Sammy tackled him and the character's shoe kicked Sammy in his mouth and Sammy couldn't talk straight. I thought it was weird when Sammy's friend Marisa stood strangely looking at Sammy like something happened that was bad. I thought about the art assignment that they had to do and it mad I really liked the book Sammy Keyes because the book is a mystery and it is one of my favorite genres. The main event is where a character tries to steal paintings from a painter that was at an art gallery, but Sammy tackled him and the character's shoe kicked Sammy in his mouth and Sammy couldn't talk straight. I thought it was weird when Sammy's friend Marisa stood strangely looking at Sammy like something happened that was bad. I thought about the art assignment that they had to do and it made me think if it would be hard or easy to learn more about art from somebody that you may or may not know. That's why I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Sammy and her grandmother go with their friend Hudson to an art gallery for a Sammy's school project. Sammy dislikes two of the artists' work but she is captivated by the third artist's work. Then a burglar attempts a heist of the artwork and Sammy stops him. This sets Sammy and her grandma on a quest to determine whether one of the artists staged the robbery and leads Sammy to examine what true art is. Fun book for middle grade readers. Sammy and her grandmother go with their friend Hudson to an art gallery for a Sammy's school project. Sammy dislikes two of the artists' work but she is captivated by the third artist's work. Then a burglar attempts a heist of the artwork and Sammy stops him. This sets Sammy and her grandma on a quest to determine whether one of the artists staged the robbery and leads Sammy to examine what true art is. Fun book for middle grade readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This was a fun read. The main characters were likable. My critique is that the main character, Sammy, supposedly a seventh-grader, reasons too much like an adult to be believable. I feel that her age was more like that of a sophomore-aged kid. I liked that paintings were involved in the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    This book was AWE-SOME.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Better than the last installment. I liked seeing Sammy and Grams work together, and Sammy mature a bit in her behavior.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mira

    I thought this book was very interesting because the series of these books are mostly about mysteries and it's fun to find out what is about to happen next. Sammy goes to an art The main event is where sammy goes to an art gallery event in hightops and gets a lot of stares but she notices something very strange about this person. It turns out he is a robber and is trying to steal paintings from a painter that was at an art gallery, but Sammy tackled him and was trying to get the panting back. I I thought this book was very interesting because the series of these books are mostly about mysteries and it's fun to find out what is about to happen next. Sammy goes to an art The main event is where sammy goes to an art gallery event in hightops and gets a lot of stares but she notices something very strange about this person. It turns out he is a robber and is trying to steal paintings from a painter that was at an art gallery, but Sammy tackled him and was trying to get the panting back. I think the theme of this book is to trust you instincts like sammy did when she was unsure of a man that was running away with a painting. I think that The static character is the robber because he doesn't give the painting back but the dynamic character i sammy because she gets offensive and gets the painting back. That is why i rated my book a 5 out of 5 because it was a fun mystery to solve and read and find out what would happen next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Sammy Keyes is one smart, savvy detective. When her art teacher assigns an odd assignment, Sammy smells something fishy. Along with her quick-witted Grams and her favorite old person Hudson, they put the clues together to catch an inept thief and/or liar. In between all the mayhem, Sammy finds art that speaks to her, a true and loyal friend, and an appreciation for a Renaissance Faire (especially when an adorable actor singles her out). All that and a budding crush on super cute 8th grader Casey Sammy Keyes is one smart, savvy detective. When her art teacher assigns an odd assignment, Sammy smells something fishy. Along with her quick-witted Grams and her favorite old person Hudson, they put the clues together to catch an inept thief and/or liar. In between all the mayhem, Sammy finds art that speaks to her, a true and loyal friend, and an appreciation for a Renaissance Faire (especially when an adorable actor singles her out). All that and a budding crush on super cute 8th grader Casey has Sammy full of angst. Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception is full of humor, snappy dialogue, and plenty of red herrings (not codfish…haha!).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I wish I had Sammy Keyes to read when I was in junior high/middle school. (Heck, I could have used her inspiration through high school!) Why is it so hard for boys and girls to talk to each other? What would happen if kids were honest with each other? And if they listened to caring adults with good advice? I hadn’t a clue where this book was going, but I got there around the same time as Sammy. And boy, did I enjoy the ride. I loved seeing Hudson and Grams out of sorts and attending “Laddies Gon I wish I had Sammy Keyes to read when I was in junior high/middle school. (Heck, I could have used her inspiration through high school!) Why is it so hard for boys and girls to talk to each other? What would happen if kids were honest with each other? And if they listened to caring adults with good advice? I hadn’t a clue where this book was going, but I got there around the same time as Sammy. And boy, did I enjoy the ride. I loved seeing Hudson and Grams out of sorts and attending “Laddies Gone Amok.”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Less serious than most of the others in the series, but that’s okay; it was good to have a light one. Though I will say I very much disagree with the assertion that a person making ugly art means they’re ugly on the inside. But this is the first complaint I’ve had about this series, and I’d rather the author be insensitive about art than about gangs or homelessness or some of the actual serious issues in earlier books, so it’s forgivable.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Sammy is awesome. She has her own set of problems (sneakily living with her grandmother in a senior-only apartment, family issues), regular junior high problems (boys, crushes?, a nemesis) but she always takes the time to grapple with bigger issues. What is art? How about love? She has friends from all over and she has a metric ton of initiative.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I ❤️ Sammy! This go round we've got art, artists, art gallery business, Renaissance Faire, Harleys, some boy/kissing issues, Heather being a pain as usual, codfish, Laddies Run Amok, mac and salsa, and the skateboard is finally back. Plus character development for both Hudson and Grams. Excellent! I ❤️ Sammy! This go round we've got art, artists, art gallery business, Renaissance Faire, Harleys, some boy/kissing issues, Heather being a pain as usual, codfish, Laddies Run Amok, mac and salsa, and the skateboard is finally back. Plus character development for both Hudson and Grams. Excellent!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hanne

    THE SASS. YES

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    I love the characters in Sammy Keyes books. I also love all the relationship dilemmas that are explored in this book. People are complex and the author does a great job of showing that.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael Gallacher

    My favorite Sammy Keyes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Callen DeWit

    Great book, especially about art and identity.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aurora Dimitre

    Yeah, I still want to be Sammy Keyes when I grow up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Brower

    Had forgotten all about Sammy and found my favorite of her adventures in a little free library! Love the mystery, love the world, love Hudson, love the themes, LOVE the boy developments.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I love Sammy Keyes!

  20. 4 out of 5

    aem

    Grams gets involved in this Sammy adventure!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Weaver

    Another super installment in this wonderful series. The audio books are very well done.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin H.

    So far this book is OK. It is not my favorite. It's kind of hard to relate to it. But if you like art and mystery you might like it. 11/13/10 I am on page 234 of Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception and I am beginning to enjoy reading this book a lot more. The main problem in the book is that when the main character, Sammy goes to an art gallery, a mysterious man tries to steal some paintings from Diane Reijden's display. Sammy is now on a quest to find out who this man is and more importantly di So far this book is OK. It is not my favorite. It's kind of hard to relate to it. But if you like art and mystery you might like it. 11/13/10 I am on page 234 of Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception and I am beginning to enjoy reading this book a lot more. The main problem in the book is that when the main character, Sammy goes to an art gallery, a mysterious man tries to steal some paintings from Diane Reijden's display. Sammy is now on a quest to find out who this man is and more importantly did someone hire him to do this for publicity? My prediction is that the painter, Diane Reijden hired the man to try to steal the paitings so she would get more publicity. I think that she did that because Diane has been rejected from so many painter's clubs that she wanted to make it look like someone liked her paintintgs so much that they wanted to steal them. ***********************************SPOILER ALERT******************************************************** I have finished reading the book and I really, really enjoyed reading it!! My prediction was half right, the case did have something to do with Diane Reijden. As it turns out Diane's name was originally Elizebeth or "Lizzy" for short. Her father was a true artist but she was not. When Diane's father died she inherited all of his paintings. She later traced them so it wasn't as obvious that she couldn't paint. She submitted them to the Vault a.k.a an art gallery. Her brother was the bandit who tried to steal the paintings so she would not get exposed. Since Sammy was able to stop him, the paintings did not get stolen. A little while later Diane wanted to burn the paintings so she did. Sammy figured out what she was doing, and Sammy's grandmother broke into the house in attempt to stopher. Most of the paintings got ruined but at least someone knew Diane Reijden was a big faker! Although the story did not end with the most happiest event ever, I really enjoyed reading this perplexing novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I really like the Sammy Keyes books. They are fun reading, and Sammy always is able to solve the mystery before anyone else, even though she's only 12 years old. Sammy doesn't know who her dad is and her mom decided she wanted to be a famous actress and abandoned Sammy. Sammy lives with her grandma in a high rise, senior citizens' apartment where they don't allow children. So she has to sneak up to the apartment by the fire escape, sleep on the couch, and hide in the closet when anyone comes to t I really like the Sammy Keyes books. They are fun reading, and Sammy always is able to solve the mystery before anyone else, even though she's only 12 years old. Sammy doesn't know who her dad is and her mom decided she wanted to be a famous actress and abandoned Sammy. Sammy lives with her grandma in a high rise, senior citizens' apartment where they don't allow children. So she has to sneak up to the apartment by the fire escape, sleep on the couch, and hide in the closet when anyone comes to the door. She is a tomboy who loves her skateboard and high tops and refuses to be seen in a dress. In this book, she must do a report for her art class. Hudson, her grandmother's boyfriend (sort of), takes her and Grandma to an art gallery where Sammy falls in love with Diane Reijden's paintings. A robber tries to steal some of them, and Sammy tackles him. He gets away, but leaves the paintings. So now it's Sammy's job to not only find the robber, but find who he is working with. It could be Diane herself--looking for publicity. It could be one of the other artists or even the manager of the gallery. Or maybe he's working alone. Through Sammy's super sleuthing, she is able to discover who the real fraud and bad guy is. Not only is the book a cute mystery, but it also is a good study in human nature, both of adults and seventh graders.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaion

    I've been meaning to pick up one of these books forever (those be some catchy covers), but never really got to it. Sammy Keyes is a rather appealing snazzy-speaking tween protagonist: skateboarding, making box-mac-and-cheese-and-salsa, and of course, being a nosy mystery-uncover-er. It's all in the mold of some noir mystery but modern with relatable struggles for Sammy (incomprehensibleness of teachers, absentee mom, secretly living with grandma to not violate senior-living-only arrangement, fir I've been meaning to pick up one of these books forever (those be some catchy covers), but never really got to it. Sammy Keyes is a rather appealing snazzy-speaking tween protagonist: skateboarding, making box-mac-and-cheese-and-salsa, and of course, being a nosy mystery-uncover-er. It's all in the mold of some noir mystery but modern with relatable struggles for Sammy (incomprehensibleness of teachers, absentee mom, secretly living with grandma to not violate senior-living-only arrangement, first crush) handled deftly. And I always think feminism is a winner. Really, I enjoyed a visit her stylized (but still believable) and rich world, populated by a cast of colorful supporting characters. And particularly the snappy dialogue. But I think the book suffers a bit from what I'll call "series-itus". Status quo is god, and ultimately, I'm not sure a whole lot of actually happens to the characters- not of any lasting importance anyway. A bigger problem is probably that the central mystery is a dud, although it allows some nice contemplation of the subjectivity of art. Will I read another Sammy Keyes mystery? Probably not, but it wasn't a bad way to spend a hour. Rating: 2.5/5 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Sammy Keyes is my childhood hero. I’ve read all but the last books in the series at least half a dozen times. She informed so much of my early life- these books are a part of who I am. “Art of Deception” is my favorite mostly for the imagery in the book. I’ve always been interested in art, and the descriptions of the paintings were so vivid I can still picture exactly how I imagined them the first read-through. Not to mention how envious I was of the painter’s house at the edge of the trees. It a Sammy Keyes is my childhood hero. I’ve read all but the last books in the series at least half a dozen times. She informed so much of my early life- these books are a part of who I am. “Art of Deception” is my favorite mostly for the imagery in the book. I’ve always been interested in art, and the descriptions of the paintings were so vivid I can still picture exactly how I imagined them the first read-through. Not to mention how envious I was of the painter’s house at the edge of the trees. It appealed strongly to the daydreamer I’ve always been: an airy space on the edge of nature where art was created. Nature resonates throughout this volume, beginning with the heavy wind Sammy describes in opening pages. I have a pretty clear picture of Santa Martina in my head, but oftentimes the way Sammy explains the world mirrors my thoughts and feelings about my own homewtown. And of course this volume contains one of the best sequences in the whole series: the Renaissance faire. There are a number of small turning points for Sammy in this volume; relationships growing and changing. “Art of Deception” was one of my comfort books, one I’ve read again and again. Whenever I needed her, Sammy was there, and I will always be grateful for that.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Sammy keys and the art of deception is about a girl named Sammy. She is 12 years old. The setting takes place usually at the mall and at Sammy's friends house. And sometimes at tge art ceremony.The problem Sammy faced was that she went to an art ceremony so she could learn more about art, for her art homework. So Sammy goes with her friend Hudson. People at the ceremony already had a bad Idea about Sammy because she was dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt. When everybody else was dressed up in dre Sammy keys and the art of deception is about a girl named Sammy. She is 12 years old. The setting takes place usually at the mall and at Sammy's friends house. And sometimes at tge art ceremony.The problem Sammy faced was that she went to an art ceremony so she could learn more about art, for her art homework. So Sammy goes with her friend Hudson. People at the ceremony already had a bad Idea about Sammy because she was dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt. When everybody else was dressed up in dresses and in suits. Sammy was also known for trouble. But she saw a man dashing out with something in his hand with a blanket over what he had in his hand. So of course Sammy chased after him. But she just could not catch up. but as Sammy ran she became slower and slower and slower, until she could not run anymore. Sammy started at that point to feel ashamed and gives up completely. She didn't have a care in the world about the criminal now. Her hope had just dropped. I think that Sammy had a bad idea about what everyone else had thought. That is when she started to act normal. And Sammy Had given up for now.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nazik

    Miss. Kuskowski, Sammy's art teacher, assigns an assignment for the class to research an artist and explain why or why not they like the artist's work. Sammy tells her friend Hudson about the project and Hudson decides to take Sammy and Sammy's grandmother to an art gallery to help Sammy with her assignment. At the art gallery one artist amazes Sammy with her work. After looking at the paintings, she wanted to look at them again and again. Sammy looked deep in the paintings. They just made her h Miss. Kuskowski, Sammy's art teacher, assigns an assignment for the class to research an artist and explain why or why not they like the artist's work. Sammy tells her friend Hudson about the project and Hudson decides to take Sammy and Sammy's grandmother to an art gallery to help Sammy with her assignment. At the art gallery one artist amazes Sammy with her work. After looking at the paintings, she wanted to look at them again and again. Sammy looked deep in the paintings. They just made her happy. After staring at them for a while, a thief breaks into the art gallery, holding a gun. The thief stole a few of the paintings that Sammy adored. Just as the thief was leaving, Sammy tackled him down because she had realized that water was dripping out of the gun and that it was just a fake gun. Sammy saved all the pictures, but the thief ran away. All this was just the beginning of Sammy's adventure. This book expressed Sammy's feelings about art. It was very interesting and had a shocking ending.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teri Gorleski

    This book was really cool one mystery after another. I really cant beleive that Sammys grandma actually considers wearing blue jeans and high tops like Sammy! I thought the artist that painted the paintings that Sammy was so touched and moved by was good but too bad she wasnt. Oops! I let something very important slip. Oh my god there goes my big mouth again! So I really hope you read this book unless you already read it of course. But there was something in this book that told me that i had to This book was really cool one mystery after another. I really cant beleive that Sammys grandma actually considers wearing blue jeans and high tops like Sammy! I thought the artist that painted the paintings that Sammy was so touched and moved by was good but too bad she wasnt. Oops! I let something very important slip. Oh my god there goes my big mouth again! So I really hope you read this book unless you already read it of course. But there was something in this book that told me that i had to finish the whole serieis whanna no what it is? Ok i will tell it was the way she wrote the setting the way she described the characters and the way she doesnt reveal what the solution to the problem is even though our main detective Sammy already knows the solution to the problam. There is something else you should know you should that whenever Sammy solves the problem she says something like "now I know who's robbed that lady. So Im not going to spoil it for you so just go read the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna Bergmark

    Sammy's grandma have had a part in every book so far, but this is the first time that she gets a spot center stage. And how it works out? It's quite fun actually, seeing her act the way Sammy often does - not acting her age that is. Well, you know what they say... The apple doesn't fall far from the apple tree. And the old lady turns out to be a regular pip. Just you wait and see. It is also nice to encounter, not just the same ol' budding puppy love thing, but a sample of the more mature silverb Sammy's grandma have had a part in every book so far, but this is the first time that she gets a spot center stage. And how it works out? It's quite fun actually, seeing her act the way Sammy often does - not acting her age that is. Well, you know what they say... The apple doesn't fall far from the apple tree. And the old lady turns out to be a regular pip. Just you wait and see. It is also nice to encounter, not just the same ol' budding puppy love thing, but a sample of the more mature silverback variety. Overall, it's a good initiative, I think, letting an older generation find some spotlight time in a YA. It widens the perspective, and ain't it encouraging to know? That there's a life after fifteen! GO! GRAMS GO!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve Clark

    One of my favorite Sammy's yet. A lot of humor in this one; humor and tangled romance, but I don't want to give anything away. I wouldn't want to start the series here, but I'm sure glad I've read through this far! Although these aren't "Great Literature," they sure are fun reading. Looking forward to get to the next one. You'd think that with this many books in a series, they would become hopelessly redundant and repetitive, but somehow there are enough fresh twists and turns in each one to ke One of my favorite Sammy's yet. A lot of humor in this one; humor and tangled romance, but I don't want to give anything away. I wouldn't want to start the series here, but I'm sure glad I've read through this far! Although these aren't "Great Literature," they sure are fun reading. Looking forward to get to the next one. You'd think that with this many books in a series, they would become hopelessly redundant and repetitive, but somehow there are enough fresh twists and turns in each one to keep the fun going.

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