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August 03, 2008


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I was one of the lucky few who was able to go to sleep away camp every year. I loved it. I wonder if they have such a thing now for adults who have never been and regretted it and those who just want to go back for a week or two? I suppose they just call that a spa now and just charge quadruple the amount and take away the crafts and just give massages now...


I read a lot of camp books in my time. I adore them as well but I never had the opportunity to go to camp. I was an armchair camper! I have never read these two though. I will check them out.


I never went to summer camp either and would have been too chicken too anyhow I think. Now as I've gotten older I do think how nice it would have been. It's a great way for kids to meet others and become more independent. I have to check out these books though, I don't ever remember hearing about them when I was a kid.

Dana Huff

I found my old copy of There's a Bat in Bunk Five yesterday -- the one with Ted's hair parted in the middle with feathered wings like boys had in the 70's! Boy, did that book make me want to go away to camp. I never got to, though.


I went to camp one summer and it really wasn't for me. The fact that my horse threw me off and stepped on me might have something to do with my reaction; I had a horseshoe shaped bruise on my leg all summer! There was a young-adult summer book I loved and I can't remember the name of it for the life of me. It was a about a tall, skinny girl's summer at her family's summer house. Not too much happens, but she grows up a little and there is a sweet little romance. There were great descriptions of needing to get your feet used to being bare and how you always feel a little sad at the first signs of summer.


That last sentence should say you feel a little sad at the first signs of fall.

Book Club Girl

Thanks for the clarification Kate, I wondered when I read that...;) I can report that Sal Fisher stands the test of time as well -- I am enjoying my return trip to "Camp Lenoloc."

Julie E.

No one in my area ever went to sleepaway camp either, and I also probably would've been scared to go if offered the chance. But I used to fantasize about it through books! My favorites were "Hail, Hail Camp Timberwood" by Ellen Conford and "Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby" (don't remember who wrote that one).

Julie E.

I thought of another of my favorite camp books: "Laura's Luck." Although I can't remember who wrote that one, either.

Book Club Girl

Julie thank you -- I LOVED Hail Hail Camp Timberwood and had completely forgotten about it until now! Oh, I have to see if I have it at home now.


I have absolutely no contribution on the camp books theme, but I had to chime in and say that I, too, LOVED the Betsy-Tacy books growing up. Nice to find someone else who's heard of them!

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