Synopsis from Sterling Publishing:
Don’t call him scaredy-cat Sam, because Sam Wu IS NOT AFRAID of ghosts! Except . . . he totally is. Can he conquer his fear by facing the ghost that lives in the walls of his house?
After an unfortunate (and very embarrassing) incident in the Space Museum, Sam goes on a mission to prove to the school bully, and all his friends, that he’s not afraid of anything—just like the heroes on his favorite show, Space Blasters. And when it looks like his house is haunted, Sam gets the chance to prove how brave he can be. A funny, touching, and charming story of ghost hunting, escaped pet snakes, and cats with attitude!
About: Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts is a middle grade fiction written by Katie and Kevin Tsang and illustrated by Nathan Reed. It will be published on 10/9/2018 by Sterling Children’s Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, paperback, 205 pages. The genres are middle grade, fiction, and children’s book. This book is the authors’ debut together and is intended for readers ages 7 to 12, grades 2 to 7. Sam Wu is Not Afraid is a series of 2 books so far: book 1 is called Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts and book 2 is called Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Sharks. According to the publisher’s website, “Sterling Children’s Books publishes both fiction and nonfiction. Our list includes picture books, joke books, classics, novelty formats, and board books, as well as middle-grade and young adult fiction.” Please see below for more information about the authors and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts on the morning of 8/15/2018 and finished it before midnight. My first one day read! Woot!! A fantastic read! I think my son will enjoy this book a lot too because he’s able to relate to Sam riding the Astro Blast Simulator since we also ride on one when we went to a Space Center in Huntsville, Tennessee a few months ago. I like Sam. He’s pretty brave for a scaredy-cat because he buys a pet that he’s actually scared of! I like his clever thinking and reasoning about going straight to grandma for permissions because even his mom has to listen to grandma since grandma is his mom’s mom.
Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts is told in the first person point of view following Sam as he recounted the story about why he was called a Scaredy-Cat. It was Ralph Zinkerman that dare him to get onto the Astro Blast Simulator at the Space Museum during the school field trip. Sam being good at hiding how scared he was, he took the dare. After he exited the simulator, by the remaining stains on his pants, he is then nicknamed Scaredy-Cat Sam. Sam’s favorite TV show is called Space Blasters. Sam imitates what his favorite characters on the show would do in a given situation. After being called a Scaredy-Cat Sam by the master of snorts, Ralph, he decided to run away just to escape the name. During his run, he decided to acquire a sidekick but Sam had to call his grandma to come to pay for his new pet. With this pet, he will for sure be able to prove to Ralph that he’s not a scaredy-cat.
This book is very well written and organized. I love the illustrations and how busy each page is. I like that Sam is Asian and him introducing Asian foods and Asian house rules to his school friends. I like Sam’s dad and how he encourage them to try Asian foods. I love the humor in this book. I like Sam’s friends and how supportive they are. I like Sam’s younger sister Lucy and her quick ability to come to her brother’s rescue. I like that this book has a positive influence for readers, with Bernard being smartest, Zoe being fastest, and therefore, Sam wanted to be something est too. A great book for kids! I highly recommend the read!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, illustrations, Asian dishes, bravery, pets, family, siblings, friendship
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Authors:
Katie and Kevin Tsang met while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Some of Sam Wu’s experiences are based on Kevin’s childhood. He works as a healthcare technology consultant. Katie writes YA as Katherine Webber. They currently live in London and Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts is their first joint novel. (Photo obtained from the author’s instagram and info obtained from Sterling Publishing’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Sterling Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.