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Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A fun young heroine reminiscent of Ramona Quimby.

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It's easy to draw comparison between Ramona Quimby, the Beverly Cleary heroine, and Samantha Hansen in SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD. Both girls are fun, fearless, and funny with fussy big sisters. But that's where the comparisons end. Cleary's characters and family life have a transcendent sense of warmth that we don't get in author Nancy Viau's novel.

The family is quirky and they have some wonderful touching moments, but the storytelling doesn't elevate the book to the classic status of Cleary. Where it succeeds is in being a wonderful alternative for girls who aren't the typical marketed-to tween -- specifically the Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers fanbase. It's also a great opportunity to get girls excited about geology and science in general.

Book Details

  • Author: Nancy Viau
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: September 1, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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