Friday, April 24, 2015

Samantha Sanderson: Off the Record by Robin Caroll

About the Book:

Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, so she’s 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 school’s grades were tampered with, Sam must enlist Makayla’s 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.

My Thoughts:

I might be in my fifth decade of life, but I'm such a huge fan of this series!  Robin Caroll has created a fun and engaging young heroine and isn't afraid to take her outside of her comfort zone.

"Off the Record" is the third novel in this series, and it is by far the best book in the series.  Grades have been tampered with at Sam's school, and she is hot on the case.  Can she find the true culprit or with a new friend have to take the fall?

Readers will learn about reporting and ethics, about friendship and bullies, and about a bunch of other things that young teens deal with on a regular basis.  Sam's parents are patient and caring, but not afraid to bust Sam if she goes too far...which she often does!

Makayla is the kind of best friend I'd want for my child to have, and as for the secret crush?  Yeah, third book and it's still pretty much a secret! 

My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for an advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The Samantha Sanderson books are some of the best in youth fiction in today's marketplace.  Highly Recommended!!

Happy Reading!



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