June 28, 2009

THE FIVE: Best Books about Camp!

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Ratha’s post about the Camp Confidential series got me thinking about my own camp experiences. I’ve only been to cheerleading camp, which I don’t consider “real” camp because instead of spending all day taking swimming lessons in a lake or making arts & crafts, I was stuck in a gym, practicing back handsprings and losing my voice. In other words, my camp experience was nothing like what I imagined!

Luckily, I got my fill of sleep-away camp thanks to reading. (And really, isn’t that the coolest part of reading? That you can travel to places you’ve never been, without even leaving your house?) So, if you’re like me and you love reading books set at camps, check out my list of THE FIVE best books about camp!

Theresabatinbunkfive 5. There’s a Bat in Bunk Five by Paula Danziger
After reading this one, I reconsidered my dreams of sleep-away camp. Because, bats?! IN MY BUNK? No, thank you! In this book, Marcy gets to be a junior counselor at a creative arts camp, and she’s psyched about spending the summer away from her family and reinventing herself. The problems begin when she meets her charges in bunk five. Can she handle them and all the challenges they bring?


Campnowhere 4. Camp Nowhere (The Nightmare Room #9) by R. L. Stine
Haunted camps are the best! In this book by uber-scary author R. L. Stine, Russell is a senior camper and is ready to make his mark. The canoe trip over the legendary Forbidden Falls is just the place to do it . . . or is it? Russell must overcome his fear, or put up with his co-campers’ teasing for the rest of the summer!


Thebigcampsecret 3. The Big Camp Secret (Sweet Valley Twins Super Edition) by Francine Pascal
Speaking of haunted camps, this one is by far my favorite Sweet Valley Twins book! Elizabeth and Jessica are away for two weeks at sleep-away camp, and they waste no time diving into all the fun. But a mysterious light at an abandoned house near the camp draws their attention, and camp lore has them wondering if the grounds are haunted! The twist in this book happens pretty quickly, but the twins spend the rest of their time in camp trying to keep their big secret.

Lettersfromcamp 2. Letters from Camp by Kate Klise
Camp Harmony is supposed to be a place for sparring brothers and sisters to learn how to get along. But this summer’s batch of campers finds the whole thing to be just plain weird: strange uniforms, gross food, and chores all day long! Told through letters, memos, menus, and other documents, you’ll discover just what’s behind the wacky Camp Harmony!


Helpimtrappedinthefirstdayofsummercamp 1. Help! I’m Trapped in the First Day of Summer Camp by Todd Strasser
Jake’s first day of camp turns out pretty rotten. But tomorrow’s another day, right? Wrong! Jake keeps waking up to relive the same awful day over and over again. He’s sure he just needs to figure out what he’s doing wrong in order to break the cycle. But at camp, it’s not so easy to tell right from wrong! (Interestingly, the dilemma of the repeating day is also central to the book 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass, which I reviewed for Ink Splot 26 a while back. Do I detect a pattern in my favorite stories?)

So, what sorts of camps do you readers go to? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Morgan, Scholastic Staffer

  1. AmazingAthena69

    Love all those books!!!!!
    Sorry. I read a lot so I know and like a lot of books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Tayyab

    I’ll look for all of these books. They look interesting. I don’t know where they are available in Pakistan! But, still, I would try to find them.

  3. Tayyab

    I will check out the number four book Camp Nowhere. I have to add two other books by the same author, ‘Ghost Camp’ and ‘Welcome to Camp Nightmare’. You see, I like both horror and camp books.

  4. Tayyab

    I read The Nightmare Room Series and I think I should also look for number four Camp Nowhere. But I also want to tell you about two more camp books that I like, by the author R. L. Stine. They are part of Goosebumps Series, ‘Ghost Camp’ and ‘Welcome to Camp Nightmare’.

  5. Haleigh

    I think that I’d like to read number 5. It seems nice to read and boy do I love to read.

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    hi ya waz up i love joe jonas he is hot see ya oh and even better i love reading see ya l8tr

  7. Cheimon

    Whoa, that is sooo cool. Though I do have to add some more to that list. This is from my own opinion, but I think The Snow Spider belongs on that list. But there is one more….. Drumroll, please!…… Ghost Camp by R.L Stine! I think everybody out there should read it!

  8. yellowball

    I really like The Percy Jackson & The Olympians Books and there all about stuff that happens to Camp Halfblood or that happens in Camp Halfblood.

  9. Belle M.

    I personaly think that Matilda is the best book even though it is not a camp book. But all the books above look good. I’m going to go to the library today and if i see any of those books, your not going to see my face for awhile! Thanks alot stacks!

  10. Jen B.

    I know this is called The Five, but I have to add a sixth!
    Who Put That Hair In My Toothbrush by Jerry Spinelli is SUCH an awesome camp book! It’s about a girls’ camp and a boys’ camp and they keep pulling pranks on each other. Every other chapter is told from the boys’ and then the girls’ perspectives. It is so good! And there’s this one prank involving clear Saran wrap and a toilet…

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