Super Speed Sam: Hide and Panic Stations

Genre: Children

Book Summary

A day in the life of Sam includes daydreaming about cakes made of dog-bones, relaxing with the McClaine family – Dad, Mom, six-year-old Jack and baby Molly, and endlessly “saving the day” from inevitable catastrophe!

The ever faithful basset hound acts as both a friend and protector of his beloved human family, which can be exhausting at times. Luckily, Sam has some help from his doggy ancestors, who passed down very special, very secret super powers…

With a simple chant, he can switch into super speed mode and even add an extra power, such as super sleuthing, engineering and cleaning! Absolutely no one in the family knows about these super powers, except for little Molly, who couldn’t tell anyone even if she wanted to…her main words being, “Ma,” “Da” and “More” and “Ja”!

Sam can almost always be found hanging out with his best friend, Jack. The two love doing everything together; lounging around the TV room, playing catch out in the garden, and engaging in fun games like Hide & Seek.

But one day, the usually innocent game of Hide & Seek goes seriously wrong – and causes a serious house-wide panic! It starts off normally enough, Jack finds Sam with ease...then it’s Jack’s turn to hide and Sam’s to seek, that’s where the trouble begins…

Jack loses himself in a comic and his favorite tunes while in his super-secret hiding spot – this spot’s almost too good. Even Sam’s special powers can’t seem to help solve the mystery of the missing boy! Meanwhile, Mom and Dad go on a frantic search – even Molly knows something’s up.

Will the mystery get solved before Mom calls the cops?! Children, parents and teachers alike will easily delve into this tale full of humor, drama, suspense and a little learning. This rousing episode from the “Sam Saves the Day” series will keep readers both young and old on their feet as they read, Hide and Panic Stations!


5 Star Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Basset hounds are supposed to be good at finding things and people, right? Young Jack likes to play hide and seek with his basset hound, Sam. While Dad's working on his car in the garage and Mom's busy in the kitchen with his baby sister, Molly, Jack tells Sam to wait in his room while he goes to hide. He knows the perfect place and he knows that Sam will never find him. It's a small closet under the stairs, a storage space. It's dark, dusty, and Jack's never hidden there before. So he knows he'll confuse poor Sam. What he doesn't know is that in the process he'll upset his parents who think they've lost him forever. And Sam? Well, he's a dog with super powers that are supposed to help him solve problems and protect his family. Only his super powers seem to get him into more trouble than be of any help.

Author Monty J. McClaine's early chapter book, Hide and Panic Stations: Super Speed Sam Book 1, is a clever and humorous story that will delight both young and older readers. This mystery takes young readers through simple exercises in sleuthing that will sharpen their own skills in deductive reasoning. There's lots of drama as the characters search high and low for a little boy who is really only lost in the comic book that he's reading. And what a great place to be lost: in a book. That in itself is a great lesson for young readers: the power of the written word to captivate. This is a fun and educational read.

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