If Photos Could Talk; A Sam & Stephanie Mystery


Sam and Stephanie are enjoying summer vacation. When Mr. Snider, an elderly neighbor, has not been around for a couple of days, they become concerned about his disappearance and decide to find out what’s happened. Along the way they run into ghosts, talking photographs, mysterious prowlers, a serious crime wave, and a Police Chief who is suspicious of their role in all that’s been happening. Will they find Mr. Snider or wind up in front of a judge?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The characters are believable and likeable. The plot and its intricate twists and turns, keeps the reader glued to the page. The author knows what will attract and fascinate his reading audience and has provided them with a tantalizing feast of rich and tasty morsels.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

In my opinion, this book is a very fast-paced thriller that will certainly entertain all readers. The characters are very realistically created, as is the intricate and clever plot. Adding on more and more clues, the author molds this story into an excellent mystery for young adolescent readers.

Parent Reaction

This is a book that the reader will immediately enjoy and tell his or her friends about. It is also a book that the reader will read several more times, just for the fun of it.

Type of Book:
This is a young adult mystery.
Educational Themes:

Themes that could be developed from this story are: (1) importance of friendship; (2) care and concern for one’s fellow-man; (3) problem solving; and (4) decision-making and the consequences of decisions.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 12
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book for any reader's bookshelf, for the school library/classroom and for the local public library.

Title If Photos Could Talk: A Sam and Stephanie Mystery
Author Andrew Oliver
Publisher Adams Pomeroy Press © 2005
Illustrators Robert Howard
ISBN 0966100964
Material Hard Cover
Genres Mystery, Crime
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