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New Adventures, Puzzles, and Secrets With Samantha Spinner in This Third Book in Russell Ginns' Popular Series

Updated on January 23, 2020
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Samantha Spinner Returns With Exciting New Adventures

Exciting new adventures with Samantha Spinner in Ginn's third book in the series
Exciting new adventures with Samantha Spinner in Ginn's third book in the series | Source

Exciting New Adventures With Samantha Spinner

Fans of Russell Ginn and his character Samantha Spinner will be excited to read the third in his series, Samantha Spinner And The Boy In The Ball. Read along as Samantha celebrates the fact that she has finally found her uncle who had disappeared and can now ask a lot of questions about everything that she wants to know. Readers may remember the red umbrella that Samantha's uncle had left her as a gift. She wants to know who made the rusty old umbrella and how did all of the magical ways of traveling come about? Readers may remember the rain and Samantha also wants to know where that rain came from. So many puzzling questions to solve! But wait! Her brother goes missing!

Samantha travels with her uncle to find her brother and they visit some awesome places along the way. Ginns incorporates a special pair of orange dog clogs that play an important part in the adventures. A monkey, the Wind, and a Cloud are also part of the puzzle pieces to solve the mystery of Samantha's brother. How could her brother get into the huge ball of yarn? Young readers will find this new adventure to be a page turner as they follow Samantha in her efforts ot find her brother.

Ginn also includes a section of Amazing Facts and a section of Super-Secret Secrets at the end of the book. He also includes the answers to all of the puzzles that are found throughout the story.

Samantha Spinner And The Boy In The Ball was published by Delacorte Press, a division of Random House Children's Books. It is recommended for ages 8-12 and has an ISBN of 978-1-9848-4919-9.

Black and White Illustrations Add Fun to the Adventures

Fun facts about places that Samantha visits
Fun facts about places that Samantha visits | Source
How does a boy get into a giant ball?
How does a boy get into a giant ball? | Source

Bring Samantha Spinner Into the Classroom For Fun Activities in Reading

Ginn's third book in his series with the popular character Samantha Spinner will be a great choice to add to the classroom library for individual and group reading. Chapter books are popular with ages 8-12 and teachers who teach language arts and reading will want to add this new adventure to your students' reading list.

*Read as a class project with several chapters read each day. Young readers enjoy reading aloud to teach other to practice their skills in reading aloud. They also enjoy listening to the teacher as she reads a few chapters aloud each day.

*Call attention to the fun facts about the GateWay Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, and the Hess Triangle in New York City. Young readers will want to learn about these as they read about Samantha's travel adventure. Geography lessons can be incorporated into activities as students travel along with Samantha.

*Call attention to the special characters with amusing names. Lightening Hot Potato, Supersonic Starship, and The Dazzling Dozen all appear in later chapters. Assign a creative writing project for students to choose one of these characters as their favorite. Why is their chosen character their favorite and what part does the character play in the adventures?

*Assign a creative writing project for students to choose one of the sights in Samantha's travels that they would like to visit. Students can do more research about their favorite place that they would like to visit.

*Use the section of Super-Secret Secrets to engage students in solving all of the messages found in the story.

*Add Ginn's first two books in the series to your class library for students to compare all of the adventures with the red umbrella. Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans and Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs can be added so that the adventures can be enjoyed. Reading all three creates the opportunity for students to compare the stories.

*Assign a creative writing project for students to create their own codes to solve after solving the codes from the story.

Enjoy this new adventure with Samantha Spinner!

© 2020 Cindy Hewitt


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