Changes for Samantha: A Winter Story
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Changes for Samantha: A Winter Story (American Girls: Samantha #6)

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Times change for Samantha when she moves to New York City to live with Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia. They change for Nellie, Samantha's servant friend in Mount Bedford, too. But Nellie's changes aren't as happy as Samantha's and Nellie has to find work again. When her friend disappears, Samantha thinks Nellie has been lost forever, But after a long and scary search, Samant...more
Paperback, 67 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by American Girl Publishing Inc (first published 1988)
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Kristine Pratt
I liked this one quite a bit, though I wonder if I'm the only one jarred to such big changes in Samantha's life since the last book. I was very startled to find her in a new home, with new guardians. I'm wondering if reading the short stories might help to fill in the gap.

Is anyone else bothered by the way the years run in this book? In the first book, which takes place in the fall of 1904 when she's living with her grandmother, to this one where it is February in what (if you take the books in...more
Becky Keir Grace
Now that Samantha's Grandmary has married, she moves to New York City and lives with her Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia. She misses her home her friend, Nellie. She learns that Nellie lost her parents due to the flu and Nellie, and her sisters are sent to New York to live with an uncle. Nellie promises to visit Samantha but never does. Samantha searches for her and discovers they are living in an orphanage. Samantha tries to find ways to help her friend.

I love the Samantha is always trying to help...more
Austin Francis
This book, although very short and easy to read, belongs in the Young Adult genre because Samantha, the protagonist, is 10 years old (the same age as Auggie) and it had a YA sticker on the spine at the library. It is a historical fiction book about a girl who lives in New York with her aunt and uncle in New York, who discovers that her friend that she knew when she lived with her grandmother in Mount Bedford, has come to New York after the death of her parents. Samantha, desperate to see her bes...more
Ashley
Okay, so this last book in the Samantha series was actually fun to read. (Although when I started to read in an accent for some of the Irish characters, Abby told me to stop it.) It had a sweet ending that wrapped up what Samantha is all about and Abby and I both enjoyed it.
Callie Stillion
Samantha is DETERMINED to get Nellie, Bridget, and Jenny out of an orphanage. She is able to visit on Sundays, but Sam feels like that`s not enough! When she secretly takes the girls out of Coldrock House for Girls, the maid finds out. Nellie, Bridget, Jenny, and Samantha are in trouble! 'I`m sorry!' Samantha starts, 'I shouldn`t have done it without asking. But the people at Coldrock House weren`t being nice. I`m really sorry!' But it`s Valentine`s Day, and Samantha`s aunt and uncle have agreed...more
Sarah
In this book Samantha is living with her Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia while her Grandmary is off on her honeymoon with her new husband. Everything seems good and normal until Samantha gets a letter from her best friend Nellie. Nellie says that her parents have died from the flu (it was 1904) and that she was being sent to live with her Uncle Mike. She said she would visit as soon as she could. Samantha waited and waited and Nellie didn't come. Two weeks had passed and still no Nellie. Samantha's...more
Jess Michaelangelo
Another charming addition to the American Girls' series. Anyone who enjoyed reading about Samantha's adventures will be very pleased with how her story finally comes to an end. As a young girl, this was my very first American Girl book (don't ask why I chose the sixth book in one of the girls' series to start--long story), and as I re-read this, it was easy for me to see why I was so drawn to these girls, and especially Samantha. The creators of these books established historical role models for...more
Samantha
Historically set in the winter of 1904, a young girl named Samantha Parkington sets out on a mission to find a solution for her friend Nellie. Nellie's parents had passed away from the flu, and she is sent to live with her Uncle, Mike O'Malley in downtown New York. Samantha has recently moved to New York City as well to live with her Aunt Cornelia and Uncle Gard. She quickly discovers that life in the city is not as charming as it was back in her hometown of Mount Bedford. When searching for the...more
Gale
"Social Awareness in Turn-of-the-Century NYC"

For those familiar with the delightful American Girls series, Valerie Tripp presents Victorian Samantha in 1904, the 5th chronologically in a series featuring 7 different girls (eras in American history and ethnicities). Each young female protagonist stars in 6 books in her own mini series; after a story of 5 chapters (some 60 pages) readers are treated to an easy introduction into the mores and fashions of the day in the final, non-fiction
section,...more
Alisse
I think Changes For Samantha is just as good as the others: Amazing!Samantha is staying at her Aunt's and Uncle's house in New York City because her grandmother got married so her And the Admiral (Samantha's Grandmother's new husband.)Went to the ocean on his yacht. Well after a while Nellie and her 2 sisters had to go to New York City adoption place for house maids. Samantha helped the three girls escape from the adoption place because they picked Nellie to go on the train West. So the the 4 gi...more
Jennifer
I watches the DVD of "Samantha: An American Girl Holiday". It was 1904 and Samantha lives with her Grandmary since her parents died in an accident. She makes friends with a servant girl Nellie who lives next door. She goes to stay with her uncle and his new wife in New York and finds out that Nellie and her sisters have ended up in an orphanage there. I like watching the DVD because the details of the house that she lives in and the city of New York in the early 1900s was better than I would hav...more
Brittany Granger
I am going to do a mass review of all the books in the American Girl series, and then copy and paste to each book when I get the chance. Stay Tuned!
Hager Kotb
In my opinion, it is the best book I've ever read
Bella
I have not read this book yet but it looks good
Ginnie Grant
I enjoyed this series so much and I think this book was the perfect ending. family comes in all shapes and sizes!
Samantha Glasser
This is a rousing finale to the Samantha series, although I always wished there were more. Samantha lives in New York with her favorite Uncle Gard, but she misses her friend Nellie. When Nellie disappears, Samantha uses her sleuthing skills to find her in an orphanage, but it is not a pleasant place and the girls devise a scheme to get her out.

It was always fun to read stories about characters I related to doing things I would never have the freedom to do in real life. This is an excellent exam...more
F
Buddy read with my grand niece. Samantha is persistant in locating her friend, Nellie and Nellie's two younger sisters after Samantha receives a letter saying they are moving to New York City. Samantha helps the three girls escape their deplorable circumstances. This is one of the better American Girl paperbacks. The "Peek into the Past" historical essay regarding women's evolving role in the American workforce, and also how women's fashions changed was most interesting.
Rebecca Hill
A light story about friendship and self discovery. There was a lot jumping around in the book from why Samantha's home was new and the detialed history of her friend she was trying to help. It was sad but enjoyable. I think a lot of the details in this book would be lost on young girls today because the times have changed so much. Once again I enjoyed the historical information at the end of the book and the little additional notes through book more that the story itself.
Shelli
While this books was totally predictable it was still a better direction in writing and information about the time than other books in this particular American Girls Series. Samantha's best friend Nellie and her three sisters has become orphaned after the sudden death of their parents. Life has always been difficult for Nellie but now its more than any child should have to endure. Watching her friend suffer so propels Samantha to take extreme action.
Dolly
Mar 01, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
The sixth book in the Samantha series of stories for the American Girl Collection, this is a heartwarming tale that is a page right out of Charles Dickens' stories. Samantha once again saves the day for her little friend, Nellie, and learns a little bit about the big, bad world out there, away from her sheltered, rich life. Our girls loved the story...I can't say the same, but it was entertaining. A bit predictable, but entertaining nonetheless.
Taylor
Times change for smantha when she moves to New York City with uncle gard and Aunt Corneilia. Things change for almost everyone espcially Nellie, but nellie's changes aren't happy like samantha's are. When Nellie disapears samantha feels as if she has been lost forever! But after a very long and dangerous search, Samantha...... you will have to read the book to find out! :D this book is sad but it can be happy!
Jennifer
This was my favorite book out of the Samantha story. I like Nellie and her sisters and how much she had to overcome and how strong she is. I am glad that Samantha doesn't care about her social class and that her aunt and uncle support her. Samantha is an amazing friend and also a strong young lady. She is definetely someone to look up to.
Bree
This review is from the perspective of a mother, and I just can't suspend disbelief enough to buy the ending of the series, even though they've been clearly building to it for awhile. It makes for adventurous and suspenseful reading, but unlikely. When I do read these with my daughter, I'll have to explain the improbability.
Miri
In this story Samantha is living with her Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia when she receives an awful letter from her best friends Nellie, that her friend's parents are dead, after discovering that Nellie and her sisters are in an orphanage in New York, Samantha is determined to help them escape.
Natalie
I read this one before number 5, because someone played with my pile :-), but this was the one that probably has the most I'll need to talk with her about - people die from the flu and their children end up in an unpleasant orphanage. It was still OK but I will want to talk to her.
Tabatha
I just love the American Girl book series as having read a few with Samantha my daughter! They are great books that help the girls learn about American History! I love them for her! She of course, loves the dolls also especially one in particular! ;)
Robyn
I was going thru my "runaway" genre of books in 4th-6th grades, so I naturally loved how Samantha hid her friend Nellie & her sisters in her attic, after sneaking them out of the orphanage. It also inspires me to adopt someday!
Kelsey
Apr 04, 2008 Kelsey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7-10
This series is a really good one. I've read more than what's on my list, but I don't feel like going through 40 somewhat pages. LOLS :) They are easy though.
Amy
This was my favorite Samantha book. In it, Samantha's good friend Nellie is living in an orphanage and Samantha wants to help her out!
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Valerie Tripp is a children's book author, best known for her work with the American Girl series.

She grew up in Mount Kisco, New York with three sisters. She is a reading expert with a Reading Master’s of Education degree from Harvard University. Since 1985 she has lived in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her husband teaches history at Montgomery College. She has been a writer for reading textbooks for t...more
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