Friday, February 19, 2016

"Samantha Sanderson Without a Trace" by Robin Caroll

About this 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 fourth book of the Faithgirlz Samantha Sanderson series, Sam’s friend Tam Lee is missing. As the days pass, all clues seem to point to something sinister in Sam’s opinion. Sam must decide whether to do what everyone wants her to and let law enforcement continue to work as though Tam is a run-away. Or should Sam follow her heart and keep poking around looking for more clues?”

Series: Book #1 in the “Samantha Sanderson” series. (Which is part of the Faithgirlz line) {See reviews of Book #1 Here!, Book #2 Here!, and Book #3 Here!}{A bit more about the series: “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.”}

Spiritual Content- Prayers & Blessings over food; A bit of witnessing; Talks about God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Church & Youth group.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘duh’, a ‘heck’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘shut up’ and five ‘stupid’s; Some sarcasm; All about missing children & abductions; Mentions of child predators & kidnappings; Mentions of skipping school; A couple mentions of drugs & alcohol; A couple mentions of abuse; A couple mentions of divorce; A mention of the bomb threat in Book #1.

Sexual Content- Butterflies; A married couple kiss; Mentions of crushes & cute boys.

-Samantha Sanderson, 12
                                         P.O.V. of Sam
                                                        217 pages

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New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
{Add 1-2 stars for girls in Public & Private School.}
Okay, that was great! These Samantha Sanderson books keep getting better and better!
A note to moms possibly concern about the abduction part of the plot--*(Big Spoiler* While there are many mentions of it, there isn’t actually an abduction, it’s an experiment. So the child who goes missing is okay. ;) *End of Big Spoiler*).
Honestly, this was border-line phenomenal and border-line 5-star rating to me. While set in the Public School system & all about it, this homeschooler still found the plot really fascinating.
Just an interesting thing I noticed: Sam & Makayla are both 12, yet have Facebook accounts. While Facebook requires you to be age 13, there are ways around it. I just found it interesting that Sam’s police-office father allowed her to have an account. Semi-odd in my opinion. ;)  
I was excited to see Sam’s mom more in this one, as she was awesome!
I do have to admit, when I opened this book, I was highly disappointed that the cover was changed from the normal matte-like cover (like the previous three books) to a high glossy. Silly, I know, to mention it, but it bugs me a bit. The actual cover is still cute, with Sam’s adorable outfit and the purple theme. The spines of all four of the books lined up look so nice, though!
Soooo, I’m ready for a fifth Samantha Sanderson book. And a sixth. And a…. ;)

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Zondervan) for this honest review.

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