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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Samantha Sanderson: Off The Record by Robin Caroll

ISBN: 9780310742494
Publisher's Synopsis:
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 new found 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.

MrsK's Review:
It was with great anticipation that I began another journey with Sam. She is an enterprising, fresh, and headstrong journalist. Her "nose" for a story is rarely off track. Her diplomacy can be a bit under-developed, but given that she is in middle-school... well it is enough to say that her "straight-on" attitude gets the story lead that is necessary to make any scandalous "hacker" be on guard.

With the return from winter break, Sam is excited about the posting of her grades. Like so many other students, the anxious "click" of the mouse will determine the mood of her parents. Only this time around every student will be in for a surprise. Added to the grade dilemma is this semester's reporting assignments. Sam definitely does not welcome Aubrey's nasty attitude. Can there be anything positive about that one person in school whose mission is to destroy and put down everything you do? At the end of the day, a wave of commotion is heard down the hall as students discover that their grades will cause all of their parents to go ballistic.  What was going on? Isn't the grading system secured enough to prevent tampering? Who would change everyone's grades? How did they change everyone's grades?

Now that's a story, and Sam is on the record. Is grade tampering, especially at this magnitude even possible? As Sam pulls the scrunchie off her wrist and wraps her hair into her "thinking do," she begins her investigative reporting. Did you know that a computer virus has its own thumbprint? Would her father's Chief of Police allow a teenager to "hack" into the school's computer drive to look for evidence? Can she get the best scoops... hopefully... without getting innocent people even deeper in trouble? Will Aubrey "best" her stories?

With authentic character voices, believable twists and turns, insightful reporting do's and dont's, Sam will keep you guessing as she "uncovers the truth" and brings the "hackers" to the front of her school's online newspaper. 

Punishment... violations... expulsions... its all news to Sam,
Enjoy this newest Sam Sanderson mystery... I can't wait to read her next byline!
Meet the Author:
 Picture   Robin Caroll  Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll 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 books.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 25-plus years, her 3 beautiful daughters, 2 precious grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else? 

 "I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers for this review."
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