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Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head by Nancy Viau

August 3rd, 2008 (08:16 pm)
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Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head - and she likes it that way! Ten-year-old Samantha loves collecting things and making lists. Her most cherished collection includes all kinds of rocks. Given the chance, she will talk your ear off about rocks - or about clouds, or caves, or any number of science-related topics. This outgoing fourth-grader is a chatterbox whose mouth sometimes gets her into trouble and whose brain races a million miles a minute. She's aware of this, as evidenced by this quote:

I know that my mouth sometimes has a mind of its own. Words spill out like lava from a volcano. A loud volcano. And my body follows my mouth. These things just happen. I can't help it. Well, most of the time I can't help it.

Sam, the younger of two daughters, is trying really hard to remember her dad, who died when she was little. Throughout the course of the story, Sam finds herself in all sorts of cool places: a cave with her classmates, on stage at a talent show, and in the Grand Canyon with her big sister and her mom - their first big vacation since her dad died.

Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head by Nancy Viau is fun and funny. I'm sure young readers will dig Samantha, especially those who like the Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker. Recommended for ages 7 to 12.

Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head by Nancy Viau comes out in September.

Related Posts: Interview: Nancy Viau interview, Booklist: Class of 2k8, Booklist: Ramona Readalikes

Comments

Posted by: daphnegrab (daphnegrab)
Posted at: August 4th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)

this sounds so good- it's definitely one i can't wait to read!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 4th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)

It's cute. :)

Posted by: Courtney Sheinmel (courtneywrites)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)

Great review, LW -- as always! Hope all is well with you and that you're enjoying the summer!

C

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)

Thanks! The same for you. :)

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