That's Life, Samara Brooks

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Random House Children's Books, Feb 8, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 215 pages
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"FUNNY! I'm officially jealous."--Gordon Korman, author of ONE FALSE NOTE

Is playing blackjack in the school cafeteria that bad? Samara Brooks doesn't think so. She isn't out to hurt anybody. She just wants to create some drama. And she does. Drama . . . and trouble.

When the principal threatens to call her parents, Samara proposes a way to save herself. She'll prove she's not a bad person by conducting a scientific experiment to show she has the same DNA as one of the friendliest girls in school: class president Lily Frederick.   But then Nathan Weiss—a kid obsessed with UFOs and mysterious codes, gets involved. And things get really weird. . . .

"If you like your mystery with a side of science and some delightful snark, you're in the right place," says New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray. And Leslie Margolis, author of Girls Acting Catty and Boys Are Dogs says, "Hilarious, wacky and charming."

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Ridiculous theories of science and the paranormal destroy a promising story of nature vs. nurture. Samara Brooks heads a gambling ring in the cafeteria of her middle school. When she's caught, she ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Growing up, author DANIEL EHRENHAFT often wondered about aliens, UFOs, and other wacky mysteries, which he hoped one day to write about in a book.  Along the way, he has written numerous novels for children and young adults, including The Last Dog on Earth, 10 Things to Do Before I Die, and Tell It to Naomi.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, author Jessica Wollman; their son, Nate; and two ill-behaved pets.

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