Sam The Sneaky By Y. Yang
Sam is a clever and mischievous nine year old who doesn’t like losing, especially to girls. But then again, what boy does? Come and discover the many excuses he makes up to avoid being beaten by his sister and the new girl next door.
Also, see what happens when his excuses go too far. Actions have consequences, and you will reap what you sow.
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The Way Things Were
With ten minutes left during lunch, Sam and his friends ended their baseball game and headed back to the classroom buildings. On their way back, they passed his twin sister, Sarah, who was jumping Double Dutch with her friends at the edge of the blacktop. She started jumping rope months ago after seeing a jump rope contest on television, and now she was good at it.
“Hey, Sam, I challenge you to a jump rope match,” Sarah yelled at her brother when he walked by. With all her practicing, she was confident that she could beat him. Plus, everyone knew that jumping rope was a girls’ sport, and that would give her an added advantage. Today, she would finally beat her brother at something.
Sam never backed down from anyone, especially his sister. As far back as he could remember, they competed at everything, and he always won. Both siblings were athletic, but Sam always ran faster in races or scored more points in basketball or knocked down more pins in bowling. Both were smart, but Sam always got a few more points on homework assignments or received commendations on projects or got
the extra credit question correct on tests. And he beat all her friends, too.
“Sure, I have some time to kill,” Sam chuckled.
He and his friends walked over to Sarah’s group. When the kids nearby heard about the contest, they all ran over to watch, creating a small crowd that got the attention of the playground monitors. And when the monitors rushed over to check on the commotion, all the other kids on the playground dropped what they were doing and ran over, too. What started out as a simple jump rope contest between two siblings had now transformed into a heavy weight championship match that involved the entire playground. After learning the details of the challenge, the crowd quickly separated into two distinct groups – a group of boys and a group
of girls – that encircled Sam and his sister. The two monitors agreed to be judges.
Sam insisted that Sarah jump first since she challenged him, and so it was. The rope turners started the ropes, the girls’ side of the crowd cheered, and Sarah jumped in. She started by jumping on both feet to warm up. Then she jumped on her right foot twenty times before switching to her left foot for another twenty
jumps. After that, Sarah ran in place for one minute. She cycled through these tricks for five minutes and jumped a total of four hundred sixty-three times before being tripped up trying to turn around.
Sarah’s face radiated with confidence as she approached her brother and said, “Your turn.”
The boys roared as the rope turners started the ropes again. Sam told the two girls turning the ropes to increase their speed, which caused the boys to cheer even louder. Sam performed the same tricks as his sister, but also threw in jumping jacks, pushups, and turns during his routine. At six hundred jumps, he told the rope turners to slow down because he had one last trick to show off. Sam performed a backflip and exited the ropes with a front flip. The boys cheered and gave Sam high fives.
Sarah stood alongside the girls with her head down, the smile having left her face at his four hundred sixty-fourth jump. She didn’t need to watch the rest of his routine, for it was just her brother showing off. When her friends gushed over his backflip, she just sighed and looked away.
Sam walked to Sarah and said, “Nice try, Sarah. Better luck next time.” He didn’t need to say anything else; beating her at her own sport in front of the entire school was enough humiliation.
So Sam’s winning streak continued, but this was all about to change.
This book was an interesting read. It is about a boy and his sneaky ways. The chapters go through different scenarios of how the boy gets away with being manipulative toward his family and others. He spends his time thinking of excuses and lies to avoid getting his ego shot down or embarrassed. At the end he learns a lesson.
The book was easy to read and easy to follow. It had some good contents describing the kind of person the boy was. I got a very clear understanding of his personality and maybe why he felt what he did was right.
On the downside, I found it irritating that it was obvious the boy was sneaky but everyone else was oblivious to it. It was also strange to me how the boy went to Sunday school and quoted from the bible as if he was a “good” person, yet he easily schemed his way out of situations through manipulation like it was second nature. I felt that characteristic was too adultish for a young boy.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to teach/learn a moral based on Christianity. It references the bible and I believe the story is based on the idea that you will get caught if you don’t listen to God.
This book was given to me to review by the author.
The book itself is a collection of slice-of-life short stories about a boy growing up and the experiences he and his family has. Was a good read for my nephews and it had a nice mix of challenging words for a 7-10 yr old to learn.
There was an over-arching Christian theme to the story that I found really enjoyable and not intrusive to the story at all. I really enjoyed the lessons kids can learn from reading this book and I hope to see more from the author.