WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
Samantha’s Surprise (American Girl Series) by Maxine Rose Schur
Type: Children’s, Historical Fiction
Basic Idea: Samantha Parkington wants the best Christmas ever, but it may just be ruined with the visit of her Uncle’s lady friend, Cornelia.
Plot: 3/5 Average: The plot is a good, simple one, like the last, with a clear focus. It develops the characters, like earlier, and moves it along a journey in the character’s lives. It is more simple and cliche than the other two ones were, but the story still progresses well and has all the good details to show Samantha’s growth.
Writing Style and Setup: 4/5 Well Done: Similar to the other two books, the book is fast moving with all the right information to tell a good story.
Moral: 3/5 A Good Moral: The moral of the book is one of accepting circumstances and that change is not always as bad as one would think. Samantha is upset that she can’t do what she would like to do because her Uncle’s friend is coming over, but soon discovers that Christmas is more than about doing what one wants to do as it is about spending time with ones you love.
Overall: 4/5 Well Done: The story, like the others, well presents the story of a girl growing as a person. It is a bit different, as it was written by a different author then the last two, but it is still enjoyable. I recommend it to girls between the ages of six and nine and older.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Brief Romance: A girl realizes her Uncle is in love with a woman after he says that he couldn’t imagine a life without said woman.
Violence: 0/5 None
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: ½/5 Brief Appearance: A girl briefly cries because she is disappointed.
Religious Issues: ½/5 Brief Mention: A character exclaims once “By Jupiter!”
Magic: ½/5 Brief Mention: A girl says her that magic tricks will be at her Christmas party. “Fairyland” is used for descriptive purposes.
Others: A girl dreams about dancing dolls. “Dancing” is used for descriptive purposes. Hansel and Gretal is briefly mentioned.
Overall: ½/5 All Ages Appropriate: Overall, this book is appropriate for anyone who can understand it.
Here is the review to the next book in the series, Happy Birthday, Samantha! christianentertainmentreviews.blog/2018/10/29/a-parents-guide-to-happy-birthday-samantha-book/