Lake Monster Mix-Up (Sam and Friends Series #2)

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In the second book in the Sam & Friends Mystery graphic novel series, canine sleuth Sam is bored at the prospect of spending a cottage weekend at Sagawa Lake - until she hears that the lake has a deep, dark secret.This is exactly what Sam wants to hear and sure enough, with help from Jennie and Beth, Sam finds an old diary hidden in the wall of their cabin and what they read there is chilling. Is it the key to the secret of Sagawa Lake? What about the strange face painted on the rock, near the water's edge - ...
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Overview

In the second book in the Sam & Friends Mystery graphic novel series, canine sleuth Sam is bored at the prospect of spending a cottage weekend at Sagawa Lake - until she hears that the lake has a deep, dark secret.This is exactly what Sam wants to hear and sure enough, with help from Jennie and Beth, Sam finds an old diary hidden in the wall of their cabin and what they read there is chilling. Is it the key to the secret of Sagawa Lake? What about the strange face painted on the rock, near the water's edge - and the creepy cave nearby? Something lurks in the depths of the lake. All they need is proof, which Sam is determined to obtain at all costs. As always, the mystery-solving trio of Sam, Jennie and Beth blow up events to scary proportions and young graphic novel readers will furiously turn pages to reach the climax - and a surprising solution to the mystery.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
The second book in the "Sam & Friends" graphic novel series reintroduces readers to sarcastic, mystery-loving sheepdog Sam and her two human friends—Jennie, a girl who can hear Sam's thoughts, and Jennie's friend Beth. When the girls and Sam spend a long weekend at Sagawa Lake, they begin finding strange things, like a hidden diary from 1937 and a frightening face painted on a rock formation. But when the trio discovers a pair of mysterious frog-like creatures in a cave, they begin wondering—could Sagawa Lake be populated with lake monsters? Adapted from Mary Labatt's "Sam: Dog Detective" young reader books, the "Sam & Friends" graphic novels convey a fun, tongue-in-cheek tone, as the girls chase after various types of paranormal phenomena (only to learn the monsters they are investigating have more mundane origins) while choosing not to investigate Jennie's own paranormal ability to read Sam's thoughts. While not in the class of James Howe's "Bunnicula" series or Elizabeth Levy's "Something Queer" books, the "Sam & Friends" graphic novels can still provide some light entertainment for young mystery lovers in the mood for light reading. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4–Sam, a telepathic dog with a yearning for adventure, and her two human friends, Jennie and Beth, go on a family trip to Sagawa Lake. Once there, the cryptic warnings of a local coot, a hidden diary, and a spooky cave combine to cause the friends to believe that the lake’s island is populated with prehistoric frog monsters, and they set out to prove their theory. This graphic-novel adaptation of the sixth book in Labatt’s “Sam, Dog Detective” series (Kids Can) is quite successful. Rioux’s figure work is very good, with excellent body language, sufficient dollops of realistic detail, and good comic timing and expression. Sam is sufficiently anthropomorphized to benefit from these aspects of the illustration, which makes her come across as cute and impetuous, whereas in the chapter books she can seem more self-interested and petty. In fact, some of Sam’s dialogue that catered to her more selfish or crabby impulses has been cut from the adaptation, which serves to make her more appealing. While the conclusion to the mystery is a bit of a cheat, with information that could not have been anticipated suddenly presented to readers and the trio, the book is more about the characters’ impulse to make adventure and entertainment for themselves. That rings true, as do the family dynamics.–Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
Kirkus Reviews
Samantha, the mystery- (and junk food-) seeking sheepdog, and her human friend Jennie, who can hear Sam's thoughts, head off with the family to a secluded lake island for a weekend getaway. Along with Jennie's best (human) friend Beth, they find a girl's journal from 1937, which hints that there is evil afoot on the island. While exploring a cave, they meet what must be lake monsters and barely escape. After a late-night campfire, the threesome tries to snap photos when the monsters return and accidentally discovers the truth behind the spooky occurrences. For their second graphic outing, Canadians Labatt and Rioux adapt the sixth book in the author's Sam: Dog Detective series, Secret of Sagawa Lake (2001). Sam's attitude and fumbling detective work are made even more enjoyable through the artist's panels, which ably mix the styles of manga and Western comics. The main mystery has the right level of scare to keep the pages turning, but the lack of resolution in the mystery of the journal makes this tale less than totally satisfying. Purchase for series fans and hope the next is more complete. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)
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Sam’s attitude and fumbling detective work are made even more enjoyable through the artist’s panels, which ably mix the styles of manga and Western comics.

Sam’s attitude and fumbling detective work are made even more enjoyable through the artist’s panels, which ably mix the styles of manga and Western comics.

This graphic-novel adaptation of the sixth book in Labatt’s "Sam, Dog Detective" series is quite successful.

This graphic-novel adaptation of the sixth book in Labatt’s "Sam, Dog Detective" series is quite successful.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553373025
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Series: Sam and Friends Series , #2
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Labatt is an editor and writer. She is the author of the Dog Detective Sam mystery series, the Sam and Friends graphic mystery novels, the Puppy Sam level one early readers and a novel called A Puppy is for Loving. With all these dog books you can guess what Mary does on her Clear Creek, Ontario farm. She breeds and raises Rough Collies and Welsh Springer Spaniels. In the picture you can see Mary with two of her collie mothers, Annabel and Chloe.

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