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Sixth in a series of six historical fiction books filled with lessons of compassion, courage, and friendship. When Samantha moves to New York City and is reunited with Nellie, shediscovers that their lives have changed a great deal. Nellie and her sisters have been sent to anorphanage, and Samantha tries to help her friends as much as she can. Author: Valerie Tripp Format:Sixth in a series of six historical fiction books filled with lessons of compassion, courage, and friendship. When Samantha moves to New York City and is reunited with Nellie, shediscovers that their lives have changed a great deal. Nellie and her sisters have been sent to anorphanage, and Samantha tries to help her friends as much as she can. Author: Valerie Tripp Format: 88 pages, paperback Publisher: American Girl Publishing ISBN: 9780937295472...

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Changes for Samantha Reviews

  • Emily
    2019-05-12 04:55

    Cute ending to the series. I’m surprised they didn’t talk at all about the orphan train they mentioned so many times in the peek into the past section though. I would’ve liked to have learned more about NYC in 1904 and orphanages like the story focused on.

  • Kaley Catron
    2019-05-17 02:59

    Now that's how you finish a series. I forgot how much I love these books and can't wait to read more of the girls' adventures!!

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-04-27 01:56

    I liked this one quite a bit, though I wonder if I'm the only one jarred to such big changes in Samantha's life since the last book. I was very startled to find her in a new home, with new guardians. I'm wondering if reading the short stories might help to fill in the gap.Is anyone else bothered by the way the years run in this book? In the first book, which takes place in the fall of 1904 when she's living with her grandmother, to this one where it is February in what (if you take the books in order) MUST be a full year and six months later - it's still shown as 1904. Um...hello? Can we get the years sorted?I understand them wanting to represent a year, but I saw this with Kirsten too - a time period of about 18 months from first to last book (or Kirsten might have been closer to 2 years) but all the books being listed as being the same year. I think I'm going to safely assume that this book is in 1906 and go from there. Just because. I'd like to see what others think about the year issue though.Still this was a good series to read, and a glimpse at what a well-to-do life was like at the turn of the century.

  • Becky Keir Grace
    2019-05-03 03:55

    Now that Samantha's Grandmary has married, she moves to New York City and lives with her Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia. She misses her home her friend, Nellie. She learns that Nellie lost her parents due to the flu and Nellie, and her sisters are sent to New York to live with an uncle. Nellie promises to visit Samantha but never does. Samantha searches for her and discovers they are living in an orphanage. Samantha tries to find ways to help her friend.I love the Samantha is always trying to help others, and she does not give up helping Nellie and her little sisters. It's so sad that what Nellie endured was quite common then. Good insight to the time period.

  • Ashley
    2019-05-19 00:56

    Okay, so this last book in the Samantha series was actually fun to read. (Although when I started to read in an accent for some of the Irish characters, Abby told me to stop it.) It had a sweet ending that wrapped up what Samantha is all about and Abby and I both enjoyed it.

  • Cecilia
    2019-05-25 07:12

    Totally my favorite book in the series.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-06 02:13

    Wonderful book for the American Girls series.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-01 01:16

    Historically set in the winter of 1904, a young girl named Samantha Parkington sets out on a mission to find a solution for her friend Nellie. Nellie's parents had passed away from the flu, and she is sent to live with her Uncle, Mike O'Malley in downtown New York. Samantha has recently moved to New York City as well to live with her Aunt Cornelia and Uncle Gard. She quickly discovers that life in the city is not as charming as it was back in her hometown of Mount Bedford. When searching for the location of Nellie and her sisters, Samantha runs into an orphanage where Nellie and her sisters are staying. They were abandoned by their uncle and left with no other choice. This "home for girls" is not anyone's idea of a good home. The children are treated poorly, and visiting hours can only occur on Sundays. When the orphanage directress, Tusnelda Frouchy, threatens Nellie with separation from her sisters, Samantha courageously devises a plan to sneak Nellie and her sisters into her Aunt and Uncle's attic. Samantha successfully hides her secret for four days, until the house maid begins to become suspicious. Nellie and her sisters are discovered, and they begin to fear they will go back to the orphanage. Just as all hope seems lost, Samantha's Aunt and Uncle decide to adopt all of the girls as their own. To top off the warm ending, the new family joyfully celebrates their first Valentine's Day together! The author does a wonderful job incorporating factual, historical content within a playful children's narrative. Samantha purchases chestnuts for only a penny! What could children buy for only a penny now, in 2012? To make a phone call, Uncle Gard, had to dial an operator. Telephones are mostly taken for granted in our current society. Also, the girls were playing with paper dolls. I would be curious to see how students would react to this kind of entertainment.The chronological subject matter was not only presented within the story, but provided a summary at the end as well..."A Peek into the Past". This book can be presented as both fictional and non-fictional, giving children the opportunity to think on a variety of levels! Though the story provides a great moral, the conclusion is highly unrealistic. I couldn't help but wonder why Samantha had to hide the girls, when her Aunt and Uncle were willing to adopt them all along? The readers spends so much time building up to the climax, but is abruptly given an ending within two pages. The illustrations are reminiscent of what one would see in the time period the story was written. The images appear to be oil paintings. The warm tones of brown, red, and green are inviting and easy to decipher. I would recommend this book/series to a 2nd-3rd grade student, depending on their reading capability. It is a wonderful tool for both enjoyment and instruction.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-15 07:13

    Samantha is living with Aunt Cornelia and Uncle Gard in New York City after Grandmary married The Admiral. She misses Nellie a lot. Then she gets a Letter from Nellie with horrible news. Will Samantha ever see Nellie again?I liked this one a lot. I was really pulled into the story even though I know the basics of what happened (I watched the movie). I liked the books better than the movie but I also really like the movie. The entire series is quite different from the movie though. If you have only seen the movie you should read the books. It's getting hard to make a list rating which characters I like better than the others. They are all so good! 1. Caroline2. Felicity3. Marie-Grace4. Samantha5. Josefina6. Addy7. Cécile8. Kirsten9. Kaya

  • Gale
    2019-04-28 04:18

    "Social Awareness in Turn-of-the-Century NYC" For those familiar with the delightful American Girls series, Valerie Tripp presents Victorian Samantha in 1904, the 5th chronologically in a series featuring 7 different girls (eras in American history and ethnicities). Each young female protagonist stars in 6 books in her own mini series; after a story of 5 chapters (some 60 pages) readers are treated to an easy introduction into the mores and fashions of the day in the final, non-fictionsection, A PEEK INTO THE PAST. Set in Victorian NY City CHANGES opens as Samantha is preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her loving Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia, while her grandmother is honeymooning abroad. Aside from a critical servant, things are just fine for Sam, but be assured that we will meet or hear about various villains and cold-hearted characters, which offset her pleasant existence. Alas,t her dear girlfriend from Mount Bedford, poor Nellie, faces a personal disaster as the influenza epidemic takes both her parents--leaving the three sisters orphans. Samantha is abruptly brought to face the harsh reality of big city callousness toward poor children. First their only relative, a hooligan uncle, robs and deserts them; then they are taken to an orphanage (think work house) where they will be trained as future domestics. Run by a heartless directress the sisters are little better off as they are brow beaten into servitude. The only fate worse than this institution for legalized robbery and cruelty is the dreaded Orphan Train, which will mean separation of the sisters forever. How can generous Samantha help the girls from being torn apart? No matter how young, girls want to preserve their human and feminine dignity. Family values surface as the satisfying denouement—however implausible—concludes the series of Victorian adventures. The Peek into the Past provides excellent photographic documentation and a light introduction to future Social Studies or pop cultural history. Excellent fare for grades 4 – 6, bringing the past alive for today’s girls. (Wonder when they will come up with a 60’s heroine… ) (May 13, 2010. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

  • Sarah
    2019-05-10 06:06

    In this book Samantha is living with her Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia while her Grandmary is off on her honeymoon with her new husband. Everything seems good and normal until Samantha gets a letter from her best friend Nellie. Nellie says that her parents have died from the flu (it was 1904) and that she was being sent to live with her Uncle Mike. She said she would visit as soon as she could. Samantha waited and waited and Nellie didn't come. Two weeks had passed and still no Nellie. Samantha's Uncle Gard called the Aunt she had lived with previously and asked about Nellie. The Aunt said she had put Nellie and her sisters on a train and they should have been with their Uncle. She didn't have much information about their Uncle's whereabouts but she did narrow it down to a couple streets in the city. Without telling her Aunt and Uncle, Samantha decided to find Nellie and her sisters and see how they were. She ended up finding the home, but they weren't there. A neighbor said their Uncle had stolen from them and then left them. They were now in an orphanage. Luckily Samantha and her Aunt and Uncle were able to go visit the girls, but the situation wasn't good. They were being trained to be servants and looked very hungry. Samantha came to visit Nellie often. One day, though, she looked very glum. When Samantha asked her why, Nellie told her she was going to be sent on a Servant Train. She was going to be separated from her younger sisters. She was very sad. Samantha decided to help them run away to her house. But she had to hide them. How long could she hide them in the Attic of her Aunt and Uncle's house? And what would happen when they got discovered?I enjoyed this story. It really showed the struggles of being an orphan. Great story for young girls.

  • Jessika
    2019-05-07 06:18

    Another charming addition to the American Girls' series. Anyone who enjoyed reading about Samantha's adventures will be very pleased with how her story finally comes to an end. As a young girl, this was my very first American Girl book (don't ask why I chose the sixth book in one of the girls' series to start--long story), and as I re-read this, it was easy for me to see why I was so drawn to these girls, and especially Samantha. The creators of these books established historical role models for young girls to look up to and be empowered by. I remember reading these and getting the message that girls can do anything they put their mind to...and in the world that we live in today, where girls need all of the empowerment and self-confidence they can find to overcome the unrealistic expectations of the media, these books are just the thing young girls need. Besides all of that, these books are excellent for young readers, building reading skills slowly along the way. Recommended for young girls, parents of young girls, and even for nostalgic readers such as myself who like to dive into their favorite childhood books from time to time.

  • Austin Francis
    2019-05-09 00:58

    This book, although very short and easy to read, belongs in the Young Adult genre because Samantha, the protagonist, is 10 years old (the same age as Auggie) and it had a YA sticker on the spine at the library. It is a historical fiction book about a girl who lives in New York with her aunt and uncle in New York, who discovers that her friend that she knew when she lived with her grandmother in Mount Bedford, has come to New York after the death of her parents. Samantha, desperate to see her best friend again, attempts to visit her at her uncle's house where she said she would be. However, things don't work how they plan and now Samantha has to help her friend overcome living at a nasty orphanage.The book is written for young, young adults. If you're looking for sophisticated meaning in this book, go elsewhere. The book is intended to be a simple read. It's not poorly written, it's just not very exciting.The book is absolutely clean.

  • Sarah Crawford
    2019-05-13 03:04

    Samantha has missed Nellie and then receives bad news, that Nellie's parents have died. This sets Samantha on a hunt to find them and she finally does, but they're in an orphanage which is run by an extremely mean woman.Samantha comes up with the idea that Nellie and her two sisters should run away from the orphanage and come stay with Samantha, at least until Nellie can find some kind of job to do to support herself and her two sisters. Of course, keeping three girls hidden in a house while supplying them with food and other things turns out to be much harder than Samantha expected.To make things worse the girls are discovered and Samantha doesn't know what's going to happen to them.A good story and a good look at the conditions that orphans had to live in at the time.

  • Alisse
    2019-05-05 07:55

    I think Changes For Samantha is just as good as the others: Amazing!Samantha is staying at her Aunt's and Uncle's house in New York City because her grandmother got married so her And the Admiral (Samantha's Grandmother's new husband.)Went to the ocean on his yacht. Well after a while Nellie and her 2 sisters had to go to New York City adoption place for house maids. Samantha helped the three girls escape from the adoption place because they picked Nellie to go on the train West. So the the 4 girls would be separated. So Samantha snuck the girls to her house and fed them secretly. Samantha kept sneeking them food until a housemaid caught Samantha with the them. But in the end, Samantha's Aunt and Uncle adopted Nellie and her three sisters as their own daughters.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-13 01:15

    I watches the DVD of "Samantha: An American Girl Holiday". It was 1904 and Samantha lives with her Grandmary since her parents died in an accident. She makes friends with a servant girl Nellie who lives next door. She goes to stay with her uncle and his new wife in New York and finds out that Nellie and her sisters have ended up in an orphanage there. I like watching the DVD because the details of the house that she lives in and the city of New York in the early 1900s was better than I would have pictured in my head. It was a sweet story with some eye opening issues of the time such as child labor and woman's right to vote. This is good for students in 2-5th grade. It would probably appeal to girls more than boys but it is a good story.

  • Sidney Chumbler
    2019-04-27 06:10

    This book was my favorite Samantha book as a child and after reading it, is still my favorite. Samantha moves in for the winter to New York with her aunt and uncle. Nellie mom died so she has to find work to take care of her younger two sister. She ends up being put in a horrible orphanage and the girls are treated badly so Samantha sneaks them out and hide them in her aunts and uncles house and sneaks food in for them. When they get caught it seems as if they have to go back, but her aunt and uncle adopts them just in time for Christmas so now they are in a good place being treated the way they should. This books ending makes me so happy. I just love it.

  • Charissa Dubin
    2019-05-10 03:55

    In Changes for Samantha, young Samantha helps her friend Nellie, along with Nellies two younger sisters, escape from an abusive situation. After Nellie's parents died, the girls were sent to live with their uncle, who took all their money and abandoned them. Samantha must search New York City to find them, and works hard to make their lives better.I found this book wonderful. It was great to see a story about such a young person transforming the lives of others for better. Samantha's bravery and commitment to her friends is truly inspiring. The information section in the back of the book was ok, but it seemed a bit off topic from the story.

  • Callie Stillion
    2019-05-12 09:15

    Samantha is DETERMINED to get Nellie, Bridget, and Jenny out of an orphanage. She is able to visit on Sundays, but Sam feels like that`s not enough! When she secretly takes the girls out of Coldrock House for Girls, the maid finds out. Nellie, Bridget, Jenny, and Samantha are in trouble! 'I`m sorry!' Samantha starts, 'I shouldn`t have done it without asking. But the people at Coldrock House weren`t being nice. I`m really sorry!' But it`s Valentine`s Day, and Samantha`s aunt and uncle have agreed to take them, too! Now Nellie, Bridget, and Jenny have a home with Samantha!

  • Samantha Glasser
    2019-05-19 04:18

    This is a rousing finale to the Samantha series, although I always wished there were more. Samantha lives in New York with her favorite Uncle Gard, but she misses her friend Nellie. When Nellie disappears, Samantha uses her sleuthing skills to find her in an orphanage, but it is not a pleasant place and the girls devise a scheme to get her out. It was always fun to read stories about characters I related to doing things I would never have the freedom to do in real life. This is an excellent example of that.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-25 04:56

    In the sixth and final book of the Samantha series, Samantha experiences much change. She now lives a halcyon life in New York City with Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia. Sadly, her best friend Nellie lives in an oppressive orphanage run by the odious Tusnelda Frouchy. Shortly before Nellie is due to leave on the orphan train, Samantha and Nellie plan a daring escape from the orphanage. Interesting children's historical fiction set at the turn of the twentieth century.

  • Taylor
    2019-05-10 08:14

    Times change for smantha when she moves to New York City with uncle gard and Aunt Corneilia. Things change for almost everyone espcially Nellie, but nellie's changes aren't happy like samantha's are. When Nellie disapears samantha feels as if she has been lost forever! But after a very long and dangerous search, Samantha...... you will have to read the book to find out! :D this book is sad but it can be happy!

  • F
    2019-05-15 03:03

    Buddy read with my grand niece. Samantha is persistant in locating her friend, Nellie and Nellie's two younger sisters after Samantha receives a letter saying they are moving to New York City. Samantha helps the three girls escape their deplorable circumstances. This is one of the better American Girl paperbacks. The "Peek into the Past" historical essay regarding women's evolving role in the American workforce, and also how women's fashions changed was most interesting.

  • Rebecca Hill
    2019-04-25 09:19

    A light story about friendship and self discovery. There was a lot jumping around in the book from why Samantha's home was new and the detialed history of her friend she was trying to help. It was sad but enjoyable. I think a lot of the details in this book would be lost on young girls today because the times have changed so much. Once again I enjoyed the historical information at the end of the book and the little additional notes through book more that the story itself.

  • Dolly
    2019-05-22 08:20

    The sixth book in the Samantha series of stories for the American Girl Collection, this is a heartwarming tale that is a page right out of Charles Dickens' stories. Samantha once again saves the day for her little friend, Nellie, and learns a little bit about the big, bad world out there, away from her sheltered, rich life. Our girls loved the story...I can't say the same, but it was entertaining. A bit predictable, but entertaining nonetheless.

  • Shelli
    2019-05-14 03:08

    While this books was totally predictable it was still a better direction in writing and information about the time than other books in this particular American Girls Series. Samantha's best friend Nellie and her three sisters has become orphaned after the sudden death of their parents. Life has always been difficult for Nellie but now its more than any child should have to endure. Watching her friend suffer so propels Samantha to take extreme action.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-27 01:19

    This was my favorite book out of the Samantha story. I like Nellie and her sisters and how much she had to overcome and how strong she is. I am glad that Samantha doesn't care about her social class and that her aunt and uncle support her. Samantha is an amazing friend and also a strong young lady. She is definetely someone to look up to.

  • Bree
    2019-04-27 05:20

    This review is from the perspective of a mother, and I just can't suspend disbelief enough to buy the ending of the series, even though they've been clearly building to it for awhile. It makes for adventurous and suspenseful reading, but unlikely. When I do read these with my daughter, I'll have to explain the improbability.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-14 03:00

    I read this one before number 5, because someone played with my pile :-), but this was the one that probably has the most I'll need to talk with her about - people die from the flu and their children end up in an unpleasant orphanage. It was still OK but I will want to talk to her.

  • Tabatha
    2019-05-10 03:59

    I just love the American Girl book series as having read a few with Samantha my daughter! They are great books that help the girls learn about American History! I love them for her! She of course, loves the dolls also especially one in particular! ;)