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Middle Grade Lit Goes to Camp

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Recent books for ages 9-12 set in various camp settings—books to get readers excited about camp or to have them camping vicariously if they're staycationing this summer.
Boil Line

Boil Line

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Camp Clearwater is home to best friends Nate, Owen and Mercy. They practically grew up on the Starling River. But the summer they turn sixteen an incident forces the camp to close its doors. Mike Elliot, the river-kayaking guide who taught the teens everything they know, is lost to the rapids. A tragic accident, everyone agrees. Except for Nate. Mike was the best kayaker he'd ever met. The smartest. The safest. He respected and loved the river, and as far as Nate is concerned, the river loved Mi …

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Camping Crazies

Camping Crazies

by L. M. Nicodemo
illustrated by Graham Ross
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

Max and his friends are on a camping trip at Camp Everpines when he's stung by a wasp. Max gets a case of the Super Fidgets and devises a clever game to distract himself.

Max finds that while it's not always easy being a kid — especially if you're a bit different — there is often humour, kindness and love in the most unexpected places.

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Camp Average

Camp Average

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

A group of 11-year-olds arrives to spend six weeks playing sports at Camp Avalon—which they affectionately call Camp Average, because they never win at any sport. And that’s the way they like it. But this summer, new camp director Winston—who hates losing—has some hyper-competitive ideas about how to improve their performance, whether they want to or not!

Led by main character Mack and his friend Andre, the boys of Cabin 10 decide to reclaim their summer and revolt by losing spectacular …

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The Horse of the River

The Horse of the River

A Camp Canyon Falls Adventure
edition:Paperback

Twelve-year-old Gillian had never been so scared as the bus wound its way toward Canyon Falls summer camp. She had been dreaming about a horseback riding experience like this for years, but now that she was actually on her way, she was terrified. She had never been away from her family, never mind for a whole month. Would she make friends? Would she be able to keep up with the other girls’ riding?

When Gillian finds herself paired with Beauty, a beautiful silver-gray mare, the negative voice in …

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Welcome to Camp Fill-in-the-Blank

Welcome to Camp Fill-in-the-Blank

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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Welcome to Camp Fill-in-the-Blank is about a fourteen-year-old girl named Page (without an "i"), who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where her Canadian parents work. Page's perfectly organized life turns upside down when her parents send her to Prince Edward Island to babysit her cousins Crusoe and Danger (those are their real names) for the summer. The only problem is that her cousins feel that they are too old to have a babysitter—they would rather be at summer camp. Page realizes the solu …

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Dan Versus Nature

Dan Versus Nature

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

From screenwriter Don Calame comes another outrageously funny and raunchy tale of teen boys whose plans go awry — this time, on a survivalist camping trip.

Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl and looking out for his mom as she dates every man in the state of California. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she’s sending her “two favorite men” on a survivalist camping trip to “bond.” Determi …

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How to Spot a Sasquatch

How to Spot a Sasquatch

by J. Torres
illustrated by Aurélie Grand
edition:Hardcover

On a camping trip with the Junior Rangers, Jay feels like the odd one out. He’s determined to get a photo of Bigfoot—but none of his friends believe Bigfoot exists. But if there’s no such thing as Bigfoot, why is there a giant footprint? And who is stealing all the snacks?

Meanwhile, Sass the Sasquatch and her curious forest friends are playing practical jokes on the campers. On the last day of camp, disaster strikes when Jay falls into a rushing river. Sass comes out of the woodwork—de …

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Food Fight

Food Fight

A Graphic Guide Adventure
by Liam O'Donnell
illustrated by Mike Deas
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

While Devin and Nadia spend summer vacation at a university camp for little kids Nadia as a counselor and Devin as an unwilling participant—their mother's research project is vandalized and her motives are questioned. Devin, Nadia and Simon stumble upon shady characters, corporate conspiracy and a plot to take over the nation's food supply with genetically modified fertilizer.

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