'Sammy Keyes' author is coming to Columbia

March 15, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Wendelin Van Draanen, the 1999 winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children's MysTery, will be at Junior Editions bookstore in Columbia Saturday to sign copies of her newest work, "Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy."

This is the sixth book in Van Draanen's series starring spunky, young super-sleuth Sammy Keyes, whose curiosity seems to attract trouble. In this outing, Keyes and her friend Marissa head off on a journey to Hollywood to surprise Keyes' mother, the rather eccentric and elusive Lady Lana.

Lady Lana has recently moved to Hollywood and transformed herself into a starlet wannabe. In this new life, she doesn't have room for a daughter.

Keyes, who lives secretly with her grandmother in a seniors-only building, decides it's up to her to give her mom a good dose of reality and maybe jar some sense back into her. But along the way, she stumbles upon the biggest mystery of her life: This one involves murder.

Van Draanen's visit begins at 1 p.m., 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, 410-730-2665.

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