Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse
Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse

by Susan Vaught

When the cops show up at Jesse’s house and arrest her dad, she figures out in a hurry that he’s the #1 suspect in the missing library fund money case. With the help of her (first and only) friend Springer, she rounds up suspects (leading to a nasty confrontation with three notorious school bullies) and asks a lot of questions. But she can’t shake the feeling that she isn’t exactly cut out for being a crime-solving hero. Jesse has a neuro-processing disorder, which means that she’s “on the spectrum or whatever.” As she explains it, “I get stuck on lots of stuff, like words and phrases and numbers and smells and pictures and song lines and what time stuff is supposed to happen.” But when a tornado strikes her small town, Jesse is given the opportunity to show what she's really made of—and help her dad.

Told with the true-as-life voice Susan Vaught is known for, this mystery will have you rooting for Jesse and her trusty Pomeranian, Sam-Sam.

Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse alternates between two stories: one before and one after the tornado. Before the tornado, Jesse's dad is arrested for stealing the money in the library fund, which he did not do. Jesse, and her new friend, Springer, decide to investigate who really took it, while also standing up to bullies. They also try to train Sam-Sam to sniff out containers so he can learn to be a bomb-sniffing dog. After the tornado, Jesse runs back to her house in search of her beloved dog.

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