Wendelin Van Draanen:'It opens up this whole world to you that you weren't expecting'


In this interview, Wendelin Van Draanen, author of the "Sammy Keyes" series, talks about the key role libraries have played in her - and her family's - life.

She also shares the joy she has experienced in seeing children who have enjoyed her books tell her, as grownups, that their children also enjoy them.

According to the Random House website, "Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen's life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memories of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories."

It continues, "Her first book was published in 1997, and since then her titles have been nominated for State Award Master Lists all over the country."

The Sammy Keyes Mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children’s Mystery, while Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief earned the statue.


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