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 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 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 79

    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: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    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 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun read for young kids!

    • By Sara Donnelly on 06-24-16

    Regular price: $20.53

    • Wild Bird

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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 Rick Strange on 04-30-18

    Regular price: $32.20

    • Shredderman

    • Secret Identity
    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Daniel Young
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Tired of the abuse that he's suffered because of bully Bubba Bixby, fifth-grader Nolan Byrd allows his inner super hero to emerge....

    Regular price: $15.95

    • Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen

    • By: Wendelin Van Drannen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    Cats are disappearing, and Sammy is finding some of them in neighborhood garbage cans - dead....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • love them

    • By Sheila on 03-07-09

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Sammy Keyes finds herself in the wilderness helping eco-friendly Girl Scouts save the endangered condor....

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Sammy Keyes feels responsible for the death of an old man whom she discovers on the fire escape and who begs her to take his wads of cash and throw them away....

    Regular price: $34.96

    • 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 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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 Search for Snake Eyes

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    In her most dangerous mystery to date, Sammy runs into a strange girl trying to escape from a scary looking guy at the mall....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • love it

    • By Sheila on 03-07-09

    Regular price: $34.95

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