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The Resource Samantha Spinner and the spectacular specs, Russell Ginns ; illustrated by Barbara Fisinger

Samantha Spinner and the spectacular specs, Russell Ginns ; illustrated by Barbara Fisinger

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Samantha Spinner and the spectacular specs
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Samantha Spinner and the spectacular specs
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Russell Ginns ; illustrated by Barbara Fisinger
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eng
Summary
"Uncle Paul is still missing. And Samantha just received a new gift from him: a pair of strange purple sunglasses. Are they another powerful present? A clue to his whereabouts? Or just a bad fashion choice? Samantha and Nipper need to figure it out fast, because here comes the SUN!"--
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  • Grades 3-6 When mysterious sunglasses arrive in the mail, Samantha just knows they will help her find her missing uncle. Following cryptic clues, she and her brother travel the world via parallel underground slidewalks to visit sites such as Borobudur in Indonesia and the Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali, while fending off attacks by hostile clowns. This sequel to Samatha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans (2018) moves at a similarly breathless pace and includes black-and-white illustrations, from archival photos and diagrams to cartoon-style pictures of the characters. Appealing fare for kids who enjoy zany adventure tales with side helpings of historical/geographical trivia and wacky humor. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 11/29/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 6)
  • The further adventures of Samantha Spinner involve rubber-nosed clowns, a gross of chinchillas, and a Broadway play. In the first installment of their search for their missing uncle Paul, Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans (2018), 11-year-old Samantha and her annoying little brother, Nipper, traveled to France, Italy, and Egypt. They didn't find their uncle, but they outwitted an organization called the Royal Academy of International Ninjas (RAIN). Here, they visit Mali, Indonesia, and Peru, using supersecret underground transport, and take a train to New York to see the opening of older sister Buffy's Broadway play, all the while trying to avoid the clowns of the Society of Universal Nonsense (SUN). The narrative in this second series entry includes explanatory background, but the Spinners' adventures are so bizarre that new readers may find it hard to catch up. Still, fast-paced action and zany humor could keep them turning pages anyway. Samantha is clever and focused, Nipper impulsive and impatient (his impulsive, unintentional purchase of 144 chinchillas is dealt with by the Komodo dragon he brings home); both contribute to finding clues and occasionally ignore what readers will see as obvious. With no physical descriptions, they're presumably white, which is confirmed on the cover. Interspersed in the narrative are more supersecret plans—of the Borobadur Temple, fire hydrants, accelerated moving walkways, the Great Mosque of Djenné, Lucy the Elephant, and the USS Intrepid. All but the elephant have roles in this adventure—perhaps she'll appear in the next book. A cliffhanging conclusion will ensure that readers who've enjoyed these improbable tales will be impatient to find out about the WIND. (further information) (Adventure. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2018)
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10760354
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Ginns, Russell
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
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Skorjanc, Barbara Fisinger
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True
Series statement
Samantha Spinner series
Series volume
0002
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  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Missing persons
  • Uncles
  • Family life
  • Mystery and detective stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Samantha Spinner and the spectacular specs, Russell Ginns ; illustrated by Barbara Fisinger
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1041802100
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781524720049
Lccn
2018028042
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1041802100
Label
Samantha Spinner and the spectacular specs, Russell Ginns ; illustrated by Barbara Fisinger
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1041802100
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781524720049
Lccn
2018028042
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1041802100

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