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!
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?
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!
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.
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!
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