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Sam's Predictions


I just finished reading Sam's Predictions by Stuart McLean. It starts off with Sam and his best friend, Ben riding their bikes through the neighborhood. They had lost their friend Allen, so they were looking for him. Sam thinks that Allen is at the park. Ben thinks that he's somewhere else because they were just at the park. They go back to the park and Allen was there. Sam and Ben made a bet that it would rain on the night of the corn roast. Sam won. Later, he won the guess how many jelly beans are in the jar contest. He continued to make predictions and all of them came true. Sam eventually met a fortune teller to talk about his predictions. He visited her every September before school. He told his mom that he visited her sometimes and then ended up telling her the whole story.
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Sam's best friend and he was helping Sam with his predictions.


Sam is the main character of the book. He is between 10 and 13 years old. He was the one making predictions.


Allen doesn't play a big role in the story, he just got lost in the park.

Madame Nina

She is the fortune teller who predicts Sam's future every September.


The main theme/message I found was expect the unexpected. This was shown by Sam making predictions for things that were really unlikely. For example, Sam predicted that Gregory Hannover would score 100% on a spelling test even though he never studies.


I liked the story. It was funny. I also liked the way it was written. I also liked the characters. It was well written because the words were descriptive and I could make a mental movie.