Friday, May 16, 2014

Book Review-Samantha Sanderson: On the Scene

I typically post book reviews on my personal blog, The Joy of Writing. Lately, though, Olivia has been helping me out with some YA fiction reviews, now that she actually enjoys writing instead of loathing it! (That’s been the big school miracle of this past year!) So, I thought I’d share hers here for those of you who don’t follow my blog!

Samantha Sanderson: On the Scene is a mystery book about Sam, a high-tech, smart, and curious teenage girl. Sam finds out that one of her enemies at school is being bullied. She is not sure whether to help this girl or ignore her.

This book is an easy read. I like how it talks about real issues and not things that are one of a kind type of thing. I also like that there are lessons to be learned from this book and they aren't hiding in the dark. You can clearly see the many lessons to be learned.

There were a couple of things that I didn't like about this book. First of all, it gave a negative view to homeschooling. Maybe I just feel this way because I am homeschooled, but I don't like that. Second, the summary on the back does not line up well with the book. It gives the impression that the bullied girl is mean, but it's really her friend who is impolite and the bullied girl is listening to her.

I think that this book is fantastic for most girls ages ten and older. So dig in!

Mom’s note: The reference to homeschooling was a passing one, showing one character’s aversion to her mom’s suggestion of homeschooling. Olivia mentions it here because she is learning to make sure to include both negatives and positives in her reviews, and that was the biggest negative for her.

This book was sent to us by Harper Collins’ BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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