Samantha Sanderson Off The Record

Perfect | April 21, 2015

byRobin Caroll

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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.

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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 m...

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin's mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage--two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 14 published novels. When she isn't w...

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Format:PerfectDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:ZonderkidzLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310742498

ISBN - 13:9780310742494

Customer Reviews of Samantha Sanderson Off The Record

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanted Book Nook Review I got the chance to read this book for free, in exchange for my honest opinion, through Book Look Bloggers. My Review: I was so happy when I stumbled across this on Book Look Bloggers. Typically I don't read books out of sequence, I have yet to read the first book in this series, which I will eventually read. This book, like the rest in the series, is pretty easy to follow whether you've read the whole series, or just picked up one of the books on a whim. In this third installment of the Samantha Sanderson series, the grades of Robinson have tampered with leading to a lot of angry students and parents. Sam enlists her best friend Makayla's ninja computer skills, to help find the virus, and the person who let it loose in the school's system. However, Sam's new friend Felicia is targeted as a suspect, and one of the school's newspaper writers posts this information on the blog, Sam has to decide to stick by Felicia or write the story as she sees it. This is really a wonderful series for middle grade girls, it touches on topics like faith, bullies, friends, and doing the right thing. Even in my twenties, I still get life lessons from these books. They also hold just the right amount of mystery too, while the last book had some predictability, this book had me guessing until the very end, and when it was reveled who did it Positive Elements: Sam's Sunday school teacher Ms. Martha, asks her kids to pick out a Bible verse to use for their New Years Resolution. Sam picks out Love your neighbor and soon realizes it's more than just her next door neighbor, but also those in her community as well. Sam attempts to reach out to Aubrey. Nikki, Aubrey's best friend, apologizes to Sam for the way her friend treats her. Negative Elements: Once again, Aubrey the mean girl of the series, makes sure she goes out of her way to purposely be mean to Sam. Aubrey considers Sam a liar and has no problem telling other people she feels that way. Spiritual Elements: This is a Christian book, so of course, it is full of conversations and sequences about God, the Bible, praying, etc. However, once again, I feel the author did this perfectly and not once does it feel the book is preaching. Other Thoughts: I love that the youth room has my favorite Bible verse, I think it's an important one. Which brings me to this: Even though it's August and not New Years just yet, I did decide to take a page from this book (no pun intended), and pick out my own verse that I can apply to my life. I choose my favorite 1 Timothy 4:12.
Date published: 2015-08-24

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Who tampered with Robinson Middle School's report card grades? Crack reporter Sam is on the case for a school newspaper scoop in this third Samantha Sanderson FaithGirlz! title. Turns out the problem is a computer virus. But how did it get installed---and affect only their school's report cards? Sam enlists best friend Makayla, a "computer ninja," to help figure out what's going on. Mac's explanations make her sound like a talking textbook, but techie readers will enjoy the hunt for answers in this timely tale of cyber security. Add Sam's ethical quandaries (Do you protect a friend from press exposure if she might be guilty? How far can you probe to get a scoop?) and run-ins with the mean-spirited student editor, and you have a full plate of intense middle-school angst. Sam's snappy assertiveness will play well with series fans who will also appreciate her thoughtful, Christian-perspective ruminations on maintaining honor andhonesty in the dog-eat-dog world of competitive journalism.--- Anne O'Malley