Young readers love following this inquisitive eight-year-old and his trusty dog, Neptune, on misadventures that are full of fun, humor, suspense, and natural history, geography, and other lessons in life. This exciting series continues with Sam dreading the looming first day of school where he fears his annual back-to-school essay about his summer's activities will not be as impressive as the know-it-all Melody Chambers's. For an end-of-summer adventure, Sam goes blueberry picking with his mom and best friend, Billy. He learns the hard way about safety and respect for wildlife when he has a face-to-face encounter with a bear cub, its protective mom close behind. Heroic Neptune saves the day as she protects her masters after they are chased back into their truck. Find out if this exciting turn of events will make Sam's essay a grand prize winner.
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Susan Woodward Springer grew up in a fishing village on the coast of Maine. She attended college in Maine and Vermont, and moved to Alaska in 1985 where she developed the series, The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam. She loves the outdoors and spent many years exploring the backcountry around the real town of Seldovia, Alaska before relocating back to the continental United States. Her previous publications include Seldovia, Alaska: An Historical Portrait of Life in Herring Bay (Blue Willow, Ind. 1997). And an environmental education color book commission in 1995 by Alyeska Pipeline Co. Her text and interactive pen pal program featuring Alaska schools, titled "Alaska...Pure Poetry, "is part of Alyeska's environmental education program and was selected by the Smithsonian Museum gift shop to complement the Alaska Pipeline exhibit. A portion of the author's proceeds from The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam have been earmarked for the Alaska Children's Trust. Susan Woodward Springer, an artist and writer currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Amy Meissner completed her undergraduate degrees in art and textiles in Nevada and spent several years as a clothing designer in the United States and Canada. Amy received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage, while focusing on her artwork in her spare time. Besides her existing illustrations in the expanding series entitled, The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam, she has illustrated three other children's books. Amy Meissner currently lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Her two, bad orange cats keep her company in the studio all day long where she paints, draws, writes, cuts fabric, and moves cats off the things they aren't supposed to sleep on.