Teacher Guide: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness

[This title originally appeared in Ready Readers: Children's Literature, Vol. 1]

Young, motherless Samantha is left alone daily with only her wild imagination and her pet cat, Bangs, to entertain her. Her neighbor friend, Thomas, relishes and believes her fantastic stories. Her fisherman father encourages her to forsake such “moonshine” for reality and truthfulness. Still, Sam persists in telling whoppers. When her falsehoods nearly cost Thomas and Bangs their lives, she learns a mighty lesson.