WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
Samantha Saves the Day (American Girl Series) by Valerie Tripp
Type: Children’s, Historical Fiction
Basic Plot: Samantha Parkington is on vacation with her friends and family. She has no desire to stop by the the nearby island that her parents died returning from, but after finding beautiful sketches of the island by her mother, she decides more than anything she needs to visit it.
Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: Like the one before it, Samantha Saves the Day takes the main characters out of familiar surroundings to go on a little adventure. I think it was a bit more organized than the other one was, and had a more meaningful story, as it deals with Samantha’s past. It also has a bit of action mixed in.
Writing Style and Setup: 4/5 Well Done: This book had more descriptions than the other one did, I believe, as I feel like the author was really trying to create a world that was beautiful and natural. The story moved at a quick pace, and added scenes to keep from moving too fast.
Moral: 2/5 Good, Hard to Read Moral: Samantha shows bravery and steadiness when she saves the lives of her and her friends from a storm, but no direct moral is shown in the book.
Overall: 3½/5/5 Well Done: I think this book was better put together in that it was more centered and coherent. You can still differentiate the book’s writing style from the previous author’s but in a good way. I would recommend it to young girls seven to nine and older.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Brief Suggestive Content: Girls swim in their drawers and chemises. A man kisses a woman’s hand, and she blushes. Some girls find a corset in the attic.
Violence: 0/5 None
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 Brief Mention: “Gosh” is used three times. A woman says, whether sincerely or not is impossible to tell, “Thank God.”
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1/5 Briefly Intense Scenes: After going to look for some stranded children, a man falls and cuts his head, and a girl asks if he is dead. He has to be dragged into his boat by girls, who then have to row through a storm to bring him home. All is well in the end, though, and is bandaged, with the picture of him wearing it being shown. A girl talks about her parents drowning in a boating accident. A girl asks if fish bite.
Religious Issues: ½/5 Brief Mention: “Ghosts” is used for descriptive purposes.
Magic: ½/5 Brief Mention: “Fairyland,” “magic,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “spell” are used for descriptive purposes. No magic is done in the book.
Others: Some girls discover a picture of a little boy who has long hair nearly shoulder length; the picture is shown. A girl briefly dances from excitement.
Overall: 2/5 Child Appropriate: I would recommend this book, with its intensity, for children six and older.
Here is the review to the next book in the series, Changes for Samantha. christianentertainmentreviews.blog/2018/10/29/a-parents-guide-to-changes-for-samantha-book/