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Samantha Saves the Day: A Summer Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Valerie Tripp (Author), Luann Roberts (Illustrator) & Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
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Item description for Samantha Saves the Day: A Summer Story (American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp, Luann Roberts & Dan Andreasen...

While spending the summer at Grandmary's home on Goose Lake, Samantha and the twins Agnes and Agatha decide to visit the island where Samantha's parents were drowned during a storm.

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Samantha and her family are spending the summer at Piney Point, Grandmary's home in the mountains. One day Samantha and the twins, Agnes and Agatha, find a sketchbook made by Samantha's mother. In it, Samantha sees a beautiful waterfall she had visited with her parents long ago, before they died in a boating accident. Using the sketchbook as a map, Samantha and the twins set off. When their secret exploration puts them in the middle of a dangerous storm, Samantha must save the day.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   65
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1988
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Samantha  
Series Number  5  
ISBN  0937295418  
ISBN13  9780937295410  

Availability  0 units.

More About Valerie Tripp, Luann Roberts & Dan Andreasen

Valerie Tripp Valerie Tripp is an American author best known for her beloved American Girl historical fiction characters Felicity, Elizabeth, Josefina, Samantha, Nellie, Kit, Ruthie, Emily, and Molly. Ms. Tripp also writes poems, songs, stories, skills book pages, and nonfiction essays for educational publishers. She is the author of dozens of phonetically controlled stories at the pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade levels of The Superkids Reading Program and all of the stories in the second grade readers, "The Superkids Hit Second Grade" and "The Superkids Take Off." In addition, she is a founder and the Editorial Director of Boys Camp a series of realistic fiction books for readers aged 7 to 12, and also the author of the books in the Hopscotch Hill School series, and the Just One More series, published by Childrens Press.

Tripp became a writer because of the kind of person she is. She's curious, and writing requires you to be interested in everything. She loves to talk and writing is a way of talking on paper.

Valerie Tripp currently resides in the state of Maryland. Valerie Tripp was born in 1951.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1900s
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Action & Adventure
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Samantha

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GREAT BOOK  Apr 12, 2007
Join Samantha and her cousins Agnes and Agatha on their adventure to Tear Drop Island. UH!OH! A big storm is coming and the boat floated away! Will they get stuck on Tear Drop Island? Or will somebody help them!? Read to find out. Recomended for ages eight and up or for people who love the Americian Girl Series.[...] by kate
bryon  Feb 11, 2005
Agnes and Agatha wan't to go to teardrop island for a day samantha on the other hand did not because it was dangerous and her parents died coming back from teardrop island. They went to the attic tofind something to do. In the attic they went thourgh boxes when they stumbled on a sketch book of teardrop island. They looked at pictures of samantha at a beautiful waterfall. There is also pictures of places in teardrop island. They thought samantha liked the waterfall.
Samantha Saves the Day  Oct 25, 2004
Samantha saves the day
by: Valerie Tripp

The story I read was about a young orphan and her wealthy grandmother on summer vacation at Piney Point. One day at Piney Point Samantha's friends Agatha and Agnes came to visit her at Piney Point along with their mother Cornelia their, father Gard, and an old man named Admiral Archibald Beemis. Admiral does his usual asking Grandmary to marry him, but she turns him down. Every day the girls go swimming and hiking. On a rainy day the girls did whatever they could without having to be in the rain, but soon they run out of ideas so they set up their easels and began to paint. After a while they start to question on what the others were painting. Then Agatha suggests that there may be something wrong with the brushes. So they go up into the attic to look for some paintbrushes. Instead they stumble among some fancy old fashion hats and gloves. Then Samantha finds an old sketchbook that belonged to her mother. Once Agatha and Agnes saw how beautiful Samantha's mother's painted description of Teardrop Island they wanted to go there immediately, but Samantha was against that. Samantha decides to go there just to remember. When they get there everything seems to be fine they went to every site from the sketchbook. They swam in the waterfall and went to the big rock. But when they find out that their boat has drifted off and that they're stranded it became a nightmare.
The reason Samantha was against that was because her parents droned coming from Teardrop Island. Immediately Samantha said no. The twins asked her why she didn't want to go such a beautiful place and she told them about her dreadful past. The twins felt bad for Samantha. After the moment of silence they finished looking through the sketchbook. They also got lost and Admiral got knock unconscious.
When Samantha saw how happy her and her parents were on Teardrop Island she changed her mind. She looked at a little more of the pictures from the sketchbook and tried to remember what it was like. Seconds later she decided that she wanted to go to Teardrop Island. She wanted to go there because she wanted to try to remember what it was like to be there when she was little. When they got there they were having fun at first, but they got stranded and lost their canoe. Then they were sort of found by Admiral. But he got knock unconscious. The girls helped Admiral to the boat and safely made it back to shore where loved ones were looking for them.
I think this book was really interesting because it made me think about if I lost something dear to me. I'd recommend this book to girls of all ages because if might help them forget or think positive of something or someone they've lost. I also think it's a great mother daughter book to read.

Wonderful  Sep 8, 2003
This is another in the American Girls series about Samantha Parkington, a ten-year-old orphan girl living with her grandmother in the America of 1904. In this book, Samantha and all her family go to Grandmary's summerhouse at Piney Point. When Samantha finds her mother's sketchbook detailing a visit by Samantha and her parents to a little island, she and the twins, Agnes and Agatha, rush off to visit it. However, when a storm blows up, it is up to Samantha to save the day!

The final chapter of this book is a fascinating look at America going outdoors in 1904. As always, the illustrations provided by Nancy Niles and Robert Grace are wonderful, and add a lot to the experience of reading this wonderful book.

This is another great Samantha book, not as gritty as some in the series, but certainly a great read. My daughter and I both like this book, and highly recommend it to you!

Samantha Saves the Day  Feb 26, 2001
When Samantha stays at Piney Point with her family, she never dreams what will happen. Her mother died many years ago, but she always loved to spend time at Piney Point with her friends just like Samantha. But when she finds her mother's old sketchbook, she becomes interested. Where did her mom draw all the pictures of Samantha and her father, who also died, when she was a baby? Trying to understand her past, Samantha and her two cousins go to Teardrop Island, the place where the mystery pictures were drawn. Their grandma forbids them to go, but they go anyway. But when they get stuck on the island, they get scared and realize they shouldn't have gone. I liked this book, but it was more of a little-kid book than I expected it to be!

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