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Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies

(Samantha Sutton #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A legendary ghost, an ancient treasure, a mystery only Samantha Sutton can solve.

What happens when Indiana Jones meets Nancy Drew? You get Samantha Sutton, twelve year-old archeology buff with sharp wit and an insatiably curious personality. SAMANTHA SUTTON AND THE LABYRINTH OF LIES is the incredible page-turner about a young girl from California who is given the chance to
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alamw13
This book is mightily ambitious and covers a lot of territory. Much of it is interesting, however I thought it moved pretty slowly for a middle-grade novel. The archeology aspect is undeniably fascinating, but there are lots of characters who are presented in a way which struck me as confusing. I had some trouble following who was whom and who was where and when. The brother-sister interaction was okay, though I thought they seemed more of an age than they were supposed to be. Evan seemed very y ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, mg
This was a surprisingly slow moving novel for the genre and age range. I expected a bit more excitement for an archeology novel, however I still really enjoyed this book! I think it was a more realistic story and I felt like I was getting an in site look into an actual dig. The book had a lot of drama going on and a fun mystery that was actually kinda edgy for a kid grade novel. There wasn't a whole lot of character development and I hope to get to know them better in the upcoming books!
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Annie McMahon
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The theme of the story is about archaeology, which is a fascinating topic. I learned a lot by reading this book, from an author who is an expert in the subject. The book shows the interesting aspects of it: finding items buried long ago, discovering an ancient culture's way of life, working as a team with other people who have the same interest and respect for the field. It also shows the less interesting aspects: digging in the mud near a smelly pigsty, working hard and finding o

"There was one artifact on display there...a chess piece found under Ivy Street not far from my home. I remember thinking - a person used this. Not because they had to, or because they thought we would find it one day, but just to bring some amusement or comfort to their lives. It just makes me feel like we're all the same: all people, no matter where we live. Or when."

Just like every other 10-year old I had dreams of becoming a famous adventurer and disco
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
For a book about a twelve-year-old girl pursuing her dreams in the field of archeology, I wasn't expecting nearly as detailed and captivating of a book as this turned out to be. Samantha may be a tween, but she's sharp, intelligent, and ambitious. More importantly, she's got guts, a taste for adventure, and perseveres in the face of an unknown enemy. She's an easily relatable character, from her passion for an interest (archaelogy for her) to not being taken seriously for her age. There are time ...more
Ashley Chen
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg, arcs, must-review
The book began like a great adventure MG story. I was hoping for a Scooby Doo like story with tons of mystery and adventure. And the book started great! It reminded me the 39 Clues in some way, especially the Egypt one. The details of the buildings and surrounding were well, detailed. It was not a bad thing but it did contribute to too much "yawn-ness".

The book was quite boring. It took a lot of time for the story to build up. The plot was such a good, fun, classic MG book but it just felt flat
A Canadian Girl
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, 3-stars, sourcebooks
You know how when you’re little, people ask you what you want to be when you grow up? Well, one of my answers used to be: “Archaeologist!” As I grew up, I realized that it probably wasn’t as glamourous a job as the media made it out to be and that getting dirty wasn’t something I was fond of. And let’s not even talk about bugs! However, I thought it would be interesting to read Jordan Jacobs’ Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies considering that Jacobs himself is an archaeologist. Here’s my ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
gr. 5+. I picked this book up because it was written by a local high school grad, who donated a couple of copies to our library. Thank you, Mr. Jacobs! It was really fun to read how Samantha's brother Evan was the star soccer player at Emerson, the same school that my children attended, and to know some of the other local references.

Briefly, 12-yr-old Samantha wants, above all else, to be an archaeologist like her Uncle Jay. When her uncle invites her to work for him at the Chavin site in Peru d
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Jordan Jacob’s entrancing page-turner, Samantha Sutton and The Labyrinth of Lies, follows the adventure of a twelve-year-old California native on an excavation of an ancient Peruvian temple. She’s a major archeology buff just like her uncle, who is leading the dig. Upon arrival, Samantha soon learns about the legend that surrounds the site and that significant artifacts starts to mysteriously disappear. Slipping out of the grips of the elders at night, she is determined to get to the bottom of t ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Over all, I enjoyed Samantha Sutton. (I am a harsh rater; I rarely give anything higher than 4 stars) She was an interesting girl who obviously knows her archeaology. There were a few things that bothered me though... use of foreign language always irks me in books for some reason. I just feel like things should be translated one way or another (in for the most part, things in this book are...), but on a few occasions I was left, "...Okay, well what the heck did that mean?" I'm hopeless at langu ...more
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Just as promised, Samantha Sutton is Nancy Drew meets Indiana Jones. I love Samantha and love that she makes smart cool. I am also so glad to see archaeology play a role in a book. This is the second book from Sourcebooks that I read that had a great, strong female protagonist and dealt with a very smart topic that too often isn't found in our children's literature. Along with an adventurous journey, this book specifically will spark interest
5 reasons why this book is marvelous!

It is a mystery that pulls readers in from the beginning, and slowly weaves it’s way into creepiness. I mean, El Loco, a crazy madman ghost? Who wouldn’t be scared and interested all at once?
Samantha has enormous dreams–becoming a great archeologist and starting young! She is a wonderful heroine for young girls to model after because she’s determined, intelligent, and willing to fight for what she believes in!
Ghostly ruins, cite digs, ancient artifacts, an
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
If the child me could have been a character in a book, I would have been Samantha Sutton. Samantha is a twelve-year-old girl who has a love for all things that have to do with archaeology. She also has a cool uncle who is an archaeologist who has agreed to take her on one of his digs in South America. However it's not as fun as Samantha thought it would be. First of all, her brother has to come with them. They don't get along. Second, she has to work with her uncle's moody assistant. Third, arti ...more
Jessica C.
I really wanted to love this, because it combines so many things I adore--mystery, children's lit, archaeology, and adventure. However, I have been waffling between 3 and 4 stars because though I enjoyed the book, I feel like its audience is limited. I suppose this is a good thing, it means I am thinking like a librarian. Samantha is a character I can relate to, but I sort of felt there was some spark of personality missing from her, or that I didn't quite connect with her. And while the descrip ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies is one of those books that I would have picked up and devoured as a kid. The story is immersed in action, adventure, culture and history. There are a lot of facts packed into the fiction, and as a future Spanish major, I loved the peek-a-boos of language. My favorite book as a elementary school kid was an American Girl Doll book titled Jess, about a young American girl who goes to Belize with her archaeologist parents. Samantha Sutton takes this type of ...more
Chris Webster
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Reader Noir
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a fairly good read. My favorite parts were the archeological details and the location, both of which were well-rendered and interesting. Samantha is a very realistic protagonist. While she's very knowledgeable when it comes to archeology and history, she's liable to make the same mistakes that a lot of kids her age would make. This especially saves her from being too precocious and alienating the target audience. But there are some problems here as well. I felt like there was too little ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finally, a book for the Tween or YA market in which characters, author, and editor understand the difference between the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology. The plot is accurate, too, in its depiction of an archaeological dig. Because of this -- the scientific details -- the pace of the novel is slower than usual for this reading level. That might prove a turn-off for some young readers -- in particular, those like Evan, our heroine's video game addicted brother. But read ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I picked this up because I simply had to read a book with my niece's name in the title. However, it was something of a disappointment. The writing isn't bad, and the setting and descriptions of the dig feel authentic (which they should, since the author is an archaeologist). But I felt nothing for the characters, and I would have given this only two stars had the action not picked up in the last 50 pages or so. Just barely three stars from me.
Kori Miller
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I look forward to reading the next book! This was a fun and exciting read. Kids and adults get to learn a little about archaeology, from the comfort and safety of their home, while having an adventure through the protagonist. One or two characters and scene descriptions might frighten a younger MG reader. Parents may want to read the book at the same time as the child and then discuss.

The book (and I hope series) reminded me of the 39 Clues series, which I loved.
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I would recommend this title for middle grade readers with a strong interest in archaeology or South America, but I think other young readers might struggle to get through it. It could also work well in the classroom in conjunction with a unit on Peru, or ancient more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. I mean this in the best possible way...but part way through I thought of Scooby Doo. I was wondering how it was all going to work out and that is what came to my mind. I already own the second book and plan to start it as some as I finish writing this!!
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
This is a fun book for students who like mystery, archeology and some interesting characters.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
takes me back to Nancy Drew days! not bad at all indeed! great for little girls.
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I've loved archaeology (and writing!) for as long as I can remember. My childhood interest in mummies, castles and Indiana Jones led to my participation in my first excavation, at age 13, in California's Sierra Nevada. After completing a high school archaeology program in the American Southwest, I followed my passion to Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge. Since then, my work for the Smithsonian, the ...more

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