This exciting series of beginning chapter books follows the energetic and curious Sam on his adventures in beautiful Seldovia, Alaska, where he lives with his parents and dog, Neptune. Humor, family relationships, survival, natural history, and geography are all part of Sam's "misadventures." A map and author's note portray the real Seldovia while lively illustrations help readers to visualize characters and place. A great choice for avid and reluctant readers! In this new adventure, Sam discovers and reports a wildfire that is dangerously close to the isolated community of Seldovia. When the townspeople gather to be evacuated onto fishing boats, Sam realizes his friend's family hasn't made it to the docks and heads out to find them! Heroic Sam and Neptune escort the family and rescue their litter of kittens. Included is natural history information about the spruce bark beetle life cycle and wildfires-the dangers as well as the benefits to the forest and wildlife.
About the Author
Susan Woodward Springer has lived in Alaska since 1981 and operated a mercantile in tiny Seldovia, a town that's accessible only by boat or plane. An author, artist, and historian, Susan also enjoys getting into the backcountry with her two Springer spaniels.
Illustrator Amy Meissner lives and works in Anchorage, where she shares her studio with a pair of orange cats, her yard with a cow moose, and her berries with an elusive bear. She also illustrated Ollie Jolly, Rodeo Clown (page 36).
Table of Contents
1 Dry as Dog Biscuts
2 A Wisp of Smoke
3 A Fire Is Reborn
4 Worst Fears Confirmed
5 The Battle Begins
6 Our Best Shot
7 Where Will It Stop?
8 Dogs, Cats, and a Miracle
9 State Ferry to the Rescue
10 Gits Given and Received
What People are Saying About This
Beginning readers will enjoy Sam's adventures, because he always seems to find mischief, even when he has the best intentions. The illustrations bring Sam and his dog, Neptune, to life for readers and will help those struggling with the story to better understand it and the characters that Springer has created.
Sam is a delightful young person who will draw beginning chapter book readers into his rugged life in the Alaskan wilderness.
Lynn Evarts, Book Reviews, ForeWord magazine