Just Between Sam and Me

Children - Social Issues
186 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2021
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Author Biography

ward-winning author CAT MICHAELS started writing stories in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since. She has an M.S. degree in special education, decades of teaching experience, and has managed communication and training programs.

In addition to Readers’ Favorite five-star reviews and a silver medal, her books for young and reluctant readers have been recognized for excellence in writing children’s literature by the Purple Dragonfly Awards and Children’s Literary Classics International Book Awards. Her last book, “Sweet T and the Turtle Team,” won the Readers’Favorite Wind Dancer Films competition and was considered for adaptation to movies or TV.

Cat and her family live in Apex, North Carolina, where she designs a fairy garden for neighborhood kids, dabbles in digital photography, works out most days, and writes.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

Olivia Martin had a bad dream the night before starting sixth grade, but she did not expect her entire year to become an uninterrupted nightmare. This happened because of Candace, a fashionable girl with thousands of followers on social media, who mercilessly targeted Olivia. Being shy and not very comfortable with people, Olivia began to write a journal as if she was discussing her difficulties with Sam, her orange tabby. Will Olivia be able to solve her problems with Candace before the end of the school year? Find out by reading Cat Michaels and Rosie Russell's book, Just Between Sam and Me.

Whether the young reader of Just Between Sam and Me has the same problem as Olivia (but hopefully not) or is just a kid who wishes to learn more about modern youth's problems, Cat Michaels and Rosie Russell's book will be a pleasant companion. Just Between Sam and Me is well written and deals with bullying in a delicate and precise way. It also talks about the relationship of young people with animals (in addition to Sam, the cat, Olivia also has a horse), adding various situations. I love animals, and cats in particular, so it seems to me that it cannot be a coincidence that Olivia poured out her heart to Sam in her journal. A girl in trouble that confides in her cat reminded me of the beneficial relationship of young people with their four-legged friends. Just Between Sam and Me is truly a book for every sixth-grade kid.