Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Book Review: Off the Record by Robin Caroll

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

Samantha Sanderson has another mystery to write about for the school newspaper at the middle school she attends. The students received their report cards but a lot of grades appear to be wrong and they are afraid of what their parents will do. The school can do nothing but inform parents about the problem of many grades being wrong, try to restore the system with the correct grades, and find out who was involved with tampering with the computer system. Samantha takes on the writing assignment immediately, no matter what the mean acting newspaper editor Aubrey may think. Her father (who is a police officer) is assigned the case also and that is one way Aubrey tries to put down Samantha's journalist skills, which she thinks may cause her not to be promoted later. Even though it can be helpful to Samantha if she can get her father to share information with her about the case, she feels like it will look like she isn't independent enough with her journalist skills.

I believe this book did a great job of speaking through a middle schooler's point of view. I also believe the issues that are faced in the story are what a lot of middle school students in our world currently go through.There are a lot of good morals that are taught throughout the story, such as how to love our neighbors and who are neighbors are, to not let difficult circumstances mess up our right thoughts, and to not do anything that will hurt people on purpose for one's gain. In my opinion, the discussion questions at the back of the book should be read and answered after the book is read because they will give away parts of the story if they are read ahead of time.

Off the Record is the third book in the Samantha Sanderson series by Robin Caroll. From what I discerned, this book can be read as a stand alone novel but I did notice that it briefly explains some other situations that happened in the other books in this series. I have read all three books in this series. It is a very nice addition to the series!

My Review = 5 out of 5 Stars
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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