Category Kid’s Fiction

Samantha Sanderson at the Movies

Samantha Sanderson at the Movies
By Robin Caroll
Zonderkidz
Retail Price $8.99
Amazon Price: $8.09

Book Description:

Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, and so she’s always looking for articles she can publish in her middle-school paper (where she secretly hopes to become editor). And with a police officer for a father, Sam is in no short supply for writing material. It seemed like the perfect opportunity. When an explosive device is found in the local theater, Sam gets the lead on this developing and controversial story—controversial because the movie theater has recently come under attack by a renowned, outspoken atheist for allowing a local church to show Christian movies. Sam’s police-officer father happens to be heading the investigation, and Sam can’t resist doing some sleuthing of her own with the help of her best friend Makayla’s techno-genius. But when Sam’s theories end up being printed in the school paper, she lands in big trouble—and danger!

Review

This is an installment in a series of faith-based mysteries features middle school age Samantha Sanderson who wants to be an investigative reporter.  With her dad being a Police Detective, she often has local mysteries to solve along with her best friend Makayla.  This particular book finds the duo investigating a potential bombing in a local theater.  It is easy to follow along as they find clues along the way to solve the mystery.  This novel is for middle-age girls and is a light read.  It has enough suspense and intrigue to keep you interested, but there is nothing too scary.  The author does a great job of capturing the feeling of community and relationships.

~Reviewed by Allie B.

    Genius Under Construction

    Genius Under Construction
    By Marilee Haynes
    Pauline Media
    Retail Price $9.99
    Amazon Price: $8.00

    Book Description:

    Gabe Carpenter-St. Jude Academy’s resident genius-is back for his final year of middle school. Some things have certainly changed from last year: his ‘locker-won’t-open’ days seem to be over, his rolling backpack has been replaced by his grandpa’s briefcase, he’s now the basketball team’s official analyst, and he, along with all of the other eighth graders, are allowed to sit on “The Rock.” Other things have stayed exactly the same: Gabe has yet to figure out girls (especially his second best friend and crush, Maya), he’s still in that class for gifted students, and his embarrassing bodily functions continue to well, embarrass him.On the cusp of graduation, this eighth grade status brings some inescapable realities. Gabe, along with all of the other graduating students, must complete fifteen hours of community service. Thinking his talents would be best used in service to others academically, he picks tutoring. But when he finds out he will be working with a student who has a learning disability, things become a bit more complicated than expected.At home, an envelope with an unfilled application to Carolina Science and Math High School is shoved in the bottom of his closet. With the deadline quickly approaching, Gabe is being pressured by his parents, grandma, and the memory of his dead grandpa to make a decision of whether or not to apply. He loves science, but is he willing to leave his friends behind to go there next year? Leave Maya? At least Gabe can still turn to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, to help him along the way…Join Gabe as he finishes up his last year of middle school, discovers how his giftedness can serve others, and follows his academic passion.

    Review

     

    Along with a great plot, the author has created an easy to read novel for the middle school age that is an inspirational tale with great take away value. Haynes uses humor to keep you engrossed in this faith-based story that shares many life lessons.  I felt good about giving it to my son to read and the best thing about it was that he really enjoyed it.  The author truly knows how to speak to this age group.  I hope she turns this into a series!

    ~Reviewed by Rosie B.