Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Samantha Sanderson on the Scene

Author: Robin Caroll
Publisher: Zonderkidz
May 2014
ISBN: 978-0-310-74247-0
Genre: Young adult

What if getting to the bottom of a mystery means learning how to love your enemy?

As Samantha and the rest of the middle schoolers prepare for the upcoming Spring Fest, “mean girl” Nikki faces the reality that her parents are getting divorced. Samantha has a hard time sympathizing---Nikki has never been very nice to anyone, let alone Samantha.

But when Nikki becomes victim of a string of attacks, Sam takes it upon herself and uses her super sleuth abilities to get to the bottom of the bullying. After all, articles on bullying are just what the school paper needs instead of all that silly fluff like popularity tips. Samantha enlists the help of her tech-savvy BFF, Makayla, but while the two track down clues, they leave a trail of trouble behind---and may even be directly responsible for the break-in of their very own school’s computer lab!

Samantha Sanderson is a resourceful seventh grader with the extraordinary dream to become an aspiring award-winning journalist. Sam and her best friend, Makayla, are always sniffing out the next big mystery to report in the school paper---that is, when they aren’t busy navigating the crazy world of middle school, faith, and friends.

SAMANTHA SANDERSON ON THE SCENE is written for tweeners (ages 8-12) so my daughter wanted the opportunity to read and review it.)

She said: “I liked it. They are dealing with a bully and I don’t want to tell who it was, but it was a good read. I would recommend it for kids in public school who might have to deal with bullies.” $8.99. 4 stars.

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