Samantha: An American Girl
Reviewed by Leila Fletcher, age 11
American Girl tells the story of an orphan who lives with her
grandmother in the early 20th century. The story takes place in a six
In the first five books she lives in Mount
Bedford, New York. She has all sorts of adventures, such as creating a
small school for her poor friend, chasing a puppy through New York City,
visiting the island where her parents passed away, and helping her
friends escape from a nasty orphanage.
In the sixth and
final book, Samantha moves to New York City after her grandmother
marries an admiral she has loved for a long time. Shortly after moving,
Samantha finds out her friends moved to an orphanage in New York City.
The fact that both of them were in the same city allowed her to help
The most important part of this series is
Samantha’s friendship with her poor friend, Nellie. Their friendship
opens up opportunities for both of them. Samantha realizes that poor
people are not as happy as she is, based on her experiences with
different social classes. For Nellie, their friendship helps ensure that
she and her sisters get a safe home for the rest of their childhood.
This is an adventurous, heart-warming story. I have loved
this series of books since I was very little. Samantha learns that she
is not limited by her comfort zone. The way she bends over backward for
her friends, and is always ready to help was inspiring to me.
I would recommend this series to girls that are in elementary
school. I hope you like these books just as much as I did!