Monday, June 8, 2015

Off the Record by Robin Caroll-- A Review

The third book in an exciting series about a girl with dreams to become an investigative journalist, each book promises to touch on a crime straight from the headlines, while also tackling tough issues faced by middle-schoolers everywhere.
In this third book of the Samantha Sanderson series, the school's grades have been tampered with, and Sam must enlist Makayla's help in hacking the computer 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 between sticking by her friends at all cost or reporting 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 the headlines, from bomb threats to bullying, while following Samantha and her friends as they navigate middle-school and questions about faith.

the book can be purchased at Amazon in paperback and kindle edition. It can also be purchased at CBD, and Deeper Shopping

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll 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 books. 

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 25-plus years, her 3 beautiful daughters, 2 precious grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?

My thoughts: Samantha is a middle school aged girl whose mother is a reporter and Samantha is following in her footsteps. When the grades for a big exam get changed Samantha is first on the scene to try to find out who did it. 
This book is well written and a fun read. It is the third in a series and although it was good it would have been a better read had the other two books been read first. I do think this book would be good for middle school aged girls.  
I also had my 9 year old daughter read it. She liked it some but stated that she really couldn't get into it. She is an avid reader and this book just didn't seem to be her cup of tea. She did enjoy the character of Felicia the best.
I do believe that most girls will enjoy this book and series.  I do plan on trying more of these books as I feel they are fun and have good moral values for my girls to read about through a fun mystery setting.  I enjoyed this book and will be reading more from Robin in the future.
I received this book through the book look bloggers program in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.

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