“Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs” by Russell Ginns

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In Conversation with Russell Ginns, Author, Composer and Game Designer

Hey everyone!

We’re thrilled to welcome Russell Ginns, a writer and game designer who specializes in puzzles, songs, and smart fun. Russell was kind enough to answer a few questions about his wonderful new book in the Samantha Spinner series and what inspired him to write these books. 

Russell has worked on projects for a wide variety of organizations, corporations, and publications, including Sesame Workshop, Girl Scouts of America, Nintendo, and Scientific American. Russell lives and writes in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans and Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs.

Tune in and get ready for a more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother, Nipper, in the second book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages

About Russell Ginns

Russell GinnsAuthor, composer and game designer, Russell Ginns is a champion of smart fun. From the Girl Scout Cookie Song to Sesame Street telephones to NASA puzzles, Russell is sometimes visionary, frequently musical and always enthusiastic.

(Notice how his eyes follow you around the room?)

His latest creation, SAMANTHA SPINNER, AND THE SUPER-SECRET PLANS is the first book in an exciting and hilarious adventure series for middle-grade readers and waffle aficionados everywhere!

Learn more at www.samanthaspinner.com


Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs 

Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular SpecsWhen Samantha Spinner’s uncle Paul disappeared, he left presents for his nieces and nephew. Samantha’s sister, Buffy, got $2,400,000,000. Her brother, Nipper, got the New York Yankees. Samantha got . . . a rusty old umbrella.

Wow! So unfair, Uncle Paul.

Well, it seemed unfair–until Samantha discovered that the old umbrella holds the plans for a super-secret network of transit systems that covers the globe. It’s the ticket to danger and adventure beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

But Uncle Paul is still missing. And Samantha just received a new gift from him: a pair of strange purple sunglasses. Are they another powerful present? A clue to his whereabouts? Or just a bad fashion choice? Samantha and Nipper need to figure it out fast, because . . . here comes the SUN!




In this episode, You’ll find out

  • What Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs is all about?
  • What inspired Russell to write for kids and what kind of messages he wants readers to take away from his books?
  • How has Russell’s background as a composer and game designer inspired his writing?
  • Some of the amazing resources available on www.samanthaspinner.com



Thanks for agreeing to this interview, Russell. We wish you all the best with Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs!


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