Friday, December 10, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: The Samantha Granger Experiment: FUSED

When one reads Oasis for YA one suspects we discuss young adult literature and all that it encompasses. And that would be correct - mostly. We decided to mix it up a bit, seeing how it is Freestyle Friday, and offer you a middle grade book review.

And my twelve-year-old daughter Katelynn is going to give you her review. (Caution, there are a few spoilers.)

Title: The Samantha Granger Experiment: FUSED
Author: Kari Lee Townsend
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 208
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, released November 1, 2010

This book was provided for review by Sourcebooks.

Description: When you make a face or cross your eyes, do you parents tease that if you're not careful, your face might stay that way forever? Well, my parents said that if I'm not careful, I'll turn into one of my gadgets.

I thought they were joking, people!

But - somehow, someway - I have become a living, breathing, walking piece of technology. Apparently my head now has a built-in GPS and my palm is equipped with talking and texting capabilities - just like my cell phone!

Now I'm a techno-superhero with powers that seem to have a mind of their own. And, in my case, keeping a secret identity is harder than it sounds. I short-circuit every time Trevor Hamilton looks my way.

Like being a teenager isn't stressful enough.


Katelynn's thoughts: Samantha is a 13-year-old girl who just moved into the Adirondack Mountains area. Not happy that her parents recently got divorced. She has a friend, Melody who plays soccer with Sam. Also she's in love with Trevor Hamilton, football star. Sam liked him ever since Melody made her go to a summer camp with her. This crystal Sam touched is getting in her way.

Sam's not 'high tech', but her mom got her a confusing cellphone. She got lost in the woods coming back from Melody's house. She found a GPS in her phone and used that to help her back home. She found a hole that had a big crystal in it.Well, Samantha isn't the smartest kid so she touched it and got zapped twenty-feet across the woods. She lost her new phone--her whole life. Her mom was going to kill her.

The next morning Sam heard her phone and looked everywhere for it but knew she'd lost it yesterday. Her hand was ringing. Her veins spelled the word Melody, her best friend--like caller ID. She new something was up, so she asked Simon the smart kid for help. They went to Blue Lake University where the crystal was stored.

The plot thickens as Sam uses her new abilities to help others. Then Sam gets kidnapped and almost shot. She gets away using her abilities and tells the police everything. Trevor is there and kisses her, but only because he's happy she's safe. They are good friends. Sam is all over the news because she is being called a superhero. Her mom and dad talked a lot now. But there's a twist: Sam gets a letter in the mail, basically saying 'We know who you are Samantha Granger and we want you to be out superhero.' Samantha says, Why do they want me to be there superhero? Dah, dah, da...a sequel!

My connection is I play soccer. My favorite character would be Sam because the author makes her so funny and when I read the book it seems like it's real life and she's one of my friends. I love it. It make me want to read the next book...if they are making another one. I loved everything about the book it is now my favorite book. I have never had a book that I would like to read but this book is just so awesome.

Thank you for ready, Kate!

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