Thursday, February 8, 2018

Book Beginning: Sam's Theory by Sarah Mendivel




Faster, Sam, faster!

-- Sam's Theory by Sarah Mendivel. Mendivel is a therapist who wrote this YA fantasy novel to use as a creative way to help young people heal from trauma.

Sam's Theory is a fantasy adventure story about a 15-year-old girl named Same who runs away after she is abused. Hiding in the forest, Sam meets an old woman named Theory who helps her with some magic and sage advice. Scared for her little sister, Nova, and with the help of her friend, Dodger, and two other kids, Sam sets up a hidden camp in the wilderness and forms “The Orphan’s Collective.”

The book offers creative advice on how to cope in the face of trauma. It acknowledges the problems young people face, including depression, suicide, abuse, neglect, and loneliness, and provides positive tools and applied examples of healthy behavior changes.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald said...

Sounds like a powerful read, for young people and adults alike. I like that takes a very serious and difficult topic and shows the reader how different people cope.

Thanks for sharing,
Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Love the sound of this one!

Bev Bouwer said...

Oh this sounds like a great read. I've missed BookBeginnings. It's good to be back.Happy weekend!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Now I've got to know more!

Breana M. said...

The beginning isn't very long, but it did get my interest.

reese said...

Hmm. the names in your description sound a little allegorical: Theory and Nova and Dodger. The setting sounds interesting enough but the names would put me off.

Veronika Tóth said...

This sounds like a book that serves a good purpose.

The Candid Cover: YA Book Blogger said...

This book has an interesting concept. I will have to check it out! :)

Katherine P said...

I like the sound of the premise and I do wonder what she's running from in the beginning. Hope you enjoy it!

Sassy Brit said...


What a brilliant beginning! I'm hooked, I can tell you! Have a wonderful, restful weekend!

Dorie's Reading Corner said...

That sounds like a good one! Have a great weekend. :)

Elizabeth said...

Not a genre I read, but I hope you enjoy the book.

Thanks for sharing.

Erica said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for hosting this one, I really enjoy getting see tidbits of new books every week!

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