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- Print Length: 115 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0998710202
- Publisher: DreamMaker Books (September 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074W7W7NH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,956,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sammi Jo and the Best Day Ever by Dede Stockton is a gentle and imaginative story about a little girl called Sammi Jo and her summer shore adventure. An only child, Sammi Jo goes to boarding school because her parents are both busy writers. Every summer the family takes a break together at their beach side cottage, and usually Sammi's best friend from school goes for part of the holiday too. But one year Sammi must manage without Kara and she feels lonely without her friend to share in her adventures. Then some strange things begin happening on the shore line: a flying stick, some mysterious splashing sounds, something with big eyes peeping out from behind a rock, and some pretty, scale-like shells on the sand. Sammi investigates, puts the clues together, and discovers an unusual new friend. The two go on a magical underwater trip. No longer lonely, Sammi decides the holiday had plenty of best days ever after all.
Dede Stockton's story will appeal to children around middle grade age who are confident readers. The chapters and overall book length of seventy pages make it a manageable length. The writing style is clear and succinct with a plot that moves along at a good pace, and, of course, a happy ending. I loved the sense of mystery concerning the puzzling items and noises that Sammi comes across on the beach, and the wonderful discovery of a magical sea creature - the perfect holiday friend for the lonely little girl. Sammi Jo herself is a believable and likable character and her desire for friendship and fun is something children will identify with. I did feel sorry for Sammi who is expected to entertain herself when her parents spend time working at the holiday cottage too. But having busy working parents is, of course, real life for many children, and an important ability - perhaps especially for children without siblings - is knowing how to safely occupy yourself at those times in fun and healthy ways. There is a good message here about using your imagination to overcome boredom and even loneliness, and not spending time feeling sorry for yourself. Sammi Jo just gets on with exploring the adventures and opportunities around her and has so much fun after all. An entertaining and imaginative story for younger readers. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Author: DeDe Stockton
Illustrator: Eric Gonzalez
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Genre: Children's Fiction
Sub Genre: Fantasy, Social Issues, friendship
Reviewed For: NetGalley
The story opens near the end of term at Samantha Josephine Meriwether, called Sammi Jo's by friends and family, boarding school. Sammi Jo's family is heading to the shore for the summer as they usually do each year. This year though Sammi Jo's best friend, Kara will not be going with her and Sammi Jo is afraid she is going to be miserable with no one to play with her own age. Kara tells her not worry, that she is bound to make a new friend.
Strange sounds and events begin to happen almost as soon as the Meriwethers arrive at their cottage. Over the next week Sammi Jo solves a mystery, makes a new friend and has a grand adventure. An adventure where everyday is better than the day before.
My nieces and nephews enjoyed Sammi Jo's story almost as much as I enjoyed sharing it with them. The story was fun and humorous. I look forward to reading of Sammy Jo's future adventures with them soon. Look for Sammi Jo's next book, Sammi Jo and the Best Rodeo Ever.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Sammi-Jo-Best-Day-Ever/dp/1630638307/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454488800&sr=8-1&keywords=sammi+jo+and+the+best+day+ever
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This is an easy beginning chapter book for young readers especially girls. I would recommend this series to school libraries, late primary and junior class libraries and public libraries.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.