Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: How Samantha Smart became a Revolutionary
Publish September 26, 2017
Captured by the elite guard of the new president, John King, for her role in an ongoing rebellion, Samantha Smart examines the events leading up to her arrest. Once a typical university student, and now a tortured political prisoner, chance and choice have contributed to her execution sentence. With nothing left to lose, Samantha has one last move to reveal the frightening depths of King’s plans for the country and the people.
Dawn Green, YA author of In the Swish, provides a powerful heroine in her latest book, How Samantha Smart Became a Revolutionary. Samantha is not quite a Che Guevara – instead of seeking greatness, it is thrust upon her – but Samantha rises to meet the challenge, and stands up for what is right, even if it costs her life.
The supporting cast of characters Kayla, Ryan, Brady and Aaron provide an in-depth look at how polarizing political conflict is. With the personal backgrounds of each character revealed, the question of whether World War II could happen again is: ‘Yes,’ and, given the circumstances, all too easily.
Through flashbacks and media reports, Samantha’s evolution from a university student into a leader of the revolution, and symbol of the rebellion, is suspenseful and well-developed. Samantha’s story shows readers that the most unexpected moments and people can inspire hope and take on a power all their own if you have the courage to let them.
An avid promoter of Canadian teen fiction, Amy Mathers completed the Marathon of Books in 2014. The money she raised allowed the Canadian Children’s Book Centre to fund the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. She also reviews for the Canadian Children’s Book News and writes a monthly article for the CCBC e-newsletter.
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