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Samantha Sanderson At the Movies

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A new addition to the Faithgirlz line, Samantha Sanderson At the Movies introduces us to Sam Sanderson, an independent, resourceful, future award-winning journalist, and her best friend Makayla, two 7th graders who enjoy shopping, texting, going to the mall, the skating rink—and sniffing out the next big mysteries to report in the school paper.
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Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, and so she’s always looking for articles she can publish in her middle-school paper (where she secretly hopes to become editor). And with a police officer for a father, Sam is in no short supply for writing material.

It seemed like the perfect opportunity.

When an explosive device is found in the local theater, Sam gets the lead on this developing and controversial story—controversial because the movie theater has recently come under attack by a renowned, outspoken atheist for allowing a local church to show Christian movies. Sam’s police-officer father happens to be heading the investigation, and Sam can’t resist doing some sleuthing of her own with the help of her best friend Makayla’s techno-genius. But when Sam’s theories end up being printed in the school paper, she lands in big trouble—and danger!

Contributor(s) Robin Caroll
About the Contributor(s) Robin Caroll

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin 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 14 published novels. When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home--in the South, where else? She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.

UPC 025986742454
ISBN-10 0310742455
ISBN-13 9780310742456
Publish Date May 6, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.4600
Height 8.00
Width 5.25
Length 272
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $8.99
Series FaithGirlz / Samantha Sanderson
Format Paperback
Language English

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The Samantha Sanderson series is written by Robin Caroll and currently has three available titles: At The Movies, On The Scene, and Off The Record. There is a fourth novel slated to release in February of 2016: Without a Trace.

Samantha (Sam) Sanderson is the daughter of a journalist and a police officer. Sam wants to be a journalist like her mom and is off to a good start because she is on the staff of the middle school newspaper. In each book in the series, some sort of mystery arises and she tries to solve it with the help of her best friend, Makayla. (Her dad is usually involved in some way, too.) Sam likes to write articles for the school newspaper about the mystery at hand.

In At The Movies, someone has planted a bomb at the local movie theater and Sam's dad is on the case...but so is Sam.

I asked my 11 year old daughter about this book and she thought it was interesting and she enjoyed the mystery. Of the three current books, At The Movies is not her favorite, but still she has read it multiple times. She says that at times it can be hard to follow along with the story, but that doesn't stop her from reading it and recommending it to others her age.

I know for sure my daughter is excited to read the new Samantha Sanderson book, Without a Trace, when it is released in early 2016.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 11/24/2015)
Review by Sarah
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I’m going to admit it’s hard for me to read and write a review on a book that is geared toward the pre-teen age however I requested this book as I knew my daughters would probably like it and since it’s hard to find Christian fiction books at the libraries we frequent I thought it would be good to request this one. I really thought Sam was a bit annoying (even my 12 year old thought the same thing) constantly eavesdropping in the name of ‘good reporting’ and not respecting other peoples privacy and then when she’d get called on it try to excuse her behavior. I kept waiting for her teacher, her dad and even the Principal to give her some consequence besides removing her article from the school’s newspaper blog – but ultimately it seemed most of the adults looked the other way – and mom is a journalist who seems to be traveling more than being a mom. So that said, the pace of the book was great and the suspense in trying to find who planted the explosive device and why was a great plot line and one that even this adult enjoyed.

The book is typical of what middle school is like in a regular school with talks of crushes and who is cute as well as the constant “she doesn’t like me” and “she doesn’t like her” laments – I get it, I remember my high school and middle school days but it did grow sort of old. There is one mention of homeschooling and how it turns Makayla’s mom into some sort of homework police because a mom who homeschools and has a child in Makayla’s martial arts class made a comment about how public school students score lower on tests. Really? It didn’t add anything to the book and it almost seemed like a dig at homeschoolers – maybe the mom could have been concerned about homework because she wanted her daughter to end middle school on a good note – why blame a homeschool mom?

Even with my two concerns about the book, I didn’t have a problem letting my 12 year old read as well, she is well grounded in what we do and don’t allow and is also secure in the fact she is homeschooled so that being said we both are or did enjoy the book. The plot was great and kept the book going and towards the end I was cheering for Sam’s dad who did tell the Principal that Sam needed removed from the story and the reporting of it, although fellow students lauded her on the blog after the case was solved, here is hoping that Sam learns her lesson about what is ‘good reporting’ and eavesdropping isn’t the way to get a good story in the next book in the series. One really positive thing though is that Sam makes no apologies about her love of Jesus and going to church and she longs to share Him with her classmate who tells her that she isn’t a Christian, so I really appreciated that aspect of the book – the faith theme runs through out the entire book – which is what made it most enjoyable for me.

**I was given an e-copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given. (Posted on 6/28/2014)
Review by Jackie
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{I received a copy of this book is exchange for an honest review.}

My 13 year old daughter is DEVOURING these books. She totally loves Sam, her tech-savvy ways and her adventurous spirit. I'm loving that she is reading a book that is full of great characters that are demonstrating how to live a life for the Lord. We highly recommend these books for girls ages 12-14. Can't wait for more! (Posted on 6/20/2014)
Review by Penny
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The following book was sent to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review of it.
“Samantha Sanderson – At the Movies” was sent to me from FAITHGIRLS, a division of Zondervan Publications. “At the Movies” is a Christian fiction novel by Robin Caroll. Robin also has “Samantha Sanderson – On the Scene”…among her many other books that can be found at I will be reviewing the other “Samantha Sanderson” book in the near future. These books are written with the teen and tween girl in mind, but I certainly enjoyed this one, as well.
Samantha Sanderson is a journalist for her school newspaper/blog…with a little help from her computer whiz best friend, Makayla. Her mom is also a journalist who she looks up to as her mentor. She also adores her daddy, who is a lead detective. Sam witnesses a crime and is made the lead journalist to report on it. The problem is she puts her nose in where it doesn’t belong and gets herself in a lot of trouble. I love that we also get to see Sam witness to one of her friends that she finds out isn’t saved and wants nothing to do with Christianity.
I DEFINITELY recommend this book and Robin Caroll’s others.
(Posted on 4/4/2014)

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