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|Me and Sam-Sam handle the apocalypse|
Author: Vaught, Susan
Alternates between the detective work of middle-schooler Jesse and her new friend, Springer, after her father is accused of stealing, and post-tornado rescue efforts of Jesse and her Pomeranian, Sam-Sam.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.80
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 503431
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 76992
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/19)
School Library Journal (04/01/19)
Booklist (+) (04/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2019 *Starred Review* In a memorable week for Jesse, a devastating tornado comes to her small Kentucky town, she's faced with the traumatic sight of her dad in handcuffs after a large amount of money disappears from his desk at school, and confrontations with a trio of relentless bullies escalate. On top of that, she gains a solid new friend, a mystery to solve (who really took that money?), proof that her Pomeranian Sam-Sam has important hidden talents, and plenty of evidence that being on the spectrum doesn’t make her dumb, disabled, broken, or incapable of rising to the occasion. Led by her mom, who is deployed in Iraq but available for Skype conversations, and Springer, a big, quiet new kid who's quick on the uptake when it comes to meltdowns, good at respecting personal space, and not afraid to help with an investigation that ends up implicating school faculty and administration, Jesse gets a sensitive but not (except sometimes for her dad) overprotective support group. Her tale, told partly in flashbacks, ends in a flurry of high notes (with Sam-Sam the hero of the day). Edgar-winning Vaught, a neuropsychologist, has both personal and professional experience to draw on in crafting a narrator who is admirably smart and resilient despite an “itchy” brain and a compulsion to count things. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 4–6—Words that describe Jesse Broadview include: dog lover, "Messy Jesse," heroine, and "on the spectrum." Her quirkiness can lead to extreme behavior from burning tank tops that are too itchy, building a secret hideout in the forest, and throwing water bottles at bullies. Jesse's life is clearly anything but typical, but when a tornado strikes her small Kentucky town and her father is accused of stealing money from the school library, Jesse faces her own apocalypse. Jesse will pave her own path as she dabbles in a first true friendship, navigates the mystery surrounding her father, and stands her ground against a fierce toronado. Vaught invites readers into Jesse's world, which is simultaneously intriguing and jumbled. The novel bounces between the missing money mystery and the action building toward the tornado, which enhances the plot's energy, but can initially cause confusion for readers. Vaught's detailed accounts of events through Jesse's perspective builds not only an understanding, but also an experience for the reader, and provides intimate insight on her neuroatypicality. VERDICT Highly recommended for school libraries as a strong addition to help diversify realistic fiction collections to include neuroatypical characters and heroines.—Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.