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Samantha Spinner and the Boy in the Ball: 10/13/21

Samantha Spinner and the Boy in the Ball

Samantha Spinner and the Boy in the Ball by Russell Ginns is the third book in the series. Nipper's missing, having been kidnapped by the next door neighbor. Samantha wrangles help from a pair of friends, while her uncle and her dad head out on their own adventure.

As with the previous two books, new modes of transportation is revealed. These are wheel and ball based. They're also the first example of a highway system from a different country.

With the siblings separated there's no chance for the to squabble. Nipper working alone is forced to rely on his own wits and intuition. Meanwhile, Samantha gets to work with two like minded girls. It's nice seeing her branch out and I hope the other two end up being recurring characters.

Chart showing the relative placement of the three books on the Road Narrative Spectrum

Like the first two, this book sits on the Road Narrative Spectrum. As all the family members are traveling, albeit on separated routes, their goal is the same. Thus the travelers are once again family (33). The destination is a reunion at home (66). Their route their is the labyrinth in that none of them are in any real danger but the journey provides a transformative experience in that they each learn something new about themselves (99).

The fourth book is Samantha Spinner and the Perplexing Pants (2021)

Five stars

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