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Saving Sam (Simms Siblings Series, #2)

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A young boy's future hangs in the balance when those sworn to protect him become abusers.

A tragic domestic dispute between his parents lands eleven-year-old Samuel Simms and his siblings in the Downswell Place of Safety. The challenges come hard and fast, but the one thing Sam doesn't count on is being left behind in the children’s home. Angry and disillusioned, he gives u
ebook, 230 pages
Published October 5th 2013 by The Writers' Suite
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Angela Brown
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Some stories of the ills that haunt children's lives can be very difficult to read. It's so hard to imagine that people meant to cherish and care for the most innocent of our world would, could and DO the awful things too many children experience.

In Sam's case, something terrible happened, but that wasn't the only thing this story deals with. It deals with the real emotions, the doubts, the fears, the trepidation and the struggle of coming to grips with telling the truth. And with every step Sam
Diana Hockley
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Saving Sam is the second in this series by Joy Campbell, the first being Christine's Odyssey. I would recommend that one read Christine's story first, but Saving Sam is a stand-alone story. The cover is very moving.

Focusing on child abuse, this is a riveting story about an eleven year old boy who learns that he does have rights, how to stand up for them and how to accept the love and support of his family, the police and the professionals who care for him.

Beautifully written, with great skill in
Rose Morales
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saving Sam hits on a topic most don’t want to talk about or even think about when it comes to the male gender. “Nothing like that would ever happen here;” most believe, like it can only happen in faraway lands and never in your own back yard. Well, J.L. Campbell will make you look at the back yard and draw pause to ones naive thinking.

As with most Mrs. Campbell’s family novels she has the best heroes, whether they are female, male, or a dog as in the case of the last book I read by Mrs. Campbell
Susan Oloier
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The writing talents of J.L. Campbell always impress me. She is a very prolific writer and absolutely does not disappoint in her novel, Saving Sam—the second book in the Simms Siblings Series.

Sam is a strong eleven-year-old boy who has endured tragedy and abuse in his life. But through his inner strength and the support of family, Sam is able to overcome his challenges with courage and dignity. Sam learns to self-advocate, and the book demonstrates how standing up for one’s self is empowering.

Medeia Sharif
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Samuel Simms is an intelligent, sweet-natured boy whose life is in havoc after a family tragedy that occurred in the previous book of this series. Living in an orphanage is not easy. What’s worse is what happened before the orphanage in the hands of foster parents.

After revealing the truth to his aunt and law enforcement about the abuse endured under his foster father, Samuel’s life becomes even more turbulent. The horrors of the abuse will never be forgotten. Now he has to prove himself in a c
Bish Denham
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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SAVING SAM could be a true story. It doesn't matter that it takes place in Jamaica, because it could just as easily have taken place in the United States, Canada, Europe or anywhere in the world.

Sam is a bright, intelligent and self-aware eleven year-old who has experienced the murder of his father, the death of his abusive mother, being separated from his siblings, then being put into a foster home where he is sexual abused. Because I worked for 23 years with abused, neglected and emotionally
Clarissa Draper
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I strongly recommend this book by Jamaican author JL Campbell. It's from the Simm Sibling Series and it's really good. They are about two siblings that have suffered a family tragedy and how it has effected each differently.

The stories are well written and discuss issues that affect young and old in the country of Jamaica. You really start to understand the cultures and traditions. I think it's a must read for all children, right along with To Kill a Mockingbird and The Grapes of Wrath.
Althea Barrett
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Saving Sam had me on an emotional ride.
Tears for a child who suffered at the hands of a sick individual.
Anger at wife who turned a blind eye.
Laughter at his relationship with his sibling.
Warmth feeling of love that his Aunt had to share.
I would love to see more of Sam and how he transition into his new life.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very moving story. It reminds us that at times good things come even though it is shaped from a bad experience. Having people in your life that love you and will stand beside you no matter the circumstances is one of life's greatest gifts.
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J.L. Campbell is fascinated with Jamaican flora and has hundreds of photos in her collection. She writes contemporary and sweet romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, as well as new and young adult novels.

Campbell, who features Jamaican culture in her stories, has written over thirty books. She is also a certified editor.

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