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Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    A Terrific Book!!

    This funny and touching book will appeal to all middle grade readers. Sam is fun and sassy with true heart and her voice is genuine. All readers will be able to relate to her family struggles and the creative ways she deals with things. A well written, worthwhile read.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    An exciting new character!

    If you¿re tired of stale, moping characters, and too-sugary-sweet storylines in your middle grade novels, then you have to check out this book. Finally, there¿s a girl whose hilarious imperfections will keep you laughing all the way through the story. With a sharp wit and a short temper, Samantha Hansen isn¿t afraid to speak up for herself. <BR/><BR/>But if she can¿t learn to bite her tongue, Sam¿s mom won¿t take her to the Grand Canyon for a rock-lover¿s dream vacation. And Sam loves rocks. She¿s gaga for rocks. And lists, too. It¿s all part of the love of science Sam inherited from her dad who died years earlier. As Sam searches for information about her father, a touching storyline emerges which Viau has deftly woven in, adding depth and heart to this otherwise adorable book. <BR/><BR/>With sassy humor and a winning character coupled with a high-stakes plot and great science facts, there¿s so much to love in this book. SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD is ¿ab-so-lutely¿ hysterical, and I hope there's more to come from Viau and Sam!

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Ten-year-old Samantha Hansen loves rocks. And bugs. And fossils. She keeps an organized notebook filled with lists about her favorite rocks, the rocks she hopes to find, what she knows about planets, butterflies, and anything else related to science. She also makes lists like why she'd trade in Jen, her older sister, for a turtle. <BR/><BR/>Samantha's good at science. Jen is good at getting her sister in trouble. She messes with Samantha's rock collection, but it's Samantha who gets in trouble for yelling. Jen plays her music much too loudly for a hard-working, conscientious scientist, and when Samantha very nicely asks her to turn it down, she refuses. So, again, Samantha's mom tells Samantha to count to ten to avoid losing her temper. Jen gets away with everything and Samantha's always the one in trouble. <BR/><BR/>When Mom announces plans for a scientist's dream vacation to the Grand Canyon, Samantha knows she'll have to learn to control her temper or Mom will decide she can't go. But when Richard Frey says she has rocks in her head, and trips her on purpose, Samantha loses it and gets sent home from school for kicking him back. She knows she'll have to plan something big so her mom will still let her go to the Grand Canyon. But she'll need Jen's help. <BR/><BR/>SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD by Nancy Viau is a delightful story. Samantha is full of energy and is on a quest to learn everything scientific. But on her trip to the Grand Canyon, she learns more than facts about rocks and fossils. Before she returns home, she'll find a caring sister, discover a proud mother, and learn more about her list-making dad whom she doesn't remember. And as a reader, don't be surprised if you learn a little bit of science before you turn the last page. This is a terrific read for any 8-12 year old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Loved it!

    I got my hands on a copy of this book, and I think it's awesome! Sam is a hilarious character, and since she narrates the book, the laughs keep coming. I also enjoyed the progression of her struggle with her temper and loved the cool science facts. There's something for every reader in this book. I hope to see more of Samantha Hansen in the future!

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