Camp Famous

Greenwillow. May 2022. 272p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780063140684.
Gr 4-7–Blecher’s latest is a fun summertime romp with a spotlight on coming into your own. Abby is an ordinary 11-year-old white girl, trying to navigate who she is and what she wants. After an embarrassing incident at school alerts Abby’s teacher to possible bullying, her parents give in and enroll her in a summer sleepaway camp she has always wanted to attend. Little does she know that she is in for anything but a typical summer camp experience—she is headed to Camp Famous, where famous kids escape to be themselves. Abby isn’t famous but wants to fit in, so tells a lie about being a renowned author. Keeping up the lie and making friends with celebrities isn’t easy, but Abby will do anything to make this summer the best ever. Readers will be connect with Abby as the story unfolds. Blecher skillfully crafts relatable experiences and feelings within a unique story arc. Abby is a great example of a kid learning to be patient and comfortable with who she is; growing up can be tough, but being true to herself wins in the end.
VERDICT A sweet summer read for realistic fiction fans. Recommended for tween readers who enjoy light coming-of-age tales.

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