Look for Second ‘Sam the Man’ on Valentine’s Day!

Hello, friend!

I’m excited that in just two weeks – on Valentine’s Day, no less – the second book in my ‘Sam the Man’ series will be released. These are early chapter books aimed at 6- to 9-year-old readers and follow the adventures of one Sam Graham, a 7-year-old tackling big problems around the neighborhood. In Sam the Man and the Chicken Plan, Sam’s job search leads to a gig tending a local chicken coop. In Sam the Man and the Rutabaga Plan, he learns to get along with a rather curious vegetable.

I hope this finds you well and reading good books!



Praise for Sam the Man Books 1 & 2!

“The story has accessibility, charm, and gentle wit, and the subtle strokes of human dynamics are masterful…” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Dowell’s story shines in Sam’s believable and often-funny interactions with his family, community, and friends.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Dowell creates in Sam a completely believable 7-year-old whose desires “to be an expert on something” and to emulate his family members combine organically to drive this story of intergenerational (and interspecies) friendship.” (Kirkus)

“Sam is an inventive character who lives in a warm family in a diverse neighborhood. Small realistic incidents are amusing, relatable, and will ready early readers ready for more in this new series.” (The News & Observer)

“The short sentences and amusing situations make this a perfect read-aloud or first read-alone for young readers.” (The Horn Book)