Friday, April 19, 2019

Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught

Someone stole the money from Jesse's Dad's desk at the school.  Since he was responsible for it, he assumes the blame.  Jesse knows he didn't do it.  So she decides to figure out who did.

Paula Wiseman Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 14th.

Jesse has her dog, Sam-Sam, a Pomeranian, and a new friend she's acquired to help her.  Sam-Sam is not learning to locate bombs as she would like.  Her Mom is in the service and she has a bomb sniffing dog so Jesse wanted to imitate her.  She uses bacon for Sam-Sam but he still doesn't get that he's supposed to dig the plastic container up.  She keeps on working on it.

She and Springer begin gathering information to find out who the real thief is.  It's hard for them to do because the school has bullies that won't let them alone.  They already gave Springer a black eye.  Jesse can pretty well defend herself but she'd rather not confront them.  They say mean things about them both.   They were going to fight them in the hallway but Jesse had water bottles with her and she hit them with them dropping water all over them.  She ended up in the principle's office for it but she defended herself.

Nothing is done about the bullies, she has to find the real thief herself, and then a big wind storm flattens her house and most others in her neighborhood.  She saves her aunt but she was really hunting for her dog.  Her aunt wasn't supposed to be home but she skipped her nail appointment.  When she finds Sam-Sam, he goes over to the neighbors and shows the rescue crew where those folks were trapped.  They take both Jesse and Sam-Sam around the neighborhood rescuing people until the rescue dogs finally show up.

It takes a lot of effort but she does identify the thief.  The school even finally deals with the bullies.  Jesse might be handicapped but she's capable of taking care of herself.  And Springer helps because he can talk her down when she gets fretful.  I think we have a good team going here.

This was a busy story with lots of confrontations and lots of excitement.  It's a very good read. 


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