Thursday, June 11, 2015
FaithGirlz! Samantha Sanderson Off the Record, by Robin Caroll, is the third book in the publisher’s Samantha Sanderson series. Samantha, Sam as she is known by her friends, aspires to be a professional journalist when she grows up. Right now, she is on her middle school’s newspaper staff. She is working hard to be recognized for her talents.
In previous books, she has solved the mystery of who phoned in a bomb threat to a local movie theater as well as figuring out who the bully was in her school. In this episode, she enlists the help of her best friend, Mackenzie (Mac) to figure out who hacked into the school’s computer system and changed the grades on report cards.
Sam always strives for journalistic honesty and integrity, but sometimes she cuts the corners a bit when she feels she is hot on the trail of a particularly juicy story.
What I Like: This is a good story that illustrates how easy it is to jump to the wrong conclusions. It also teaches a lesson about loving your neighbor.
What I Dislike: There were several typos sprinkled throughout the text. Also, at one point in the narrative, the power goes out, but somehow the people are still able to use their dryer. Hmmm.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: 8-12.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2015; ISBN: 9780310742494; paperback, 224 pages, $8.99.
Special Info: This is the third book in the Samantha Sanderson series. Visit the author’s website. Read our reviews of other books in the series.