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Children's LiteratureSam is looking forward to digging clams with Dad. On the way to the clam beds at Jakolof Bay, Dad stops for a moment to chat with a friend. Uh oh! Melody Chambers, the know-it-all queen of elementary school is there and she doesn't hesitate to tell Sam that the clams at Jakolof Bay are puny. Unfortunately, it seems that Melody is right. Sam and Dad are pulling only little clams from the mud at the bay's edge. Sam is determined to prove Melody wrong and find the biggest clam ever. "I'm going to try digging by that island," Sam tells Dad. Sam figures no one digs out there and it is likely the clams grow huge. Dad says yes but tells Sam he had best be quick because the tide is turning. Sam finds an enormous clam—possibly the king of all clams—and is wrestling it from the sand. He has forgotten Dad's warning and pays no attention to the rising tide. Predictably he finds himself trapped on the little island by the tide with no way to get to the shore. Now Dad is off to get help and Sam is wondering just how high the water will rise. Young readers will enjoy the tale of Sam's misadventure and will learn a bit about life in the isolated Alaska town of Seldovia. This paperback book is the first in a soon-to-be-published series about Sam's misadventures. Illustrated with black and white drawings. 2003, Alaska Northwest Books/Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, Ages 6 to 8.
— Anita Barnes Lowen