The adventure begins in San Diego, when Samantha gets a life-sized stuffed koala, before she and her parents go on a trip to visit an aunt and an uncle in Australia around Christmas time. The koala looked very real. Samantha just loved him and named him Klampie, since his arms clamp onto anything, just like a real koala.
Samantha clamped Klampie onto her backpack where he stayed during the flight, and then in the ride to her aunt and uncle's home after landing in Sydney.
The mystery begins when they stop to get gas. Something happens at the gas station that goes undetected by Samantha, her parents and her aunt and uncle. Something that is going to have everybody wondering later on...
In any event, the adventure continues during their exciting stay in Australia, that beautiful country down under. Samantha was amazed by the differences in weather, time and customs between the United States and Australia, and enjoyed all the additional love and affection she received from her aunt and uncle.
They all visited different interesting places, did a lot of shopping and even enjoyed a "barbie" (cookout) by the beach.
Most of the times Samantha left Klampie, so he wouldn't get lost. They had a great time in Australia!
Finally, it is time for Samantha and her family to return home to San Diego, and that is when the mystery unfolds...On the overnight plane ride home, little Samantha wakes everybody up screaming: "Klampie! Klampie! Klampie's alive!"
What a confusion! Is Klampie alive? What has happened? It is a true mystery for Samantha and everybody else, but not for the readers!
Children will love being on the truth while Samantha remains in the dark!
The Klampie Mystery is a sweet, heart warming story for all ages.
Excerpt from The Klampie Mystery
Uncle Tim parked the car near the truck carrying the eucalyptus trees and suggested that everybody stretch their legs or use the bathroom.
The koala saw what he thought was another koala and clamped to a backpack in the rear seat of Uncle Tim's car. He managed to climb into the car to greet the other koala, but the other koala wasn't real; it was Klampie.
The koala shook and shook Klampie, but Klampie did not respond. He shook Klampie so hard, that Kampie came loose and fell under the driver's seat. The koala was confused, and decided to clamp himself onto the backpack. Then he fell asleep again. Koalas sleep a lot!
A few minutes later Samantha, her parents and Uncle Tim and Aunt Sophie were back in the car. They buckled up and continued the ride home.
Samantha hugged the koala, thinking it was Klampie. She noticed the fur felt a little warm, but didn't make much of it. The koala felt good and liked Samantha right away.
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