FICTION

There’s Something About Sam

HMH. Jul. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781328766809.
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K-Gr 2– When Max is told he has to invite all the boys in his class to his birthday party, he balks at asking Sam, a new kid with something a little different about him. As the days to the party approach, Max learns many of Sam’s charms and notices that his other friends are also starting to appreciate Sam. But the clues to just how unusual Sam is keep adding up. There’s the full moon, and the rare hamburger, and finally, a hairy, clawed hand. Yup—Sam is a werewolf. With a nod to Maurice Sendak, the group joins in for a wild rumpus until late in the night, and when the sleepover ends, friendships are solidified.
VERDICT Some well-written, lightweight fun with a little deductive reasoning thrown in. Recommended for large collections.

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