Usually when I read juvenile section, I have to mentally prepare myself a bit and remember that it was written with teens and tweens in mind. It takes a little adjustment and then I can usually settle land to enjoy the book. Without a Trace, however, I actually enjoyed from the beginning and didn’t even really think of it as juvenile fiction.
I haven’t read any of the previous in the Samantha Sanderson series but I didn’t feel lost and this book can definitely be a stand alone.
The story starts out with a mystery right away that had me intrigued. The disappearance of the students causes understanding alarm at his school and among his peers including Sam who happens to be there when his disappearance is reported.
I was pulled in right away and didn’t let go until the very end. Since it was juvenile fiction and the words are bigger and chapters are longer, it was a pretty quick and easy read but completely entertaining.
After I read it I gave it to my seven-year-old because he is a pretty advanced reader and I thought he would enjoy the story. I love that he can enjoy a chapter books now and read long, detailed stories like this one.
Without a Trace is a great mystery, completely age-appropriate and a great read for young and old alike.
About the Book
“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 fourth book of the Faithgirlz Samantha Sanderson series, Sam’s friend Tam Lee is missing. As the days pass, all clues seem to point to something sinister in Sam’s opinion. Sam must decide whether to do what everyone wants her to and let law enforcement continue to work as though Tam is a run-away. Or should Sam follow her heart and keep poking around looking for more clues?
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.”
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