Wendelin Van Draanen
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Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes mystery series, and wrote Flipped which was named a Top 100 Children's Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ and became a Warner Brothers feature film in 2010.

Her other stand-alone titles include Wild Bird, The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Swear to Howdy, and The Running Dream which was awarded ALA's Schneider Family Award for its portrayal of the disability experience.

Van Draanen has also created two four-book series for younger readers. The Shredderman books feature a boy who deals with a bully and received the Christopher Award for "affirming the highest values of the human spirit," and The Gecko & Sticky books, which are fun read-alouds, perfect for reluctant readers.

A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Van Draanen is married to Mark Huntley Parsons, also an author, and they have two sons.

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    • Flipped

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Ryan Gesell, Tara Sands, Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 125

    The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply amazing..

    • By Walexa on 06-28-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Running Dream

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243

    Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 9 year old rates this 15 stars

    • By Erin on 11-06-15

    Regular price: $23.80

    • Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    While looking out the window with her grandma's binoculars, Sammy witnesses a crime across the street at the Heavenly Hotel....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Family Listening

    • By Andrew on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $20.53

    • Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The 17th mystery in the wildly popular series combines exciting high-seas adventure with the touching emotional journey of an irresistible teen sleuth....

    Regular price: $41.27

    • Wild Bird

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 40

    A remarkable portrait of a girl who has hit rock bottom but begins a climb back to herself at a wilderness survival camp....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A beautiful story of healing

    • By Texas Reader on 04-30-18

    Regular price: $32.20

    • Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Sammy and her friends are startled when they interrupt what seems to be an attempted murder on Halloween....

    • out of 5 stars
    • loved it

    • By Sheila on 03-07-09

    Regular price: $20.53

    • Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy

    • By: Wendelin Van Drannen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 24

    When Sammy's mother dumped her with Grams to go to Hollywood and become a star, Sammy dealt with it....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic thriller

    • By A on 01-07-12

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Sammy is hoping for a fun Halloween for a change. But the teenage sleuth and her pals are soon immersed in a satisfyingly suspenseful adventure....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • How I liked this book

    • By Wade Huntley on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $41.27

    • Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    How will Sammy be able to solve the mystery of who's making death threats against the history teacher that nobody likes? With wit, style, and spirit as usual....

    Regular price: $41.27

    • Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Sammy accidentally makes a deadly mistake, but all clues point to her nemesis, Heather, and she gets blamed....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another fun Sammy Keyes

    • By Pamala Collins on 06-23-17

    Regular price: $34.95

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