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Samantha Sanderson On the Scene (FaithGirlz / Samantha Sanderson Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin's mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage--two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 14 published novels. When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home--in the South, where else? She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00JD5K97C
- Publisher : Zonderkidz (May 6, 2014)
- Publication date : May 6, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1707 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 244 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #258,626 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The bullying isn't lightweight. It is seriously mean and very realistic. Nikki receives notes saying that she's fat. She receives a package in the mail containing diet pills. The saddest part is that Nikki's parents have split up and are headed for a divorce. Samantha inadvertently finds out about the nasty notes and makes it her mission to find out who's behind them.
As the story goes along other themes are introduced. Loving your enemy. Honesty and sticking to your word. Making decisions that impact others. The book is just full of great life lessons. One of the side stories that I really liked was Samantha's mother's career decision. I enjoyed seeing it from both Samantha and her parents point of view.
In all honesty there was only one point that just rubbed me the wrong way. Samantha's best friend Makayla is repeatedly threatened with being pulled out of public school and being homeschooled. It is presented as if it is a punishment. It didn't add to the story and as a homeschooling family I felt like it was derogatory to the home educating community.
Even with the above issue I would recommend this to anyone with a spunky tween girl in their life. Samantha is a good role model and the story lines in this series are ones that reflect a belief in God and a strong sense of doing what is right because it is expected. As a parent I appreciate the way Samantha's parents are portrayed. They are completely different people but they love each other and are very involved in their daughter's life.
At the very back of the book are discussion questions. They are thought provoking and would make great conversation starters to discuss the book with your daughter. This is also a book that would be wonderful for a tween book club.
A copy of the book was provided to facilitate my review.
Sam Sanderson is a junior high student who is a cheerleader and works on the school newspaper. Her dream is to become an investigative reporter like her mom, who travels often. Sam’s father is a police officer, and Sam is an only child. In this story one of Sam’s friends is being bullied. Sam decides to do a series on bullying for the school to get the subject out there and to help catch the bully who is hurting her friend. There is also a theme of divorce throughout the story as Sam interacts with several kids whose parents have divorced or are considering it. Sam even fears at one point that her own parents might divorce. But her parents are strong believers and demonstrate how to work through differences and conflict.
What I liked:
The main theme is great. Bullies are cruel and should be stopped. I liked how we learn about it from the perspective of the victim, the friend, the parent, the police, and the school staff. The more knowledge we all have, maybe some bullying will be stopped. I also like how the book is written from a Christian perspective.
What I didn’t like:
There was a common thread throughout the book that there was a horrible fear from Sam’s friend Makayla that her mother might homeschool her. This was described as almost a fate worse than the bullying! As a homeschool mom of a homeschooled middle school-aged daughter who read the book, this was very disheartening to me! I’m shocked that the author included this subject so often in the book (about 6 times), and can only conclude that she is trying to persuade people away from homeschooling, just as much as she wants to inform them about the dangers of bullying. It was so bad that as much as I enjoyed most of the other aspects of the book, I won’t be recommending this one and we won’t be reading anymore of the series (unless, of course, Robin Carroll chooses to apologize and to write about the many positive aspects of homeschooling in a future Samantha Sanderson book.)
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in order to write this honest review. )
Samantha (Sam) Sanderson is the daughter of a journalist and a police officer. Sam wants to be a journalist like her mom and is off to a good start because she is on the staff of the middle school newspaper. In each book in the series, some sort of mystery arises and she tries to solve it with the help of her best friend, Makayla. (Her dad is usually involved in some way, too.) Sam likes to write articles for the school newspaper about the mystery at hand.
In On The Scene, someone is playing tricks on on of Sam's friends and Sam is determined to help her figure out who the culprit is.
I asked my 11 year old daughter about this book and she thought it was interesting and she enjoyed the mystery. She enjoyed reading On The Scene and has read it multiple times. She says that at times it can be hard to follow along with the story, but that doesn't stop her from reading it and recommending it to others her age.
I know for sure my daughter is excited to read the new Samantha Sanderson book, Without a Trace, when it is released in early 2016.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.