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Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs
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Get ready for more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother, Nipper, in the second book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for...
Get ready for more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother, Nipper, in the second book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for...
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  • Get ready for more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother, Nipper, in the second book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and classics like Holes.
    When Samantha Spinner's uncle Paul disappeared, he left presents for his nieces and nephew. Samantha's sister, Buffy, got $2,400,000,000. Her brother, Nipper, got the New York Yankees. Samantha got . . . a rusty old umbrella.
    Wow! So unfair, Uncle Paul.
    Well, it seemed unfair—until Samantha discovered that the old umbrella holds the plans for a super-secret network of transit systems that covers the globe. It's the ticket to danger and adventure beyond anyone's wildest dreams.
    But Uncle Paul is still missing. And Samantha just received a new gift from him: a pair of strange purple sunglasses. Are they another powerful present? A clue to his whereabouts? Or just a bad fashion choice? Samantha and Nipper need to figure it out fast, because . . . here comes the SUN!
    Praise for Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans, Book 1 in the Samantha Spinner series:
    "A winning mix of fast-paced action, fascinating facts, bathroom humor, and hidden puzzles . . . [that is] sure to please action-loving middle-grade readers." —Kirkus Reviews
    "Full of adventure and survival . . . [and with] characters [who] are likable, realistic, and well rounded . . . [Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans is] great for [readers of] series like The 39 Clues." —School Library Journal

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  • From the book "Look here!" Samantha shouted from under the kitchen table. "Now!"
    She shoved a chair out of the way with one foot to make room for her brother.
    "What? Where?" said Nipper, bending down quickly.
    He misjudged the height of the table and banged his head.
    "That hurt," he said, rubbing his forehead and inching in beside her. "You forgot to say duck."
    "All right," she replied. " 'Duck.' Now look here." Samantha removed the purple sunglasses Uncle
    Paul had given her. She put them on Nipper's face and pointed at a table leg.
    "PSST?" Nipper asked.
    "That's right," she answered, taking the glasses from him and putting them on again. Through the octagonal lenses, she saw four yellow letters glowing on the leg:

    P S S T
    "And watch this," she told him.
    She reached out and grabbed the leg where it met the table.
    "Gotcha," said Samantha.
    Click!
    A section slid downward, revealing an opening. It hissed as a stream of air rushed into the hollow leg.
    "Whoa," said Nipper. "A second secret pneumatic tube."
    Samantha nodded. They had already found one pneumatic tube under the table when she'd gotten the glasses. She pointed at that hissing table leg on her right with one hand.
    "Into Seattle," she said.
    She pointed at this new opening with her other hand. "Out of Seattle," she said, and let out a big, satisfied
    sigh.
    At long last, this was a major breakthrough.
    When Samantha's uncle Paul disappeared, he left presents for his nieces and nephew. Samantha's sister, Buffy, got $2,400,000,000. Samantha's brother, Nipper, got the New York Yankees. Samantha got an old rusty umbrella. Of course, it seemed terribly unfair— until Samantha started taking a closer look at things. She discovered that the umbrella was a super-secret map of the world! Samantha and her brother traveled to France, Italy, and Egypt, and defeated the RAIN—the Royal Academy of International Ninjas. They even rescued the Mona Lisa. But Uncle Paul was still missing.
    Then a mysterious pair of sunglasses arrived with a note.

    Watch out for the SUN.
    —Horace

    For Samantha, this was proof that Uncle Paul was alive.
    She also had a sketch of an obelisk that she'd copied from a picture she found in the Temple of Horus in Egypt. When she discovered the obelisk was a monument in


    New York City called Cleopatra's Needle, Samantha suspected that Uncle Paul was alive and also in New York.
    Then a message came from her older sister. Buffy had written to tell the family that she had moved to Manhattan to work on a play with help from "the famous Broadway producer Horace Temple."
    After that, Samantha knew that Uncle Paul was alive, in New York . . . and with Buffy Spinner.
    Unfortunately, Samantha couldn't get there. The magtrain she'd found with the Super-Secret Plans didn't go to New York, or anywhere near it. Her parents promised they would visit New York after school ended in a month, and no amount of asking could make them go sooner.
    So, since she couldn't explore New York, she explored Seattle with the purple glasses.
    First, she'd used them to inspect her umbrella—the Super-Secret Plans. They didn't do anything special. She'd searched Uncle Paul's apartment above the garage, and around the house. Nothing. Everywhere she'd stared, things turned purple, but that was it.
    When she went to the mailbox at the end of her street, she'd found her first clue. She stared at the outside of the box through the glasses and saw glowing yellow letters just like the ones on the legs of her kitchen table:

    PSST

    But that was a dead end, too. Next, she'd spent days...

About the Author-

  • Russell Ginns is a writer and game designer who specializes in puzzles, songs, and smart fun. He has worked on projects for a wide variety of organizations, corporations, and publications, including Sesame Workshop, Girl Scouts of America, Nintendo, and Scientific American. Russell lives and writes in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans and Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs. To learn more about him, visit samanthaspinner.com and follow @rginns on Twitter.

Reviews-

  • Kirkus

    December 15, 2018
    The further adventures of Samantha Spinner involve rubber-nosed clowns, a gross of chinchillas, and a Broadway play. In the first installment of their search for their missing uncle Paul, Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans (2018), 11-year-old Samantha and her annoying little brother, Nipper, traveled to France, Italy, and Egypt. They didn't find their uncle, but they outwitted an organization called the Royal Academy of International Ninjas (RAIN). Here, they visit Mali, Indonesia, and Peru, using supersecret underground transport, and take a train to New York to see the opening of older sister Buffy's Broadway play, all the while trying to avoid the clowns of the Society of Universal Nonsense (SUN). The narrative in this second series entry includes explanatory background, but the Spinners' adventures are so bizarre that new readers may find it hard to catch up. Still, fast-paced action and zany humor could keep them turning pages anyway. Samantha is clever and focused, Nipper impulsive and impatient (his impulsive, unintentional purchase of 144 chinchillas is dealt with by the Komodo dragon he brings home); both contribute to finding clues and occasionally ignore what readers will see as obvious. With no physical descriptions, they're presumably white, which is confirmed on the cover. Interspersed in the narrative are more supersecret plans--of the Borobadur Temple, fire hydrants, accelerated moving walkways, the Great Mosque of Djenné, Lucy the Elephant, and the USS Intrepid. All but the elephant have roles in this adventure--perhaps she'll appear in the next book. A cliffhanging conclusion will ensure that readers who've enjoyed these improbable tales will be impatient to find out about the WIND. (further information) (Adventure. 9-12)

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Kirkus Reviews "A winning mix of fast-paced action, fascinating facts, bathroom humor, and hidden puzzles."
  • The Bulletin "Wild, wacky, and occasionally gross."
  • Booklist "Appealing fare for kids who enjoy zany adventure tales with side helpings of historical/geographical trivia and wacky humor."

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