Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head
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Ten-year-old Samantha Hansen is a mad scientist. But not the crazy kind—she doesn’t blow stuff up or mix potions or dissect bugs. She just loves science—especially rocks—and figuring out how the world around her works. But there are some things there just isn’t a scientific answer for. Like, why can’t her bossy big sister keep her hands off Sam’s rock collection? And why c...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Harry N. Abrams
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Kristin
If you’re tired of stale, moping characters, and too-sugary-sweet storylines in your middle grade novels, then you have to check out this book. Finally, there’s a girl whose hilarious imperfections will keep you laughing all the way through the story. With a sharp wit and a short temper, Samantha Hansen isn’t afraid to speak up for herself.

But if she can’t learn to bite her tongue, Sam’s mom won’t take her to the Grand Canyon for a rock-lover’s dream vacation. And Sam loves rocks. She’s gaga fo...more
Jacqueline
Hello readers!
At first, this story takes place at Samantha's house. But I think that further onwards, the story will take place in the Grand Canyon. Because Samantha said that she and her family members were going to the Grand Canyon. The story doesn't have a specific time. But I think it's usually during the mornings. Samantha's room is filled with objects that need to do with rocks. For example, tools to dig up different types of rocks. Note books to write down facts and names of rocks. Many...more
Kim
From March 2009 SLJ
Samantha Hansen joins the ranks of other feisty young heroines such as Piper Reed, Moxy Maxwell, and Clementine in this debut from Nancy Viau. The fourth grader loves studying rocks, and when her mom announces that she is taking Sam and her 15-year-old sister on a vacation to the Grand Canyon, Sam is in heaven. But first Sam has to learn to control her temper… not an easy task when her big sister seems to delight in provoking her, and when That Kid Richard Frey taunts her at r...more
Kyle
Jul 27, 2008 Kyle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 3rd graders and up
Recommended to Kyle by: Nancy Viau
I ab-so-lutely enjoy this book. It was well written and the plot was great. It had me thinking what Samantha was thinking and wondering what she was wondering. And I even got a little bit mad when she was. Which brings me to say that Samantha was an astonishing character. Nancy Viau made her so realistic that at the end of the book I felt I was with Samantha the whole time and had known her for a long time. Samantha’s older sister, Jennifer was very realistic too. In fact, she even reminded me o...more
Cana Rensberger
Ten-year-old Samantha Hansen loves rocks. And bugs. And fossils. She keeps an organized notebook filled with lists about her favorite rocks, the rocks she hopes to find, what she knows about planets, butterflies, and anything else related to science. She also makes lists like why she’d trade in Jen, her older sister, for a turtle.

Samantha’s good at science. Jen is good at getting her sister in trouble. She messes with Samantha’s rock collection, but it’s Samantha who gets in trouble for yelling....more
Bethany
Ten-year-old Samantha Hansen is crazy about science. She loves learning about caves, clouds, the weather, and especially rocks. She also likes to make lists: a talent she got from her dad, who died a long time ago. When her mom announces a family vacation to the Grand Canyon, Samantha's wildest dreams come true: she'll get to see the biggest, oldest, most colorful rocks she's ever heard of. The vacation almost falls through, however, because Samantha has trouble controlling her temper. It's not...more
Michelle
Dear Readers,

This is a book about a girl, that loves rocks. Samantha has a problem, she can't keep a lid on her temper jar. She blows up and shouts ot people. Her mom is planning a trip to the grand canyon, or on a secend thought, her mom might only go with Samantha's sister, Jen, because she shouted to her mom because the lid was not tight on her temper jar. She knows the canyon is made of rocks and wanted to go very badly. After all she goes to the grand canyon, and the tour guide, Chad guides...more
Kristi
I don’t usually read MG novels, but I might have to start incorporating more of them! I absolutely loved Samantha Hansen has Rocks in Her Head! It was such a cute and funny novel and it was also very moving. I couldn’t help but love Samantha’s character! I remember having my own rock collection and digging in the yard. I even had a rock tumbler that would make the rocks smooth and shiny! After finishing the book I was inspired to dig out my old rock collection! The plot itself is not only charmi...more
Amy Holiday
Samantha Hansen is a spunky, outspoken grade schooler who loves rocks and nature, hates being tortured by her big sister, and makes lists for everything. Totally my kind of kid.

Samantha is faced with a major dilemma when her family plans a trip to the Grand Canyon. Rock lover's paradise. But her mom doesn't think she can keep her temper long enough. The vacation of a lifetime is on the line.

I liked Samantha's best friend, Kelli the girly girl, and her interactions with her classmates. The narra...more
Cory
Things I liked about this book:
1. The main character is a list-maker, which made me think of a certain friend of mine.
2. There were moments that were funny.
3. I think it would be very easy for a 3rd or 4th grade girl to get into this book.

Things I didn't like about this book:
1. If you're going to have a main character who's a bit of a rascal, I think you have to make them intrinsically likeable. The naughtiness has to come from someplace that's well-intentioned and childlike and energetic. This...more
Heather
Combine a dash of Junie B. Jones, with some Piper Reed and throw in a pinch of Joey Pigza and you get Samantha Hansen. She's smart, but a bit out of control, likeable but not your all around good girl, causes trouble, but really doesn't mean too.

Samantha is totally in love with geology. When her mom proposes a trip to the Grand Canyon as a way for Samantha, Mom and 15-year-old Jen to reconnect, Samantha is beside herself with excitement. Unfortunately, if she doesn't find a way to control herse...more
Jodi
Fans of Ramona Quimby will be delighted to discover this 10 year old budding scientist. Samantha Hansen has a temper that she can't seem to control, a boy-crazy older sister and a girly-girl best friend. She can't help but get into trouble because she's so single minded. It's a cute story. As an adult, I found some of her mannerisms really annoying, like the constant statements in inaccurate fractions. But Sam sticks to her guns or rather her rocks and things turn out okay.
Melsmith
Samantha Hansen is a passionate young lady, which is great when it comes to her rock collecting, but a bit of a problem when it comes to her relationship with her older sister. She must try and control her temper or her mother will not let her go on their planned vacation to the Grand Canyon - a rock collectors dream!
Terri
the storyline was ok...the lead character was a 4th grade girl who liked science but wasn't very good with fractions...throughout the whole book she constantly uses them incorrectly...for a fourth grader reading the book who might also be having problems with fractions having them used incorrectly could be very confusing
Brett
Samantha is a very appealing character whom you root for as she battles her temper. The geological facts are scattered through the book in a way that makes learning them fun.
Tracie
May 04, 2009 Tracie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: elem
Samantha Hansen loves rocks and she gets to go to the Grand Canyon - if she can learn to control her temper and get along with her sister.
Megan
I liked this for a little younger of a reader. Possibly 3rd or into 4th.
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Nancy Viau is the author of two picture books: LOOK WHAT I CAN DO! (Abrams Books, March 2013) and STORM SONG (Amazon Children’s Publishing—formerly Marshall Cavendish Children’s, April 2013). Her middle-grade novel, SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD, was published by Amulet Books in 2008. Nancy is the co-founder of The KidLit Authors Club, a regional marketing group that includes 24 children’s...more
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