Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Space is the sixth and final book in this popular series, and is a really wonderful, fun-filled adventure which is sure to make its young readers want to visit Space Camp too. Who am I kidding? It made me want to go too!
After watching Sam’s favourite show, Space Blasters, and realising how much he loves space, Sam and his best friends Barnard and Zoe are invited to Space Camp by twins, Ralph and Regina. Once there, they form a team of six alongside the rather reluctant and unenthusiastic Sally Doyle. Will Sam be able to convince Sally to become a team player and help them win the Space Camp Challenge trophy?
The teams at Space Camp compete against each other in a series of challenges to help them learn more about life as an astronaut. The first challenge does not get off to a good start, but things are about to get a whole lot worse for Sam and his team when special possessions go missing … who, or what, is causing mischief at Space Camp?
The layout is perfect to engage younger and more reluctant readers with the use of bold text, word capitalisation within the text, footnotes (which are brilliant!) within chapters and lots of gorgeous, lively illustrations.
Sam Wu is an incredibly likeable and realistic character, taking on a leadership role within his group. He understands the importance of letting people play to their strengths and letting others shine whilst also supporting those who may be less confident. I love that the children really learn to work as a team and encourage each other as they meet challenges and face fears and worries which are exactly the sort of worries their audience are likely to have such as missing home and being worried about letting others down. Sam still feels nervous and afraid at times, but he also shows bravery when facing his fears and helping his friends:
“The more you face your fears, the less scary they become.”
There are lots of fascinating space facts sprinkled throughout the text which I really enjoyed reading. My favourite was learning that pizza was delivered to the International Space Station.
This is a brilliantly humorous and heart-warming adventure showing the importance of friendship and teamwork and is a must-read for any young adventurers who I have no doubt will love visiting Space Camp with Sam and his friends as much as I did.
Thank you to Fritha Lindqvist and Egmont for an early copy in exchange for my honest opinion.