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Samantha Sanderson is an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Each book touches on a crime straight from the headlines, from bomb threats to bullying, while following Samantha and her friends as they navigate middle-school and questions about faith. 224 pages, For ages 8-12 years old.
Number of Pages: 232
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 X 05 (inches)
Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, so shes always looking for articles to publish in her middle-school paper (where she secretly hopes to become chief editor). With a police officer for a father, Sam is in no short supply of writing material.
In the third book of the Samantha Sanderson series, when the schools grades were tampered with, Sam must enlist Makaylas help in hacking the system to discover the virus that was used and who committed the crime. But when the lead suspect is her newfound friend, Felicia, Sam must choose whether to stick by her friends at all costs or report the story as she sees it.
The Samantha Sanderson series is about an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Each book touches on a crime straight from headlines, from bomb threats to bullying, while following Samantha and her friends as they navigate middle-school and questions of faith.
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.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMMay 18, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Samantha Sanderson Off The Record is book three in Robin Caroll's tween fiction series and I am liking the developing story lines more and more. The books are targeted at the eight to twelve-year-old and I think they hit the mark.
Samantha and her BFF, Makayla, are smart girls with kind hearts but they also have flaws that make the stories relatable to the intended audience. In Off The Record the entire student body is awaiting their report cards. Unfortunately when the cards arrive there are big problems. Every single student at the middle-school has messed up grades. It is quickly determined that the computer system must have a virus. But who infected the system, and why? Of course this is breaking news and Samantha is quick to jump on it. That leads to even more animosity with the school paper's editor and arch nemesis of Samantha, Aubrey Damas.
In each of the Samantha Sanderson books there is a specific Scripture reference that the author focuses on. This one is Matthew 22:39, "Love your neighbor as yourself." It was nice to see Samantha not only learn to apply it to her literal next door neighbor, but also to those around her.
One of the reasons that I have enjoyed these books is the fact that they don't dumb down the information for the reader. This book has a lot of computer information that the average person probably doesn't know. But the dialogue is written in a way that the reader can learn about and understand what is going on. What a bonus . . . reading for fun and knowledge!
If you have a tween girl I think you should take a look at not only this book but the entire series. Technically the books can be read as stand-alone titles but if your girl intends to read them all it would be better to read them in order because there is a bit of the story-line that continues through each individual novel.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
RachelGender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Great read for girlsJune 8, 2015RachelGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Samantha is a middle school aged girl whose mother is a reporter and Samantha is following in her footsteps. When the grades for a big exam get changed Samantha is first on the scene to try to find out who did it.
This book is well written and a fun read. It is the third in a series and although it was good it would have been a better read had the other two books been read first. I do think this book would be good for middle school aged girls.
I also had my 9 year old daughter read it. She liked it some but stated that she really couldn't get into it. She is an avid reader and this book just didn't seem to be her cup of tea. She did enjoy the character of Felicia the best.
I do believe that most girls will enjoy this book and series. I do plan on trying more of these books as I feel they are fun and have good moral values for my girls to read about through a fun mystery setting. I enjoyed this book and will be reading more from Robin in the future.