Project Description

Bravo Zulu Samantha

Bravo Zulu, Samantha!

by Kathleen Benner Duble

An independent-minded girl and her crotchety retired grandfather find common ground when they work together to build an airplane.

Twelve-year-old Sam likes to memorize fun and weird facts. She’s constantly spouting quotes from her fact books, such as the size of the largest bubble-gum bubble blown through the nose or how jelly gets into a donut. But Sam does not like the fact that she has to spend a month of her summer vacation at her grandparents’ place while her parents are away!

She adores her grandmother, but Grandma will be at work most of the time, 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 disapearing into the woods for long stretches of time and won’t let Sam go into the old barn. Obviously the Colonel is hiding a big secret, and Sam is eager to solve the mystery. Reluctantly she accepts help from Billy Burnham, a classmate she can’t decide if she likes or hates. Together they discover that the Colonel is building an airplane. Will Sam let the cat out of the bag and ruin her grandfather’s plans? Or will her grandfather relent and let his granddaughter help him finish the plane?

Hardcover: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-401-3
Total Pages: 144
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-711-3
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 113992
AR Reading Level: 4.2
AR Points: 4

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: U
F&P Grade: 5

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 3.4
Reading Counts Points: 9
Reading Counts Interest Level: 3-5


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


Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (honor book, Language Arts K-6 novels) ―Society of School Librarians International 2007

Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association 2008

Massachusetts Book Awards (honor book) ―Massachusetts Center for the Book 2008

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Charlotte Award suggested reading list (intermediate) ―NYSRA 2009

Agatha Award (nominee) ―Malice Domestic 2007

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

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

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Meet the Author

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. You can visit her website here.