Samantha Spinner Series

Get ready for round-the-world adventure with Sam Spinner and her brother Nipper in the first book in a new hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and classics like Holes.

Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans

Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans By Russell Ginns; illustrated by Barbara Fisinger

Samantha Spinner’s uncle Paul disappeared, and here’s what he left:

* Samantha’s sister got a check for $2,400,000,000.

* Samantha’s brother got the New York Yankees.

* And Samantha got a rusty red umbrella with a tag hanging off its worn handle. The tag says “Watch out for the RAIN.”

Thanks a lot, Uncle Paul.

After all the strawberry waffles, stories, and puzzles they’ve shared, how could he just leave without saying goodbye? And what is the meaning of that mysterious message?

The answer is simple. Sam knows in her heart that Uncle Paul is in danger. And if he taught her anything, it’s that not everything is exactly what it seems. Which is why we should pay close attention to that rusty red umbrella, and never trust a monkey at a hula-hoop contest.

The RAIN is coming and Samantha Spinner is about to find herself mixed up in some super-important, super-dangerous, super-secret plans.

Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs

Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs By Russell Ginns

When Samantha Spinner’s uncle Paul disappeared, he left presents for his nieces and nephew. Samantha’s sister, Buffy, got $2,400,000,000. Her brother, Nipper, got the New York Yankees. Samantha got… a rusty old umbrella.

Wow! So unfair, Uncle Paul.

Well, it seemed unfair—until Samantha discovered that the old umbrella holds the plans for a super-secret network of transit systems that covers the globe. It’s the ticket to danger and adventure beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

But Uncle Paul is still missing. And Samantha just received a new gift from him: a pair of strange purple sunglasses. Are they another powerful present? A clue to his whereabouts? Or just a bad fashion choice? Samantha and Nipper need to figure it out fast, because… here comes the SUN!

Samantha Spinner and the Boy in the Ball

Samantha Spinner and the Boy in the Ball By Russell Ginns

At last! Samantha Spinner tracked down her uncle! Now it’s her big chance to learn everything. And now that he’s safe and sound, it’s time to get some answers.

There are so many questions to ask–it’s almost impossible to know where to start. Where did the RAIN come from? And what about the SUN? Who made the umbrella and all the incredible ways to travel? What did Uncle Paul mean when he told her to watch out for the…

Wait a minute. Nipper’s missing. Where did he go? What’s that strange trail of yarn? Can’t a girl take her eyes off her super-annoying little brother for ten minutes?

(If you’ve been paying attention, then you know that the answer to that last question is “No! Of course not!”)

Samantha Spinner and the Perplexing Pants

Samantha Spinner and the Perplexing Pants By Russell Ginns

Samantha Spinner’s Uncle Paul has gone missing again. But this time, he left behind a yellow mitten and a note: Watch out for the SNOW!

That’s weird, especially because they’re in Seattle . . . and it’s the middle of summer!

Samantha has defeated ninjas, battled clowns, and faced down daredevils. But with the sinister SNOW, she may have met her math!*

A puzzling uncle, a mission to Michigan, and a mysterious mitten. Let’s hope Samantha’s super-annoying brother can lend her a hand with . . . the PERPLEXING PANTS!

*That’s a super-secret clue.

Russell Ginns

RUSSELL GINNS is a writer and game designer who specializes in puzzles, songs, and smart fun. He has worked on projects for a wide variety of organizations, corporations, and publications, including Sesame Workshop, Girl Scouts of America, Nintendo, and Scientific American. Russell lives and writes in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the Samantha Spinner book series, among others. To learn more about him, follow @rginns on Twitter.

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