Somewhat True Adventures Sammy Shine PBNext up on your summer reading list is The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine, and middle readers will love following along with this adorable pet mouse on his action-packed (and somewhat true) adventures!

Sammy Shine’s life as Hank’s pet mouse was simple and quiet―until Hank’s brother sends Sammy up in a remote controlled airplane and loses control. Sammy finds himself in a whole new world without the comfort of his shoe box in Hank’s room. Now he’s lost in the woods, with no way to get home, and a dangerous enemy. Fortunately, Sammy meets a group of new friends, including a mouse, an injured crow, a newt, and a shrew, ready to help him find and repair his plane so he can try to get back home.

Inspired by a childhood experience, New York Times-bestselling author Henry Cole offers this charming novel featuring adorable animal characters on an exciting adventure, and his endearing illustrations bring this action-packed plot to life.

Can’t wait to join Sammy Shine on his somewhat true adventures? Check out this excerpt! And be sure to download the free teacher’s guide for activities after reading.

“Since Sammy is way too cute to fail, this amusing tale will serve well as an early chapter book or read-aloud.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“An excellent fit for younger chapter book readers, who will hope this isn’t the last they’ll see of Sammy Shine.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Cole’s endearing adventure will hit home with lovers of animal fantasy.” ―Booklist Online

“Kids drawn to whimsy and light adventure will find this fills the bill.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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