Without a Trace by Robin Caroll is the fourth book in the Samantha Sanderson series.
(There are three previously available titles in the series: At The Movies, On The Scene, and Off The Record.)
Samantha (Sam) Sanderson is the daughter of a journalist and a police officer. Sam wants to be a journalist like her mom and is off to a good start because she is on the staff of the school newspaper. In each book in the series, some sort of mystery arises and she tries to solve it with the help of her best friend, Makayla. (Her dad is usually involved in some way, too.) Sam likes to write articles for the school newspaper about the mystery at hand.
Because Without a Trace is a "tween" book, I am going to hand this over to my daughter for the review (*spoilers included*):
"Sam" Sanderson is at it again, this time searching for a boy named Tam Lee. The police think he ran away, but Sam doesn't. The police get more and more worried because Tam has been gone for 3 days. Sam soon finds that Tam was doing a report on missing kids, and deduces that Tam was trying to prove that the first 3 hours are most important when a child goes missing. Sam gathers more and more information and helps her father with the case. Suddenly, Tam's parents get a call from Tam, and Sam quickly goes to investigate. They soon find Tam is in a panic room, where he had hidden, but then got trapped in.
I asked my daughter a few questions about Without a Trace - here they are with her responses:
Was the book interesting?
Do you plan to read it again?
What did you like about this book?
What (if anything) did you NOT like about this book?
It was kind of scary for me.
Would you recommend this book to others your age?
What ages do you think would enjoy this book best?
Probably 8 to 12.
Probably 8 to 12.
Any other comments about this book?
Out of a total of 5 possible stars, what would you rate this book?
My daughter has enjoyed the Samantha Sanderson series, and the book Without a Trace is another good choice for your tween reader.