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Somewhat True Adventures Sammy Shine
Teacher’s Guide

The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine

 by Henry Cole

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.

When Sammy Shine’s plane takes off unexpectedly, he ends up in a whole new world; no longer does he live in comfort in 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, a group of new friends, including a mouse, an injured crow, a newt, and a shrew, will 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 illustrated novel featuring adorable animal characters, an exciting adventure, and an action-packed plot.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-866-0
Publication Date: 4/1/2016
Page Count: 272
Size: 6″ x 8″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-778-6
Publication Date: 8/1/2018
Page Count: 272
Size: 6″ x 8″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-971-1
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.1
F&P: GRL S, Gr 4, Genre F
Lexile: 590L
Themes: Adventures, Friendship, Home
BISAC 1: JUV001000  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
BISAC 2: JUV039060  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV002180  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc


“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


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2017

Alabama Camellia Award (Nominee, Grades 4-5 Fiction) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2017-2018

Children’s Crown Award (Nominee) ―National Christian School Association, 2018-2019

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Henry Cole is the illustrator of more than ninety books for children, including bestsellers such as The Leprechaun’s GoldLittle Bo, and Tango Makes Three, and Oink!, in addition to many of his own books, such as A Nest For Celeste and Jack’s Garden. He lives in Florida. You can visit  his website here.