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Review: ‘Camp’

Camp by Kayla Miller

by Kayla Miller
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $10.99
Grades 5-7

Olive, the lead of Click, is off to summer camp with her friend Willow. As seen in the previous book, Olive has no problem making lots of friends, but Willow is less outgoing and jealous of the time Olive spends with others. As the two weeks of camp continue, Olive begins to resent Willow for her clinginess, and the two have to learn to understand those different from themselves in order to save their friendship. It’s ok to want to do different things sometimes.

Camp by Kayla Miller

It would have been nice to have gotten more idea of why Willow was so resistant to trying things, even when people were reaching out to her. Her recalcitrance seems exaggerated for dramatic effect, but it’s balanced by the caring counselor Laura, who knows just what to do to soothe her.

The colorful setting and wide variety of activities — sports, music, arts and crafts, video-making, magic, and just hanging out in the cabin — make this a great summer read. As in the previous book, the art is comforting and approachable. Even with the hurt feelings, it’s a wonderful time spent escaping to a terrific camp with all the best kinds of things to do.

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Johanna Draper Carlson has been reviewing comics for over 20 years. She manages, the longest-running independent review site online that covers all genres of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. She has an MA in popular culture, studying online fandom, and was previously, among many other things, webmaster for DC Comics. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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