Bravo Zulu, Samantha!

Justin struggles with conflicting choices and important decisions about family, loyalty, and responsibility as he decides what his path in life will be.
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  • ISBN: 9781561454013
  • Publication date: 04/01/2007
  • Page Count: 144
  • Size: 6" x 8-1/2"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • ISBN: 9781561457113
  • Publication date: 12/01/2012
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Independent-minded Sam does not like the fact that she has to spend a month of her summer vacation at her grandparents’ place.

Twelve-year-old Sam adores her grandmother, but Grandma will be at work most of the time during Sam’s visit, leaving Sam with the Colonel, her prickly grandfather. Sam’s relationship with him is shaky at best, and now that the Colonel has had to retire from his career as a military pilot, he is harder than ever to get along with.

Sam soon finds that her grandfather’s behavior is even stranger than she expected. He keeps disappearing for long stretches of time and won’t let Sam go into the old barn. Sam is eager to solve the mystery, but when she discovers that the Colonel is building an airplane, they both have a decision to make. Will Sam let the cat out of the bag and ruin her grandfather’s plan? Or will he relent and let Sam help him finish the plane?

In this story filled with interesting facts and aeronautical information, author Kathleen Benner Duble skillfully mines the depth and complexity of human relationships and what happens when dreams, once deferred, may finally be realized.



Kathleen Benner Duble


Kathleen Benner Duble is the author of Pilot Mom, a picture book, as well as the novels The Sacrifice (which received a starred review in Booklist); Bridging Beyond; and Bravo Zulu, Samantha! She lives in Massachusetts.


“The angry arguments make for great dialogue… a wry, contemporary story with lots of technology.” ―Booklist


Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2008

Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (Intermediate) ―NYSRA, 2009

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Language Arts K-6 Novels) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2007

Massachusetts Book Awards (Honor Book) ―Massachusetts Center for the Book, 2008

Agatha Award (Nominee) ―Malice Domestic, 2007

Maine Student Book Award (Nominee) ―MLA, MASL, MRA

Mark Twain Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians

More Details

AR Level: 4.2
F&P: U, Gr 5, Genre RF
Lexile: 590L
Themes: Airplanes, Friendship, Grandparents, Secrets
BISAC 1: JUV013030 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
BISAC 2: JUV041010 JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Aviation
BISAC 3: JUV001000 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

Books By Kathleen Benner Duble