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 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 62

    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
    • Cliff Hanger

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-24-18

    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 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177

    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 Power of Justice Jack

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Sammy Keyes deals with the zaniest character to come out of her town yet - Justice Jack, Santa Martina's very own superhero....

    Regular price: $41.27

    • 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

    • Wild Bird

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved Loved Loved

    • By Kami M. Creer on 12-13-17

    Regular price: $32.20

    • 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 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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 Hotel Thief

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    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

    • Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf

    • By: Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    It's Christmas, but leave it to Sammy Keyes to find trouble even in the midst of the holiday parade....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Chow

    • By Jill Whipple on 04-17-17

    Regular price: $21.93

    • 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 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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

    • 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 1
    • 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

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