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Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel's Legacy is a science fiction/fantasy adventure novel for children and preteens written by K.A. Cummins. Sarah Ann Reisende was twelve years old, finally! And to celebrate, she and her mother had left the family goat farm where they lived with Sarah’s Opa and Oma, and they traveled to Vienna, just in time for the Genuss Festival Food Fair. Sarah was literally hopping with excitement. Each traffic stop made her feel like she would burst with anticipation as she surveyed the lines of tents, each offering tantalizing sights, smells and sounds: tulips in profusion, pastries arranged on waiting shelves, fruits and vegetables gleaming in all their bright colors. Her mom delighted in her daughter’s enthusiasm even as she worried about the two of them becoming separated in the crowds. When they stopped for a picnic lunch, Sarah watched a family relaxing near them. They were comfortably seated on a blue blanket, a mom and a dad enjoying the day with their two small kids. Sarah wondered what it would be like to be part of a family like that -- to have a dad there present every day in her life.
Nearly every person alive has some familiarity with snow globes, their connection with holidays and the tranquil, snowy images that make them seem both mysterious and irresistible. In her science fantasy adventure for children and preteens, Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel's Legacy, K.A. Cummins takes the mystery and allure of the snow globe and goes one step further. I loved following Sarah as she gamely sets out to explore new worlds -- such a marvelous feat of courage for a sheltered girl whose prior experience was her family’s farm. Cummins’ plot kept me engaged and enjoying the story, and her characters are credible and well-defined. The mystery of Samuel and his disappearance is a thread the reader can’t help but want to keep on untangling along with Sarah. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel's Legacy will appeal to science fantasy lovers of all ages and it’s most highly recommended.