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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Series: Samantha Sutton (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402275609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402275609
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 6-8-Samantha, 12, and her brother, Evan, are spending the summer in Peru. They travel with their Uncle Jay, an archaeology professor, to work at the Chavin de Huantar site north of Lima. This pre-Inca culture dates back to 3000 BCE, and the local people are very much involved in the tourist trade that brings in visitors from all over the world. But vandalism at the sites and the theft of valuable artifacts has everyone on edge. The fact that two American children are allowed to work on a government-controlled site seems a little far-fetched, but the possibility of a madman haunting it has Samantha trying to solve the mystery before her uncle, and the kids are denied access and forced to return early to California. The story itself is slow to develop but does include brief information on the actual site and the cultural life of the small Peruvian village that may be of interest to some readers. Evan is busy trying to get play time with the local soccer team and show his prowess at the video arcade while Samantha attempts to learn the local language and explore ancient underground passages that her small size allows her to access while her uncle waits outside. A long list of characters and a labyrinth of site names can be confusing. Astute youngsters will figure out the less-than-surprising ending by the second chapter. Only the most dedicated readers will stay on to unearth the final chapter.-Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

"Readers will be focused on the mystery, pulled on by the gripping suspense." -Kirkus

"Capable, passionate Sam is a rewarding heroine to follow."  -Publishers Weekly

"A groundbreaking first book." -The Washington Post

"If you're looking for a suspenseful story, then pick up this book and follow Samantha through hidden tunnels and haunted ruins" - TIME for Kids


"Filled with both mystery, adventure and archaeology this totally reminded me of Nancy Drew, minus the archaeology which was a pretty cool bonus." - Just Us Girls

"One thing is for sure about this book is that it carries everything that young readers (and adults) love about reading. It has exciting adventure and fast action all built around a richly detailed culture and history." - Jean Book Nerd

"The story is modeled after the author's own experience as an archeologist so it is rich with history and detail. I really felt as if I was at the site, digging right along side and solving mysteries with Samantha!" - Hopeful Heroine

More About the Author

Jordan Jacobs (www.j-jacobs.com) has loved archaeology for as long as he can remember. His childhood passion for mummies, castles and Indiana Jones led to his participation in his first excavation, at age 13, in California's Sierra Nevada. After completing a high school archaeology program in the American Southwest, he followed his passion through his education at Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge. Since then, Jordan's work for the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History and UNESCO Headquarters in Paris has focused on policy and the protection of archaeological sites in the developing world.


Jordan's research and travel opportunities have taken him to almost fifty countries-- from Cambodia's ancient palaces, to Tunisia's Roman citadels, to Guatemala's Mayan heartland and the voodoo villages of Benin.


Jordan now works as Head of Cultural Policy at UC Berkeley's Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.

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And if you're not yet an expert in archeology like me, this book might just start you on that journey!
katie
Samantha Sutton is an enjoyable read with a solid story, enjoyable characters, and a hearty balance of archaeological procedure and historically accurate specifics.
Kurt Hunt
I hope that this is the start of the series, because I would love to read more of Samantha's adventures.
Stephanie O'Neil

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcella on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
If the child me could have been a character in a book, I would have been Samantha Sutton. Samantha is a twelve-year-old girl who has a love for all things that have to do with archaeology. She also has a cool uncle who is an archaeologist who has agreed to take her on one of his digs in South America. However it's not as fun as Samantha thought it would be. First of all, her brother has to come with them. They don't get along. Second, she has to work with her uncle's moody assistant. Third, artifacts start to disappear from their work site, and people are blaming, el loco, a local legend.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I am fascinated by archaeology and history. I love that Jordan Jacobs didn't skimp and gloss over those aspects in the story line. She really took care to mold this story into one people who love adventure and mystery would appreciate. The age suggestion is for ages nine and up. While I think some nine-year-olds would love this book, I think it would be a better fit for kids ten and up. This book deals with some issues that might go over the heads of younger children. I am also thrilled to know that this book isn't the end of Samantha's adventures. I can't wait to read more by this author in Samantha Sutton and the Stronghold of the Warrior Queen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jo W. on October 15, 2012
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This is a fantastic book, great for any young reader who likes mystery and adventure. Samantha may inspire an lifelong interest in archaeology, as her adventures are inspired by a real life dig site, with enough detail to get a glimpse into the lives of archaeologists. This book definitely doesn't talk down to its readers. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Hunt on January 5, 2013
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Samantha Sutton is one part Indiana Jones, mixed with two parts Veronica Mars, and a splash of Scooby-Doo mystery for good measure.

I'm a thirty something archaeologist, not really the target demographic for this series, but as I'm always eager to explore how archaeology is presented to the next generation, I knew I had to give this book a shot and I'm glad I did.

The book follows young Samantha Sutton, future world famous archaeologist, current awkward teenage girl and her annoying older brother as they travel with their uncle to Peru to experience an archaeological dig. It isn't long before mystery and mayhem seize their vacation and have them scrambling to stay one step ahead of mischievous looter. The book is peppered with despicable characters and all the drama you can find at an actual field school.

At just over 350 pages, it's a manageable read for tweens. The novel is chock full of illustrated journal excerpts that give young readers a tease at what lies ahead as well a handy afterword which separates the facts from the creative liberties Jacobs took to weave his narrative.

"Think like an archaeologist, Sam. Work from hard data. Get evidence before deciding what did or did not happen." One can't help but feel that Jacobs is speaking through Uncle Jay throughout the entire course of the book. At first it felt preachy, but soon Jay was one of my favorite characters. I was impressed by the way Jacobs is able to lay out the procedures involved in archaeological excavation and the reasoning behind them in a manner that wouldn't fly over the heads of its young readers. Too many books and movies glaze over the science of archaeology, either because the author knows nothing about it or because they think the reader may lose interest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Pollak on November 24, 2012
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This was a fantastic, well-written page turner that I really enjoyed! Samantha is a likeable young girl with plenty of gumption and is fun to follow as she discovers things about her surrounds and herself.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone young or old. I cannot wait to read another adventure starring Samantha!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on October 2, 2012
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The Kid: I really loved this book. I love mystery books now. It took me a week to finish this book because of school. But, I loved it! I hope SourceBooks sends us some more stuff to read. The Mom: This book was so cute. I wish they would have included the pictures that are blank in our ARC.
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By katie on January 13, 2013
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This book provides a fantastic adventure story - I finished each chapter having to turn the page to start the next one - but you can't read it without learning at the same time. For those who are unfamiliar with Spanish, any Spanish phrases used in a given chpater are translated in the illustrations at the start of that chapter. For those who haven't traveled to Peru, this story takes you there in a very real way. And if you're not yet an expert in archeology like me, this book might just start you on that journey!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria on May 25, 2013
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Bought this for my 3rd grader who is an advanced reader. A couple situations were a bit too descriptive for her age, but all in all a great read on archaeology and mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carole wagaman on January 3, 2013
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Good book for my granddaughter who is in 5th grade and likes to read and wants to be a doctor
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