Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review: Samantha Sanderson At The Movies by Robin Caroll

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Samantha Sanderson goes to see a movie with her dad and her friend Makayla. It is the day before a movie is to be shown that is supposed to draw a large crowd of people who believe in Jesus (Yeshua). The movie theater is definitely not as crowded as it will be the following day. Samantha and Makayla notice something odd about a closet that is locked. They let go of the thought until a drink gets spilled, and staff needs to get in the closet. Samantha’s dad is an undercover cop and makes management aware of what is discovered, and an investigation opens. Samantha is involved with the school newspaper and is given an assignment to write some blog posts relating to the investigation, but is that really a wise idea since her dad is involved with the investigation?

Samantha thought she often had all the answers, and although she often did have a lot of the right answers she needed to respect her dad’s authority, and realized that she was not always right. Her mom wasn’t around very much, since her reporter job took her out of the house often, which was another challenge in itself it seemed. I loved the Biblical themes throughout the book, which can help youth realize how to reach out to a people who haven’t asked Jesus into their hearts yet. The reason behind the investigation at the movie theater might be scary to some readers, since there are similar things that happen today readers might actually find comfort in learning to overcome their fears when they hear about something as equally or more frightening happen. Samantha also had different role models in her life to help her make wiser decisions, which I believe is also a great example to youth who read this book. Readers should also probably take note that there are discussion questions in the back of the book.

It was interesting for me as an adult to read this book, probably because I was in middle school once also. I also have one family member was has been in middle school for a few years, and one that is about to start middle school. Reading this book helped me to remember and understand what life is like for middle schoolers, and also how it is has changed with technological advances.

My rating = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: BookLook Bloggers provided this book for me in exchange for an honest review. 

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