The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts
Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. However, after an unfortunate incident in a space simulator on a school trip, he becomes a target for class bully Ralph, who nicknames him Scaredy-Cat Sam. He decides the best way to stop Ralph’s teasing is to develop a reputation as the bravest person in school, so Sam acquires a fearsome sidekick: a snake called Fang. This may not be the best choice, as Sam is terrified of snakes, but he’s hopeful that he’ll overcome this minor glitch.
Sam’s best friends, Zoe and Bernard, visit his house to meet Fang. When a fuse blows, plunging them into darkness, they hear eerie noises and then realise Fang has gone missing. Sam concludes that the snake has been kidnapped by the Ghost King, a terrifying character from Sam’s favourite TV space show. Can the three friends banish the ghost, rescue Fang and live to tell the tale?
This funny, fast-paced chapter book is the first in a series of Sam Wu adventures. Full of humour, black-and-white illustrations and a wacky plot, it is ideal for any readers who enjoy shorter, illustrated books.