Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Spiders

Publisher: Egmont

Sam Wu has been working hard on his bravery, facing down dangerous sharks, ghosts and the dark – not to mention the annoying class bully Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third, who just won’t leave him alone. So when one of his teachers brings a bird-eating tarantula into the classroom, Sam definitely isn’t scared. And he really, really isn’t scared when he finds out later that day that the tarantula is on the loose in the school…

Will Sam be able to master his spider phobia, or will it finally overwhelm him? And why does he need his sister’s cat Butterbutt’s help?

The fourth book in Katie and Kevin Tsang’s warm, relatable comedy series features a new challenge for Sam and another opportunity for him to work together with his friends on a solution, all the while subtly reminding us that bullies are also usually people with their own worries – and that being scared isn’t anything to be scared of. It’s also always a joy when we see Sam’s Chinese family, authentically represented in these chapter books for younger readers.

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