Letters From Camp

Letters From Camp

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Sent to Camp Happy Harmony to learn how to get along with each other, pairs of brothers and sisters chronicle in letters home how they come to suspect the intentions of the singing family running the camp.
Publisher: New York : HarperTrophy, c2000
Edition: 1st HarperTrophy ed
ISBN: 9780380793488
0380793482
Branch Call Number: Ju F Kli
Additional Contributors: Klise, M. Sarah - Illustrator

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mmcbeth29
Nov 06, 2014

Letters from Camp is a book about a camp run by a musical family past its time. They advertize the camp as one that will teach siblings how to get along. 3 sets of siblings are sent to the camp. But they quickly find out the camp is more than what it seems. The musicians that advertize themselves as one big happy family are anything but. And where are the rides and games? Cleaning and working are the order of the day. But through each difficulty, the children learn to get along and band together to take care of themselves and to solve the mystery of what really is going on at Camp Harmony.

This book is unlike a typical novel. It is written as a series of letters, memos, and advertizements with illustrations on most pages. The story is a bit of a spoof on those overly happy and loving musical families from the 50s, 60s, and 70s (the Osmonds for example). The characters are very stereotypical (the hick cattle ranchers, the rich and posh family, and the I can't get enough of the Harmony Family Singers parents), but this fits well with the spoof aspect of the story. The mystery aspect was a mystery to the kids, but not the reader as the memos give the reader all of the inside information.

Because the story is written as a series of letters, etc. it makes for a quick read. In some places, however, the print was so tiny it was hard to read. Dorothy's handwriting was also hard to read. I would have liked to have seen a more spread out layout with fewer mini pictures. This would have made the book even easier and faster to read.

Overall a good and quick read for those who like more light hearted stories with a sense of the ridiculous.

Note: There are attempted murders, neglect of the children, and serious animosity between the adults. However, it is advertized for grades 4-7 which is appropriate.

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Lili_Szabo
Jan 22, 2011

Lili_Szabo thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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mmcbeth29
Nov 06, 2014

Violence: Attempted murder throughout most of the book.

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