Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy by Wendelin Van DraanenShe is supposed to be in church to get out of trouble...
Sammy is working off some junior high detention time by helping out at St. Marys, but when Father Mayhew discovers that his ivory cross has been stolen, Sammy becomes the prime suspect. While shes looking for the real culprit, Sammy is amazed to find how much gossip and petty jealousy there is bubbling under the churchs serene surface. This is just like junior high!
And school is abubble with intrigue as well. Sammys in the middle of softball playoffs when her catchers mitt is stolen. Shes sure the hated Heather must have it, but knowing whodunit and getting the mitt back are two different things.
With a cast that includes a trio of singing nuns, a homeless girl in high tops, a former safecracker, and a red-hot shortstop, its not so easy to tell the saints from the sinners...
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Sammy Keyes and the Sisters Of Mercy
Mary's church, befriends a homeless girl, and plays in a softball tournament against a bitter rival. Now, kids don't usually come to church in the middle of the afternoon on a school day - they're too busy running around town trying to put together enough sins to make going to church on Sunday worthwhile. So her just being there was enough to make me do a double take, but it was her shoes that made me want to go up to her and say, "Hi! Mary's Church for an infraction committed during her last case, Sammy Keyes becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Father Mayhew's prized ivory cross. Ace detective that she is, Sammy manages to prove her innocence but soon discovers that, under its calm exterior, St. Mary's is abuzz with gossip, jealousy, and intrigue - just like junior high! Meanwhile, back at school, Sammy's beloved catcher's mitt - her only connection to her father - disappears just when her team makes the semifinals.
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Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy is the third book in the series. It takes place in November during the time near Thanksgiving. The resourceful, wise-cracking seventh grader returns in another whodunit filled with nonstop action and true-to-life dialogue.
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Sign up for our newsletters! Mary's Church. A church should be a safe enough place even for Sammy, and she actually kind of enjoys painting Father Mayhew's walls and washing the stained glass windows. Until Father Mayhew accuses her of stealing his ivory cross, that is. Then, things are anything but safe and enjoyable.