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Samantha Sanderson Off the Record

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Quick Overview:

Samantha Sanderson is a modern, resourceful 7th grader who enjoys shopping, texting, skating—and sniffing out the next big mystery to report in the school paper. Sam and her BFF Makayla are investigating who might be behind a virus that was uploaded into their school’s computer to tamper with the grades.
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Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, so she’s always looking for articles to publish in her middle-school paper (where she secretly hopes to become chief editor). With a police officer for a father, Sam is in no short supply of writing material.

In the third book of the Samantha Sanderson series, when the school’s grades were tampered with, Sam must enlist Makayla’s help in hacking the system to discover the virus that was used and who committed the crime. But when the lead suspect is her newfound friend, Felicia, Sam must choose whether to stick by her friends at all costs or report the story as she sees it.

The Samantha Sanderson series is about an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Each book touches on a crime straight from headlines, from bomb threats to bullying, while following Samantha and her friends as they navigate middle-school and questions of faith.

Contributor(s) Robin Caroll
About the Contributor(s) Robin Caroll

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin's mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage--two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 14 published novels. When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home--in the South, where else? She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.

UPC 025986742492
ISBN-10 0310742498
ISBN-13 9780310742494
Publish Date Apr 21, 2015
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.00
Width 5.25
Length 240
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $8.99
Series FaithGirlz / Samantha Sanderson
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Fitzysmom
Overall Rating
Samantha Sanderson Off The Record is book three in Robin Caroll's tween fiction series and I am liking the developing story lines more and more. The books are targeted at the eight to twelve-year-old and I think they hit the mark.

Samantha and her BFF, Makayla, are smart girls with kind hearts but they also have flaws that make the stories relatable to the intended audience. In Off The Record the entire student body is awaiting their report cards. Unfortunately when the cards arrive there are big problems. Every single student at the middle-school has messed up grades. It is quickly determined that the computer system must have a virus. But who infected the system, and why? Of course this is breaking news and Samantha is quick to jump on it. That leads to even more animosity with the school paper's editor and arch nemesis of Samantha, Aubrey Damas.

In each of the Samantha Sanderson books there is a specific Scripture reference that the author focuses on. This one is Matthew 22:39, "Love your neighbor as yourself." It was nice to see Samantha not only learn to apply it to her literal next door neighbor, but also to those around her.

One of the reasons that I have enjoyed these books is the fact that they don't dumb down the information for the reader. This book has a lot of computer information that the average person probably doesn't know. But the dialogue is written in a way that the reader can learn about and understand what is going on. What a bonus . . . reading for fun and knowledge!

If you have a tween girl I think you should take a look at not only this book but the entire series. Technically the books can be read as stand-alone titles but if your girl intends to read them all it would be better to read them in order because there is a bit of the story-line that continues through each individual novel.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 5/18/2016)
Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
Overall Rating
The Samantha Sanderson series is written by Robin Caroll and currently has three available titles: At The Movies, On The Scene, and Off The Record. There is a fourth novel slated to release in February of 2016: Without a Trace.

Samantha (Sam) Sanderson is the daughter of a journalist and a police officer. Sam wants to be a journalist like her mom and is off to a good start because she is on the staff of the middle school newspaper. In each book in the series, some sort of mystery arises and she tries to solve it with the help of her best friend, Makayla. (Her dad is usually involved in some way, too.) Sam likes to write articles for the school newspaper about the mystery at hand.

In Off The Record, a virus has been planted in the school's grading system and Samantha and her friend Makayla (who is great with computers) are trying to get to the bottom of it.

I asked my 11 year old daughter about this book and she thought it was interesting and she enjoyed the mystery. She enjoyed reading Off The Record and has read it multiple times - it is her favorite in the series. She highly recommends it to others her age.

I know for sure my daughter is excited to read the new Samantha Sanderson book, Without a Trace, when it is released in early 2016.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 11/24/2015)
Review by Sally
Overall Rating
Sarah’s (age 10) Review:
Samantha always wanted be a reporter like her mom and she thought she would be good at it because her dad is on a detective for the police department.

There is a mystery at school that has to do with grades being changed by a virus. Sam wants the scoop but when she finds out they are blaming her friend she is not so sure she wants to get her in trouble. She has a tough time deciding if she should be a friend or write the story.

I loved this book because it was a mystery and I wanted to keep reading it. (my parents finally made me turn the light off and go to bed). I was glad Sam was able to help find out what happened and was able to help her friend. She learned that being the kind of person God wants you to be is better than anything else. I learned that it is great to have a good friend but even better to trust the Lord in everything. This book was so awesome I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.


My Review:

This is an excellent young reader book. It has just enough mystery and action to keep the young reader interested, while showing them that no matter what the situation may be, there is always a choice. It also shows if you choose Godly friends, they are the ones who will stick with you and help you pray about the situation. God’s love is evident with MaKayla and Sam as they search to clear Felicia of a crime they don’t think she committed and with Makayla for staying with Sam when she learns her mother has been in a plane crash. These two girls learned that getting the scoop is not what God always wants from us and they learned that love thy neighbor doesn’t necessarily mean your next door neighbor but those you come in contact with on a daily basis.

This is a fabulous book for the middle-school aged children. I can’t wait to share it with my granddaughter.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 6/15/2015)
Review by Jackie
Overall Rating
This is book three in a series that we have really enjoyed. It can be so hard to find wholesome novels for young girls to read once they don’t find Little House or Ann of Green Gables appealing any longer. The Faithgirlz books are so great for the tween and young teen age group. They’re current, interesting and who doesn’t love a good mystery?!

As a mom, I appreciate that this book is loaded with real life examples of a young girl using Scripture and thinking about God in her every day life. Sam, the main character, goes through some real trials in this book. Some are scary and some are just teen drama – but to her and to probably every girl that reads this book, they’re real trials. To read how Sam leans on her parents and God to deal with them is awesome.

{I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.} (Posted on 5/19/2015)
Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
About the Book:

Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, so she’s always looking for articles to publish in her middle-school paper (where she secretly hopes to become chief editor). With a police officer for a father, Sam is in no short supply of writing material.


In the third book of the Samantha Sanderson series, when the school’s grades were tampered with, Sam must enlist Makayla’s help in hacking the system to discover the virus that was used and who committed the crime. But when the lead suspect is her newfound friend, Felicia, Sam must choose whether to stick by her friends at all costs or report the story as she sees it.




The Samantha Sanderson series is about an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Each book touches on a crime straight from headlines, from bomb threats to bullying, while following Samantha and her friends as they navigate middle-school and questions of faith.


My Review:

Off the record is another great mystery added to The Samantha Sanderson series. Which is perfect for the pre-teen girl or teen girl that enjoys mysteries. In this addition Samantha has to make a choice in her investigation and the choice is a very difficult one for her to make. The school grades get tampered with and all the evidence points to her friend Felicia. She is definitely caught in a quandary.


Off the record has a lot more to deal with this time around because it discusses more about middle school life for those pre-teens and teens. It discusses dishonesty, crushes, and some bullying, peer pressure at it's best. It's not always easy to do the right thing especially when the odds are stacked against you. Will Samantha do what's right or will she wimp out?


**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review through my participation through the Z Blog Squad.
(Posted on 5/13/2015)

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