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Lights Out: Super Speed Sam, Book 6 of 12 is a children's educational storybook written by Monty J. McClaine. Sam is a basset hound who lives with his human family: Jack, Mom, Dad, and his special friend, baby Molly. Only Molly knows that Sam has inherited super speed powers that enable him to protect his family -- and keep Jack out of trouble. Jack is at the age where he likes to get into all sorts of mischief. Jack couldn't go out and play in the yard that Friday afternoon. The sky was dark and stormy looking, and a thunderstorm was brewing. Mom was cooking her special beef stew in the kitchen, while Jack continued working on his comic. His dad draws comic books that are incredible, and Jack wants to get as good as his dad is at making adventures come to life. Suddenly, there was a flash and the lights went out in the kitchen. Everyone thought it was thunder, but Mom soon realized it was just the overhead light in the kitchen. She decided not to wait for Dad to come home and set out to fix things herself. It all seemed to be working just fine, but Sam kept a vigilant eye on things. If anything went wrong, he was ready to charge into action.
Monty J. McClaine's educational adventure book for children, Lights Out: Super Speed Sam, Book 6 of 12, brings out a more serious subject in this lighthearted and entertaining adventure series for children. Sam and Jack are faced with an emergency situation, and, between the two of them, they get in touch with the authorities and get emergency medical help for Mom. I love how this book gives kids a real feel for what to do in an emergency and what it would be like to call 911 for help. McClaine's young Jack is understandably nervous talking to that operator, but his fears are quickly eased by the questions he's asked and answered. After reading this book, or having it read to them, a child will know what to expect in an emergency situation when he/she is the only one who can save the day and be a hero like Jack and Sam. Lights Out: Super Speed Sam, Book 6 of 12 is most highly recommended.