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Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Brilliantly funny new series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world

Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam begins a mission to prove to the school bully, and all of his friends, that he is a fearless space adventurer. A madcap story of ghost hunting, snakes and mischievous pet cats called Butterbutt.
Paperback, 205 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by Egmont UK Limited
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
My Experience: I started reading Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts on the morning of 8/15/18 and finished it before midnight. My first one day read! Woot!! A fantastic read! I think my son will enjoy this book a lot too because he’s able to relate to Sam riding the Astro Blast Simulator since we also ride on one when we went to a Space Center in Huntsville, Tennessee a few months ago. I like Sam. He’s pretty brave for a scaredy-cat because he buys a pet that he’s actually scared of! I like his clev ...more
Rosanna Threakall
A gorgeous story for kids aged 5+ I loved this and can't wait to read it to my teeny nephews in a few years.
This book is 100% adorable, hilarious and full of joy. After a terrible Incident That Shall Not Be Discussed Again, Sam Wu is determined to prove his courage to his classmates after all, no matter what it takes - from adopting a snake that terrifies him to hunting ghosts through his house and facing his little sister's psychotic cat, Buttercup.

Of course Sam Wu is scared of ghosts! (And many other things, too.) But he's also fantastically imaginative, brave and ready to take on the world with th
Sam Wu and friends are about to become a HUGE hit with young readers across the UK (and hopefully the world!).

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts is an absolute blast (excuse the pun) from beginning to end. Filled to the brim with gorgeous illustrations from the super talented Nathan Reed, this witty children’s book will entertain people of all ages and Sam will surely give our younger readers a new hero to aspire to. I couldn’t stop laughing from the very beginning of this book and loved the adventu
Say hello to Sam Wu, a boy who is NOT afraid of ghosts, or snakes, or cats, or... well. :P

Note: This review may be a bit chaotic, I really loved and enjoyed the book!

So I was in London last week, and I spotted this book being promoted at Waterstones (still amazed at how normally priced the books are there in comparison to the one Waterstones we have in my country) and wanted to take it with me (especially after reading some pages of it). Sadly, I couldn't. I already had bought 2 books + I had se
Catherine Doyle
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. It's clever and funny and sweet.
Julie Daniels
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A really cute book. I loved it. Sam seemed a bit younger than he should be. Younger acting maybe. Overall really cute and enjoyable though!
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Given all the stuff that’s going on in my RL at the moment finding any time to read is becoming difficult and it’s making me super picky about what books I do decide to try. Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts was a title I’ve been excited about since it was announced and it didn’t let me down one bit. I read it in a single sitting (this is super rare atm!) and had a brilliant time from that to finish.

The story is fun, the illustrations are great and the characters are superb. Given the targeted age
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sam Wu is one of those just good fun books. Fun, filled with fabulous friends and Fang! I can’t wait to read more of his tales!
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Um . . . OK, I'm not sure where to start with this review, but when I first got this ARC in my mailbox, the first thing I thought was, "Hasn't this book already been published, like, 10 years ago?" Then my husband, always eager to find new Asian authors, who write about Asian characters, skimmed the book, and said, "I swear to god that I've already read this book, but I liked it better the first time." I dug around in my files and found a book I had almost forgotten about called Alvin Ho Allergi ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars from me, 4 stars from my big kid, who loved this silly story. I liked that the main character happened to be Asian, but the story wasn’t all about his Asian-ness. It’s a powerful, if understated, form of representation and inclusion. Sadie is very excited to read the next one, which is about Sam Wu not fearing sharks.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super cute! A good book for reluctant readers. The pictures keep the reader engaged with the text and are unique and well drawn. I enjoyed the Chinese details included in the book and especially enjoyed the scene where Sam's friends join him for a meal at his house. Themes are facing your fears and sticking up for your friends.
Krissy Neddo
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Reminds me of Alvin Ho. I loved the Alvin Ho books.
I think it's too long(just over 200pgs) for target audience (Gr 1-3). Not sure my 4th and 5th grade reluctant readers would read this- especially since the bullying is based on Sam wetting his pants. Sam is just too young sounding - more like Horrible Harry age range (2nd-3rd).
Christina Reid
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute and funny! Full review to come!
Sep 07, 2018 added it
Such a sweet story with really important representation. Reminds me so much of my nephews.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2018
What an adorable read! Definitely aimed at kids aged 7-10 but amazing nonetheless. I loved Sam Wu, I loved how the illustrations and different sized fonts and stuff was similar to the Tom Gates books. This was a fab start to this new series and I can’t wait for Sam Wu Is Not Afraid Of Sharks.
Lizzie Huxley-Jones
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My top recommendation for this age range at the moment has to be the Sam Wu series by Katie & Kevin Tsang (you may also know Katie as the author of YA novel Wing Jones). The first of the series, Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts, introduces Sam and his friends, alongside his desperate attempts to prove that he is not afraid of ghosts, through ill-thought out plans such as getting a pet snake. The story is really genuinely funny, and I caught myself laughing out loud quite a few times. It's also esp ...more
Tonja Drecker
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ghostly silliness mixes with middle school adventure to make an exciting read which even reluctant readers are sure to enjoy.

Sam Wu knows what he likes and sticks to it—even when it means wearing his self-made Space Blasters outfit to the space museum when nobody else has heard of his favorite show. When a dare ends up in the most terrible way ever, Sam Wu is deemed as a scaredy-cat. Which he's not, and he's determined to prove it no matter what ghosts or man-eating snakes get in his way.

Just a
Lina J.

*Disclaimer* – I know one of the two authors. We went to high school together, which was many moons ago. Despite my connection, my review is completely honest. I purchased this book myself, partly because I wanted to support a friend, but also because it was getting great traction and I’m always on the lookout for good children’s books as books are one of my favorite things to gift, especially those I believe can spark a love of reading.

I will just mention quickly that this one is definitely for

Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts was a solid 3-star read for me. It is the first in a series about Sam Wu. The book begins with Sam's 'Unfortunate Incident That Will NEVER Be Mentioned Again' during a school field trip. This results in Sam being christened 'Scaredy-Cat Sam' by his classmate Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third. In order to prove he is NOT scared, Sam talks his parents into getting him a pet snake, which he names Fang. How could a Scaredy-Cat own a ferocious snake as a pet? Right? (Of ...more
Owen Morris
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I liked about this book was the fact that the main character (Sam Wu) is a B.A.M.E character but the whole story does not revolve around his race. I think that paints an unrealistic view of books with people of colour as the main character, that the whole story has to be about their race or heritage. This book has aspects of Chinese culture (for example, in the cuisine mentioned they have congee) but his race is not the only aspect of his personality. He is a space adventurer, a ghost hunte ...more
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In their lovely MG debut, Katie and Kevin Tsang tell the story of Sam Wu, who is scared of quite a lot of things, but desperately trying to prove he`s brave after a mortifying incident that cannot be mentioned takes place on the school trip. Sam, along with best friends Zoe and Bernard, sets out to prove he isn`t afraid of ghosts by getting rid of the one he thinks is in house. Sam is such an adorable character, and I feel like everyone, no matter their age, will be able to relate to him in some ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Sam Wu is scared of many things but he is determined not to let anyone find out. After an unfortunate incident on a class field trip to the Space Museum, classmates are calling him Scaredy-Cat Sam.

He becomes the target of the class bully Ralph. Sam decides that the best thing to do is to prove to everyone that he is the bravest person in the school. How can he accomplish this? First, he needs a terrifying and deadly sidekick. So, he buys a pet snake called Fang although he is secretly afraid of
I _teach_muggles
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a series of books about Sam Wu and it is an outrageous romp through a young boys’ struggles as he tries to prove that he is the best at something. It is difficult growing up when you have friends that are the fastest, the tallest and the smartest and you are the nothing-est. And to make matters worse, Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third, the school bully, calls you Sam Wu-ser (yes it rhymes with loser).

Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-humor
It reads a little bit like an off-brand Alvin Ho, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Most kids in the target audience don't think like that about the books they love; if they liked it, they tend to want to read something very similar. And it's not like there can only be one series for younger middle-grade readers about an Asian American boy who is scared of things! (Plus Alvin very clearly has anxiety, and Sam Wu does not.) I liked Alvin Ho better, but this was still an enjoyable read that ma ...more
I had the opportunity to read a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. This middle grade illustrated novel is one that will be attractive to the target audience of upper elementary kids. Sam Wu had unfortunate accident during a school field trip and now he feels compelled to prove to the whole school that he is not a "scaredy cat". Kids will definitely be able to relate to his embarrassment and will enjoy reading about Sam's attempt to get a ferocious sidekick pet, ...more
I received this as a free paperback copy in a Toppsta giveaway for my daughter to review. This does not affect my review.

A great little book! Nicely illustrated, it should appeal to children making the jump into chapter books (and to parents sick to death of Wimpy Kid et al). Sam is a great character; funny and madcap but also thoughtful and kind. His sidekicks are nice kids and his sister is a secret ninja (I didn't tell you that!). The cat is also hilariously-named. I love the wry asides in fo
Adrianne Rutherford
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this when it was announced and so glad to have finally got a copy. This book has guaranteed laughs from the first page and made me wish i had a book like this when i was younger. This is such a sweet and fun book and I loved Sam, his friends (especially Zoey when she corrected them by saying she's the fastest person not the fastest girl in the school) and his family. Its filled with gorgeous illustrations, and little extra annotations from Sam and i honestly can't wait f ...more
Elizabeth Davis
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: The Story Shop
Shelves: arcs
I received an ARC of this title through The Story Shop.

Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts follows the titular character on his adventure to prove that he is brave (or, at least, not a scaredy-cat). Along with his friends Zoe and Bernard, Sam tries to create a new reputation after a humiliating incident occurs at school. The trio claim to be snake wranglers and ghost hunters, but can they actually face these creepy beings? This novel is perfect for children who love humor and adventure simultaneously
Sam Wu is determined to prove he is not afraid, especially after The Incident at the Space Museum (it involved a ghost, a malfunctioning space ship, and a need for a change of clothes). Sam has good friends, a brave little sister, and a wild imagination. What (else) could possibly go wrong?

Reviewers have recommended this series for kids who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Alvin Ho, or Hank Zipper. My kiddos love Wimpy Kid, but haven't really discovered Alvin or Hank. I think I need an " if you like
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